The Crab carries its home on its back, thick outer shell encasing soft, delicate body. It walks sideways and can explore the depths of the Ocean. Emblematic of home, family, interior or domestic worlds, intuitive channels and non-linear thinking, the Crab introduces us to the watery world of our emotions and our maternal lineage. The Moon is the ruler of Cancer, and is the fastest moving body in astrology. Its highs and lows affect us the most palpably on a day-to-day basis.
Nov. 2018–June 2020, Cancer transforms with the North Node´s transit. You are asked to consciously delve through your emotions, into your sub-conscious. Be willing to fearlessly explore the caves of ancestral memory and your emotional and energetic inheritance. Nov. 2018–Jan. 2019 North Node in Cancer/South Node in Capricorn make angles to Uranus in Aries. This shifts the game plan for us all! You may be revising your concept of who you are, your partners, the work you do in the world, your family and home—December’s Cancer Full Moon replays this theme powerfully.
All Cancerians feel New Moons, Full Moons, Solar and Lunar Eclipses far more than any other sign. Late May–mid July powerful energies will be stirred up in the Water signs, intensifying your emotional, psychic and spiritual exploration. Allow your emotions and intuition to flow and see where they lead. The solution to a problem, more often than not, lies in its roots—water them with insight, compassion and (if at all possible) detachment. Key decisions surrounding work-life, home-career, self-partner balance may need to be made at this time.
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In my own practice, which you can explore on my website. I use nearly 150 astrological bodies in drawing up charts. The information presented here has been highly condensed.
Blessings, The Sky Priestess © Mother Tongue Ink 2017
Heather Roan Robbins is a practical, intuitive, choice oriented astrologer, writer, celebrant, and spiritual counselor. Active for 30 plus years, she practices in St. Paul, Santa Fe, and New York City - 914.315.5001 Email Heather.
Look forward to a friendly summery weekend with a touch of political bombast and interpersonal drama around the edges as the Moon joins Mercury in expressive Leo on Friday the 13th. Let’s all tell our story and keep it close to reality while allowing for a little creative license around the edges. Mercury turns retrograde in a week and ½. We can already feel it slowing down and sludging up our schedule, asking us to take some time off and rethink. So let’s start to tie up some loose ends and clear out any misunderstandings now.
In the background, overheated storms hover over more serious emotional considerations and demand that we make concrete changes, prodded by a positive grand trine in Earth signs, between Venus in Virgo, Saturn, and Uranus. Feel the earthquakes, whether they’re political or geological, and hope for of series of small quakes two release tension rather than any large one. That grand trine can also make it fun to spend time complaining, mistaking critique for actual change, or leave us emotionally brittle in ugly situations. But a better use for it is to do some deep personal processing and take practical steps to improve the situation.
A more industrious mood kicks in as Moon joins Venus in Virgo on Sunday and Monday and helps us step out of the story and into the work. It’s important to take a few moments assessment and self-reflection, let’s be gentle on ourselves and let the good sink in. Deal with cleanup, coordination, organization, learning the next step of our work. Some project to improve the situation may need to be rethought or adjusted; if so, take it in stride rather than let it frustrate.
Relationships can feel slightly disjointed this week, it’s not that we don’t love one another, or we don’t have hope in the future, more likely we feel pulled away by other responsibilities, or feel distracted by tough world events which toss our hearts around and make it harder to tune into that deep connected pulse as Venus challenges Mars early in the week. If we feel out of rhythm with one another, let’s not take it personally, share affection anyway and know that we can come back together on the other side of this and get our groove back in a few weeks.
Let the chores slide and work on peaceful connections in the neighborhood as the Moon enters sociable Libra on Tuesday. It furthers to laugh with one another and be present in our hearts, fertilize our relationships.
Get people on the same page before the Moon enters Scorpio Thursday night and activates our physical and emotional histamines.
