NEW MOON IN CANCER – Remember, emotions are our friends! (June 27, 2014)

Astrology New Moon Full MoonIn the Pacific Time Zone, the New Moon will occur at 1:08 a.m. on Friday, June 27.  This New Moon finds the Moon and Sun in conjunction (0°) at 6° of Cancer.  To further clarify how this New Moon will impact you on a personal level, locate 6° of Cancer in your birth/natal chart.  The issues associated with that house are going to be most influenced by this New Moon’s presence.

All New Moons represent a time when we experience new emotional starts and can set new intentions in the areas associated with the sign.  Cancer is a cardinal water sign that is associated with family, security needs, food, and emotions.  The annual New Moon in Cancer is a time when we need to be particularly aware of our feelings and cultivate our ability to recognize them as indicators of what we want and what we don’t want . . . of what is healthy for us and what is harmful.

The Cancer New Moon is also a time when we often feel a need to pull inward in order to pause, reflect, and receive the new information that is ready to be brought up from our subconscious and into conscious awareness.  All New Moons are associated with new options becoming apparent, and during a Cancer New Moon, it’s important to take the time to explore our psyches in order to let these new insights and realizations emerge out of the shadows.  If we take the time and energy to do this, we may see a shift in how we view ourselves, others, and even the world!

One of the common interpretations of the New Moon in Cancer is that this is a time when it’s important to become aware of any repressed feelings.  If our feelings are not acknowledged, then we can become ill . . . physically, emotionally, mentally, or spiritually.  It’s important to remember now (and always) that emotions are our friends!  They help us recognize our needs, and to understand which needs are and aren’t being met.  When we suppress our emotions, we are blocking a wonderful tool.  Without this flow of information, we may experience the shadow side of the Cancer energy . . . becoming dependent on others to tell us what is true for us, which rarely turns out well.  At an extreme, we can become addicted to substances or to activities and relationships that aren’t healthy for us.

However, the lower expression of this New Moon in Cancer is less likely to emerge this year because the Sun and Moon form a wonderful supportive trine (120°) to Neptune in Pisces.  Because Neptune is in retrograde, this means we are less likely to be lost in a fog of a our own delusions.  And given this New Moon occurs relatively close to the Summer Solstice, it’s a powerful “seeding time.”  Actions initiated now have more chance of taking root and flourishing than usual.  But this will be more likely to happen if we can use the compassionate, spiritual nature of Neptune to surrender all of our fears and embrace the power of faith, imagination, and the Divine.  It’s important now to leave regrets behind, and focus on forgiveness of self and others.  If we can begin to imagine a life filled with bountiful harvests, then this will provide fertile soil for young ideas to sprout.  But at this time, we also need to be emotionally flexible.  In order to thrive and survive, these young sprouts need to be able to sway with any unexpected changes that may come up.  So being flexible and adaptable is very important now, as is being self-nurturing, which will support any necessary healing.

And changes are likely because this positive spiritual soup is spiced up just a few hours after the New Moon by a wide cardinal grand cross between the Sun/Moon, Mars, Uranus, and Pluto.  Some astrologers see this as one final “push” for us to evolve on our spiritual paths following all the cardinal energy that has been present since December 2013.  And once again, there is a cosmic imperative to be flexible now because the presence of Uranus means that the only thing we can safely expect is the unexpected.  But the supportive trine to Neptune discussed above is still in effect, which will help us be more adaptable, provide us with a greater capacity for self-acceptance, and allow us to more easily believe in Divine protection.

On Sunday, June 29, the Sun forms an exact trine (120°) to Neptune.  This can tenderly open our hearts to new love, from ourselves or from others.  You may find that you are in the right place at the right time, or you could feel inspired to initiate self-improvement programs or participate in charitable groups.  However, a square (90°) between Venus and Neptune the same day could cause some fog to roll in when it comes to romantic relationships.  Yes, having Neptune in retrograde reduces the chance of a total fog bank moving in, but it’s still important to be aware that if a relationship starts now, the “highs” could be very high . . . but the “lows” that come later could be equally as extreme.  Be careful not to set yourself up for disappointments in relationships, and this also applies to financial situations or anything that seems “too good to be true.”

