New Moon at 20 Cancer 41, partial solar eclipse
July 12, 2018, 10:48pm EDT, 7:48pm PDT
July 13, 2018, 3:48am BST, 12:48pm AEST
Image: Drawing of Naga Kanya, 2013, on St. John. This sculpture came to me for my 50th birthday. I drew this before sending her off to a new home. It turned out I was about to head out to a new home as well. I came to know her so much more intimately while drawing her, paying close attention and bringing her into expression.
"The bright moon congeals the gold liquid,
Blue lotus refines jade reality.
When you've cooked the marrow of the sun and moon,
The pearl is so bright you don't worry about poverty."
—from Thomas Cleary, "Immortal Sisters"
This Cancer New Moon is mildly eclipsed with just a touch of shadow, a subtle Cancerian hint at some tidal shift in play.
The cosmic dance is quite intricate this season, with various planets moving backwards and forwards from Earth's point of view. It might, at times, feel like a kid's bumper car track, or a spicy tango. Three eclipses add to the excitement.
We had two major planet sign changes in April and May, which take some getting used to (into next year). Now we have time to pause, try things out and reconsider. June may have been the smoothest sailing of the season, but not for everyone. July takes a back step, with juicy dynamics challenging, emotional, and creatively inspiring. The New Moon on July 13 is partially eclipsed, followed by total lunar eclipse on July 27. The New Moon on August 11 is partial bonus eclipse. Expect and welcome change. Stay up with the times!
On this New Moon Mermaid Cancer is expressing herself. Such a mermaid time! (Last time I wrote about mermaid Salacia. You can read about her here. See announcement below re upcoming Cosmic Mythic Mermaid webinar). With intense plasma waves coming in through the solar field, mermaids are feeling the tides in the cosmic flow evoking ancient memories. Many mermaids are emerging, a choir of sing song, sea song. So I am going with the flow here, following what comes up as I write.
We have both a water triangle and an earth triangle of planets, for a fertile field of manifestation. The main hub of this elemental dynamic is Pluto in Capricorn opposite the New Moon. Pluto is so closely in opposition that the subjectivity and moodiness of Cancer can be more pronounced with undercurrents and subterfuge. Oh my! did you get that merge of "subterfuge" with a musical "fugue"? Where did that come from? This unconscious juicy word meld sent me off on a research vision quest, starting with dictionary references.
Subterfuge is defined as "an artifice or expedient used to evade a rule, escape a consequence, hide something, etc.," in other words, a deception, scheme, ruse, trick. Here are two interesting musical tracks that can evoke another level of understanding beyond the mental. Check these out (if you dare).
"Subterfuge" track from Bela Fleck and the Flecktones' 2006 album, The Hidden Land.
The album cover shows them in what looks like an underground cave with water. It's a rather wild and intriguing jazz piece. You can continue on to listen to "Sinister Minister," for further musical reference to Pluto.
There is also a "Subterfuge" track from Demolition, a Judas Priest album. This is a new group to me, pretty intense. Honestly I couldn't listen to the whole piece. FYI: it comes with Parental Advisory warning. (Read More.)