Wednesday, 21 June 2017

CANCER NEW MOON / SUPERMOON - 23 / 24 June 2017

Saturday 24 June, exact at 3.30am BST, Friday 23 June, exact 10.30pm EDT

This New Moon comes only three days after the Summer Solstice, which is the longest day of the year and a time when the Sun (spirit) seems to stand still and we celebrate the light in the Northern Hemisphere. The Solstice represents the start of a new cycle, so it’s good to honour this time by setting some positive intentions for ourselves and the world we live in, which is most definitely in need right now! It is interesting that the brightest day of the year is occurring in the dark of the Moon, a time for turning in and letting go. It is a reminder, I sense, that we need to face the darkness in order to move into the light. There is no doubt that our collective shadow is being shown to us in no uncertain terms at the moment, but it is so much better out in the open where we can see it rather than insidiously simmering away underneath the surface. This Solstice and New Moon combination seems like a good opportunity to bring the dark out into the light and transmute it with the power of positive intention.

This is also a Supermoon, which means that the Moon is much closer to the earth and will have a much more powerful effect on our minds, bodies, emotions and spirits. New Moons are a very potent time of the month anyway, when we leave something behind in the dark of the Moon in order for something new to be born in its place. As the Moon is now in Cancer, we have a chance to leave behind old emotional patterns and habits formed in childhood that quite simply don’t serve us anymore. Much like the crab with its protective shell, we developed strategies and coping mechanisms early on to help us to survive, which protected us and make us somehow feel safe and loved. However, as we grow into adults we are no longer the vulnerable little child we once were, so these patterns tend to work against us instead of helping us as they once did. They can have an insidiously sabotaging effect on our adult relationships rather than protecting us as they once did. They are so powerful though, because they were formed very unconsciously, a long, long time ago. One could liken them to riverbeds that have been worn down, year after year, so it is very hard to make the water go in a different direction. However, during this Moon we have a chance to do just that.

Cancer represents the home, family, childhood and our ancestral roots. One of the biggest lessons of Cancer is one of finding emotional security that comes from within, rather than seeking it outside of ourselves through our relationships, family or our jobs. If our natural needs for nurturance and love weren’t met in childhood then this can create problems in our adult relationships as we continue to seek what we didn’t have as a child. Our insecurities and displaced emotions can wreak havoc as the child within us seeks reassurance and a sense of safety that was lacking in childhood. However, we will never find it outside of us. The answer lies within us and it is our responsibility to resolve these issues rather than expecting those around us to somehow make us feel secure and loved. This New Moon could well bring up issues surrounding our family and home life and could make us all too aware of both the gifts and the burdens we have inherited through the family line. It is a good time to honour our ancestors and to set positive intentions for ourselves, our family and our homeland. Cancer season definitely brings family and our childhood into focus, which is always a bit emotional!

Mercury is also sitting next to the Sun and Moon in Cancer, which could make our thought processes and communication quite subjective and emotional and once again might bring our emotional patterns, childhood, family and home life into the forefront of our minds and conversations. It really is a good time to talk about the family skeletons in the closet and to contemplate our old, sabotaging patterns formed in childhood. We just have to watch out that our emotions don’t get in the way of seeing and expressing ourselves clearly. Pluto and Venus are also forming an exact harmonious trine aspect during this Moon, which will help us to relate to one another in an emotionally honest way and get everything out into the open. Pluto likes to get to the heart of the matter and isn’t afraid to delve deep into the shadows and bring up what might be lurking there, even if it isn’t pretty. This could be a really good opportunity to be really honest with ourselves and our loved ones and to recognise our shadows and patterns and how they run the show sometimes. We may well find it easier than usual to show one another our vulnerable, insecure parts, which will greatly deepen the intimacy and closeness as we get to know one another better.

Pluto and Mars are also working up to an opposition which will be exact on July 2nd and this could be a bit intense and passionate, to say the least!  This opposition is part of a T-square with Jupiter in Libra, the sign of balance and opposing extremes. This combination could cause any suppressed energy to erupt, such as rage and even violence. Anything that has been swept under the carpet will surely be brought out into the light when Pluto, the planet of soul power, and Mars, the warrior, oppose each other!  Add Jupiter to the mix and we could have people getting very het up about their beliefs, especially if they are of the extreme variety. Mars is in Cancer at the moment, so it is quite possible that we will be forced to defend our sense of family, homeland, roots and ancestry against the powers that be, such as the government or corporations.  Pluto in Capricorn is slowly but surely exposing the rot within the power structures of this world and so we are seeing more and more how the patriarchy is corrupt and flawed. This opposition could well highlight the imbalance between the soft, nurturing, family oriented energy of Cancer and the power hungry, controlled and controlling energy of Pluto in Capricorn as seen in some of the world leaders and governing structures of our time. The T-square could bring any grievances out into the open in no uncertain terms, both personally and collectively. It is a very good opportunity to meet our shadows face on!

