As of this writing, we are celebrating the Fourth of July Weekend, the birthdate of the USA, with its Cancerian themes of family, food, and fireworks! This New Moon in Cancer brings into focus our connections to family and community, as well as our deep connection to the Earth, which supports and nurtures us. During this time of extreme global weather patterns, it is important to find and connect with your personal sacred site. It could be your favorite park or beach, rock or tree, and as close as your own backyard. Create your own sacred space to give thanks to Mother Nature for all her gifts. This New Moon has some lovely aspects, a flowing connection between the Moon and Neptune, as well as Venus and Mars conjunct in Leo. We also have four major planets in retrograde (see below), so if you feel a bit lazier than usual, use the time to engage with your “memories, dreams and reflections” in the words of Carl Jung. If you can take the time out to meditate and visualize (not just worry and agonize) your future intentions, miracles are indeed possible. With Venus and Mars together in Leo right now, shine and be your Brightest Self!
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CANCER NEW MOON JULY 9, 2021
This New Moon at 18 degrees Cancer is the first New Moon following the summer solstice. All New Moons signify “new beginnings”; The seeds of intention, which were planted at the last New Moon Solar eclipse (June 10) have been fed with the solar rays of the summer solstice and are now ready to be nurtured through this season of Cancer. Since the last two eclipses of May and June, you may feel that you are being pushed out of a long-standing comfort zone; but this change is for your higher growth and development and cannot be avoided. Cancer is the quintessential water sign and ruled by the Moon. This indicates a time of “expectancy” just before labor begins. We can be pregnant with new ideas, relationships, and situations; so now is the time to nurture those seeds with patience and loving care.
The Cancerian energy of this New Moon offers the opportunity to relax a bit more mentally and allow solutions to flow from your gut feelings and intuition. Cancer also rules the waters of the planet. Emotional tidal waves of energy can cause physical disruption. Our oceans and weather patterns are a reflection of humanity’s willingness to care for our Mother Earth. Be gentle with yourself; be compassionate with others; and respect the Earth. This is the formula for midwifing humanity into the new age.
Cancerian energy is all about feeling with your heart and nurturing yourself. Cancer is the sign which rules our memories, our connection to mother and family, our roots, and our ancestral lineage. Cancer is the feminine water sign, the “womb of life”, which rules motherhood, family karma, inherited psychological patterns, as well as, intuitive abilities. It is also the sign of the Inner Child. How have you been treating yourself emotionally? Do you deny that you have any emotional needs at all? Are you afraid of being vulnerable? Are you too needy or too co-dependent in relationships?
Esoteric astrology teaches that it is in the sign of Cancer that we emerge from the safety and security of the cosmic womb and give birth to ourselves as the Divine Child. Cancer is the nurturing principle in our lives; and regardless of gender, we all have feelings and needs; it is also the sign that rules over emotions, dreams, and feminine intuition. What are your dreams telling you? Does something not feel right about a situation or relationship? It is time to honor those feelings.
Cancerians have an intense need for security; they tend to either wear their emotions on their sleeves or insulate themselves with material comforts as a defense against feeling too much. We all have heard that Cancerians love to nurture (whether male or female), and are natural empaths, sensitive to the feelings of others. This is because Moon Children are ruled by the subtle currents of the subconscious and make excellent psychics, teachers, artists, and writers, as well as psychologists. They also love history and antiques, and decorating comes naturally to them.
You may find yourself removing old clutter, dysfunctional relationships, and toxic situations from your life now. It is important to give yourself some quiet time now to reflect on what is important in your life; what you are thankful for; and what you would like to change in the coming weeks. Meditation and stillness is often the key to untangling difficult mental decisions. If you have trouble quieting your mind, get a massage, take a relaxing bath, go for a walk in nature. New Moons are about planting seeds for the future. The sign of Cancer is about home, family, and heart…those are good places to start!
Sun and Moon in Cancer opposite Pluto in Capricorn: This is a very intense configuration, as the soft, lunar Cancerian energy does not thrive well in Capricorn’s harsh testing ground of reality. Have patience and allow yourself some breathing space. Direct confrontation may result in a big headache right now. Better to wait a few days until the Moon moves into the more compatible earth sign, Virgo, to make any major moves. However, the Sun and Pluto, even in opposition, can often uncover hidden jewels. So, this can be a great time for doing research and getting to the bottom of things. It may just take some extra effort, but don’t give up! Use your intuition now with the Sun and Moon trine Neptune.
