The New Moon in Cancer begins a 4-week period when we all have the opportunity to explore our Cancer nature and the areas of life corresponding to the Zodiac sign of Cancer—home, nurturing, childhood, emotional needs, intuition, belonging, bonding and family.
It is a great time to work on improving your self-care—the ways that you take care of yourself and tend to your needs. It is also a good time to check in with family, Significant Others and other people in your support system (who you can turn to when you need a hug or a pat on the back or a feeling of connection).
The New Moon is in a very close tri-octile aspect (also sometimes called a sesqui-quadrate or sesqui-square) to Neptune. This means the lunar cycle brings a sense of longing, an urge to surrender to something greater than ourselves, and an encounter with our ideals, hopes and dreams. However, there is a challenge here—we may get caught up in old unfulfilled needs from the past (e.g., childhood). Watch for these old issues being echoed in our here-and-now circumstances, and resonating with our old feelings and needs like a tuning fork.
It may be wise to take some time out and check in with yourself to see what's really going on deep down, when you find yourself swept away by feelings, urges or passions. What you think is happening may be laced with ghost images from your past that come more from inside you than from the outside situation. These underlying issues may normally be obscured and camouflaged behind the foreground of your day-to-day life. So take this opportunity to really look at what comes up now—just remember that what you think you're seeing may be a little different from what it appears to be.
The New Moon chart is also dominated by the Fixed T-square (see Jun.11 to Aug.02) of Jupiter squaring the Saturn-Chiron opposition, bringing swings between extremes of mood, ideals and optimism/pessimism. Although by now fading in influence, Mars is still conjunct Saturn and this brings a serious need to be cautious and responsible in our actions. "Looking before you leap" is probably wise. What we aspire to, what we hope for and our secret needs and desires are being tested against the need to accept certain limitations and responsibilities, and we are challenged to find a balance between these that pays homage to both. This is especially true when trying to balance the needs of the Inner Child with the grounded maturity of the Adult in us.
By getting a handle on this balance, we will be more prepared to deal with an encounter or confrontation with power, authority and control that probably began a couple of weeks ago (at the Full Moon in Gemini). The events and situations of that time have needed to be integrated with our struggle to balance hope with hard work, possibilities with realities, and intuition with logic. This integration process involving power, authority and control issues will continue until around the next Full Moon (Jul.10).
Our best strength now comes from our ability to believe that something better will emerge from whatever hardship or struggle is in your life. Perhaps that "something better" is a new philosophical understanding that draws from our deep intuitive wisdom. Or maybe it involves learning how to nurture ourselves (and others) in a way that doesn't sacrifice either the Inner Child or the Adult, but allows them both to co-exist and work together. Whatever way this manifests in your life, you have an opportunity (especially over the coming week) to reach for a more optimistic, expansive, meaningful perspective about what's happening in your life.
There are many different transits happening over the next couple of weeks, including Mercury Retrograde, a Jupiter station and a rather rare Mystic Rectangle aspect configuration. The interpretations here apply to everyone, but if any of these planets is interacting with your birth chart, you could be affected in ways that are unique to you. The only way to find out about all these influences and understand what they mean, is to consult a real astrologer. And you guessed it—I know just the person! ;-) Find out how you can book a personal astrology reading with me, Wendy Guy.
While Mercury struts through Leo, your creativity and self-expression are flying high! Your communication strives to express more than just facts or information – it wants to convey the dramatic energy that tells a story in larger-than-life proportions! How you perceive and experience life right now can be vivid, dramatic and fun, as you pick up more easily on the expressive and "feel-good" elements of what's happening around you. You may become very creative, inspired and motivated during this time. The downside is that it may also easier to indulge in a mindset that is self-serving, egotistical or overconfident. Your motives are likely to be noble, heroic and full of good intentions, but you could also become so in love with your vision of what's possible that you miss valid criticism or drawbacks. This is a time to enjoy the playful delights of sports, games, humor, fun and children.
This is a time when your understanding of the Big Picture and your place within it can click into place. As a result, your confidence and self-esteem can be quite high right now. Your ability to see opportunities and possibilities more clearly can produce an experience of being "lucky." Your insight into life and the world around you may be especially bright, optimistic and inspired. This is a "feel-good" transit, when your sense of self can seem to expand and become free. You may feel especially connected to spiritual energy during this time, finding new meaning in your live and the events that unfold around you. Self-confidence can run high now, and you could feel inspired to fight for justice or some cause. At the same time, there is a chance that all this self-assurance and "knowing" could go overboard into over-confidence, dogmatism or over-indulgence if it's not grounded in realism and humility. Just use your best judgment and enjoy this warm, shining energy!
