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New Moon in Cancer – July 17th 2023 11:31 am pdt

A NEW MOON occurs when the Sun and Moon are co-joined (conjunct) and the reflected light of the Moon is obscured, although our Earth’s Moon is no star, it typically reflects the brightest light we can see in the night sky. It’s phases are a part of human consciousness, and its movements affect systems on earth and sea.

This New Moon falls in the sign of its domicile Cancer.

Cancer’s karmic focus is highlighted, families, our foundation and security both personally and collectively, how we are safe, protected and nurtured.

We may want to just hang out at home, with those considered to be safe, our “family” created or given.

It’s optimal now, healthy, to follow our inner self care callings.

We can also remember ancient wisdoms taught that when we align our activities to the Moon’s cycles we find a greater connection to both our bodies and intuitive wisdom.

Now, Sun and Moon are conjoined on a very powerful Sabian Symbol degree – “A LEADER OF MEN WRAPPED IN AN INVISIBLE CLOAK OF POWER”

In keeping with symbol, this New Moon/Sun is opposing Pluto, dipped by retrograde to the last degree of Capricorn.

Pluto is also squaring the Nodes of the Moon, which will move to 29 Aries/Libra same day.

Astrological Pluto represents evolution through a process of alchemical transformations, including metaphorical and literal experiences with death processes.This "process" has been destroying authoritarian structures via its transit in Capricorn since 2008!

In the following weeks we may have something come to a real finality after a decade plus of breakthroughs and fresh starts through loss.

Ponder that the God Pluto owned a cloak of invisibility, Pluto indicates “invisible” powers, the internal, indestructible kind. Tapping into our inner strength is key.

Although we have an opposition in our New Moon event, Cancer and Capricorn are the Zodiac’s “cosmic parents.” And there is natural security and stability in the combination.

Many long-term structures may be changing now – in a long pattern of natural evolution, and there is also present nostalgia and longing regarding the stability of the past, where we have been and known before. To take our history into our future by understanding where we have come from informs our journey toward the new.

A helpful element in the chart of the New moon is a trine from transcendent Neptune and Sextile from luminary Uranus.

All the “trans-personal” planets are telling us that we are also taking part in a larger pattern of collective evolutionary growth-

Trust you were BORN for these times.. we all have the potential for changing and growing in consciousness.

This New Moon try NOT to be complacent if you see a pattern of dysfunction in your life. Call upon your perceptive, intuitive, and feeling nature to inform your habits or disciplines that can evolve situations you may feel stuck in or want to change.

We also have many planets in retrograde this summer, including Venus from 7/23- September 3rd

These time periods CAN bring us the wonderful perspective of re-alignment with our inner self.

Rest and review how your thoughts become beliefs and these beliefs become habits – which then become your life.

As you “cultivate the garden” of your consciousness, plant your seeds with care. Make wishes along the lines of what nourishes you, see below for a new moon ritual- or make your own.

Magick is real…and you are a co-creator of your experience!

Many blessings,


Self-Love New Moon Ritual

Take some time to write out a list of what you would like to receive from life in the next month or even year. This can be up to 10 things you want to manifest, If you know your chart, see what place/house Cancer rules. This arena of life is most fertile for growth now.

Gather some representations of te four elements, perhaps a shell (for water) crystal for earth. A candle (fire) and sage or incense (air) on your table/altar. Light the sage/incense and smudge yourself and the four directions.

Take your candle and light it, put it on a plate on top of or next to your wish list.

Look deeply into the candle light and focus your thoughts, emotions and will.

Say aloud

“ As this candle light burns, so does the light inside of me, as this flame burns, do my body, mind, heart and spirit align themselves with the will of all if that is.

As you do this ritual, you may hold your Quartz crystal and say

“ By the Power of this crystal, I invite healing. Self love and protective energy to come into my body, heart and mind. May my desires and wishes be granted, that I may enjoy comfort and joy, knowing I am connected always to the great divine

Let the candle burn itself out or burn for at least 15 minutes while you hold the thought of hope, joy and healing in your mind.

Art- Mother Gaia by Stardust Prints

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