Cancer Moon

So Yesterday… Cancer New Moon


I’m deep in partition territory at present, and have my next fiction manuscript due to the editor by the end of this month, so the first part of todays New Moon post was written last year…

Normally at the Cancer New Moon, I talk a bit about home and Mamma Bear stuff.

The Cancer Moon is about all those things. It’s about home, family, nurturing, the past, yesterday, holding onto what you know, treasuring what you have and the memories of what you used to have.

Under the Cancer Moon it is easy to dwell on the past, to hang on to an idea, a theory, a relationship, a habit long past its use by date- in fact often until it resembles something like what used to be zucchinis that you found lurking in the bottom of your fridge vegie drawer.

And that’s all perfectly understandable (not the manky zucchinis, but the hanging on bit). What we know, the stuff in our past, the stuff from our families, whether it is good or bad, it’s comfortable. These things represent the boundaries of our comfort zone. We find ourselves clinging to them, too afraid to let go.

Yet, in order to continue to grow, to flourish, we have to let go. We have to step outside the things that make us feel comfortable and go it on our own terms. It’s like that saying about Memory Lane being a nice place to visit- but you wouldn’t want to live there.

The Moon is now in the balsamic phase, so if ever there was a shot at letting go, it is now. This is the Moon’s New Moon, so what better time to start a new cycle than with a clean slate and no attachments- and yes, I know that it’s easier said than done.

Cancer New Moons always bring issues of mother, home, family and self- nutrition (and that doesn’t have to mean the fridge and chocolate variety) to the forefront. New Moons allow for a fresh burst of energy. I would suggest that at this New Moon you go with that energy- or the Universe will shift you in some other way.

Cancer New Moons are also about about self care- how we tend to look after others before looking after our own needs. Like in airline security when they tell you to fit your own mask first. It’s something we forget. It’s something we as mothers forget- and not just those of us who are mothers in the literal sense of the word, but those of us who are mothering something, anything within us or without us.

Wherever Cancer is in your chart is the area of life that is for you ruled by the Moon. It’s where you look for comfort, and nurturing…and self nurturing.

From here, it’s about putting it all together.

So, what does this mean for you?

Tomorrows New Moon falls at 23 Cancer 14’…or thereabouts.

Doing it for yourself…


By now you should know how to personalize this. If not, duck over to this post for a refresher.

As a refresher, for your New Moon story:

  • Look at where 23 Cancer is in your chart. In my case, it’s the 5th Look for the two tadpoles- the symbol is above.
  • Look for planets or chart points lying between 21-25(ish) of Cancer, Libra, Aries or Capricorn. The New Moon will be conjunct, square or opposite these.
  • Look for planets of chart points lying between 21-25 (ish) of Pisces, Scorpio, Taurus and Virgo. The New Moon will be trine or sextile these.
  • Know what part of life the Moon natally rules for you- this will be the house that has Cancer on the cusp.

In my case:

This New Moon falls in within my Grand Water Trine/Kite- is conjunct Jupiter (in the 5th), trine Neptune (in the 9th), trine the Sun and Moon (in the 1st), sextile Uranus (in the 7th).

There’s not much that it’s not hitting!

The Moon is transiting my 5th house. It’s definitely bringing up a lot of issues around fun, play, self-expression, risk and creativity.

What is important is that these are all fire houses and what Stephen Arroyo (in his amazing Chart Interpretation Handbook) called The Trinity of Life. He said that these houses deal the experience of being alive- and the aspirations and inspirations that motivate us to seek these experiences. It’s about faith, confidence, ideals and dreams for the future. (Check out the Tuesday Toolbox for more about this).

I’ve paraphrased heavily, but it’s so appropriate right now- and is the very nature of a Cancer New Moon amplified in my chart.

As for the outcome? The Moon (as always) rules my 5th, The Sun rules my 6th, Jupiter rules my 1st and 10th, Neptune rules my 1st and Uranus rules my 12th. There’s not a lot of areas in my life untouched from this one.

Try it for yourself- and given that this is Cancer we’re talking about, go deep within.