NEW MOON IN CANCER – Don’t underestimate this one! (July 15, 2015)

Astrology-New-Moon-Full-MoonIn the Pacific Time Zone, the New Moon will occur at 6:24 p.m. on Wednesday, July 15. This New Moon finds the Moon and Sun in conjunction (0°) at 24° of Cancer. To further clarify how this New Moon will impact you on a personal level, locate 24° 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.

When New Moons come along, we are being given a chance at a new start and an opportunity to set new intentions in the sign in which it occurs. With this New Moon in Cancer, our focus will shift away from a more social focus (Gemini) and toward our personal and family life (family in whatever way we define it). This may be a time when we are questioning what we need in order to feel like we are “home.” Issues around security, emotions, and the past will likely come to the forefront. In addition to the Sun and Moon being located in the sign of Cancer, both Mercury and Mars are also in the sign of the crab. This means that in addition to the impact of the New Moon in Cancer, we will be thinking about (Mercury) and taking action (Mars) around Cancerian issues.

At the time of the Full Moon, Mercury and Mars are exactly conjunct (0°) each other in Cancer. They are also exactly opposite (180°) Pluto and are squaring (90°) Uranus (and Uranus and Pluto are still in a wide square (90°) to each other). This forms a t-square (right triangle) in the sky above us. Given the planets involved, this t-square is very powerful, potentially volatile, and could be life-changing. Because Uranus and Pluto are included in this t-square, we may find ourselves thinking back (Mercury in Cancer) to the issues that came up during the seven Uranus-Pluto squares that happened during 2012-2015. Individually and as a society, we are all being asked to continue to integrate the concepts of equality and peace in our lives. And we may feel ready to make decisions around our home and personal life (Mars in Cancer).

Due to the strong emphasis on Cancer, we may also be inclined to review past wounds related to our needs, which can lead to the healing of very old and deep issues (Pluto’s involvement). However, this level of healing is only accessible to those willing to be totally honest with both ourselves and others. Luckily, free-flowing trines (120°) exist between the New Moon, Chiron, and Saturn. This forms a supportive water grand trine (equilateral triangle). Emotional issues (New Moon in Cancer) are likely to be present, but the energy of the trines permits us to take responsibility for them (Saturn) and move to a place of healing (Chiron). Therefore, this may be a time when we are more able to accept and forgive as we move out of fear and into a place of love. Forgiving doesn’t mean forgetting; it just means letting go of the energy so you can move forward without something weighing you down.

Remember that nothing is “bad” or “good” in astrology; the stars simply indicate possibilities. The increased awareness provided through astrology gifts us with the ability to make free will choices about how to use the energies that are being activated. With this New Moon, the planets Mars and Pluto are still in opposition (180°) to each other (see Full Moon in Capricorn for more about this). We need to realize that power struggles are possible now, so it is best to not push anyone too far. Everyone will be feeling this stress. Mercury is also in opposition (180°) to Pluto, so it is likely that there will be less “mental filtering” of what we think, write, and say. Our words may carry a lot more power right now, even more power than we intended. Secrets may be uncovered during this time. Therefore, now is not the time to jump into the fray and try to fix what we believe is broken. The most productive use of this energy is to be physically active and use the mental and emotional tenacity inherent in these aspects to tackle any problems in our private, inner world.

Luckily, the days following the New Moon bring in a much quieter energy. By Saturday, July 18, Venus leaves Leo and moves into the earthy sign of Virgo. Because Venus will turn retrograde on Saturday, July 25, Venus will only remain in Virgo for 2 weeks before it returns to Leo (see below). Given the ongoing influence of Cancer right now, Venus in Virgo may cause us to look back at relationships from our past or to bring people from our past back into our lives.

Saturday, July 18, also sees a square (90°) between Mercury and Uranus. Mercury represents the lower mind and Uranus the higher mind. With a square between them, this could be a day when we feel mentally agitated and are being asked to look at something in a new way. Given the involvement of Uranus, this change in perspective could be caused by something surprising or unexpected. Although this aspect could be challenging to our nervous system, it might usher in brilliant ideas.

Luckily, Mercury is trining (120°) Chiron the next day (Sunday, July 19). This supportive aspect will help us to think and talk about sensitive issues. We can effectively use words to heal at this time. It’s a nice day to have heart-to-heart conversations, because not only will we feel more inclined to listen compassionately to others, but others will be more willing to listen to us.

Although we will be feeling the impact of this for a few days before and after the actual event, on Tuesday, July 21, the Sun exactly trines (120°) Saturn. This is a time period when we will feel grounded and stable. Yes, we may have a tendency to overwork right now, but we will definitely shine (Sun) in our responsibilities (Saturn). Consequently, this is a good time to make a positive impression on authority figures or anyone with influence. Productivity may be slow, but it will definitely be steady; so working on big projects is positively highlighted.

