Archives for June 2019

New Moon in Cancer:  Total Solar Eclipse

New Moon in Cancer: Total Solar Eclipse

The new moon is in Cancer on July 2 (2:16 pm, CDT) combined with a total solar eclipse (2:22 pm, CDT). An influx of energy, like a tidal wave, pushes events forward. This eclipse in Cancer probes the meaning of security in family systems.

“Family” is of a genetic lineage but can also be people, not blood-related, who are supportive in maternal and paternal ways. How is security found? Is it through the stomach, pocketbook or a warm embrace? How do we take care of others and how do we need to be taken care of? Where is “home” and what nurtures us? Cancer hoards and holds on, keeping feelings tucked away in an attic that serves as a safe space. The attic hatch gets unlocked as repressed feelings fall down the ladder and are expressed out in the open, exposing vulnerability and truth. A sense of release brings relief.

Unfinished business is served with a side of homemade apple pie on July 4. Mercury goes retrograde on July 7. Communication could become heated when hidden information rumbles to the surface. Unexpected situations are triggered, leading to a few surprises. Anger that was more restrained and held inside over June becomes more openly volcanic in July. Those cliché sayings about Mercury retrograde could apply. Tapping into your internal dialogue enhances communication, revealing solutions to old problems. Listen to intuition when commuting or using technology, picking up hints in non-linear ways.

It’s clear changes are afoot. A time of flux in our culture and government has certain structures crumbling and it’s not quite known what may rise from the ashes. Oppressive political tactics seem stronger and more aggressive during their final punch before defeat. Traditional values are glamorized now as some in our country cling to an idealized version of itself that never actually was. How can we begin to Make America Great Again before we Make America Read Again? The myth of stars, stripes and mom’s apple pie gets a second look. It’s not about throwing away old and revered traditions, but redefining them in a heart-based way more sensitive to diversity and a complex history.


A backdrop of magical creativity dances its way into the scenery, tempted by a muse! Roadblocks may appear that can serve as vessels for refinement and improvement of a project or dream. Eclipses spark change in the collective. But the influence on the individual depends on your natal birthday chart. To see what the eclipses are doing in your life, connect with Madeline Youngstrom for a reading.

To cool a heated situation, consider lighting Coventry Creations’ Heart candle. Part of their Blessed Herbal series, this blend of ylang ylang and lavender is designed to soothe hearts, calm minds, and aid reconciliation. To tap into patience, burn some of Shoyeiod’s Peace incense. This mix of sandalwood, camphor, and spices helps to bring an air of serenity into any place it’s burned in. To express deep or difficult feelings in a safe way, consider carrying with you a piece of lapis lauzli. This striking blue stone helps to stimulate the throat chakra and to vocalize our thoughts and desires in a noble, confident way.

Full Moon in Sagittarius: Rocket Ship Launch

Full Moon in Sagittarius: Rocket Ship Launch

Full Moon

The moon is full in bombastic and wild Sagittarius, Monday, June 17 (3:30 am, CDT). Celebrations ensue for Midsummer on June 21 (10:54 am, CDT)! The longest day of the year gives the most hours of daylight to explore the world and discover the fruits of summertime!

It’s the essence of letting the animals out of their cages to roam free and lighting the rocket ship to watch it launch full blast! Travel, whether through a book or on a train, fills the soul up with wisdom and new perspectives. Seeking adventures and exploring provide outlets for maximum energies that peak during Midsummer. Dreams and schemes that have been gestating during 2019 are born. The risk-taking gambler comes out to play and make it big. Celebrations and libations may be aplenty, though keep aware of imbibing too much!

Midsummer

Strengths of Sagittarius are honesty and bluntness, which can shock the sensibilities at times.  Use sensitivity when communicating, as words can flare up and be extra cutting. Anger, moodiness and irritability intensify with Mars in Cancer. The sign of Cancer rules family, mothers, home, roots, and nourishment; these areas of life are stirred. How can we blow off steam to release some of the pressure and promote a sense of well-being? Fighting instincts may be sparked by personal, cultural and political strife. The boxing gloves are on, but the punches are indirect.  What are strategic and protective ways of responding to turmoil?

Summer Solstice launches into eclipse season with a solar eclipse in Cancer July 2 and a lunar eclipse in Capricorn July 16. More to follow!

To constructively harness anger, consider burning one of the Wicked Witch Mojo Outta My Way candles from Coventry Creations. This “magic with attitude” candle was created to help clear obstacles and negativity in order to help you be and do your best. To help choose which projects to concentrate on, try burning some of Shoyeido’s Creativity incense. Part of their Kyoto Crescent Moon line, this combination of cinnamon, clove, and spice is sure to help get your creative cycles spinning. To enjoy the fruits of summer and celebrate, add some of the Eye of Horus’ Van Van Spray or Van Van Oil to your daily routine. This bright, lemony oil blend is perfect for helping raise the mood and inject some added positive vibes into everything you do.

If you enjoyed this article, consider booking a session with Madeline Youngstrom for your own personal astrological reading!