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Like a new continent BL                                             Mixed Media: Bruce Lhuillier

This is the second New Moon in the sign of Cancer.  The first fell almost exactly at the  Summer Solstice and was a solar eclipse.  It was a highly energized start to a frenetic period culminating in a lunar eclipse on July 4th.      This new Moon cycle begins at the very end of the Sun’s journey through Cancer (28 degrees).   A new Moon is at the apparent ‘meeting’ of Sun and Moon, the two luminaries join to share experience and birth a new cycle of activity.  The energy at the beginning of the Sun’s cycle is very different than it is at the end.  The Moon has to do a lot of work here, because the Moon ‘rules’ the sign of Cancer.   What is left of the Sun’s energy in this sign is like a guttering candle, yet we begin a new cycle which will very quickly transform into  the fiery energy of Leo.

tinted St. John's wort                                 photo: Bruce Lhuillier

The picture above is St. John’s Wort, a wildflower which blooms at the time of the Summer Solstice, named after John the Baptist.  His day is June 24th when John observed the Holy Spirit in his cousin Jesus.   Over the last week I have seen an unusual number of these flowers still in bloom.   Are they celebrating a second Solstice, a second lunation in the sign of the Solstice, Cancer?

tinted Ghost Pipe.jpg                                          photo: Bruce Lhuillier

But Ghost Pipe seems more the light of this new Moon in Cancer.  Instead of full Solar light, we may be adjusting to Lunar light, which these flowers represent.  They have no chlorophyl, no receptors specific to the Sun.   The light is shifting in the Northern Hemisphere.  At the full Moon on Monday,  we will celebrate the holiday of  Lughnasadh, a ‘fire’ festival to mark the shift from nomadic to agricultural life, a celebration of harvest, of  marriage, of bread.  All involve the transformative process.

Newt from Royalston.jpg                                        photo: Bruce Lhuillier

Watching from across the chart are Jupiter, Pluto and Saturn, a powerful mix of planets in the organizational sign of Capricorn, who have been mixing it up together since January, when the crisis of the pandemic became visible.  At the moment of the new Moon, Saturn is in exact opposition to the to the new Moon.   There is an alchemical process going on here.  We could say these three powerful planets, all in retrograde, are the bellows to the fire which will bring transformation during the next twenty eight days of the Moon’s cycle.   The little newt is the ‘salamander’ who who emerges unscathed from the alchemical flames.

New Moon in Cancer July 20, 2020

The Sabian Symbol* for this lunation is:  ‘A Greek Muse weighing new-born twins in golden scales.   The intuitive weighing of alternatives.’   It does seem as if human society is weighing alternatives.  Everywhere I turn,  people see this as a point of no return…. The pandemic, which could be represented by the confluence of Saturn,  Pluto, Jupiter and Pallas Athena in Capricorn is not  ready to disappear.  The retrograde planets are going back for more work.  But worldwide we have developed new skills.  our crisis has closed doors (literally) and opened new perceptions.    We know that at any moment, we will have to be resourceful about another challenge.   It will be the light of the Moon which will open our imagination to new directions.

Cancer-1500.jpg                                      Cancer                                             painting by Amelia Leonards

The figure in this painting is pregnant with the fecundity of the sea.  Like the jellyfish who are her companions, she moves by way of an inner propulsion in rhythm with the sea.  Please enjoy new forms of motion over the next few weeks!

*Sabian Symbols are verbal images for each degree of the Zodiac channeled by the psychic Laura Wheeler and transcribed by the astrologer Marc Edmund Jones, revised by Dane Rudhyar.   http://www.mindfire.ca/.
 Sarah Fuhro      The Wisdom Tradition evolved over the centuries to address our deepest human needs. Sarah Fuhro is a practitioner of its many forms; including Astrology, Tarot, Flower Essences and Druidry. In addition to personal consultations, Sarah teaches workshops and private classes, offering both clients and students knowledge powerfully rooted in the past, presented in the language of the present.   For an appointment or to be notified of classes call 508 740 7039 or email her at sarahfuhro@gmail.com.
Amelia Leonards works with watercolor and graphite to create fantastical imagery.  She draws upon world folklore, mythology and her imagination  to create pieces imbued with sensitive and emotive storytelling. Throughout her work you will find an emphasis on feminine and natural elements, along with a hefty dose of humor and antlers. https://www.amelialeonards.com  and https://www.etsy.com/shop/amelialeonards.
Bruce Lhuillier Is a French artist and photographer currently living near Boston.   His ability to capture spirit in his photos and paintings is both unique and  visionary.  You can find his work on Etsy at https://www.etsy.com/shop/Barknstone.





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