Star Garden Moon Watch for the New Moon, July 6th, 2005

Hello Everyone,

I'm Maria Theresa Maggi, intuitive astrologer here in Moscow, Idaho, and you're listening to the StarGarden MoonWatch for July 6, 2005.

This month the moon begins its cycle at home in the sign of Cancer, the nurturer. Cancer, the fourth sign of the tropical zodiac, generates our emotional being. It gives form to the root of the self we face in deepest night, as well as our participation in the collective emotion of public life. It also describes our attitude toward our family, our ancestors, our home, and the traditions from which this self emerges. Together Cancer and the moon align us with our most primal relationship: the one we have with our mother. Cancer describes all the ways in which we mother or are mothered, and the way we remember how those needs have been met or denied. The moon is the seed of our emotional reality, from which we derive the sense of belonging that makes us feel secure, both in our personal relationships and in the world at large.

Yet like the crab that symbolizes Cancer, our emotions rarely travel in a straight line toward expression. They can skitter sideways, change direction abruptly, or we hide their soft underbellies under a protective shell of social pleasantries. When lunar energy begins in Cancer, it reminds us there is always more than one layer to our shifting emotions, just as the shape of the moon at any given point in its cycle is created in part by the side of it that remains in darkness. As the phases of the moon exert powerful influence over such natural earthy processes as the tides and the growth of plants, so our emotions exert powerful influence over our thoughts and decisions. In Cancer, we rely on "gut feelings" to feed our senses and fuel our responses. The reason people born under this sign are often considered "moody" is they are reading and responding to the emotional temperature, not only within themselves, but in a room full of people, or in the family, city or nation they live in.

In the physical body Cancer rules the stomach, which takes in food, and the breasts, which produce food. Every nursing mother can attest to this miraculously balanced ecology. Cancer instinctively knows the need to be loved and wanted is fundamental to thriving in the world, and yet we must learn to feed ourselves in order to be able to feed others. From this perspective it is natural to understand how profoundly the food and feelings we share or withhold are intertwined. Cancer energy is a connoisseur of this strange yet natural paradox of dependence and self-reliance at the heart of our most basic biological relationships.

Cancer tends to revere and idealize as valuable anything that represents the past, such as antiques, family heirlooms, or comforting traditions. But at this new moon, when we look to the past for comfort, we may be surprised to find that all things and feelings that represent our past are only valuable if we can share them in a new more innovative context. Mercury and Venus together in Leo may prompt us to whip up a favorite meal or a creative project for others (even strangers) with dramatic flair in the hope of expressing our values in ways that inspire them to join us, or to invite us to join them. Both the moon and sun are in aspect to Uranus and Neptune, so these feelings may be shaped by the influence of a group effort, an ideal of change, a spiritual vision, or a powerful desire to protect or preserve whatever needs nurturing in order to manifest its full expression. Issues concerning healthy food chains, world hunger, or the food supply may enter the political spotlight this cycle, or political involvement or resistance may be what feeds us, or what compels us to feed others, either literally or figuratively.

As Saturn leaves the sign of Cancer, it reminds us to take responsibility for chronically frustrating or disappointing limitations we perceive in our personal or social reality. As we master how to shift these limiting perceptions, we are allowed to see our part in the "big picture" from a different, more freeing angle. In the novel The Secret Life of Bees, the wise character of August expresses this Saturn-in-Cancer truth beautifully to young Lilly in the following passages:

" 'You have to find a mother inside yourself. We all do. Even if we already have a mother, we still have to find this part of ourselves inside. . . .'When you're unsure of yourself , she said, 'when you start pulling back into doubt and small living, she's the one inside saying, 'get up from there and live like the glorious girl you are.' She's the power inside you.' "

Here are some suggestions for each of the sun signs about how to act from a place of visionary and compassionate self-acceptance at this new moon:

Aries: Letting go of an attachment to home can bring about a new social balance and an increased ability to act on your own behalf.

Taurus: Acting unselfishly can give relatives a feeling of being at home or benefit the future of a group or a friend you idealize.

Gemini: Income or resources might come from working on your own for or with women to beautify or refurbish something from the past.

Cancer: You may want to act on your innovative beliefs about religion, media, or education. You can bring these principles home.

Leo: You have the opportunity to act on what you want your ideal situation with friends, groups or creative projects to be. Speak up!

Virgo: Some emotional changes may be afoot in your work, health or partnerships. Go with your ideal, and others will support you.

Libra: You might want to travel or to start a new partnership that involves far away places. You've got project ideas with public appeal.

Scorpio: Children or lovers in your life need more independence: if you let someone you love go free, the faith they will return is yours.

Sagittarius: You are focused on adjusting a deep need for freedom with your ideal of communicating openly with friends or family.

Capricorn: You may say surprising things you now understand about how your past connects to seemingly "new" friends or groups now.

Aquarius: You feel less detached than usual, and this can heighten the need for approval from a mate, or your sense of standing alone.

Pisces: You might act on behalf of an educational or spiritual group that nurtures by seeking to balance individuality with cooperation.

It's important to remember that when the moon is new, emotional habit or instinct is reunited with the energy of life purpose we derive from the sun. If we are willing to see our purpose in life from the perspective of the living earth we are inseparable from, the tension between the new moon, Mars and Jupiter can be used to birth a more courageously authentic position from which to stand up against injustice or protect what is most vulnerable. At this time of birth, we can recalibrate our emotional reality to renew our protective instincts toward our first mother, the earth, and be surprised and enlightened by new experiences that bring love and hope in the process. At this new moon, everything "old" truly has the potential to be "new" again, if we act to shine our lights, shed some light, and keep it light.

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