Summer Solstice & New Moon in Cancer :: Cosmic Weather Forecast for June 19th – June 25th

This week is tender, soft, sensitive, yet raw and exposed. This week slowly, gently, firmly, pulls back the outer layers. It simultaneously draws us back into ourselves, while peeling back our protective shells and bringing a flood of feelings to the surface.

Welcome, to Cancer season. Watery. Emotional. Cathartic.

The Cosmos is nurturing this week, in a way that a wise mother nurtures by guiding her children through tough life terrain – supporting them with navigating uncomfortable emotions without trying to shelter them, teaching them that “life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass… It is about learning to dance in the rain” (Vivian Greene). There are some difficult aspects this week, as always, but they are immediately cushioned by supportive, healing transits that pull us through and beyond.

I’m relieved to be done with the succession of Saturn oppositions for now. Saturn’s been playing a heavy role with my natal chart these days, so when Saturn’s involved with global transits as well (like last week and into the weekend), I feel gutted and mired in self-doubt. For all those who felt the same, trust. Trust in the process and who you are becoming. Play the long game.

This week, the Sun and Mercury leave Gemini to join Mars in Cancer. Pluto (retrograde) has been hanging out at about 18° Capricorn (check Planet Watcher for a real-time view of the current planetary positions), and Cancer is opposite Capricorn in the zodiac wheel, so we will be dealing with a series of volatile oppositions to Pluto in the future weeks as Mars, Mercury, and the Sun pass 18° Cancer. However, that’s still a ways off (Mercury will form the first opposition on June 29th). This week is here to ease us into Cancer’s watery depths.

Before the Sun hits the solstice point at 1:24 am (ADT) on Wednesday, with Mercury right on its heels, they both have to finish up their work in Gemini. This “finishing up” process happens to involve our deepest wounds. Monday and Tuesday’s transits (+ separating transits from the weekend) involve both the Sun and Mercury forming challenging squares to Chiron, an asteroid known as the wounded healer. However, at the same time, both celestial bodies are making supportive sextiles with the North Node (the point of the soul’s growth and evolution) and Uranus (individuality and liberation). It is through facing our greatest wounds that we will grow and experience the exhilarating freedom that comes through healing.

The healing, emotional theme of the week continues to be emphasized on Tuesday as Venus sextiles Neptune, raising up our slumped shoulders and heads into place of higher perspective; a place where our tears collect and turn into rivulets of new life, threading through the weary landscapes of our souls.

Early Wednesday morning, as the Sun reaches its furthest Northern point toward the Earth’s rotational axis, the Northern Hemisphere awakens to the first day of summer and the longest day of the year, whereas those in the Southern Hemisphere awaken to the first day of winter and the shortest day of the year. This solstice point is always marked by the zodiac wheel as 0° Cancer. Significantly, the Sun and Mercury enter Cancer within 6 hours of each other. Mercury has been gaining ground steadily since its last retrograde and it is on this important day of the Solar Year that it finally overtakes the Sun, fusing with it through an exact conjunction. This cazimi occurs at the potent 0° of Cancer, a power point in the zodiac wheel.

Although traditionally Cancer has a tendency to be indirect with its communications, protectively seeking roundabout ways to express itself, on Wednesday (and extending forward a few days) there is an opportunity to gain new insight into your deepest emotional needs, and the needs of the broader collective. With the Sun (symbolizing identity) merging with Mercury (symbolizing thought and communication) at one of the zodiac’s most powerful degrees in a deeply emotional sign, empathy flourishes and we find the strength to channel our emotions into words.

We are then quickly drawn into the dark of the moon on Thursday. The balsamic moon phase is a spiritual time. There may be a sense of acute vulnerability, but also of ethereal surrender. It is a time to turn inward, in order to turn outward with the New Moon. A time to shed any remaining gunk clinging to you from this lunation cycle.

At 11:30 pm (ADT) on Friday, the Moon is reborn at 2°47 Cancer. Mercury is still close by, with the Sun, Moon, and Mercury all forming a conjunction together. Wednesday’s themes of emotional expression continue. On Friday we are challenged to restore trust and faith in ourselves, in the world, and in each other, so we can move forward. A life devoid of trust, is a life filled with fear, conflict, and exclusion. To ground ourselves in Love and cultivate the safe and secure foundation that Cancer so desires, we must somehow, together, rediscover and rebuild trust. Sow seeds of Trust during this New Moon.

