Defining Home: New Moon at 28 Degrees of Cancer, July 20, 2020

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This lunation emphasizes again, as have the past lunations recently, the importance of the Cancer-Capricorn polarity. Have you experienced the pressure of your home life, your emotional self, and the outer world, the work place, your career, your social standing? The pandemic has delivered a hefty one-two blow to some of the most critical sectors of our lives, our home and our work. It is expected that there will be a wave of evictions in the near future, highlighting the upsets of Cancer, and of course, those evictions would not have been possible without the shut downs affecting our work lives.

This new moon promises a new beginning in this cycle of endings; there will be opportunities in the midst of the crisis, but they may not be easy, they may be unexpected. Be flexible and adaptable to avoid the friction of the new moon lunation that opposes the powerhouse conjunction in Capricorn between Saturn at 21 degrees, Pluto at 23 degrees, and Jupiter at 28 degrees. This opposition will leave a generational stamp, echoing for years to come, for these are time lords and generational planets. 

Saturn is assessing and taking inventory for his last pass before he goes back to Aquarius for good. Now is the time to make your appeals, to change those rigid constrictions that might be holding you back before Saturn sweeps past. It could be a relationship of business or marriage, a duty or obligation, an issue of a status quo that now seems to strangle. Change it, or knuckle under and accept how it changes you.

Mars squares Mercury in a less than favorable aspect. Mars in Aries at 12 degrees is turbo charged and wants to prove himself, to excel in his aggressive aspects. Mercury in Cancer at 8 degrees may oil the gears of communication by being tapped into those fruitful emotional connections, but paired with Mars’s fiery aspect, avoid arguments. Anyone else notice the aggressive Microsoft update that hijacked people’s PC screens? Perhaps we can thank this Mercury square Mars aspect for it. Drama and heat can explode under the right circumstances. 

Mercury finally went forward, stationing direct on July 12. If you managed to make it through the retrograde period unscathed, you can breathe a sigh of relief. Others of us may have not been so lucky, dropping our cell phones into puddles. 

Venus is moving forward in Gemini, where she’s spent quite a lot of time already. Many communications continue between neighborhood people who perhaps were more standoffish during lock down. Ruled by Mercury, this means Venus’s energy flows in support of Mercury, and she herself takes on mercurial qualities. Your conversations with lovers may be increasingly quick witted, but just as easily could be full of quick mood changes as Venus tried to make up her mind on what she wants. The sign of the twins may have given her more options to choose from then she expected to have.

Neptune at 20 degrees of Pisces also trines the sun and the moon. Water, water, water. Emotions run high and this trine will facilitate those sleepy day dreams, our hazy musings, our inspired artistic thinking or creative juices. Just make sure this Neptune energy isn’t working toward your detriment, such as leading you into a fog of misdirection, where information may be unreliable and deceptive. Double check the information you get and don’t take anyone’s word at face value.

Uranus in Taurus at 10 degrees has made it through the first decan of our very different world, since when he first entered in May of 2018. He is reshaping our material world and resources in slow and cataclysmic ways. We can interpret a large part of this will be the falling away of some of the last of the previous generations who saw the Great Wars, the graying of the Boomers, and how this will affect the wealth of the Millennials who come after. The pandemic has spurred the Federal Reserve to introduce aggressive monetary policies to help shore up the impact of the shut down. How we acquire resources and use them will change over the coming years, and no doubt the foundation for those changes has just been set.

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