Sunday, July 7. Technically, the New Moon does not begin until 2:14 am* tomorrow. But for all intents and purposes, the Cancer mission to find, heal, and reside in the home of our being starts today. Both the soft core and hard shell of Cancer is stimulated. Encouraging relaxation into the soft core of our beings, the Moon contacts Neptune in Pisces and Saturn in Scorpio to form a Grand Water Trine. The ongoing trine between Neptune and Saturn for the past few weeks has functioned as a stable underpinning of emotional understanding, compassion, and courage to look more deeply at our own hearts. For those whose natural realm is the waters of emotion, you are being encouraged to dive deeper. For those who feel awkward in these realms, you find that there are resources to support deeper emotional understanding. The hard protective shell of Cancer is provoked by the Moon’s opposition to Pluto and square to Uranus. If change is happening too fast for you or you feel challenged by a power outside your control, the crab goes into defense mode. Think of this as an opportunity to notice the qualities of home you cherish most and what you instinctively will do to protect it.
July 8—New Moon: Dreaming. The chart for every New Moon lays down a pattern that influences our experiences of the whole lunar cycle. If we are called to do intentional work with the Moon, these patterns, or stories, show the challenges and possibilities inherent in this cycle. Yesterday’s forecast outlined some of the important dynamics to consider.
Tuesday, July 9. It is a relief to feel lighter today. The Venus challenge for this lunar cycle is to enjoy life in spite of the extra sensitivity we are feeling. Enjoy the thrill of the creative process, a romantic encounter, or the company of playful friends. Find your inner child. The Sun and Mercury come together in the core of this Mercury retrograde cycle. This may mean we learn something really important about home through the unexpected behaviors of this trickster god.
Wednesday, July 10. Suddenly all the fascinating people in your life are showing up. Enjoy the diversity. Wouldn’t it be boring if everyone were the same? You may also be ready to take your relationships in new directions; mix it up and see what happens. This could get you into trouble, but it could also be just what you need to rekindle a flame that felt extinguished.
Thursday, July 11. The morning still sparkles with Leo shenanigans and then the solid energy of Virgo kicks in. Do you need to clean up any messes made in the last couple of days? It actually feels good to put a little more order in your life. This is a good way to honor your sense of home. Notice how picking up the pieces can feel like a return to self. Everyone has a different comfort level with chaos and order. Notice where the balance lies for you and bring that into your life.
July 12—Crescent Moon: Beginning. Home is both a place where we feel the sensitive, soft core of vulnerability and the place we feel strongest and most grounded. I suggest opening to all that, the strength and the vulnerability, as we begin the true work of this lunar cycle. The Moon teaches us through the waxing and waning of light to be responsive to the flow. Sometimes we need to retreat and sometimes we need to move forward into the world. Begin to notice your own pulsations of awareness. How do you know what you know?
Saturday, July 13. You might be tired of the water theme of the past few weeks, but it is far from over. Surrender to the flow as Mars enters Cancer for the next month and a half. Mars is a passionate and reactive energy. In Cancer, we can expect to notice more defensiveness in ourselves and others. It may also be a challenge to express anger and frustration directly, as we have to carefully navigate the terrain of sensitive emotions. Find the restorative place of home where you can sort out how you really feel and what you want to do about it.