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Cancer New Moon + Solar Eclipse: Emotional, Intuitive, Introspective

IMG_6988We experience a New Moon in Cancer on Sunday, June 21st at approximately 2:02 AM EDT, which will be accompanied by a Solar Eclipse! This is also the first New Moon of the Summer season (in the Northern hemisphere), as we experience the Summer Solstice the day before on June 20th. In general, New Moons are period for going within, starting fresh, and new beginnings, which will be accentuated even more so with the beginning of the Summer season and this Solar Eclipse. The presentation of the Moon in the zodiac of Cancer will make this particular New Moon an emotional, intuitive, and introspective time, and as we are in the middle of Eclipse season, we are also in a period of immense transition and transformation.

About this Solar Eclipse

When we experience a solar eclipse, it always coincides with a New Moon.  This particular type of eclipse brings with it the potential for bold beginnings, new (and possibly unexpected) paths, as well as major growth. A solar eclipse can also be a time of upheaval and a temporary disconnection from our sense of reality. This truly is a period where we have an opportunity to go within, to connect with our inner landscape, and to create shifts from the inside out, in order to move into the path or direction that feels most aligned for us during this time.

Emotional, Intuitive, Introspective

As mentioned above, the Cancer zodiac is providing an influence during this New Moon that will likely be and feel very emotional, intuitive, and introspective. We are being called to dive deep within ourselves and to use our emotions and intuition as our greatest guide. When we allow ourselves to feel our feelings, we are able to gauge where we are in alignment with our inner being and where we are not, and then make necessary adjustments to move into alignment. This is also a period where we are encouraged to slow down, take stock, recognize where we want to not only experience shifts in our outer reality, but to realize where and how we want to FEEL shifts, knowing that true change on the outside begins first on the inside. This is not a period for rushing anything or forcing anything, but for allowing ourselves a deep exhale so that what is not serving us may be released, in order to direct our focus and energy toward what feels right during this time.

The New Moon phase is also an ideal time to set intentions for the new lunar cycle, and with this being the first lunar cycle of the Summer season, these intentions may feel even more signficant than during most New Moons. We are now more than halfway through this year, and there has been a lot unfolding for many of us individually, as well as collectively. It’s likely that over the last several months, many of us have made adjustments and shifts in our lives and have possibly been re-evaluating certain aspects of our reality and experience. This is an ideal period to fine-tune this even more, really honing in on what feels most in alignment with our inner being and Highest Self, so that when we are ready to take outward action, we are on the path best suited to us at this time.

The Cancer zodiac is represented by the crab, which is known to hermit inside its shell, protecting itself and going within, shutting out the outer world and outside distractions, when necessary. This New Moon/Solar Eclipse combination is encouraging us to do the same, not from a place of fear, but from a place of knowing that time spent within is necessary in order to re-evaluate, appreciate, and listen to what our inner voice is saying, before we move ahead. By allowing ourselves to slow down and take this time out from the outer world, we will be able to more clearly hone in on what is trying to get our attention within us, so that we can then bring that into our outer world when the time is right. Doing so will provide an opportunity for immense transformation, but in order for transformation to occur, there must also be a time of transition, from one reality to another – a closing out of old energy, the end of a current chapter – in order for a new reality to come into being. And while we may not know all that lies ahead, we can appreciate that uncertainty births beautiful beginnings and new ways of being.

Wishing you abundant New Moon blessings!

“In the waves of change, we find our true direction.” -Unknown

Zodiac artwork: @nicoledebarber (Instagram) – Also consider checking out her website, www.nicoledebarber.bigcartel.com – This artwork has been commissioned by the author of this blog and all images are subject to copyright law.

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Sagittarius Full Moon/Lunar Eclipse: Freeing, Optimistic, Spontaneous

IMG_7596We experience a Full Moon in the sign of Sagittarius, coupled with a Lunar Eclipse, on Friday, June 5th at 3:12 PM EDT – this Full Moon is the final Full Moon of the Spring season and highlights energies of freedom, optimism, and spontaneity. However, as this is also a Lunar Eclipse, there is a lot of energy with this Full Moon that relates to release, self-discovery, and potential breakthroughs. If anything has been standing in the way, this is an opportunity to clear it, and move ahead with fiery passion and optimism.

