New Moon in Cancer: Botched Births

New Moon in Cancer: Botched Births

The New Moon in Cancer occurs June 23rd, 2017 at 2°47’ of Cancer.

Try checking what area of your birth chart is ruled by Cancer or the house where your natal Moon is found for more insight.

If you are new or new-ish to astrology, this post is a good place to start for generating your birth chart and checking out which part of your chart is being touched by this lunation.

You can find out more about how to work with the New Moon here.


New Moon in Cancer – June 23rd, 2017

“He allowed himself to be swayed by his conviction that human beings are not born once and for all on the day their mothers give birth to them, but that life obliges them over and over again to give birth to themselves.” 
― Gabriel García MárquezLove in the Time of Cholera


Botched Births

Lately, I’ve been spending a lot of my time thinking about men and women, yin and yang, Sun and Moon.

About 2,000 years ago, give or take, the world decided it liked the Sun better than the Moon.

The Sun is constant. It never changes, it never dies. It’s also, in the words of Mircea Eliade, never in the process of ‘becoming’ – it just is. In that sense, it’s dependable, the Sun, if but a bit dull.

Sure, every now and again the Sun dips in its height as it marches from Solstice to Solstice, but that change is more parts decrescendo than death. All those ancient rituals – the imagined deaths of the Sun-kings and their subsequent rebirths – were just a farce. Just a bunch of itchy men stealing parts of the moon’s mysteries, hoping that imitation might truly be the most sincere form of flattery, hoping that some of that magic might rub off on their super mensch-ness.

I have no doubts about why we let the pendulum swung from solar to lunar and why it was so easy to let go of our Queen Selene.

The Moon is no fool’s planet (satellite, technically, but I digress). The Moon marches right into your spongy parts and claims them as her own. She sees your conception, she sees your birth, she sees your nourishment – how much you wanted and how much you got – and she sees how you use your body to process all of these pains. She is a vessel, and she’s your vessel too: she is the body, the container, the receptacle, the receiving end.

Every month she dies, and every month she rises again. Here we are, worshipping the Son of God for doing it just one time; in your lifetime, the Moon has already done it hundreds of times. She’s been in this process for thousands of years and will keep doing it for thousands more after we’re gone. She will never stop coming back, finding new reasons to live again and re-inventing herself, like every woman I know.

What you see of the Moon tonight will not be there tomorrow, and if you close your eyes for even a moment, you will see she’s changed once more while your back was turned.

Taking all of this into consideration, someone decided to change society’s electrics from lunar to solar power.

I’m not saying it doesn’t make sense; in fact, maybe it makes perfect sense: the Sun is the undying soul, and the Moon, after all, is ‘just’ the body, that one-ride-only jalopy.

Who needs her silvery sheen when you can have the sunshine? Why just receive when you can act? Why germinate when you can bloom?

And – why bother yourself with all this re-invention, all this shifty change, this incessant death and birth business?

Births are a desperately messy affair, and the Moon makes midwives of all, constantly on-call to the tune of her contractions, her broken waters.

The New Moon in Cancer is a birth, but a botched one. It’s a delivery – but of what, exactly? There may be something decidedly more sullen waiting for us in place of a bundle of joy.

As part of a building pattern, the Sun and Moon make no aspects to the rest of the chart, as in the case of the last several lunations. The lunation ruler happens to be the Moon, and the Moon is at home in Cancer, but in this case, she’s at home with all the lights out, hiding away.

With Mercury and the Moon in cancer, we may be tied up in the past, either nostalgic and wistful, or with Mars around, angry about what was, full of ire for how our past contrasts our present. What do we think of our past? Is it accurate? Could it be possible that the way we think (Mercury) about the past is keeping a new present from being birthed? These days, thoughts may become conflated with feeling and intuition, for good or bad. With Pallas-Athena linking to Uranus, breakthroughs and insights will tumble forth like shots in the dark.

The New Moon in Cancer chart is water-heavy, charged with emotion and feeling. In some ways, this has been a spirited, fire-dominant year, so this amount of water (feelings, the unconscious, sensation) may catch some of us off-guard. There will likely be swells of this kind of emotional material throughout the next week or more, but these are waves best ridden in a state of surrender. Don’t try to grab on too tight. Let the current take you where it may.

There are also aspects to this chart that strongly suggest emotional confrontations in relationships. Mars’ sword is pointed in the direction of Juno, Goddess of Marriage (conflicts and fights with a/the partner), while Jupiter squares her (power dynamics/struggles in relationships). Mars in Cancer often describes a sharpness to emotional expression, sometimes a passive-aggressiveness, too, which as it builds towards Pluto may come spilling out whether we like it or not (that aspect forms around July 2nd).

There’s also a rather auspicious sexual link to this chart. Venus squares asteroid Vesta, herself a sexually repressed spiritual servant, which can sometimes manifest as challenges between what we feel we must do or serve versus our need to achieve closeness and intimacy in a relationship. This aspect feels like a heads-down, motivated person or couple whose sex lives shrivels before their eyes. The creative-sexual function of Venus that normally serves to bring bodies closer has been funneled out into creative babies.

Otherwise, The Sun and Moon are both conjunct asteroid Lysistrata, the ancient Greek comedy famous the world-over for its story about women who withhold love-making from their husbands to bring about peace – the original ‘make love, not war.’

Make love, not war. It would be easy if we weren’t in the middle of this birth with our feet in stirrups.

New Moons have a gestational time, like all births. You’ll only really know what’s been born at this New Moon on January 2nd, 2018, the next Full Moon in Cancer.

So, how to handle this moment, this seemingly botched birth?

Besides the normal advice of forgiving yourself, staying in your body, and taking deep breaths (which sounds quite a lot like a Lamaze class), my own advice is to remember that this is just one of many births you’ll make in this lifetime.

This is a piece of you, but not the whole – despite how it feels right now.

Want to know more about the Moon?

…or why the number 13 isn’t unlucky at all?

…or how the Moon connects to sacred feminine mythology?

…or my step-by-step method for interpreting every New & Full Moon for yourself?


June 23rd, 2017, Cancer 2°47′

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