Mercury, the mind and communication, is very busy this week. This Mercury business takes place in the sign of Cancer. Cancer is Cardinal Water. Cardinal signs take charge and initiate change. Water signs function through emotions. With Mercury in Cancer the inter-relationship between thinking and feeling dominates communication. This is the realm of memory. Mnemosyne, the Greek goddess of Memory, was the mother of the nine muses. Memory ignites and rules inspiration and supplies meaning in our daily lives. On Tuesday, the Mercury Business begins when it squares Jupiter at 11:21 AM. Jupiter is expansion and meaning making. A square is a hard aspect that brings the two archetypes in conflict. Mercury square Jupiter promotes exaggeration, arrogance, and conceit, and is also quite mischievous. Many comedians have prominent Mercury/Jupiter aspects. Sometimes memories are unconscious, as when we experience sadness on an anniversary before even realizing the significance of the date. Later Tuesday, Mercury trines Neptune, ruler of the unconscious. This is a lovely flowing aspect between the mind and the imagination. Sometimes bringing precognition of coming events. Mercury/Neptune is helpful for long-range planning expanding the capacity to visualize or map out the whole plan. Mercury/Neptune can grasp the most subtle relationships between people and things. With this influence, in sensitive Cancer, don’t be afraid to express your affection and caring concern for others. Neptune dissolves the veil between what we perceive as reality and the shifting patterns beyond. Mercury conjoins Mars at 12:50 PM Wednesday. Mars is the planet of vitality. A conjunction is when the two energies combine. Mars energizes Mercury, but in the circuitous and retiring sign of Cancer, it is less likely to produce direct statements and more prone to exploration of complex family dynamics. Finally, Mercury opposes Pluto at 5:36 PM Thursday. Pluto is the invisible power of the universe. Mercury opposite Pluto encourages hasty action, irritability, impatience, and inflation. This would be a good day to take a deep breath before speaking or acting. Pause for a little self-examination. Pluto is a very potent, transpersonal archetype and it creates problems when bent to the personal will. However, Pluto is a force for transformation when it is used for the collective good.
We have two voids to watch out for, the first is relatively short, from 2:12 PM until 5:41 PM on Tuesday afternoon. This is a Void Moon in Leo, which is good for creative activities, especially in combination with the Mercury/Neptune trine. We have a much longer one on Thursday from 1:35 PM until 12:02 AM Friday morning when the Moon enters Libra. This Void Moon in Virgo is perfect for deep organizing, especially in combination with the Mercury/Pluto opposition.