Dear Moon Babies,
Today is the new moon in Cancer, and a partial solar eclipse (only visible in certain places in the southern hemisphere).
It is a time to think about how we take care of ourselves. With Cancer there is often a struggle to find balance between respecting our needs and extending ourselves to care for the needs of others. Compassion gives us the strength and desire to reach out and help when our loved ones, and communities that we love, are struggling. But many of us struggle to hold that same compassion for ourselves. We spring into action when others are in need, but when we pause to ask about our own needs, sometimes the answer is not even clear.
Some of us may experience the opposite. We may have a clear sense of our needs and how to meet them, but struggle to understand what others are going through and how connection and closeness can be healing for everyone involved.
With Pluto sitting directly opposite this new moon, in the sign of Capricorn and responsibility, we may feel that opposition in our lives right now. An opposition between self and other, care and responsibility, compassion and discernment. Wherever there is opposition, it may feel like the outcome is one or the other (either you have your needs met, or I do. Either I help others or I am able to take care of myself. Either I'm productive or incapable). But with opposition, the way through is both/and rather than either/or.
The both/and of this new moon is ultimately a home, a family, a community, and a world where everyone's true needs are met. The true needs of each person to experience love, connection, a place to be productive, and sustainable resources. So it is a time for us to each look into our own lives and see how we are balancing these themes. Are we caring for ourselves? Are we caring for others? Do we understand our true needs, or are we motivated by confusing and unconscious desires?
Do we have enough/can we ever have enough hygge in our lives (Danish word denoting a mood of coziness and good feeling)?
Cancer is also a sign of deep and powerful feeling, so don't be afraid of what you feel this week. Feelings cannot hurt us unless we turn away from them. All those little Cancerian tears are part of the river of life!
Happy new moon to you all.