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.