When the moon is in Cancer, we will feel a stronger desire for a sense of belonging. We may also find ourselves more moody and/or nostalgic. Cancer moons can be times when a past emotional trigger sneaks up on us and sends us into some past dimension of pain and sorrow.
Dark moons are the deepest point of the lunar cycle just before the new moon and thus are the time when we have access to the deepest parts of our psyche and subconscious. Cancer is the sign of the home, the mother, emotions, and childhood past - even past lives and ancestry. Cancer represents how we feel safe, nurtured and cared for. Home, mothering, and food are all Cancerian subjects. What Cancer energy helps us learn in life, however, is how to create the feeling of home, safety, belonging, and being nurtured and cared for within ourselves, just like the crab is at home anywhere because it is in its shell. If the crab gets tossed around by a wave, it remains in its shell - we can remain centered within ourselves and retain our sense of home no matter what life throws at us, if we, like the crab, keep clear boundaries of self.
If anything is coming up now (which is likely, as Mercury is just direct in Cancer at this dark moon in Cancer), a soak in a hot spring, dip in the ocean, swim in the river, or a salt bath can work wonders. Even making a bowl of saltwater to soak hands and/or feet in will help clear out sticky emotional residue from the spirit now.
Monday's new moon is our second new moon in Cancer in a row. That, along with it being the first new moon after our recent string of three eclipses in a row ,make it a major reset button.
The thing is, this Cancer new moon is being opposed by Saturn retrograde in Capricorn. Saturn is Capricorn's ruler, and right now, the Teacher, Taskmaster, and Lord of Karma is in review mode in its own sign.
Cancer and Capricorn make up one of the six axes of the zodiac. Where Cancer represents the archetypal mother, Capricorn represents the archetypal father. Where Cancer is intuitive and emotional, Capricorn is authoritarian and rigid. These two energies oppose, but both are necessary, useful, and if we are working with them and harnessing them, even beneficial. The moon rules Cancer, so is just as strong in Cancer as Saturn is in Capricorn. At this new moon, Saturn can help teach us to develop and maintain the boundaries that protect what we most value, and ultimately, that soft creature of our innermost selves and our beautiful hearts. While Cancer is about the inner world, Saturn is very much about the outer world. Saturn knows about these things and offers us its wisdom now.
The new moon is always a fresh start, and on the heels of three eclipses in a row bringing huge change, this one is extra potent. With Saturn and the moon opposing each other from their thrones in their own realms, rather than seeing it as a stand off, we can see this as two sovereign rulers of very different realms sitting down at a table to join forces. We are in the middle - it is our task to balance the energies swirling around us at any given moment.
This new moon is an opportunity to make a fresh start with better balance between these two energies than we have experienced in recent years.
Love and Gratitude,
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