Throughout the week we may get hints of new beginnings, the start of a new chapter. Look for inklings of upcoming work, a turning point in a relationship, some fresh terrain. The new beginnings may be subtle and may be delayed through the rest of the summer, but these inklings help us prepare for the road ahead.
Friday, July 13: Emotions can run over the top, and some of us will need to express ourselves in big sweeping terms as the Leo moon squares Uranus. Underneath that expressive parade is a more reserved and thoughtful mind, keeping deeper feelings inside, and running a list of what needs to get done next. Early evening brings an upbeat mood but watch for a more belligerent edge towards midnight. Familiar routines in a good night’s rest will further.
Moon enters Leo 11:30 AM, Moon square Uranus 3:10 PM, Moon opposed Mars 11:11 PM.
Saturday, July 14: Encourage good friendships, a chance to reconnect. Build trust by working together on small projects as Venus trines Saturn under a sociable Leo Moon. Have a party or engage in a great conversation tonight as the Moon conjuncts verbal Mercury. Just make sure to listen as much as you share, give everybody a moment in the spotlight, as we can feel an urgency to be seen.
Venus trine Saturn 12:44 AM, Moon square Jupiter 8:43 AM, Moon conjunct Mercury 5:11 PM.
Sunday, July 15: Make art for a good cause as the Moon conjuncts Venus in Virgo and resonates with that grand trine in Earth signs. We want to help make the world better place and will feel better if were doing in that direction. Low-level anxiety can increase our tendency to make suggestions which we intend to be helpful- but aren’t. People need encouragement, but we need to let the inspiration come from within rather than our good ideas. Turn that energy onto the community at large. Towards the evening if some romantic or interpersonal friction edges in, don’t take it personally. Rest instead.
Moon enters Virgo 11:30 AM, Moon trine Uranus 3:20 PM, Moon trine Saturn 6:54 PM, Moon conjunct Venus 10:35 PM.
Monday, July 16: We may need to deal with some off-kilter interactions; our needs work on skew lines as Venus quincunx Mars while Mercury quincunx Pluto. Discomfort can bring up depression or make us want to control a situation, but better that we speak from our heart, hold hands, and find something productive to do. A moment alone may be necessary. These interpersonal misalignments can help us see where we still need healing, or where we have wisdom to share from the process of our own healing, as Uranus semi sextiles Chiron. Digestion may need a little support today, don’t be hard on oneself and eat foods that actually nurtures, rather than just comforts.
Venus quincunx Mars 1:55 AM, Mercury quincunx Pluto 9:23 AM, Moon sex tile Jupiter 9:34 AM, Uranus semi-sex tile Chiron 11:15 AM, Moon opposed Neptune 2:23 PM, Moon trine Pluto 8:29 PM.
Tuesday, July 17: We don’t want to fight today as the Moon enters egalitarian Libra, but that doesn’t mean we’ll put up with crap. Morning has an aimless, off-track quality but is good for tying up loose ends. Afternoon calls for a pleasant adventure, and for balancing needs in a relationship. Share affection by finding something to appreciate in one another, catch somebody doing something right. We may be preoccupied about logistical concerns tonight as the Moon squares Saturn and will feel better if our worries are taken seriously practical help offered.
Moon sextile Sun 4:09 AM, Moon enters Libra 1:42 PM, Moon square Saturn 9:18 PM.
Wednesday, July 18: Morning flows smoothly, making it a good time to begin minor projects or set out on a pleasant exploration as the Moon in Libra trines Mars in Aquarius. As the day winds to a close, the Moon moves into a square with Pluto and something may leave us more haunted or disconnected, more alone in the world than we’d like. But let’s notice that because our beloveds are busy, because friends have a different agenda, we are out of sync, not necessarily unloved. Reach out with the compassionate hand.
Moon trine Mars 12:56 AM.
Thursday, July 19: Roll with fluctuating moods as the Moon squares Pluto and the Sun and then enters Scorpio tonight. Tasks may get more difficult, but we also have more energy to tackle difficulties. Let’s just not put that muscle between us. When discomfort or challenge arrives, find a way to hold hands and approach the problem, each from their own perspective, rather than let the problem sit between. Unpleasant evidence of our country’s shadow side could haunt the news; when they go low, let’s go high.