On Tuesday, July 1, we can all collectively let out a sigh of relief when Mercury begins moving direct again.  I have spoken to so many people during the last few days who underestimated the intensity of this particular Mercury retrograde period . . . me included!  If you have been hit hard by this one, it may help to know that you are not alone!!!  As Mercury slows down and gradually begins moving forward again around July 1, many of us will see a decrease in the number of technological snafus and interpersonal miscommunications.  Information will begin flowing freely again; and in the coming weeks, we will find ourselves able and willing to take action on the ideas that we stewed on during the Mercury retrograde period.

As we move into early- and mid-July, a t-square begins to form in the sky above us.  T-squares occur when there are two planets opposite (180°) each other and they both are squaring (90°) another planet.  They look like a right triangle.  Because they cause great tension, they often spur us to action, similar to a horse having a burr under its saddle.  Action is required to ease the pressure.  With this T-square, the Sun in Cancer will oppose (180°) Pluto on Friday, July 4, square (90°) Uranus on Tuesday, July 8, and then square (90°) Mars on Friday, July 18.  All of this may result in power struggles and possibly even some explosive events.  We are being asked to look inward at those parts of ourselves that have been disowned . . . parts that may be projected outward if they are not owned as our own issue(s).  If we can face these dark corners of our psyches and work toward self-acceptance, then explosions can be avoided.  However, if we ignore what we need to look at, then the Universe will oblige and help you see what you aren’t willing to face.  If you can do the work, then the rewards are great, including a more profound sense of purpose.  Given the involvement of Uranus, we may see unexpected events happen that will lead us to experience new levels of freedom and innovation.  Remember, with the energy of Uranus, the only problem is when we resist change; so again, everyone is being encouraged now to be flexible, adaptable, and embrace change.

Luckily, during this time, the Sun forms a supportive trine (120°) to stabilizing Saturn (which is exact on Tuesday, July 8).  This will likely provide us with the maturity that we need to manage any sudden changes and the wisdom to see how we can benefit from them.  An increased sense of self-trust and reliability is likely now, and you may be able to make progress on a big project.  But with this aspect, the key is “slow and steady wins the race.”  Positive outcomes are definitely possible for those who act responsibly, approach issues in a practical manner, and come from a place of integrity.

Overall, this New Moon in Cancer provides us with a wonderful opportunity to heal emotional issues, but it is quickly followed by some pressure-packed configurations that will likely provide us with some unexpected changes.  Being flexible and adaptable is key now, as is looking inward to find issues that need to be faced in order to move forward on our spiritual and life paths.  Cancer is very associated with the feminine . . . with the mother energy.  We are being asked to look carefully at what we want to give birth to next.  Questions we could ask ourselves now include, “What feeds my heart and my soul?” and “What and where do I need to grow?”  Due to the influence of Cancer, movement forward will happen if we remember to nurture ourselves and “If we don’t change, we don’t grow. If we don’t grow, we are not really living. Growth demands a temporary surrender of security.” (Gail Sheehy)

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THIS BLOG POST WAS WRITTEN BY

  • Anne Reith, Ph.D. (www.AnneReith.com)

INFORMATION TAKEN FROM

  • The Mountain Astrologer (magazine)
  • Various online sources (e.g., www.cafeastrology.com)

REMINDER

  • New Moons and Full Moons often influence us for the 3 days before and 3 days after the actual event.

NEW MOON

New Moon at 6° of Cancer

  • Friday, June 27, 2014, 1:08 a.m. PDT
  • Friday, June 27, 2014, 4:08 a.m. EDT
  • Friday, June 27, 2014, 8:08 a.m. GMT