 

Freeing, Optimistic, Spontaneous

Sagittarius is one of the fire signs of the zodiac – there is strong will and determination, a desire for knowledge and truth, a fighter for freedom in all ways, and the capacity to blaze through anything standing in the way. Sagittarius has the beautiful ability to remain optimistic, even if it may seem to most that things are completely falling apart – as a fire element, Sag appreciates that fire is the ultimate transmuter, destroying one form so that another form may come forth. Within this, there is a freeing energy that is like no other. Sagittarius doesn’t become too attached to anyone or anything, knowing that the only thing that remains constant is change, and for better or worse, the Archer of the zodiac is going to make the best of it!

This Full Moon in Sagittarius is the final Full Moon of the Spring season, and with that, there is an amazing opportunity for us to reflect upon this past season of our lives and evaluate what we have learned and experienced, where we have seen growth along our personal paths, as well as what we have had to let go of or may now realize it’s time to let go of – the energy of Sagittarius may assist us with this, as it embraces change, knowing that change facilitates freedom. And with this also being a Lunar Eclipse, the potential for release, pushing past barriers, letting go of limitations, and amazing breakthroughs are all very real during this Full Moon. We are being called to fully release anything that we feel or that we recognize has been holding us back, whether real or perceived, knowing that releasing what does not serve us or what we do not need is a true key to experiencing freedom.

Oh, and Sag energy is one of ‘the glass is half full’ – no matter what may be going on in the outside world, Sagittarius knows that focusing on what we don’t want to experience usually doesn’t get us what we do want to experience. Instead of the ‘woe is me’ attitude, this Full Moon will invite us to be bold and fiery from the inside out, shine our lights brightly, and believe that the future belongs to those who are willing to believe it can and will be better than it has been, as long as we are ready to let go of what is not serving us (individually and collectively), and set our sights on our highest dreams and visions – just as the Archer aims his bow precisely toward the target! So if we’ve been lacking a healthy sense of optimism over this past season, we are being asked to embrace a higher way of thinking and step fully into the power we have as creator beings.

For those of us lacking in spontaneity, Sag calls us to embrace it in a big way! Sometimes the best way to release, let go, and move through is to move into the energy of spontaneity. Shake things up a bit! Do what feels good in the moment – immerse yourself in what you’re being called to experience right now! Staying stuck in an ever-constant routine or pattern or way of being is not always going to serve us. Breakthroughs usually require breaking through patterns and ways of being. So for those of us who may be feeling stuck or in a rut, this Sagittarius Full Moon is assisting us in a big way right now. Sag reminds us that there is so much awaiting us, so much to explore, to learn, to discover, and to experience, if only we are willing to get out of our own way and follow what we know to be true in our hearts!

Wishing all of you abundant Full Moon blessings!

 

‘The only real prison is fear, and the only real freedom is freedom from fear.’ -Aung San Suu Kyi

Zodiac artwork: @nicoledebarber (Instagram) – Also consider checking out her website, www.nicoledebarber.bigcartel.com – This artwork has been commissioned by the author of this blog and all images are subject to copyright law.

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Gemini New Moon: Curious, Open, Expressive

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We experience the New Moon in Gemini on Friday, May 22nd at approximately 1:38 PM EDT – this New Moon marks the beginning of the final lunar cycle of the Spring season. As this New Moon is under the influence of Gemini, energies of openness, curiosity, and expression will be significant. Gemini is one of the air signs of the zodiac, which assists to create a lot of space, especially mentally and emotionally, so that we may remain open, while also feeling free to explore our curiosity and authentically express ourselves and what we are discovering.

