The planetary tide is shifting again. This time, it's moving from intellectual Gemini to emotional Cancer.
It starts on May 31st, when Mercury (communication) enters Cancer, followed by Venus (love, money, values) on June 2nd, the Sun (June 21st ) and.....Big Boy Jupiter (June 25th). I'll write more about Jupiter's tidal wave of feelings (in this sign) in a separate post.
For now, know that it won't be easy to remain detached. Cancer is about vulnerability, being a mother, being a child, having needs, and getting them met. It's an instinctive sign, and it's no pushover; this is Cardinal energy, which means it pursues. Cancer has a rep for being shy, but I think "self-protective" is more apt. This sign will go after what it needs, albiet indirectly.
The area of your chart with Cancer in it will be activated. This is where you approach things from a subjective, security-based angle. Whether it's your career, your friends, your money...Cancer's influence directly links this area to your instinctive security needs. And it will most definitely be time to see if those needs are being met. If you try to deny what you're feeling...well, you probably won't be able to. So get ready to dive in and swim around.
Neptune at 5 degrees Pisces will retrograde (move backwards) on June 7th, the same day it makes an exact trine to Venus in Cancer. This is a lovely influence. It suggests nurturing love with a nostalgic vibe. It doesn't feel like heady romance. More like the hug that goes on forever. Total acceptance, no strings. Some may enjoy that feeling (and the memories that are sure to emerge). Others may want to avoid the whole thing because it reminds them of what they don't have. But this could be a beautiful day to reach out to someone from your past (or they may reach out to you).
The ultimate challenge with Cancer is to provide baseline nurturing for yourself. Shadow Cancer is helpless, or smothering, because it desperately needs an external source of security. As this part of your chart is activated, look at what you can do to help yourself, first. Then look at how you exchange that energy with others.
Cancer energy will peak twice:
June 25th-26th: Jupiter, the Sun, Mercury and Venus will be in Cancer. Venus will then leave for Leo on June 27th, and the energy will lessen a bit.
July 13th-July 21st: Mars will join Jupiter, Mercury and the Sun in Cancer (the Sun will move into Leo on July 22nd).