The New Moon in Cancer on July 4 was in the 3rd House of my natal chart, directing my attention to how I perceive and transmit information. The key phrase for Cancer is “I Feel”, suggesting that my communication style is tied to the sign of Cancer.
Dana Gerhardt has a detailed article on the Third House at Astro.com, in which she says,
“The 3rd house rules siblings, neighbors, short trips, grammar school, the acquisition and use of language. But underneath these keywords lies a profound mystery: our fundamentally human dance of development — of curiosity, imitation and communication, of adapting to and connecting with our immediate world. It is not so much a house of “things” as it is a zone of activity. The way a plant reaches for light, in our 3rd house, we reach for the world with our minds. The essence of all 3rd house nouns might be collected in a single verb: in this house we learn.”
The last sentence stood out to me considering my newly generated stack of 29 Word cards. I’m wondering how I can use them to explore my emotions or conversely use my feelings to explore my choice of words.
Because there are so many meanings attached to the 3rd House, I’ll be going back to reread Dana’s in-depth article on it as this cycle progresses.
During the last Gibbous phase I wrote about using oracle cards as writing prompts, specifically the ones I chose at the close of the 1st Quarter phase. The idea of making “better” stories out of the cards stayed with me.
On the day of the New Moon in Cancer, I went through a stack of unused journals, printed out a copy of the first card I had chosen, glued it to the front of the journal, and wrote a dedication on the interior flap.
Aside from the imagery of three of the Oracle cards I was drawn to last month, I’d left the altar empty until this afternoon, unable to determine how to best to symbolize my intention for this cycle visually.
And then it quickly came together.
Sealing my intention to observe and communicate my feelings, I set the ceramic chicken (a gift from my sister-in-law’s travels in China) on top of the stack of my Word Cards from the Gemini cycle.
Adding significance to the chicken is the Sabian Symbol for my Moon in Cancer:
“A hen scratching the ground to find nourishment for her progeny.” Rudhyar’s keynote for 18º Cancer is “The practical concern with everyday nourishment to sustain one’s outreaching activities.”
My plan for achieving my goals this cycle is use my word cards as a daily prompt to write about my feelings. I’ll schedule my activities for the month to include time for my daily practice and to write three short stories, one for each of the oracle cards on my altar.
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