Venus enters nurturing Cancer today (July 29th) at 10:54 AM EST. Venus’ in Cancer’s strong need for bonds, protection and closeness will have us on a quest for the ideal “family” situation. Family isn’t always those we are related to: work bonds (10th) partnerships (7th) and other facets of our lives will more than likely get an emotional overhaul during this Venus phase; Cancer’s hard outer shell could also have us on the defensive, forcing up to protect what we hold near and dear. Security will be desired whether it’s on the home front or in the work place.
Ceres in Cancer, at 8 Degrees, is conjunct her daughter’s abductor, Hades. Hades can often symbolize decay and deeply buried sorrows from our past. With Hades in Cancer these feelings are magnified. Ceres’ nurturing energy combined with Hades can bring forth transformation and healing (though it may be a bit painful) and we may also offer healing counselling to those we love, or even those we don’t know. Sit with your feelings and allow yourself to feel whatever you need to feel in order to heal.
Venus in Cancer also has a “shadow” side and this may be triggered with her tight conjunction to Hades. Smothering and being emotionally attached can lead to possessiveness, allowing hurt from the past to consume, and make it difficult for us to move forward.
During the Lunar Eclipse on August 7th, Venus will pair up with Ceres and trine Neptune in Pisces. Divine (Neptune) mother (Ceres) energy will be quite strong during this time; make a small offering to the goddess or to the maternal figures in our lives that we’ve lost. Even better, honor the divine within.
Cancer is associated with powerful emotional attachments, our past, family and childhood. With the Sun, Moon, Mercury and expansive Jupiter in the sign of the crab this energy will be magnetized. Cancer encourages us to be in tune with our emotional needs as well as the needs of those around us. Cancer is ruled by the Moon, so this New Moon will be particularly potent.
The Cancer sun squares Uranus in Aries creating a restless and spontaneous tension that will push us to seek more adventure, freedom and self discovery. We may find ourselves feeling a juxtaposition of emotionalism and instability. With the Moon in Cancer our moods will be fluctuating and our need to withdraw will be strong. Allow yourself to feel what you need to feel in order to heal, and then keep it moving. With the Sun (ego/self) so close to the Moon (emotional needs) we have to be careful of being one-sided about things. Yet we know what we need (moon) and how to go about getting it (sun)
Mercury rules communication, how we express ourselves and our thought process. Our way of thinking may be based more on intuition and feeling than actual logic. Mercury forms a conjunction with the new moon; communication will be especially important this time around. Mercury went retrograde on June 26th at 22 Degrees and will station direct on July 20th at 13 Degrees. Think before you speak, for our emotions are super strong during this period. Retrograde phases are also excellent for reviewing work and taking the time to review all aspects of your life as well. There is a strong creative energy with this new moon as well. We can nurture (moon/Cancer) our creativity in new ways. New Moons are all about fresh starts so use this energy to start new projects connected with lunar/cancer: such as renovating your home, decorating, planning family outings, cooking, taking care of loved ones and treating yourself.