July 4, 2016: Cancer New Moon (exact at 4:01 am PDT)
Cancer is associated with that which gives us roots and grounded nurturance. It relates to those whom we call our tribe, or wish to call our tribe. It connects us to ancestry, the home, and the past.
Therefore, the Cancer New Moon can provide us with an opportunity to begin a new cycle in relationship to our family.
* Who is our family and what is our place in the lineage?
* Where has our family informed who we are?
* Which facets of our heritage and/or ancestral inheritance do we want to carry forward and which do we want to personally release?
* Are there people we have adopted into our lives as we’ve traversed the path of our lives who feel more like family than those to whom we are blood related; and if so, what it is about them that fuels a sense of connectivity?
These are some reflections that may feel especially significant during this time.
It may be quite a feelings-oriented time. Not only is Cancer the sign that reflections emotions and moods, this New Moon connects with open-boundaries Neptune.
The Neptune connection may have us being even more sensitive than usual, able to feel into a greater depth of the unsaid. We could feel more porous, with less of a sheath that separates us from others. It's a time where we may find ourselves more readily walking in another's shoes.
The New Moon also connects to Pluto, which may have the emotionality registering quite deeply. If feelings seem like they are shaking you to the core, be tender with your self to see how you can find center if you feel overwhelmed. Take care of your feelings, being open to what is emerging. There may be things that you've pushed aside that want to have voice.
The Sun and Moon also come together with Mercury. Combined with the Pluto tie-in, dialogues and messaging may feel more charged. With Cancer not known for its directness and Pluto inspiring secrecy, conversations may take on an air of the indirect. It could take a while to suss out what is really being communicated, so don your detective's hat. On the other hand, Pluto inspires unearthing and can also take on a volcanic energy; so watch that a Cancerian beating-around-the bush doesn't lead to explosions.
The notion of protecting—protecting what we created, protecting our home, protecting the ones we love—may register really strongly today. It's interesting that this New Moon falls on July 4th, Independence Day in the U.S., a day of patriotic spirit as the energies of the day reflect this.
This month’s New Moon falls at 13 degrees of Cancer (Sun and Moon). While everyone experiences the energies of the New Moon, if you have planets or pivotal points (i.e., Ascendant/Descendant or Nadir/Midheaven) around this degree in Cancer or the other cardinal signs—Aries, Libra, Capricorn—it may impact you more intensely.
CANCER NEW MOON APOTHECARY SUGGESTIONS
Cancer rules the stomach, sinuses, body fluids, and breasts. Pay extra attention to these parts of the body around the time of this New Moon.
Mariposa Lily flower essence: Cancer is the sign of the mother and the maternal nature that exists within all of us. Yet, some people feel disconnected from a sense of maternal nurturance. It may be that they perceived their mother didn’t meet their needs, an imprint that then shapes their connection to expressing warmth and radiance as well as nourishing themselves and others. If issues related to your mother and the caring feminine energy within you are arising during this time, consider Mariposa Lily flower essence. It helps to inspire maternal consciousness and a sense of warmth and caring, enlivening a reconnection to mother and the mother archetype. (Flower essences are made from flower-infused water and work energetically to restore emotional and mental balance. You can find them in natural food stores or holistic pharmacies.)
Jasmine essential oil: As the jasmine flower is governed by the Moon—the planetary ruler of Cancer—enjoying its aroma can help support the energetics of this New Moon. Jasmine has a rapturous fragrance that arouses our ability to connect to the feminine spirit within us. It’s a lauded aphrodisiac as well. Use it as perfume, combine it with body oil for a sensuality-inspiring massage, or sprinkle a few drops in a bath and soak in its feminine revelry.