Curious, Open, Expressive

Of course, the New Moon phase is a period when we are encouraged to go more within ourselves, release anything we do not want to bring into the new lunar cycle, and start afresh. With this also being the final New Moon of Spring, this is also an ideal time to reflect over this Spring season, in order to identify what we have learned, where we have grown, and what direction we are currently moving in during this time. There is a calling to use the influence of Gemini to open up and get curious about what is going on both within us and around us through our observations and experiences. Through doing so, we increase our capacity to learn and grow as we connect and integrate new information that has the possibility to create shifts from the inside out.

As mentioned above, the air quality of Gemini assists with creating more space for us, both mentally and emotionally. This will likely be beneficial for many of us during this New Moon, as we won’t be so heavily weighed down by our emotions, and instead are able to embrace our curiosity and desire to express ourselves in ways that feel good to us. This greater space and openness will also encourage an increased capacity to be with new experiences and perspectives, observing them and learning from them. As we do so, we may also discover things about ourselves that we may have previously been unaware of or didn’t consider to be significant.

Gemini energy is also significantly tied to communication and expression. As we open up and explore our curiosity, we are also encouraged to communicate and express new observations, ideas, and perspectives. This is an ideal time to follow any nudges we receive as it relates to communicating, sharing, and expressing, doing so in ways that feel right and aligned for us during this time. We are reminded that we have a unique and valid perspective, and that we should share it in ways that feel authentic to us when we feel called to do so. As we reflect over this Spring season, this New Moon in Gemini is also a perfect opportunity to remain curious about what is taking place within us and to explore that as deeply as we would like, perhaps through reflective journaling or through any other means that assist us to communicate with our inner being and allow that part of us to be expressed. Working with the energy of this New Moon provides us a chance to shift into a new paradigm, one where we completely embrace truth and freedom, allowing them to point us in the direction that is right for us.

Wishing all of you abundant New Moon blessings!

“The future belongs to the curious. The ones who are not afraid to try it, explore it, poke at it, question it, and turn it inside out.” -Unknown 

Zodiac artwork: @nicoledebarber (Instagram) – Also consider checking out her website, www.nicoledebarber.bigcartel.com – This artwork has been commissioned by the author of this blog and all images are subject to copyright law.

Want to dive deeper with the energies surrounding this New Moon in Gemini? Consider ordering your copy of my New & Full Moon E-Workbook here!

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Scorpio Full Moon: Dualistic, Emotional, Intuitive

IMG_7512We experience a Full Moon in Scorpio on Thursday, May 7th at approximately 6:45 AM EDT – this particular Full Moon will highlight dualistic, emotional, and intuitive energies thanks to the zodiac of Scorpio, where the Moon presents. This is an opportunity for us to bring darkness to the light, working with our ‘shadow’, and feel fuller and more complete within ourselves because of it. This Full Moon offers a period for us to recognize that the light and the dark are really one, opposite ends of the same spectrum, if you will, and without one, the other cannot be.

 

Dualistic, Emotional, Intuitive 

The energy surrounding Scorpio is one that really assists us to get in touch with our emotions and intuition. It asks us to dive deep within ourselves and take an honest look at what we discover there – the painful, the messy – the parts of ourselves that we like to pretend don’t exist, our ‘shadow’, if you will. The Full Moon phase also tends to heighten emotions and intuition, and this will be especially true of this Full Moon, as it presents in Scorpio (also true when it presents in any water sign of the zodiac). We are being called to embrace this as a gift, and appreciate all of the parts of ourselves that make us whole, that make us feel full and complete. And to do that requires accepting all parts of us, even the ones that we may want to mask or bury or hide. This is an opportunity to use our emotions and intuition to our advantage, trust that they have messages to share with us, and will shine a light on something significant in our lives and about ourselves.

This assists us to see the dualistic nature of life and of ourselves, recognizing that duality is necessary in order to experience completion. If we think of light/dark, life/death, masculine/feminine, pleasure/pain, etc., we realize that each one goes with the other, and that without one the other could not be, opposite ends of the same spectrum, as stated above. So even though they seem to be opposite, and one is generally considered ‘wanted’ and the other ‘unwanted’, they really are the same, a beautiful union that makes all that is possible. So if we take this understanding and apply it to our personal lives and what is going on within us, we may come to also understand that those parts of ourselves that we generally don’t want to face are necessary to our fullness, to our wholeness, and that if we acknowledge and embrace them, there is much we may learn from them, as all darkness is really just disguised light. It always has a message, it really just wants and needs to be loved.

