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The New Moon in July
July 9, 2021 at 9:16 AM EDT
Sun/Moon at 18 Cancer; Trine MC Sextile Uranus; later Venus Conjoins Mars in Leo
Many astrologers would agree with the teaching about this particular new moon: That it is one of the more ideal times for self care, proper nurturing activities, nutritional support and over all approaches to giving yourself some excellent TLC for what has been quite a challenging year! IF you have not yet booked an excellent therapeutic massage, a quality Reiki session, a well qualified yoga retreat or some similar approach to well being and nurture, this is the time for it! It is also the most fertile time in the Zodiac…
So if you want something to grow, this is the ideal or best time for sowing those seeds, starting creative or domestic projects or beginning to write poetry or a journal where feeling have a centering and prominent role...However, it is also a very potent time for conception, so there is a need to be cautious during these days!
The Moon being in its home sign of Cancer confers a greater degree of emotional sensitivity… After all, it is its home sign and it is where she is the most comfortable and the most aligned with your sensitivities and talents! When the Sun accompanies her, it can also allow for more emotional vitality and clarity… of course, this cannot come to us without some surprises! We also have, as the dominant aspect for this lunation (when giving no more than 4 degrees orb) to the unpredictable planet, Uranus!
The unpredictability and the serendipity that often accompanies Uranus could indicate that there will be a time for mutual healing, or it could, by the indications in your own chart, foretell a time when you might find yourself having to expectedly care for another person… While none of these possibilities are assured, the best outlook is the willingness to care and to extend oneself towards whatever appears to be the most nurturing and/or the most compelling for you!
Remember that Cancer as a sign is cardinal water; it does not hold itself back or down or could wallow in any negativity like resentment. Most astrologers would give those charming qualities to Scorpio! As cardinal water, Cancer represents active feelings- the present tense where feelings flow towards any people or places it senses would be receptive towards them...
As the new moon in each of its cycles through the signs offers us the opportunity of new beginnings and new experiences, this particular one can center herself on family matters and on the experience of what feels right rather than any logical or more rational processes.
One needs or desires to work through understanding of one another with an emphasis on appreciation, not distance or criticism… The sensitivities of the heart are utmost at this time, and a quality of defensiveness can easily be triggered, so being aware of this, and if affection and appreciation for one another is your ultimate goal, then be sure to emphasize what is going well, and how valuable and important that person is in your life...OK?
Given the approach I take to these reports where I offer only strict or tight orbs to the aspects, I find it valuable to offer some guidance concerning the planetary aspects leading into the new moon and those that will follow closely after it… So, in that regard, the planetary prelude comes to us from Venus square to Saturn and she is also square to Uranus… Remember, we will have the harsh and challenging energies of the Saturn to uranus square with us most of the year and will not see it begin to truly resolve and pass out of energetic imp[ulses until the first of next year. 2022.
When a planet is square to either Saturn or Uranus, it is usually within range of being square to both. That is the situation with Venus during the 7th and the 8th… Thankfully, because she is a fast moving planet, these difficult energies do not last long or have the same lasting intensity that a planet like Jupiter would convey….
With these tensions in mind, I would say that it would be prudent not to start a relationship at this time but to wait until the planets of passion and connection conjoin next week in the case of Venus and Mars…. This week, however, there is probably a lot of relational chafing, irritation, feeling of constriction and obligation that have to be addressed… Saturn almost always dampens enthusiasm for relationships by placing restrictive obligations on them, whereas the Uranian square makes us feel antsy and unsatisfied, wanting to release any confining feelings and express a relational freedom that encourages us to break out and break through any limitations or restrictions we feel or that make us restricted in our attention or affections.
April Elliot Kent, astrologer and blog writer gives us some additional insights on the nature of Venus to Uranus… She writes:
Just two days later, Venus squares Uranus (July 8, 2021, 12:25 pm PDT). Here’s an opportunity to break away from other people’s opinions about our worthiness and instead, celebrate our true, unique beauty – of face, body, mind, talent, and spirit.
