The month of June will include two ingress changes: Mercury leaving Gemini and entering Cancer then leaving Cancer and entering Leo. Ingress results in a change in tone and meaning for a point, which is an energy shift designed to promote and continue growth as well as change on a regular and ongoing basis. Each point moves at a different speed, so the ingress for Mercury, which is faster than Mars, happens more frequently and is part of a recurring cycle in which every point eventually “returns” to the same degree as part of its elliptical cycle around the Sun. This article will look at Mercury’s ingress from Gemini into Cancer and Cancer into Leo.
Changing the Tone, Changing the Meaning
On June 4 at 4:04 pm Eastern Standard Time (EST) Mercury will leave Gemini and enter Cancer. Mercury is the point associated with communication, local travel, learning, and information. In Gemini, the “tone” is “turned up to the highest volume” since Mercury rules Gemini. It started out in Gemini on May 21 and did not go retrograde, so its movement through this sign was its usual approximate three weeks. Previously it spent the usual direct time in Taurus.
In Cancer, Mercury and its energy will connect us with our emotions and the emotions of people around us; this energy will not last very long before Mercury enters Leo, which will activate the energy for more outward expression (Cancer is naturally inward with its energy). Without a retrograde phase, Mercury ingressing from one sign to another happens rather quickly, and it will enter Cancer at the beginning of June. Because of its speed Mercury “returns” to a degree of a sign yearly. So, when I was born, my Mercury was at 10 degrees 55 minutes (10d55m) of Aries and each year Mercury will “return” to my natal degree and “trigger” that point in some profound way for me.
Once you become familiar with the ebb and flow of a point, especially one that moves as fast as Mercury, you can maximize the value of the point in a particular sign at a particular time and for a particular duration! Let me repeat and highlight that point: Once you become familiar with the ebb and flow of a point, especially one that moves as fast as Mercury, you can maximize the value of the point in a particular sign at a particular time and for a particular duration!
Herein lies the key power of astrology and astrological study, and its practical use. It is not about determined outcomes, but rather like the changing of the seasons and knowing how best to use those changes and periods of change. When you learn the general flow and then the particular flow “a la” your chart, and where a sign rules your design, then you can really maximize astrology to help you live your best life, both in terms of managing difficult periods and getting the most out of prosperous periods.
Mercury in Cancer
After Gemini “amplification”, the move into Cancer can leave us wanting to “crawl in our shell” and keep the world out for a while. Cancer energy is nurturing, and for the air part of Mercury’s nature this can feel “restrictive” or like “having to eat your vegetables before having dessert”. When a point moves into a new sign and spends time there, certain actions and choices become emphasized. For the period between June 4 and June 26, it is an excellent time to think about your family and your emotional needs. It is the best time to connect with loved ones and retreat inside for some rest and healing (if you need it).
As with any material I write about regarding astrology, it is most useful if you know your own chart. In my case, Cancer rules my 9th House of Mastership and Mercury will be passing through an empty Sign and House in my chart. As a result, I am more likely to be activated by people around me who have strong Cancer energy in their chart, like my wife, who is a Cancer. The period from June 4 to June 26 will have me thinking about my “philosophy” (9th House) of family and what I need to feel emotionally secure. Of course, this area is not the only one that will be affected by this transit, just the strongest, as it is each year when Mercury passes through Cancer.
Generally speaking, this period of time is ideal for “thinking” about emotional matters associated with family relationships and self-care. Who needs your emotional support? How do you feel about yourself at this juncture in your life? This would be a good time to break out the old photo albums and look at “where you came from”, read some poetry, and visit a water source, like a river, lake, or ocean.
Mercury in Leo
When Mercury leaves Cancer and enters Leo on June 26 at 8:20 pm EST, it will go from water to fire. Mercury is the point that best adapts to other signs because it has rulership in both an air sign (Gemini) and earth sign (Virgo). So, the water of Cancer and the fire of Leo do compliment aspects of Mercury. When a point moves through a sign that is its “home”, it acts powerfully and naturally. When it “visits” another sign the energy is forced to adapt, and some “adjustments” for points in Houses are easier than others.
Mercury is thought and Leo rules creativity and performance, so we have thought expressed through performance, like singing a song! Mercury in a water sign like Cancer is really “intuition” (the merging of thought and feelings). So, what should you “think about” or “do” with your mind and communication from June 26 until July 6, when Mercury will go retrograde and start moving back towards Cancer? Sing your song; dance like somebody is watching, and dance like nobody is watching … express yourself! Arrange some game nights; write some fan fiction; visit a comedy club!
For me, this ingress and transit will occur in my 10th House of Prosperity (Career). This would be a good time for me to increase my activity on social media, try new advertising strategies, and even host a party for my clients. It will be a good time for me to “make a show” of my business. I have even been toying with the idea for a novel and this period would be ideal to get started and see if I can produce enough to gain traction ahead of the Virgo period. With Mercury going retrograde and dipping back into Cancer, the total time in Leo will be much longer than just 3 weeks.