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Cancer: feminine, mother, family, home, safety, comfort, emotional
Capricorn: practical, ambitious, dependable, hardworking, wise, enterprising
Fundamental themes: safety and security (inner and outer)
So many of us want to serve. We crave purpose. We want to make a difference.
This month is a course-correction that moves us along towards that deeper service we crave. Themes this month guide us to explore how we may be acting out of alignment with our purpose and will call on us to deepen our reserves of faith, trust and truth so that we can be of more authentic service to ourselves and our communities.
Consider it a grand re-alignment.
Things will fall away. Things will remain. Mental energy spent trying to figure it all out or predict will only make you more tired.
What’s the point? Emotional Truth.
It’s time we learn to trust how we feel and listen to ourselves — and this month, the ruler of time will be sure to guide us in that direction.
Many are waking up to the subtle (and of course overt) deception that exists within our cultures, communities, and selves. There are ways we are lying to ourselves and being lied to. This process is not easy or comfortable or always clear but for true progress it is important – if not essential – that it be seen and named and responded to.
This is an inner journey. Self-reflection, slowness and grace are key — our number one priority this July needs to be processing the emotions that flow through us to find the truth that lies in our depths.
Emotional intelligence and resilience are not significantly encouraged in our world, so resistance to this work may be strong for you and others. Let’s acknowledge this — and forge ahead. Our journey home requires we feel what needs to be felt and touch what longs to be touched.
To shut down and neglect our emotions is a form of violence to the vast wisdom of the feminine within us. Inner violence gives way to external violations. Evolution requires we put a stop to this prejudice and allow sensitivity to inform our course.
If you’ve ever been caught in a powerful wave you know that the way through it is in softening to the force and trusting the momentum to guide you through. This is the energy of the eclipses this July.
If you are feeling extra sensitive (which may include feeling fearful, lost, confused, elated, giddy, or overwhelmed), well, then you are FULLY alive.
How can you create space for yourself to rest and feel?
Who do you need to communicate your needs to?
The fundamental themes of this season guide us to find safety and security first within ourselves. If we are ever going to be able to create and support a sustainable world that values safety, security and integrity for all, we have to fully experience within ourselves what feels unsafe and insecure. When we do this, the pieces of us that are acting out of integrity have context and meaning and can be seen from compassion, not from conflict.
When we can see with compassion, we can dissolve the barriers that separate us, we can truly forgive, and we can move forward together. We can’t bypass this time.
We have to cry to the last tear. We have to stop fighting against our anger. We have to stop starving ourselves from expressing what we are so afraid to voice. We have to stop telling ourselves we don’t deserve the joy our soul is begging us to experience. We have to listen. We have to be honest — with ourselves and each other.
Everything is meaningful during this period – encounters, themes, emotions, thought-loops, and synchronistic experiences all have relevance ripe for revelation.
What emotions are front and center for you right now?
What storylines are playing out?
This is a time to feel all that needs to be felt, listen to your intuition and allow things to shift and change with trust it’s all for your highest evolution. This month is sensitive and full of emotion – teaching us to nurture ourselves above and beyond.
If the shining moon hasn’t yet begun to stir you up, follow along for insight into the energy at play in the month to come. May it serve to illuminate your healing and growth, reminding you that you are so loved, as you are, always.
July 2 12:16 pst :: Solar Eclipse New Moon in Cancer
Sun in Cancer
Moon in Cancer
North Node in Cancer
Cancer is the most emotional realm of the zodiac. An eclipse in Cancer can be nothing but. The embodiment of Cancer season is the mother, after all, a unique, no-doubt emotional figure for many of us.
Exploring the theme of mother often requires we drop deeper and move beyond our own personal relationship to our mother and look at a bigger, more general form of her as an archetype.
A mother must be soft and fierce. She must nurture and protect that which she holds dear, at all costs… including her own self. I suspect by the end of this month, you will understand both ends of this statement.
Whether it’s your relationships, your home, your ideas, your values or anything else you hold deeply in your heart, this eclipse is here to shape the ways with which you protect and support what you love. A key teaching here is that your care is inclusive of yourself. If there is anything that the archetype of Cancer can teach us it is this: we must not sacrifice ourselves for the sake of others, no matter how much we love them.
The course of this new moon initiates us into something new, revealing along the way what might be hidden or pushed away and helping us to release the past. The timing of things will give us clarity so that we know what we want to nurture and grow.
If there are things that block you from fully seeing your own success, support, or ability to stand fully on your own, this is the time to acknowledge where you are and what you have to part with to step more fully into your wholeness and gifts.
