Mood-tripping? Expressing your emotions without trying to spin a story around them? Taking calls from a decade ago? Welcome to Mercury Retrograde in Cancer, when the message arrives precisely on time but you’re not sure what dimension it is. It’s not like the usual Mercury Retro.
Flat-out in the constellation of Cancer, without the customary retreat into the zodiac before it, this is unadulterated instinct, exclusive, and appreciated only by those with astral flair or inside info. If this Mercury Retrograde were a new drink it would come in quartz crystal bottles. The “it” ingredient would be triple-activated Numinous Fungus from Dibe Nitsaa and it would be a hipster start-up with funding from shady sources.
Surveillance Glitching & Zombie Telesales
You see being in the sign of Luna, the Moon sign shifts are dramatic and your natal Moon becomes louder. There are many moods of Mercury Retrograde in Cancer; here are the major four.
Major Mood One
Tech Nostalgia – for land-lines and that sound of dial-up internet. Yes, there was a time when we would be offline. Phone Ghosts – texts from people who were going to call you back five years ago, automatic telesales calls from zombie offices that went bust but left their stalkerware running. A quantum version of “must-do lunch” where you take turns having terrible reception (surveillance glitching?) and saying “I’m losing you” before agreeing to reconvene in another phone call, that will be when you arrange a physical meeting. But you’ll text to confirm the phone call.
Major Mood Two
Astarte smiles upon you. Creatively, this Mercury Retrograde in Cancer has given you a direct cosmic download from some drastically rad dimension and you don’t want it to stop. The ideas are legit and lockdown is the ultimate excuse to become a shut-in without fear of censure – it’s for the good of society! Researching well-known recluses, you are delighted to find that – apart from the Unabomber, they were/are successful happening people. Downsides: The dietary hacks, delivery-driver frightening wardrobe, and cognitive inability to make 10 epic ideas occur at once.
Major Mood Three
It’s not paranoia when you’ve researched it as thoroughly as you have. You’re using Mercury Retrograde in Cancer to investigate potential options for a health-enhancing Power Bunker – soil testing, neutrino enhancing rainwater tanks, Vitamin D lamps, heirloom seeds, electro-magnetic-radiation meters, neo-Shamanic design sensibility, spirulina tanks, Radionics and Volcanic Obsidian cutlery. Some of your searches – Can Cats Wearing Magnets Be Trained To Find Ley Lines In Your House? and Ascension Symptoms Or Gastric Reflux? have apparently broken the advertising algorithm – because yours only show the Periodic Table of Elements. At least, you think that’s what it is.
Major Mood Four
An existential ennui loop consisting of frustration with the interrupted momentum, followed by guilt for selfish concerns and then a chaser of missing a more frivolous and spontaneous era. Settling in for a retrospective tour through your chosen era, you startle. What if energetically attaching to the past confirms the rut you’re in? Is this a physics experiment? Do not read/watch Aniara or anything described as ‘harrowing’. Either create your own Gloom-Lit/poignant sound-tracks or turn onto Uranus in Taurus – sextiling Mercury until August. How? Botanical baking, body oils you alchemized yourself, and magical plant/herb/rock potions.
There are many sub-genres of these moods, of course. Which one are you? And can you tell which elements (Fire, Air, Earth, and Water) they correspond to?
Vintage Love Comic 1 and 4 – I can’t find the artist/credit. If you know, please send. Sequential Crush has many similar images if you’re interested.
Wonder Woman #28 – William Moulton Marsden
Coyote Vs Acme – An upcoming movie featuring Wile E Coyote lawyering up and taking out a class action against Acme. It feels so now.