The healing themes of this week are sustained through to the weekend when Venus trines Pluto on Saturday. The shallow posturing and defensive masks are washed from our self-worth and our relationships, leaving only what is pure and true, beautiful in its nakedness.

On Sunday we have Mars in Cancer squaring Jupiter in Libra. This aspect has likely been felt throughout the week. This transit speaks to an aggressive and reactionary emotional struggle for justice, to prove ourselves right, to defend our inner and outer “homeland”. However, the harshness of this aspect has been kneaded by Cancer’s motherly influence throughout the week, and it is softened by Mars forming a trine to Neptune, exact the following day (Monday).

Neptune reminds us that the universe is an intricate eco-system. We are all connected to each other and have more in common than we might think (or want to imagine). While Mars may want revenge – “an eye for an eye” – Neptune urges us to find another way. We must heal, together. We must trust, together. We must love, together. We must rebuild, together.

The storm clouds may be rolling in, but this week? Go dance in the rain.

Image credit: Heather @ Flickr (CC – image modified & words added)

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Monday, June 19th

  • Sun (in Gemini) square Chiron (in Pisces)
  • Mercury (in Gemini) sextile North Node (in Leo)
  • Moon in Aries trines Saturn (in Sagittarius), sextiles Mercury (in Gemini), conjoins Uranus (in Aries), sextiles the Sun (in Gemini)
  • Moon enters Taurus

Today and tomorrow (Monday and Tuesday) the Sun, and then Mercury, form squares to Chiron. Chiron is a noble character in Greek mythology – a centaur (half man, half horse). He was a well respected healer, astrologer, musician, and mentor. Chiron was responsible for training and teaching many of the famous heroes of Greek mythology.

Unfortunately he was accidentally injured by Hercules’ poisoned arrow. Chiron suffered from this incurable wound with no release due to his immortality. Eventually he decided to surrender his immortality in order for his suffering to cease. He struck a deal with Zeus and requested to give up his life in a way that freed another Greek character from constant torment – Prometheus, the one who stole fire from the gods to share it with humanity. Chiron was then able to die, but Zeus honored Chiron by placing him in the sky as a constellation where he could shine on and inspire others forever.

Chiron is an asteroid that was discovered in November 1977. Chiron has quickly become an important point of interest for many astrologers. In reflection on Chiron’s myth, as well as the asteroid’s physical features and placement in the solar system, astrologers interpret Chiron in a birth chart as indicative of where a person holds a deep wound; one that usually emerged very early in life. In some sense this is seen to be an incurable wound. Not incurable in the sense that we cannot heal and progress – indeed, healing our Chiron wound is a worthy endeavor and investment.

Our Chiron wound is incurable in the way that a badly broken bone may not completely mend or be fully restored to its former strength. Or the way a severely strained set of muscles may always be hypersensitive to certain movements. It is the type of wound where despite our best efforts, the irritation, the pain, persists. Probably not all the time, but during certain periods of our life it can pop up again – life events (or cosmic transits like today’s) may “trigger” it.

“Oh, you again,” we say, to that fear of rejection, those body image issues, or anxious preoccupation with our reputation and status.

If you want to analyze the Chiron placement in your natal chart, look at the house and the aspects it makes to personal planets, rather than the sign it is in, since it can move quite slowly and the sign is less relevant here.

Granted, so far an incurable Chiron wound sounds pretty shitty, but Chiron also points to a special gift. Remember that according to the Greek myth, Chiron was quite a talented guy who shared his abilities through the healing arts, teaching and mentoring.

Now I am not one to wax poetic about all suffering ultimately happening for a good reason, or that every deeply painful event necessarily must have a silver lining. I think that line of discourse can be quite dangerous and destructive actually. But I do think there is truth in that we can grow wiser and acquire greater depth of character through our struggles – and that the gems of truth and of inner growth that we gain through our journey can then be used to assist and bless others.

The greatest stumbling block to this alchemical transformation of wounding to gifting, in regards to our Chiron placement, is our possible tendency to persistently perceive ourselves solely as a victim in this area. To fail to recognize our power. To overlook what we have to offer the world because of our struggles – not in spite of them. Indeed, Ken Page writes that “Our deepest wounds surround our greatest gifts”.

The photo for today displays a bowl that was repaired using a traditional Japanese art called Kintsugi (or Kintsukuroi). It has been repaired using gold dust to draw special attention to the places where the bowl was once cracked. The bowl has now become more beautiful.

