New Moon in Cancer July 4, 2016

Sandra "Sunny" Mosley Zodiac Arts New Moon News

Here’s the chart for the Cancer New Moon:

2016CancerNewMoonChartNew Moon in Cancer
July 4, 2016

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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. 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. The role of food, which nourishes both the physical and emotional body, becomes emphasized during Cancer, as does the element of water. Issues involving the public, homeland, tribe and family become accentuated during the Cancer cycle.

Highlights of the New Moon at 12º Cancer 54″:

This Cancer lunation cycle is about feeling safe and secure (6 planets in Water signs — nothing in Air). It begins amid a sense of disillusion or confusion as we continue sorting through copious amounts of ambiguous information in our search for truth (Saturn square Neptune). A strong desire to get the show on the road (Mars Direct) was reinforced shortly before the New Moon by a passing wave of creative idealism (Sun and Moon trine Neptune).

Despite the urge to move ahead, patience and adaptability this month will be key to your success. Two inconjunct aspects indicate detours at every turn; requiring you to find an alternate route to your destination. Emotional responses arising from fear, rigid thinking, and/or naivety, frustrate communications (Mercury quincunx Saturn) and activities are disrupted by impulsive behavior or outbreaks of hostility (Mars quincunx Uranus).

The three closest aspects in the chart for the New Moon are minutes away from becoming exact. They come together to form an umbrella of positive expectations, blunting some of the potential emotional overload with an appreciation of beauty. Feelings of love feed the desire for harmony and encourage optimism about the future (New Moon parallel Venus and Jupiter parallel North Node) laying the ground work and support for explaining unusual philosophies in clear terms (Jupiter bi-quintile Uranus).

Sabian Symbol for 13º Cancer:

“A Hand With A Prominent Thumb Is Held Out For Study.”  This degree signifies the power of the will in shaping character.

Considering the thumb is responsible for 50% to 60% of all hand function, its flexibility and range of motion is paramount in all our activities.

In palmistry the thumb represents one’s core identity made up of feeling, thinking, and will. One’s ‘will’ determines the control of one’s thoughts and feelings and flexibility of the thumb is a valuable indicator showing how well you make changes in life. (More info at…)


Cancer symbol: The Crab








Cancer glyph:




Our advice for this 29.6-day cycle:

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.

The key phrase for Cancer is “I Feel”.

This is the cycle for registering your emotional responses. Reflect on your past conditioning and imagine ways to strengthen family ties. This is a time to prune for growth. Eliminate negative feelings and activities. Nourish your priorities by fueling your intentions with love and trust.

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. Detach from emotional drama. Focus on creating a place of personal refuge, a sacred space where you can spend a few minutes or more every day, feeling loved, safe and secure. Use your creativity and imagination to declare your individuality and express feelings of love and appreciation.

This is an excellent cycle to begin a Moon Phase Journal, or simply, print out the Calendar Page for the month of July in your time zone and write in a word descriptive of your feelings at the end of each day.  Check back at the end of the month to see if you can spot any patterns.

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 Navigate Life’s Changes With Ease.

Stay Current

The Zodiac Arts Moon Phase Journal posts at each phase with tips on working with the current cosmic and lunar energies.

Sandra shares how she follows the moon in 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 you can get Zodiac Arts‘ and Sandra’s posts in your news feed and respond there.

Tarot Symbolism

Attune to the qualities of Cancer with a 3-minute tarot meditation on The Chariot.


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 and how self-talk creates our reality.

Confer with The Chariot when you wish to make a positive change in your life

Quote for this cycle:

“Where we have strong emotions, we’re liable to fool ourselves.”
~ Carl Sagan (1934 – 1996)  American astronomer, cosmologist, astrophysicist, astrobiologist, and author

Mandala Support

A Mandala is a powerful meditation device for focusing sacred intentions. We encourage you to create your own mandala or print out and color the 2016 Cancer New Moon Mandala  created by Sandra according to the geometric patterns prominent in the chart for the New Moon


Please check out Lynn Keefer’s Mandala Journal, where Lynn shares the the mandala she colors every month, along with her meditative process. See her latest New Moon Mandala and read about her experience with the exercise. The energy flows in beautifully from one cycle into the next.

Off-site Resources:

In addition to her 2016 Lifecycle Forecast on our site, 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. She also has an excellent video: Moon Phases and New Moon Intentions.

Margaret Koolman’s New Moon insights can be found at her website, Margaret writes beautifully and offers excellent counsel.

Jessica Shepherd at has a great article titled Cancer New Moon: Healing Sanctuary, where she says, “Cancer reminds us that to heal, we must feel.”

April Elliott Kent at Big Sky Astrology is adept at putting the current cosmic conditions into personally identifiable terms. In her post Cancer New Moon: Soulmates she gets right to the point… “The Cancer New Moon is in rather a close opposition to Pluto; what family secrets might come tumbling out of the closet at your July 4 celebration? What bitter political tensions are apt to ignite interpersonal fireworks? And, at the risk of sounding cosmically, infuriatingly Californian, what are you meant to learn from it all?

Stephanie Gailing, another of our favorites, offers her insights and apothecary suggestions in her post on the Cancer New Moon. 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.

Margaret Gray MSW D. Psych. Astrology, takes a closer look at this Cancer New Moon on her site, Psychological Astrology.

Elaine Kalantarian at Blue Moon Astrology shares information about the Cancer New Moon opposite Pluto in her post, Messenger of the Void.

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