The second New Moon in Cancer of 2020. It’s rare that a sign gets two New Moons in one year. I think it’s lovely that Cancer get’s two New Moons this year. First of all, the Moon is the ruler of Cancer. She’s at home in this sign. Second, the previous New Moon in Cancer was a Solar eclipse. So it’s nice to also have a regular New Moon in Cancer.
The New Moon arrives on July 20th 7.33 pm CEST and will be at 28 degrees Cancer. Even though it’s a regular New Moon, it’s not necessarily a gentle one. The Moon is opposite of ‘everything 2020 shit in Capricorn’ (read Saturn, Pluto, Jupiter and Pallas Athena retrograde in Capricorn). The New Moon is also squared by sign by Mars in Aries. Which means the Goddess has some cosmic energies to digest.
The Moon is the planetary body that is closest to Earth. She moves through all zodiac signs in 28 days and waxes and wanes through her own cycle in that period too. The Moon filters the cosmic energies that come from above to below. This is also how we can understand the Moon in our birth charts. The moon phase, the sign, the house; it all reflects how we go through life, how process emotions and where we have something to embody.
The Moon embodies the caregiver or mother Goddess (while Venus refers to the mistress or love Goddess). In our birth charts she also points to our personal mothers. The Moon rules Cancer, the sign of the womb. Cancer holds and keeps safe the primordial waters. Aries might be the first sign of the zodiac; because in the Northern hemisphere Aries season starts with Spring (and Aries likes to be first). But life really starts with Cancer, life is born in the womb. For the ancient Egyptians Cancer was the first sign of the zodiac. We see this reflected in the ‘Thema Mundi’: the birth chart of the world. This chart has Cancer rising. The heliacal rising of the fixed star Sirius mid Summer, while Cancer would rise on the horizon, would indicate the annual flooding the Nile river. Sirius was the 1st star in the Egyptian decanic calendar which was used to designate the beginning of the Egyptian year.
With this New Moon we may finally give birth again. New Moons in general are great moments to set intentions. During eclipse seasons it is however advised to not set intentions during New Moons, since eclipses ‘take away’. With this New Moon you may give birth to something new, or create an inception. Or not… you don’t need to of course.
I’ve written affirmation horoscopes that might be supportive in your intention setting or they may be inspirational in general. If you want to read them immediately: scroll down. First I will share some insights on the current astrology and the upcoming New Moon.
New Moon in Cancer
The New Moon arrives on July 20th 7.33 pm CEST and will be at 28 degrees Cancer. Even though it’s a regular New Moon, it’s not necessarily a gentle one. The Moon is opposite Pallas Athena, Jupiter, Saturn and Pluto (all currently retrograde) in Capricorn. The New Moon is also squared by sign by Mars in Aries. Throughout the rest of 2020 Mars will be in Aries and squares all the planetary bodies in Capricorn. The Saturn x Pluto conjunction earlier this year coincided with the spread of the pandemic; though more astrology was involved with that too. As I’ve repeatedly stated: the malefic planets are very strong in 2020, while the benefic planets are not. As Saturn, Pluto and Jupiter come closer together and as the squares with Mars tighten, there will develop more drama on the world stage. Everything in Capricorn points to a breaking down of the financial and societal structures in the world. Saturn x Pluto in Capricorn makes toxic structures like capitalism, patriarchy and flawed politics visible in an ugly way: ‘here you have your karma and some poison with that too’. We got to see the first signs of it when Pluto entered Capricorn in 2008 and the financial crisis started. When Saturn met up with Pluto the pandemic happened. At the moment I want to leave it at this, when it comes to all the Capricorn 2020 misery. Because I’m repeating myself. (In the previous Moon article there’s also info on all of this: click here to read. I’ve also written an article on the pandemic a few months ago. And every once in a while I mention my insights on this topic on Instagram. So those of you that have been following me for a while, already know how I interpret the current astrology.)
