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New Moon in Cancer
July 15, 2015

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Here's the chart for the Cancer New Moon.

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The sign of Cancer is associated with one's early childhood development, roots, home and family. The house that Cancer occupies in the natal chart shows an area of life where one can be moody, insecure, and defensive, as well as intuitive, empathetic, and responsive. Cancer is a holistic or feminine sign, containing both the father and mother principles of protector, provider, nurturer and supporter. Ruled by the Moon, there is an emphasis on rhythmic cycles, memory, intuition, and an inspired imagination. The role of food, which nourishes both the physical and emotional body, becomes emphasized during Cancer, as does the element of water. Issues involving the public, homeland, tribe and family become accentuated during the Cancer cycle.

Sabian Symbol for 24 degrees Cancer "A woman and two men - castaways on a small island of the South Seas."
The realization of interdependence helps to keep relationships balanced. This applies globally and personally. One is healthiest when emotional life is well-integrated with the other aspects of self: physical, mental, and spiritual.

New Moon at 23 degrees Cancer 14 minutes:
This cycle begins with a major dose of planets in Cancer. Sensitivity is key. Mercury, Mars and Venus received challenging aspects from Saturn and Pluto as the seeds for this lunation were being planted and Venus turns retrograde on July 25, continuing to backtrack until September 5. All of which translates to the need for self-nurturing in times of stress.

New Moon semi-sextile Jupiter:
Hard work gains attention and a positive outlook improves the possibility of success.

New Moon sesquare Neptune:
This relates to what occurred earlier this year during late March through early April. Disappointment and confusion about what to do now heighten stress.

Mercury conjunct Mars, both semi-square Venus:
Volatile energy. Tongues are sharp and quick.

Venus quindecile Neptune:
Intense feelings are disruptive and have the potential for creative and productive artistic work. There is equal potential for a drive to escape.

The key phrase for Cancer is "I FEEL":
This is an excellent cycle for registering your emotional responses, for reflecting on your past conditioning, for making changes in your home that will make it feel more nurturing to your soul, and for strengthening family ties. This is a time to prune for growth. Focus on your priorities. Eliminate activities that do not support your goals.

Our advice for this cycle:
At issue is how you join the flow of life, how you move and grow into the world amid a variety of discordance. Best to find some mental or physical work to occupy your time. Write about your feelings, your home, your family history, your nationality, your spirituality. Do your best to detach from emotional drama.

Create a place of refuge and renewal in your home and in your heart, a sacred space where you can spend a few minutes or more every day, feeling loved, safe and secure.

Cancer correlates to Growth on the Medicine Wheel. The Gemini cycle brought us the illumination necessary for our continued development. It's time to take action in support of our growth. This is an excellent cycle to record your feelings in a journal.

Reflect upon the times you've given comfort or good counsel to others. List your recollections about each instance and describe how you felt at the time. How do you feel about those moments now?

Other questions you might explore for personal insight include:

  • What hunger gets triggered by your emotions?
  • When does it happen?
  • How do you feed it?
  • What or who puts you into protective mode?
  • Where and with whom do you feel most nurtured?
  • When and with whom do you feel most nurturing?
  • Where and with whom would life be easier if you were more receptive, reflective, and responsive?

Affirm: My home is secure in my heart. I carry it with me everywhere.

Attune to the qualities of Cancer a with 3-minute tarot meditation on The Chariot.

The Chariot portrays the figure of the inner-self; at rest, yet poised for action. Symbolic of the conquest over illusion, The Chariot teaches us the defining quality of speech and how self-talk creates our reality.

Confer with The Chariot when you wish to make a positive change in your life.

Quote for this cycle:
"This is the true nature of home -- it is the place of Peace; the shelter, not only from injury, but from all terror, doubt and division"
~ John Ruskin (1819 - 1900) English critic, essayist, & reformer

A Mandala is a powerful meditational devise for creating sacred intentions. We encourage you to create and color your own mandala or color the Cancer Mandala for this cycle.

You are invited to send your mandalas to us for placement in our Mandala Gallery.

Please check out Lynn Keefer's Mandala Journal, where Lynn shares the mandala she colors every month, along with her meditative process. Click on the mandala below or the link above to see a larger version of the Gemini New Moon Mandala she colored last month and read about her experience with the exercise. The energy flows in beautifully from one cycle into the next.

Read more on the nature of this lunation cycle, along with how it relates to your Sun sign.

Visit our free on-line Moon Phase Calendar, where you'll find moon phase and sign information in your choice of 15 time zones. We are pleased to add 3 new editions: Eastern Europe, New Zealand, and Western Australia (also good for China, Philippines, Malaysia, and Singapore).

If you use and like our calendar, please click on the Facebook icon in the upper left corner of the time zone you use. Speaking of Facebook, we invite you to visit our page facebook.com/ZodiacArtsLunarPhases, which is updated at each of the 8 phases with information on how to work effectively with the current phase.

In addition to what you can find at our web site, there are some outstanding astrology resources on the web in the form of blogs. We encourage you to visit and/or subscribe to the ones listed below:

Artist, author, educator, and dear friend, Donna Iona Drozda uses solar, lunar and numerological cycles as a blueprint for living the life of a "Heartist." Keep up with her Lifecycle offerings and updates on her blog, Following The Moon, and be sure to subscribe to her Luna See email newsletter.

CJ Wright at Auntie Moon has a Cheat Sheet for Cancer and other good lunar tidings at her website. She also has an excellent video: Moon Phases and New Moon Intentions.

Margaret Koolman's New Moon insights can be found at her web site, SoulAstrology.com. Margaret writes beautifully and offers excellent counsel.

Read Cathy Pagano's cosmic story of the 2015 Cancer New Moon.

Jessica Shepherd at Moonkissd.com has a perceptive article about this month's New Moon titled Cancer New Moon: Goodbye Persephone.

April Elliott Kent at Big Sky Astrology is excellent at putting the current cosmic conditions into relatable, practical terms. We recommend her latest, New Moon in Cancer: TIDYING UP.

Stephanie Gailing is another of our favorites. You can visit her blog or receive her weekly entries in your mailbox via an e-mail subscription. She usually shares her insights on the new and full moons. We also recommend her book, Planetary Apothecary. Here's her post on the Cancer New Moon.

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