By Barry Kerr
Sun moved into Cancer on June 21.
In the first quarter of the zodiac, we establish the individual self in the physical world and begin to turn our attention outward. We then notice others and our need to feel connection and belonging. Oh Cancer! – I need love.
Our inner Moon is our emotional self. Feeling, knowing, and sharing our emotions all fall under the realm of the Moon and Cancer. Because our mother and family are typically our first opportunity to feel nurtured and loved, they are a prominent theme. It is in this stage of development, that we learn how to receive and give love, how to belong to a family and tribe. In a world that appears to be all about separation and survival, establishing a bond of loving care with others is primary to our ego’s ability to remain stable and navigate the challenges that life in the greater world will present. Maintaining healthy emotional bonds with family and tribe are essential survival tools in the physical world.
Learning to swim in the watery lake of emotions and feelings is paramount if we are to succeed in the much greater challenges to the ego that will play out down the road in the intimate and raging rivers of Scorpio and the confusing mysteries of oceanic Pisces. For our ego to eventually transcend the fears that worldly illusions create, we must have at least a taste of the unconditional love that originates from the universal, divine mother source. To whatever extent our earthly mother and family may have channeled such love to us, or not, Cancer and the Moon will repeatedly provide us opportunities to nurture our emotional security and wholeness until we know we are always loved.
When conscious, our Cancer notices and validates feelings, our own and others, without judgment and we feel empathetic, supportive and nurturing. From a foundation of emotional security, we can disclose our feelings and insecurities. We can stay centered in our feelings, not fleeing them, and be comfortable with others’ feelings. Our unconscious Cancer can be overly dependent, clingy, moody, insecure, fearful, stuck in the past, avoiding risks and controlling of others through emotional overreactions.
Full Moon on July 1
On one hand, this Full Moon lends Mars/Sun energy and vitality to whatever you choose to do, especially with family and loved ones. On the other hand, it also brings Pluto/Moon intensity to emotions around responsibilities, order and parental discipline. The opposition of these factors could precipitate emotional power struggles with family members or those in your home. Or, with conscious intent, the air could be assertively cleared of past power dynamics that no longer serve well.
Sun opposes Pluto
The first two weeks of July, the Sun in Cancer opposes Pluto in Capricorn. Be aware of your own emotional reactions to powerful forces, personal or collective. Let your actions be informed from that deeper center of compassion and intuitive wisdom.
Saturn, Jupiter, Uranus and Venus Retrograde
In early July, Venus and Jupiter will embrace in Leo while being trined by Uranus. This is about fun and games, beauty and adventure, romance and passion. Uranus’s intuitive drive for independence will push the limits, so be aware, as Saturn in Scorpio begins to square the Venus/Jupiter conjunction over the following weeks, deeper truths of egos and relationships will surface, provoking self examination. When Venus goes retrograde in late July, there will be time to reflect and make amends before accountability is exacted in September and October.
New Moon on July 15
Mercury opposing Pluto will promote awareness about your discontent with the world. The luminaries, in trine with Saturn and Chiron, will invite clarity about setting responsible intentions for doing what needs to be done to provide healing to your world. Mercury and Mars, in trine with Neptune, will ensure your intended actions are high minded, but watch for martyrdome.
Good Cancer Questions To Ask Yourself In July
To heal and evolve your Cancer self, pay attention to your emotions. Can you allow yourself to feel and share them? Do you even know what they are telling you? Or do you avoid them, stuff them, “postpone” them? Can you be present to “negative” emotional expression in others without rescuing or fixing? Do you feel unworthy of being loved or giving love? Is that guilt?
Good Cancer Activities in July
Give yourself time to feel whatever you feel. Cry. Cry some more. Throw some pillows around if you feel angry. Scream out loud. Let whatever is there come to the surface, without need for analysis. Just let it be. Share some tender feelings with someone you trust. Notice other people’s emotions more and ask about them.
Barry Kerr, a certified soul-based astrologer, has 35 years of experience with an international clientele, including many medical professionals and alternative healers. He and Kristine Gay, a licensed psychotherapist, are owners/practitioners at Inner Essence Center in Madison. Both have extensive training in soul-guided healing of mind, body, heart and spiritual systems. Barry offers astrology, energy healing and transformational coaching by phone, Skype or in person in Madison, WI. Inquiries are welcome – free 15 minute consultation to explore if this is for you. Visit www.ChooseConsciousLiving.com for more information.