New Moon in Cancer 7-4-16

Since food is defined as something that we ingest in order to sustain life and growth, it takes many forms that we absorb through senses and functions other than taste and digestion. There could be many reasons why a certain food doesn’t sit right with us, from our mood to overindulgence, an allergic or chemical reaction in our bodies to the fact that it may be downright unhealthy for us. We have “soul food” for our bellies and soul food that actually has an impact on our souls. As for many kinds of plants, both soil and sun are sources of energy for us.

Right now, the Sun is in Cancer moving into opposition with Pluto, and as I began to type this the dark moon prepared to for renewal on July 4th at 12 degrees of Cancer. Many news posts I have seen for the past couple of days have dealt with herb and drug poisoning, child prodigies, child abuse, issues pertaining to internal organs, the California drought, and food.

Cancer is the Cosmic Mother of the great wheel of the zodiac, with a deep sense of caring and empathy for the suffering of all creatures. In one of her highest expressions she does her part to make sure that all are fed and nurtured, safe and sound, comfy and cozy. Her “bad side” may manifest in sulky, snappy, crabby, or loony behavior. In some cases, the mother (or father) is still yet a child herself, seeking for sympathy and solace in seemingly all the wrong places, and retreating head-down in teary-eyed silence when the world does not meet her unfulfilled needs. She may binge eat on comfort food as she hungers for something she cannot quite name or put her finger on, perhaps because it is not tangible.

a summer solstice salad

a summer solstice salad

Food is so much more than just some kind of substance that we put into our mouths when we are hungry. Anything that we take in regularly as food through our senses serves to nourish and heal us or is harmful to us over time. We can feed our hearts, minds, and spirits through imagery, sound, touch and scent, and also through an exploration of and connection with our Inner Worlds.

Although Cancer tends to sensitize us to our environment for better or worse, it also shows us how to navigate the inner landscapes of the imagination. Like the other water signs, Cancer tunes us into aspects of existence that we might not ordinarily pay attention to.

Types of food to consider at this time and in general:

Edible – There is the obvious kind of food that we eat, but in today’s world what many eat is far from nutritious and then they wonder why their health suffers. Also, how can we really digest what we eat even if it is nutritious when the news is blaring, someone is telling you about the poor woman who got mugged in the street, or having a family argument at the table? Audible disturbance can destroy the many benefits of the foods we eat.

Visual – Certain images, expressions, shapes, colors and lights taken in through eyesight can strengthen or weaken us, especially over time. Everything from the artwork we choose to decorate our homes with, the books we read, to the movies we watch are like a sort of food or poisoning for our overall system. There is very little neutrality in these things because we usually either benefit from them or the opposite.

Audible – The manner and use of our speech, the music we listen to, the sounds we hear on a daily basis bring us down, lift us up or keep us stable. No music at all is better than music that grates on our nerves or keeps us awake all night. In several cultures words and letters are sacred. They contain chi, or life force energy. The American culture (America is a 13 degrees Cancer with its Sun being transited by this New Moon) has lost the sacredness of alphabet and its usage. What we say to ourselves and others on a frequent basis functions as audible food, or poisoning. Toning, chanting, chimes and bells are ways to clear energy in a home.

Tactile – We are nurtured through touch just as we are traumatized through physical violence. Cancer certainly won’t come out and say it but craves hugs and snugs, perhaps more than any other sign. Fabrics, textiles, and other surfaces may be coarse and rugged or soft and pleasing to the senses. This is of course a matter of preference.

Ethereal – Since ancient times, sweet incense has been offered to the gods and deities because it “feeds” them on the ethereal levels, just as it does for us. Milk, honey, candy and baked goods have been left outside of homes to “feed” the fairies, or Little Folk, but it is understood that what they feed on is the energy and not the substance of the food. In Buddhist tradition, a bit of each meal may be left on the altar for “hungry ghosts”. Some of us enjoy the use of flower essences which are nurturing on ethereal levels.

Out With the Old, In With the New

This could be the time to take a good look around in our homes and take stock of what we are holding onto and how it is impacting our health. Home is more than a place where we physically live. It is how we dwell inside of ourselves, whether in a state of unrest or peace. Our beliefs and habits form the structure of this inner home, which could feel like a total dump, a funny farm or a temple. If we do not have a calm home to come back to after being out there in the crazy world at the end of the day, week or longer, we eventually become run down, sick, and weary in body, mind, and spirit.

forest wood nymph - Josephine Wall

forest wood nymph – Josephine Wall

The many karmic burdens we have shouldered from previous generations comes to the fore now to be reconciled, recontextualized, and released. Family dynamics that push our buttons the hardest can be some of the greatest motivations for spiritual growth. That is because these tough issues cannot be solved on the base ego levels, where they began. We need skills and tools of a higher nature to be able to see them through, and ultimately to overcome them.

A grand water trine between Venus in Cancer, Chiron in Pisces and Mars recently turned direct in Scorpio helps us access emotions we have not been able to in a while, as it was previously not safe enough to do so. It is easier for us to receive the support we need now as we move through major challenges. However, there is so much to let go of. This letting go can be the most terrifying and simultaneously liberating thing we do in this life. When we are face to face with Death, literal or symbolic, we realize what we are truly made of.

