New Moon in Cancer: A Time to Widen Our Definition of Family

New Moon in Cancer or Moon Child

New Moon in Cancer or Moon Child

Quick reminder Mercury is retrograde now through July 20th.

July 8th both the Sun and the Moon will be in the sign of Cancer reminding us of the family come from but also that we belong to the family of humankind. What better way to be reminded that we are all connected than through music.

 Since 2004 Play For Change has been going around the world recording musicians.

“The project started in 2004 with the organization’s self-described goal to “inspire, connect, and bring peace to the world through music”. The creators of the project, Mark Johnson and Enzo Buono, traveled around the world to places including New Orleans, Barcelona, South Africa, India, Nepal, the Middle East and Ireland. Using mobile recording equipment, the duo recorded local musicians performing the same song, interpreted in their own style. Among the artists participating or openly involved in the project are Vusi Mahlasela, Louis Mhlanga, Clarence Bekker, Tal Ben Ari (Tula), Bono, Keb’ Mo’, David Broza, Manu Chao and Grandpa Elliott.” Wikipedia

Stephanie Austin writes this: New Moon in Cancer symbolizing how we ultimately learn that we are a child of the universe, and that we all belong to the family of humankind. The word “matter” comes from the Sanskrit root for “mother”; Cancer also reminds us of the importance of honoring matter as mother, that all aspects of the material world are sacred, including our physical body and the Earth on which we live. As the first water sign, Cancer represents the development and monitoring of our emotional body. Feelings provide essential feedback, signaling what is healthy or harmful. When we disregard our feelings, we lose the vital information they offer, and we succumb to overeating, overspending, and overworking. This new moon calls us to widen our definition of family and further develop our emotional literacy. For valuable tips, visit

Important Dates:
July 3: Sun square Uranus (12º Cancer-Aries)
July 7: Saturn turns direct (5º Scorpio)
July 8: New Moon 12:14 AM PDT (16º Cancer)
July 13: Mars enters Cancer
July 17: Uranus stations retrograde (13º Aries)
July 17-19: Jupiter-Saturn-Neptune grand trine (5º Cancer-Scorpio-Pisces)
July 20: Mercury turns direct (13º Cancer)
July 20-23: Mars-Saturn-Neptune grand trine (5º Cancer-Scorpio-Pisces)

For more music and inspiration please go to my daily blog Light Words.


Now Is A Time to Embrace Heaven On Earth

Spirituality is  found where ever you are.

Spirituality is found where ever you are.

No matter our station in life, over the next 2 weeks we will come to see we are all in this together.  Many astrologers are saying that this is a time of love and compassion, I say as all things planetary it is up to us how we respond. Some may fight against the tides of change and make life miserable for themselves and those around them.  You have been given the wisdom here and now; so please welcome to the flow, embrace your impulses for creativity, and high minded togetherness.

I have found that my mind flits from one thing to next even more than usual 😉 during this time.  Containment, support, focus on one thing at a time will balance the ever expansive life on earth of 5 planets in Pisces.

Stephanie Austin Eco Astrologer puts it this way: Pisces is represented by two yoked fish; the constellation shows one swimming upward, the other horizontally, revealing the inseparability of transcendence and immanence, heaven and earth, spirituality and materiality. Pisces teaches that we are both a particle and a wave, temporal and eternal, a singular and indivisible part of the universe.  Neptune, Chiron, Mars, and Mercury as well, with Venus are inPisces . All this greatly energizes the spiritual tasks of Pisces: to see through the illusion of duality, trust our inner knowing, and realize our interconnectedness with all life.

The Blessing and Challenges of The Sun and Many Planets In Pisces:

At the ford

As we cross the ford we must ask: What is real? What is illusion or delusion? Where is solid ground?

For the next month the cosmos will be requiring us to live in and focus on all that is fluid. Every form. from water, snow, chemicals, sneezes, to emotion and imagination. Some we can’t live with out and others might destroy us. Paradox could be another word for Pisces the sign of two fish swimming in opposite directions.

As a child wasn’t is wonderful to swim under water with your eyes open? Everything was strange and beautiful, floating, but you we could become easily disoriented. Up could become down or you would bump into the side of the pool. That is how life on earth may feel when all the personal planets are in the 12th sign of of the zodiac Pisces.  Add Neptune the ruler of Pisces to the mix we are  truly diving into a watery world.

FYI this is a rare occurrence, you might even say we are sailing off into uncharted waters. It might be fun to pay attention to how many watery metaphors you and the news are using as we get into the swim of things, or shall I say go with the flow. Those are two way to navigate a world where one could be swept away by beauty one moment and drowned by addiction the next.

To help us through to the other side Pluto is in Capricorn and Saturn is in Scorpio. What that means is that our bones, our structures, our rules of behavior are firmly in place as vehicles for reality checks when you need them.  What did your old dad tell you about…now is time to listen for the words of the ancestors. All this being said you could come up on shore on the first day of Spring with new and creative way  of solving (dissolving obsticals) problems Here are two wise women’s comments on our dive into Pisces:

During Mutable Water Pisces month, February 18-March 20, we turn inwards to our tender places and intimate dreams. Our energy may be low, but this can help us do less and process more, review the story of our year, compost its lessons, and dream the future before we begin a new cycle. Our challenge is to stay grounded in the moment.
— Heather Roan Robbins © Mother Tongue Ink 2012
Pisces Born: [and we all have Pisces in our charts] increased sensitivity and less motivating energy, gift of Neptune’s presence in your sign, becomes slightly more comfortable in 2013. You feel bolder, more playful and creative from mid-year on. Art allows you to channel sensitivity without being negatively affected by the uncertainty around you.
— Gretchen Lawlor © Mother Tongue Ink 2012