The new moon can be thought of as a window in time when the Higher-Self initiates specific lessons or personal growth intentions for the coming month, and we can use the lunar cycle as a way of decoding evolutionary forces at a more granular level than the solar cycle or the transits of the slower moving planets.
For the spiritually minded person, the new moon is a time to receive the seed impulses for one’s personal evolution, and specifically those impulses toward bringing something new into conscious awareness. Each moon cycle fits into a larger cycle, which begins at the Aires new moon, and if you seriously want to track the unfolding pattern of higher-self guidance, it is a really good idea to record a log or journal of key messages and impressions received in the few hours before and after the new moon, roughly 4-5 hours on either side. During this window of time, make space to be more meditative and pay attention to your thoughts, inspirations, psychic messages and so on, as these will tend to correspond to the archetype the new moon is birthing in at the time, and correlate to the growth themes we are meant to work with during the month.
At some point in time (after a few months) you can look through your log and begin to see a key pattern unfolding, which can stimulate further insight in terms of life purpose.
This Cancer New Moon Forecast is highly energised toward personal awakening, with lots of oppositions, some Yods and a Grand Trine. The new moon itself in Cancer energises the emotional dimensions of being human, and broadly speaking it is an opportunity to get in touch with what we feel, and to pay more attention to those around us whom we may need to take care of, as well as taking care of our own emotional needs.
Last March-April, the lunation cycle re-birthed through Aires (this normally happens every year), and I heralded in earlier forecasts that something significantly new was emerging for many of us on the planet, especially those in an active ascension process due to the exact alignment this year with the Aires equinox. The new seed impulses for each one of us, have since had time to gestate through Taurus, and we may have received new information and awareness about what these new creative movements mean for us in a larger life context over the last Gemini lunation. We may have been drawn to new information that doesn't yet make sense in the existing pattern of our lives, but is relevant to future growth.
This month we get to emotionally process what we feel about this new emergent energy, and that means sorting out what we really want at the heart level and releasing fears. On another level, Cancer impulses us to address emotional insecurities about moving forward into new evolutionary spaces within ourselves, and to attend to core emotional needs if unresolved past emotional issues are blocking the way to the things that are meant for us and are deeply yearned for. If for example the new seed impulse for this year (emergent last March-April) was a desire to take an existing relationship to a new level, or to initiate a new level of relating with someone new, then this month may well see unresolved emotional patterns come up to be healed and released. If the new impulse was to start a new project, then the emotional patterns coming up may relate to fears and insecurities connected with success or failure. If you felt more energised toward self-awareness and the relationship to the self, then this month will optimise for deeper emotional self-awareness.
Let's take a deeper look at the archetypal patterns encoded into this new moon cycle:
Chart cast for the New Moon in Cancer 17th July 2023 19.31BST/14.31EDT
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Pholus, Quaoar and Icarus all retrograde in Capricorn
Saturn and Gonggong conjunct in Pisces
Logos-Zoë conjunct Makemake in Libra
Pallas, Orcus and Mars conjunct in Virgo
Jupiter conjunct Albion in Taurus
Pluto opposing the New Moon
Saturn and Gonggong opposing Mars, Orcus and Pallas
Hygeia opposing Venus
Salacia opposing Makemake and Logos-Zoë
Asbolus opposing Ixion
T-squares & squares
Pluto square the lunar nodes
Salacia opposing Logos-Zoë and Makemake with Icarus, Quaoar and Pholus at the apex
Hygeia square Uranus
Neptune sextile Uranus with Haumea and the south node at the apex
Neptune sextile Pluto with Venus at the apex
Venus sextile Haumea with Neptune at the apex
A potent Grand Trine featuring: Jupiter & Albion, Icarus, Quaoar & Pholus, and Pallas, Mars & Orcus
Neptune trine the New Moon
Pluto trine Sedna
Venus trine Varda
Emotional processing as part of a larger evolutionary context
Because the new moon is opposing Pluto, now retrograde at the last degree of Capricorn, this month has a more intensive energy driven toward evolution, and so some of the internal or external events this month may trigger new emotional awareness; we may be confronted in order to realise something about ourselves.
Pluto continues to square the lunar nodes, providing an intense collective context to this lunation; evolutionary forces are driving us to become more empowered through facing fears of the dark side of life (at a global level this equates to the continual revealing of corruption in our systems), while reaching for and cultivating higher moral values and virtues.
The lunar nodes have been transiting the signs of Scorpio and Taurus since Jan 2022, and this lunation they are at the 0˚ mark. This is a what is called a critical degree, one that has more intensity, and it also means that the nodes will soon move into the signs of Aires and Libra, marking a change in collective evolution. The core lessons connected with Scorpio and Taurus will be heightened this month as evolutionary directives culminate. If we still need to let go of old ways, reclaim personal power, or face shadow aspects, then lessons will intensify; if we most need to slow down, simplify, get more grounded, practical and real, then this month will encourage us to do so.
