As the Moon rules Cancer, she is at home in this sign. Consequently her energy feels more pronounced, more immediate. It’s like someone tapping on your shell, quietly calling ‘is anyone home?’. Under this lunation we are rocked on the sea of emotions. A quiet lullaby floats back to you from the mists of time.
The Moon and the sign Cancer are all about the Mother – your own, your inner Mother and the Divine Mother. Cancer is about your needs. What nourishes you? What protects you? What makes you feel safe? It’s your own four walls; the home you live in. It’s your family, whether through blood ties or those you choose as family. Cancer represents who you are when your guard is down; your soft inner side that only those special people who are closest to you get to see.
I just heard about the passing of someone in someone else’s family. I shed a few tears. Sorrow is something will all know. I’m one of those people who cries just as easily for others as I do for myself. The already emotional Moon is trine to Neptune and widely opposite Pluto. Feelings then are intensified – grief, longing, love, compassion, forgiveness. There may be a powerful undertow that pulls you back to old memories from childhood, those that make you smile, those you’d rather forget. It’s the memory of standing at the seashore, bare feet gritted with sand, the soft foam of water washing them clean as the tide comes in. It’s a sense of belonging, the soul’s longing to reconnect, to dive into the ocean.
You may feel nostalgic. In Portuguese there is a word ‘saudade’. It describes the longing for something that may never come again, the sweetness of what once was, the hope that it will return. It’s all these things and more, wrapped up into a single word that expresses that beautiful ache in your heart.
Look to where the New Moon occurs in your own chart and the house with Cancer on the cusp. This is where you need to treat yourself tenderly, where you need a soft spot to fall. It is also the place where you may need to learn to develop a hard shell to deal with what’s beyond your front door.
With the New Moon aspecting outer planets, this lunation reminds you of the big picture; the turning of the seasons; the grand passage of life to death and beyond. Bless your ancestors. You are called to remember your love for those nearest and dearest but also to spread that love beyond your immediate family.
We all need a little softness sometimes. The New Moon chart captures the waning Mars-Uranus opposition. There may have been shocks, upsets, unsettling things happening. In stressful times, it’s good to know who you can count on. Sometimes you may need to curl up in a foetal position and rock yourself to sleep. And that’s ok. Give yourself what you need at this time. Go with the flow.
The New Moon is on the Sabian Symbol :-
Game Birds Feathering Their Nests
There’s an element of preparing for growth in this symbol. Jupiter is in the degree of the Nodes during this Moon in a tense square aspect. Growth is a dynamic process. It’s important to prepare now for the opportunities that are coming later. The process begins at home – not only your physical home but the ‘home’ within you. Do you feel at home with yourself?
Maybe you need a nest egg for future developments – a course of study, to travel, to do the things you want to do. What do you need to put in place in order to ensure your security for the future? Whilst the sign Cancer is generally good with money, think beyond the material. What needs to be secured within you?
Note the reference to ‘game birds’ in the Sabian symbol. It implies that the young of these birds will eventually become food for humans. Symbolically then, there is a suggestion that what you are growing has the potential to ‘feed’ others. It’s about being aware of the interconnection of all life, the symbiotic round. What you do has an effect on others. Prepare well now and you can provide not only for yourself but give sustenance to the world as a whole.
The strength of this Moon is that it opens your heart. Go with it. Let the process happen. Embrace your inner child. By connecting with your emotions you learn to trust your gut instincts. Show kindness to yourself and others. A single act of compassion can be life changing. And remember – whilst emotions can be complex and unfathomable, when you were a child you laughed when you were happy and cried when you were sad. There is a simplicity in just feeling. So just feel it and then let it pass – for all things come and go, like the ocean tide. It is the ebb and flow of life.