The New Moon’s trine to Neptune in Pisces emphasizes our inklings of realms of the unseen, spiritual awareness and healing, and the power of gentleness and kindness versus force. The things we do, say, ingest through our senses, give and receive throughout this week are likely to have long lasting effects. As we let go of outmoded things, patterns, and beliefs no longer useful to us we will experience deep renewal within ourselves and close relationships.  More energy will soon become available to acquire and achieve that which truly aligns with our innermost wishes.

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New Moon in Cancer – July 2015

“If you can honor your emotions as the life giving water element they are, they will behave exactly as water does. They’ll flow and change, shift their states, react and respond appropriately, and create the perfect ecosystem in which you can flourish.” – Karla McLaren, The Language of Emotions

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The New Moon at 23 degrees of Cancer on July 15th represents a release and renewal in the realm of emotions. It is revealing to us our inner landscape of feelings, whether they have been repressed or expressed, with joy, sadness, or a mask of indifference. We can run and hide from emotional truth but it will always find us.giphy (1)

LaVérité (The Truth) by Jules Joseph Lefebvre

LaVérité (The Truth) by Jules Joseph Lefebvre

Mars and Mercury conjunct the New Moon and in exact opposition to Pluto exposes both inner and outer conflict, reflected in massive global upheavals and a widespread deconstruction of long held relationships and beliefs. Something that one has identified with all their life is not necessarily in alignment with who they are. Sometimes what millions have accepted as gospel is nothing more than a crutch and a mirage.

When we reach a certain limit – hit a certain wall that will allow us to go no further, we must be willing to plummet the depths of our souls for direction and meaning or lack of direction and meaning as the case may seem to be. The prospect of emptiness is can be terrifying, but it is ultimately liberating. We are on a vast and mysterious journey, occupying finite bodies in an infinitely stretching space. We are as much creators in life as we have ourselves been created. Perhaps we need to find the humor in all of this, to rekindle the magic of childlike wonder, and to scrap whatever we think we know about what really matters in the grand scheme of things. We are encouraged to laugh, cry, scream, sigh, and to paint, dance, sing, strum or drum our fears, betrayals, victories, inspirations and longings.

The New Moon is conjunct the asteroid Eros, named after the god of erotic love. When this asteroid becomes prominent it highlights some aspect of eroticism, with the sign and planets involved (always somewhere between Venus and Mars) representing the areas being heightened in relation to this. Eros in Cancer seeks emotional renewal through erotic or sexual exchange. The psychic aspect of intimacy becomes almost more important than the physical. Empathic, telepathic and intuitive faculties with regard to loved ones may be so powerful now they are impossible to dismiss.

Cancer by Josephine Wall

Cancer by Josephine Wall

It is believed that many of us have a subconscious yearning to return to the security of the womb, the source, or the mystic place in the universe that we call Home. Cancer as the Cosmic Mother envelopes us in her warm watery embrace, and reminds us that wherever we are, we are already one with her, that we can unpack our heavy bags or lie down for a rest when need to. Anything we can imagine or see in our mind’s eye we can actualize in our outer life.

The strong influence from Pluto we have had since July 1st indicates we are in the midst of a profound transformation of body, mind, and spirit. It’s opposition now to the New Moon in Cancer means we are challenged to let go of what doesn’t serve us, doesn’t truly reflect us, doesn’t inspire us, and doesn’t do us justice. We are invited into the great Unknown, to be and do with wild abandon what has long been forbidden.

“In Beauty may I walk.
All day long may I walk.
Through the returning seasons may I walk.
On the trail marked with pollen may I walk.
With grasshoppers about my feet may I walk.
With dew about my feet may I walk.
With Beauty may I walk.
With Beauty before me, may I walk.
With Beauty behind me, may I walk.
With Beauty above me, may I walk.
With Beauty below me, may I walk.
With Beauty all around me, may I walk.
In old age wandering on a trail of Beauty,
lively, may I walk.
In old age wandering on a trail of Beauty,
living again, may I walk.
It is finished in Beauty.
It is finished in Beauty.”

– Navaho Blessing Way Ceremony

New Moon in Cancer

The New Moon is 5 degrees of Cancer in a dreamy trine with Neptune on June 27th. Matters of the home and heart are central themes to this moon as moods, memories, and a fluctuation between maternal wounds and instincts seem to pull people somehow into an emotional whirlpool, looking for a safe place to just let go and rest. It’s the time to hang out with family, or stay up late in the kitchen baking or cuddled up on the sofa with a book and hot cocoa, maybe listening to old classics like “Make the World Go Away”. Perhaps the best use of this period of time would be meditation.

mermaidjenThe asteroids Ceres and Vesta are paired up in Libra, followed by the North Node. The combined interests of the tending of sacred flames and deep nurturing are important to honor, and this likely includes both others as well as taking that extra time out for pampering ourselves if possible. Venus and Juno are together in Gemini, favoring intimate yet light-hearted rather than heavy relational experiences.

