NEW MOON IN CANCER & SOLAR ECLIPSE – Are we ready to do what is needed to fulfill our life’s mission or destiny? (July 2, 2019)

by Anne Reith, Ph.D.

Astrology-New-Moon-Full-MoonIn the Pacific Time Zone, the New Moon will occur at 12:16 p.m. on Tuesday, July 2.  This New Moon finds the Moon and Sun in conjunction (0°) at 11° of Cancer.  To further clarify how this New Moon will impact you on a personal level, locate 11° 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.

New Moons always provide us with opportunities for new emotional starts and setting new intentions in the areas associated with the sign.  This time, we are focused on the sign of Cancer.  The higher expression of this cardinal water sign includes being nurturing, intuitive, sympathetic, and family oriented.  The lower expression can result in us being overly emotional, overly guarded, hyper-sensitive, and fearful.  Remember that the beauty of astrology is that we are aware of the higher and lower expressions of any sign, which means that we can consciously choose which one to express.

However, this year’s Cancer New Moon is also a total Solar Eclipse.  Cancer is ruled by the Moon, so the Moon is already powerful in its home sign; the Solar Eclipse amplifies that even further.  Eclipses often represent times when things change in the areas highlighted by the sign that is involved.  These changes could be sudden or they could take up to 6 months to manifest . . . and sometimes both are true.  With Cancer being involved, the focus will be on family, home, parenting, nurturing, security, emotions, and our personal needs.

With the Sun being “in shadow” during an eclipse, this sometimes means that something needs to come into the light that has previously been hidden or is currently out of view.  For example, if someone within our family (Cancer) has been working covertly, then their secrets might be exposed.  Another possibility is that if someone has either been neglected or has been neglectful, this may become more obvious.

The Moon and the Sun are conjunct (0°) the North Node, which likely means we are going to be pushed or pulled into learning something new that has to do with Cancer-related issues (e.g., home, security, emotions).  But the Sun, Moon, and North Node are all in opposition (180°) to the powerful grouping in Capricorn that we have been talking about in several of the past Moon Updates (i.e., Saturn, Pluto, South Node).  Saturn is in an exact conjunct (0°07’) of the South Node at the time of New Moon, which could impact us in several different ways.  We might need to learn some important lessons (Saturn) about responsibilities (Capricorn) that we’ve had in the past (South Node) that are still impacting us in some way now.  We may also find it helpful to look to the past (South Node) to help us understand why we might need to make changes in how we have structured (Capricorn) our personal lives and/or our homes (Cancer New Moon).  Or we may look to the past (South Node) to see how we have been treated in ways that were not healthy, which fuels us to find present support systems that are more nurturing (Cancer New Moon).  Given Cancer is also associated with food, we may be seeing the importance of making changes in our diet and nutrition as well.

Overall, the focus will be on our home-base, which may be going through a process of restructuring.  This could be physical changes (e.g., clearing out clutter, remodeling), but more likely it has to do with whether we have been either taking on too much or too little responsibility in whatever part of our life we call home.  We all need our “home” to be a place where we recharge our energies to permit new growth.  To achieve this, we might need to add something to our lives or we might need to let go of something that no longer serves us.  This may include facing the fact that we have become too busy and our emotional energy is scattered in too many different directions.  Luckily, the influence of the Eclipse gives us a 6-month window in which to make needed changes.  Therefore, we don’t need to panic and try to change everything all at once, although some changes could happen immediately.

But no matter what, around the time of the New Moon and Eclipse, we will likely be seeing more clearly what needs to shift or change in our personal lives.  Change is supported around the time of the New Moon due to a supportive sextile (60°) between the Sun/Moon and Uranus, which is the planet of change.  Given Uranus is in Taurus, this will help us make very practical, down-to-earth changes.  Taurus also focuses on enjoying the good things in life, so this may mean that we examine our finances to support what we would like to bring more of into our lives.

However, Uranus is squaring (90°) a conjunction (0°) between Mercury and Mars in Leo.  This means that Leo’s energy is very active right now, and Uranus brings an unpredictable influence to the mix.  We need to be careful of Leo’s lower expression, including ego-oriented choices which can make us overly sensitive to criticism, unexpectedly angry, or reacting out of pride.  It can also make this a very dramatic time.  We need to remember to breathe, flow, and tap into the higher expression of Leo’s energy, which is courageous, heart-chakra energy.  It will likely help if we can find some activities that allow us to laugh and have fun.

But the square (90°) between Uranus and Mercury/Mars can mean that we may feel resistance from others if we share our new ideas or act differently.  If possible, it might be best to postpone any pronouncements about major plans.  Instead, use the time around the New Moon to create a solid plan for the future.  This may be harder than it sounds because whenever Mars is squaring (90°) Uranus, we often feel restless and “itching” for change.  But again, change may not be that easy right at this moment.

