New Moon in Cancer & the Solstice..woohoo!!!
New Moons are beginnings and yes, they do come around once every month so the initiations are not necessarily large scale but more along the lines of short term directives and easily accomplished goals; in short, sprints rather than marathons.
I really like these little incremental strategic plans of action. Goals that are actualized always result in a sense of accomplishment and act as a spur for even more courageous initiative on the part of the successful doer. It’s the easiest way to build up confidence. Set yourself small goals, fulfill those goals and then take it to the next level. Baby steps is always the best course of action. No leaping off tall buildings without some kind of safety net, please. We are not super-humans—YET…
You can tailor your plans of action around the central energy of each New Moon as it rolls around each month. So, for instance, this month it’s all about the emotional body—how we feel, how we react, how we process what the heart receives.
Added to this is the fact that we have just had one of the most glorious events of the annual cycle—THE SUMMER SOLSTICE. We luxuriate in those long sultry summer days that drift lazily into sweet velvety nights filled with gorgeous celestial objects that enrapture us as we gaze at them, especially for those of us in the Northern hemisphere (the more north you go, the better). With the New Moon falling so soon after the solstice, the halfway point in the year, we have the opportunity to delve into our hearts and feeling natures and take a good look at how we operate on this most important level. We are more relaxed during the summer and this relaxation provides us with a measure of security as we review our relationship life, our feeling nature, the things that incite emotion within us.
The question: How SECURE do you feel about this part of your life?
What fears rise up in your consciousness when you think about these elements and/or issues?
Can you come up with any strategies to address the things that are not working?
Take some time to sit with these thoughts and brainstorm a few ideas. Then, as the month progresses, you can see if what you imagined can actually be put into action.
The call to action, then, is EMOTIONAL GROWTH, at the very least and EMOTIONAL TRANSFORMATION, if we pull up our boot straps and really get down to business.
There is a load of Cancer energy supporting this New Moon event, with both Mercury and Mars aligned to it. Within the next 24 hours, Luna shashays her way into orb of Pluto @ 18*31’ Capricorn, promising insight if we are open to it.
It’s a Friday, so if you can, just sit under the sky. Don’t attempt to solve any problems, just allow yourself to appreciate the sheer joy of being alive in your body at this most precious moment in time. Even if you do not intellectually perceive any gems of wisdom or insight immediately, rest assured that they found their way into your psyche and in the coming days, you may be surprised at what you suddenly understand or realize. Life is truly a mystery.
The Moon is also moving into a square to Jupiter, also within the day so be prepared for emotions to run fast. Don’t be caught off guard. Watch your responses. Confrontations are a result of carelessness so be careful. there is a hint of explosiveness with Mars opposed to Pluto so keep those handles safely in a drawer or you might find them flying around haphazardly!
The Sabian Symbols for this New Moon are :
A MAN ALL BUNDLED UP IN FUR LEADING A SHAGGY DEER
THE HUMAN SOUL RECEPTIVE TO GROWTH AND UNDERSTANDING
There are several admonitions contained in these symbols.
We must take charge of ourselves, our emotional welfare, and sometimes do the hard thing to get to the good end. Growth is challenging simply because we basically do not want to do it. Most of us like the security of what we know, what we are familiar with. The idea of incorporating new, strange patterns into our lives can sometimes overwhelm us. We are but babies, after all; little entities bouncing around in an infinite universe. When you actually sit down and think about it, it sobers the questing soul. So, courage is needed to do the deal. We have to identify that part of ourselves that doesn’t quit and keep on going.
Dane Rudyar stated, in writing about this symbol;
“In India the deer was the symbol of Brahma, the Creative God. The antlers represent the extension of the mind-power located in the head.”
As we negotiate our way through our emotional issues, we can access the wisdom from Spirit to facilitate our transformation on this most delicate of levels. Even if we do not see a tangible connection between what we are going through and the wisdom that is coming from our higher selves, we must trust the process. In time, understanding will come.
Another aspect of the first strange symbol is the primal connection between HUMANS and NATURE. If the going gets to be too tough, get going out there, into the woods, metaphorically and literally speaking.
Do you remember when it was first suggested that we all go out and hug trees?
Well, it actually does work on a very guttural level. The energy of the tree floods into the gut as we stand in close proximity to it. The natural world has an uncanny sentience that supersedes anything that we experience. If you don’t believe me, go and examine the weeds in your garden. They mimic whatever plants they have invaded. My strawberry patch was inundated with weeds that looked exactly like strawberries but without the prize of the berry!
How do they do that? Natural Law, baby, Natural Law.
How fitting, then, that the second symbol indicates what it’s all about! Challenge and process, when undertaken with appetite and determination will result in growth. So, look at the situations of your life and, however challenging they might be, however sorrowful you might feel, however gut-wrenching the actuality, if you set your will to getting through, (baby steps, remember), and just keep breathing, you will come out of it in the end. Not always easy to do, but always satisfying once done. That long sigh of relief is waiting for you just around the corner.
So, enjoy the New Moon. Do what needs to be done this month. And always remember to insert some FUN, no matter how difficult that might be to do!