It is interesting that the New Moon is opposite of ‘that shit in Capricorn’. In the weekend of that Saturn x Pluto conjunction in early January 2020, that I mentioned above, there was also a Full Moon in Cancer. The Full Moon, an eclipse by the way, watched the conjunction unfold. Every Full Moon in a sign is followed by a New Moon in that same sign six months later, followed by another Full Moon in that sign six months later and so on. That Full Moon eclipse in January was followed by a New Moon eclipse in June. Now we have a second New Moon in Cancer. It all feels like getting a new fresh start. The first New Moon in Cancer, being an eclipse, was so strongly related to everything that happened in January. But this New Moon seems so different. Like a new cycle starting, a new start for the Moon Goddess. A new start for us. There is still a lot of difficult astrology that needs to unfold and we are in the midst of other cycles that haven’t finished yet. But with this New Moon we are encouraged to look forward! In the midst of darkness we are allowed to nurture and to sprout seeds. There is new energy here. There is a need for inception. To initiate something that will unfold in 2021. There is a heaviness to it though, because of the opposition of Saturn. Every deed comes with responsibility, that is what Saturn teaches us. He is the lord of karma. Whatever you initiate during this New Moon, will unfold slowly and the fruits of the labor will probably present themselves in 2021.
There are a last few other things on the current astrology that I want to mention. Venus is still in Gemini (damn, it feels like she’s there forever). Mercury stationed direct about a week ago and is still in Cancer. Both move on into other signs after the upcoming Full Moon in Aquarius in the beginning of August. So, I will get back on Mercury and Venus in the next Moon article. There aren’t any major transits coming up between now and the Full Moon in Aquarius. Except… that the Sun will enter Leo on July 22nd.
Sun enters Leo July 22nd 10.37 am CEST
The Sun is the ruler of Leo and feels at home in this sign. The Sun is the centre of our Solar system. We circle around the Sun. All planets circle around the Sun. The Sun is our source of warmth and light. We see these qualities reflected in Leo. People with the Sun or the ascendant in Leo often have a warming quality. Leo gives charm. Even the most introverted shy Leo’s have a certain charm about them. Even if they are not aware of it themselves, others will be charmed by them or just sense this ‘aura’ that Leo’s often have around them.
Leo’s like to be adored and admired. Many people with the ascendant or Sun in Leo like to get attention; they often make great performers. But even if one’s not that extraverted or doesn’t feel comfortable being the centre of attention; they will want to be admired there where the Sun is in their chart. For example, a Leo rising with a lot of placements in Virgo and or Pisces might actually feel much like a wallflower. But with the Sun in for example the 5th house, this wallflower would want to get recognition and admiration for creative pursuits or parenting skills.
Leo often gets a bad name; being depicted as self-centred, arrogant and attention craving. It’s true that we sometimes see these qualities in Leo. Every sign has good qualities and every sign has bad ones. I want however to state that most of the Leo’s that I know, are loving, warm and incredibly supportive people. The Sun can only warm the Solar system because it is shining so bright and because it is in the centre. The Sun in that way also shines light on all others and the qualities of all others. People with the ascendant or Sun in Leo are often gifted at spotting talents and the strongest qualities in other people and they love to empower others to make use of those gifts. At his/her best Leo is courageous like a lion and warm like the Sun. At his/her worst Leo is self centred, demanding attention and admiration, theatrical and dominant to a fault. Leo can be stubborn, being a fixed sign; which can give a Leo endurance but it also can make a Leo difficult to work with. Leo can be incredibly passionate: like a lion a Leo often knows what he/she wants and isn’t afraid to hunt. A well balanced healthy Leo can make a great leader: strong, dominant while respectful, loving, brave and passionate.
“With no shame in shining, Leo knows that any performance is, at its core, a spiritual act. The actor gets up on stage and allows the human condition, in all its glory and its goriness, to come forth in service of the whole. We need a true reflection of our pain, beauty and burdens. It’s healing to witness someone else go through what we ourselves deal with. This is Leo’s gift.” (Chani Nicholas, You were born for this, p. 169)
To all my readers and friends born with the Sun in Leo: I wish you a happy birthday! May this next year around the Sun bring you many blessings. To all of you with the Sun and/or ascendant in Leo: your season is starting! Soak up that sunlight! And I thank you for making the world a brighter and warmer place.
You can read the horoscopes for both your rising sign and Sun sign. The horoscopes are written for your rising sign, but you can read the one for your Sun sign too for extra inspiration.
