OOB until the 17th of June, Mercury enters the nurturing sign of Cancer on the 4th.
Mercury is a little out of sync in Cancer, finding some minor dignity only between 10-20° of the sign. Being a Water sign, Cancer is far too emotional for “all-in-my-head” Mercury and with the planet being OOB* for most of its stay there may mean that we have an overflow of rationality when it comes to sentiments and feelings or, our poetic vein and story-telling could reach new heights!
Mercury will make the following aspects during its passage through Cancer:
Sextile Uranus – 5° on 7th June – a quick grasp on our intellect could further us along well but we could also become confused by so many quick thoughts coming in at once.
Conjunct NN – 17°43’ on 17th June – a good day for mental clarity and seeing things clearly with an eye to the future.
Trine Neptune – 18°43’ and opposite Saturn R– 18°51’ on 16th June – working together Saturn and Neptune can make our dreams and plans come true but with Saturn not functioning normally due to the retrograde our mental boundaries could also be blurred in some way.
Opposite Pluto R – 22°32’ on 19th June – powers of observation will be more acute but we could become obsessed by the same thoughts.
*What does it mean for a planet to be OOB? When we cast an astrological chart we use a precise locality (birth place) on the earth and from this observation point we take note of the position of the planets in the sky at the time of birth and this enables us to calculate the angles that the planets form to the given locality. Another point of reference however is the celestial equator (which is the terrestrial equator elongated into space). When planets travel beyond 23°27’ either side of the celestial equator, be it North or South, they are referred to as “out of bounds”.
OOB planets can also be found in birth charts and special attention should be paid to them since they are considered “stronger”.