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A new moon teaches gradualness, and how one gives birth to oneself slowly. ~Rumi
The moon is calling me! I’ve never felt much pull until now to write about the Moon. I figure we have plenty of astro-experts who have already covered it well from Donna Cunningham and her classic Being a Lunar Type in a Solar World to Dana Gerhardt and her MoonCircles. Several of my astrologer friends do monthly New Moon updates, including Larry Skybear’s New Moon Astro-Alert and up until recently, Johnny Mirahiel’s New Moon LA for people living in California’s Southland. There is continuous coverage of the Moon and the lunation cycle in the astrological community, much like the 24/7 news on CNN.
But Spirit is tapping me on the shoulder, reminding me why I probably have something unique to say about the Moon. I’ve lived in lunar overdose all my life with Moon out-of-bounds. While I’m no expert in declinations, I was intrigued by Steven Forrest’s article on the subject in The Mountain Astrologer (June/July 2010). I was especially fascinated to learn some of the common characteristics of people with out-of-bounds (OOB) Moon. For us OOBies, at least one planet, in my case, the Moon, is located at a declination greater than 23-degrees, 28-minutes North or South. I resonate to all nine characteristics Steven mentions for people with Moon out-of-bounds, but I think the ones I like best are being a bold, groundbreaking genius, a theological outlaw, and a zany character. (He said genius; you know a Virgo hates to brag.) From my personal experience with OOB Moon, I’ll offer a poem:
Big silver breast,You suckled me dry
I cannot imaginea planetwith a pair of you.
© 2010 by Joyce Masonjoycemason.com
All my “life issues” are about mother, mothering, abandonment, nurture, food, emotions and all the things you’d expect from a Capricorn Moon square Neptune, Venus and Sun, sextile Chiron. One thing I’ve learned under all this lunar pressure is to trust my Moon, even though I can honestly say she didn’t feel very trustworthy in the beginning.
The Moon is my directional device, my God/dess Positioning System (GPS). This lunar GPS operates through my feelings, sensations, inklings and sense of “just knowing.”
My GPS has led me to reunite with all my lost loves and to embrace everything meaningful in my life. Now it’s asking me to write about the Moon and it’s influence on us—whether or not I feel like it, regardless of whether or not it scares the sap out of me! To be so “out there,” talking feelings! Come with me on a journey of radical trust! Fly me to the Moon.
How This New Feature Works
I’ll write the Moonwalk monthly near the New Moon, usually a few days ahead, giving you plenty of time to contemplate things I “channel” about each Moon sign or features of this particular lunation. Since I’m following feelings as my rudder, the format will be flexible. I’ll cover the sign, starting appropriately with the Cancer New Moon on July 11, 2010—the Moon “in its own sign.” Other than that, there may be poems, metaphors, mythology, references to other great Moon resources, synchronicity and surprises. You’ll be the first to know, along with me, as we step out of the lunar module for our monthly exploration.
New Moon Rituals
First, this is a great time to reacquaint readers with Dana Stone’s New Moon Manifestation Ceremony. My goal is to do this ritual or some form of it on every New Moon, and when I can get from intention to action, the results are always transformative.
Second, I look at where the New Moon falls in my astrology chart every month. The July 11, 2010 New Moon is at 19 Cancer 24. I note which house it’s visiting and any aspects to natal planets. I take this into consideration when setting my monthly goals for the current Moon cycle.
I would love to hear your New Moon rituals! Now, let’s launch this first Moonwalk with another poem. (I love the synchronicity that the actual first walk on the Moon was a Cancer event—July 20, 1969 at 9:30 pm Houston time.)
Inner life is nocturnalperchance to spin dream realsin our night movies
cat goes comatosefinds a large patch of lightthrough a windowto charge its solar panelswhile it sleeps through its day/your night.
To really understand yourselfyou must be rebornon the cusp of catnipand capture sunlightin your fur.
© 2010 by Joyce Masonjoycemason.com
The Sun/Moon Relationship
“Moon Out of Bounds” and “Moon Rising” are poems from a new book I’m writing. I think “Moon Rising” offers a visceral way of experiencing the New Moon when the Sun and Moon are in their most intimate embrace at the same degree during the birth of the new moon cycle. A cat is feminine, lunar, and nocturnal, but she recharges herself while she sleeps, absorbing the Sun through her fur. Her absorption of light represents the relationship of our Moon to our Sun. We feel our way through life and experience its daily rituals, small cycles of ups-and- downs and our moods through our Moon. Yet, we need to absorb our Sun, as if it were light penetrating our skin. We must do this in order to have the energy to do what can sometimes be extremely draining—to live by the light of the Moon. That’s why cats sleep so much, and why Moon-emphasized people eat so much—to refuel as much as to comfort. To live by instincts and moonlight is very physical from an energetic standpoint. There’s nothing like the Sun to replenish it. When this poem came to me, it spoke to me of yin/yang balance, of why men and women and the masculine/feminine need each other. The complements of these two energies power the world.