If you don’t know your rising sign and want to figure it out, you’ll need to have your place, date and exact time of birth. To figure out what your rising sign is you go to astro.com. Then go to free horoscopes and to extended chart selection or natal chart / ascendant. Fill in your data. Under extended chart selection: go to options for zodiac houses and under house system choose ‘whole signs’. Then click on ‘show the chart’. Your rising sign (also called ascendant) is the sign that is on the first house. It is denoted as AC. You also see it written in the red lettering under your Sun sign under your personal info.
The horoscopes are listed from Aries – Pisces.
Aries rising & Aries Sun
“A sense of direction is always rooted in the past. Dreams are born in the deep unconscious mind. Hope is strengthened by myths and stories of ancient heroes. History teaches us about the future.
I’ve made steps in my career and/or towards a career in the last few years. I’ve been showing up in the world, at work, wherever I needed to. I’ve put in the hours. There is no point however in aimlessly shooting at stars. This is a moment to reflect on what I have established. Where am I now? And am I where I want to be? And, where am I heading? With this New Moon I’m reflecting on my intentions and motivations. Why am I doing what I’m doing? What are the memories, dreams and hopes that propel me forward? What are the fears and traumas that hold me back?
The future is born in the past. The future is changed in the present moment. I’ve not been born to repeat the lives of my ancestors. Family histories show repeated mistakes. Family histories also hold sacred knowledge. I’m learning that I don’t want to repeat the mistakes that my ancestors made. I’m also learning how to do things differently. I’m allowed to keep the wisdoms and valuable teachings of my ancestors close to my heart. I can choose to inherit wisdom. I’m not obligated to inherit faults. I don’t need to take the suffering of the past on my shoulders. It’s not mine.
With this New Moon I take a pause. I look back at my past and into the future. I take an honest look at my desires, hopes and dreams. They count more than whoever expects whatever of me. And if I want them to come true, I will need to take them out my mind and bring them into reality.”
Taurus rising & Taurus Sun
“I’m in it for the long haul. So much in my life is in development. I’m building something long-lasting and sustainable, I’m creating something beautiful. I’m creating something meaningful. In the last few years I’ve uncovered where meaning in life is found. And still I’m uncovering so so so much, learning so so so much. While life sometimes seems to change faster than I can keep up with; I keep being a student of life.
In the midst of the challenges and in the midst of the processes of learning and growing: I am building something. Out of love. Out of vision. Give me time and something beautiful will be created. I’m in it for the long haul.
With all the challenges, changes, growth and self-development; it is sometimes hard to keep my footing. I love to feel grounded, stable and safe. It has been a challenge to feel grounded.
I do know, however, what I can do to create a bit more sense of grounding. I can ground myself through my daily routines, practices and communications. Daily rhythms and rituals are the foundations that I can build a solid life on. It’s through dedicating myself to everyday moments of ‘me time’, everyday spiritual practices, everyday journaling and/or everyday talks with the people closest to me that I create my balance.
There are times that I forget to dedicate myself to myself. There are times that I forget to dedicate myself to the things that are sacred to me. There are times that I don’t put effort in the daily routines that support me, for whatever kind of reason. With this New Moon I set the intention to make those daily routines, that I know are of help and support to me, a priority (again). Because those routines and rituals will support me throughout life. I’m running a marathon here, not a sprint. I’m hell-bent on running beautifully and victoriously; no matter how long, bumpy or messy the road. And… I’m doing an amazing job so far!”
Gemini rising & Gemini Sun
“The true Guru is within myself. The Sanskrit word Guru refers to ‘the one who dispels ignorance and darkness’. Others can lead the way. However, in the end I’m the one who needs to discover that the Light is always present within myself. I’m the one that will teach myself how to dispel the darkness.
In the last weeks I’ve been reviewing my worth and my values. Lack and abundance. Fear and faith. Anxiety and courage. Self-doubt and confidence. I’ve been a bag of mixed emotions.
Feelings of lack or scarcity often have not much to do with the amount of money in the bank account. Anxiety often hasn’t much to do with real dangerous threats. So often we stand in our own ways. So often we think that we are alone, the only one in this. So often we put ourselves in isolation. With this New Moon I remind myself that I’m not alone in this. I’m not alone in my pain.