One could say the same about our Chiron wounds 🙂

Many different artists have adopted this approach, which in many ways is just as much a philosophy as it is a technical method. One of these artists is a Korean artist by the name of Yeesookyung. She writes:

“The master potter was trying to create the perfect piece each time, and he would discard even the ones with the slightest flaw. So I chose to create new forms from them, because perhaps, I don’t believe completely in that kind of perfection.

“To me, a piece of broken ceramic finds another piece, and they come to rely on one another. The cracks between them symbolise the wound… The work is a metaphor of the struggle of life that makes people more mature and beautiful as they overcome their sufferings.” – Yeesookyung (Korean artist)

Now back to today’s transits! As the Sun and Mercury square Chiron, throughout Sunday to Tuesday, some old, familiar Chiron wounds may be getting triggered in your life. Chiron itself is also in transit, moving around the zodiac wheel making house calls in different areas of your life to see what various wounds need to be addressed.

However, it is encouraging that at the same time these squares are forming, both the Sun and Mercury are traveling through Gemini (communication, connection, exchange), while making supportive sextiles with the North Node (the point of the soul’s growth and evolution) and Uranus (individuality and liberation). It is through facing and sharing our greatest wounds that we will grow and experience the exhilarating freedom that comes through healing.

Like the constellation of Chiron (named “Centaurus”), forever shine on. Let your imperfect yet gold-mended seams catch the light and illuminate a path in the darkness for others to follow.

“In a futile attempt to erase our past, we deprive the community of our healing gift. If we conceal our wounds out of fear and shame, our inner darkness can neither be illuminated nor become a light for others.” ― Brennan Manning

 

Tuesday, June 20th

  • Venus (in Taurus) sextile Neptune (in Pisces)
  • Mercury (in Gemini) sextile Uranus (in Aries)
  • Mercury (in Gemini) square Chiron (in Pisces)
  • Mercury & the Sun passing through the anaretic degree of 29° Gemini, on route to Cancer
  • Moon (in Taurus) sextiles Mars (in Cancer), sextiles Neptune (in Pisces), conjoins Venus (in Taurus)

On Tuesday the Sun-Chiron square I spoke of yesterday is beginning to separate while the Mercury-Chiron square is forming. In the midst of this achy, dreary cosmic weather, those liberating sextiles to Uranus and the North Node are still sparking and sizzling like spicy droplets of water sprayed on a hot element.

Today adds a few additional influences. Venus’ supportive sextile to Neptune goes exact and both the Sun and Mercury begin to sashay through the final degree of Gemini – the 29th degree, the anaretic degree. Each zodiac sign is 30°. As always, planets in the 29th degree of a zodiac sign indicate a growing sense of urgency to complete something, to resolve an issue, to tie up loose ends related to whatever Gemini Season (May 20th – June 20th) has meant for you.

With two important personal planets passing through this degree on the same day, and the zodiac sign being Gemini, there is an intense focus on communication (verbal or written), learning something, or an exchange of information. For me I would say that I’m feeling some (self-applied) pressure to productively channel my thoughts and insights into this week’s full forecast on the blog so I can publish it, but there is just so much upcoming emotional Cancer material to digest and process!

We are currently walking the precipice of Cancer season, about to surrender and dive into the pile of soft pillows that Cancer holds out to us. The point of entrance to Cancer Season, commonly referred to as the Solstice, occurs in less than 12 hours (marking the beginning of summer for those in the Northern hemisphere, and the beginning of winter for those in the South). Can you sense that incoming tidal wave of emotion?

This Venus sextile Neptune transit is here to usher us past the threshold of Cancer. Venus sextile Neptune facilitates an opening, a release. Venus sextile Neptune prepares our hearts for the zodiac’s nurturing mother figure to flood our emotional reservoirs, filling us up to overflowing. Symbolically Venus speaks to our desire to create, find, and attract, beauty, pleasure and love. Therefore it is associated with self-worth, relationships, and art. Venus is currently dignified in Taurus, where enjoyment of all sensory pleasures are heightened. Symbolically Neptune taps into the intangible world of dreams, ideals, and the imagination. Neptune speaks to our soul’s desire to experience heaven on Earth.

When Venus and Neptune meet and connect through transit (or in a natal chart), the desire for a soul mate is born. That desire for a perfect match, the missing puzzle piece, that feeling of utter fulfillment, that bliss of two becoming one.

