There have been many transitions in the last 24 hours, as the Moon squared off with the Sun to begin the Last Quarter phase, talkative Mercury moved into watery Cancer and active Mars became even busier moving into Gemini. First, let's look at the current lunar phase. With the Sun in Gemini, sociability and communications are still revved up, even a week after the extremely excitable Sagittarian Full Moon! However, as Luna, in watery and sensitive Pisces, pulled away from this challenging aspect to Sol, we may have begun to realize that something has to give if we are to sustain the progress we made building up to this last lunar phase.
The challenge is one of understanding how well we have done in this last cycle and if growth is continuing or being inhibited. The question to ask oneself now, for finishing out this Last Quarter period over the next week is: what needs to be incorporated, or let go of, in preparation for next week's New Moon and a new lunar cycle? If you feel growth was positive and is still moving in the right direction, then identify what needs to be done to ensure that it continues. If, on the other hand, you feel something is standing in the way of forward movement, this is the week to let go of limiting thoughts or remove the obstacle(s) in your path.
While versatile Mercury still has a whole lot of influence as ruler of busy Gemini, with the Sun and Jupiter active in this airy sign of the zodiac, Mercury itself just left it's own sign and entered the emotional Water sign of Cancer for the next nine weeks! That's right folks... we'll have a Mercury retrograde cycle in this secretive and vulnerable sign of the Crab. Cancerians just wear a hard outer shell to protect themselves from all those emotions being bounced off of them and their tendency to be evasive is just another tactic to avoid hurt feelings. Keep this in mind for yourself and your loved ones as mercurial Mercury swirls around and around in the ebb and flow of emotions for the next couple of months. Thoughts will be expressed as feelings and/or every feeling may suddenly be repressed or blurted out in a very emotional manner. A helpful thing to remember here is filtering and perhaps an image of a child's net in the water to catch only the pertinent item and let out all that water would be helpful. Another thing to keep in mind is that not all feelings need to be acted on, so keeping a journal or telling a trusted friend can help to restrain oneself from saying or doing hurtful things.
The good news is that in general people will be more sympathetic and caring, especially when it comes to families and children. Because Cancer rules the stomach and breasts and is a Cardinal sign, and Cardinal signs are doers, writing or calling those people in a position to make changes in ensuring our health and well-being, especially through healthy food, (ie: non-GMO crops and labeling of those products made with GMO corn, etc.) would be an excellent use of this Mercury in Cancer energy! Being active in your community, close to home/Cancer, and looking for, requesting and purchasing organic products to feed yourself and your families is another way to positively express Mercury in Cancer. Support your local organic farmers, markets and co-ops!!
Mars also changed signs yesterday, moving from earth (Taurus) into air (Gemini). Mars exhibits adventurous action and forward movement and in Gemini may take off in two different directions at once, a bit of dyslexia and ambiguity rolled into one... and I can say that because I have been known to exhibit said qualities on occasion! You probably can relate if you're laughing now... Watch out for the words coming out of your mouth and remember to say what you mean and mean what you say, otherwise, zip it up! Oh, and don't take it personally when others rant or express themselves boldly as Mars in Gemini is the needed energy for many to finally say what has been on their minds for a few weeks. If you've been holding back communicating or making an agreement, it's now time to take action and make something happen... gently or forcefully, as needed.
Remember to keep your head in the stars and your feet on the ground~