Tonight is the Cancer New Moon, exact at 10:48 pm EDT (02:48 UTC Friday). But it’s not just a New Moon: it is also a partial solar eclipse. Not only that, it’s an eclipse opposite Pluto in Capricorn. Amanda Painter explores some of the themes for tonight’s eclipse chart, which begins a three-eclipse month.
There are seemingly opposite forces at work today, at least in terms of tone and temperament. As Amanda Painter explains, there’s some astrology offering a relaxed and possibly empathetic or idealistic vibe; on the other hand, that could take a backseat to more confrontational and entrenched interactions, depending on your personality and social context.
Most likely, by the time you read this, the Capricorn Full Moon will be separating and its energy easing; though we’re still getting used to Mars retrograde in Aquarius. There’s still a lot to feel edgy and overwhelmed by in this world. Yet in the next few days, we’ll also get some shifts in tone that may help you to tap into a sense of what you can do.
Today is the Cancer solstice: the day when the Sun ingresses Cancer. As Amanda Painter writes, this year, two of the strongest themes of Cancer certainly are at the forefront of U.S. consciousness: taking care (or not), and emotions/sensitivity. There’s also an interesting Venus-Mars opposition as Mars prepares to station retrograde.
As we emerge from yesterday’s Gemini New Moon and whatever you experienced with it, the theme of “new” appears to be carrying forward. Questions you might ask yourself include “Where in my life do I need something new?” Venus in Leo square Uranus in Taurus is pushing the issue; a Mercury-Saturn opposition heightens the thinking and feeling.
Despite the focus on fire and air earlier this week with Tuesday’s Full Moon, there’s an emphasis on the water signs as we head into the weekend: a grand trine featuring Venus in Cancer, Jupiter in Scorpio and Neptune in Pisces. If you had to pick a watery metaphor for the general feel of your life this week, what would it be?
We’re in a week marked by movement and an impulse toward something new: on Tuesday, we had the Taurus New Moon, and Uranus entered Taurus; yesterday Mars entered Aquarius, and formed a square to Uranus. Amanda Painter takes a closer look at the adjustment phase for these planets in their new signs, since we’ll get an echo of this energy later in the year.