The New Moon in Cancer arrives just one day after the Solstice on June 21st exact at 2:41am EST. This New Moon is also a Solar Eclipse visible in parts of Africa, India and China. This eclipse and the Lunar Eclipse two weeks later in Capricorn on July 4th are the last in a series. The North and South Nodes (mathematical points where the Sun's path and Moon's path intersect) shifted out of Cancer/Capricorn on May 5th. These two eclipses are one last review of the lessons that began with the first Capricorn Solar Eclipse on January 5th, 2019. Capricorn and Cancer are the Father and Mother of the zodiac. Capricorn rules business, career, life purpose, goals, structure and foundation, government, public life and paternal themes. Cancer rules the home, domestic activities, nurturing, comfort, security, family, private life and the maternal archetype.
The intersections between our work lives and our private lives have really been tested over the last several months with quarantine due to the novel coronavirus. We've had to try and integrate the two in ways many of us haven't before. We've had to try and figure out how to set boundaries between "on" time and "off" time which are occurring in the same physical space. It can be harder to have distinct lines of demarcation between when your work day begins and ends when it's all occurring in your home. What might have been a place of sanctuary and retreat could now be filled with monitoring kids' schoolwork, coordinating your schedule with your partner's, Zoom meetings, figuring out technology and things of that nature.
Solar eclipses typically reveal something that's been hidden in our outer lives. If you've been waiting for a sign you might not have to wait much longer. Solar eclipses can be very revealing. The July 4th Lunar Eclipse in Capricorn will ping a lot of the issues that Capricorn has already sparked this year, harkening back to the Saturn-Pluto conjunction in Capricorn on January 12th, 2020, the Jupiter-Pluto conjunction in Capricorn on April 4th, 2020 and a second conjunction with these two planets on June 30th, 2020. Capricorn is the star player of 2020. Our work lives, the economy, the government - all of it has been turned upside down. So many intersecting issues are playing out on the world stage - public health, economics, racism, a widening gap between the "haves" and the "have nots."
With so many challenging topics, this New Moon in Cancer offers a little bit of a respite. Cancer shifts our focus to our closest loved ones, to the home and seeking out a place of refuge and retreat. This is not to say that we should bury our heads in the sand and ignore what's going on in the world. It's more of a reminder that all of this can be a lot to handle. It's ok to take a break. It's ok to ignore social media and the headlines for a little bit. Our nervous systems weren't designed to handle this constant barrage of stimuli and bad news. Spend some time in your sanctuary and allow yourself to be refueled. We are all running a marathon - not a sprint - and the world needs you at your best.