On Wednesday, July 22, the energy of yesterday’s trine between the Sun and Saturn is supported by a trine (120°) between Mercury and Saturn. This aspect will give a serious tone to most of our written and oral communication. Solving difficult problems or making progress on (or even completing) a project are possibilities due to our increased mental focus. Our minds are clear and realistic. We are gifted with a day in which to organize, buckle down, and get to work. We are clear-minded and realistic, which helps us solve problems effectively.

Also on Wednesday, July 22, two planets move out of Cancer and into the sign of Leo: the Sun and Mercury. The sign of Leo is about love, self-expression, creativity, and having fun! When the Sun is in Leo, we have a month in which we may be a wee bit more dramatic than usual. We definitely want to express our uniqueness in the world and have a good time doing it. And we do need to keep our egos in check because the Sun in Leo can be a bit self-centered. But if our actions are taken out of love and not out of a need for acknowledgment from others, then this is a great time to shine our light into the world around us. With Mercury also in Leo (where it will stay until August 8), our thinking is more confident, and we may have some very grand goals that we’d like to accomplish. Our speech may be a bit more theatrical than usual, and we can be very persuasive when speaking or writing.

The next day (Thursday, July 23), the Sun and Mercury are conjunct (0°) in Leo. This may cause Leo the Lion to do some “roaring,” because people will be rather attached to their beliefs and want to passionately defend them. But this is a time when we are usually mentally very sharp and our communication with others is very open and clear. Problem solving is highlighted, as is improving our skills.

On Saturday, July 25, Venus (which just moved into Virgo on July 17) begins its retrograde phase, which happens every 18 months and will last about six weeks (until September 6). When Venus is in retrograde, we often find ourselves feeling drawn to create more beauty and balance in our lives, especially with regard to our relationships and finances. This is a good time to make room in our lives (physically or emotionally) for new things that make us happier. Because Venus will soon be moving backwards into Leo (on Saturday, August 1), creative activities may be more enjoyable than usual starting next month. We have the potential to heal old emotional issues and clear any unfinished business. Some people may feel inclined to change their physical appearance while Venus is in retrograde. Additionally, reviewing what we value in our lives may eventually result in changes within our relationships and finances.

Also, on Saturday, July 25, the square (90°) between Mars and Uranus that was mentioned previously will become exact. This will bring a strong urge to take actions that increases the amount of freedom that we want in our lives, even if that action is shocking to others. Using restraint will be important in order to avoid regrets later. We need to carefully assess any risks we are thinking about taking. Luckily, a quick-moving but supportive water grand trine (equilateral triangle) between the Moon, Chiron, and Mars will hopefully provide the emotional wisdom that we sorely need today.

The very next day (Sunday, July 26), Uranus joins Venus in moving backwards. This is an annual event that lasts several months. The impact of retrograde Uranus is often subtle but can be powerful. We probably will begin to feel a need for more freedom in our lives, and the retrograde period will provides us with the time we need to break old patterns or limiting circumstance that hinders that freedom. Many of us may be spending the next few months getting ready to make a radical shift in our lives once Uranus begins moving direct again on December 25. We aren’t quite ready yet to make the change, but Uranus retrograde will support us in exploring alternatives that may not have previously seemed viable.

Additionally, a wonderful trine (120°) between Mars and Chiron on Saturday, July 26, will give us the opportunity to take action that leads to cleansing and healing. We can feel a growing sense of our life mission at this time, and we may feel motivated to take positive action to defend or help others (or ourselves). We may also feel inclined to work with others toward a common goal.

Overall, we should not take this New Moon in Cancer lightly. Use the intensity of this New Moon to face issues head on and seek out the root cause of problems rather than trying to use a Band-aid approach to heal any issues. Looking into the past for clues is definitely supported by all the Cancer energy present at the time of the New Moon. We may find origins to current problems in our early history, our cultural or gender conditioning, or even a past life. A few days after the New Moon, we will see an influx of Leo energy, which will lighten our moods. And although the lower expression of Leo’s energy can be self-centered and egotistical, it is one of the most loving of the astrological signs. It is important to use all this big-hearted energy to let your light shine in ways that serve others and humanity. Jimmy Carter (who has his Midheaven, Venus, Neptune, & North Node in Leo) has wisely reflected that, “My faith demands that I do whatever I can, wherever I can, whenever I can, for as long as I can with whatever I have to try to make a difference.”


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New Moon at 24° of Cancer

  • Wednesday, July 15, 6:24 p.m. PDT
  • Wednesday, July 15, 9:24 p.m. EDT
  • Thursday, July 16, 1:24 a.m. GMT

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