New Moon in Cancer and Solar Eclipse ~ Recognizing the Shadow
Happy New Moon, sister! We're honored to have Astrologer Katya Weiss-Andersson here on the GoddessCeremony Team sharing her astrology insights for this New Moon in Cancer!
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On the Summer Solstice on June 21st, we entered Cancer season. And while Gemini is the sign most known for duality, Cancer has some intense duality of its own.
Symbolized by a crab, Cancer energy has two modes of being: the mushy interior, which is nurturing, fiercely loving, and moody, versus the shell, which is highly defensive due to knowing the vulnerability of the gigantic feelings within. Are you feeling any of that?
Today we have the new moon in Cancer coinciding with a total solar eclipse. Eclipses beckon us- and often force us through the emergence of conflict - to do extensive shadow work. Our shadow selves are certainly not inherently bad or problematic, and what constitutes our shadow selves differs for each person. Emotions like sadness and anger are sacred and inherent parts of our humanity. Trauma, secrecy, intensity, fear and primal sexuality are other examples of elements that can show up in our shadow realms. It’s not a time for self-pitying or spiraling into darkness, but rather for learning how to sit with parts of yourself that you may be used to turning away from. Eclipse seasons tend to repeatedly ask us which parts of our shadow selves are unhealthy and destructive, and which parts just need to be witnessed. Since Eclipses cast a long shadow, don’t be surprised if you’re feeling the impacts for a while.
The new moon is already an introverted time of self-reflection, and this new moon in Cancer is even more so. Cancer is all about the home, the family, the mother archetype and the inner child. This is a time to work on balancing both sides of the Cancerian coin: being fully present with our emotions while remaining grounded and not drowning in them, and holding self-protective boundaries without defensiveness or lashing out.
On July 7, Mercury retrogrades its way from confident Leo back to vulnerable Cancer. We have already been in the shadow of that retrograde, meaning many of us have already been experiencing blow-ups in communication, technical glitches, travel delays, etc. This Mercury retrograde is particularly tough not just because it’s in Cancer, but also because it’s sandwiched in between eclipses. We are already in a space of being challenged to sit in our shadows, and simultaneously we are likely to confront the big messes that Mercury retrogrades have become infamous for. It’s fine. No pressure. But remember: retrogrades are not “bad.” They are a time to pause and re-evaluate in certain arenas of our lives. Read more on how to thrive when mercury goes retrograde here.
Speaking of retrogrades, Jupiter, Saturn, Neptune and Pluto are all still in retrograde (more info in our last new moon report), but these retrogrades are all a little gentler than Mercury’s.
To ease all this, Mars moved from Cancer into Leo yesterday. This means that the primal parts of ourselves- our conflicts, our sexuality, our knee-jerk reactions- have shifted from angsty and fickle to bold and courageous.
Venus moves into Cancer tomorrow, which means we’re likely to either feel extra loving and nurturing towards all our relationships OR more moody, irrational and closed-off towards those closest to us. I’m telling you, don’t sleep on Cancer’s duality.
Yes, the shadow aspect of ourselves is heightened right now and perhaps even rising up to the forefront of who we are. But rather than shying away or hiding from this part of ourselves, let us embrace it fully, dive into the depths and re-emerge more connected and guided than ever before.
- Here are five ways to celebrate this New Moon in Cancer -
1) Take more than a little intentional alone time, especially when you feel heightened. It’s so easy to feel raw and be in defense mode right now, and communication breakdowns are popping up everywhere. If you’re feeling the urge toward knee-jerk confrontations, now is 1-800-NOT-THE-TIME.
2) Clean your home. This is as much of an energetic clearing practice as it is a routine chore. Within your home, do something for yourself that feels nurturing. For me, this looked like making a giant pot of lentil soup despite it being the middle of a hot North Carolina summer. Nurturance and a sense of home bring out the best qualities of Cancer energy.
3) If possible, spend some time with the Foxglove plant. Foxglove embodies the boldness, sensuality and holiness of the shadow self and helps us to get real and release any spiritual bypassing. Sitting with the actual plant or getting some flower essence are ideal- just make sure not to ingest the plant, as it’s poisonous.
4) Do some inner child work. For this, I highly recommend the book Reconciliation by Thich Nhat Hanh, or doing a meditation in which you tune into what your inner child is needing. Being playful, connecting with your children or doing something light and fun are all great ways to connect to this inner child energy within all of us.
5) Feel into this Solar Eclipse season and harness this powerful time to look within, journal and release. Learn how to connect with a Solar Eclipse here.
Just like any other astrological events, retrogrades, eclipses and hard aspects all point us to things that need our attention. We can ignore that guidance or take it to better our lives, better ourselves and get out of the way of our own peace. The new moon is the perfect time to rise to that challenge.
Katya Weiss-Andersson -GoddessCeremony Astrologer-