Moonletter July-August 2020

By Ben Belinsky

Welcome to the Moonletter for the forthcoming mooncycle beginning on July 20th 2020 with the new moon in Cancer, and spanning the full moon in Aquarius on August 3rd, 2020.

New Moon in Cancer – 20 July

Another new moon in Cancer? How come? The last new moon was also in Cancer. Well, there’s a new moon every 29.5 days, while the sun is in a sign for 30 days. So, if there’s a new moon right at the very beginning of a sign, as there was on 21st June, there’s a good chance that the next new moon will be right at the end of the same sign. And that means two consecutive new moons in the sign of Cancer, emphasising the qualities of that sign and in this case, directly opposing the planetary line-up in the opposite sign of Capricorn.

Now oppositions do not mean conflict, rather they mean polarity. The planets in Capricorn are Jupiter, Pluto and Saturn backed up by the centaur Chariklo, while the sun and moon are in Cancer backed up another centaur, Cyllarus. These two centaurs are only recently discovered, and astrologers are still making sense of their influence. All I want to say is that I see them as witnesses, standing outside of the situation we are living through with the pandemic and everything it is exposing: governmental incompetence and corruption and the extent of racism.

Cancer is associated with history (our roots and where we come from) and also with black people as a people. To put this in context a bit, other signs are associated with other peoples. For example, the Arabs are associated with the sign of Scorpio; the Jewish people are associated with Capricorn.

Please note I’m not talking about race here for despite the continuing use of language such as Caucasian and Negro, race theory as backed by 18th century pseudo-science is discredited. Nor am I talking about nation, for the nation state with its inviolable borders, its passports and currencies is an invention of the 17th century. Nor am I talking about ‘the people’ in the political sense of ‘the will of the people’. I’m talking about the soul of a people and what each people can contribute to the spectrum of human life and understanding.

And by dismissing and denigrating the contribution of black people, by treating them as commodities to be bought and sold, by dehumanising them and demonising them as ‘other’, humanity as a whole is losing an essential part of who we are. And not only black people, let’s not forget Native Americans, Australian Aborigines and others. This for me is what is at the root of the current situation with its actions and reactions, with on the one hand its institutional callousness and brutality, and on the other hand with protests and the pulling down of statues that honour a dishonourable past. This is all part of the polarity of Capricorn and Cancer that is being worked through at the moment.

The three conjunctions of Jupiter and Pluto in Capricorn demand that we deepen our understanding of the situation. Pluto as lord of the underworld has rulership over invisible enemies. Jupiter as the planet of higher learning asks us to make sense of events. Together we are asked to look beneath the world of appearances to the archetypal level, to the soul level and to the karmic level.

Then on 27th July, Jupiter forms an easy angle with visionary planet, Neptune, allowing Neptune’s spirit to infuse into the world, expanding our understanding, offering a space of peace and tranquillity, a safe space where we can imagine possibilities and create opportunities.


Full Moon in Aquarius – 3 August

Sun in Leo, opposing the moon in Aquarius. Both challenged by a square from Uranus in Taurus, leaving a balance point in Scorpio. Uranus was the first planet to be discovered with the use of technology and as such is associated with revolutions and disruptions of old patterns. It is neither malefic nor benefic, it merely activates change. In Taurus, it activates a change in values, in particular material values as Taurus is an earth sign. This influence can already be read in the current time. Just look at the fluctuations in the prices of gold, or oil, the GDP of countries or the exchange rates between currencies.

Among the earth signs Taurus deals with the store of value and we can expect next year (2021) when there are a sequence of challenging squares between Saturn in Aquarius and Uranus in Taurus that the continuing crisis will lead to further consolidation of the role of cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin.

But coming back to the full moon, there’s a T-square with the balance point in Scorpio, conjunct Selena, the white moon, a virtual karmic point – the polar opposite of Lilith, the dark moon. Selena represents the purest karmic white light and the understanding of universal unity. In Scorpio it brings out the best of that sign, namely the courage and awareness needed to face the greatest challenges.

painting of a mediaeval harvest
The Harvesters by Pieter Bruegel the Elder

Plus, the full moon is close to the Celtic festival of Lughnasadh, halfway between the summer solstice and the autumn equinox. For Christians it’s Lammas, the festival of the new bread from the harvest. Traditionally it’s a time to take a break from the work of the harvest, to enjoy the bounty of one’s labours and to give thanks.

Also, the three slow-moving planets – Jupiter, Pluto and Saturn are all running retrograde at the moment. During August, they will each in turn receive a challenging square aspect from Mars in its own sign of Aries. (See the Key dates below) Fortunately Mars moves quickly and its competitive and combative influence can be mitigated by turning the dynamic energy of this planet to positive use.

These three slow-moving planets will be turning direct at the end of September, beginning of October. Till then we can only deal with what is immediate and essential.

Key Dates this month:

20-JulNew Moon in Cancer17:34
22-JulSun enters Leo08:38
27-JulJupiter sextile Neptune
30-JulJews commemorate Tisha B’Av
30-JulMoslem festival of Eid ul-Adha begins
01-AugChristians celebrate Lammas
01-AugPagans and Wiccans celebrate Lughnasadh
03-AugFull Moon in Aquarius16:00
04-AugMars squares Jupiter
13-AugMars squares Pluto
15-AugUranus turns retrograde in Taurus
15-AugChristians celebrate the Assumption of Mary
19-AugNew Moon in Leo02:43
20-AugMoslems celebrate Hijra – New Year
22-AugSun enters Virgo15:46
24-AugMars squares Saturn

All Key Date times are GMT

Saturn is back in Capricorn

On July 1st, Saturn moved back into the sign of Capricorn where it will stay till this December. At the personal level, this is a time to sort out the basic bureaucratic stuff. Maybe you can’t travel abroad, but this could be a good time to get passports renewed if necessary and to make sure that your identity documents are in order. As many countries are getting more concerned about issues of immigration, it can be crucial to have everything done. Obviously if you’re an EU citizen living in the UK, or if you’re a British citizen living in the EU this is a priority. Also, banks seem to be increasing the strictness of their identity checks. This is Saturn in Capricorn’s business. And the next 6 months are in fact a window of opportunity to get the documentation sorted. In case. You never know. Then having established the documentation for your identity, it’s then necessary to look after it. Identity theft is a reality. Saturn is your buddy reminding you not to put it off, not to leave it till the last minute and to make sure everything is secure.

Go well and stay well



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