New Moon in Cancer Insights

Posted by on Jul 20, 2020 in Uncategorized | 1 comment

Today’s new moon in Cancer is the second such new moon in a month, this one occuring at 28 degrees of Cancer in an exact opposition to Saturn, currently retrograding at the same degree of Capricorn. This has been an intense Cancerian season, initiated by the solar eclipse which occurred at the time of the Summer Solstice, stirring us in the deepest core of the soul with longings around home, family and tribe, our sense of belonging, the connection we have to our roots and to our history. The presence of Saturn’s oppositional energy here can seem harsh and controlling, restricting and forbidding, as if demanding that we prove our worthiness, justify our feelings, and account for our needs in some tangible or measurable way. While Cancer medicine emphasises the care of the soul, the need for gentleness and the nurturance of our inner child, Saturn insists that we stand up, pull ourselves together and take account of our responsibilities! So there is a strong polarity at play, a classic oppositional setup between the Moon in her natural domicile in Cancer, and Saturn similarly dignified in Capricorn.

Saturn is the Lord of Time, and one way of penetrating this polarity is to consider two very different ways in which we experience time. Through Cancer and the Moon, time is a natural waxing and waning rhythm, a wave-form which ebbs and flows in a monthly cycle of water and blood; through a woman’s menstrual cycle, and through powerfully felt somatic experiences which connect us with our basic instincts, and with our raw, animal nature. Through Saturn and Capricorn, by contrast, we are met with chronological time (from _kronos_, the Greek Saturn) which demands that we shoulder responsibility, hold ourselves in check, and face life’s challenges without succombing to emotional urges. Saturn presents us with initiations, necessary for our embodied development, which compel us to stand on our own feet, undergo some form of training, and realise our purpose. Saturn reminds us that our character is shaped through gruelling examination, through tests and trials and hard knocks which unfold over years of experience. As record keeper, and karmic accountant, Saturn has his timepiece set to the order of the heavens, the furthest planet we can see with the naked eye, holding the traditional boundary marker of the cosmos. While the moon is close and intimate, moody and changeable marking a return every twenty-eight days, the return of distant, remote and authoritative Saturn is recorded only every three decades.

So over this new moon, where we sow this month’s intentional seed, we may feel a strong internal or external pressure to reconcile our immediate needs, urges and longings, with our longer-term goals and aspirations. They will not always be aligned of course, and if the two seem to be at odds with one another right now, then we should allow that tension to be felt, but also not be too hard on ourselves. And while this new moon may mark a useful time to ask ourselves those farther reaching questions, Saturn’s demand for us to curb the apparent indulgences of our lunar nature may not actually be as urgent as it seems right now. We may just need to give ourselves a break, be kind to ourselves, and nurture the tender places of the soul. I am reminded of Mary Oliver’s well known, and deeply nurturing poem, Wild Geese, which I think expresses this tension very well. Many blessings of this new moon to everyone.

Wild Geese (Mary Oliver)
You do not have to be good.
You do not have to walk on your knees
For a hundred miles through the desert, repenting.
You only have to let the soft animal of your body
love what it loves.
Tell me about your despair, yours, and I will tell you mine.
Meanwhile the world goes on.
Meanwhile the sun and the clear pebbles of the rain
are moving across the landscapes,
over the prairies and the deep trees,
the mountains and the rivers.
Meanwhile the wild geese, high in the clean blue air,
are heading home again.
Whoever you are, no matter how lonely,
the world offers itself to your imagination,
calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting —
over and over announcing your place
in the family of things.

One Comment

  1. The time when the moon rises corresponds to a round of wax when the moon can be viewed as a crescent moon. This is the new moon phase and lasts for about a week. This period is considered the most favorable. It symbolizes new beginnings and development. provides some general and specific guidelines for what to do and what not to do in the Waxing Crescent Moon.

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