New Moon in Cancer, July 17, 2023, 18:31 GMT

Sun/Moon in Cancer

The New Moon in Cancer is nurturing time, with family bonds, friendships, and intimate relationship ties as the focus of attention. The ties that bind provide a sense of belonging, safety, and identity. We recognise ourselves and affirm our identity through our relationships with others. Relationships should be a healthy balance of give and take. But Cancer is prone to neglecting its own needs while nurturing everybody else.

Ponder your innermost needs; nurture yourself and protect your inner sanctuary. Replenishing vital energies and processing emotions – especially uncomfortable ones – are essential aspects of self-care.

The New Moon is a time of new beginnings, gestation and preparation. Put out your feelers, stretch beyond your safety zone and feel the impulses that stir deep down within. What is it that wants to come into being? Nurture those dreams and let go of the pain and disappointments of the past. The New Moon offers a chance to shed the old and worn-out skin and prepare the womb for new creative ventures.


Sun/Moon sextile Uranus

The sextile between Uranus and the New Moon provides the impetus for generating seed ideas and sparking new opportunities. The fuel for such impulses may lie in revisiting old stuff that we suddenly see in a new way. Find new ways to utilise what you’ve already got. No need to start from scratch or to buy more gadgets.


Jupiter square Mercury

Mercury in Leo squares Jupiter in Taurus – a tightrope between aspiration and overcompensation. Your vision may be fantabulous, but where to start? You may feel overwhelmed by the magnitude of the task. Remember the mantra: if you want to get somewhere fast, go slow.

Instead of setting the bar unreasonably high and worrying about impressing others, trust your process, make a start and don’t give up. Talking or reading about something is not the same as doing it. Keep your vision firmly fixed in your mind.

Mars opposite Saturn

The Saturn in Pisces opposite Mars in Virgo plays a similar theme. It is easy to get overwhelmed by details and obsess over them. But that is just another excuse to stop you in your tracks. Procrastination is a type of self-sabotage. Don’t fall for it. Break down your goals into small, achievable steps to build confidence and skills. Once you have mastered the smaller parts, put it all together.


Nodes changed signs (Aries/Libra)

The nodal axis has just changed signs. For the next 1.5 years, the emphasis will be on the Aries/Libra polarity, focusing on relationship skills. The north node in Aries champions leadership. The challenge is making it about a cause greater than any personal aspiration for glory.

If the nodes in passing touch any sensitive angles or planets in your horoscope, issues of leadership and cooperation may raise their heads. Although it is easy to hide behind others and let them take the lead, this will ultimately form resentment if their goals don’t match your own.


Pluto square nodes

As soon as the nodes enter the Aries/Libra polarity, they will square Pluto. There is a sense of collective destiny forged by a significant shared experience.


Venus sextile south node /trine north node

Venus has slowed down considerably and will not change signs before turning retrograde on July 23. Connections formed now, while Venus sextiles the south node and trines the north node, have a karmic quality. There is probably a reason that person crosses your path at just this time.


Venus quincunx Pluto

Venus quincunxes Pluto, which may manifest as awkwardness. A karmic connection feels destined. But its consequences can make life complicated – yet ultimately transformative. If we follow the impulse, our lives may change completely – but much might be at stake. This can be very unsettling and lead to volatile scenes and painful choices. Uncomfortable secrets may be revealed. Venus is about to turn retrograde, bringing matters of the heart into focus.