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New Moon in Cancer/Solar Eclipse/Litha (June 20-21, 2020)

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By Leanne Webber

New Moon in Cancer, Solar Eclipse, Litha / Alban Hefyn / Midsummer / Summer Solstice Gateway and start of Cancer Season Blessings June 20th / 21st 2020

Keyword: Sensitivity 

Solar eclipses are quite rare, they represent a pause where all that has been hidden from the light resets, by means of sudden epiphanies, insights, even shocks in our inner or outer worlds, as whatever has been in the shadows of our unconscious minds become illuminated once more. We had a lunar eclipse occurring when we had the last full moon in Cancer in January this year, which may have a cosmic link to this event. Whatever we have been processing during this period may now come to a climax. 

However, this period also echoes the last summer eclipse season that occurred in July 2019, which could allow whatever we might have been processing at that time to resurface, for our learning, growth, reflection and the chance to heal whatever themes we have been consciously (but more often unconsciously) triggered by in order to close a cycle and welcome in new understanding, or ushering in our next level of growth.

Litha falls at Midsummer in the Celtic Wheel of the Year (Northern Hemisphere) and is also known as the Summer Solstice when the Sun has reached its climax. It is the longest day of the year. At its most glorious peak the Sun God sacrifices his power and bestows his solar seed upon the Earth womb. We are at the the midpoint of the year. But just as Yang contains the seed of Yin, the peak of the Sun power marks his demise – yet, his selfless sacrifice gives life to all. This is a time to reflect on both, the process of becoming and the process of death. 

Collectively, we may be asking difficult questions and feeling a need for greater security as we have a feeling of the rug being pulled from beneath our feet. The atmosphere will be raw and arouse the need for honest, heartfelt exchanges that can bring a nurturing softness to the harsh and intense energy of the eclipse

This moon is the first of two new moons in the watery sign of Cancer, a rare occurrence, and the second one happening later next month. Cancer is a cardinal sign, which is itself ruled by the moon, and the fourth house (which rules home and hearth, family, memory, nostalgia, mothering, and ancestral lines). Quite arguably, the most feminine of all the yin, receptive zodiac signs, represented by the crab (or sometimes lobster), and the great mother aspect of the divine feminine. It is represented by the Chariot card and linked to the High Priestess in the major arcana and the suit of Cups / Chalices / Summer in the minor arcana of the Tarot. It is a very deep, sensitive, magnetic and intuitive sign, self protective, at times secretive and manipulative, but also nurturing and compassionate. Erogenous zones include the arms and breasts /chest area. 

Therefore it is likely that many people may be processing personal issues that align with these themes and qualities right now, especially seeing as Mercury has just turned retrograde in Cancer, where it will remain until July 12th, along with five other planets. This will make the energy a little fractious and cause a tension between wanting to move forward into a new beginning and feeling a need to review past lessons. What you might be feeling: sad, moody, melancholic, nostalgic, tired or lethargic, wired or restless, overwhelmed or like boundaries have been overstepped, heavy, defensive, triggered, reflective, feeling others emotions, vivid dreams, nightmares or flashbacks, confused, fed up of old patterns, craving change, pessimistic about your personal life and / or the state of the world. Headaches, nausea, breast, womb or stomach pain. 

I pulled the two cards to mark these lunar events from my “Moonology” Oracle deck by Yasmin Boland for the collective at this time to shine more light on what we might be dealing with. The new moon in Cancer card says “you and your loved ones are safe.” There could be a new change coming in your private life. Something could be rising up in connection with the people and things you hold closest, such as a family member or your home and it could be an auspicious time to move forward with something special to you. Take time to reconnect with yourself or you family if you have been neglecting them and don’t let insecurity hold you back. Let someone get a bit closer to you. A new cycle for your children or family and to review you goals. Meditation and time spent near water could be helpful. 

The new moon eclipse card says “expect powerful change,” which can point to new beginnings and desired outcomes as there are powerful energies at work. However, events could be jarring or uncomfortable, so be prepared. Any new directions taken will lead you somewhere better than where you are at the moment. Even if things seem unclear, things will happen for a reason that you’ll appreciate later on. A new portal is opening and with courage you can move through it and be put back on the right path, however you must be willing to leave the past behind. This could be a time where you make a turning point towards your life’s purpose. Things may take on a new pace through divine intervention. 

Magickal aides and symbols at this time to complement any new moon rituals you may practice include salt baths, moonstones, rubies or pearls (for Cancer), anemone flowers, white calla lilies, the colours turquoise, white, cream, grey or silver, the Westerly direction, the 6th (brow) Chakra (Third Eye), yin yoga, Monday, the number 2, 4 or 5, chamomile, melissa or sandalwood oils, the chalice or cauldron, the herbs, sage, aloe or parsley, the goddesses Diana / Artemis (Goddess of midwives and childbirth), Frigga, Juno, Hestia, Rhiannon, Hathor, Ceridwen and the Fairy Queen, the Gods Hercules, Lugh, Apollo, Lleu Llaw, Odin, the Fairy King, Ra, the Horned God and the Archangel Gabriel. 

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Leanne Webber is a grateful mother of two, with very humble roots growing up in the South Wales valleys. She has psychology and adult teaching qualifications, as well as five years training in Gestalt Psychotherapy, clinical practice, and personal therapy. Currently, she works for an inquiry into child sexual abuse, capturing shared experiences from adult survivors, and has recently trained as a professional advocate working on an independent basis with children and young people.