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Let Healing Wash Over You: A Guide to the New Moon in Cancer

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At 10:31pm EST, the Moon will go completely dark in order to rebirth herself, as she does every 28 days. I don’t imagine too many people announce that at a specific time, the life of a fetus will go completely dark in order for it to pass through the vaginal canal. And yet, that is exactly what happens. A baby’s entire body contracts in ways that seem kind of unimaginable and impossible in order for them to commence breath on this Earthly plane. Birth, typically, is one of the most traumatic experiences of a person’s life. One theory of consciousness developed by Stanislov Grof and others even suggests that the primary essence of all psycho-spiritual work of a human life is connected to one’s birth story. While fellow water sign Scorpio is probably more apt to bring up the darkness associated with birth, Cancer knows your birth story better than anyone. Cancer knows your birth story best, because she is the womb that pushed you back out into the world. One. More. Time.

When the Sun returns to Cancer, she returns us to the womb—not necessarily the physical womb of this life’s origin, but the primordial womb from which we come and to which we return no matter how many physical wombs our spirits pass through. She is the Great Mother. She is the Ocean in constant motion, the Moon that empowers and enrages the ocean, and the wind that reflects and affects its currents. Cancer is flow. As the Sun moves through Cancer (as it is doing right now), we connect with the Cancerian energy we hold and the Cancerian energy we need to receive. It illuminates the area of your chart inhabited by Cancer, the area of your life and your psyche in which Cancer manifests itself. Yet, there are Cancerian themes that will arise for many people, regardless of where Cancer lives in your chart.

Cancer is the nurturer, the healer of the zodiac. She is the most intuitive and perceptive sign. She is the one who knows—knows when you’re in pain, knows the exact place on your back where it hurts and exactly how to massage that particular knot out. Whether the knot is physical or emotional, Cancer can sooth it. She knows what to say to reach your heart. She can bring you through the storm because she is the storm. She knows cycles. She knows your cycles. She can read them like a book.

Cancer is the 4th sign of the zodiac, representing the 4th House associated with house, home, family, ancestry, roots and foundations. This house is associated with comfort and security and what you need in order to feel comfortable and safe. In your chart, the sign in your 4th house represents both what you experienced in your family of origin and how it affects what you need in your family and home of choice. No matter which sign inhabits your 4th House and no matter which House is inhabited by Cancer in your chart, there is a good chance that these themes of family, ancestry, home and roots will emerge over the next month and over the next few days during the New Moon in relationship with those other factors.

The Moon is receptive feminine energy and she loves to be in Cancer, the sign she rules. The New Moon in Cancer, perhaps more than any other moon can receive what you need to release and offer you what you need to heal. No matter the depth of your pain, she can take it from you if you’re willing to give it up to her. Given that she rules family and ancestry, she is the one who knows the deepest wounds. She is the one who has felt the deepest wounds. Given that she is primordial water, she is the one that understands the wounds and traumas passed from generation to generation through physical genetics and she knows the wounds you carry from lifetime to lifetime through spiritual genetics until you’re willing to give it back to her. Give it all back to her. Fully.

Cancer is the Ocean. She is the one who can transform any experience, any pain, any trauma, any moment into something else, something better, something more beautiful than you can ever begin to imagine. She is the ultimate alchemist. Turning lead into gold is child’s play compared to turning pain into beauty everyday. The Ocean has the capacity to reorganize the ionic makeup of each cell in your body. That is the power of Cancer. If you’re ready to give your wounds to her, she is the one who can heal and transform your life so intensely that you will slowly re-write your story into a narrative unrecognizable to an earlier version of yourself, unrecognizable to those who knew you before your healing journey, to those who haven’t been available or able to bear witness to your internal transformation and your external transformation over and over and over again.

