Cancer New Moon: Roots, Retirement & Rejuvenation
July 18, 2012—Greetings, Mama Moon. On July 18, the new moon in Cancer brings our nurturing natures to the fore. Cancer is the mother sign of the zodiac, the ruler of the divine feminine. While new moons are a time for planting seeds, this particular lunar moment is more about stillness than action. Pressing pause allows us to open up our channels of receptivity and intuition…trés feminine. One of the best things to start this week would be a meditation practice, or regular participation in a flowy form of exercise that helps to quiet the mind.
Home, family, and our inner circles are also the domain of this new moon. This week, we have a chance to start fresh in the most personal areas of our lives. Cancer happens to be the sign naturally associated with the moon, so this lunar moment is a powerful one. Here are a few homespun recipes for a heartwarming new moon:
Reconnect To Your Roots
Family-focused Cancer loves to connect to kin. This is the perfect week to spark a renewed relationship with a relative, like your cousin living in that chic Parisian flat or your bro who’s been busy since he and his wife had the kids. For bonus points, set up a regular tradition like a monthly Sunday dinner with the familia or an annual summer vacation. If you’re gathering ‘round the family table this week, try your hand at a recipe that’s been handed down for generations. Decorate your home with familiar symbols: Place your grandmother’s silver candlesticks on your dining table or frame childhood photos and put them on display. So maybe your live family falls into the “cray cray” category. Skip back a few generations and learn more about your ancestral heritage. You might even select a cultural object or artifact that reflects your roots to display as artwork in your home. That Viking spear or West African mask will surely spark some interesting conversations with your houseguests.
Rock That Retirement Fund
Financial security is a big deal to the zodiac’s Crab whose energy never feels settled without a rainy day or a retirement fund. Whether you’re 25 or 55, it’s never too early (or too late) to start socking away money for the future. If you’re a newbie, tuck into Suze Orman’s “The Money Class” as your summertime beach read. Changing times demand new strategies. For the more seasoned saver, schedule a meeting with a financial planner to explore new options for growing your wealth. Retooling your approach under the light of this new moon can help you get back in the driver’s seat of your financial future…even if that means clutching the wheel of a giant, snowbird-style, four-door Lincoln Town Car for this ride.
Water, Water Everywhere
Cancer is a water sign, and this new moon reminds us of the soothing and regenerative power of H2O. Take a ritual bath to cleanse your energy near this new moon. Pour in the Epsom salt, which is high in energizing, detoxifying magnesium (which most people are deficient in nowadays). Bring a crystal or two to the tub to “charge” your bath with healing energy. We suggest moonstone, which embodies the feminine vibration and is said to enhance intuitive powers. Add a generous sprinkling of rose petals and a drop of pure essential rose oil. This gorgeous flower is known to have a soothing effect on the mind, and can ease depression. Given the moodiness associated with Cancer, a little boost goes a long way.
Cancer rules the digestive system, so try some tummy-soothing tricks as well. Infuse your drinking water with herbs that are known to aid digestion. Try fresh mint, lemon, even a few leaves of basil. Experiment with the work of Dr. Masuro Emoto whose studies reveal that words and thoughts can change the shape of water molecules. Print an inspiring phrase or mantra onto a sticker and affix it to your refillable water bottle. You might just lift your spirits with every swig.
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