This Solar year, dear Cancer, you’ll be moving out of an intensely creative phase (and this was/ is so, whether you were aware of your creativity or it simply orchestrated happenings around you) and into deep consideration of who you are. Identity, status, empowerment options, and with whom to partner will all be big issues this year–but you may feel like you’re hollering down a dry well when you try to get feedback. A sense that you’re not being heard makes determining who you really are, and how you feel about yourself, that much tougher–and it may be that those things you’ve wanted to turn away from must now be faced; talk therapy, even done informally (tap Air-sign loved ones), awareness of resources (personal and material), and concentration on the purpose of and usefulness of what you do, will all help you sort things out. Happy Birthday, and much good luck!
Will it be the creative path or the unusual one for you this year, dear Cancer? Your birthday astrology suggests you may be drawn in two very different directions, and though neither will be easy, each has its advantages. The first, the creative path, promises a tremendous surge of pure, inspired energy at your disposal–but if you follow this road, you may get distracted by your own imagination or the temptations of world. If you follow the second, the unusual path, you may find yourself on a unique trajectory, one possibly never (or rarely) traveled by others, and that’s bound to be exciting–but which can also be lonely, especially if you’re surrounded by people who don’t understand the direction you’ve chosen. These two alternatives will each be rewarding, but will send you in very nearly opposite life directions. How do you choose? Talk it over with someone you love and trust, and who is experienced enough to be able to offer true perspective on your ideas (Venus conjunct Juno in Gemini). Happy Birthday!
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28 June: 6 AM PDT of the 28th the Cancer Moon squares Vesta-Ceres. We care about something and that caring conflicts with our highest values and/ or will get us in trouble with authorities. When does this happen? When we love someone who will lead us down a bad path, when we know that the right thing to do is also wrong in the eyes of the establishment, when we are betrayed and have always believed we would walk away in this situation, but find ourselves staying against all better judgment. How to assess our position? We need to make caring about our own welfare top priority; if being involved in the situation means we won’t be respected in some way, it’s time to go. 2 PM PDT the Moon sextiles Sedna and catches stationary retrograde Mercury at the midpoint. Merc is paused for direction–he may act as the outlet for the emotional ‘blind spot’. Watch your own communications for what they can tell you about hidden feelings or motives within you; careful observation should be quite revealing. 5:30 PM PDT the Moon conjuncts Jupiter. Feelings are exaggerated; someone may insist they care more than is reasonable. Look for what they might get out of taking such a stance. Void begins at 6:03 PM PDT; the Moon enters Leo at 1:43 AM Pacific time of the 29th.
Today’s image is a chocolate bar shared among three strangers as they wait in the pouring rain for a bus. Sometimes it’s just nice to be nice, you know?
29 June: we are aware that there’s a danger we could base our actions on past hurt, but we should know that the real influence is buried feeling, instinct, and hidden matters—not that that’s necessarily better, or worse! Adding to our, what? confusion? is a strong sense that relationships and financial matters are not what they seem. The way to handle this discomfiting influence is to channel our energy into a purely creative project, one that does not depend on others, or on obtaining new assets, before going forward. Work with what you have; action brings forward skills, draws inspiration from the unseen, and could, eventually, pay. (Mars quincunx Chiron, contra-parallel Sedna, Venus square Neptune, Sun trine Neptune)
Being Fair; Giving In—Or Not; Judging, and feeling they have the right to judge (reflected by Saturn’s exaltation in the sign), Libra assesses everything she contacts, and sets the standard for aesthetics, partnerships, for the worth of things, and in many ways, that’s her place. Libra is a set of contradictions: appreciating but wanting more; generous (insisting on sharing!) but also insisting that everyone else shares equally, as well; thinking about the other—but in the context of the Self; cooperating—but only if you do, too!
What appears to the onlooker to be indecisiveness is anything but; when asked to choose, Libra must ponder, weigh, and extrapolate. One of their strengths that’s often overlooked is that Libra thinks (it’s an Air sign, we musn’t forget) everything through to the bitter end before venturing an opinion or committing, which means once committed Libra’s loyalty is fixed, like its element. Libra’s completeness of thought is a plus mistaken for stupidity, timidity, or no preference at all—but Libra always has a preference—how could a being ruled by aesthetics, beauty, and the worth of things not?
Libra is seen as a social sign, but that isn’t quite right—it’s just me and you, not a crowd, and if we’re not speaking (a favorite tactic of Air signs), then a partnership with an unhappy Libra can be a lonely place, indeed.
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New Moon at 5 Cancer 37 on 27 June: Creativity and Its Pitfalls
The Cancer New Moon trines Neptune, and with some leniency for non-Ptolemaic aspects, we can count it as semi-sextile the Juno-Venus combo in Gemini. This makes for new beginnings that are strongly emotional and are relationship, values, information, or communion-oriented; it also may generate emotion-driven creativity, inspiration, and imagination that have an agenda of furthering communication and caring. What we musn’t overlook, though, is that relationships and empowerment issues (especially whose ‘rights’ are granted by whom) will play a bigger part than we expect; they will act as an undercurrent, and issues of status, control, and emotional ‘territory’ will loom large in expression of NM energies. One important thing we must note about Juno-Venus is the potential for co-opting others’ resources, energy, relationships, or even ideas (the Gemini placement), as well as the possibility of jealousy surrounding creative energy expression. It’s not pretty, but it’s a whole picture, one that can equip us to create and protect our creation—for certainly that’s part of the Cancer mandate, a facet of nurture and care—and surely we know by now that to reject the darkness is to invite it in, sit it in the best chair, and give it a muffin.
