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.