Cancer New Moon/Solar Eclipse – July 12-13, 2018
The New Moon forms tonight at 20 degrees, 41 minutes Cancer at 7:48 pm PDT and at 2:48 am GMT. Tonight’s New Moon participates in a partial Solar Eclipse. This is the first of three eclipses occurring over the next four weeks. There will be a total Lunar Eclipse on July 27 at the full moon in Aquarius. The third and final eclipse of the series will be a partial Solar Eclipse again. It occurs on August 11. Eclipses create portals and opportunities for swift and powerful movement. They signal the end of one set of concerns and the essential beginning of an entirely different state of affairs. This energy portal will reverberate for about 6 months – until the next set of eclipses.
Tonight is a watershed moment. The Sun and Moon in Cancer face off against Pluto in Capricorn. Pluto is 2/3 of the way through Capricorn. He’s been transiting the sign since 2008 and will not leave until 2026. He casts a shadow over this eclipse – a shadow that must be acknowledged and welcomed in to our beings. If we continue to hold the enormous power of shadow in contempt or at bay, leaving it to roam the wild and uncharted edges of our sovereign self, we will not progress or evolve. We will not be whole. We will remain fractured and incomplete. We must embrace and integrate this wild and unpredictable but extremely powerful ally. Failure to do so may continue to compromise our potential for peaceful co-existence. And we have to admit – we’re not doing so great in that department so far…
We’ve entered a state of destabilization. We’ve all been feeling it – whatever that IT may be for you. It’s been intensely uncomfortable and profoundly disorienting. Four planets are currently retrograde. On July 26, the day before the next eclipse, Mercury will station retrograde. That will make five retrograde planets. I’m not going to mince words here. This summer’s energies are already extremely challenging. I’m sure I’m not telling you anything new here. Just know that this state of affairs is likely to continue and perhaps even escalate until the first week of October.
Don’t get freaked out. This is what it feels like to sense the future – to feel the inexorable pull of one’s own destiny. It’s exciting – but it also feels weird in the pit of your stomach and around the edges of your brain. That’s okay. It’s okay to have physical feelings and emotional feelings at the same time! This is a time to admit that we know absolutely nothing concrete about what’s coming; a time to surrender to the desire to expand and transform – and to trust that deep knowing instinct. You don’t have to know anything. You have only to know and trust yourself, your thoughts, your body, feelings, and spirit.
The New Moon in Cancer has this expertise. She can show you how. She can calm your fears and hesitations about the unpredictability of it all, the speed with which the energy moves, the uncertainty that arises in those empty or too full moments. This is the time to hone your information and craft your decisions. It’s a time to create your new ideal – the one that will carry you through these coming times.
Remember – no one moves faster than the Moon. She knows how to navigate, how to get in and get out, and how to cruise at full warp speed. Last lunation we had a grand trine in Water to support your decision-making. So hopefully, that was useful in determining how you feel about all disruption. Tonight’s New Moon presents us with a grand trine Earth. The question is: What is your relationship to the physical, practical world? Can you fuse the feeling and the practicality? Can you create a vehicle that will navigate the inevitable but unknown future? Can you weave yourself a magic carpet and take it for a ride?
Eclipse season is here. Everything is being magnified. It’s easier to examine and to make decisions that way! There will be some definite endings. And there will be some awesome new beginnings. The near term will continue to be uncertain, erratic, and frustrating. Really – it’s ok. You’ll get a lot sorted out. The next phase will be VERY different. So be ready. Stay with it. Keep Calm. Move Ahead. And Transform.