Some would say that the human desire for a soul mate is a search for a God. For the Divine. For deep, deep peace and contentment. To finally have that never-ceasing yearning of the soul, that empty gnawing in your gut, that thirst for unconditional love, that search for a healing balm that can cure the gaping wounds life has inflicted… satiated. Forever. A sense of completion that is only matched by death.

If you have a 12th House Venus, Venus in Pisces, or a strong Neptune-Venus aspect in your chart, you may hide it, as I do, but the desire for a soulmate runs strong. It courses through your veins with such longing that your blood sings your soul’s mating call to every stranger you meet.

Hard aspects (oppositions, squares, and conjunctions) between Venus and Neptune can be more challenging to navigate, but today we have a supportive sextile between the two. They are working well together. Their sweet loving partnership and other-worldly sensibilities are aiding in the healing work that Chiron asks of us, the liberation Uranus calls for, and the conversations that Gemini urges us to have.

This is an excellent day for inspired creativity and artistic endeavors. Venus (especially in Taurus) adores and delights in beauty of all kinds, Neptune opens wide the doors to our imagination, and Gemini compels us to express ourselves.

Our lunar satellite also lends its support to today’s themes. The Moon moves through patient, stable Taurus, dancing sextiles with Mars and Neptune, before fusing with Venus in the evening (ADT). In other words, symbolically emotions are merging with the relating principle. Embodied, earthly existence cannot deliver the idealized, perfect relationships that we may long for. Instead life introduces us to other imperfect human beings, their cracks and wounds mended with gold as ours are.

Through our increasing points of connection with others, as we invite love and vulnerability into our midst, the web of humanity grows stronger, pulsating with life and potential. As much as I may sometimes wish that personal growth could be an independent, self-sufficient project, it is through the beautiful mess of relationships we grow, heal, and liberate each other.

Healing, forgiveness, and compassion are vibing strong in the atmosphere as we near the powerful solstice magic of 0 degrees Cancer.

“Community is not an ideal; it is people. It is you and I. In community we are called to love people just as they are with their wounds and their gifts, not as we want them to be.” ― Jean Vanier

“When we love and respect people, revealing to them their value, they can begin to come out from behind the walls that protect them.” ― Jean Vanier


I am re-posting this as we are on the verge of the Summer Solstice (in the Northern hemisphere) and the Winter Solstice (in the Winter hemisphere), marking the first day of summer and the first day of winter respectively.

The 360° zodiac wheel is divided into 12 x 30° pie slices (Aries -> Pisces) by first splitting the wheel into four quarters marked by the two equinoxes and two solstices, which always align with when the Sun is at 0° of the cardinal signs.

The equinoxes (at 0° Aries and 0° Libra) occur at the point when the Sun is on par with the Earth’s equator, creating equal days and nights; Spring and Autumn. The solstices (at 0° Cancer and 0° Capricorn) occur when the Sun reaches its most northerly and southerly point, relative to the equator, creating either long days and short nights, or long nights and short days; Summer and Winter (and vice versa if you are in the Southern hemisphere). This 365-day Solar year, this dance between Sun and Earth, is what creates our different seasons.

I love it that these significant points in the Solar year align with the zodiac! How fitting, of course, that they fall within the cardinal signs, harnessing that active energy of change and motion.

In the Pagan calendar, the two equinoxes and two solstices are celebrated as Quarter Days that divide the Solar year into four seasons – Ostara (Spring), Midsummer/Litha (Summer), Mabon (Autumn), and Yule (Winter). These festivals are reversed or re-labeled in the Southern hemisphere. The Pagan calendar also includes four festivals that celebrate the Cross-Quarter Days, which further divide the Solar year into eight parts.

As I mentioned earlier, in Astrology, each of the 12 signs of the zodiac are 30 degrees each. Together they create the 360° zodiac circle. Therefore, astrologically, the Cross-Quarter Days align with when the Sun is at 15° of the fixed signs (Taurus, Leo, Scorpio, Aquarius). This is where we grow and tend that which has been launched with the cardinal signs at the Quarter Days (the equinoxes and solstices). The four mutable signs (Gemini, Sagittarius, Pisces, Virgo) are then responsible for sharing and spreading the harvest of each season, and making way for the next.

Sweet solstice blessings ❤  And welcome to Cancer Season… astrologically speaking, but don’t neglect the sunscreen!

