Are you feeling the pressure? Practices for Mercury retrograde

I don’t know about you, but every year, as we move toward the Summer Solstice here in the northern hemisphere, my body tenses up.

Anxiety builds. Pressure mounts, and things feel easily overwhelming.

This year, I temporarily dislocated my jaw because I was grinding my teeth so hard. (It’s fine now, but it was quite dramatic at the time.)

We often talk about the cycles of the Moon and its waxing and waning phases. But the Sun also waxes and wanes – those periods are just longer than the Moon’s.

The Sun’s waxing period, in the northern hemisphere, begins with the Winter Solstice and builds from December to June.

This year, the Sun’s culmination, its longest day of light, arrives on Saturday, June 20 when the Sun enters Cancer at 5:44pm EST.

Cancer season opens us up to an ocean of emotion – but we are all riding an emotional roller coaster already these days.

Mercury has been in Cancer since May 29, bringing feelings to the forefront. Like any transit, there are blessings and challenges here. Some of us can end up drowning in an ocean of emotion, while others find the courage to speak a truth that has been floating under the surface for too long.

Our world can talk about self-care, spirituality and mental health all day long, but the truth is there are still long ways to go before compassion, kindness and nurturance are respected and honoured in a way that we all benefit.

This week, Mercury stations retrograde on Thursday, June 18th at 12:59am EST. This is a time to examine the root of your feelings:

What really gets to you, and why?

Where are you giving and not receiving?

Or, vice versa: What are you taking without giving anything back?

And: What do you push down into yourself, internalize, or stay quiet about in order to make everyone else around you feel more comfortable?  

Mercury retrograde in Cancer is also about coming home to yourself.

It’s the pause you desperately need. It’s a deep, warm bath for your tired psyche.

It’s the break you’ve been craving and it’s the time to push back on people who over-step your boundaries or drain your energy in ways that are no longer sustainable.

Cancer is not the only watery energy playing out right now. Mars has been in Pisces since May 14, where action is fueled by compassion, where martyrs are made to show the way forward and where risks are taken in the name of transcendence.

Pisces is the final sign in the zodiac, and later this month, on Saturday, June 27, Mars begins a new cycle in Aries. This will be a change to watch, and one I will write more about next week.

In the meantime, the Summer Solstice itself brings a significant astronomical event: A ring of fire eclipse on Sunday, June 21 at 2:41am EST, occurring with the New Moon in Cancer.

While it won’t be visible over North America, it’s similar to the eclipse that occurred over the U.S. on August 21, 2017.

We are already in eclipse season and there’s no question change is in the air.

Personally and collectively, we are all experiencing some massive resets.

This is a time to take leaps of faith, to move towards new paradigms that are no blueprints for.

A new season is upon us, but it’s not just another summer – this is a new season in the history of the world.

Take care.

Until next time,

Liz xo

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