This is a once in a Blue Moon, as it is the second New Moon in Cancer within a month. Usually we only have one New Moon in an given sign per year, but it seems that we are being asked to spend a bit more time with the energy of Cancer this year! The last Cancer New Moon, on the Solstice, started an energetic ball rolling that came to a head with the Capricorn Full Moon on the 5th. At that time Mercury was Retrograde, causing us to look back and reflect, not to mention that misunderstandings were rife! Now Mercury is going direct again, and this Moon will also set a ball in motion as something new comes into being and anything that needs to pass away is left behind in the dark of the Moon. Cancer is all about home, childhood, family, ancestry, the past, nationhood, tribes, nurturing and motherhood. This is the sign that helps us to find our roots and a sense of belonging, whatever that means to us. This is the part of us that struggles with insecurity and neediness and must ultimately realise that happiness is an inside job. It is not the job of anyone or anything to make us feel secure and meet all of our emotional needs. Ultimately that is up to us.
Some questions to ask during a Cancer New Moon might be: Where is home? Is it an external place or a feeling inside of us? Where and how do we find a true sense of belonging? What emotions might the current situation bring up that need to be honoured and expressed? What causes us to feel insecure or vulnerable? What might be pulling us back into the past and preventing us from fully moving forward? Indeed, do we tend to live too much in the past? Who and what are we too dependent on to make us feel emotionally secure? Are we in touch with our true emotions and do we express them in a childish or mature manner? Are we connected to the land we live on? Are we able to parent ourselves and take responsibility for our own emotional reactions to other people’s actions? Who is our tribe, our soul family? Are we nurturing those relationships adequately? What messages might our emotions hold? When it comes to the truth of the matter, how do we really feel?
There is still a bit of a Capricorn party at the moment, which is very much a part of this New Moon, as the planets are opposite the Sun and Moon. In fact, Saturn is directly opposite and is a very strong influence, as not only is it the ruler of Capricorn but is also in it own sign of Capricorn right now! This could make us very aware of how we suppress our emotions and protect ourselves by putting walls up. Indeed, we could feel a bit cut off from others during this Moon, as we may have to contend with feelings of loneliness, grief, and sorrow. We could feel a bit weighed down, fearful or burdened and might tend to withdraw from one another somewhat. Saturn is quite a heavy, karmic energy that forces us to see things as they really are rather than how we would like them to be, and sometimes this can be a bit depressing. It can make it a bit hard to see the light at the end of the tunnel. Saturn energy can make us feel restricted, limited, controlled and constricted by those in authority.We may have to face up to the repercussions of past actions, as we reap what we sow. Saturn asks us to make concrete decisions, take responsibility for ourselves and make a deeper commitment, forcing us to be truly accountable and come from a place of integrity.
Jupiter and Pluto are also opposing the Sun and Moon, although not as tightly as Saturn, so their energy will be felt around the time of this Moon. Indeed, this conjunction is one of the most prominent themes of 2020, as it spans most of the year. It brings up huge issues around people’s beliefs, as people attempt to convince or convert others to their version of the truth, even though it is hard to really know what the truth is. Any opposing opinions are bringing up very strong emotions in some people, and there is so much judgement and fear based beliefs around that it is frightening. Fear can make people very reactive and rigid, and tends to contract the heart. It is so very important to do all we can to keep our hearts open and not to operate from a place of fear, as it is so destructive! Capricorn is the sign of control and authority, and when Pluto comes into contact with Jupiter there is the potential for propaganda and mind control by those in power who might have an ulterior motive and hidden agenda. When Pluto and Jupiter join forces the truth can be occluded, hidden, obscured.
There is also the capacity for some very thorough research, digging deep in the search for the truth. The gift of this combination is the capacity to smell a rat, to learn to really trust our sixth sense and our intuition. All is not as it seems, and Jupiter and Pluto can help us to see beneath the surface and find what is hidden there, even if it is not pretty. This is a year for purging some “programmed” or conditioned beliefs, which can be quite a painful yet profoundly transforming process. It is as if we are in a birth canal at the moment, which is quite a dark place to be! With the Sagittarius South Node also forming a “crisis” aspect to the Sun and Moon, there is definitely a sense of us needing to examine some of our more rigid or ingrained beliefs and convictions and to be open to a other peoples point of view and a new way of seeing things.
