July 17 2023. 11:31 PST
The New Moon in Cancer on July 17 is offering a double dose of evolutionary initiatory beginnings as the Nodes of the moon are changing signs within 30 minutes of the exact Moon/Sun conjunction. Cardinal energy is punctuated at this lunation with the Nodes moving into the Cardinal signs of Aries and Libra, and the Sun & Moon joining in Cardinal Cancer opposing Pluto Retrograde in Cardinal Capricorn. This adds dynamic inaugural potency to this provocative lunation.
Cancer, a Cardinal water sign ruled by the Moon, is known for its deep emotional sensitivity, nurturing qualities, and the private self. This sign is associated with the realm of family, home, and our innermost emotions. Its symbol is the Crab, representing the protective shell that serves as a home, as well as a safeguard that shields soft underbellies. While crabs are not considered to be aggressive creatures, they have no problem using their powerful claws to protect their offspring or themselves when threatened.
With the South Node beginning its 18 month journey in Libra and the North Node in Aries, relationship with self and other are also emphasized at this lunation. The transiting nodes activate evolutionary impulses in the collective, and on personal levels to varying degrees.
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As Cancer is ruled by the moon, this new moon is especially sublunar. The Moon in Cancer can be particularly moody, as emotional sensitivities are heightened. Under the influence of Cancer's energy, we are encouraged to focus on self-care and nurturing ourselves and others. This is a time to prioritize your emotional well-being and create a safe and supportive environment that fosters emotional security and comfort.
New Moons are a time for new beginnings, fresh starts, and setting intentions. For this Cancer lunar cycle, it can be especially powerful to set intentions related to emotional growth, self-love, and nurturing relationships. As Cancer governs family bonds, and the conditioning passed down through our lineage, it can also a good time for bringing in fresh energy that can change your relationship with old moldy family dynamics.
New Moon makes a Trine aspect with Neptune Retrograde in Pisces
Neptune is still at the same degree 27° it turned retrograde on June 30. It will be moving backwards until December 6th, 2023. When Neptune is retrograde in its home sign, “normal” reality seems more real. It can be easier to identify past trances, confront escapist tendencies or cut through dreamy fogginess.
This alignment enhances our ability to connect with loved ones on a deeper level and fosters a sense of compassion and empathy towards others. The trine aspect between these water water signs in their own homes amplifies intuitive abilities and heightens receptivity to the emotional realms. Neptune, the planet of spirituality and imagination, imbues this transit with a dreamy and ethereal energy. This transit can be beneficial for exploring subconscious realms, engaging in creative pursuits, and embracing the power of visualization and manifestation.
New Moon Opposing Pluto in Capricorn
Pluto's retrograde back into Capricorns territory of structure, authority, and ambition, is wrapping up the loose ends from its 20 year transformational journey through collective and personal systems and traditions. The opposition at this Moon brings forth a powerful energy of rebirth that deeply influences emotional and personal foundations. You might experience tension between emotional vulnerability and the need for control and stability in your life. Deep-seated fears, power struggles, emotional baggage or the need to confront and release old patterns that no longer serve you that come to the surface can be transformed through self-reflection and awareness with the aid of this lunation.
Pluto Trine Uranus in Taurus
This alignment encourages finding new ways of aligning the material realm with your evolving values and desires. Uranus in Taurus adds an element of unpredictability and rebellion to the mix, and in this conversation with Pluto, there is a call for a deep examination and restructuring of the foundations you are building your life on. The combination of Pluto's intensity and Uranus' visionary energy can lead to groundbreaking shifts in economics, environmental consciousness, and social structures, fostering a more balanced and harmonious world. On a personal level, this Moon can help you be the change you want to see in the world.
Mars in Virgo Opposing Saturn Retrograde in Pisces
This opposition brings forth a dynamic tension between the assertive, action-oriented energy of Mars and the restrictive, disciplined influence of Saturn. This planetary alignment triggers a push-pull energy between the desire for efficiency and order (Virgo) and the need for flexibility and transcendence (Pisces). It encourages confronting fears and limitations, while striking a balance between ambitions and the demands of your inner world.
Mercury in Leo Square Jupiter in Taurus
With Mercury in Leo, there is a focus on self-expression, creativity, and individuality. Jupiter in Taurus focuses on stability, practicality, and the accumulation of resources. This aspect can give rise to grandiose ideas, driven by a sense of self-assuredness. However, it can bring some challenges, as the larger-than-life visions of Jupiter clash with the practicality and grounded nature of Taurus. This can lead to conflicts between the desire for self-expression and the need for stability and practicality, or challenges in communication and decision-making. With conscious awareness and a willingness to find a middle ground, this transit can bring about fruitful conversations, new insights, and a broader perspective on life.
Venus in Leo Inconjunct Neptune
Venus in Leo craves attention and adoration, seeking to be the center of attention and to shower others with affection and generosity. However, the inconjunct aspect to Neptune in Pisces introduces a subtle sense of confusion and ambiguity. Because these planets can’t see what the other is doing, this may call for careful navigation of relationships and emotional boundaries, as idealized notions can blur the lines between fantasy and reality. It's important to approach relationships and creative endeavors with a balanced perspective, allowing the inspiration and enchantment of Neptune to merge harmoniously with the confident and authentic self-expression of Venus in Leo.
The Cancer New Moon serves as a catalyst for emotional healing and self-reflection. It invites us to examine our deepest emotions and confront any unresolved issues from the past. During this time, we may experience heightened sensitivity and a strong desire for emotional security and connection. It is important to create a safe space for ourselves to process our emotions, seek support from loved ones, or even consider seeking professional help if needed. Engaging in activities that promote self-care, such as journaling, meditation, spending time in nature, or connecting with loved ones, can be especially beneficial during this phase.