July 2016: Cancer, The Moon & Current Transits
By Barry Kerr
The Sun moved into Cancer on June 20.
The Moon rules the sign of Cancer. The Moon reflects our soul’s core intention to incarnate as human: emotions. Cancer completes the first set of elements in the journey around the zodiac: Aries/fire/inspiration, Taurus/earth/physicality, Gemini/air/mental awareness and now Cancer/water/feelings. From the illusion of separation at birth, we develop our ego’s sense of self, place and relationship in our environment. Given only that, we could get lost in the illusion; thus the need for emotions. It is our emotional experiences that lead us to our heart and thus to the less logical, more intuitive understanding of who we really are, beyond our ego.
In Cancer, our Moon feels the underlying divine connections we have to other souls: parents, siblings, family, etc. These feelings create bonds of affection and sentiment, longings for connection, as well as fear and sadness around a lack of connection. To our rational Mercury mind, this is all very messy and unnecessary and can often appear as a threat to the survival of our ego. Yet, in our emotions, we learn there is a powerful synergy in certain of our relationships that somehow adds to our sense of self, rather than detract. This, we call love.
The sign and house your Moon is in will reflect the way you experience and process your emotions, the themes that most often trigger your feelings, and the way you create emotional security for yourself. For example, a Moon in Aries/3rd house is most likely triggered in situations involving miscommunications or assertion of ideas. If emotionally upset, she will choose to be alone, to write, or read or think things through. A Moon in Scorpio/11th house is more likely triggered by a feeling of emotional vulnerability and will recoup by staying hidden, while supporting others. Understanding these personality tendencies in our self and in those we love can go a long way toward helping us to love our self and each other more effectively.
When we care for, nurture, and protect each other, not only do we increase our capacity for physical survival, but at some deep subliminal level, we experience in our physical existence, the reality beyond the illusion of our five senses, namely, that in spirit, we are all one. Indeed, that which we experience and call love is what we are. The intensity of our familial relationships testifies to this truth.
Thus, it is in Cancer, through our Moon, that we begin the process of “remembering” our greater soul self, our heritage in a family of souls, connecting to the love around us and within us. Through this emotional “rebirth” we are better prepared for the next phase of our human journey, which in Leo, is to shine the loving and passionate light of our Sun, as a unique child of divine creation. However, if our inner Moon is wounded, emotional insecurity and aloneness will follow us, obscuring and distorting the light of our star.
The New Moon is on July 4.
This New Moon features the Sun, Moon, and six other planets forming a harmonic grand trine in water signs. The invitation is to more deeply understand and integrate our feminine side. For millennia, the feminine side of human nature has been suppressed. At this critical time, if humanity is to survive, we must create balance between our feminine and masculine.
Working to that end has been the Uranus-Pluto square, hitting seven times between 2010 and 2015 and still in play through 2019. That dynamic has stirred up rebellion, power struggles and transformation across the planet. Eris, our newest dwarf planet, is the feminine match to assertive and angry Mars. Eris speaks truth to power, relentlessly demanding that the truth be acknowledged by all. Currently, Eris is conjoining Uranus, bringing her righteous attitude to our drive for authentic progress.
Early July, while Eris’s fiery brother, Mars, is steeped in water, is a good time to nurture home and family. How well am I caring for my body, heart, mind and soul? By the Capricorn Full Moon on July 19, this inward awareness will turn outward, calling us to take responsibility for the world around us in ways that support the balance of our inner and outer lives, our feminine and masculine expressions. As Mercury and Venus move into fiery Leo, and Mars aligns with Sun and Moon, Eris, then in earthy Taurus, just may make her presence felt in earnest. Neptune’s divine influence will encourage us to lead with our hearts, not our heads.
Barry Kerr, a soul-based, evolutionary astrologer, has 35 years of experience with an international clientele. He and Kristine Gay, a licensed therapist, 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 or email Barry at Barry@ChooseConsciousLiving.com.