We are having a New Moon in Cancer on July 20th/21st, depending on where you are located in the world. This is initiating a 29.5-day Lunar cycle and a new wave of energy for the coming month, however, its themes will be strongest over the following 2 weeks. This cycle will peak with a Full Moon in Aquarius on August 3rd/4th.
This New Moon is the second consecutive one in Cancer, with the previous one being a Solar Eclipse on the Solstice a month earlier. This usually doesn’t happen unless the first one occurs at the beginning of a sign on the cusp. In that case the following New Moon will occur at the end of the sign, also on the cusp. This is because the Lunar Cycle is slightly shorter than the amount of days that the Sun is in a sign and therefore consecutive New Moons are gradually shifting to an earlier position of the next sign.
This is also the first regular lunation after three back to back eclipses, however, the energies of these previous eclipses will still play out over the coming months as part of the backdrop of the other astrological configurations. You can read more about them here if you haven’t already.
Mercury Retrograde (also in Cancer) recently ended on July 12th as we are in the post-shadow until July 26th along with Venus’ post-shadow concluding on July 29th. These recent months have been a time of adjustments in certain areas of life connected to these energies and now we are in the conclusion phase of this process. You can read more about these retrogrades here.
New Moon In Cancer Opposite Saturn In Capricorn
We have been in Cancer season for nearly a month, however, this New Moon is going to extend its themes into the following Leo season. As a water sign, Cancer is associated with emotion, feelings, and intuition. It is about nurturing, sensitivity, bonding, family, domestic life, security, comforts, and nostalgia. It is instinctual and protective yet can also be insecure, smothering, subjective, clingy, overly emotional, and attached to the past.
This New Moon tightly opposes Saturn in Capricorn which is close to Pluto and Jupiter. At worst, these coming weeks can be a period of obstacles, blocks, and limitations. We may feel inhibited or restrained in some way.However, this energy can push us to be realistic, disciplined, and cautious. Issues pertaining to power dynamics, hidden matters, obsessions, or shadow qualities may come up or may need to be dealt with. We may also experience a push-pull between responsibilities and emotional needs or perhaps a need to integrate both.
Jupiter Sextile Neptune, Mars Going Into Pre-Retrograde Shadow Period
Jupiter is making its 2nd of three exact sextiles to Neptune that are happening in 2020. This one is strongest from July 22nd-August 2nd. The first one happened in mid-late February and the final will be in October. This can be expansive, explorative, educational, and philosophical, towards creativity, art, or spirituality. This can also be a period of increased compassion and idealism, however, considering the Saturnian energy realism is also at play at this time.
Mars has been in its own sign Aries since June 27th/28th and will be there until January 6th/7th. Usually Mars is in a sign for approximately 2 months, however, it will be going retrograde from September until November which is why it will have an extended stay in its sign. It is currently slowing down and will enter its pre-retrograde shadow period five days following this New Moon.
Some of the themes of this upcoming retrograde can start to become seeded from July 25th onward. We may feel more driven or aggravated than usual and as we get closer to the retrograde itself, frustrations and conflicts can increase. Ultimately this process will help to create adjustments in how we express Mars/Aries energies such as assertiveness, action, initiation, drive, anger, aggressiveness, fighting, sexuality, and male energy. I will be writing a separate article on this retrograde as we get closer to it, join my mailing list here to ensure that you receive it.
Comet ‘NEOWISE’ Reaching Closest Point To Earth
Many of you have probably heard by now of a comet named ‘NEOWISE’ which has been seen from Earth with the naked eye throughout much of July. It is predicted that it will be visible until at least July 25th but potentially up until mid-August. NEOWISE was discovered on March 27th, 2020 and will not reappear for another 6800 years. It is the brightest one since Hale-Bopp in 1996-1997 which was much brighter than this one.
In Astrology comets aren’t widely factored as much as planets or other heavenly bodies are. This is partially because most comets take thousands of years to reappear (due to their wide orbit) and modern day astronomers usually discover them shortly before they become visible to the naked eye. Due to this our knowledge of the effects of specific comets are limited or non-existent. With the exception of Halley’s Comet, we cannot foresee them coming (like we do planets) until they come closer to Earth and get picked up by telescopes or other equipment.
According to Rod Chang, ancient astrologers observed that some comets reflected major natural disasters, man-made complications/disorders, events triggering fear, or the death/fall of a monarch/leader in the year/s in which they appear. It has also been observed that comets coincide with release or liberation from some form of oppression as well as major innovations that have a big impact on the world. Much of this makes sense with everything that has been happening this year which has been reflective of other astrological energies as well.
NEOWISE is only visible from the Northern Hemisphere and can be seen shortly after Sunset, weather pending. It will reach its closest point to Earth on July 23rd, shortly after the New Moon when the sky is darkest due to lack of moonlight. Its peak visibility will occur while it is in the sign of Leo and will also cross over the star Regulus on July 25th/26th (not yet determined if it will be visible then). These factors could potentially reflect the fall or death of a leader/monarch as observed during past comets in history.
Making Intentions & Things To Consider
What changes have occurred recently around home, family, or other aspects of your domestic life, and how should you proceed going forward? Do you feel the need to express more of your emotional side? What have these past few weeks shown you regarding your relationships and their dynamics? Are there any responsibilities or commitments that you need to address?
These are just some examples of what to consider or focus your intentions on at this time. However, it is good to reflect on anything else that is coming up for you. It is generally best to make any intentions within the first 24 hours following a New Moon. The exact moment it will occur is 5:33pm Universal Time on July 20th, or the 21st for those in the Eastern part of the world. You can click here to see what that is in your time zone.
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