NEW MOON AND SOLAR ECLIPSE IN CANCER-Change or be changed (July 1, 2011)

This month’s New Moon finds both the Moon and Sun in conjunction (0°) at 10° of Cancer.  To further clarify how this New Moon in Cancer will impact you on a personal level, locate 10° of Cancer in your birth/natal chart.  The issues associated with that house are going to be the most affected by this New Moon’s presence.  Specifically, where we need to focus on our needs and how to meet them.

This New Moon is the powerful culmination of a 4-week period of major changes and crucial developments that have been occurring on a personal, interpersonal, and/or societal level.  As most of you know, the last 4 weeks have not been for the faint of heart!  This New Moon is also the last of 3 eclipses that occurred during June and July.  All eclipses provide doorways to higher levels of consciousness.

New Moons are always times of new beginnings, but when they occur with an eclipse, the potential for new beginnings is even greater.  Normally, a Solar Eclipse in Cancer would mean interruptions in family plans, individual enterprises, or home building.  However, this New Moon and partial Solar Eclipse could be the most powerful point in 2011.  At this time, the Sun, Moon, Saturn, Uranus, and Pluto form a dynamic cardinal grand cross.  The Sun and Moon are in opposition (180°) to each other, and Saturn and Uranus are also in opposition (180°) to each other.  And the ends of each of the lines square (90°) each other, forming a perfect cross in the sky.  All of these planets are in cardinal signs.  Cardinal energy is all about movement and new beginnings.  Therefore, on a personal and societal level, it’s time to change or be changed.

This cardinal grand cross involves 3 outer planets (Jupiter and beyond).  All outer planets represent transpersonal energies and evolutionary processes.  Given that these three planets (i.e., Saturn, Uranus, Pluto) are involved in squares (i.e., turning points) within the cardinal grand cross, this means we have very likely reached a major crossroads, where the old must be broken down in order for the new to be born..

Of these 3 outer planets, Saturn forms the closest aspect within the cardinal grand cross.  Saturn’s counsel is to take responsibility and take charge.  But right now, Saturn’s influence is even more potent given it just recently turned direct on Sunday, June 12, which means its energy is building and cannot be ignored.

Uranus is the planet of change, and its energy is typically experienced as being unpredictable, volatile, and necessary for a new order to emerge.  Uranus is in fiery Aries, which is likely resulting in movement toward both innovations and independence.  It often will awaken and liberate us.  A New Moon in Cancer is typically experienced as a protective and territorial time, but Uranus’s presence says that the safety we seek is not about holding onto our fears and allowing them to dictate our decisions; rather, it is about finding new ways to pursue our dreams.

This is especially true now because on Saturday, July 9 Uranus will begin its next retrograde period, which will last until December 10.  This will shift our focus on change inward . . . inside ourselves, inside our families, inside our communities.  It will also extend the major turbulence of this compelling Solar Eclipse for at least a week before and a week after the actual Solar Eclipse.

A few days before this New Moon, the Sun will sextile (60°) Jupiter.  This harmonious alignment suggests that more is better.  There is a risk of self-indulgence and overconsumption (of all kinds), but good judgment should prevail, enabling us to use the days around the New Moon to make wise decisions, especially related to professional ambitions and financial matters.

Additionally, Uranus is square (90°) the Sun, symbolizing the need for change that brings increased independence.  We may resist rules and plans, even those rules and plans that we’ve made for ourselves.  Instead, we may opt for a radical shift in attitude and activities.  Freedom-loving Uranus resists attempts at control or accommodation.  However, originality and innovation is also associated with this pairing when their energies can be directed toward creating the future.

On Monday, June 27, Pluto in Capricorn exactly opposes (180°) the Sun in Cancer.  Oppositions from Pluto require that we deal with our fears, our shadow, and our power.  Resistance to change is not recommended with this transformational opposition.  Power struggles are possible, but we could find alternative solutions that may not have been considered before.  Why?  Because Mars is in a sweet, supportive sextile (60°) to Uranus at this time, which means there will be energy to make those profound changes.  We may also discover a new set of tools and fresh solutions to old problems.

Given the square (90°) between Pluto and Uranus, there is increasing momentum for a quantum leap.  The last time Saturn, Uranus, and Pluto were within a few degrees of aspect of each other was in the 1960s, a decade of both exceptional creativity and worldwide turmoil.  We are being pushed to manifest more freedom personally and globally.  And given this is happening at the same time as the New Moon and Solar Eclipse simply increases the likelihood that new priorities will emerge.  There may even be a restructuring of economic, social, and political institutions.  And given that Jupiter in Taurus is also playing a role at this time, simple, down-to-Earth solutions may be the best solutions.

On the day of the New Moon (Friday, July 1), Mercury moves into Leo.  It’s time to have some bold ideas, get in touch with your creativity, and explore the needs of your Divine inner child.  And the next day (Saturday, July 2), The Sun is square (90°) Saturn.  Whether we are feeling confident or not, it’s important now to consider the consequences of our actions and heed Saturn’s call for patience and commitment to long-term goals rather than allowing ourselves to be distracted by short-term pleasures.

On Sunday, July 3, Venus enters Cancer, where it will remain for a few weeks.  This will likely give us the urge to seek out familiar places, faces, and habits.  We may want to cuddle in the safety of a warm blanket or seek the support of a loving person.  You will find you feel ready for more intimate connections.

Later in the week, there is a very powerful trine (120°) between Jupiter and Pluto.  But because it involves slow moving planets, the effect will likely last for the week before and the week after Thursday, July 7 . . . thereby overlapping with the New Moon & Solar Eclipse.  This harmonious trine will help all of us make any needed transformations.  We will have the help we need to expand our minds and reexamine belief systems in order to find down-to-Earth solutions.

Overall, this New Moon and partial Solar Eclipse indicate that we are beginning a new, rather lengthy period of transformation.  No major changes need to be made now, but it’s time to begin asking yourself what needs to be cut out of your life for your light to shine more fully?  This volatile grouping of planets in cardinal signs is urging us to act.  The Solar Eclipse in Cancer urges us to give birth to new forms, cultivate life, get creative, share ideas and resources, build relationships, and experiment with alternatives.  Rather than fighting with the old, focus on building something new.  We are being called to do something different, which also means not participating in what keeps us divided and paralyzed.


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


  • New Moon at 10° of Cancer
  • Friday, July 1, 2011 at 1:55 a.m. PDT
  • Friday, July 1, 2011 at 4:55 a.m. EST
  • Friday, July 1, 2011 at 8:55 a.m. GMT


  • The Mountain Astrologer (magazine)
  • Various online sources
  • Anne’s interpretations