Wednesday, June 21st

  • Sun enters Cancer (In the Northern Hemisphere it is the First Day of Summer/ Summer Solstice @ 0° Cancer, 1:24 am ADT, and in the Southern Hemisphere it is First Day of Winter/Winter Solstice)
  • Mercury enters Cancer
  • Sun conjunct Mercury in Cancer (a cazimi)
  • Moon (in Taurus) trines Pluto, and is then void of course
  • Moon enters Gemini

Happy Solstice and Welcome to Cancer Season!

While the Moon adheres to a ~28 day cycle (the length of time it takes to orbit the Earth and move through the zodiac wheel), the Sun takes ~365 days to complete a full rotation of the zodiac (which in actuality is caused by the Earth orbiting the Sun).

Our 365-day calendar is of course, based on the Solar Year. At the two Solstices in June and December, we are at the mid-way point through this cycle. For those in the Northern Hemisphere, the June Solstice mirrors the Full Moon Phase of the lunar cycle – the light has been gradually increasing, peaking at the longest day, and will now retreat.

For those in the Southern Hemisphere, the June Solstice mirrors the New Moon Phase of the lunar cycle – the light has been waning, decreasing, resulting in the longest night of the year, but will now begin to wax and grow again.

Both experiences of our Solar power, mark significant moments as the Sun leaves Gemini to enter Cancer. For thousands of years throughout history people have gathered together to honour this turning point with celebration and ritual.

What has happened in your life throughout the past 6 months since December? What would you like more of? What would you like less of? Check your alignment with your deepest self – are you acting in accordance with your values?

With a New Moon occurring on Friday so close to this sacred Solstice moment, during these next few days under a darkened night sky, beneath the Balsamic Moon, held within the intuitive arms of Cancer, the air is ripe to receive our whispered prayers and requests (or our guttural howls).

Significantly, the Sun and Mercury both enter Cancer within 6 hours of each other. Mercury has been gaining ground steadily since its last retrograde and it is on this important day of the Solar Year that it finally overtakes the Sun, fusing with it through an exact conjunction, called a cazimi. This cazimi occurs at the potent 0° of Cancer, a power point in the zodiac wheel.

Although traditionally Cancer has a tendency to be indirect with its communications, protectively seeking roundabout ways to express itself, on Wednesday (and carried forward into Friday’s New Moon) there is an opportunity to gain new insight into your deepest emotional needs, and the needs of the broader collective. With the Sun (symbolizing identity) merging with Mercury (symbolizing thought and communication) at one of the zodiac’s most powerful degrees in a deeply emotional sign, empathy flourishes and we find the strength to channel our emotions into words.

Cazimi” is a Latin translation of earlier Greek and Arabic terms that mean “in the heart of”. When a planet, such as Mercury, is within 16 minutes of the Sun, it can be said to be cazimi – in the heart of the Sun. This intensifies its power. Although Mercury and the Sun travel close to each other, never more than 28 degrees apart, a cazimi only occurs for a period of approximately 12 hours about 6 times a year, due to Mercury’s regular retrograde periods.

Have you ever witnessed a baby start to cry? The entire little body takes a few moments to gear up for its first wail. The arms spasm and go tense, the brows furrow, the eyes and entire face scrunch up, and then there is that intake of breath… a pause… you know what’s coming… and then…!

I have to admit, I truly cannot handle that sound. Every cell in me cringes and shudders. I find it gut-wrenching. It seems to me that a baby’s cry is so raw and harsh that it appears to threaten the very existence of the small physical body from which it emits. And yet today the Mercury cazimi at 0° Cancer reminds me of an infant’s full body cry. Cancer symbolizes our desire to love and be loved. To nurture and be nurtured. To have our needs met. To feel safe and taken care of.

As communication fuses with self-identity in one of the zodiac’s deepest watery reservoirs of pure, raw, primal emotional need, I imagine the souls of the Earth’s entire population shaking and shuddering with wails emerging from their deepest cavities.

So go ahead and wail. Or listen deeply for that true voice erupting from your core. Mercury is typically not comfortable in a water sign, but here we have an opportunity, as we transition from Gemini to Cancer, to connect mind to emotion. This cazimi could also express itself in your life from the other direction. You may receive a missile of a message, that hits you deep in your core. 

