New Moon in Cancer

Moses by Frida Kahlo

Moses by Frida Kahlo

Today the moon will be in Gemini until 6:06 p.m. The Cancer New Moon at 2°47’ happens at 10:30 p.m.

In the New Moon we go forward in darkness. Darkness is very much Cancer’s realm: The inner life, imagination, feelings, sensitivity, creativity. Wherever we have Cancer in our birth charts we have great stores of this energy. If we share it, it can heal and comfort others. But Cancer the crab or turtle is so vulnerable that it needs a shell, and that’s our challenge for this Ca...ncer moon cycle: As Steven Forrest writes in The Inner Sky: “to create the minimal defenses consistent with survival.”

How do we do that? Slowly, bravely, in response to loving invitations from others. To access and share what’s in our hearts, we have to come from and return to darkness and safety. We have to balance the impressionability and receptivity of the moon with the safety and comfort of the home, even the womb.

Frida Kahlo was born with a Cancer sun sign. She was commissioned to create this painting, Moses, based on her first impressions of the book Moses and Monotheism by Freud.

“I read the book only once, and started the painting with my first impression. Later I read it again, and I must confess I found my work most inadequate and quite different from the interpretation Freud analyzes so marvelously in his [book] Moses. But now there's no way to change it."

Frida! Ugh! When I read that, my heart broke for her. Yet when I feel shame or self-doubt myself, I think it's totally rational. It's not.

Try not to judge your feelings or what comes from your imagination. Cancer energy can give us a deep shyness. It’s hard to stand revealed. But at some point in your life you’ve been deeply loved, accepted and welcomed. Try to find that place of love for yourself this month.

And if you can bravely bring up what’s in your heart this month, release it. Please don’t change or hold back a masterpiece.

(Moon opposite Saturn in Sagittarius 8:30 a.m. EDT. Moon sextile Uranus in Aries 2:45 p.m. Moon void of course 4:45 to 4:06 p.m. Moon enters Cancer 6:06 pm. New Moon in Cancer 10:30 p.m.)