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This New Moon is somewhat of an emotional rebirth and is an opportunity to reset our emotional programming on a very deep level. New Moons are a time when we get to start fresh, leaving whatever isn’t serving us anymore behind in the dark of the Moon. Cancer represents our family and roots; our emotional body and the patterns formed in childhood. As such, this is a time of new beginnings in this area of our life; a time to plant healthy, new emotional seeds in order to replace any “familiar” patterns that have been holding us back from being successful in the truest sense of the word. Cancer represents the emotional base that we spring from in order to go out into the world and be an effective human being. Anything that happened in our childhood which is unusual, upsetting or disruptive will make that foundation much more shaky and thus make it harder to make our way in the world. We all need a sense of inner security and a feeling of safety in order to achieve our full potential and any emotional wounds that we are carrying will only be holding us back from being all that we can be. These wounds tend to solidify over time into ingrained emotional patterns which aren’t healthy at all. This New Moon gives us a chance to dump some patterns which are holding us back and replace them with some healthy new growth.
Mars is opposite Uranus, exact the day before the New Moon, which could make things fairly heated and volatile and could also bring anything that has been festering out on to the open within our personal relationships, whether it be family, friendship or intimate partners. This aspect brings the potential for the truth to literally erupt, which could definitely upset the apple cart. This could help us to confront anything that we have preferred to avoid, thus propelling us to blast through any emotional blocks or patterns that are impeding our growth. Mars and Uranus together definitely have the potential to bring any anger, rage or resentment up in quite an explosive manner but it will probably help clear the air and give voice to any grievances that we may have been harbouring. Better out than in, that’s for sure!
In the meantime, Pluto is forming an opposition to the Sun and Moon themselves which will also help us to face anything that has been lurking in the shadows and deal with any emotions that we have been denying, suppressing or repressing for a long time. Pluto forces us to be emotionally honest and some very raw, intense feelings could come pouring out in the next few days. If we think about this in the context of Cancer, which represents the family and childhood, this aspect has the potential to bring anything that has been lurking in the family closet well and truly out into the open. The deeper, darker emotions could well erupt, just like a volcano that has been simmering away for years. This is truly a wonderful opportunity to purge and to allow any unhealthy destructive emotions that are blocking us to be released once and for all. These two aspects have the potential to blast through some of those ingrained emotional patterns from our childhoods! It may not be pretty, but the sense of freedom that will be gained from it will be immense.
Luckily Neptune is forming a beautiful, harmonious, flowing trine to the Sun and Moon which will help soothe any turbulent emotions and bring a sense of catharsis to anything we might be dealing with. Neptune has the ability to see the bigger picture and remembers that we all spring from the same well. This will allow us to feel true compassion and empathy for each other and help us to act with loving kindness. Forgiveness is very important indeed and is essential in the healing process. Without it any destructive energy will only fester and grow. In order to truly let go of the emotional patterns and grievances from our past we must find forgiveness in our hearts, both towards those who have trespassed against us and most importantly towards ourselves. Forgiveness does not mean condoning what we or others have done. It simply means letting go of any anger or resentment for any wrongdoings or mistakes. When it comes down to it, anger, guilt, blame and resentment hurt us more than they do anyone else! Neptune reminds us that we are all just human beings, doing the best we can to manoeuvre our way through life. None of us are perfect; we all have flaws and we have all made mistakes that we have ended up regretting. If you can honestly say you haven’t then you truly are an exceptional human being.
There is a massive amount of potential for this New Moon to be an emotional reset button and for us to truly let go of old emotional patterns which are quite simply not doing us any good anymore. Often we put them in place as children in order to protect us somehow, but as we move into adulthood they are not appropriate anymore. They go on to do more harm than good and certainly don’t help us in our relationships with those close to us. Often they are so ingrained that we are completely unaware of them, which is where the danger lies. This New Moon could definitely bring some very raw emotions up to the surface to be confronted and released. Cancer is the mother, the family, our childhood and our past, and we definitely have the chance to look back and lay some ghosts to rest; releasing the hold they have over us. This process may not be easy, as facing up to the skeletons in the closet never is, but we have the chance to reprogram some childhood conditioning and give ourselves a greater chance to be all that we are capable of. The result will be a whole new start on an emotional level and a chance to move forward without the chains that we have been dragging around since childhood. The key is to allow the emotions to rise up, recognise where they are coming from, forgive ourselves and others and then just let go.