Moon square Pluto 12:42 AM, Moon sextile Mercury 3:54 AM, Moon square Sun 1:52 PM, Moon enters Scorpio 7:12 PM, Moon opposed Uranus 11:41 PM.
Dream big this week, stare at those clouds in the summer sky. We can let our intuition see shapes and forms that give us hints about the future. And then, by the end of the week work on plans to make it so. Two grand trines add an extra dynamism this week; a dreamy Sun – Neptune – Jupiter triangle in sensitive water signs helps us imagine the bigger picture, and an earthy grand trine as Venus enters Virgo late in the week, trines Uranus and hard-working Saturn helps us make pragmatic changes.
We may be feeling unusually sensitive or easily overwhelmed and need to build up our resilience with every good moment so we can stay in there and manifest. We just have to watch out for a tendency to passivity, and get stuck in our dreams, or discouragement, which can be the first effects of these aspects. The trick will be to balance acceptance with activism, whether it’s a small domestic issue or big national problem.
Jupiter acts to expand our world, see the bigger picture, and to do so it can make us discontent with anything that feels small or ugly. But with Jupiter involved we tend to express ourselves with grand gestures, over the top, once we get going. As Jupiter turns direct after a long time retrograde on Tuesday, we may get signs that we don’t have to feel so stuck, glimmers of the light at the end of the tunnel. Now we just have to walk there ourselves.
As the weekend begins, Mercury and Venus in outgoing Leo can add bombast to the political headlines but also encourages us to get out and engage life wholeheartedly. Mercury in Leo can bring a bombastic streak that peppers the headlines with exaggeration.
The energy starts hot on Friday under an Aries moon. Over the weekend the Moon in comfort-seeking and stubborn Taurus encourages us to rest up and refill the wells. At Taurus Moon with as the Sun trines Neptune can make this a real drifting summer weekend. Just notice that we're not necessarily dealing with a full deck of reality. Whether that means we are lost in our favorite conspiracy theory or drifting on the lake with no with not a thought a concern in mind; enjoy but consider keeping an eye out for the harsh edges of reality and potentially difficult wake-up calls. Drift in the boat but keep an eye out for the rocks.
A talkative, networking, nervy Gemini Moon on Monday and Tuesday gets the buzz going, we may need extra effort to stay centered and grounded but can hold successful meetings and get our point across easily.
Wednesday and Thursday a waning Moon in sensitive Cancer, followed by a new moon, partial solar eclipse- opposed Pluto (and only seen and the southern hemisphere) on Thursday night can bring community and family matters and issues of family health and law to a head. In some cases, this can feel like a personal or political earthquake, but for most cases this can clear the deck for room to start some a new emotional phase around home, homeland, self-care, or family.
We may get some hints later this week about the changes coming for the fall as Venus enters Virgo and trines Uranus. Whether a taste of new romance, ideas for school or professional work, look for suggestions about where we need to pragmatically this is happening in earth signs), think outside of the box. We may feel the need to change our physical environment to release extraneous things, to edit our closets and our work, and make our world more beautiful. Let’s just not edit our beloveds. It is a wonderful time for self-improvement, but let’s appreciate what’s working before we tackle what isn’t. Don’t offer and ask for helpful suggestions to beloveds, they won’t see it as affection, they’ll hear it as criticism.
We can find new people coming into our lives, new conversations and connections. So, let’s get busy and look around to see who’s getting busy too.
Friday, July 6: The mood is upbeat if reactionary on Friday as the Moon in Aries trines sociable Venus squares Pluto. We’ll feel better if we do something to tackle a problem in our path. Choose confrontations carefully midday, be careful to react appropriately rather than overreact. That’ll be enough. Evening brings that more sociable edge as the Moon trines Venus, we want to dive into life, but may not be too careful about the process.