This Moon certainly seems to be giving us the opportunity to bring up some old, family issues out into the open and talk about them honestly. We may have to be a bit brave and face some stuff we would much rather avoid! It may also bring up the question of what clan we belong to, aside from just our biological family. Cancer represents our inner life and is the springboard from which we go out into the world. It is the hidden, unconscious part of us which directly correlates to our self-image. Whatever happened in our childhood, the type of nurturing we received and the part we played within our family all have a huge bearing on how we see ourselves as adults. As such, this is a very important New Moon, because it brings the opportunity for an emotional rebirth of sorts. It addresses such a deep, private part of our self that has an effect on every single area of our lives, especially our relationships. We are all just little children, with our various types of protective shells, walking around in adult bodies. The gift of Cancer is learning how to honour the vulnerable child within us and nurture and nourish it ourselves, rather than demanding that other people do it for us. Once the springboard is sound everything else falls into place! This Moon is asking us to get back to our roots, as this is where much opportunity for healing lies. Cancer is a very nostalgic sign with an amazing memory, so it should be quite easy to look back!

Much love


Picture: Two Crabs by Vincent Van Gogh

Monday, 5 June 2017


Exact at 2.09pm BST, 9.09am EDT

There is a lot going on during this Full Moon and we could definitely feel things coming to a head in the days leading up to it. Whatever has been gestating in the background of our consciousness will now come into full bloom under the light of the Moon. All that was hidden will now be seen and anything that may have been bothering us will find full expression. It is Gemini season and so we could find ourselves bombarded with a plethora of information, propaganda, thoughts, ideas and opinions, especially as Mercury has now moved out of Taurus and is in Gemini, his own sign. This could speed up the pace of our lives considerably, giving us a lot to think about and process. There will likely be a lot of chatter, both in our personal lives and in the media and social media. This is where Sagittarius comes in, as he helps us to make sense of all of the facts and information we receive and come to a more holistic understanding of it all. In short, he helps us see the bigger picture. While Gemini gathers the information and spreads it around, Sagittarius helps us to intuitively grasp what the rational mind cannot fully comprehend. With Sagittarius we go deeper. Intuition means that we somehow know what we know without quite knowing how we know it. We may not be able to prove it, per se, but we just know; we feel it in our gut.

Sagittarius is the seeker; the part of us that wants to understand our connection to the universe and the truth of existence. His is the realm of natural law, philosophy, cosmology, religion and metaphysics. As such, truth and honesty are a big part of the Sagittarius experience and will very likely feature in this Full Moon. The shadow side of honesty, of course, is lies, dishonesty and deception, and so we might experience people embellishing or exaggerating the truth due to a feeling of inadequacy or a need to somehow prove themselves. Or they may downright lie! Sometimes people appear to be sincere, honest and truthful, but this is only because they have somehow convinced themselves that what they are saying is the truth. They completely believe their own lies. Sagittarius rules our belief system, and so this Moon could bring people’s beliefs out into the open in no uncertain terms! We may try to convince or convert people to our beliefs, or have others do the same to us. People who are secure in what they believe are not so defensive or rigid and don’t have such a need to convince others or insist that other take on the same beliefs. This is where Gemini comes in, as it makes us aware that there are many differing viewpoints and reminds us that truth is relative and that there are a great variety of paths that lead to the same goal.

Interestingly enough, Saturn and Neptune both play a part in this Full Moon, so we may literally find ourselves having to separate what is real (Saturn) from what is illusion (Neptune). The truth could be somewhat elusive, but we just have to look within and we will find it. It is quite possible that we will experience such a heavy dose of Saturn reality that we feel the urge to bury our heads in the sand, escaping into a Neptunian blissful fantasy land. Saturn represents control, authority, government, discipline and responsibility, while Neptune represents oneness, connection to spirit, unconditional love and unity. Saturn is fear, separation, structure and boundaries, while Neptune dissolves boundaries and reminds us that we all come from the same melting pot. Neptune helps us look past what seemingly separates us and connect with one another’s true spirit. It can also create smoke screens which make it very hard to know what’s real. There is an idealistic side to Neptune which makes the truth hard to bear, so it’s easier to just keep the rose tinted spectacles on!

It is quite possible that we will feel a bit confused and disoriented during this Moon, with a strong desire to “numb out” or run away. We may feel a bit fearful as we are forced to face reality, and so we might desperately cling to some form of control. As a good friend reminded me the other day, it is only when we feel unsafe that we feel the need to be in control. When we feel safe we are more able to simply surrender to the flow of life, letting go of our grip on the reins. Both Saturn and Neptune are forming hard aspects to this Moon, so Saturnian fear, anxiety, depression and control and Neptunian disillusionment, deception, scapegoating and escapism are all possibilities. We may feel very sensitive and vulnerable indeed and not quite know what to believe. It is important not to wallow in martyrdom or victimhood, however. It is far better to take a leaf out of Sagittarius’s book and keep an eye on the big picture. Sagittarius has a great sense of humour and is so good at laughing at the absurdity of life; he knows all too well that everything happens for a reason and always has something valuable to teach us. It’s all just one big adventure to him, like a game of snakes and ladders!