New Moons are new beginnings—new births. It takes a man and a woman—male and female energy—to give birth to a baby. Some goes for the embrace of Sun and Moon, representing male and female, in the monthly lunar cycle. When eclipses are involved, it’s a birth of major significance. Perhaps you are giving birth to a king, queen, prince—or a future President of the United States! Metaphorically speaking, that is, but for some people on earth, it may even be literal.
Need a visual? There’s a nice tutorial on Molly’s Astrology about eclipses, complete with an animated sketch showing how lunar and solar eclipses are formed.
July 11 New Moon in Cancer/Solar Eclipse
Here's a fantastic article on eclipses from one of my favorite astrologer/writers, April Elliot Kent. It’s called Full Moon/Lunar Eclipse in Capricorn: Eclipses and the Narrative of Change. While it refers to the last eclipse and the Cardinal Climax when the Cardinal T-Square temporarily “got Cross,” it’s a great read, if you haven’t seen it already, on several scores. First, to talk about where we’re going this month, it always helps to know where we’re coming from, where we’ve been. (You know how Cancer loves history!) Second, April offers some deeply insightful thoughts on eclipses in general and she delineates how an eclipse might feel when it aspects the various planets in our charts. Third, April has other lunar articles that complement this post.
Solar Eclipses. Any eclipse makes a lunation more powerful. Solar eclipses are a seeding time, when we plant important intentions that “set” till the Full Moon, over a period of about two weeks. These particular intentions tend to be important, and their significance is palbable for six months or more. How the seeds sprout and flourish becomes increasingly obvious. Solar Eclipses are a time to set important, major personal growth goals.
If there’s something you ache to achieve or set right, the Solar Eclipse may pack the wallop to be your magic wand of manifestation.
July 11 Solar Eclipse. This Cancer eclipse calls for seeding in the areas of family life, popularity, the public, women’s issues, safety, security, roots and heritage, emotional issues, food and comfort. In this string of lunar subjects, what resonates to you? Or is there another one I haven’t mentioned? Take a moment to meditate on it. When you know, write one or more simple affirmations of what you want to manifest this month that will reverberate for the next half year. These are your seeds. Keep them somewhere you can be reminded of them often. At the Spring Equinox each year, my Solsisters group and I actually put our strips of papers in seed packet envelopes to keep on our altars or desktops as a reminder of what we’re up to on the emotional front of our co-creative process.
In High Signs 1: Living on the Upside of the Zodiac, I identified containment as the key Cancerian issue. Cancer Moon must find a safe container for all her feelings. This invisible bowl or goblet is the Holy Grail of our inner life, regardless of Moon sign. If you have Moon in Cancer, this container is of utmost importance. The bigger the emotions (water signs or aspects to Neptune, for example), the bigger, safer and more secure your vessel must be to hold all your feelings.
The container is what makes it safe to express emotions. For anyone to express him- or herself optimally, whether in relationship or that juicy relationship to All That Is we call creativity, a sense of boundary and containment must be firmly felt.
While Moon is considered traditionally in “detriment” in Capricorn, it’s my Capricorn Moon that taught me the lesson of containment. With my Moon out-of-bounds and under siege by several squares, the Saturn rulership of my Moon, famous for providing structure, is the only thing that keeps me off street corners bawling my eyes out and making a fool of myself in public. (That Neptune square Moon makes me wish I had invested in Kleenex, because I cry at the drop of a hat—a sad newspaper story, over my TV characters, and let’s not talk about how it triples if I have even one glass of wine.)
The right partner, home, friend, or down comforter—a precious cat or dog—all can act as containers.
During this kicker, Cancer, Solar Eclipse New Moon: Learn about your container. What holds you? What makes you feel safe? Where do you lack the Holy Grail in your inner life?
Maybe one of your seeds to sow is to find a pot to bliss in.
Isn’t the free flow of feelings heaven? And isn’t “heaven” the ultimate safe haven?
Photo Credits: Solar Eclipse © Argus456 and Cat Enjoying Sunshine © Noonie, both by Dreamstime.com.
Your Comments on this new feature are important to me. I’d love to hear if you find this of value. If yes, I’ll admit my Moon is a good navigator for the 4,865th time! If not, I’ll write about Mars, Mercury—or something else.
Opening Quote. Thanks to Lee Abramson of Rumi Music (@LeeAbramson) for sharing the opening quote on Twitter. It became the catalyst for this article and series.
Finding Your Declinations. Most astrology software programs offer a report for every chart that indicates the declinations of the planets. I use Solar Fire. Declinations are in the Chart Analysis Report, one of several columns with mathematical information on each planet’s position, along with details like Latitude and Right Ascension. Any planet with a declination higher than 23o 28’ North or South is out-of-bounds.
Time reference for the first Space Walk is from Scholastic Teachers.
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