Cancer New Moon, July 2-3, 2008
This Cancer new Moon is the 3rd Super moon of the year - the Moon is at its closest to Earth. Look for stronger tides, emotions, energies. Since the Moon rules Cancer, this month might bring us a deeper awareness of our needs as well as our fears about our security. Especially now, as we see the beginning of the deep changes that Pluto in Capricorn will bring to our culture, we need to find our own internal security to keep our balance in a world that at the moment is in chaos. Don't forget, it is important - if we want real change - to endure the chaos, so that something entirely new can be born. In Greek myth, before Gaia, the Earth, was formed, there was Chaos.
Cancer is the archetype of the Mother. Cancer provides the security we need in the midst of chaos, by calling us inward to find our own roots – both familial roots as well as our soul roots. Instead of the Gemini search for experience in the outer world, Cancer calls us within to explore our feeling nature. Subjective, creative, sensitive, protective, Cancer is the womb in which we can gestate the new soul life we've called to by world events. Cancer opens up the deep dimensions of the psyche for us to explore and enjoy. It is time to FEEL, to move through the waters of life and discover what really nurtures us as if we were held in the arms of an all-loving Mother. Cancer wants us to learn to love, to trust and to accept life despite what's going on in the world.
You might want to explore your mother, your beginnings, your birth, your past lives, your first dreams. I remember my first recurring dream: I am in a bathysphere (one of those round things that can go deep into the ocean). I watched as giant behemoths – large, ugly whale-like – swim by. It is sooo cold, a cold like the cold of outer space. And I am alone. This dream made perfect sense to me once I knew my birth chart, with my moon in Cancer and Sun in the 12th House. I am here to explore the unconscious and the ancient archetypes, which go back to the beginnings of time.
Like the explorer in the bathysphere, we need protection when our feelings are highly sensitized. That's the gift to you from Cancer – to sensitize your feeling life. Cancers will tell you that we ARE the most sensitive sign of the zodiac, and that's why we have our shells to protect us! But we have to have a permeable shell, one finely balanced between allowing in the experiences and opening up to the feelings those experiences evoke.
Cancer is certainly one of the most imaginative signs of the zodiac and one of the most creative. Its rich gift is to nurture that Imagination which comes from the soul. So take your imagination for a spin and let the nurturing waters of the Unconscious tell you a story this month. Make it a new story about why you're here and what your purpose is. And then keep telling yourself that story over and over again like a child, until you have it memorized.
The Sabian symbol for this new Moon at 12 degrees Cancer is: A woman nursing a baby, haloed by the light of a single star. This is a degree of spiritual guidance, the inter-penetration of the divine with the human, taking the spiritual evolution of the human race to heart. It is within one degree of the star, Sirius, which represented the goddess Isis and her mysteries of life.
While this symbol might speak of the marvelous children – like the Indigo or Crystal children – being born at this time, I want you to contemplate the inner child that is the 'star within'. This is the time to nurture your inner divine child like the goddesses Isis and Mary. Call up the divine Mother within you, and nurse this child.