Today, June 21, the Sun entered Cancer, it is Solstice and I’m thinking about the New Moon in a couple of days.
When Mars entered Cancer earlier this month, I wrote about Cardinal energy and the courage of self-care. With this Super New Moon, the message is similar. If we find ourselves forgetting about our own emotional needs, we can set a New Moon intention, to remember and imprint a habit.
Without balanced caring, we may find ourselves in extreme, reckless situations with other humans. With balance, the word extreme can be replaced by enthusiastic, energetic, ultimate, great, optimum or just plain fun.
This is represented by the Mars/Jupiter Last Quarter Square in our New Moon chart. Recognize how we take action on behalf of ourselves or others. With awareness, the Last Quarter Square (like the 10th house) maturity is possible. In some cases, let go. In other cases, take responsibility. This Lunar cycle, our Gurus, symbolized by Jupiter in Libra, are others— those who we connect with as individuals in intimate situations, in the workplace, at an art gallery or social event. One-to-one relationships.
Our challenge, should we choose to accept it, is how to mature both our personal impulses and our connections with others— without losing site of the need to retreat into the ocean every once in a while for emotional sustenance.
This New Moon is also graced with a Venus/Pluto trine. In theory, it is more comfortable to look at our Shadow sides especially regarding personal values, finances, and relationship to ourselves. We could ignore those personality traits which routinely embarrass us, guilt-trip us or cause us grief in matters of Love.
The trine’s gift may be avoided, so wisdom grows through the potential Mars/Jupiter conflicts as they arise.
Why not investigate the Shadow? What if the roots of our uncomfortable habits and patterns (Cancer and the Moon) were discovered? What if we could cherish, nurture and care for those traits we would rather not admit too?
(Maybe I should not be making an assumption by using the word ‘we’ or ‘us’.)
I’m profoundly influenced this month by a short book written by psychologist Gay Hendricks, called Learning to Love Yourself. I’ve been troubled by the issue of Self-Love (Venus/Taurus) for a life time or longer. My guess is, it’s not just my problem. Hendricks has his own reasons for that assumption, which, interestingly, connects very well with Jeffrey Wolf Green’s teachings and the evolutionary journey of the Soul. How does one actually accomplish loving oneself when one does not? Why is it important if one intends to live a fulfilled life and meet our evolutionary destiny?
Reading this small volume, for me, was like someone turned on a light. Hallelujah, I can feel the possibility of success. Here is a method that doesn’t require the intellect. In other words, it is less about the mind and intellectual understanding and more about acceptance and surer results.
This book ends up on the Resources list for this New Moon. (Also, recommended for Taurus, Leo, Libra, Sun, Venus, 2nd, 5th and 7th house transits.)
Cancer/Moon/4th House Keywords
Lunar. Ego. Emotions. Habits. Anima. Early environment. Family. Roots. Gender Roles & Assignments. Security. Protective. Home. Mother. Nurturing parent. Clan. Nurture. Womb. Self-Image. Family of Origin. Anatomy: Womb, containers of the body, breasts, female organs. Moon, ruled by Cancer is the right eye in women and left eye in men. Stomach, body fluids. Medulla (Mouth of God.)
Cancer New Moon Resources