Dear Moon Babies,

Today is the new moon in Cancer. We have just passed the summer solstice, the brightest and longest day in the northern hemisphere, and the first day of Cancer season. Sometimes people ask me about the difference between the two astrological systems, and it is mainly this - Western (or tropical) astrology exists in relationship with the seasons. So the first day of Cancer always occurs on the longest day of the year, this side of the equator.

This to me is an interesting reflection on what Cancer is all about. It is the sign that corresponds with the moon, and yet its season falls during the time of year when the darkness and the moon hours are shortest. Still more interesting if we consider that the moon can only be seen in relationship to the sun - tonight, during the new moon, we will not see the moon at all because it is so close to the sun. Eventually they will appear further and further apart until we see the moon growing in the sky again. But even then, what we see of the moon is only a reflection of the sun's light. Without that we would not see the moon at all.

Many years into my journey with astrology, I understand this significance much better than when I first began. We experience from Cancer season only what it has received from the seasons that precede it. We see the blossoms on the plants only if there has been enough rain like tears on the earth, and light like nourishment on the buds. We see the moon only when it swings far enough away from the sun to reflect its light.

And wherever Cancer sits in our charts, we see the nourishment and reflection of what we carry from our environment. If we are surrounded by suffering we carry this. If we are borne through a difficult lineage we carry this. If we are seen and heard by our loved ones we carry this. If we are fed we carry this. With Cancer season, we are that moon only reflecting the light we can receive.

Cancer has always been a sign associated with nurturing and giving to others. But let us take a moment today on the new moon to really reflect on the deeper nuances of this season. For we cannot give what we haven't received. We cannot nourish if we are not fed. We can only glow with as much light as is cast onto us. And those blossoms cannot open and bring beauty to the world without an entire ecosystem of support.

May you see your own light reflected in the faces of others today.
With love,

Aerin

xo

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AuthorAerin Fogel

 

Dear moon babies,

Today is the new moon in Gemini. It's a particularly intense new moon (aren't they all?) because Mars has been travelling through the sign of Gemini and is currently opposing Saturn.

In English, this means the new moon might feel like trying to have one foot on the gas pedal and one foot on the brakes at the same time.

Every year during Gemini season I think about what we call 'mental health' in North America. The very fact of delineating mental health from our overall health suggests a predisposition for our minds to disconnect from the rest of our being. We can easily see the result of this disconnect in our lives and the lives of those around us - most of us spend most of our days in some state of worry, stress, anxiety, fear, criticism, isolation, and on down the list. Meanwhile we are walking around, talking to each other, working, playing, resting, while our minds are furiously unravelling some other story about what's happening.

Gemini has the ability to create disconnect through these mental states of worry, criticism, and fear. But Gemini also has the ability to synthesize experience into something unique and expressive in a way that no other sign can. What if we used our energy to synthesize rather than delineate? What would this look like for you?

Perhaps it looks like a new understanding of health that does not separate out the mind from the rest of our experience. So that those who struggle with mental illness can be seen as whole beings with many complex and rich layers rather than being reduced to simple labels. So that our striving for health and balance is inclusive rather than diagnostic. What would it be like to synthesize the mind with the body and what is beyond our body, and let that dictate our story? How different would our communication and expression look then?

I hope you can find some time today in the (rain)storm to see that you are whole. And for that wholeness to include all the many unique, constantly changing complexities that make you who you are.

With love,

Aerin

xo

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AuthorAerin Fogel