Additionally, another square (90°), this time between the Sun/Moon and Chiron, is telling us that things do need to change if we are to heal, but those changes might mean that not everyone will be doing a “happy dance” about what WE think needs to change.  However, it is important to keep in mind that we each need to do what is best for ourselves in spite of what others think or say.

But all is not doom and gloom!  At the time of the New Moon, the conjuncts (0°) between Saturn, Pluto, and the South Node are in a sextile (60°) to Neptune.  Although the lower expression of Neptune is associated with addictions, escapism, and confusion, this sweet aspect (sextile) to Saturn will likely help us bring structure and meaning to our dreams and ideals.  And in return, Neptune can also help us in various ways.  We could find that we have a greater compassion for ourselves or for others, including those from our past.  It can also bring greater spiritual meaning to our work and even our traditions.

Several changes in planetary direction or sign are occurring around the time of the New Moon:

  • The day before the New Moon (Monday, July 1), Mars moves into Leo, where it will remain until August 19. Mars in Leo will often lift our spirits, motivate us to have fun, and spark our creativity.  We may feel like we want to break free from our responsibilities and go out and play.  This change is occurring right around the time of the 4th of July holiday in the United States, and we all know how much our inner child loves a good fireworks display (hint, hint).  Over the next seven weeks, we will likely feel more confident and self-assured.  We may even have the courage to take some needed risks.  We just need to be sure our goals aren’t too grandiose because Mars in Leo has been known to be overly dramatic and go too far.  But if we can come from a heart-centered place, then we will likely feel an increased passion for life that will be hard to quench, so we should find ways to express our desires and love energy.
  • Then the day after the New Moon (Wednesday, July 3), Venus will enter Cancer, where it will remain until July 29. The good news is that this is a wonderful placement for being romantic, sensual, dedicated, and devoted with those we call our family.  We are more open than usual to receiving and giving love.  The downside of Venus in Cancer is that we might feel very self-protective and cautious.  Our emotions can be very unpredictable due to our increased sensitivity.  During this time, we need to notice when we aren’t feeling safe and do something to allow ourselves to move to a place of increased security before expecting ourselves to be open and vulnerable to the love being offered.
  • On Sunday, July 7, Mercury begins its second of three retrograde periods during 2019, which will continue through July 31. This retrograde phase begins in the sign of Leo; however, Mercury will back up so far as to re-enter Cancer on July 20.  Therefore, we will start with revisiting Leo-esce issues, such as whether we are coming from a place of ego or from our heart chakra.  We may also be looking at where we are feeling confident versus insecure.  Then, when Mercury re-enters Cancer, we’ll be asked to review things related to home, security, and emotions.  During this entire 3-week period when Mercury is retrograde, remember that it’s not a time to crawl under the covers and avoid life.  It’s simply a time when we all will be focused inward rather than outward, which means mistakes can be made.  Therefore, it’s always advisable to double and triple check any written documents/agreements, travel plans, and our words before we speak them aloud.  We also should be as patient as possible with any technological snafus.
  • The next day (Monday, July 8), Chiron begins its annual retrograde phase, which will continue for five months (i.e., December 8). Healing of old wounds can occur when Chiron (the wounded healer) moves in retrograde.  It is also common to see synchronicities and signs that help guide you on your healing path.  Given Mercury and Chiron are going retrograde within a day of each other, it is likely we may see that they influence each other to a certain extent.  For example, over the next few weeks while Mercury is in retrograde, we may need to do some inner self-reflection about what is needed in the next phase of our healing journey.

Overall, this is a super-charged and highly emotional Cancer New Moon and Solar Eclipse.  Our focus will be on issues of security and our sense of home or belonging.  There is a pull toward the past, and we may feel very nostalgic.  If we do find ourselves looking into the past, we should avoid becoming stuck in memories or falling into playing the victim.  Instead, we should do our best to find the “lessons” that can be brought from the past into the present in order to create a better future.  But this may not be easy because having he Nodes closely involved in the New Moon means that there may even be some very important Karmic lessons that need to be learned in order to move forward.  But moving forward is imperative.  We all have gifts that we are here to give the world, and if our childhood wounds are holding us back, then we aren’t fulfilling our life’s mission or destiny.  For many reasons, this could be a time of endings that lead to new beginnings.  Our challenge is to use the past to create a better future and to strive to see the cup as half full rather than half empty.


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New Moon at 11° of Cancer

  • Tuesday, July 2, 2019, 12:16 p.m. PDT
  • Tuesday, July 2, 2019, 3:16 p.m. EDT
  • Tuesday, July 2, 2019, 7:16 p.m. GMT

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