The New Moon is conjunct the fixed star Tejat, emphasizing the power and manifestation of intelligence and our reasoning abilities. That’s exactly what we need to even out the overwhelming emotions that are surfacing for many.

The Grand Cardinal Cross that began earlier this year hasn’t completely disappeared from view, even if less prominent we’re in the aftermath of its explosive wake.  We are approaching the end of a round of Mercury Retrograde, as the planet slows down to station direct by July 1st.

Emotional renewal and commitment to loved ones in this and other realms are also highlighted. To those who feel like they’re hanging by a thin thread, please take a deep breath and find something to focus on, whether internal or external that reminds you of your eternal self. Let that be the star that lights your way…

New Moon of the Goddess Within

This is truly a New Moon of the dark moon of the great goddess within! It is shining a light on the darkest corners of the psyche, and enticing us to mentally dance our way out of madness and back into the wholeness of ourselves, before we were conditioned to think in terms of our limitations.

To quote my latest post on my Mercury Retrograde Redemption page on Facebook:

“With Mercury in Cancer Retrograde our subconscious & feelings are extra influenced by past memories, family dynamics and any related insecurities. We have collectively been cast into an ocean of emotion, forced to become aware of the rawness of both our inner and outer states. This is our chance to become more compassionate with those who have disappointed or hurt us in some way, as well as with our own shortcomings. If we can be fully present and authentic in the heat of the moment as it arises, neither ignoring or wallowing in our deep emotions we can make major breakthroughs that can set us free on many levels. The choice is ours to sink or swim…”

The Moon is at 16 degrees of Cancer, and along with Mercury forms a grand trine with Chiron in Pisces and the South Node in Scorpio. Right beside this continues another grand trine that has been active since June, between Saturn in Scorpio, Neptune in Pisces, Jupiter and the deeply mysterious Black Moon Lilith in Cancer. We have certainly been swimming in a Cancerian sea of mysteries these past couple of weeks. The Black Moon Lilith is seen as the “dark side of the Moon”, and is regarded as hypothetical second moon of the Earth…

LilithThe goddess archetype of Lilith operates similarly to that of the demonized aspect of Eve in the Garden of Eden myth. She is seductive, powerful, and is known to have the ability to draw us into a “black hole”, should we bite into the forbidden apple. Being so close to Jupiter in Cancer we’ve been put in touch with deep family ties, to both connect and reconnect with our Earth, spirit, and off-planet ancestry and memories of origin. Also the presence of Jupiter has increased the desire nature of this goddess force within us, so that we can no longer ignore the truth within our hearts, the call of the wilds, or the voice of Spirit that speaks loud and clear.

Lilith represents the reemerging goddess within our culture and consciousness and so the Black Moon Lilith has come to be a symbol for feminists of both genders. With her occupying the most feminine sign of the zodiac ruled by the Moon itself we are sensitized to the power, wisdom, creativity and sexuality that both stirs desire and elicits fear in the masses.

The plane crash from Korea at the SFO airport on July 6th coincided with Saturn’s stationing Direct, activating the grand trine with Neptune, Jupiter, Black Moon Lilith and Mercury Retrograde in Cancer. I can see how these planets relative to travel and expansion could have taken an off turn or landing, since their current formation is wildly unpredictable. In addition the screech of Saturn’s brakes over the past couple of days have stopped many in their tracks, both physically and emotionally.

The approaching opposition of Jupiter with Pluto builds in July and reaches a peak in August. What this opposition might be bringing to the fore is a growing awareness not only of who we are in any given situation or location but what we are known for on a large scale. We are pushed toward reclaiming access to the resources to better ourselves and our planet. Our approach to this makes all the difference in the mapping of either failure or success. When we fret and obsess, or act in miserly ways, the abundance of the Universe seems to evade us. When we see the bigger picture and are willing to give the best of ourselves to the best of the causes near and dear to our hearts, we expand in our perceptions, opportunities and ability to receive. We literally widen, as a container may be opened or widened to fit more inside of it. When we tap into the abundance of this Universe, we become as wells that never run dry, constantly filling up as we continue to nourish those around us. Over time this becomes second nature, almost effortless, although in the beginning it requires quite a bit of concentrated effort to set into motion.

Mercury’s closeness with this New Moon may bring a heightening of moods and memories, accentuated by this planet’s current Retrograde motion. We would do well to remember that whatever we focus on now is what will follow us into tomorrow. This is a great time to rekindle some project or goal that has been on the back-burner for awhile.

An exact trine between Venus and Uranus add enough physical stimulation that will feed the flames of passion, electricity and eccentricity in exchanges with others. Uranus, however forms a square with the New Moon so watch out for heated arguments and possible unexpected resistance to plans. Pluto’s involvement also suggests that reflection and especially inner work can be especially potent at this time.

The Sabian symbol for the New Moon 16-17 degrees of Cancer is:

“The Unfoldment Of Multilevel Potentialities Issuing From An Original Germ”

This symbol is about the urge to actualize one’s birth potential. What are you waiting for?