When a person has his natal Mercury in Cancer, the sign will grant a big part of its attributes to everything that Mercury represents in his chart. As Mercury is generally governing our intellect and communication, Cancer energy will make the native’s expression quite emotional. It will also grant him a strong intuition, yet also make him rather moody and easily hurt by words.
Cancer is the fourth sign of the zodiac, and has the Moon as its ruling celestial body. Cancer is also the natural ruler of the fourth house, which rules our roots, home, family and childhood. This makes Cancer Mercury people concentrate a lot on their memories, keeping them cautiously in their heart and adoring reproducing them as stories. Many times, such memories will also bring sweet melancholy to the native. They will frequently write diaries so that no memory is lost, and they will usually not just note down the events but rather develop an artistic speech around them. Of course, their memories are passing through very sentimental filters, and the natives will focus a lot on the echoes of emotions flowing from them during those moments.
In the sign of Cancer, Mercury is in peregrine condition. Peregrine is a rather neutral condition, where a celestial body does not function very potently (as it does when in domicile or in exaltation), nor is very weak (as it does when in detriment or fall). Yet, we should not forget that Cancer is rather moist and passive, and at the same time changeable and moody. Mercury here can feel out of his waters, mostly because Cancer and its ruler, the Moon, are not allowing logic to take control, but base all intellectual reactions on feelings. This can bring great poetic abilities concerning one’s speech, yet on the other hand, does not enhance rational thinking. More information about Mercury’s potency in the signs can be read in the article about Mercury’s Essential Dignities.
We should note that Mercury needs less than a month to move to a next sign, and is the quickest moving planet, as it is located very close to the Sun. Also, it cannot be more than one sign away from the sign where the natal Sun resides, and has three times per year a period of retrograde motion, where it moves backwards for apparently 20 days in the natal chart. Mercury is impersonated by the ancient Greek god Hermes, who was the messenger of the gods and protector of commerce. The planet governs intellect and trade, data and communication, while also transportation. In addition, the darker traits of Mercury include rulership of lies, swindling and theft, which are also definitely an archetypical part of commerce. Mercury is a hermaphrodite planet, with a balance between its masculine and feminine side. For this reason, it is rather well-received in most signs, as it can adopt quite easily to any possible surroundings.
This placement gives a very strong intuition. Mercury here can read things that hover in the air, a trait that all water signs usually give to the planets connected with our senses. The pieces of information flow quite easily through non-traditional ways, and these people can especially decrypt other people’s emotions. Through the feelings of others, they can understand whether the other person has a strategy or is genuine; yet this happens on a subconscious level which is perceived as intuition. If you have natal Mercury in Cancer, try to concentrate more consciously on what your intuition says, and you will be able to understand well whether people and situations are good or bad for you, and even the mechanism that pulls or pushes away.
As we already mentioned, Mercury placed here is connected with the past and our roots. Thus, a big part of the brains capacity of people with Mercury in Cancer is being used to hold memories. This can subjectively be wonderful, as their mind has instant access to thousands of small boxes containing jewels, ready to be opened upon wish and to be mentally re-experienced.
The soft and gentle energies of Cancer can make such individuals vulnerable concerning their ideas and opinions. When someone has a different one, they might feel insecure or even threatened, perceiving the situation as some kind of criticism. Cancer is a rather introvert sign, having his own shell and secured territory, desiring harmony and stability concerning his surroundings. This said, it can be rather moody and adaptable to change when the change comes from the inside and not from the outside. Thus, even though they allow themselves to change their mind easily and frequently, a difference of views from other people tends to be received as some type of stress. It can trigger mechanisms of self-defense, and even make them trip that their beliefs are under attack. If you have this placement, try to tame this pattern – do not take things so personally. Usually, people who have different beliefs do not want to impose them on you, neither judge you for having your own.
As a Mercury in Cancer is strongly connecting one’s intellect with the patterns of his family and childhood, many people with this placement may be rather conservative. The reason is simple: they are rather keen to carry the thinking ways of their parents and ancestors, keeping them as a tradition and not changing them, because they create some type of safety box. Thus, because the parents and the past tend to be more conservative than the era we live in the present, such individuals may be the last ones to change their views into some more pioneering ones. They do not fight against progress, they just enjoy and feel relaxed with older methods. This can even affect their communication, as they may keep sending letters and postcards, or use other somehow traditional ways. We should not forget that Cancer is the sign mostly responsible for romanticism, and what can be more beautiful than sending a perfumed love letter with a wax seal?
Such a natal placement of Mercury will give a love towards older epochs, and literature connected to them. Cancer Mercury people will daydream a lot through old books, trying to mentally transfer themselves towards times that they consider more innocent and pure (even if they were not). They may like the big romantic writers, read a lot of poetry, or generally any type of information connected with the past. In addition, they might be quite interested in researching their own roots, in creating a family tree or reading the writings of their ancestors and keeping them as a treasure.
Individuals with a natal Mercury in Cancer can be rather shy, and do not like to speak in front of a big audience. They will speak calmly, with a discreet tone of voice, and frequently even prefer to remain silent. All this, of course, until the Cancerian traits are triggered or challenged, and Mercury can retaliate with sharp emotional speech. If an individual with Mercury in Cancer is hurt by words, this might trigger even hysterical reactions, which will often be kept inside because Cancer is rather introversive. When such powers are unleashed, it is difficult to have a control over them, because the feelings prevail. Yet, Cancer Mercury people will not hold grudges for a long time, and misunderstandings can be solved quickly.
When a man has Mercury in Cancer in his natal chart, his mind tends to operate as a woman’s one. He may have been spending a lot of time with girls in his young years, maybe even female members of the family such as sisters and cousins. Thus, he has developed a feminine way of thought, making him more emotional and less robust. We should note here, that this has nothing to do with his sexual orientation; it is just patterns of emotional responses towards receiving information through communication. Such men will be too romantic, and will often act like knights. On the other hand, this can, of course, bring the typical reactions connected to the Moon and Cancer: feminine hypersensitivity, melancholic tendencies, and in the extreme version proneness to develop hysteria.
When a Mercury in Cancer is well aspected in a natal chart, the native can indeed excel in the life area that the sign of Cancer rules. Find out which house cusp falls in the sign of Cancer, to understand better where this will manifest. Good aspects to natal Mercury signify a healthy approach to communications, without any real problems created by the sentiments that merge with the patterns of thought. Still, adverse aspects of malefic planets can indeed create some issues. We already mentioned melancholy, for which adverse aspects from Saturn are mostly responsible, and which can even be of a chronic nature. Mars is mostly responsible for hysterical outbursts, while Uranus for unpredictable sentimental behaviors and other types of mental/neural complications. Pluto can also be quite challenging when in a difficult aspect, as he may bring a lot of dark thoughts and constant memories of people who have deceased. In case you have difficult aspects, try to find long-term ways of cheering yourselves up. The dark side of the Moon is connected with the darkest part of our emotions, and thus there is no better remedy than humor to balance things out. Constant sources of fun and joy may eventually smooth any difficult natal aspects that you may have. Also, avoid spending a lot of time by yourselves, get out of that Cancerian shell, because the more you become an introvert the more those thoughts will consume your mind.
Each planets have a different effect on you, depending on which house and sign they reside in. In order to find out where they are located in your natal chart, you can use our free birth chart generator. Also, examine the aspects that they form with other planets in your chart. You will understand a lot more about the detailed role that they have in your horoscope.