New Moon in Cancer ♋ July 4, 2016

Monday, July 4 at 7.03am EST

Click here to learn about the Moon. Click here to learn about Cancer.

The Moon rules Cancer – in astrology we say that she is “at home” for this phase. She operates best here at the new moon station: silent, preparing the way for us in darkness.

We are now at the very end of the primordial period. Are you still clinging to the idea of starting over? Swimming strongly in the ocean of Cancer’s essence – devastatingly sensitive, feeling everything, returning to childlike thoughts and patterns? It’s almost time to let go, to float on the open water; fear rises in your throat and burns your eyes as you realize that you can’t turn back, not even to say goodbye. Precious stargazers, fear not – we are children clinging to Mother’s skirt, unaware that she is leaving just for a moment, and that we will be soul-nourished and comforted while she is away, so let go, let go, let go. Let go to know the real wealth of Life, no matter what you’ve been told, no matter how frightening the thought of letting go may be.

Cancer is as familiar to me as is my own soul. During this cycle I always step back and see myself especially clearly, but at times it feels like I’m being ripped open as I’m led to the very core of my being. We’re all here together. There’s something indescribably magical about this journey through the tides. Permeating every facet of Existence is a powerful resonance, a low song that fills the weary, aching spirit.

This is the last, best chance to completely overhaul your current life before the beginning of the next cosmological year in spring 2017. Now is the time to vacate the premises, quit your miserable job, leave your not-so-perfect lover, etc. Of course these changes are possible whenever, but the further that we move into the year, the more entangled we become in our commitments and the more difficult our extraction from these commitments becomes.

We all have a tendency to format our life around what we think we are supposed to be doing, or maybe there’s a person involved who we don’t want to disappoint, or a promise we made to ourselves before we were ready to make such a promise, something that doesn’t really match the reality of our current circumstances. So this is it, you’re all in or all out. I’ve said it many times before, and I’ll say it again: do not ignore your intuition. This new moon is a settling force – she will rivet you firmly in place. I cannot say that it will be a clean break because Cancer does have a flair for emotional drama, but you will know that the change in direction you want to make is the right one if it makes your heart feel lighter.

We feel fear when the flood begins to rise inside, threatening to wash you away, but I know you can withstand the pain. The flood is a necessary prerequisite for new beginnings. It comes and leaves slowly, and although we may thrash and moan, it changes everything. We die inside of it, only to reemerge whole, empowered, blindingly alive.

The New Moon in Cancer: at once a beginning and a sweet send-off. We have so much to look forward to in the coming year. As I write I feel something too big for words swelling inside my heart. I believe in the good things coming. Indeed, what a long strange trip it’s been. Everything so strange and yet so glorious, so eternal, so ingrained. I wish you prosperity and laughter, namaste.

Celebrate the new moon with Cancer Yoga. To ascertain your personal Moon sign, click here.

Mantra:  I feel everything


  1. Wow! I love reading your beautiful insights but this one was absolutely poetic, inspirational and almost divine! You were really inspired while writing this, I can feel it! Great work :)

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