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Vol. III: Astro-Rayology
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Tapestry of the Gods
Volume III
by Michael D. Robbins

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Interpretations of Famous People by Ray, Sign and Life Emphasis
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Mercury in Cancer

Mercury in Cancer or Mercury in Relation to Cancer

Evolutionary Mantram of the Sign Cancer:
“And the Word said: Let isolation be the rule and yet the crowd exists”.

Spiritual Mantram of the Sign Cancer:
“I build a lighted house and therein dwell.”

Quotations from Esoteric Astrology, relevant to the meaning of Mercury in relation to Cancer.


Specific Expression of Mercury in Cancer

Mercury in Cancer for the Average of Undeveloped Man
(As always, much will depend upon the ray of the mental vehicle and the aspects to Mercury)

1. Mercury in Cancer—Mental passivity.

2. Mercury in Cancer—Imprisoned by past thought, tradition. Backward-looking mind. Future seldom considered.

3. Mercury in Cancer—Sentimental mind—kama-manasic. A mind which does not easily think divorced from feelings.

4. Mercury in Cancer—Hanging on to old thoughts from years and years ago. Remembering childhood. Family remembrances. Nostalgic thoughts. Reminiscing.

5. Mercury in Cancer—Easily aroused by mass thoughtforms.

6. Mercury in Cancer—Traditional thinking. Avoiding thoughts which are taboo.

7. Mercury in Cancer—A mind too receptive

8. Mercury in Cancer—A mind much affected by feeling states (as Cancer is closely related to the lunar vehicles, and especially the physical and astral elementals); kama-manasic mind

9. Mercury in Cancer—A mind subject to rotary motion (since Cancer distributes the repetitive seventh ray and the circular third ray)

10. Mercury in Cancer—Not yet a free mind.

11. Mercury in Cancer—Facility for recollection of childhood memories.

12. Mercury in Cancer—Mediumistic mind.

13. Mercury in Cancer—Much personal thought and talk.

14. Mercury in Cancer—A mind which nurses grudges.

15. Mercury in Cancer—Thought and talk about the feelings and emotions.

16. Mercury in Cancer—Thinking and talking about family and people in one’s own familiar or intimate circles.

17. Mercury in Cancer—Thinking about things close at hand.

18. Mercury in Cancer—Lack of perspective.

19. Mercury in Cancer—‘Donkey mind’ vs. ‘monkey mind’. “Even a donkey can carry a library on its back”.

Mercury in Cancer for the Advanced Man
(As always, much will depend upon the ray of the mental vehicle and the aspects to Mercury)

1. Mercury in Cancer—Conducive to a powerful memory; a ‘holder’ of mental content.

2. Mercury in Cancer—Mercury in Cancer gives more the opportunity to understand the instincts rather than to sublimate them.

3. Mercury in Cancer—Facility for thinking in relation to the Law of Economy. Thought processes relate to business and the material conditions of home, family and to one’s financial condition in general. Thinking about being a provider, about creating security. About having enough for the “near ones”.

4. Mercury in Cancer—A mind adept at appreciating or creating “feeling-toned thought”.

5. Mercury in Cancer—Imaginative mind. Poetry, music, access to the fluid field from which imagination comes.

6. Mercury in Cancer—A facility for fusing mind and emotional sensitvity.

7. Mercury in Cancer—Retentive mind. Remembering emotional experiences. Strong memory for events which have had an emotional impact.

8. Mercury in Cancer—Involved in the process which transitions from instinct to intellect, and later from intellect to intuition. Alice A. Bailey who wrote, “From Intellect to Intuition”, had Mercury in Cancer

9. Mercury in Cancer—A mentality suited for thinking about business, real-estate, property, construction and tangible holdings.

10. Mercury in Cancer—A mind which is a “container” for discussions and forums.

11. Mercury in Cancer—“Grass-roots” spreading of spiritual information

Mercury in Cancer for the Disciple or Initiate
(The usual exoteric and psychological interpretations are purposely not here emphasized).

1. Mercury in Cancer— (With Mercury in Cancer, there is more the transmutation of instinct into intuition.)

3. Mercury in Cancer—Shedding the light which irradiates the form.

4. Mercury in Cancer—An unusually retentive mind; that which the mind receives from the soul it retains. (Since the Third Ray, partially ruling Cancer is the “Lord of Memory”).

5. Mercury in Cancer—A mind perhaps more ‘receiving’ from soul than dialoguing with soul. It may have the tendency to receive more than it penetrates. This type of mind may be considered relatively more passive to soul messages.