Healing and rebalancing are possible now, especially in the areas of relationships, finance, resources and values. Any problems that have persisted in these areas lately could benefit from an influx of helpful and healing resources now. Relationships and interactions of all kinds can benefit now, since it can be easier to see the beauty and value in others whom you might usually dislike or feel ill at ease with (or they with you). Negotiations and strategic efforts to resolve conflicts may go smoothly now, especially when you balance the results in everyone's interests. You may also be able to attract what you need to heal your wounds (physical, psychological, spiritual, etc.). Like it says in the Serenity Prayer, you may now find it a bit easier to accept that which you cannot change, while finding you make progress with the things you can.
It is possible to find some stability in your relationships and finances under this transit, especially if you are willing to negotiate fairly and realistically. You have increased ability to be disciplined about spending and budgeting, and to invest in hard work to maximise your earnings. Your ability to grasp the solid, realistic facts will help you choose wisely in your investments of both money and your interaction with others. Commitment and structure may be easier to approach and achieve than if you take risks now. Your self-worth can benefit from this transit because you may be less inclined to give in to mood swings. On the other hand, if you are prone to depression, you might want to be careful you don't become so grounded and stable that you lose touch with your sense of hope and potential. It is a good time to make concrete progress in matters involving beauty, love, harmony and balance. Keep your pleasures simple and humble for maximum benefit.
Mercury now goes retrograde for the next 3-3½ weeks. For up to a week before and after today, Mercury is moving very slowly or stopped during the station. During this time, you may experience intensity, frustration, confusion, miscommunications, or feel like you're getting bogging down in your progress. Mercury retrograde is usually a time when it is best to rethink, rehash, reflect, and tie up old loose ends, rather than begin new ventures. It is typical for new insights and information to emerge later in the retrograde cycle that you didn't anticipate, which can change the whole picture. Because of this, it is usually advised to avoid making final or permanent decisions (e.g., signing contracts or putting new projects into action), during the retrograde and even up to 2 weeks after Mercury goes direct. However, it is an excellent time to do fact-finding, research and investigation to prepare for major decisions, which are usually best put off until well after Mercury goes direct. In the meantime, while Mercury is retrograde, expect the unexpected, and leave lots of extra time when planning your schedule (to minimize any disruptions from delays and complications). Stay flexible; for example, it's common to have to reschedule appointments. Do some things that use your intuitive, creative, non-rational mind for a while until Mercury goes direct again.
Mercury is going retrograde in Leo, which means it is a good time to look inside and examine your motives, self-image and creativity. Your unconscious could be closer to the surface now, and therefore your creativity might increase during this time. Dreams may be more vivid than usual and might give you new ideas and inspiration for creative projects and insight. On the other hand, your creativity could seem to suddenly disappear, which may mean it needs to germinate in your unconscious or perhaps just take a break for a while. You might find the normal self-talk chatter in your mind becomes a bit louder or more dramatic than usual during this time. By listening closely, you could learn a lot about your self-image, your deep-down motivations, and how you reinforce—or undermine—your self-esteem through your thoughts, internal "self-talk," and how you talk about yourself with others. For example, do you make jokes where you put yourself down? Are your thoughts encouraging or critical of what you do, think, feel or say? This is an opportunity to become more aware of how your self-image is formed, supported or undermined by your conscious perceptions.
One way to explore your self-image and increase your self-awareness is through a personal astrology reading. Mercury retrograde can be a very powerful time to get a reading because the underlying issues and dynamics are often more accessible. Find out more!
For up to a week before and after today, you have a chance to discover and work with your blind spots and the hidden motives that trip you up. You can get a better look at the ideals, hopes, longing and dreams that motivate you. Your actions may reach for heights of inspiration or the ecstasy of surrender. This could bring release of tension...or an encounter with illusion and deception—and it might not be easy to know which is which. It could feel like you are spinning your wheels or "shadow-boxing" and not sure why. You may be dealing with a hidden agenda or unconscious motives (yours or someone else's). You might be trying to apply a proactive solution to an ambiguous situation, and wonder why it doesn't work very well. Responding to conflicts or obstacles in a passive-aggressive or manipulative way could be tempting under this transit, since it may be hard to know how to take direct and effective action. Resentment might become a defiant way to express "toothless" anger. Part of the problem may be that you are fighting against your own unconscious idealism. Feelings of disappointment, helplessness or frustration may bring up deeper feelings from your unconscious, making it difficult to know how to respond effectively in the here-and-now. Being honest with yourself about what's really going on inside you will go a long way toward increasing your empowerment.