Collectively we are amidst a time of choosing between holding on to the old vibration and an old reality versus letting go and moving with trust into the unknown. This dichotomy will continue until the end of the year, and represents a fork in the road; a time of choosing between holding on to the past and already established patterns of being, and letting go in order to move forward into the unknown and the possibility of a better future.
New emotional awareness this month may correlate to understanding what we most value, what we most need, and any emotional issues that hold us back from valuing ourselves, moving on from past betrayals and failures, in order to ground and anchor new higher dimensional realities on Earth - in others words releasing lower frequency emotional patterns to attune to the new emergent higher frequency energy waves now available.
Throwing off the old patterns and lifestyles; releasing obsolete systems and traditions
The ongoing Quaoar/Pholus conjunction in Capricorn represents one of the ascension signatures related to high frequency energy transmissions and their effect on our consciousness. For some years to come these two archetypes will be together in the sky, and while in Capricorn, we can expect the new frequencies to stir up a great deal of change within our existing systems and structures both individually and collectively. Icarus joins Quaoar in exact conjunction and all three are in retrograde motion emphasising a deeply internalised process as we each deal with the incoming new high frequency energies; some of us will resist more than others, so there is a wide range of ways this plays out. For the spiritual traveller the energy is now amplified toward throwing off low vibrational structures, whether these be patterns of thought, ideas, emotions, behaviours, lifestyle choices, career choices and so on. For example there may be shifts in the way we eat, the type of information we absorb, who we choose to know and relate to, and quite possibly an impetus to change career path or move to a more resonant vocational calling.
Icarus can play out in two ways: if we resist evolution we may be compelled to seek egocentric symbols of success and attainment while avoiding any real inner work. If we are more self-aware and humble, we will innately realise that we have to go down before we can go up, which is to say we have to deal with aspects of ourselves we have consigned to the shadow and habitually avoid, as a means to release low vibrational energy patterns to gradually ascend in vibration. Icarus’s presence with Quaoar and Pholus this month (part of a Grand Trine) presents us with a real asset for inner healing and transformational work. Icarus teaches us that the most direct route to higher awareness is usually the wrong one, and will set us back in the long run. Icarus teaches patience on the spiritual journey.
In addition Gonggong and Saturn in close conjunction in Pisces (ongoing until April 2024) represents the breakdown and increasing chaos in our world systems as well as the internalised break down of personal patterns in the psyche. We may find the old ways of being, literally dissolving away. This is a necessary part of ascension; if we are going to elevate consciousness on the planet then we need to ditch old ideas, beliefs and values.
The Tower archetype in Tarot represents Saturn conjunct Gonggong very well; evolutionary forces breaking down old structures to purify the self and allow for greater alignment with Truth.
These two archetypes are directly opposing Mars and Pallas conjunct in Virgo (and conjunct Orcus by a wider orb) adding an observable tension into the mix; the uncertain state of the world and the potential for disillusionment generates an inner or outer conflict; if we handle this incorrectly we can be tempted to get caught in blaming and criticising the world and others for our personal troubles and fears; if we take responsibility we can use the uncertainty and breakdown of structures to advantage by recognising that we are here to grow and evolve through whatever life experiences we co-manifest and thus can go within, analyse our mental and emotional patterns, and if necessary heal or make adjustments. The Mars-Pallas conjunction endows us with a heroic desire to overcome internal obstacles in order to grow spiritually. For those already actively on a spiritual path, we can readily take whatever is shown to us through outer life experiences and unveil unseen aspects of ourselves for healing or adjustment toward greater wholeness especially through emotional integration.
Together with the Icarus-Quaoar-Pholus conjunction, and Jupiter conjunct Albion in Taurus, Mars and Pallas form a Grand Earth Trine opening the way for radical expansions of consciousness and self-awareness, as well as go some way toward balancing the tensions presented by the numerous oppositions in the New Moon chart. The earthy nature of this trine emphasises a focus on the internal and a strong draw toward grounding practices and experiences; there are potent high frequency energies available that need to be grounded through the body.
3 Yods provide more impetus toward inner change this month:
Evolutionary pressure to reconcile with powerful forces outside of our control, through internal adjustments that lead us to become more sovereign, more self-aware and more self-loving.
Evolutionary pressure to awaken to our personal spiritual reality, through internal adjustments that involve the release and transformation of patterns of the past; through the resolution of past emotional issues we are able to liberate into new levels of spiritual awareness
Evolutionary pressure to throw off redundant or false spiritual ideas and philosophies, through reconciliations with past situations when we gave our power away, in order to recognise our own innate connection with existence and a loving benevolent guiding Divinity.
Yods can play out both in the inner and outer world and when successfully handled they leave us more aligned with greater humility.