I’m also not alone in my pleasure, my wealth and my joys. I’m here on Earth to share. I’m here on Earth to share my gifts, talents, possessions and resources. True wealth comes from sharing.
True growth comes with being vulnerable and opening myself to another. If I don’t dare to be vulnerable, if I don’t dare to open myself to another; how can I expect another to open up to me? There can be no real connection and sharing without vulnerability. When I open up to others, when I share both the highs and the lows; I can create the most beautiful collaborations. It’s through giving that I will receive.
In the end, though, it’s me who is my most important teacher, confidant, friend and Guru. I’m the one that raises my self worth. It might be a lifetime practice, but I’m worth it. With this New Moon, I’m connecting to the Guru within.”
Cancer rising & Cancer Sun
“The most beautiful sense of belonging that one can experience, is a sense of belonging in oneself. I’m not on this Earth to lose myself in another. I’m not here to live for another. I’m here to live for my own. As I come to learn this, my relationships are undergoing change, disruption and growth.
With this New Moon I make a new start. I’m being born again. I’m letting go of the pains and constraints that have been holding me back.
Love is not about giving oneself away to another. Love is about finding oneself through another. The ultimate love is the love that I feel for myself. The love that is my soul. I am love. Whatever that had me doubting that, I’m releasing it. With this New Moon I cleanse myself from unjust and limiting self-beliefs. With this New Moon I cleanse myself of the connections that are not in my best interest. With this New Moon I stand for my beliefs, truths, needs and the love that I feel deep in my core.
The love that is present so powerful and so deep inside my heart, is not a cheap thing. I don’t need to give it away freely and easily. It’s sacred. I’m allowed to protect it. I should protect it. Whoever I deem worthy to receive it, should feel honoured.
Most importantly, I remember that I myself am most worthy of receiving it. Not only am I allowed to love myself, I should love myself. And while I’m learning to honestly and abundantly love myself, I’m learning to stand for myself, my needs, my desires and my dreams.
I’m here on Earth to manifest myself and the life that suits me best. And everyday I can start again to put in the effort of manifestation.”
Leo rising & Leo Sun
“In the past two years I’ve learned that self-respect comes and grows with my efforts and ability to choose for myself. A meaningful life doesn’t equal status or isn’t created by pleasing others. It’s created in the messy process of becoming the person that I want to be. Whatever is going on in my life. No matter if there are thunderstorms or bright blue sunny skies, I’m learning that a truthful life is the only way to go. Courage is my fuel. Honesty is my compass. I’m aiming for self-respect, without it no victory is worth of celebration.
I’ve learned that I’m my own best friend and my own worst enemy. Sometimes it’s so easy to get lost in depths of sadness, becoming my own undoing. I’ve traveled into dark silent places, uncovering the unconscious and working through trauma. I’ve also learned that there’s transcendence, meaning and healing to be found in silence, in standing alone and in standing apart. Standing apart is what I needed to learn. It’s a beautiful and difficult thing. It’s a courageous act.
I’ve come far though. I’ve walked this road plenty of times now. With this New Moon I pledge to myself to be my best friend. Life is challenging enough as it is, I don’t need myself as an enemy.
I want to live a beautiful, honest and truthful life. I’ve worked hard in the last couple of years. I’ve done a lot of shadow work. Now it’s time to receive the fruits of my labor. I’m not here on Earth to please others. I’m here on Earth to love and care. I’m here to figure out what I want, to create the life that I want and to make myself proud. I’m here to lead. I’m not here to follow… except for my heart.”
Virgo rising & Virgo Sun
“I’m part of something bigger. My soul isn’t alone on this Earth. I’m connected. I’m of service in this world and others in the world are also of service to me. We all have needs, we all want to feel loved and we all want to feel part of something. That is okay. I’m here on this Earth to love others and to care for others. I’m also here to experience love.
With this New Moon I reflect on my connections, my friendships and the communities I’m part of. I remind myself that my friends and communities should provide me with love and meaning. In return I care for them. In case my connections don’t lift me higher: I take notice, reflect and make adjustments. We are all here to lift each other higher, not bring each other down.
There have been changes in my friendships and communities. Sometimes beautiful. Sometimes painful. Separation hurts. New connections have the ability to inspire. I set the intention to care for the people that I hold dear. Treat them as I want to be treated myself.
