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Mercury Retrograde in Cancer: Memory Lane

by Sherene Schostak May 21, 2014 02:37 PM EST
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"The Greek word for 'return' is nostos. Algos means 'suffering.' So nostalgia is the suffering caused by an unappeased yearning to return."

-- Milan Kundera

Mercury Retrograde already has a way of turning our minds toward the past. Plus, as human beings, we have a tendency to glamorize the past in glory-days fashion. Now that the messenger planet is going retrograde from June 7 through July 1 in the most nostalgic sign of the zodiac (Cancer), we may find ourselves completely obsessed with memories and the way we were. It's also quite likely that ghosts from the archives -- both romantic and otherwise -- will make an appearance during this time.

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Cancer is the sign of home and family, so expect our minds to be most preoccupied with thoughts of our closest kin. Family issues, ancestry, women, mother issues and our emotional needs and wounds are renting mental space for the next few weeks. Get ready to revisit old-but-familiar emotional waters and wounds during this time. Situations and emotional attachments that you could have sworn were ancient history may now feel raw, as if they just happened yesterday.

Let yourself feel, cry and process everything without judgment and without giving in to the story or your feelings to the point of wallowing or feeling totally stuck in the past. Pay attention to the feelings rumbling around in your belly for guidance (Cancer rules the stomach!)

You may feel especially sensitive and tuned in to the feelings of loved ones under this influence. It's challenging to commit to new situations and contracts now. Trust that you'll change your mind (and heart) a bazillion times, so wait until mid-July if possible to make any major life decisions and long-term vows.
 
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