As I write this from Thailand, at 9:30 a.m. tomorrow, June 24th (3:30 a.m. UK time, 10:30 p.m. Eastern US, etc.) the moon will be exactly new* in Cancer. We are still in a Gemini moon, a great time for me to write this all down before Cancer energy sweeps over and pulls us all under the tides, so here-goes!
Cancer moons are so powerful because the moon finds itself in its most natural position to express its actual purpose. What do I mean by this?
Well, the moon is a heavenly object that plays a mysterious and reflective role, all while having a direct relationship with tides (water and the emotional realm) on planet Earth. In astrology, the moon represents what provides comfort and what challenges the comfort levels of the person with any lunar position in question. Whatever sign the person’s moon falls in enables an astrologer to begin reading the parameters of their comfort zone.
Cancer is represented by the crab. The crab is an animal that is able to navigate on land and in water and is extremely sensitive and responsive to everything around itself. It is heavily armored but that doesn’t mean it is tough. In fact it’s so sensitive to everything that it needs a protective shell. And it absorbs anything—emotionally, sensory, physically—that it comes in contact with, so it needs to retreat and hide away from all stimulation (most crabs live in holes or cavernous places and dig holes to escape into) in order to come back into a state of balance.
Because Cancer absorbs anything and everything, it is extremely powerful in terms of being able to comprehend any range of emotional realities without much of a stretch of imagination. If a person has a lot of Cancer in their chart, they are vulnerable because they can’t really switch off their sensitivity so much as find ways to work with their self knowledge and environment so it is managed. The means of doing this can be constructive or destructive and a good chart reading can snuff this out to be assessed and worked with. The person retains what is absorbed so they need to find healthy ways to release and reach balance point on a regular basis … otherwise they may become “crabby” or even depressed or caught up in destructive tendencies.
Cancerians have learned how to cope in the name of a comfort zone. And this is how it is a great sign to match with the moon—no matter what sign the moon falls in, it is indicative of a comfort zone (in essence the things the native needs to really be themselves ... and at the highest octave the best version of themselves).
When the moon is in Cancer in the sky, all people are invited to visit this energy to an extent, diving below the level of mental chatter and into a place of retreat and checking in on feelings in order to process, release and move forward.
As we all know, comfort and discomfort are not really aims so much as markers that reflect where we are on our journeys. If something is causing discomfort, that is a sign that we need to look more deeply into it and shift/work on ourselves or our situation.
This often means (tadaaa—our favorite thing!) change. And change, while in many cases yielding evolution and a brighter future, involves loss on the smallest to the grandest scales. This is what brings me to the five things you can do to prepare for this new moon.
A new moon is a time to plant seeds—literally and figuratively. In terms of your life right now, you can plant the seeds of consciously realizing and starting the process of releasing the things in your world that need to be cleared in order to align more closely with your soul’s journey. The reason this is great to do now is because you now have the best chance you can have to FEEL (Cancer) what those things are at a gut level—and feelings at the gut level don’t lie. So here’s how to snuggle up with Cancerian energy and max this time out (in the new moon time or anytime the moon visits its signature home)!
1. Prepare to be alone for a while and reflect. Either journal, go for a walk and record yourself saying something, or talk with someone you trust deeply about your feelings and the recent or upcoming changes in your life. Reflection is a key function of the moon and one of its most powerful ones.
2. Let yourself, or encourage yourself to, cry. Play some music, get settled in and cry. You don’t need a reason. If it comes, let it come and reflect carefully on what thoughts come while you are doing it. The space of crying is akin to a dream time. It is a different time than clear thinking and conversation. It is an intensely private and cleansing time and in that cleanse you see what is coming up and allow it to move out. Use step one activities to process what came up and release it. Try not to identify with what is coming up so much as witness it. When you flush the toilet you don’t identify with what is being flushed away, you know it is waste. Same here. Let it go (and any shame attached to it) knowing that everyone has to flush the toilet!!
3. Write affirmations about your strongest feelings—validate them. Tell yourself it’s okay to have all the feelings you have about any subject, at all. You need to know exactly where you are first before you can know where you are headed. Ask yourself if you like feeling the way you do about what is coming up. Often we are holding feeling patterns that we have not questioned. We just take them as normal. But if we feel crappy in some way, we actually have the power to change it—Cancer is a cardinal sign, it is oriented toward action. Feeling crappy? Set yourself up for a change. Explore the story around the feelings. Ask yourself if that story is true—if you are selectively emphasizing parts of it, or if it really actually happened “to you.” Ask yourself if the story can change and what it would take to change it. Imagine yourself feeling different. List the things you can do to shift the feelings and essentially these little areas of your life.
4. Take a salt bath, go near the sea, spend time in or near water. Notice how it moves. Notice how it creates shapes and shifts and takes the shape of anything it occupies. Notice its weight, its transience, its stillness, power and responsiveness. Notice its forgiveness. Close your eyes and imagine what it would really be like to “be like water” (and I quote Bruce Lee). Imagine water in motion and water that is stagnant. Water you run for the bath and water that you let out of the drain. Water and how it can move things out and must move in order to come clean.
5. Just listen, with your ears, your eyes, all of your senses ... feel. Even say aloud: “I’m listening.” Make this a type of prayer, an opening to receive whatever is meant to come into your life. Be comfortable with the silence. Notice the space you open for yourself. Notice if you want to immediately fill that space with “rational” thoughts that are “worthwhile.” This silent space that an infant can spend time in as it lies in the crib, looking at anything and everything. Soften your focus. Release expectations on deeper and deeper levels. Be with all of your feelings that come up and through you as well as any types of sensory messages that reach you. Try to suspend the need to define things and just be with them.
May this new moon shower you with blessings beyond your ability to put into words!
*This article, by the way, also applies to any time that the moon is in Cancer. To learn more about moons and how to calculate them, you can read this article I wrote for Elephant Journal, which I am happy to say (for the sake of advancing consciousness) was quite popular!