Cancer New Moon ~June 22, 2009

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Yesterday was the Summer Solstice, the longest day of the year, in the Northern Hemisphere. The sun is high, the sky is blue and the energetic mood has shifted as the Sun moved from the busy-busy butterfly Gemini days to the considerably calmer, more laid back feel of Cancer time. Cancer is a lazy river of a sign, moving at its own pace, home to of all manner of creature and plant life, drifting through the land offering solace to the parched earth and overheated humans looking for respite. Cancer is the sign of nurturing, nourishment, security, serenity and feelings. Laughter and tears are commonplace in the life of one born under the sign of Cancer.

As the Moon joins the Sun to enter its New phase at the beginning Cancer, it is time to sow some new seeds for the things we would like to see develop over the weeks and months to come. This is the New Moon of humor and humanness. Let your hair down. Take a moment to reflect on where you’ve been that has brought you to this place and time. Set aside some time to be in nature, ideally, by a pond, river or lake and refresh your spirit with the life-giving energy of water.

Though my natal Sun is in Gemini, I have plenty of Cancer planets in my astrology chart and am surrounded by people who were born with the Sun in Cancer, both of my mother’s sisters, my man, one of my closest girlfriends, her husband, my other friend’s husband, even my beloved kitty, Winston, is a Cancer Sun sign. Each of them is completely different from the others; there is no such thing as a typical Cancer. When my  girlfriends and I realized that all of our men were born within a week of one another we had to laugh at yet another thing we have in common. Cancer is one of the least comfortable placements for a man’s Sun, and yet these were the men that we had all chosen as our mates. We were all drawn to their inner strength, kindness, their sensitivity, their quick wit and their ability to make us feel safe in their arms. There is much to be said for a man who is connected to his feelings. And because each of us have some Cancer in our own charts, we understand that sometimes you really can’t say why you feel so strongly about something or that although it makes no sense to your mind, you know something to be true.

Cancer is the sign of the family, the nurturing parent and of caring for others. Many born under this sign are healers and have a natural ability to understand the needs of others, whether emotional or physical. Cancer is ruled by the Moon, which changes signs every two and a half days and covers the entire zodiac every month. This is one of the reasons our Cancerian friends can be what we may think of as moody–in fact, they are simply relating to all the different points of view and emotional states, month in and month out. If you or someone you love is a Cancer Sun sign, keep in mind that whatever it is that you are feeling or dealing with at the moment will look and feel very different in a day or two. Patience is one of the best tools in a Cancer native’s kit.

I feel emotions have gotten a bad rap in our society. We have been encouraged to be logical and sensible and by all means, rational. Joy is not rational. And yet, those moments of joy are what make life worth living. Even our sorrow is evidence of how deeply we can feel and how much something or someone has meant to us–how alive we really are. When you stop to consider it, a life without emotions would be like a world without water, dry and lifeless and devoid of any possibility of joy.

Open your heart to the potentials your emotions offer. Emotions can help keep you on track in your life. You were born with an Emotional Guidance System. If you learn to honor and work with how you are feeling in any given moment, it will serve you in moving in the direction of your dreams and make it painfully obvious when you are off track. Emotions are fundamental to consciously working with the Law of Attraction.

Despite what may be going on in the world, summer only comes once a year. Many of us wait all year for summer to arrive. I invite you to enjoy these early summer days and celebrate the wondrous blessings they have to offer.