Cancer symbol: The Crab
Cancer is a holistic or feminine sign, containing both the father and mother principles of protector, provider, nurturer and supporter. Ruled by the Moon, there is an emphasis on rhythmic cycles, memory, intuition, and an inspired imagination. Issues involving the public, homeland, tribe and family become accentuated during the Cancer cycle.
The sign of Cancer is associated with one’s early childhood development, home, family, and heritage. The house that Cancer occupies in the natal chart shows an area of life where one can be moody, insecure, and defensive, as well as intuitive, empathetic, and responsive.
The key phrase for Cancer is “I Feel”.
Attune to the qualities of Cancer with a 3-minute tarot meditation on either of the two Tarot archetypes below:
The Chariot portrays the figure of the inner-self; at rest, yet poised for action.Symbolic of the conquest over illusion, The Chariot teaches us the defining quality of speech; how self-talk creates our reality.
Confer with The Chariot when you wish to make a positive change in your life.
The High Priestess represents the subconscious flow of creative intelligence. Symbolic of water and the Moon, The High Priestess teaches us to look within for the light from above.
Confer with The High Priestess to strengthen your intuition, develop your memory, aid the healing process or improve self-confidence.
Cancer sits in the South on the Medicine Wheel.
The cardinal direction South points to the path of emotional maturity. The sign Cancer correlates to Growth, the first step on the Southern pathway of Sun Bear’s Medicine Wheel. The Gemini cycle brought us the illumination via information, education, and connection with others, necessary for our continued development. The Cancer cycle says it’s time to take action in support of our growth to maturity.
Here’s the chart for the Cancer New Moon:
New Moon in Cancer
June 23, 2017
Sabian Symbol for 3º Cancer
“A Man Bundled In Fur Leads A Shaggy Deer”
This degree implies a period of trials. Ultimately it relates to the difficult phase of starting on a new path. It is a testing of the will to stay true to the soul’s direction.
— from An Astrological Mandala: The Cycle of Transformation and Its 360 Symbolic Phases© 1973 Dane Rudhyar.
Highlights of the New Moon at 2º Cancer 47′ and our advice for this cycle:
The planetary themes this cycle include sensitive feelings, social situations that vacillate from easy harmony to touchy moments, intense and intimate encounters, and an obsessive desire to transform one’s current reality (Sun & Moon semi-square Venus and quindecile Pluto). Emotional insecurities can express in overspending. Complaints about a lack of luxuries are a sign of inner discontent. For a select few, this is an opportunity to show some financial wizardry.
The overall saving grace this month is the ability to gain compliance and power with artistic yet practical solutions. Your artist’s eye can be used effectively to promote and enjoy cultural events featuring art and entertainment (Venus trine Pluto and Bi-quintile Jupiter and Saturn).
There is a heightened potential for stress aroused by a surge of restless energy (Mars square Jupiter). The potential for overindulgence is strong and can be costly. Actions are likely to be impulsive and emotionally based. Channel excess energy into evaluating something begun in October 2015, a new job or health regimen or area of study. This is a good month to decide the value of that endeavor and how you intend to move forward with it.
We recommend dedicating this cycle to understanding the power and purpose of your emotions day by day. Pay attention to your feelings. Note how they ebb and flow throughout the month and how they affect the way you move through life, especially when the world is experiencing discord. Stay on course by exercising your will power. You can be controlled by your emotions or you can be empowered by them.
Questions to ask yourself for additional insight:
- What are your feelings about your home, your family history, your nationality?
- Are your feelings supporting your personal growth?
- What hunger gets triggered by your emotions?
- When does it happen?
- How do you feed it?
- What or who puts you into protective mode?
- Where and with whom do you feel most nurtured?
- When and with whom do you feel most nurturing?
- Where and with whom would life be easier if you were more receptive, reflective, and responsive?
Affirm: I Feel Loved and Loving.
The Zodiac Arts Moon Phase Journal, which usually posts at each phase with tips on working with the current cosmic and lunar energies, is currently on hiatus and the posts are sporadic.
Sandra shares her personal moon phase journal, Sunny’s Days. We invite you to join her walk through the year. Declare your intentions – start your own moon phase journal. Share your images, words, colors, and goals for this lunation cycle in the comments below the posts.
Or, if you’re on Facebook, you can get Zodiac Arts‘ and Sandra’s posts in your news feed and respond there.
Quote for this cycle:
“Growth demands a temporary surrender of security.”
~ Gail Sheehy (1937 – ) American author, journalist, and lecturer
A Mandala is a powerful device for creating and focusing on sacred intentions. We encourage you to create and color your own mandala or print out and color our 2017 Cancer New Moon Mandala.
You are invited to send your mandalas to us for placement in our Mandala Gallery.
Please check out Lynn Keefer’s Mandala Journal, where Lynn shares the mandala she colors every month, along with her meditative process.
Artist, author, educator, and dear friend, Donna Iona Drozda uses solar, lunar and numerological cycles as a blueprint for living the life of a “Heartist.” Keep up with her Lifecycle offerings and updates on her Lifecycle Blog, and be sure to subscribe to her Luna See email newsletter.
CJ Wright at Auntie Moon offers daily insights and other good lunar tidings at her website, plus she has monthly lunation cycle workbooks. She also has an excellent video: Moon Phases and New Moon Intentions.
Margaret Koolman’s New Moon insights can be found at her website, SoulAstrology.com. Margaret writes beautifully and offers excellent counsel.
Jessica Shepherd is always a good read at Moonkissd.com.
Elaine Kalantarian at Blue Moon Astrology uses astrology to describe archetypal processes at the New and Full Moons.
April Elliott Kent at Big Sky Astrology is adept at putting the current cosmic conditions into personally identifiable terms.
Nadia Gilchrist has recently captured our attention at Ruby Slipper Astrology, where she writes about the Cancer New Moon.
Stephanie Gailing, another of our favorites, offers her insights and apothecary suggestions on her web site. Her book, Planetary Apothecary: An Astrological Approach to Health and Wellness, has tips on health-supporting foods, spa and wellness therapies, relaxation practices, yoga poses, aromatherapy, natural remedies, and flower essences customized for each Zodiac sign.
Lynda Hill takes a thorough look at the Sabian Symbols active this cycle.
Christina Rodenbeck at The Oxford Astrologer freely writes and posts excellent articles on current transits, world events and the arts. Her monthly horoscopes are well worth a small subscription fee.
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