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Happy Birthday, dear Cancer! You have the fresh start of a Solar Return New Moon, one that offers you the chance to spend the year inspired, bringing your ideals to your reality, and making creative acts of beauty straight from the imagination. That sounds pretty good, doesn’t it? And it is, and will go very well, just as long as you don’t allow radicalism, irresponsibility, your own ego, or naysayers to get in the way. Success for you will depend on keeping yourself on an even keel, and meeting your obligations and real-world challenges, even as you take the time to make manifest whatever it is inside you that’s been feeding your Soul all these years–now it deserves an external form, to be added to the pantheon of the world’s masterpieces–or at least, really really good stuff–created by the hand of humans. Good Luck!
Dear Cancer, everything you do this coming Solar year will be about gaining empowerment–and that’s good, it’s time for you to enjoy the privileges and status you’ve earned, as up to now you’ve been under the thumb of authorities, paternal figures, or the weight of obligations, rules, and boundaries. Now you can celebrate your strong creative energies–they’re at their peak right now–and whatever Neptune rules in your chart will be in prime readiness and at your disposal for whatever you’d like to create. The first two-thirds of the year may be spent in what feels like the shadows, but it’s meant to keep the pressure off and allow the emotional and authoritative Self to flourish without the negative influence of too much scrutiny, so enjoy it, work quietly, and be ready to blossom about 4 months before your next birthday–and have a happy one!
A special Happy Birthday wish for the daughter of D.S., just in case she sees this :)
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1 AM PDT of the 25th the Gemini Moon squares Pallas. What we’re thinking may be at odds with what’s wise–let feelings break the tie. 3 AM PDT the Moon fills in the base to a Finger of God with Black Moon Lilith, apex Pluto. It’s time to look at emotional secrets, those things we’d hoped to keep hidden, and deal with them for good; the payoff will be a clean slate, and maybe a little power. 9 AM PDT the Moon trines Zeus; our intuition supports our ambitions, and act as an excellent guide. 11 AM PDT the Moon sextiles Uranus and trines Mars. We act (or talk about acting) but surprise ourselves or others with the unexpected, the innovative, or the original. Go with it. 1 PM PDT the Moon quincunxes Saturn and squares Chiron. We may find ourselves adjusting the surroundings to fit our wounds; protect yourself, but realize too much coddling may actually prevent healing. 5:30 PM PDT the Moon trines Vesta-Ceres. We connect with what’s important to us through feeling–and behind that we find power.
Today’s image is a burst pipe. This brings to mind the unexpected gush of emotion, the kind of feeling that overwhelms and simply won’t be contained. There is something that is nearing this point with you, something you feel strongly about–and haven’t adequately expressed. Find it and let it out, before any damage is done.
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Dear Cancer, it seems whether you’re aware of it or not, you’re busy altering your world–but why? It looks like you can sense that Love or Money is on the way, and you want to be there to greet it. You know this because you’re undergoing your own personal ‘thinning of the veil’ between the active conscious mind and its unconscious counterpart. That’s good news, as you may be unusually adept at guiding yourself through the Darkness this coming Solar year, and as well you can offer that information, with care and finesse, to others; just take care not to fall prey to old hurts or grudges–and you won’t, if you’re open to allowing them to fall away, a feat easily accomplished by the willing Cancer at this time. Happy Birthday!
Featured Solar Return aspect (this applies to everyone): Black Moon Lilith quincunx, Pallas trine Pluto=what we normally are loathe to face can be discarded, and our judgment is such that we’ll do an intelligent job of sorting wheat from chaff. Take advantage of this while it lasts!
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Happy Birthday, dear Cancer! I hope you want to communicate this coming Solar year, because your thoughts, writings, or ability to articulate (or something related to whatever Houses Mercury rules in your natal chart) could earn you money, fame, and bring you into new cooperative arrangements with others. Okay, money and fame might be a bit of an exaggeration–I can’t guarantee your reward will be anything so rarefied as fame–but you could gain significant reward in the process of expressing yourself. This year could also see you set up circumstances or create surroundings that facilitate healing, yours or others’. Sounds like you might want to get busy.
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Today’s image is a small cloth patch found in a parking lot; the patch has an embroidered number, a six–or is it a nine? Is there a situation in your life that can be seen in two completely opposite, and completely valid, ways? How do you know the ‘right’ viewpoint to take, in order to deal with things successfully? We can see it this way: one option is the viewpoint of responsibility, of obligation and duty (the six), while the other is about completion, signifying an ending, a time to turn away from the subject (the nine). Now consider the two opposite viewpoints; which side should prevail in this matter in your life, service and obligation, or an ending and a clean break toward a new start?
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