Under this transit, you may be tempted by impulse spending, or you might be somewhat erratic in your use of resources. This can result in unpredictable or unstable finances, so double check your bank accounts and credit cards before you draw on them. It is also a time when the way you relate to others (or they to you) could be somewhat inconsistent, fickle or impulsive. If your relationships or financial situation have been struggling with difficulties for a while, this transit could bring a lingering problem to the surface and require attention. On one hand, this could be a welcome breath of fresh air that cuts through the complexity of your problems and puts the cards on the table (despite the stress and conflict that likely triggered it). Or, you might feel resistance to making these changes and instead experience this as a time of unwelcome instability, upset and adjustment. However, this may be a good way to break free of excessive restraint, control or structure, which allows new possibilities to emerge that couldn't do so otherwise.
For up to a week before and after this date, the ideals of knowledge, truth, optimism and faith could become beacons of energy in your life. Activity in these areas that have developed in your life over the last 5 months, now reach a turning point. For the next 3 months, you can start to apply and assimilate what you've learned. For example, if you have been taking a course or exploring your belief system, this can be a time when you are able to put your discoveries into practice or find that you are able to integrate this learning into your worldview. This turning point may be intense, overwhelming, inspiring and/or illuminating. You could discover new meaning in areas of life that had become stale or worn out, or you might realise that old meaning and understanding don't work for you anymore and need to be let go.
You are more open than usual to spontaneity, surprises and "flying by the seat of your pants!" Your sense of humour and fun are let loose during this transit, as is your ability to break out of old outworn habits. You may get a flash of insight, a burst of courage or a surge of inspiration under this transit. The spirit of who you are can become released now, possibly leading to you behaving a bit "out of character." It's a great time to try new things and experiment with something that's out of character for you. In fact, it may be surprising how easy it is to break out of your usual routine...so much so, that it's good to be careful not to be too reckless under this transit. If your self-confidence, self-expression or self-esteem have been stifled or dampened lately, these could come flying out rather erratically, carelessly or chaotically. Strive to have fun pushing the envelope without ripping it. ;-)
A Mystic Rectangle is constructed from both stressful and harmonious aspect energy--which kind of sums up what it will feel like! Mars—the part of us that wants to be forceful, direct and aggressive—must bow to Neptune's imaginative, compassionate and ambiguous energy. Venus—the part of us that prefers to be receptive, gentle and diplomatic—must rise to meet Pluto's heavy, transformative and intense energy. On the outside, we are plugged in to larger-than-life energy that can be used for some profound purpose. On the inside, we are likely to feel the stress and power of what it takes to hold this collective energy together. Relationships can be affected, as we are challenged to be more open to intimacy (although not necessarily sexually) and more willing to make sacrifices for a higher purpose (although not to the point of erasing ourselves out of the picture). There is a lot of high voltage energy in this configuration that can be extremely creative, productive and inspiring. But it will also take a paradoxical combination of self-control and surrender to fully utilize it.
This can be a time of romance, creativity, and a sense of oneness with the natural beauty of all that exists in the world. On a social or intimate level, things may run smoothly—even a bit magically! So be sure you are clear about what you really want. In terms of finances and material worth, this can be a time of blessings and abundance that could seem to appear out of nowhere. But be careful—it can also be a time of overspending and wondering where the money went! Your natural beauty and warmth shines through now, so it is a good time to peek out from behind any façade of glamour or illusion you might be cloaked in. You are likely to see the very best in others (and they in you), so that negotiation, interaction and attraction can seem to flow effortlessly. This magical attraction energy could also open you up to seeing wonderful qualities in others that may or may not actually be there, so do a reality check with a trusted friend before you make any important choices.
Jul.10 – Mercury Retrograde enters Cancer (until Aug.10)
While Mercury is retrograde in Cancer, you could become unusually sensitive to your surroundings. You might also become more empathic toward others, able to pick up on their moods, needs and feelings. Emotional and intuitive awareness may be more pronounced, although at first it might just seem like you're a bit more moody. This can be a good time to get a closer look at the feelings that flow under the surface of your conscious awareness. Dreams, daydreams, fantasies and imaginings could provide valuable insight and clues into your emotional state of mind. Creative ideas could bubble up spontaneously or intermittently. You might change your mind about something you thought you'd already decided on—perhaps because you start to "feel" differently about the situation. This is a time when feelings and intuitive perceptions may emerge, which you would normally suppress, dismiss or lose in your usual mental chatter. Listening inside to your feelings can bring gifts of insight and intuitive awareness.