Use your awareness here as preparation to explore what is coming to light.
What individuals, places or things make you feel at home?
What in your life is most nourishing?
This isn’t a time to take your creature comforts for granted – give yourself more time to get from place to place, more space between commitments, more personal time to be with yourself and the insights coming to you right now, indulge in more opportunities in supportive, loving community with people who get it and want to hear you.
Observe and release expectations.
Take less for granted.
Get distance from what is activating within you.
Be open to changes in your perspective and perception.
July 7 & 8 :: Mercury Retrograde in Leo & Cancer / Chiron in Aries
Mercury (communication, messages, the mind, commerce) and Chiron (childhood and ancestral wounds, healing capabilities, what needs to be healed within us) join Neptune, Jupiter, Pluto and Saturn in retrograde motion. This means that by July 8, there are five planets and one astroid retrograde.
Retrograde transits change up what is normal. Part of the reason people have a hard time in these periods is because they’re trying to do things the same.
When things are running a different course, you can’t expect to know the way or arrive at the same destination.
This exploratory, inward vibe has been alive for some time, and with Mercury entering the picture, we’re given the opportunity to reflect on what we’ve been reflecting. A Mercury retrograde period isn’t a time to speak – it’s a time to listen. This is a built in process to attune to what’s been building and brewing (and festering) over the last few months.
The outcome is more awareness and clarity and realness – and arriving there has to be a communication between you and you and no one else.
If you want to use this time to your advantage, don’t complain about it or fear what you have to do. If things turn upside down this month, they’re meant to. If the agreement you made works out or doesn’t, it’s meant to. Consider it a period to see things from a different perspective or contemplate a new route to get to where you want to go.
What topics and themes are coming up for you right now?
What is your relationship to inner-reflection?
How can you build yourself extra wiggle room for sensitive times?
When paired with the great surrender this eclipse season is guiding us into, this is a thorough cleansing of the emotions, thoughts and outdated agreements that are out of sync with our new course. Again, the theme points us to release expectations and let what must depart be washed away. What remains is meant to. Trust that.
Neptune in Pisces
Jupiter in Sagittarius
Pluto in Capricorn
Saturn in Capricorn
Mercury in Leo / Cancer (July 7)
Chiron in Aries (July 8)
July 16 3:38pm :: Full Moon Lunar Eclipse in Capricorn
Sun in Cancer
Moon in Capricorn
South Node in Capricorn
Pluto and Saturn Rx in Capricorn
This is a full moon that shifts and shakes away all that keeps us from being truly honest within our lives.
Saturn is such a big player during this transit – a representation of the authorities in life that knock us down. It may feel at times like it’s for nothing, but we have to know: all re-alignments are meant to build us up. This is an eclipse that cleans things up, but it might feel messy before order is restored.
The axis of Cancer and Capricorn is an exploration of the polarity between inner and outer trust. As you move through the portal of this time, you’ll find things start to fall away. This is a good time to consciously eliminate things that are harsh on your system. Consider a cleanse during to help purge toxins to reset your system and bring more energy towards what is healthy and growing in your life.
The emphasis during this lunation is on boundaries and self-responsibility so that you can lean into the well of trust you’ve been working on this year.
Are you expecting a savior?
Do you hope someone will do your work for you or hand you a solution?
Do you only associate love with good vibes and butterflies? Do you hope that everything will always be easy and once it gets challenging, do you dip out?
This is a week to get real, real honest – with ourselves and with each other. Take it as an opportunity to forgive all of the ways you’ve inherited a difficult fate.
Create space for yourself to work with your own fears, focus on what lights you up and gives you purpose and meaning – not to bypass anything, but to orient yourself to your truth and what will support your evolution. Develop rules for yourself to create and build upon your relationship to yourself. Use this time and energy to realign and deepen your sense of inner-security.
How deeply do I trust in my own inner guidance?
How deeply do I trust in the universal guidance?
How can my fear serve me?
Am I healing myself or distracting myself?
Just as a mother must do for her child, you must now seek and create for yourself spaces of safety to feel exactly as you do, whether that is excited beyond belief or depressed beyond hope.
We are all so multi-facted. These times are calling on us to see that experiencing the all of life is not a contradiction. We can and will and do vacillate between polarities within the emotional spectrum and this is a part of being alive.
Remember, this time is not about doing anything or getting it right. These astrology tools are here to create awareness of all that is changing to bring you into greater alignment with your truth so that you can serve and create from a place of depth and security.
May you be so blessed. May you have faith in the greatness that comes in a realignment. May you have humor and wit through it all. May you know that you are never alone!