• emotionally intense…….

    The New Moon will occur at 2°47’ Cancer, a Cardinal, Water sign, ruled by the Moon itself.

    New Moons are the moment we set our intentions for the month ahead regarding the house where the New Moon falls in our chart but we now have four of ten planets transiting in this sign making it a very emotionally energetic period particularly for the Cardinal signs of Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn.

    Raven Kaldera in his book “Moon Phases” calls this the “Daughter’s Moon” and likens it to the myth of Demeter and her daughter Persephone who was abducted into the Underworld by Hades (Pluto). He therefore attributes painful conflicts with family members to this and all the other Cancer moon phases and on this Moon he recommends that we examine our relationships with close ones, especially those which involve nurturing received or given.

    It falls on the 4th-10th house axis in traditional astrology, the private vs public, mother vs father, fluidity vs rigidity etc.

    This lunation will most involve those persons with planets or angles between 1-5° of the Cardinal signs (Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn) and the antiscion point at 28° Gemini.

    The Sun-Moon combo are cuddling up to an out-of-bounds Mercury (Mars still is too) this could help us

    make sense of, or voice, our emotions

    since New Moons are also moments in time when head and heart are on the same page, being as they are in the same element and modality.

    Mars is also loosely connected by conjunction to the afore-mentioned planets. Mars is squaring Jupiter, opposing Pluto retrograde and in a trine aspect to a stationary Neptune – bursting with energy and wanting a new start with the danger of misjudging and following our fantasies up the wrong path! Or, having the right attitude and optimism to really turn around our lives by following our dreams.

    The Sabian symbol for 3° Cancer: “A man bundled in fur leads a shaggy deer”. Indicating the need to overcome stagnation and “cold” during a trial of endurance.

    “I can only note that the past is beautiful because one never realises an emotion at the time. It expands later, and thus we don’t have complete emotions about the present, only about the past.”  V. Woolf

    What intentions will you set for this New Moon?


    Kaldera R. (2011) “Moon Phase Astrology” pp. 34-35, Destiny Books, Rochester, Vermont. USA

    Rudhyar D. (1974) “An Astrological Mandala: the cycles of transformations and its 360 symbolic phases”. pp 111, Vintage Books Edition, Random House Inc., New York, USA

    Image: New Moon in Cancer, author unknown