Saturn and Pluto are also moving back towards each other, as Saturn is retrograde in Capricorn, having recently left Aquarius for a little while. The conjunction between these two powerful planets back in January was the catalyst for the destruction of systems and structures, both personal and societal. There is a sense that systems that are deeply flawed or no longer have integrity are being broken beyond repair. We have been forced to dive deep into our own shadows and also to recognise the deeper, darker aspects of the power structures that govern us. Fear based control has been rife this year, and it will be interesting to see what happens as the planet of karma, control, authority and structure comes back to meet the planet of power, death/rebirth, the underworld and transformation. They will not form an exact conjunction, as they did on 12 January, but will come closest to each other on 29 September, and the energy will be building up until then.
During this New Moon we have an exact “square off” between Chiron in Aries and Mercury in Cancer. This could cause us to come to some understanding and have realisations that are quite painful but also profoundly healing. We may be forced to be very honest with ourselves and to realise where the source of our current pain lies, which could have its roots in childhood and even past lives. Indeed, there is a huge amount to be learned from history, as we tend to keep making the same mistakes over and over again as patterns repeat. Someone may say something to us that hurts us or triggers our old wounds and causes us to react or become defensive. Indeed, we may do the same to someone else. There is much healing possible here, but it may involve having to have a difficult conversation or come to a painful realisation. Mercury is in Cancer, so the focus may be our home, family, our country, roots, childhood or sense of belonging. This all ties in with the nature of this New Moon, which is intensely personal.
The Sabian Symbol for this New Moon, the energy of which will play out over the coming month, is in 29° Cancer: “A Greek Muse weighing new-born twins in golden scales”, which Dane Rudyar describes as “The intuitive weighing of alternatives…..at this stage in the process of individualisation two ways are open. The individual person may hesitate before making his decision. His “intuition” (the Muse) is able to show him what the choice is. Perhaps there can be a way of combining the two alternatives. But, as the next symbol implies, the one which in the end has the greatest appeal may not be the “nature” way. This symbol reveals to us the pro and con operation of the mind when faced with a vital decision. Because it is the “Muse” that is doing the weighing, it is apparent that forces deeper or higher than the intellect are actually at work - the intuitive mind, or what Jung calls the “anima,” i.e. the psychic function which relates ego-consciousness to the collective Unconscious. What we see happening, at the very threshold of a new cycle, is an INNER PRESENTATION OF ALTERNATIVES”.
There is a sense that we may be faced with some kind a decision or choice in the coming month. This symbol also alludes to the extreme polarisation that we are currently experiencing in society, with so many different “camps”. How do we find balance between all of the “opposites”? Do we actually have to take a side and “choose”? How can we find a balance between our head and heart? We are encouraged to listen to our inner guidance to show us the way, which is reinforced by a harmonious sextile aspect between Jupiter and Neptune, bringing the gift of faith and intuition. As Rudyar says, maybe we can combine the two alternatives somehow. The scales could also mean weighing up alternative points of view.
The Sabian symbol for Saturn is also interesting, at 29° Capricorn, and could help somehow: “A woman reading tea leaves”, which Rudyar describes as “The ability to see the signature of hidden meaning in every occurrence drawing one’s attention. Man has always sought to interpret the meaning of events or situations which baffle him in terms of specific omens or “Signatures.” What is implied is the ability not only to perceive the facts of everyday existence, but to see through these facts and discover how they are related to the realm of basic meanings or archetypal processes. This is essentially what is meant by true CLAIRVOYANCE, the capacity to see in everything the Signature of deeper realities.” This symbol asks us that we have the potential for receiving messages if we are open to seeing the signs. It is important to use both our left and right brain, and trust in our intuitive knowing and any clues and symbolism that can help us to know which way to turn. The signs are all around us if we can only open our eyes to see.
The Sun is about to take us into creative, self-expressive, playful Leo season, but for some reason we are being asked to stay with the theme of Cancer for a little while longer, hence a second New Moon in this sensitive, emotional sign. Saturn’s involvement may force us to take responsibility and make a decision or deeper commitment to something. It certainly seems that we may be asked to weigh up some alternatives, which is where Cancer can help, as it encourages us to recognise what emotions come up when we talk about whatever we are facing. Our emotions hold the key. Our body is wiser than our mind, which can easily play tricks on us, and our emotions can reveal the truth of the matter, because they don’t lie.
Painting: Reading Tea Leaves by Harry Herman Roseland