I’m allowed to love people in different places, with different stories and different lifestyles. I’m allowed have different kinds of connections. Sometimes intense and personal. Sometimes with breaks in between. It’s all okay. There are no rulebooks for connections. Except for being honest and truthful and showing up with care and love.”
Libra rising & Libra Sun
“I’ve created my roots. I’ve been grounding myself. I’ve been working on building a solid and safe place for my innermost feelings. I’ve build a space to retreat in. I’ve build a place that I can call home; either physical or spiritual, or both. It’s something I’ve been working on in the past few years and now I’m allowed to retreat.
Strong roots grow high trees. The stronger the roots, the more wind the tree can handle. A solid home life empowers a demanding/exciting career. A sense of grounding gives inner strength, endurance and courage.
In the past few years I’ve done my inner work. I’ve been working on my physical and spiritual homes. Now I’m ready to grow high and go far. With this New Moon I allow myself to make use of my roots and I set the intention to grow high. I might not know how life will unfold for me, but I do know there’s no need to hide in shadows. No matter what I want to build (a career, a business or the like): I’m able to do it. As long as I keep my grounding. As long as I make sure there are safe places to retreat. As long as I tend to my roots… I’m able to overcome anything.
And even though a solid and beautiful house might be nice and safe. The most solid home is the one within oneself. Home is where the heart is, is what they say. And it’s true. You can go on a pilgrimage, give away your belongings and travel the world, and have more solid roots than someone who owns a mansion. Take that mental note.”
Scorpio rising & Scorpio Sun
“The ways I give and experience meaning in life have changed over the last few years. Truth isn’t a static thing. Views on life change along with my life experience and self development. In the last few years I’ve learnt a great deal. I will forever continue to. Studying the mysteries of life is enriching.
I’ve uncovered life philosophies that resonate with me and that I hold dear. The challenge is to incorporate them in daily life. To experience them. To live them. It takes continuous effort and it’s a continuous practice to establish daily rituals that support me in experiencing meaning in life. With this New Moon I set the intention to keep putting in that effort.
Meaning isn’t just found in books and faraway places. Meaning is found in my morning rituals and the communications with people close to me. I’m learning that it can be both and that I can have both. I can study galaxies, mysticism, math, and whatever complex and exciting teachings there are in this world. They provide me with inspiration and knowledge. I like to dive deep into whatever holds my attention; uncovering mysteries and entering the darkest unknown places is something I live for. At the same time I can want and create meaning in the simplest things. The enjoyment of food, a morning yoga practice, my daily run; there is purpose in it all. And it doesn’t need to be forced. I just need to create space and time for it. Put a little focus on it everyday. With this New Moon I set the intention to continuously create space for meaning in my life to unfold.”
Sagittarius rising & Sagittarius Sun
“My collaborations are sacred. I feel love for the places where the other and I meet. Those places where we come together, they need to be cared for. My partnerships teach me so much. I’m learning how, where and for who I want to show up. I’m learning what connections are of value to me. I care for those collaborations that feel like true partnerships.
I offer myself to others. I have so much to give to this world. It needs to be offered. It also needs to be valued. If I’m undervalued then I’m not in the right place. Great partnerships are based on equal exchange. I have so much to offer; I don’t need to deplete myself. I know what I’m worth. The most beautiful connections actually show me how much I’m worth. In case there’s doubt about it, I’ll give myself permission to take distance. If I need to distance myself to hold my worth, I will. Collaborating isn’t always easy. Exchange isn’t always equal. Sometimes things get a bit messy. That’s okay. But I’ll put in the effort, always. And I’m allowed to ask for the same in return, for my partner to put in that effort too.
We can’t go through life alone. We build a better world by sharing our resources, talents, knowledge and gifts. I love to share my gifts. I’m learning how to receive in return. It is through exchange that something new is born. It is through collaboration that I’m growing. I wouldn’t be where I’m now if it wasn’t for my partnerships. Not all partnerships might have been great, some might have failed miserably. But I wouldn’t be where I’m now without those partnerships.
With this New Moon I set the intention to honour and celebrate those collaborations that are so valuable to me. I promise to invest myself in those collaborations where I feel valued and honoured in return. It is in those partnerships that something sacred is born. I tend to sacred. I care for divine.”