Venus is also a financial planet, and money is another way of evaluating what things – and what we ourselves – are worth. When Venus tangles with Saturn, we usually have to work extra-hard for our money (Saturn). And during her skirmishes with Uranus, we might encounter sudden gains or reversals (Uranus). That’s noteworthy from a practical standpoint, but also because our relationship with money reveals scads about our confidence, security, and values. Sample questions: Are you giving more than you’re getting? And is money making you more or less free?
Donna Woodhall, astrologer and Pagan teacher, offers us this additional synopsis of the new moon and the energies that are surrounding her in these words:
There’s a fixed T-square at the time of the New Moon, including Saturn in Aquarius, Uranus in Ta**us, and a Venus-Mars conjunction in Leo. Saturn square Uranus is the signature aspect of 2021 (because it involves two slow-moving planets, it’s the most long-term aspect). Saturn in Aquarius can be objective and fair-minded; but his dark side is intolerance for those with other ideologies than his own.
Uranus in Ta**us shakes us out of ruts, and challenges definitions of pleasure and our relationship to earthy things. It’s an uncomfortable pairing, illuminating the strain extreme individualism creates in the environment.
Venus and Mars in Leo are heating things up in more ways than one — from the weather to human passions. You may find tempers flaring, especially in interpersonal relationships.
The Moon, Mercury, Jupiter and Saturn are also all in their own signs. There’s not a lot of room for compromise, everyone is convinced their way is best. Nevertheless, things may turn out better than expected, since a lot of planets are in an inherently good mood.
All in all, it may feel like you’re jumping into the middle of a movie. Characters are set, the action is in motion, all you can do is try to figure out what’s going on and see where it goes. There’s not a lot of wiggle room for making changes, but even if things seem dark and combative, it’s likely they will turn out better than expected. ...
I review the summary paragraphs, and then brainstorm a remedy readers can work with. The remedy should focus on supporting the positive side of the forecast, and avoiding the pitfalls. Something like:
It may not be an easy time, but it will pass. Avoid getting caught in the drama by resisting attachments, especially to your own point of view. What people do now may be motivated more by fear or habit, and not what they truly desire. When in doubt, give yourself a time out to cool off, literally or figuratively. Things will feel better when the heat breaks and the sense of paralysis lifts.
After the new moon influences begin to wane, we have the metal and social shift of Mercury moving from its home sign of Gemini into the much more illogical and temperamental, the more sensitive and intuitive sign of Cancer… Instead of the emphasis being on gathering in reams of facts, information and social avenues of expressions that are the highlight of Mercury in Gemini, we are challenged/gifted with the need to relax the analytical brain our out=rs and become more open and receptive to the new exploratory fields that could be gathered together as “emotional intelligence.”
Emotional Intelligence is a term that Dr. Dan Goldman expanded on that works to cover all the dimensions of our intellect and social interactions that do not ascribe to dialogue and debate… Emotional intelligence takes a more gestalt approach or a view of the whole person/situation and appraises its meaning and importance based on intuitive feelings, subtle energies of interaction such as body language and intonation of words, and through a more visceral recognition of what is being expressed more of the whole picture is revealed…
Here is the definition of emotional intelligence from the APA ( American Psychological Association:
a type of intelligence that involves the ability to process emotional information and use it in reasoning and other cognitive activities, proposed by U.S. psychologists Peter Salovey (1958– ) and John D. Mayer (1953– ).
According to Mayer and Salovey’s 1997 model, it comprises four abilities: to perceive and appraise emotions accurately; to access and evoke emotions when they facilitate cognition; to comprehend emotional language and make use of emotional information; and to regulate one’s own and others’ emotions to promote growth and well-being.
Their ideas were popularized in a best-selling book by U.S. psychologist and science journalist Daniel J. Goleman (1946– ), who also altered the definition to include many personality variables.
