Month Ahead Mood - New Moon in Cancer
Art by Kathy Suyun Kwon from Bright Matters Studio
In honor of this weekend's New Moon landing on Sunday June 21st 2020, which happens to coincide with Summer Solstice 2020, we would like to offer a bit of moon inspiration for this weekend and the month ahead. As part of a continuation with our series dedicated to the New Moon cycle and its interaction with the zodiac signs, we'd like to delve into the unique relationship this New Moon has with its newly entered Cancer zodiac sign.
New Moon in Cancer - Cancer traits
Cancer is a zodiac sign associated with heightened sensitivity, intuition, safety, and comfort. With Cancer being the sign of the crab, we imagine a soft and delicate creature sensitive to their environment and in need of an outer shell for protection while navigating through life's varied surfaces. This is a feeling I'm sure all of us can relate to whether we have this Cancer as our sun sign or not. Cancer is also a water sign and as with all water signs, Cancer is a sign linked to emotional intelligence, empathy, and relationships.
Cancer Month - An opportunity to self-reflect
During this New Moon in Cancer, we may be invited to explore our more deeply our intuition, a quality strongly associated with Cancer, as it may be heightened during the reflective time period of the new moon. Our emotional current may also feel extra fluid during this water sign and we may be going back and forth between feeling soft and open to those we currently have strong connections with, and at the same time feel a need to be more protective of our own vulnerabilities. Since the new moon in general is often associated with self-reflection and turning inward, this might be an appropriate time to also reflect on areas in our lives where themes around healthy and nurturing boundaries, especially in regards to relationships, might benefit from extra attention.
Some questions to ponder during the time of the crab: How does it feel when we set clear boundaries with others? Is it challenging to set boundaries or does this come easily? How do others react to the boundaries we set?
New Moon in Cancer Ritual - An Invitation
We invite you to check out our good friend and regular content contributor Ena Dahl, who happens to be our current MUSE, and discover her thoughtfully curated and artistically crafted New Moon Rituals over on her Medium site.
This month she offers Be Still, a meditative soundscape, and found poem for use as inspiration to set intentions for this New Moon in Cancer landing. Coinciding not only with the summer solstice but also with a solar eclipse, we see this month's New Moon to be an extra potent time which does perhaps strongly invoke a moment of pause, self-reflection, and intentional stillness.
"All that is required to realize the Self is to be still."
And as a further incentive to get in the mood for this New Moon in Cancer we offer the Get Cozy Ritual Set to inspire a moment of delicious pause, with a personal blanket, scented candle, and moisturizing face mask, all in support of local makers.
This article was written by Molly McDonnell, AVMM’s owner and founder.