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Blessings of the Cancer New Moon and Total Solar Eclipse

Dark of the Moon
New beginnings
Dark of the Moon
Plant a seed tonight
Dark of the Moon
What we envision
Will come to be by the Full Moon’s light.

Nearly every month, on the New Moon, I post this little song that I learned years ago at Spiralheart Reclaiming’s Witchcamp.  Every New Moon is a seed time, when we can plant our intentions, and then nurture their growth as La Bella Luna grows to Her fullness.

This particular New Moon occurs in the sign of Cancer, which is ruled by the Moon.  So it is perhaps the most powerful Moon of the year. This year, its power deepens in complexity as it is also a total Solar Eclipse. Solar eclipses occur on New Moons, Lunar eclipses occur on Full Moon. And as you will recall, we just had a Lunar eclipse back on June 26.  Lunar/Solar eclipses usually come in pairs.

I don’t know about you, but as a Cancer, I am really feeling this eclipse.  As I have been discussing here, and especially in my newsletter, this Summer’s astrological energy is one for the ages, a pivotal time that we have not seen in centuries. And while I do not believe fear is called for, this eclipse cycle is contributing to an enormous shift that is currently in progress.

Astrologer Jeff Jawer writes, “This New Moon is also a Solar Eclipse, which usually indicates a loss of leadership or a weakening of the will. Yet no matter how many tears are shed for what we may have to leave behind, there’s plenty of muscle available to push ahead and advance our interests. Assertive Mars in Virgo’s supportive sextile to this Sun-Moon conjunction provides drive to raise competence and refine systems. Letting go is part of a process that allows us to step forward instead of turning back with a sense of failure.”

In her beautiful essay about this eclipse and the devastation of our oceans, including, but not only the Gulf of Mexico, astrologer Dana Gerhardt writes, “This year’s Cancer New Moon brings a Total Solar Eclipse—which fittingly—is most visible from the Ocean, stretching from New Zealand to Patagonia. Total eclipses are particularly intense. In ancient times they inspired fear, when it seemed the Sun was abandoning the earth (in fact, the word “eclipse” comes from a Greek word meaning “abandonment”).

“If you find yourself feeling lost and abandoned at this eclipse, pray. Pray for yourself and pray for others. The less publicized truth about eclipses is that their intensity can energize significant new starts. Let this moment bring an opening in your heart. Join me in offering one of humanity’s finest yet hidden resources: heartfelt prayer. Pray for the ocean, its inhabitants, and everyone working so hard around the globe to save and nurture life.

Cancer is a water sign; its action is fluid, cleansing, and receptive. Cancer embraces the archetypes of both child and mother—that which needs mothering and that which is capable of nurturing, protecting and soothing others in turn. Cancer reminds us to nourish what we love…”

And a huge thanks to my dear friend and renowned astrologer Lynn Hayes for addressing and calming down the irrational fears around this eclipse.  She also shares this terrific essay from astrologer Michael Erlewine.  Highly recommended.

Meantime, in my readings at Dancing Moon Bookstore yesterday, I created an eclipse spread that brought some very intense results for my clients.  Feel free to use it for your own discovery on this most powerful day.  Blessed be.

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  • July 11, 2010, 9:55 am Theresa

    Hi Beth Owl

    What a great post! I am feeling this eclipse too – it is hitting my 9th house where my natal Venus sits. Doing a lot of spiritual work on this end and trying to make sense of other people.

    I like the spread. Will try it later!

  • July 11, 2010, 11:53 am Regina

    Awesome post!
    I have Cancer rising – and yes, this eclipse has all kinds of things shifting and has me all excited! I’m so very glad to read that a number of astrologers are emphasizing the positive aspects of this eclipse.
    And thank you for the great eclipse tarot spread, Beth! I can’t wait to check it out for myself tonight!

  • July 11, 2010, 1:57 pm Cathy Sky

    Beth, how could I live without these posts? June and July have been emotionally intense; I feel I am full of electrical impulses during meditation. Without you as a faithful boatwoman (water-mother, change midwife), these changes would be frightening. Thank you, thank you!

  • July 11, 2010, 9:47 pm Blue Skull

    The Maya emulated eclipses symbolically through decapitation; I guess the Sun was decapitated by the Moon today. There is a Maya vase (sometimes called the Rabbit Vase or K1398 in Justin Kerr’s database) with a painting of naked God L (Underworld Jaguar Sun) appealing to Hunahpu as Sun God, and Rabbit (Moon), for his cape, owl feather hat, and staff which Rabbit has stolen. Like the Moon steals the light of the Sun during an eclipse. The Maya saw the shadow of a Rabbit on the Moon. God L has jaguar markings, wears a cape, owl feather hat, carries a staff, and smokes a cigar. God L gets his power from the owl feather hat and ceremonial staff. There is an inscription in Palenque on Temple XIV which recounts a mythological event from 900,000 years ago about God L and the Rabbit Scribe. It’s amazing how the Maya mapped out eclipses in the Dresden Codex. They were true masters of time and astronomy.

    Check out my picture on photobucket of my skull from a decapitated person with owl wings:

  • July 11, 2010, 9:48 pm Blue Skull

    Check out my picture on photobucket of my skull from a decapitated person with owl wings:

  • July 12, 2010, 4:22 pm Maria

    I’m also a Cancer, and I’m feeling positive energy like never before. I’m like a little kid who can’t wait to see what tomorrow brings – and even when it brings more crazy from my boss, I’m sure the next day will be exciting. It’s weird – I’m usually so much more easily defeated. (But weird in a very good way!)