Sun and Moon in Cancer trine Neptune in Pisces: This is a very positive aspect directing you to breathe new life into your dreams. This is your Muse calling, although it may take a bit of tweaking due to all the current retrograde activity, don’t give up; your spirit guides are listening. Pay attention to your dream messages. Meditate more. Your inner world is the psychic foundation for your outer reality. Neptune in Pisces is the realm where quantum physics meets mysticism.
Sun and Moon in Cancer Sextile Uranus in Taurus: Take advantage of this positive aspect to try something new. Cancer and Taurus usually do not like change, but this is an opportunity to do something unique and original, especially with Venus and Mars in Leo. Try a new hairstyle; find a new cuisine, or experiment with new colors in your environment. Moving out of your tried and true comfort zone may be more fun than you think.
Venus Conjunct Mars in Leo: The planet Venus is your relationship barometer. She measures your likes and dislikes; how you give and receive love; as well as your ability to attract what you need to feel fulfilled. Venus in Leo is proud and a bit of a star. She likes to get noticed and appreciated. Mars is the action principle. Together in Leo, they are like a pair of well-choreographed and perfectly matched dance partners: exciting, elegant, and confident. Where Leo falls in your birth chart, will reveal where you want to shine and take pride in your accomplishments.
The Retrogrades: Pluto in Capricorn, Neptune in Pisces, Saturn in Aquarius, Jupiter Pisces/Aquarius. In general, when we have the outer (slower-moving planets) in retrograde motion, there is a collective retraction or review of current situations, and we see the themes played out in global or national events. Pluto in Capricorn is the “Last Stand General” reinforcing his harsh lessons of the 2020 covid year. These themes of restriction and fear, power, and control must finally be completed for better or worse. Neptune in Pisces will revisit issues regarding the medical, petroleum, entertainment, and vacation industries. Neptune will also necessitate a review of thinking on water, the oceans, and global warming. Situations will arise that cannot be ignored. Saturn and Jupiter both retracing their steps back into the sign of Aquarius will bring up political and legal issues that date back to mid-December 2020. Personally, knowing where these planets fall in your birth chart will reveal where your “refresher” course will take place. The first two eclipses of May and June 2021 highlighted these areas in your birth chart. The final two eclipses of this year in November and December will show how well you have learned the lessons of this retrograde season.
In ancient Egypt, mid-July signaled the rising of the Star Sirius, the rising of the Nile floodwaters, and the celebration of the Egyptian New Year. The goddess Nut was the sky goddess, the Great cosmic Mother. She was revered as the Mother of the Gods; she birthed the Milky Way from her womb. In hieroglyphs, her symbol is the sacred war jar, the grail. She was depicted in every temple and every tomb, as all blessings flowed from her. She was especially prominent at the Temple of Dendera, where she was associated with Isis, Hathor, the star Sirius and the life-giving waters of the Nile and the Milky Way. She is the Goddess of the New Age, who offers hope for a future filled with Universal Wisdom and Love. Like the Star card in the tarot deck, she is our Cosmic Mother, who connects us to the stars but also gives life to all living beings on Earth. Her message is “As Above, So Below.”
NEW MOON MEDITATION WITH GODDESS NUT:
Find our sacred space to meditate. You may light a white candle and use an amethyst or quartz crystal of any shape or size. Take a few deep breaths and release all anxiety from your body and mind. You feel deeply connected to the crystalline core of planet Earth. As you continue to breathe deeply, you feel yourself connecting from the core of the planet to the heart of the Milky Way. As you do this, you feel a blue-white shaft of the light beam from the center of the galaxy into your third eye igniting your “inner fire” and inspiration. This blue-white flame has extinguished any lingering fear in your heart. You leave behind any old patterns of self-doubt, self-judgment, and guilt. This blue-white beam turns into a beautiful blue lotus and opens in your heart center. This is your connection with the Sky Goddess Nut. You are one with the Goddess Nut. You are in alignment and flow with Universal Love. Now, imagine your body as a chalice or grail holding this new frequency, and ask Goddess Nut to assist you in manifesting your new future. This may be a new vision or one you have been holding on to for many years or lifetimes until this present moment unfolds. If you are not clear on what your soul purpose is right now, it is fine. It will come to you now that you have connected with the cosmic Mother Nut. The energy of this New Moon to help you redefine your mission statement for the future and to aid you in releasing what no longer serves your higher purpose. Pay attention to your dreams and meditations for answers. Be patient and be compassionate with yourself as these new frequencies need to be integrated into your physical body. Know that you are truly a Divine Child of Light.
May you walk in peace and beauty always.