Happy New Moon Solar Eclipse in Cancer! As with every New Moon, this lunation offers energetic support for planting seeds and starting something new. Eclipse energy briefly pauses the energy between the sun, moon, and Earth, and then supercharges what comes next. If things have been feeling stagnant or stuck, this eclipse will help you cut the cord and move forward with a refreshing WHOOOSH! of clear and vibrant energy. We suddenly are aware with great clarity of what’s been holding us back. We may feel the urge to purge our homes, end a relationship, make a career change, or move to a new city. For some of us, it won’t be so drastic, but we will find our attention called to where we feel a desire to set new boundaries or question old habits, beliefs, or behaviors.
Cancer is the sign of the Divine Mother, and while we may not all have grown up with the nurturing love of the archetypical mother, we do each have the choice and the opportunity to offer it to ourselves. How can you move forward with the greatest love, respect, and care for yourself? It is an extremely valuable and powerful time to write down what you want to call into your life, whether that is concrete goals or feelings you want to experience more. The writing clarifies your intention in a way that not much else does. This loving lunation invites you to take that time for yourself tonight, to sit with your most dear desires and get clear on what you want.
Happy Full Moon in Sagittarius! What would normally be a free-spirited and adventurous lunation is made extra intense by a lot of other planetary action: Mercury and Mars in emotional Cancer and Saturn and Pluto in discipline-enforcing Capricorn. Mercury in Cancer is assisting us in getting in touch with and better expressing our feelings, while Mars’ influence is making them feel more intense—like they *must* be acted on *now*. Beware the tendency to make snap decisions or declarations based on the feeling of the moment, and recognize that strong emotions are triggered extra easily right now. If we feel attacked or unsafe, we are likely to SNAP! with our crab claws, in ways that we might not usually choose. At the same time, Saturn and Pluto in Capricorn are digging up unresolved issues around structure, authority, and discipline. These planetary vibes are in direct opposition to the way the free-spirited Sagittarius moon enhances our desire to feel unencumbered and open to possibility. We may find ourselves feeling frustrated and stuck, though we can and should lean into the Sagittarian impulse to seek the lessons in conflict and struggle, and take in what we observe as opportunities for growth.
This moon ultimately marks a period of expansion, even though at this time this may be through taking a step back, recognizing the things that limit us, and working on step-by-step plans to address the not-so-fun aspects of achieving a dream. Sagittarius’ positive attitude can help us take on these tasks in good humor, and we also have compassionate Neptune in harmonious aspects with both the Capricorn and Cancer planets helping us to keep the energies of love, connection, and dignity in their highest vibration as we do whatever we do. Check yourself when you feel impulsively compelled toward immediate action, seek out opportunities to be amused and amazed, and dedicate some time to contemplating a dream you want to achieve and what you believe you need to get there.
It’s a New Moon in Gemini! This marks the start of a new cycle, and chatty Mercury-ruled Gemini fills our heads and hearts with a whirling swirling rush of ideas and potential paths to pursue. A lucky and imaginative Jupiter-Neptune square makes many things feel possible and promising. There’s a very optimistic energy in the air—which feels *fabulous*—but it’s easy to be deluded or mislead, so we need to be mindful to keep our feet on the ground and not get carried away with our excited ideas. The best use of the current vibes is to work at aligning the trappings of your present with the vision of your future, that is: getting rid of old clothes or books you don’t want to read, ideas that are no longer helpful, people who drain your energy.
Saturn on the South Node calls us to figure out what we’re committed to and leave behind the rest, completing karmic contracts and bringing closure. So, how do we stay grounded when doing all this, and how do we discern whether we are making the best choices for ourselves or getting swept up in something? Pay attention to the way emotions feel in your body. If you think about a particular thing, how does your body feel? Is your attention drawn to a particular area? It is constricted? Tingly? Open? Achey? Your intuition will speak to you through physical sensations.
Anything you can do to get yourself present in your body right now will be helpful for strengthening this channel, like dancing, going for a walk, or doing a yoga nidra meditation. Our tendency now is to think about everything; there is a lot of good stuff flowing through our heads to learn from and use, but feeling how those thoughts physically affect us can be most helpful in determining how to use them as we move forward.