Capricorn rising & Capricorn Sun
“I’m known to be self-reliant and autonomous. I don’t like to depend on others. I’m an independent force moving through life. That, however, doesn’t mean I don’t crave intimacy, touch, connection and love.
I’ve been reviewing my relationships, the love I feel for others and the energy I invest in my relationships. Boundaries are a thing in relationships. There is no point in endless giving. I can feel love and express love without giving myself and my energy away. I’m allowed to set boundaries in order to keep myself safe. I’m also allowed to break down the walls that I once build and finally let others in. I don’t need to do things the way I used to do things.
Whatever I’m looking for in a partnership, whatever my needs are in love; the roots of it are in my past. Whatever trauma, whatever pain… I’m healing and I’m growing. While I’m doing the work, I find that I now want and need different things than I used to want and need.
My self-development benefits my relationships. The stronger my relationship with myself, the more I dare to love myself, the more beautiful and the stronger the love will be that I will discover in the world. Love is always there. It is ‘just’ a matter of seeing and allowing. The more comfortable I’m with myself, the more comfortable others will be with me. Yes, it sounds like shit, but it is the truth. I owe it to myself to love myself. I owe it to creation, the universe, God, whoever or whatever to call it: to love myself.
Relationships are mirrors. Who do I see when I look in the mirror? Who do I want to see when I look in the mirror?
I’m learning that I can be autonomous and vulnerable at the same time. I can be independent and also crave intimacy. I want to and I can give love in abundance. There is so much love in me that I want to bring into the world. I also acknowledge that I don’t need to give myself away freely. Whoever receives my love, is a fucking blessed person.”
Aquarius rising & Aquarius Sun
“I stand for equality. I want everyone to feel part of the group, no one should feel left out. At the same time I find myself to stand on the outside, so often. If it’s not because life wants me on the outside, then it is because I place myself on the outside. I’m a lover of humanity. I also often feel alone and sometimes even crave to be alone. The water bearer is what they call me: I want to pour my love into the world. But where do I find a refill?
This all brings the question: where do I find healing? There is much soul work that I’ve been doing in the last few years. The past years have been therapy. The past years have shown me where and how I sabotage myself. I’ve been confronted with the darkest parts within me. And I’ve learned and/or should remember myself that those parts are worthy of my love as much as humanity is. I know where and how I nurture others. To learn how to nurture myself is a gift too. I’m learning it. I’m perfecting that skill.
No matter if it’s counselling sessions, vipassana retreats, yoga, prayer, a walk in the woods or just closing the curtains and sitting in the dark. Spiritual practices and working on my mental health: it’s not always as glamorous as it seems but it is fucking important. I may love humanity. With this New Moon however: I prioritise myself. I can’t carry waters if I don’t feel strong and healthy. Caring for myself equals caring for the world. My work and service in the world are holy practices. The divine is present in all of us. Transcendence is found within.”
Pisces rising & Pisces Sun
“There is so much enjoyment found in connection. In love, in friendships and soul connections. There’s a part of me that loves to disappear in others, in dreams, in hopes. There is an ocean of souls to get lost in, to discover and to connect with. I love to have beautiful connections. I live for those.
Sometimes however I just swim a little too far and wide; getting so lost in connection that I forget not only that I have my place to retreat, I tend to forget I’m in an ocean anyway. Pisces are good at swimming in waters. A fish is not so good at setting boundaries. Losing myself in another is a romantic dream; not so much fun in reality.
With this New Moon I remind myself that my creativity, my romanticism and my pleasures are sacred. Setting boundaries is a practice that makes perfect. I start this practice by carving out time for my own pleasures and for my creative endeavours. Sometimes the most romantic dates are the dates with just myself. Sometimes a fish just needs a good one night stand; you can both swim back to your own different seas afterwards. Whatever it is that this Pisces craves on this New Moon: go for it. Connection within, connection with another; deep soul meetings or just good sex. It’s al okay.
With this New Moon I allow myself to stand for my own needs. Social obligations can wait. My creative needs; from orgasms to painting, are priority with this Moon. There is no need for perfection. Art can be made by anyone. Life can be messy, so are art and sex. It’s all about having fun, not about creating a masterpiece. I allow myself to have fun and to play.”