Moon square Sun 1:50 AM, Moon square Pluto 12:53 PM
Saturday, July 7: A cuddly Taurus Moon can leave us moving slow and longing for breakfast in bed until the Moon conjuncts Uranus late morning. Midday it may be tempting to make a physical change, move furniture, dig a bigger garden, or shift things. Change the world in a concrete way. We may find communication easy this afternoon, making this a slow-moving but productive day. Evening brings out a feistier or more energized edge as the Moon squares Mars. Watch those political discussions.
Moon trine Venus 1:08 AM, Moon enters Taurus 6:50 AM, Moon conjunct Uranus 10:45 AM, Moon trine Saturn 3:58 PM, Moon square Mars 9:51 PM.
Sunday, July 8: Dream big and let the generosity flow as the Moon opposes expansive Jupiter and the Sun trines imaginative Neptune this morning, tap into spirit. Take a moment of ease and resource to release discouragement and overwhelm. Build up resilience and refill the wells. Delicious foods and beauty feed the soul and allow us to stay in here for the long haul. The planets encourage us to remember our vision, remember who and what is important to us.
Moon square Mercury 4:40 AM, moon’s opposed Jupiter 6:30 AM, Sun trine Neptune 8:41 AM, Moon sextile Neptune 11:47 AM, Moon sextile Sun 12 PM, Moon trine Pluto 6:11 PM.
Monday, July 9: A nervy buzz is in the air as the Moon enters Gemini and Mercury squares Jupiter. People can talk too much, but put their foot in their mouth, but also give us some interesting information. They may not mean it all but some interesting truths will come through, so listen carefully. Avoid a tendency to be mean just because it makes a good joke. As the Moon Venus enters Virgo tonight, notice a tendency to inventory oneself and others, just make sure it’s a fair and balanced inventory.
Mercury square Jupiter 3:13 AM, Moon square Venus 10:09 AM, Moon enters Gemini 10:58 AM, Moon sextile Chiron 3 PM, Venus enters Virgo 8:31 PM.
Tuesday, July 10: A review of earlier work or earlier interactions can give us the information we need now to turn the corner and expand the process. Engage the conversation. Look for the light at the end of the tunnel as Jupiter turns direct, though the tunnel may still be long. But watch out for extremes, extremes of weather, of hyperbole, from mind the jumps to best or worst-case scenarios. What needs to be liberated?
Moon trine Mars 12:27 AM, Jupiter turns direct 11:02 AM, Moon sextiles Mercury 11:23 AM, Moon square Neptune 1:59 PM.
Wednesday, July 11: Self-protection runs deep, but our capacity to nurture human kind needs to run deeper. Be family to someone who needs family as the Moon enters Cancer. Feel the family of humankind, if our own family is not in a good place, will need to feel that support from others. People can get cranky, but not because they don’t love us but because memories run close to the surface and old scar tissue tweaks easily. Reconnect with routines, reorganize.
Moon enters Cancer 11:58 AM, Moon sextile Venus 3:08 PM, Moon sex tiles Uranus 3:35 PM, Moon opposes Saturn 7:38 PM, Venus trine Uranus 9:25 PM.
Thursday, July 12: The day can be give us a mythic story, but we don’t have to get lost in that strange land. In one mode this could be a quiet, interior day. But today’s new Moon in Cancer, oppose Pluto, marks the potential for a break down or breakthrough in circumstances and relationships around home, family, homeland. Mercury-Neptune quincunx can make it hard to understand what’s really going on, our thinking could be pleasantly fuzzy or totally deluded, or just stuck in a misunderstanding. Check facts, clear the mind, stay in the present.
Mercury quincunx Neptune 1:59 AM, Sun opposes Pluto 4:04 AM, Moon trine Jupiter 9:11 AM, Moon trine Neptune 1:55 PM, Moon opposes Pluto 7:43 PM, new moon’s solar eclipse 8:47 PM.