Cancer is our search for belonging, for roots, for a foundation, for something to stand on where we can catch our breath while the world chaotically swirls around us. Cancer connects us to our families, our ancestors, our communities, our chosen tribe, our country… And then like a Russian nesting doll, Cancer continues encapsulating spheres of belonging within larger spheres of belonging – belonging to humanity, belonging to the eco-system, the world, the universe, to infinity.

Wise words, based on intensive research:

“A deep sense of love and belonging is an irreducible need of all men, women, and children. We are biologically, cognitively, physically, and spiritually wired to love, to be loved, and to belong.

When these needs are not met, we don’t function as we were meant to. We break. We fall apart. We grow numb. We ache. We hurt others. We get sick. There are certainly other causes of illness, numbness, and hurt, but the absence of love and belonging will always lead to suffering.” – Brene Brown

Return to (or find, create) your origin story today – which ever one gives you the greatest sense of belonging and the greatest potential for expansion to those broader spheres. Don’t limit yourself to a literal interpretation here.

I was recently involved as a researcher in a study that looked at how older adults experienced belonging and inclusion. The data was fascinating in the way that it revealed the many diverse ways the people experienced a subjective sense of belonging – which was absolutely vital for their wellbeing. Embed yourself deep within the Earth’s embrace today, whatever that might mean to you.

For ideas about how to celebrate the solstice, check out this ThoughtCo. article.

Thursday, June 22nd

  • Moon (in Gemini) trines Jupiter (in Libra), and then  squares Neptune (in Pisces)

 

Friday, June 23rd

  • Moon (in Gemini) opposes Saturn (in Sagittarius), sextiles Uranus (in Aries), and then is void of course
  • Moon enters Cancer
  • Moon conjunct Sun @ 2°47 Cancer (11:30 pm ADT) – New Moon

The New Moon always symbolizes a rebirth, the beginning of another lunation cycle. And in Cancer, being the sign most closely associated with the Moon, this imagery of the womb and of birth is particularly pertinent.

Cancer is an emotional epicentre. Cancer, the Moon, and the 4th House, hold all our associations with “Home”, roots, origins, childhood, family, and belonging.

People with strong Cancer placements in their chart often have excellent memories, since Cancer is known for nostalgically reviving its roots. Strong Cancerians may be avid historians, or be known for their vast collection of photo albums.  They may sentimentally treasure old letters or objects associated with past relationships.

Cancer is a womb. A nest. An oasis. A resting place. A safe haven. A sanctuary of protection.

Cancer is the feeling of being a child swept up in a caregiver’s strong, comforting embrace after you were lost, alone and distraught in a public setting. Cancer is coming home late after an exhausting day at work to find a candle lit table and a hot meal waiting for you. Cancer is the feeling of your warm bed on Saturday morning, hugging your body with freshly washed sheets. Cancer is all your friends calling you and sending you encouraging birthday messages when you had sadly decided to forego a celebration. Cancer is being confronted with life’s horrendous pain and yet having a loved one put their arms firmly around you while looking you deep in the eyes, saying: “You’ve got this. We are going to walk this out, together. l’ll take care of you. I’m not going anywhere.” (*the last example also exemplifies Scorpio vibes!)

Opposite Cancer in the zodiac wheel, is Capricorn. Opposite the 4th House of home, is the 10th House of public reputation, career, and achievements. In the 10th House, or with Capricorn’s urging, we make stuff. We get shit done. We climb the mountain of achievement. We work hard. We strive to be “productive”. And there is nothing wrong with this. The 10th House is important, and the endurance and self-discipline of Capricorn are traits to emulate.

But unfortunately these traits also tend to be overly valued in our capitalistic society at the expense of the 4th House, of Cancer. As we enter Cancer season it is a time to honour our feelings and our emotional needs. This “work” may not be assigned the label of “productive”, but it is vital. Necessary. It is a time to be gentle with ourselves and with others. Nourish your inner life. Cultivate belonging and emotional safety within your family, your friend group, your community or your tribe.

My heart goes out to those with strong Cancer placements who come from broken homes and emerged from tumultuous childhoods. Childhood trauma and family conflict/chaos is difficult for anyone, but I believe Cancerians bear those wounds particularly deeply. They often spend their lives trying to create that family, that home, that sense of childhood that they never got to experience.

One of the most important ingredients for belonging, emotional safety, and hope for the future, is TRUST. In what or in whom do you place your trust? Where does your faith lie? With your friends and family? In the strength and capacity of your body? In the goodness of humanity? In love? In a transcendent divinity? Our ability to trust may be fed from several tributaries.

