On July 2, 2019 (12:16 PM PDT and 3:16 PM EDT) the moon begins a new cycle in the nurturing and healing sign of Cancer. This isn’t just a regular New Moon either since it also happens to be a Total Solar Eclipse. In case you’re wondering an eclipse means that the moon is positioned in such a way that it will be blocking the sun. Unless you’re in the South Pacific Ocean, Chile, or Argentina then you won’t be able to experience the totality in full effect for the 4 minutes and 33 seconds that it’s supposed to last. So while it’s only visible in South America we’re all likely to feel it, even if we can’t see it.
Here’s the thing, eclipses are thought to be more powerful. They are catalysts for change and they move and shake us up. So with this eclipse falling in Cancer, there’s a good chance that our home, family life, our inner landscape, and that which gives us our roots will be the main themes on center stage.
New Moons usually start the beginning of a four -week cycle, but the energy that occurs during an eclipse tends to carry us forward for about 6 months. For this particular eclipse it also helps if we rewind and remember the lessons and themes we experienced six months ago during the January eclipses. You might also want to venture as far back as July 2000 to see if you can recall what was happening during that particular time in your life since it was the last time we had an eclipse on the North Node in Cancer. If you can’t remember and still feel unclear about all that is unfolding, don’t worry, more will be revealed during the Capricorn Lunar Eclipse on July 16th.
Psychologically speaking, when the Moon blocks the sun we must look to uncover our unconscious and be prepared for transitions and rapid changes to occur both internally and externally. Now let’s add in that this New Moon is in Cancer, the sign that feels everything and holds it all deep within. She’s kind, she’s loving, she’s tender, and she knows how to make you feel safe and feel protected. Just 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. Whatever your image just make sure it’s a place where you can let your guard down, and completely sink into your skin.
So for this eclipse think about the type of nurturing that you need and then think about how you can create a safe space to feel whatever it is that you need to feel.Just keep in mind that the Moon is strong in Cancer, its ruling sign, and when we add in eclipse energy we might find that we are all feeling a little bit more sensitive than usual.
This particular eclipse in Cancer also involves the North Node and so this energy is calling us forward onto a new path. Sounds ideal, doesn’t it? Of course this is also easier said than done because new paths often mean we must face unfamiliar and unpredictable territory. The tricky thing with this is that we tend to be creatures of habit and so it’s easy to fall back into our old patterns and worn out paths even if they don’t serve our highest good. So before we put all our energy on our new path forward, it will be helpful if we first address the South Node (past karma) in Capricorn. It will also help if we pay extra close attention to the planet Saturn, the ruler of Capricorn, that is cozied up incredibly close to this South Node and opposing this eclipse energy. Translation: this eclipse is asking us to face the cold, hard truth from our past and take responsibility for any unresolved issues that need some healing. Reminder: sometimes healing is messy and that’s more than okay.
We can’t move forward if we don’t let go of the past or better yet, find a way to integrate it. The good news is that Saturn isn’t trying to harm us or cause us pain, but he is ultimately trying to mature us. The key with Saturn is to learn how to embrace the lessons and not run from them. We can’t forget that Pluto is also in the picture and these two planets are moving closer and closer together and will meet on January 12, 2020. Pluto ups the anti and pushes us to take a good hard look in the mirror so that we can face the truth of who we really are. If you feel tempted to avoid the truth, just remember you will feel more empowered if you choose to face your fears. Hint: As you move towards vulnerability give yourself permission to let go of the outcome.
During this eclipse pay attention to anything that is holding you back and preventing you from moving forward. This can take shape through thoughts, actions, external situations, or any belief patterns that have limited you. Take a moment and reflect: Are there any limitations or restrictions that you are letting define you? Where do you feel stuck? What needs to be released so that you can move forward? Where are you repeating the same patterns over and over again? Where do you find yourself functioning on autopilot? What would it look like for you to step into your own authority? What is the unfinished business in your life that you are ready to address?
With the focus on releasing the past, I’ll end with Joseph Campbell’s words, “We must be willing to get rid of the life we’ve planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us. The old skin has to be shed before the new one can come.” So the real question is: are you ready to shed your skin and claim your path? If so, now is the perfect time.
While we all might feel pulled during this New Moon to let go of the past and move forward on a new path, we will each 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’re interested in 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.]