Say What You Want To Say!
When the planet Mercury moves into Cancer it’s important to remember that Mercury never travels more than 28 degrees from the Sun in the sky at any given moment.
At the time of your birth, Mercury–the planet of communication–was either in the same sign as your Sun, the sign before, or the sign after.
So when the Sun’s in Cancer, as it is right now, Mercury’s got to be in either the sign before (Gemini), the same sign (Cancer), or the one after (Leo.)
Well, July 8’s the day Mercury moves into Cancer and begins to catch up to the Sun, traveling through this sign now too…
Thus Mercury, known as the messenger (are you beginning to see why?), is speaking the same gentle, sensitive, compassionate language as the Sun–at least until July 23 when they both move forward nearly simultaneously into the creative sign of Leo.
Bottom line? One of our challenges is to figure out how to nurture ourselves with the same innate expertise with which we manage to care for (or “mother”) others.
But how many of us actually do this? How many of us keep inside the things we really want to say? Stuff down our true responses, thoughts, feelings, for fear of being misunderstood, deemed different, offending others, or that we might inadvertently reveal something others might find–er, shall we say, less than desirable?
Perhaps you’re afraid of being seen as jealous, angry, unfair, unloved? Maybe you’re scared that if you reveal your true emotions, others will simply laugh at you, ignore you, ridicule you or–worse yet–attack you?
The reticence experienced by many for whom Cancer energy figures prominently is often related to what they fear most: exposure…
However, from now until July 23, we are all being called to have the guts to put our feelings–and intuitions–into words and to “say what you want to say,” as Sara Bareilles advises in her song “Brave.”
“Nothing’s gonna hurt you the way that words do
When they settle ‘neath your skin
Kept on the inside and no sunlight
Sometimes the shadow wins…
But I wonder what would happen if
You say what you want to say…”
Write It The Way You Feel It!
Good writing is always revealing, I say. Good writing is also therapeutic–whether that is an authors’ intention or not. Often the act of writing serves to release unwanted but deeply buried emotions, be they feelings of pain, anguish, disappointment, rage, inadequacy, frustration, grief, etc.
Therefore, I maintain that writing is one of the best ways not only to self-nurture, but also to be able to hear–really hear–what those in the literary world refer to as one’s authentic voice!
Don’t get derailed by fooling yourself into thinking you’re writing’s no good…I mean, feeling like a fraud, imposter, impersonator, an unoriginal dolt, is to judge yourself too harshly before you even set one word down on paper!
Who’s standards are you living up to anyway? Just as beauty is in the eye of the beholder so, too, is the definition of good…why self-sabotage before you’ve even begun, or are merely halfway through?
Don’t worry what other people think, or how it might affect your mother or your brother or your second grade teacher. Who cares who you left out, who you might piss off, who doesn’t see it the same way you do?
Ignore these concerns and you’ll have a much better chance of getting to the heart of what it is you truly want to express!
When your message comes from your heart, your gut, your higher self, it comes out as your authentic voice–and that’s a voice that won’t fail to move those who read what it has written.
And in the end, that is the point. To move another human being. Just one. With practice–just like anything else–when you apply yourself, you can move more human beings.
It’s called catharsis and it’s what every writer aims for–to make her reader feel her joy or pain, see what she saw, experience what she did, for better or for worse–and to leave that reader changed in some way for the better…
It might be worth paying heed to what the great Russian novelist Fyodor Dostoevsky said: “Much unhappiness has come into the world because of bewilderment and things left unsaid.”
Mercury in Cancer’s message–in sync with that of the Sun’s right now–is clear: Nurture yourself by allowing yourself to say what you wanna say!
And if you’re writing expresses what you feel, well then, there is no good and no bad. There’s simply Cancerian intuition and emotion emerging from the depths of your soul to combine on the page in ways that prove–whether you show it to anyone or not–that you are free to say what you want to say…