Many of us have had trust broken, and our sense of safety and security shattered. When bonds of trust shatter, especially when it happens early in life, we traverse the world and our lifespans with our guard up, constantly fearing danger or betrayal around every corner. We cautiously scrutinize every situation, every offer of friendship or assistance with wary skepticism. And when life seems to be getting particularly gnarly? We immediately detach and grab our weapons of defense.

“I knew I couldn’t trust you! I knew this was too good to be true! Of course everything/everyone I love leaves me or dies on me! I knew I should never have dared to hope that this would work out! ” We shriek and snarl as we hide behind our barricades.

A lack of trust erodes belonging and destroys love. A lack of trust breeds conflict and war. Without trust (in something/someone), hope for the future becomes a mirage. 

Trust is precious.

Trust is in the many twigs that Cancer needs to build a safe nest.

Granted, trust doesn’t happen immediately. It takes time. To paraphrase Brene Brown, trust is built in numerous “very small moments” over time.

During this New Moon in Cancer, plant some seeds of Trust. Of course be prudent, wise and strategic with where you plant them. Nourish these seeds and help them to grow strong over the next 6 months so that at the next solstice in Capricorn in December, you will experience the security that their deep roots provide.

In the last year I lost trust in myself, in my capacity to simply “do life”. I’ve always been one of those “when the going gets tough, the tough get going” types. I prided myself on plowing determinedly through any hardship and challenge that life presented me with (thanks, Saturn-Moon opposition). Losing trust in myself at a very basic, fundamental level, was one of the most disconcerting, destabilizing and deeply terrifying experiences I have ever had. I am eternally grateful for those who trusted in my capacity even when I could not.

Yes, we need to grow trust in our own lives, but if you can find some extra space, grow some trust for someone else. Even if it never gets transplanted, even if they never adopt it as their own, they’ll appreciate it.

This New Moon in Cancer is like jumping off the dock at a beach as a child. We plunge in, our toes eagerly feeling for the reassuring sand and grit. We begin to tread water, slowly moving inland. Where’s the ground? At what point will we be able to touch? We can’t tread water forever. We are getting tired… and then… finally! Our feet brush up against a rock. We are grounded. Relieved. Our bodies have a foundation.

Find your foundation. Grow some trust.

Become someone that someone else can trust and rely on.

Our health and wellbeing, personally and collectively, depends on us rebuilding trust with ourselves, trust with each other, and rebuilding trust in a hopeful future.

Image Credit: Dion van Huyssteen @ Flickr (CC – Words added)

Saturday, June 24th

  • Venus (in Taurus) trine Pluto (in Capricorn)
  • Moon (in Cancer) conjoins Mercury (in Cancer), conjoins Mars (in Cancer), squares Jupiter (in Libra), trines Neptune (in Pisces)

The healing themes of this week are sustained through to the weekend when Venus trines Pluto on Saturday. The shallow posturing and defensive masks are washed from our self-worth and our relationships, leaving only what is pure and true, beautiful in its nakedness.

The three water signs are Pisces, Scorpio and Cancer. All three are deeply sensitive, intuitive, and strongly influenced by their emotions. However, there are differences between them. Pisces is about surrender, the dissolution of the ego to empathize unconditionally with humanity. Under the influence of Pisces, emotions move with fluidity, flowing freely to every source that evokes or provokes them, for better or worse.

Under the influence of Scorpio, emotions are tumultuous, obsessive, gut-wrenchingly intense and fiercely private and protected. And yet conversely, resonant with Scorpio’s extreme all or nothing stance, there is a powerful, primal, inexorable urge to let go of control, to transform, and to brave the vulnerability required to wholly merge with another in the way Scorpio so desires.

Cancer is arguably as emotionally protective as Scorpio, but it is not driven by the same unavoidable, transformative urge that finally will force it out into the daylight and propel itself into the arms of another. Instead it is motivated by its desire to nurture and be nurtured. To create a safe, loving haven in a rough and merciless landscape. A noble aim, to be sure, but Cancer risks hiding out in its nest forever if it smells even just a hint of uncertainty in the air. Refusing to risk emotional exposure, the crab may bury itself deep in its shell, only slicing out at the enemy with a claw when its security is threatened.

