The moon is on her way to being new this Friday, July 9 in the watery sign of Cancer at 8:17pm CST. New moons occur every month when the sun and moon are in the exact same sign at the exact same degree; in astrology this is known as a conjunction. For this particular new moon the sun and moon will be at 18 degrees Cancer.
Zodiac Facts: Cancer
In astrology the zodiac signs are divided into one of the four elements; fire, earth, air or water. Cancer belongs to the water element along with Pisces and Scorpio. Being a water sign means feelings, sensitivity, love and intuition take center stage for Cancer. Out of the four elements, the water signs tend to be the most emotional zodiac signs. Just like Cancer’s ruler, the moon, the crab’s feelings can ebb and flow and pass through many phases within a day. Playing off some popular keywords associated with the sign of Cancer (home, mother, nurturing) the crab must learn to build a home, a safe container for their many feelings. A big lesson for Cancer is the need to not only nurture others but also themselves. Just like the other two water signs, Cancer must learn to have good boundaries meaning if they aren’t careful their caring nature can be taken advantage of by others.
There are three modalities or qualities in astrology; cardinal, fixed and mutable and Cancer belongs to the cardinal modality. The cardinal signs like to start and initiate things; they are the doers of the zodiac. Being such a feeling sign (water element) and a sign that likes to initiate things (cardinal modality) when can say Cancer likes to initiate or stir up feelings in others. Just like Pisces and Scorpio, Cancer needs a deep emotional bond in relationships; they want their partners/others to open up to them and share their feelings. Being intuitive, Cancer senses what others are feeling. Connecting with others’ on an emotional level can give others a feeling of being understood and taken care of. As mentioned earlier, boundaries are critical for Cancer otherwise they can feel completely overwhelmed by the feelings of those around them.
The ruling planet for Cancer is the moon and the astrological house associated with this sign is the 4th House. The moon is associated with night and the unconscious. The moon has a significant affect on our emotions and our moods hence the reason a full moon can be very emotional for us and of course this doubly true for Cancer since is their ruling luminary. The moon in our chart relays to our conscious minds the things we need to feel secure, taken care of and safe. The 4th House is the part of our chart that’s associated with family, mother, home, emotions and the conscious or unconscious needs we have that gives us a sense of security. Astrologically or magically speaking the sun is related to the masculine principle/dynamic and the moon is linked to the feminine principle/dynamic.
Zodiac Facts: New Moon in Cancer
As mentioned previously the new moon happens every month when the sun and moon are conjunct (in the same sign and degree) and is associated with new beginnings. The new moon is always the best time to make a wish or set an intention. Some people perform a ritual during a new moon to set their intentions in a sacred space. Powerful wishes and intentions that work really well with a Cancer new moon involve anything to do with the home like setting the intention that you’ll find the perfect new home for yourself. If you’ve had strained relationships in your family, this lunation creates the perfect energy to make a wish intending healing in these relationships.
Since the new moon is associated with new beginnings you can affirm that the past is done and over with and it’s now time for healing and a clean slate. In fact, the day before the new moon, which in this case is Thursday July 8, is known as the dark moon and this lunar phase is a time for getting quiet and even cleaning out a closet or drawer. This simple household ritual signals to the Universe you’re willing to let go of what no longer serves you and you’re open to new beginnings and a fresh start. Stress release is another great focus for this lunation.
If you work with stones, moonstone is an obvious choice. This stone has a soft, feminine energy to it that aids us in honing our intuition (another moon keyword) and fertility (another moon keyword).
Jupiter Retrograde: June 20 – Oct 18
Jupiter, the planet of good luck, good fortune, expansion and philosophy went retrograde on June 20 until October 18. When a planet goes retrograde we tend to have a more contemplative and inward experience of that planet’s energy. During this Jupiter retrograde period we will be searching for some higher meaning in our lives. We ask ourselves deeper, more philosophical questions about our lives. We don’t have to take action at the moment, we’ll probably do that when Jupiter goes direct, in the meantime we sit and notice what “is”. Since Jupiter can be linked to faith we can have lapses of faith during a Jupiter retrograde wondering if we really have what is takes to make some of the bigger changes in our lives. So this is a time to build and protect our faith. When Jupiter goes retrograde he doesn’t stop blessing us it’s just that a loss could be a blessing in disguise.