"We are born at a given moment, in a given place, and like vintage years of wine, we have the qualities of the year and the season of which we are born. Astrology does not lay claim to anything more." - Carl Gustav Jung

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Preparing for The New Moon Solar Eclipse in Cancer

  Leading up to the next New Moon Solar Eclipse on Friday, July 1st, we have a number of  planetary placements and interactions that make for an interesting week ahead.  Recapping... the Sun is in watery Cancer for the next few weeks, highlighting emotions, home and hearth and nurturing - often expressing itself in an indirect manner. We are also in the waning Moon phase between Last Quarter and New Moon, a time for following through on projects and preparing for the next new cycle.

  OK, let's look at the energy of planet Mars pushing his way through airy Gemini for the next several weeks. Keep in mind that Gemini is a Mutable sign and is considered the only dualistic sign of the Zodiac. Geminis are versatile and inquisitive, and can be plastic and inconsistent without enough earth or fixed energy for ballast. Mars is a fire planet that jumps into action like the leader of the pack, waiting for no-one and taking no prisoners. The aggressiveness of Mars speaks to man's animal nature as well as the rashness of youth.

  Now let's insert Mars energy into inquisitive Gemini and what do we get... there are many possibilities - most of them short-lived so let's get moving! Walking through your neighborhood and greeting your neighbors is one use of this energetic combination and putting some real effort into getting your ideas out of your head and onto paper is another. A Gemini I know just called, while I'm writing this... and wanted to share some ideas for a tattoo - having just discovered a tattoo parlor in their new neighborhood! Now that is also Mars (pointed, sharp objects...) in Gemini (expressions in ink...)!! Not my idea, but theirs and it's another possibility that combines a bit of pain and blood with self-expression... also Mars in Gemini.

  The cautions here are blurting out words in anger or haste that you may have to take back later. Best to keep some kind of filter on so not every stray thought is spoken aloud. Perhaps a personal journal in which to record one's frustrations would work and that saves loads of apologies later and can also be discarded when you no longer need the outlet. Another thing to watch out for is jumping into too many projects or social engagements at once, saying 'yes' to this one and 'yes' to that one and having to back out of a commitment at the last moment. It's just as easy to say, "I'm sorry, I'm busy then." or "I have too much going on right now to take on one more thing, maybe another time."

  Today's Taurus Moon is active until 12:24 p. m. Monday, giving us a great time to relax and enjoy nature. The only difficulty is after that when the Moon becomes inactive on the first workday of the week. As long as you can say you need some more time to work on it, think about it, polish it up... you'll end up with less frustration from trying to make something happen when the time isn't right. Tuesday brings the annual Sun/Pluto opposition from Cancer to Capricorn, perhaps bringing hidden feelings about safety or security to the surface to be discussed or dealt with. Go easy with each other, especially family members who may need your emotional support now. If something has been breaking down for awhile, it may reach it's breaking point this week. Issues of safety, power, control and change will be on the table.

  The New Moon Solar Eclipse takes place just before dawn on Friday, July 1st, with both the Sun and Moon coming together in Cancer for a month's focus on your home, emotions and how you care for and nurture yourself and others. This is definitely the time to feel your feelings and allow your imagination free reign within the safe confines of your mind, your home or your family. Like it's symbol, the crab, Cancer is a self-protective sign and Cancerians are often evasive about their emotional needs.  Realize that the energy going out for the next six months, due to the eclipse, will be profoundly affected by whatever feelings have come to the surface around the time of the eclipse, and whatever you begin while the Sun is in Cancer, (until the next new Moon in Leo), needs to focus on the security of your home and your emotional well-being.

  Until next time, remember to keep your head in the stars and your feet on the ground!



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