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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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Baby skunkphoto: Anna Oakflower

Cancer is the sign (constellation)  where the Moon is ruler…interesting because it is also the  place where the Sun is at his height just before he stands still (Solstice) and heads South to warm other lands. This new Moon falls within minutes of the Summer Solstice, which is at the first degree of Cancer, and if that is not enough, the Sun will go into a partial eclipse. All this feels like a powerful combination of cosmic events!  Will you feel it?   How will you feel it?   I love this picture of a baby skunk, because her little white cap is like the eclipsed Sun and the dark of the Moon in Cancer.  Cancer is the sign of children, all children.   Little skunk looks curious, but tentative about  this new and strange place where s/he has emerged.  This is our opportunity at this powerful new Moon to see new possibilities around us.

New Moon in Cancer 2020

The verbal (Sabian Symbol)  for this this the first degree of Cancer, the Summer Solstice is: on a ship the sailors lower an old flag and raise a new one.  A radical change of allegiance exteriorized in a symbolical act: a point of no return.   Reorientation*

gettyimages-480226408                                      Confederate flag lowered in South Carolina    

The change of season that takes place at the Solstice is not immediately felt.  A new Moon does not appear in the sky for three days.  An eclipse can often be felt in months not moments.  The changes so long overdue in our country, in our culture are held in the imagery of this Solstice/New Moon/ Eclipse which happens on Sunday.   But only we as human beings can make justice happen.

IMG_1004photo: Sarah Fuhro

It’s interesting to notice that on May 5 the Lunar nodes changed from the Cancer/Capricorn axis to  Gemini/Sagittarius.  During the Cancer/Capricorn node period we made decisions about the structure (Capricorn) of our health (Cancer)  system as we faced a world wide epidemic.  We heard arguments over the importance of care for the well-being of our population (Cancer) vs the importance of our financial structures  (Capricorn).  It is clear that the people who care for the sick and dying are getting sick and dying in greater numbers.  People with no health insurance and no ‘work at home’ jobs were sacrificed to drive buses and clean grocery stores. As the nodes shifted into Gemini/Sagittarius,  which is about communication and courts, whites  finally noticed the huge and history long injustice in the story of how black people might feel about life in America.   Unfortunately it will take more than astrological shifts to turn this racist ship around.  But the astrological energy is there to help.

Lichen rings on stonephoto: Bruce Lhuillier

Today (18 June) Mercury joined Venus, Saturn, Pallas Athena (asteroid), Jupiter, Pluto in retrograde motion. Time to look at what we have been through as a species since the winter Solstice.  Retrograde is the opportunity to check where we are and remember where we want to go.  It’s the quiet moment of stillness at twilight, when the day’s heat and passion settle, and many animals feel free to pick up where they left off at dawn.   Since Mercury is in Cancer, we might wonder about the concerns of Cancer.

Cancer-1500painting: Amelia Leonards

Cancer

Here is the illustration by Amelia Leonards for the sign of Cancer.  We continue our series which we hope will soon become a set of astrological oracle cards, to illustrate the signs and planets and houses which make up the basis of this ancient art and science.

Cancer is the reminder that we have a home.   The home was once the sea, and most of our planet is still an ocean filled with plants and animals who move through the water as we move under the sky.  The Moon is the ruler of Cancer.  She watches over our planet like a loving mother, sister, aunt.  She pulls the tides of the ocean and the blood in our veins.  Cancer is a Water sign, and Cardinal because she marks the turning point of the season from spring to summer.  At the first degree of Cancer, the Sun appears to turn from his Northern journey to begin his apparent journey South.  The lengthening days of Summer slow and begin to shorten.

Cancer represents a crab.   The arms of the crab are the symbol of the sign   cancer sigil. They are the arms of the Mother around her child.   Cancer is the reminder that we are loved by an eternal presence, which does not care about our accomplishments or our treasure or our power.  The Moon rises and sets to shine and diminish in light. She lends fertility to our planet through her connection to water.  Cancer delights in food and children, the family and friends.  Her house in the astrology chart is at the base of the wheel.  Here the ancestors feed us information and we enter the world as children who find a home in a new body and then create and inhabit homes over our lifetime.

*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.
Anna Oakflower is a German Druid who is visiting in the United States.  Her photography of wildlife is stunning!

 

 

     

 

 

 

 

 

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