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.

New Moon in Gemini: Chasing Chickens

New Moon in Gemini: Chasing Chickens

This new moon in Gemini, a chick hatches out of its shell and starts to peep (June 3, 5:01 am CDT)! Gemini, a sign that embodies duality, tends toward multiplicity. One chick hatches and soon follows another and another. Before too long, a brood of chicks is running around. The chasing of chickens begins! Fun and exhilarating at first, chickens run in opposite directions all over the place as it becomes trickier to keep track of them all!

A craving for variety inspires dabbling in multiple pursuits at once. Opportunities make themselves known as spring inches closer to summer, some take root while others blow away like dandelion fluff in the breeze. Nets are cast wide this month, catching social butterflies to begin mingling. The gift of gab and gossip are enhanced. Trickery and evasiveness may cloud circumstances.

Gemini is known for cleverness and communication. While connecting with others and sharing ideas, inspiration may be found in the world of the arts. A work-worshipping paradigm begs for balance as the new moon suggests finding wealth in songs, books, music, poetry, theatre — any form of creative expression.

Mars joins north node in Cancer June 12, defending the oppressed and fighting against the backsliding our country has witnessed. A stop-go dynamic faces off with old structures collapsing as rebuilding takes place. More to come on this later, as we prepare for eclipse season this July.

To help juggle multiple projects, try some of the Eye of Horus’ Fatigue Remedy aromatherapy oil. This essential oil blend is designed to help bring a lightness to your day and increase your energy to get things done. To work your social butterfly mojo, consider carrying with you a lapis gemstone. This noble stone helps project your desires and enhances communication with others by helping project your best self. To retain balance with a stop-go dynamic, light one of Coventry Creations’ Inner Balance candles. This candle helps you keep in the center of opposite dynamics and maintain a sense of purpose and stability.

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New Moon in April:  Leaping Over Hurdles

New Moon in April: Leaping Over Hurdles

The new moon springs into Aries on April 5 (3:50 am, CDT)! Hot motivation fires up engines and red lights turn green. Yet the hangover from the inconspicuously changeable Mercury retrograde fades slowly. Gradually awakening into spring, discoveries from March 5 to March 28 remain in the processing stage until mid-April. The desire to make a new beginning includes more forethought than usual.

Saturn and Pluto in Capricorn edge closer and closer together. The gap tightens between cultural collapse and re-building an improved society. The push-pull tension of necessary decay fecundates underground before the new seeds start to grow.

Jupiter in Sagittarius retrogrades April 10. What retrospective meanings do we give recent good fortune? Have we over-extended ourselves and might it be wise to scale back? How may we internalize knowledge learned through recent growth? What adventures, expansions, and explorations may we reflect upon since November when Jupiter entered Sagittarius?

Grand visions are in the works! A maturation process leads the way toward reaching full potential and attaining the most vibrant pinnacle of success. Obstacles encountered and contending with power struggles dynamically motivate. The finish line is in view, foresight and strategy help in leaping over hurdles to reach it!

To leap over hurdles you may encounter, try lighting one of Coventry Creations’ Confidence candles from their Chakra Magic line. Tied to the 3rd or solar plexus chakra, it is designed to inspire energy, achievement, and self-empowerment. To quell impatience, use a bit of Eye of Horus’ Peace Blessing aromatherapy oil. The essential oil blend is designed to help calm the mind and ease the spirit. To move past obstacles, sweeten your atmosphere with Shoyeido’s Ruby incense blend. This blend of cinnamon, sandalwood, and spice is meant to evoke the heroic qualities and confidence associated with the ruby stone.