On Thursday, July 12, 2018 (7:48 PM PST and 10:48 PM EST) the New Moon begins its cycle in the watery and healing sign of Cancer. The sign that is attuned to nurturing, senses everything deeply within, and sees the world colored with feelings. She’s fluent in emotions and intuitively knows how to make you feel safe and protected. Imagine a den, a womb, a cave, or even a bubble bath or maybe even imagine that you are cozied up under a pile of blankets. Can you feel it? It’s a place where you can sink into your skin and be whatever you need to be. You can fall apart, fall asleep, or fall into the moment of your inner world. You see it doesn’t matter what you say, what you do, or what you feel because everything you express is safe here. No judgment. No fear. Only acceptance of what is. I guarantee that She’ll see your vulnerability and she’ll protect it with her life. This is Cancer. She is home. She is comfort. She is compassion, trust, and pure acceptance.
If you’re wondering where her shadow might appear- it’s when she clings too tightly to her role as nurturer. You see in this role she’s placed a spotlight on everyone else’s needs. This leaves her feeling safe, but it also leaves her feeling unknown and trapped inside her world. There’s a good chance she could live her life without anyone ever knowing who she is or what she likes or doesn’t like. To you, she is her shell, but she knows she's so much more than that. Can you feel her loneliness? The trick for her is to learn how to shed this shell and reveal her self – feelings and all.
Now this particular New Moon will be a partial solar eclipse and it also marks the beginning of the final eclipse season for 2018. And while this eclipse wouldn’t be anything flashy on it’s own, we only have to look across the way to find Pluto in almost exact opposition. Over these next two weeks be prepared for some wild and powerful feelings to emerge. We’ll most likely experience our vulnerabilities exposed, our emotions turned up on high, and possibly even a desire to run for cover. The catch. There’s no avoiding with Pluto. So if you can’t run from your feelings, the best thing to do is to express and feel them. Breathe, and try to trust that this is all part of your process. There’s a good chance that any emotions you've buried deep down have now reached a point where they must be revealed. Sometimes this comes with some deep-seated pain, but ultimately, if we face it, we’ll begin to feel more empowered and alive.
The bad news: there might be a monster lurking under your bed. The good news: once you face it, it tends to lose its power and in time you might just find that this monster is no longer a monster at all. In the meantime this probably doesn’t sound like too much fun and you'd probably prefer to hit the fast forward button. Just keep in mind that Mars is in retrograde and while you might want things to move forward quickly, the energy doesn’t support this. Instead, you are best served if you use this time to reflect on your needs and pay close attention to how you choose to respond to any unpleasant situations. Here's some more good news. This New Moon forms a Grand Water Trine with Sun/Moon in Cancer, Neptune in Pisces and Jupiter in Scorpio and this will help you to surrender to these intense emotions and to let go of whatever it is you need to let go.
If you need some promptings, ask yourself: Is there something I've been afraid to face? What do I need to feel? What have I been afraid to feel? What do I need to express? Is there an area of my life that feels unresolved? What am I hiding from? How have I felt invisible in my world? What truths do I need to claim? What would it look like to stand my ground?
Here’s a secret: When Pluto is honored in your life you’ll start to feel more empowered. Pluto likes truth, especially the hard truths. So find your courage, feel what you need to feel, open your eyes wide and look the monster in the eyes. Allow anything unresolved in your heart to seep up to the surface. Find that safe place where you can feel what you need to feel, cry what you need to cry, and even yell what you need to yell. There's power in claiming the truth of what you feel. So step into it and don't be afraid to lean all the way in.
While we all might feel pulled during this New Moon to feel some deep seated emotions, we will all experience this lunar energy differently depending on where Cancer is located in your chart or if you have a natal planet associated with it. If you would like a more personalized reading, I’d love to set up a session with you.
[*Note* The ABOVE contains a personification of the sign Cancer. The sign is not gendered and the SHE could just as easily be used as HE.]