The Full Moon in Capricorn is the culmination of the energy that began two weeks ago at the New Moon in Cancer. Capricorn is about manifestation—about solidifying into form the planning, preparation and actions that have led to this point in time. This happens during the last half of every lunar cycle—from the Full Moon until the next New Moon—and with this Full Moon being in Capricorn, it emphasises this aspect of manifestation.
What will be manifested? For one thing, all the learning we have gathered while the T-Square has been in the skies. This is the Saturn opposite Chiron, T-squared by Jupiter, configuration that has been in effect since mid-May (initially as part of a Grand Cross configuration, then half of it lingering for a few weeks afterwards). For two months now, we have wrestled with finding ways to balance responsibility and ambition with the need to preserve our uniqueness and freedom in the face of limitations that don't have easy answers. We have been challenged to find a sense of higher purpose, greater understanding and growth in the midst of those struggles.
So...what have you learned? What have you gained? What have you let go of that was holding you back? And how have you arrived at acceptance for limitations and realities that you have not been able to resolve? This is a time to acknowledge and appreciate what you have achieved through this process. But even if it feels more like coercion by circumstances than achievement, you will likely find that despite the disappointment, disillusionment or frustration you're feeling, you have managed to get through a challenging time. In other words, even if the results aren't what you'd hoped, you can probably identify skills, resources and abilities that you've been able to draw on that brought you through difficult times.
This is a time to begin to do closure with the struggles, hardships, learning, struggling, striving and achieving that you've done in the last couple of months. This closure is a process in itself (not an instantaneous event) which will unfold over the next few weeks...starting with acknowledging, appreciating, honouring and/or accepting the ways you got through the last couple of months.
Doing this also means owning and taking responsibility for the means that got you through those times. If you made some choices that you have since thought better of, this is the time to recognize that and consider how you might do it again, given a similar choice. If you found yourself overwhelmed and unprepared, not knowing how to deal effectively with the challenge in front of you, this is the time to think about what skills, resources, methods and attitudes you need to put into place so that you won't be caught off guard again.
Mercury is still retrograde until the July 28, so don't let yourself fall into an insecure mindset or questioning yourself to the point of losing confidence. You may get some unexpected or disquieting news, insights or feedback now, but this may contain valuable information that can open your mind to new ideas and perspectives. You will be able to assimilate and apply these ideas better after the next New Moon (when Mercury turns Direct again).
In the meantime, it's a good time to gather information, research at a deeper level, "do your homework" and generally expand your knowledge base. With Mercury retrograde in Cancer (the sign of the current lunar cycle), it's especially helpful to talk about your feelings, identify your emotional needs and verify your intuition. You can benefit by confiding in a supportive person you feel comfortable with, who can provide caring insight—for example: a long talk with a trusted friend, a session with your therapist, or a personal reading with an astrological counsellor.
You may feel a strong urge to embrace and engage power, assert your desires and act on deep impulses. Your sexual energy could also be very high now (use it wisely). You might feel like nothing can stop you or hold you back. In fact, the ability to create change and take action is especially strong right now. If you have been preparing to put plans into action, this can be a powerful time to do so. But also be aware that too much of a good thing can sometimes backfire—it is possible to overstep your bounds or come on a bit too strong, with this energy. Suppressed anger, frustration or an urge to "vanquish the enemy" may be expressed more forcefully than you intend. It will help to center yourself and focus on acknowledging your emotions, impulses and power—then use your good judgment when deciding whether or how to act on them.
Under this transit you could experience great intensity and challenge in your relationships or financial matters. It is a time to delve into the depths of your personal issues that associated with relationships, finances, resources and values. That means being willing to examine the under-the-surface dynamics and hidden patterns that affect these areas of your life. These emerging patterns could indicate a need to come to terms with your "Shadow"—this could include unconscious hidden agendas, secret desires, obsessions or power games. You have an opportunity now to learn more about how you project this "Shadow" onto others through your interactions, expectations, hopes and fears. At its best, this can be a time to transform fear into fortitude and powerlessness into endurance. By being willing to negotiate and work with your fears, feelings of intimidation or efforts to gain empowerment through self-honesty, you have the potential to create a win-win situation.
