This New Moon falls at 10:45 am on Tuesday, August 2nd here in Hawaii (-10 GMT) in the sign of Cancer in the nakshatra of Ashlesha. In the watery, emotional realm of Cancer, where the Sun has already been for a couple weeks, we are more likely to feel a desire to connect with others and to give. Cancer is the sign of the Mother and we have the feeling of unconditional love here, wanting to envelop everyone (especially those we love) with our nurturing embrace and tender loving care. While it is a beautiful and natural phenomenon to feel unconditionally loving towards our children, it can be unhealthy for most of us to relate to the other adults in our life in this way. We must learn to have this unconditional love first towards ourselves, nourishing and nurturing our own Selves so that we are able to give to others from a cup that is overflowing already. Often we end up feeling as though we have given all of our power to others and are depleted ourselves. The Sun is our Power and our Higher Consciousness, and in Cancer, we can have a tendency to feel powerless as we seek outside ourselves for confirmation of our self-worth. Offering up our power to a higher source is one of the gifts of this devotional sign, and the thing that can save us from wearing ourselves thin from too much effort and emphasis on others. We must beware of the famous side-step walk that is the nature of the crab, avoiding anything that might cause upset or turmoil and hiding until the danger is out of sight. This can make us seem untrustworthy and we can end up losing the very things we are trying to protect. The Moon is in her own sign here, so psychologically it feels quite good to relate and feel, and love. Swimming around in our own emotional puddle can be very nourishing right now, allowing our feelings to flow like water around and through us. This is a good time to connect with friends who you trust, especially friends of the same gender, and to spend time near or in water.
The nakshatra this New Moon falls in is called Ashlesha, the serpent star. Ashlesha shows where we go so deep into our emotions that we latch hold, wrapping ourselves around what we love so hard we squeeze the air out of it. This is the place where we cling, and have a very hard time letting go. As we've already been dealing in the realm of Cancer for a couple weeks now and Venus, our relationship planet, has just exited out of Cancer, we are likely coming to head with these issues of how we cling and grasp to the connections we so desperately want and then find we are unable to let them go. When we give and give, supposedly from the heart, but really expecting that same nurturance in return, we will always find ourselves disappointed and broken-hearted. The blessing and lesson is that eventually whatever we hold onto so tight, will either die or free itself, so we will have to learn how to let go and hopefully, not to cling so tight the next time around.
We have Venus, Mercury, Jupiter and Rahu in the Sun's own sign of Leo right now...creating quite a stage for us to stand on despite our lack of personal power. We might find ourselves compensating in our relationships and communication for our own feelings of being used by grand-standing, using big speech and preaching our personal gospel to anyone willing to listen. Jupiter is on his way out of Leo, where he's been in for the last year joined the illusional and obsessive North Node Rahu, making his way into the practical, detail-oriented realm of Virgo on August 11th. This transit will last for a year, until September 11th, 2017. Up front we can expect to see a major step down on the Facebook feed of loud assertions telling us what we should believe or do with your vote, as we will all dive deeper into the nitty gritty details rather than the flash and frenzy surrounding this election here in the U.S... Thank Goddess!! We will experience far less confidence in our beliefs in general, and certainly in asserting them. On the less exciting front, we will feel less idealistic and inspired and more like accountants drudging our way through paper work as we sort through what we believe and think. Virgo is a constrictive energy for the expansive nature of Jupiter and it can limit our ability to find the heart in our philosophies by an attachment to the small print. Notice the ways in which your criticisms and judgements of others reflect your own nasty feelings about yourself and try to work towards healing yourself from the outside in. The earthy sign of Virgo, loves nature and natural healing techniques and as we tend to hold our psychological and emotional baggage and patterns in the body, this is a good time to get back into your belief that taking care of your body temple will ultimately heal your heart as well.
Mars and Saturn are still moving towards each other in the tumultuous realm of Scorpio, about 10 degrees apart at the time of the New Moon. They will be in exact degrees later in the month, but for now we are still feeling that squeeze as they press in towards each other in the sign of our fears, both real and imagined. Whatever house this is for you is likely feeling that final blow, that began in February, has been brewing ever since and is just about ready to explode one way or the other by the end of August! To get your FREE report on how this affects YOU in your chart, just sign up for my email list and you will automatically be sent “Mars and Saturn for All 12 Signs” (with bonus of how the current eclipse cycle is affecting you as well, next eclipse is September 1st!).
Blessings on your New Moon! Hare Ohm.
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