Today Venus in Taurus trines Pluto in Capricorn, while we have three personal planets (Sun, Mercury, and Mars) swimming through Cancer. Pluto is the modern ruler of Scorpio, associated with similar transformative themes, and Venus is the planet that speaks to our desire to relate and love each other.

A trine is a supportive aspect. As we take our first steps after Friday’s New Moon in Cancer, Venus harnesses Pluto’s transformative, courageous power, and the strength and persistence of the two most enduring Earth signs, to catapult us forward. You may want to withdraw as emotions engulf you, but today, stay with your emotions and whatever comes up. Be present. Dare to face exposure.

“Trust is choosing to make something important to you, vulnerable to the actions of someone else. ” – Charles Feltman

“When we trust we are braving connection with someone.” – Brene Brown

Of course, not everyone deserves our trust. Not everyone is safe to expose our most vulnerable selves to. Choose wisely.

For some great brain food on this topic, check out the video of Brene Brown talking about how we can cultivate trust, and how we can know who we can trust – The Anatomy of Trust:

During Cancer season get ready for an onslaught of quotes from Brene Brown, the vulnerability expert 🙂

“Courage starts with showing up and letting ourselves be seen.”― Brené Brown

“We cultivate love when we allow our most vulnerable and powerful selves to be deeply seen and known, and when we honor the spiritual connection that grows from that offering with trust, respect, kindness and affection.

Love is not something we give or get; it is something that we nurture and grow, a connection that can only be cultivated between two people when it exists within each one of them – we can only love others as much as we love ourselves.

Shame, blame, disrespect, betrayal, and the withholding of affection damage the roots from which love grows. Love can only survive these injuries if they are acknowledged, healed and rare.”
– Brene Brown

Sunday, June 25th

  • Mars (in Cancer) square Jupiter (in Libra)
  • Moon (in Cancer) opposes Pluto (in Capricorn), sextiles Venus (in Taurus), squares Uranus (in Aries), and then is void of course
  • Moon enters Leo

On Sunday we have Mars in Cancer squaring Jupiter in Libra with the Moon entering Leo in the evening. This aspect has likely been felt throughout the week. This transit may speak to an aggressive and reactionary emotional struggle for justice, to prove ourselves, to defend our inner and outer “homeland”.

With aggressive Mars challenging the expansive Jupiter, we may feel there is a lot at stake here, but we also may get distracted by defending our own egos while the real, deeper concern remains unaddressed.

This global transit could show up in your life in various forms. As always, it could show up in surprisingly literal ways, or it may be more subtle and internal.

My first thought was that this aspect reminded me of an extensive home reno project with Mars (aggressive action) in the sign of Cancer (our home), being propelled forward by Jupiter (expansion) in the sign of Libra, which wants to make everything beautiful. So if you are aggressively working on a home reno project to expand your living space and make it more visually appealing, be careful not to be so over-eager that you make a mistake in your haste!

This aspect could show up as impulsiveness, emotional overreactions, competitiveness, and aggression.

This aspect could show up as our fierce, defensive reaction when our show of vulnerability is treated lightly or disrespected. Maybe it is a text that isn’t returned, or an offer that is turned down. It is that: “Well fine then. F* You” type of response that we say under our breath while resolving never to open ourselves up to that person again.

It may show up as our increasing impatience and frustration with our perceived weaknesses and faults. Bristling with exasperation we lunge rashly toward our goal, determined to make up for lost time, only to stumble again due to our impulsiveness.

Jupiter in Libra wants justice and peace, while Mars in Cancer wants to defend and protect (one’s self, home, family, country). With the two in a difficult aspect with each other, there may be tension between trying to maintain harmony and peace, while seeking justice, and asserting emotional needs.

However, the harshness of this aspect has been kneaded by Cancer’s motherly influence throughout the week, and it is softened by Mars forming a trine to Neptune, exact the following day (Monday).

Neptune reminds us that the universe is an intricate eco-system. We are all connected to each other and have more in common than we might think (or want to imagine). While Mars may want revenge – “an eye for an eye” – Neptune urges us to find another way. We must heal, together. We must trust, together. We must love, together. We must rebuild, together.

Stay soft. Stay wise. Stay strong.

Cancer, like the crab, is notorious for moving sideways and being passive aggressive or indirect when trying to address a concern. Confront the issue without overreacting, and yet don’t mask an emotional conflict with a fake finish. Be direct about what really matters. Don’t get distracted by ego struggles.

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