This month’s theme of inner emotional adjustment and processing ties in with the recent Solstice forecast that heralded an evolutionary impulse toward development of the feminine principle as part of the necessary inner changes we need to make as we prepare for Pluto’s entrance into Aquarius in early 2024.
In addition the recent renewal of the lunar cycle (mapped by the sequence of new moons progressing through the signs) coinciding with the Aires equinox by exact degree, makes this year a significant time of rebirth and new beginnings. For those choosing to carry and embody the new higher frequencies on offer, this year functions as an inception phase, where many are being seeded with new life directives that will move them to change the vibrational circumstances of everyday life; to step up to a new level of core vibration and to leave a lower frequency life pattern behind.
Inner-work may sound a little bit less exciting, particularly if we yearn for positive changes to occur in the outer world, and yet it is only through inner change that our collective reality can shift.
Personal inner-work can sometimes seem insignificant and disconnected from the rest of the world, but what may seem like subtle adjustments and shifts in awareness, can over time significantly alter the path we walk in life, the karma we generate, and awaken new potential within us we didn’t see coming. Changes in the way we relate to life also have a knock on effect relative to our choices, which influence others.
Perhaps the biggest influence at the moment is Pluto straddling the signs of Capricorn and Aquarius, while also in square to the lunar nodes. This month, just a few days after the New Moon on 22nd July BST or 21st July EDT, the Sun will oppose Pluto forming an exact Cardinal Cross at 29˚ (the anaretic degree). This is an auspicious alignment, which will activate more awareness and reveal more clearly what humanity is moving through in evolutionary terms. Light will be thrown more intensely on the hidden shadows operating within our societies, socio-economic systems, and rulership hierarchies that will energise tremendous changes in the patterns of our reality, shaking the foundations of the old systems of dominance, and moving us out of passive complacency into a new level of heroic discovery and activism, as we learn collectively how to say no to moral corruption and break new ground to begin to birth new realities.
It makes 2023 a year of transition, where we are involved with resolving the past while dipping into the future and decoding where we next need to go in our life’s journey. Culminating Pluto lessons in Capricorn, put a lot of energy into the exposure of corruption within society - literally shoving it in our faces so we deal with it directly. We are no longer able to ignore what has been going on for a long time already, and pretend it isn’t that bad or that corruption is just the way it is.
During the Covid intensity, Eris in Aires was in a square to Pluto, stirring up a great deal of discord and chaos to such an extent that we can no longer realistically go back to how things were. On the surface we might conclude this is a bad thing, but Eris energy is above all one that fights for natural justice; whatever disruptions we are experiencing are there to expose what was previously hidden in service to mass awakening.
Eris has for the moment handed the baton over to Gonggong, who now makes a conjunction with Saturn, the archetype associated with the structure of our reality and by extension to society, culture and all our global systems and norms. Gonggong represents energy that is radically disruptive, with the potential to alter the fundamentals of culture and society, for example in the way that 9/11 affected the whole world. During that time Gonggong was conjunct Uranus in Aquarius and square to Sedna in Taurus; a potent combination causing disruptions with life/death consequences for many victims, which altered the frame of our collective reality. Gonggong currently in Pisces brings these disruptions directly into the blanket of deception in place around the world, and it also challenges our own personal deceptions and illusions about reality. Gonggong will continue to affect our sense of what is real until around April 2024.
Finally at the time of this Cancer New Moon, Sedna has moved for the first time since her discovery into the sign of Gemini, marking a distinct change in the way we relate to species level patterns of trauma and how they undermine our communities and culture. While in Taurus, some of the themes she has been activating within our collective awareness have related directly to the abuse of women, the abuse of nature and sexual abuse in general. Since her discovery we have seen the emergence of the Me Too movement and subsequent arrests and imprisonment of high profile individuals such as Harvey Weinstein and Jeffery Epstein, as well as actor Kevin Spacey now charged with numerous sexual offences. We’ve also seen a quickening of our collective understanding of trauma, so much so that the word is now a hype word and relatively misunderstood.
With Sedna’s current ingress into Gemini, we can expect the issue of child sex trafficking to finally penetrate the mainstream consciousness, for example there is talk about a 4 part documentary on this subject due in the next months with ex-Hollywood Mel Gibson leading the charge. We can also expect a much stronger dissemination of up-to-date knowledge about personal trauma through online education initiatives and courses that cultivate more trauma awareness and ways in which we can autonomously work to heal it at the personal level.
Overall this lunation guides us to embrace our own personal emotional issues, and to recognise that getting in touch with emotions and feelings is appropriate at this time in order to stay in balance and flow with our individual way of unfolding. Albion conjunct Jupiter as part of the beneficial Grand Earth Trine offers us a message of hope and excitement; the ascension of humanity is well underway and we are each invited to participate, all we need do is respond to our personal inner call.
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