6. Mercury in Cancer—A mind which is a faithful reflector of all that transpires in the soul realms.

7. Mercury in Cancer—A mind which broods until intuitions occur.

8. Mercury in Cancer—A mental attitude of comprehensive, all-embracing receptivity. (Discrimination may be required).

9. Mercury in Cancer—Imagination is used particularly in the construction of the “Bridge of Light”. Imagination and fantasy lead to intuitive revelation. There will be an emphasis upon ‘anchoring’ the bridge within the personality.

10. Mercury in Cancer—The capacity to ‘give form’ to ‘that’ which travels ‘down’ the Antahkarana. The mind which may have a tendency to ‘incarnate the light’ rather than penetrate into the abstract realm from which the light emanates. Whereas Mercury in Gemini is the ‘shuttle’ Mercury in Cancer receives, anchors and illuminates the form.

11. Mercury in Cancer—The mind may be peculiarly adept at receiving the energy of “Buddhi” (since Cancer is esoterically ruled by Neptune, a co-ruler of Buddhi). Mercury, itself, is a co-ruler of the buddhic plane, thus, this position emphasizes the receptive capacity in relation to Buddhi.

12. Mercury in Cancer—The mind with facility for understanding the astral nature (with which Cancer may also be associated).

13. Mercury in Cancer—The mind with facility for understanding the “mass mind”, and thus a mind useful in the task of spreading ‘enlightened spiritual propaganda’ and, consequently, influencing public opinion. This kind of influence was very much on the Tibetan’s mind.

14. Mercury in Cancer—The mind as interpreter of the four lunar elementals (i.e., of the personality and its states). Intuition reveals ‘dark’ or hidden areas within the form; intuition sheds its light to illuminate the form, revealing the ‘person’ to himself “in the light”.

15. Mercury in Cancer—The use of the Antahkarana as a means of ‘adding light’ to the “Lighted House” which Cancer labors to build. The light which eventually renders the form translucent.

16. Mercury in Cancer—The ‘in-corporator of the Light’.

17. Mercury in Cancer—A mind adept at divining subtle feelings and giving mental/verbal expression to such feelings.

18. Mercury in Cancer—A mind which is an illuminator of mental forms; a creator of light-filled mental constructs.

19. Mercury in Cancer—A mind useful in revealing the mode of right embodiment of soul-design; the light from ‘above’ receives proper embodiment ‘below’.

20. Mercury in Cancer—The mind which stimulates and nurtures the “dark light” within the form. This light becomes the ‘Illuminator of the Mass’, and the ‘Illuminator of the Masses”. There is a mental facility to build ‘lighted habitations’ as a service.

21. Mercury in Cancer—A mental process which is adept at bringing integration and fusion to the many aspects of self. We remember the mantram associated with the advanced Cancerian individual: “The Whole is seen as One”. Thus this is a mentality which is adept at ‘unifying the field’.

22. Mercury in Cancer—The intuitive process by means of which each person or individual becomes an ‘embodiment of the light’.

23. Mercury in Cancer—The mind which facilitates the establishment of right relations between soul and personality by assisting the personality to become a translucent reflector of the light.

24. Mercury in Cancer—The mind which brings the instinctual nature into the “light of day”.

25. Mercury in Cancer—A mind adept at retrieving the reincarnational past; this would imply a special facility to tap the content of the “permanent atoms” as the repositories of memory.

26. Mercury in Cancer—The soul/personality conflict brought about by the increased soul/personality communication centers around whether the personality is a true vessel for the embodiment of soul light. The “new wine” of soul influence can all too easily be poured into the “old bottle” of an unredeemed, opaque personality.

27. Mercury in Cancer—A mind adept at reflecting Soul energy. A mind like a “pool”; the surface of the mind reflects reality, and the reflection sinks to the depths of the pool.

28. Mercury in Cancer—Capacity to bring through impressions. Contributing to advanced mediumship and mediatorship.

29. Mercury in Cancer—An imaginative mentality assisting the imaginative building of the antahkarana. Also, utilizing the third and seventh rays, goo for anchoring antahkarana.

30. Mercury in Cancer—A mind receptive to the buddhic plane.

31. Mercury in Cancer—A mind capable of achieving objectivity about lunar condition.

32. Mercury in Cancer—A mind which, when cultivate, contributes to a clear seeing of planetary history through akashic record.

33. Mercury in Cancer—A mind contributing to past life access—if detachment is sufficient.


Individuals with Mercury in Cancer

Alexander the Great
Alice Bailey
Simon Bolivar
John Dee
Princess Diana
Sir Alexander Fleming
Stephen Foster
R. Buckminster Fuller
Judy Garland
Elbert Hubbard
Alduous Huxley
Carl G. Jung
Amadeo Modigliani
John D. Rockerfeller
Robert Schuman
Alfred Lord Tennyson
Henry David Thoreau
Immanuel Velikovsky

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