I recommend Goldman’s books that further explore and refine the concept of emotional intelligence. From the astrological perspective, emotional intelligence and Mercury in Cancer could be teaching us many of the same themes and will stress the importance of heart and body wisdom on the way to having a more complete understanding of ourselves, others, society, and our world…
Celestial Blessings, Peter
The Full Moon in Capricorn
June 24, 2021 2:40 PM EDT
3 Degrees of Capricorn/Cancer
Sextile Jupiter in Pisces
Happy belated Solstice! It would have given us much in the way of emotional intensity so that this full moon that comes on its heels might actually feel more like a respite than a challenge, more like a coming together of loose ends while providing us with some soothing energies and a heightened sense of inspiration…
As a quick review, Solstice points could also be understood as transformational places where something from the past will come to an end, while other experiences will be birthed into your new reality! This Summer Solstice is the convex one; it is the more expansive solstice or the one that spreads out its energies and allows them to flourish… Quite suitable for the seeding, hot, dry and faster-growing seasons in the Northern Hemisphere… This Solstice was a time of welcoming or planting new possibilities and to focus on how best to nurture and expand ideas and ideals that have already taken root in our lives…
Previous to the Solstice, we were greeted by the beginning of the planet Jupiter going into his retrograde phase on the 20th and that motion will last most of the Summer and through the Fall… This reverse direction provides us with ample time for revision and reconsideration of what we thought was true and a new, clear path ahead… It is also a time when “You know what you know” can act as a confirmation of messages you have received that can be acted on with confidence. The challenge will be applying the deeper sense of your personal truth to the world around you; to our social media and to the task of separating “the wheat from the chaff…”
Additionally, the prelude to this full moon is the Mercurial shift in its direction back to its forward motion… and as I have experienced, it's none too soon! It brought with it a dubious gift of confusion and since it was intimately involved with the solar eclipse, its ability to cloud the mind and give dubious directions was at its height! Be sure to give yourself a couple of days without big decision-making or distant travel until Mercury sets itself on a clear and direct course…
After further research on the impact of the eclipse, I found that there was a Neptunian quality that, in my enthusiasm for its positive potential, I had missed! While the messages you or I received during the eclipse time could have been dramatic, so too, were the Neptunian possibilities for confusion or misinterpretations!
Thankfully, this aspect wanes into its own demise soon after the retrograde stops when on the 22-23rd, we can experience a calming and clearing sextile aspect between Saturn and Chiron that brings a healing resolution and a calming benefit to whatever upheavals and difficulties we had experienced over the eclipse period that can soothe tensions to place a healing balm on any friction or fractures that might have occurred in the 2 weeks before...
When we add the positive energies of this particular full moon with its encouraging aspect to the more expansive and optimistic Jupiter, even though it will remain retrograde for some time, its gift to us is a desire for steady optimism- we are given a large dose of hope for whatever parts of our lives need revitalization, and for whatever endeavors need affirmation and a shot of positive energy to thrive! The only caveat… (remember we are talking about Capricorn which always provides us with any necessary lessons we have to learn) is the need to be persistent with our goals, but also be aware of how we use whatever influence or power we have and to always check in on our motives concerning how best to express our influence…
Another perspective on the meaning of this full moon comes to us from Lena of the School of shamanism. She offers us these insights from her understanding of what this moon can bring to us:
This is an optimistic time and could be very prosperous if you can move through the challenges of the distractions of drama and ego-driven negative behaviors in yourself and in others that may crop up. Honesty, emotional vulnerability, humility, and a good spiritual base are important foundational aspects for success during this time. It can be a very expansive time especially if you can harness positivity and optimism. It is a good time to reflect on the containers of your life. What is too small, too big, completed etc. We have some good momentum to initiate the creation of some new containers for ourselves for this cycle.
One the one hand you have the excitement and inspiration of a new container and new possibilities for expansion and partnerships. On the other hand, you may have the personal challenges of self doubt and sifting through some of the negative aspects of your personality that may get in the way of truth and clarity of intention. Even though the energy is moving more freely now, there is still some residual tension around restrictions, delays and right timing. Be patient, enjoy the process, love your friends and community, have a little gratitude, be creative.”