It is possible now to take a balanced approach to conflict, problems and projects that require effort. This can combine both a gentle touch and firm action; sensitivity and forcefulness. Negotiation and interaction with others could be aggressive and determined now, but also balanced with sensitivity and style. Any expressions of anger, frustration or discontent are more likely to be tempered with fairness, moderation and composure. You'll have to apply some effort to get these opposite energies working in sync together, but the potential and opportunity are there more-so than usual now.
When the Sun conjoins Mercury Retrograde, there is a new beginning in the areas of awareness, communication, use of information and exchange of ideas. This may or may not be heralded by a recognisable event or experience, although for a day or two your consciousness may shift. Your awareness and mental concentration may take a dip into the unconscious, becoming unusually murky and muddy, or it may rise into ultra-consciousness and become suddenly clear and lucid (afterwards returning to the usual Mercury retrograde fog). A new awareness or perspective on what has unfolded during the retrograde cycle thus far may surface now, or an unworkable attitude or perception of these events may fall apart under the weight of new information. This shift of awareness may be obvious or subtle, sudden or gradual, but this transit marks a turning point in the Mercury retrograde cycle. It also marks a time when mental awareness often goes further underground, for the rest of the retrograde period, making it a little harder to operate objectively and rationally in the outside world. Spend some time in your right-brain, intuitive, non-rational mind, which can coax your mental creativity and inventiveness to the surface.
Your focus in relationships may shift for a while to family, loved ones and people in your support system. You may also find that your interactions with others takes on a quality that echoes the past, perhaps childhood, and you want to reach out to connect with others more than usual—or to avoid it if those echoes are not pleasant ones. You could be especially sensitive to getting your emotional needs met, or how others want their needs to be met. Interactions with others may bring up a deep need to belong and to connect and bond with others on a personal level. The need to feel secure and safe could come up in a variety of forms now—either directly as a feeling of vulnerability, or indirectly disguised as defensiveness or manipulation. This could also a time when you want to be somewhat protective and cautious in your handling of money, possessions and other resources, striving to conserve and cultivate these areas in order to nurture them for future growth.
You are likely to have a lot of energy for working in practical ways under this transit. This can be a good time to respond to projects, challenges and obstacles with some analytical problem-solving. It may be easier now to take action in ways that are adaptable and flexible to match the situation at hand. However, it is also possible for your actions to become fragmented or bogged down in detail, so try to approach what you do with a purpose and an easily reachable goal in mind. Health issues may be a focus now, either out of necessity (health problems may flare up) or out of motivation (determination to improve your health). If you are looking for a new job, this could be a good time to get focused and go after what you want. It is also a good time to devote your energy to service of some kind. For example, you could help a friend move, or volunteer at the local food bank, or just perform some "acts of random kindness."
Happy Solar Return to all Leos! Today the Sun moves into its own sign, so its radiant energy is extra bright during this time. Leo's focus is on identity, individuality, self-esteem, creativity, self-expression and fun. You can benefit by rejuvenating, revitalising and rekindling the fiery spirit of who you are. Celebrate your existence! Do something that reminds you about who you are. Recharge your batteries and do things that help you return to the centre of the orbiting circumstances in your life—not spinning around at the edges where you feel at the mercy of everything around you. What are you doing (or what do you want to do) in your life that express the passions that move you? What is the focus of your sense of purpose in life, and what is your next step in moving toward that? If you've been feeling like you're stuck or have lost your sense of purpose, do something that uplifts you. If you could do anything with your life that you wanted to, what would it be? And what one thing (even just a small thing) can you do to take a step toward that goal? Rejuvenate your sense of self and do things that help you to just BE who you are. Hang out with children and watch how they play and are spontaneously free. Find ways to connect to your joyful Inner Child. Celebrate your existence!
Although the Jupiter-Uranus trine is a little on the wide side (4-5 degrees), Venus makes a trine to both of them during this time range and forms a Grand Trine in Water signs (Venus in Cancer, Jupiter in Scorpio, Uranus in Pisces). The total effect may produce results like an unexpected windfall in finances or your material worth. Or, you might be able to obtain what you need but through unusual sources; for example, you might not have the money to buy a new "widget" but you might find you can barter for one instead. This planetary combination could also bring new ways of seeing value in people, situations and things that had previously seemed ordinary or out of reach or out of sync with your needs. However, you will probably have to make a point of tuning into this possibility in order to make use of it. It can be easy to take this potential for granted and not actively use it to enrich your life. You might simply have a background feeling of feeling good and being a bit more open to optimism and new possibilities.
Next Update: New Moon in Leo - July 25, 2006
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