Cancer receives pain and transforms it. She can take it. She can hear whatever you have to say because she does not live in, does not understand a dualism of rational/irrational, sanity/insanity. There are no lines to be drawn or crossed. There are only spaces of feeling, spaces of being, rivers and oceans of healing. The river runs. The tides come in. The tides go out. We are multidimensional beings. When we are lucky, we move in and out of many dimensions, even as the capacity to do so is sometimes pathologized by modern western psychiatry. Cancer won’t pathologize you. She will listen. She will receive. She will protect you. She will allow your being to flow. It is not through an effort, but through a presence, a way of being, that you can then receive the power to heal your mind, heal your heart, heal your body, heal your life. If this is what you seek, ask her specifically for the healing you need to receive and then watch as she washes over you like a clear gentle wave on a really hot day. She isn’t predictable, so there’s no need to waste time trying to control, manage or understand what you need to do ahead of time. Just ask, listen, receive and follow the signs she’s posting to guide you on your path.

New Moon Blessings

 

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Falling into the Abyss: A Guide to Neptune Retrograde

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On Friday, Neptune went retrograde. Neptune spends about 6 months of each year retrograde. The large planets’ retrograde cycles don’t necessarily affect us as acutely as smaller planets’. We feel these retrograde periods most around the periods during which the planets station in one direction or another. It can be similar to the movement of the Sun in and out of different houses. The messages and experiences that correspond with a certain house or sign appear most intensely during the couple of days at the beginning and end of the Sun’s transit through a sign and house. As is always true, different people experience retrograde periods in different ways, depending on where the planet and the signs it rules fall in your chart.

Neptune is a god of the sea. He is considered the higher octave of Venus–meaning that he is associated with many of the same themes as Venus, but in their spiritual/divine manifestations. Venus rules love and lovers. Neptune rules unconditional love, soul mates and twin souls. Venus is associated with abundance and creativity. Neptune is associated with calling and the creative work that connects people with the divine. He rules Pisces, the most spiritual sign, the infinite waters. He opens portals, bringing us into connection with all spirits and voices inside and outside of us. He rules dreams, delusions, illusions. He is connected with all things mind-altering–including meditation, contemplation, substances, kundalini yoga, etc. He rules intuition, psychic capacity, and psychosis. He knows no boundaries. Where Uranus breaks, Neptune blurs. He is fluid. He runs all over everything unless he is contained. Venus rules the heart. Neptune reaches for the soul. 

What can you expect during this time? Confusion. Chaos. Blurred boundaries. Deep connection to people’s energies and the spiritual world. Softening. Forgiveness. Healing. Smoothing over. Soothing. He is the Coco Butter for your soul that India Arie sings about. He is also the inability to discern. Or maybe, it’s not an inability to discern as much as it is the Universe offering a few extra moments for the truth to be revealed so that the best choice can be made at the right time–who knows? (That sentence is very Neptunian). 

A retrograde is the appearance that a planet is moving backwards through the sky. When a planet goes retrograde, astrologically, it represents a review, a reflection, an examination of the part of one’s life associated with the themes and characteristics associated with a planet. A Neptune Retrograde will bring reviews of one’s spirituality, spiritual, and creative practices. It will bring up a review of one’s relationship with the divine. It might be a time when one assesses one’s relationship with mind-altering substances. Perhaps it’s a time to reduce one’s use of these substances or consider how to use them safely and moderately for one’s psycho-spiritual development and/or healing. It’s a great time to meditate and listen to what the universe is trying to tell you. It’s a time to assess your relationship with water, bodies of water, salt water. It’s a time to engage in healing activities associated with the ocean and Neptune is also very sensitive, so people with strong Neptunes and/or Pisces in their chart will tend to be more sensitive physically and spiritually. This time might be a good time for taking a more ascetic approach. It might be a time for a more lush approach … who knows? Only you. You must listen to the messages being offered you. Oh … hey Neptune …

During Neptune’s Retrograde, connect to the depths of the ocean and emotion. You might feel everything just a little bit more over the next couple of days. Offer yourself some of that unconditional love and forgiveness. Most importantly, make sure to give a little extra love to the mermaids in your life. 💛

If you want to learn more about the effects of Neptune or other celestial bodies on your chart or if you would like a general reading, please contact me for further information at HilaryB130@gmail.com.