Moon in Cancer Reflections

 Photograph of the Earth's Moon, NASA.

Photograph of the Earth's Moon, NASA.

 "Woman Bathing" by Mary Cassatt, Metropolitan Museum of Art.

"Woman Bathing" by Mary Cassatt, Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Today the moon is in its own sign, Cancer.

Astrologer Darby Costello calls the moon the mediator between the dark and the light because of its ability to reflect the sun. The moon can make the night feel safer. And those of us who are very lunar – parents, people in helping professions, artists, etc – can help others feel safe and comforted. We bring out the light in a situation. We reflect back to a person his or her own possibility. But we can also get so tied to the function of helping, mediating, or reflecting someone else's light that we can sometimes forget our own essence. We can forget that what we reflect from the other person is only a fragment of that person's possibility and that we ourselves exist: Separate, ever-changing, and mostly mystery.

So if today you find yourself concerned with moon issues – emotions, home, family, food, femininity, creation – try to take a moment to feel safe even in the dark. Try to do something today for your own nourishment. Try to be at peace with what you can feel but not yet see, including your own beauty and strength. And if you still feel scared or unsettled, remember it's not a weakness to ask for help sometimes, too.