Pluto in Capricorn is forming a nagging aspect to the Sun in Gemini during this Moon, and is the strongest aspect, so it will have the most impact on us, both personally and collectively. Pluto is the planet of power, the soul, transformation and metamorphosis; in Capricorn he is seeking to purge and expose the rot of society, governmental structures or any form of authority and control. Pluto in Capricorn represents the power structures and gradually, from 2008 until 2023, these structures will be seen for what they are, archaic, outdated, corrupt and no longer serving us, and they will gradually be eroded or destroyed in order for something better and more appropriate to take their place. The inconjunct aspect between Pluto and the Sun could signify some kind of crisis, whereby we become all too aware of what needs to change, both personally and collectively. Through this crisis the “rot” could become so glaringly obvious that we are given no choice but to make changes. Pluto is the cosmic kick up the bum that shows us what isn’t working in our lives and where we are stagnant or stuck, then pokes and prods us towards change, transformation and growth. On a personal level we are purging old conditioning and aligning our work in the world with our true soul’s purpose. We are working towards the Capricorn traits of authenticity and integrity. Collectively the old power structures are reaching crisis point, as Pluto makes it all too obvious how the patriarchy (Capricorn) is inherently flawed and lacking integrity.

The Sabian symbol for the Moon, at 19° Sagittarius, is “Pelicans menaced by the behaviour and refuse of men seek safer areas for bringing up their young” which Rudyar describes as “The need for people concerned with the future to discover a new way of living and more wholesome surroundings…..the race’s survival has become a matter of extreme importance……Going to distant planets is hardly the answer. A generation may have to sacrifice itself for the sake of its descendants.” The Sabian symbol for the midpoint between the Sun and Moon is “A swimming race” which Rudyar describes as “The stimulation that comes from a group effort toward a spiritual goal….the personal ego-centred ambition to succeed and be “first” is indeed a sign of expectable spiritual failure….What is needed is emulation, not competition”

Uranus’s symbol, at 28° Aries, is “A large audience confronts the performer who disappointed its expectations” and Rudyar says “the performer is made fully aware of having promised more than he was able to deliver. The issue is how to handle this situation…..The individual is not alone concerned, for in a sense mankind as a whole will be affected”. Mercury, at 5°Gemini, is the same as the Gemini New Moon: “ A revolutionary magazine asking for action.” “The explosive tendency of repressed feelings and root emotions”. As I said in the Gemini New moon post “We seem to be being asked to step up and go against the grain, putting our thoughts into action and doing something that is radically different because there is such a strong need for things to change.” It’s interesting that the same symbol is showing up for this Moon.

These are evocative Sabian symbols, and I am intrigued to see what transpires in the next couple of weeks! The Full Moon peaks just after the General Election in England, so the swimming race makes perfect sense here! We are definitely being bombarded with opinions, ideologies, beliefs and propaganda right now, not to mention having to separate fact from fiction! In the meantime I have noticed a few of my American friends leaving social media sites recently because they are so disgusted, disillusioned, over-saturated and fed up with what is coming through on their news feed! America, and indeed the world, is definitely a disappointed audience right now. Something has to give. We are living in a corrupted world which is coming to crisis point and, like the pelicans, we are being asked to find new ways of living to counteract the damage that has been done in the last century to this planet of ours.

Jupiter, the ruler of Sagittarius, is stationary during this Moon, which means that his energy is particularly strong. Jupiter reminds us to have faith and to trust that all is unfolding exactly as it is supposed to. Jupiter is in Libra, the sign of balance and opposing extremes, and there is no doubt whatsoever that the scales are tipping over at the moment! Sometimes they have to tip over for balance to be restored. Jupiter in Libra reminds us that there are always two sides to any situation and the light always balances out the darkness. For instance, so often when crisis hits and things seem really bad, people come together and commit astounding acts of unconditional love and kindness that remind us how beautiful and giving human beings can be. Jupiter reminds us to keep the faith in the inherent goodness of humankind and our capacity to come together in times of need. Jupiter in Libra believes in the Venusian qualities of peace, love, harmony, equality, balance, justice, fairness, compromise, cooperation and teaming up with others. During this Moon he encourages us to reach out to each other and keep the faith that in the end, one way or another, justice shall prevail. Sagittarius knows that there is always a lesson to be learned, and if we don’t slide down the odd snake or two we would never grow. And while it may be hard not to succumb to fear, we must always choose love.

Much Love


Image: Between Night and Day by Christian Schloe