New Moon in Cancer, July 2013
Monday 8th July, 5:10pm (AEST)
The moon is waning to new in Cancer, the feminine water planet, ruled by the moon. It is giving us a well-earned breather. The hard work of planting our seeds has been done and we must now wait for the ripening and maturing of our projects and creative endeavours so we are fully renewed, ready and prepared for the harvest time. Now, our attention is being turned back to our emotional needs.
The New Moon in Cancer brings up issues around security, safety and the need to nurture and be nurtured. This moon is especially strong for healing broken, damaged and difficult relationships. It is providing us with the energy to find forgiveness and compassion for ourselves and others. It can also help to release any negative energy that is draining us and keeping us from moving forward.
Cancer enables us to delve deep into its watery depths to find solace and harmony by letting go of needing things from others and finding it within ourselves. Our intuition is strong during this New Moon in Cancer, and tells us what we need in order to find resolution.
If you are finding yourself in a destructive relationship, you can change it effortlessly by getting clear what is happening within you. Often when we are around very dominating, controlling characters for a long time it can be difficult to hear our own needs, wants and desires.
Find the time for some solitude and silence so you can hear what is really going on. When we give ourselves the space to go within we can move past the feelings of anger and loss to a more empowered place of personal responsibility. We get out of the blame game and see where we can change in order to change a situation.
Deepening your commitment to your sadhana practice with a 40 day meditation or kriya is an excellent way to get back into your own flow. The only way out is to recognize the game. When you find a judgment arising about another or a situation, turn it around: Is your vision clear, or clouded by what you want to see and believe rather than accepting reality as it is?
We are also deep into Mercury Retrograde, when the planet of Communication is going backwards, that started on June 26th till July 20th and a Saturn/Neptune alignment. This is also heightening the energy and tension we may be feeling. It may get a bit wobbly over the week as unresolved issues and emotions from the past come up to haunt us, and old feelings of inadequacy and confusion may cause us to lose our momentum and flow.
Instead of fighting what is coming up, use it is an opportunity to finally clear these old feelings out of your system. When we harbour feelings of anger, hatred, fear and pain, we are unconsciously and energetically rippling them out, creating more of the same.
Don’t allow this process to burst your bubble. Mercury retrograde gives us an opportunity to reassess, revise and re-evaluate who we are, what we are doing, and where we are going. It is often better to delay signing any agreements or making any strong decisions during this time, as things often bound forward and change after Mercury goes forward.
If things seem to be slowing down, and you are finding yourself in the no-thingness and not sure which direction to take, use this time for reflection and to get back into the natural flow. The key this New Moon in Cancer is to tune out the negative critic and tune into your intuition, regardless of what seems to be happening at the practical level.
Over this moon we can also feel a direct connection with Mother Earth. It is a good time to honour and acknowledge that everything we need to live is coming directly from her. When we connect with the planet and acknowledge all the wonderful gifts she is giving us we can find our nourishment direct from the source.
In order to find inner peace and harmony, we must first experience it from within. Use this New Moon in Cancer wisely to see where your needs are not being met and what you need in order to nourish and support yourself.
I will end this Moonscope with the very wise words of Mother Theresa:
“What can you do to promote world peace? Go home and love your(self) and your family.”
With Gratitude, Blessings and Love to my moon sista Rebekah Shaman for this post
“If your emotional abilities aren’t in hand, if you don’t have self-awareness, if you are not able to manage your distressing emotions, if you can’t have empathy and have effective relationships, then no matter how smart you are, you are not going to get very far.” ~ Daniel Goleman
“No one can give a definition of the soul. But we know what it feels like. The soul is the sense of something higher than ourselves, something that stirs in us thoughts, hopes, and aspirations which go out to the world of goodness, truth and beauty. The soul is a burning desire to breathe in this world of light and never to lose it–to remain children of light.” ~ Albert Schweitzer
“When our days become dreary with low-hovering clouds of despair, and when our nights become darker than a thousand midnights, let us remember that there is a creative force in this universe, working to pull down the gigantic mountains of evil, a power that is able to make a way out of no way and transform dark yesterdays into bright tomorrows. Let us realise the arc of the moral universe is long but it bends toward justice.” ~ Martin Luther King Jr
New Moon Ritual
It’s all about perspective. When we shift from a victim mentality to a more shamanic perspective we recognise that all experiences are perfect for our own growth and learning. We can see and accept that we have a deeper understanding of ourselves. If you can allow yourself the space to see how you have changed and grown from the experience you will find that you will see more harmony in your life.
This ritual helps us to find healing, forgiveness and compassion towards those who have hurt us, and empower us to let go of the past so we can create a more positive future. *You may want to deepen this ritual by drinking or consuming some Sacred Mayan Cacao ceremonially. Refer to our invocation for calling on the cacao spirit.
Create a sacred space by lighting some incense and candles, and put on some ambient music if that will help you to relax. Sit comfortably either on the floor or a chair and breathe deeply. As you draw in the inbreath imagine you are drawing up all the fear, anxiety and tension up into your lungs, and as you exhale imagine it leaving your body. Do this three times. Allow all the stress to ebb out of your body by focusing on the body sensations, and becoming the observer of your thoughts until you feel relaxed and at peace.
Now bring yourself back to the present moment and become fully aware of your body sitting in the chair/on the floor. Sense and acknowledge your toes, calves, knees, thighs, hips, bottom, back, stomach, chest, neck, shoulders, upper arms, elbows, lower arms, hands fingers, throat, face and scalp.
Now set your intention for this ritual. From your heart clearly give yourself permission to hear the truth and allow the real you to speak forth. Be clear why you are doing the ritual, and the purpose for it. The clearer your intention, the clearer the answers will be. Thank yourself for giving yourself the time and space to do this ritual and for any answers and clarity you will receive.
It is best if you can do this ritual with the person you want to heal with. However, if this is not possible then use your heart and feel the person with you, this will open a healing soul connection. The key to this ritual is to say what you truly FEEL rather than what you think.
Imagine you are sitting in a sacred space and the person you want to heal the conflict with is sitting opposite you with a candle in between you. Tell the person your deepest thoughts and feelings about the issue with the acknowledgement that you are willing to release whatever no longer serves you and the relationship. This can be tangible, such as a behavioural pattern, or conditioning from parents, society or religion, or intangible, such as fear, lack of belief, or over-expectation.
Use this opportunity to be as truthful as possible. The more you open up and commit to healing the relationship, the easier it is for the other person to do the same. Don’t allow the ritual to get caught up in the martyr and blame game. This is about healing the wound within, so that you can be whole and happy.
Once you have both had the opportunity to speak, (if you are imagining the other person use your intuition – at its peak this moon – to feel their feelings). Once again voice what you are willing to change for the better. Speak slowly and carefully, feeling the sensations as the energy of these words moves around your body. How do you feel? Become aware of any fear, doubt or negativity that arises. Go into your heart energy and repeat them firmly with increasing conviction and purpose.
Feel the compassion and forgiveness flowing around your body as a golden white light and if any negative feelings of victim come up see it flowing out of the soles of your feet as black sludge until you feel clear and vibrating with golden light.
How did you go with the New Moon Ritual? Tell us about your experiences…