Astro-butterfly also offers a more in-depth look and offers us a unique perspective on this particular full moon… She writes:
“On June 24th, 2021 we have a Full Moon in Capricorn. This is a beautiful Full Moon that will give us a renewed sense of faith and optimism. Faith and optimism and a Full Moon in… Capricorn? If you pay attention to the Lunar cycles you may have noticed that the previous Full Moons in Capricorns have not been the most “flamboyant” Full Moons out there.
But unlike last year’s Capricorn Full Moons which were Saturn and Pluto-influenced, the upcoming Full Moon in Capricorn is Jupiter-influenced, so it’s much more optimistic than usual. The Full Moon in Capricorn on June 24th, 2021 is one of the most positive and constructive Full Moons of the year! It is about time…”
… She goes on to teach about the dimensions of space and time as it relates to the Solstices and Equinoxes in these words:
“Everything that happens between the moment we are born and the moment we die is created within the Cancer/Capricorn passing of time. Cancer (the IC in the natal chart) is where we come from. Capricorn (the Midheaven in the natal chart) is where we’re heading.
If the Aries/AC and Libra/DC axis answer the question “Who am I?”, the Cancer/IC, Capricorn/MC axis answers the question “What should I do with my life?”.
...The Full Moon in Capricorn is a reconciliation between our past and the treasures we carry, and the possibilities of the future.
...The Saturn-Uranus square has triggered a systemic shakeup in our lives. As you may know, the Saturn-Uranus square is active throughout the whole of 2021. In 2021, it’s not only one area of our life that requires our attention… We are up for a complete overhaul. But from time to time, beautiful alignments like the Full Moon in Capricorn come to remind us that our hard work is not in vain….So we have to be ready. We have to be well prepared.”
The last two considerations for this full moon time period concern the movement of Neptune and the transit of Venus…
Remembering that the transpersonal planets- Uranus, Neptune and Pluto- have long and extended and erratic shapes to their orbits, it only follows that when any of these more wide-ranging planets go retrograde, it can be for an extended period of time…
It is also widely held that when these transpersonal planets shift, stop, and begin to move either backward or forward, we can experience an intensification of their messages and energies…
On the 25th, Neptune moves into its retrograde phase or portion of its orbit…
Given that we have the most spiritual planet, Neptune, residing in and now moving backward further into Pisces, the most spiritual and metaphysical of all the signs, we are in store for the more the esoteric and what could easily be called the “dream dimensions” of human life and our human psyche/souls to be revisited or to be re-awakened from any dormant cycles…
Depending on where Pisces is in your chart, that area of life and its concerns could become the source of your psychic feelings, the topic of your dreams, the focus of your creativity, and the source of the mysterious and inspirational for you! As Astro Butterfly puts it,
“Let’s say something happens to us but we can’t really process it. This unprocessed thought or feeling eventually shows up in a dream. We get stuck in a problem and we can’t seem to find a solution, but then suddenly, when we take a shower or go for a walk, the solution comes to us. Dreams, serendipities, unexpected encounters… These are all the workings of Neptune.”
The last, and possibly the most enjoyable shift among the planets is when Venus enters into the sign of Leo on the 27th… Be ready for some drama!
Dorothy Oja gives us this succinct yet powerful description of what we could expect from the planet of enjoyment during her travels through Leo…
Venus in the Sun’s sign wants to play and enjoy life to the max. Laughter is the best medicine, so throw your cares away and rekindle the exuberance of your inner-child. Participate and find occasions for fun, humor, and play, or the simple joys of being alive. We can’t be serious all the time, c’mon!
This Venus’s tendency is to be very loving, even wearing its heart on its sleeve. It seeks love and it gives love unless there are mitigating factors. It is creative, loyal, bold, and direct in its expression. It joins Mars already in Leo. Get ready for some drama as well as a lot of fun.
Celestial Blessings, Peter
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