Cancer is ruled by the moon - the most overtly changeable of all the bodies studied in astrology... so the theme of this month is change. The people and the world around you are changing, and the best way to thrive in changing circumstances is to cultivate positive change within yourself.
It is time to cross the river, and inhabit the "other side" you've been gazing at for so long.
Sun in Cancer: 6/21 - 7/22
For herbs, insights, and meditations to support your through the solar month of Cancer, and to attune you to the heightened energy of summer solstice, please follow this link. Summer solstice this year coincides with Neptune's retrograde station this year, so look for opportunities to practice trust, surrender, letting go, and going with the flow. More on that influence at the bottom of this post.
Total Solar Eclipse in Cancer: 7/2 at 12:16 pm PDT
This is the more powerful of the two eclipses this summer, with the energy of a very potent new moon. This indicates that we are ready for something new to come in that is big enough that we need to let some old stuff go. Whatever is weighing you down (objects, relationships, habits, beliefs, moods), let it go, and move forwards with more freedom.
In particular, there's an opportunity at this eclipse to shed armor built up from old wounds. These old skins once kept you safe, but now they are keeping you from expressing the totality of who you are. Let these old skins go, and let the world see your true shine.
For more on eclipses, please read here.
Mercury Retrograde: 7/7 - 7/31
Mercury retrogrades through early Leo and late Cancer this month. This blend suggests you'll be rethinking the following -
☞ what you enjoy
☞ what nourishes you
☞ what individuals/groups you feel a sense of belonging with
☞ ways you want to shine in your communities
For practical advice on how to work with Mercury's retrograde, please read here.
Lunar Eclipse in Capricorn: 7/16 at 2:38 pm PDT
This eclipse indicates things are at a point of apex, revelation, and tension. There is an extreme polarity going on at this eclipse, so you will feel pulled very strongly in two different directions. Notice this, without giving in to either pull. See if you can hold your ground in the middle, and let the polarity be a tool for expanding who you are and what you are capable of.
Your mantra for this eclipse is I am vaster than I know.
For more on eclipses, please read here. For herbs and useful inquiries for this eclipse, please visit this post.
We reconfigure after the breakthroughs of eclipse season as Mercury and Jupiter - the two planets of the mind - complete their retrograde cycles, enabling us to take action on the deeper lessons we've learned recently. Until then, feel free to schedule a one-on-one session. Wishing you a month of heartful and mindful breakthroughs - Rae