Dear Moon Babies,



This evening is the new moon in Leo. It is also the day that Mercury goes direct again, as it has been retrograde since July 7th. So you may feel things turning around today and tomorrow and moving towards more clarity. If you have felt like the way forward was unclear, or kept changing, or you weren't quite ready to make up your mind yet these last few weeks, now is the time to redirect.



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On this new moon I am thinking about how much courage it takes for us to swim in the waters of uncertainty. Life is not a cut and dry, yes or no scenario. It is filled with complexity, unknowns, upsets, challenges, triumphs, passion, and learning. Or so it could be. Because the flexibility it takes to live a life like this requires us to be willing to take great risks, to not know what comes next, and choose to do it anyway. And that can be a very scary thing.



The sign that opposes Leo is Aquarius, and Aquarius is the place where we hold to a structure and aim to live by the goals we've set out for ourselves. Leo, however, is not that place. It is literally the opposite of that, the sign that opposes that. Is it the place where we make a mess and override the rules and play hooky from school, and wind up feeling rewarded by the incredible adventure that ensues.



So this takes courage. We might feel tempted, all the time, to follow the structure, because it means we might know what's coming. It means we might be able to provide a better life for ourselves and the ones we love. It means we are working towards a safer, better world for everyone. But the courage of Leo season is about exploring what we still don't, and can never know. It's about risking everything we think we understand about the world to actually learn something about ourselves. Something new that we cannot explain, that lives in our hearts.



This new moon is a beautiful time to take a risk. Life becomes stifling when we live inside the confines of a structure we've laid out a long time ago, even if that structure was meant to offer us a better life. There are things we know intellectually, and things that are beyond knowing that simply have to be experienced, and Leo invites us to that place.



A famous Rumi poem comes to mind:



"Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing,

there is a field. I'll meet you there.

When the soul lies down in that grass,

the world is too full to talk about." (Rumi)



May you all find a way to that place this Leo season, as Mercury moves direct and the new moon occurs.

With love,

Aerin

xo

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AuthorAerin Fogel

Dear Moon Babies,


Today is the new moon in cancer, and a solar eclipse. Every year this new moon occurs at the beginning of summer (in the Northern Hemisphere) during cancer season, when the plants are in full bloom and the sun fills our day with an abundance of light and warmth. This one also marks the beginning of 'eclipse season,' as eclipses always come in groups a couple times a year.


In cancer season, I reflect on fullness. It is a sign of great extremes where we can experience the incredible joy and contentment of feeling filled up; with love from our loved ones, good food, clean water, cozy homes, satisfying work and a sense of productivity in our lives, purpose, and spiritual meaning. Cancer loves all of these things, and will go to great lengths to provide them for those they love, usually before providing for themselves. However, like every sign there is a spectrum. While these beautiful aspects of life can fill us up, we can feel painfully empty when they are missing. So cancer is also the sign where we can sometimes feel a bottomless pit of need, when we are unfulfilled. When we are in need of love, companionship, food, access to clean water, cozy homes, productive work and spiritual meaning.


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We may find, on this new moon, that some of our cancerian needs are profoundly met right now. If you are reading this email, there's a good chance you have a home, nourishing food, and access to clean water. There's a good chance you have a whole lot more than that too. So I think of cancer also as a gratitude-oriented sign, where we feel with great depth a sense of thankfulness for the fullness in our lives. But we may find also, on this new moon, that some of our needs are unmet. And we may become particularly attuned to all the unmet basic needs of others in the world. We may feel that bottomless emotional need, the hungry terrifying one, that seems to never be satiated no matter how much work and care we put in.


Cancer strives to protect and sometimes hide that deep, hungry need. It is a sign that will drop everything to be there for a loved one, but fail to make visible the ways in which they are also struggling. They will protect their vulnerability as avidly as they protect others. But how can our unfulfilled needs ever change if they do not see the light of day? Cancer urges us to open up to those we can trust.


New moons are usually a wonderful time to set an intentions, but eclipses tend to disrupt things. So I would say this new moon is more of a time to witness what's shaking loose in your life. Maybe you will learn something about the places where you feel fulfilled in your life, and the places where you feel unending need. Maybe you will learn about your self-protective habits, so familiar they happen before we even have a moment to pause and think. Maybe you will find a deep state of caring and generosity, surrounding yourself with all your favourite people, and maybe you will need a few days alone eating snacks in bed. Anything is possible during an eclipse!


With gentle cancer love,

Aerin

xo

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AuthorAerin Fogel