Scorpio energy also brings awareness to the cyclical nature of life – birth, life, growth, death, re-birth. Each is necessary and has its own purpose with all things and all beings. The ending of one thing is also the beginning of another. Life implies death and death implies life. This cyclical nature is part of the duality that makes this experience of life possible. This Full Moon in Scorpio offers an illumination of the cycles within our own lives. What is currently ending or dying for us? And with this ending, what new beginning is coming forth? What is also growing and expanding? What are we birthing into our reality? This is an opportunity to slow down and appreciate each part of this cyclical experience, trusting that each phase of the cycle is necessary to our unique and beautiful personal experience of life.

Wishing all of you abundant Full Moon blessings!

 

‘Duality is always secretly unity.’ -Alan Watts

Zodiac artwork: @nicoledebarber (Instagram) – Also consider checking out her website, www.nicoledebarber.bigcarterl.com – This artwork has been commissioned by the author of this blog and all images are subject to copyright law.

If you have found this post (or any of Nadia’s other free content to be useful), please consider making a contribution for her continued work with lunar-focused astrology. You may do so through Venmo (username – @Nadia-Casperson) or via PayPal at www.paypal.me/nadiacasperson

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Taurus New Moon: Grounding, Earthy, Clarifying

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We experience a New Moon in Taurus on Wednesday, April 22nd at 10:25 PM EDT – this particular New Moon will usher in grounding, earthy,  and clarifying energies thanks to its presentation in the zodiac of Taurus. The New Moon marks the beginning of a lunar cycle, and is energetically a period of fresh starts and new beginnings. We are being given an opportunity to deeply connect with ourselves and the world around us, in a way that feels supportive and nurturing. This is a call to lean into our physical experience to discover a deeper sense of clarity and presence.

Grounding, Earthy, Clarifying

The zodiac of Taurus is one that enhances the connection we feel to our physical bodies, senses, and the Earth. Through this, it provides a lot of grounding energy. As the Moon presents here for her New Moon phase, we are being offered an opportunity to slow down, relax, and enjoy our physical experience, particularly through simple pleasures and being present. As we focus on our physical experience and what feels good, we move ourselves into a very grounded state that promotes enjoyment and relaxation, and we are encouraged to focus on what feels good. And when we focus on what feels good, our experience usually continues to feel good, as that is where we are concentrating our energy, and what we focus upon expands.

Taurus also has a deep appreciation for beauty, particularly Earthly beauty. This New Moon assists us to not only feel grounded, but to also connect with our Mother Earth, our physical home. As we slow down and move into a state of enjoyment and relaxation, we also are asked to enjoy and appreciate this planet we find ourselves living upon and all of her beauty, allowing ourselves to be present with the energy of the Earth and all of her many wonders, acknowledging the amazing support and nurturing qualities that she provides for us continuously, trusting that we always have everything we need, not only to survive, but also to thrive.

This New Moon also provides a period for us to receive greater clarity as it relates to our inner world and personal path. Taurus tends to know what she wants – she is stable, sturdy, and particular, not wavering much in what she knows feels good and wants to experience. A New Moon presentation in Taurus gives us a deeper sense of clarity if we allow ourselves to lean into it through slowing down and being present, moving into a quiet and still place where what wants to come through to us is able to come through. And if we lean into relaxation and enjoyment, what we need to know and feel is very likely to come through. This is a time to move away from any ‘shoulds’ we tell ourselves and allow the energy of deep connection, to the Earth as well as to ourselves, to guide us, trusting that the path will continue to show up for us and ground us, like only the energy of Taurus can!

Wishing all of you abundant New Moon blessings!

‘Walk as if you are kissing the Earth with your feet.’ -Thich Nhat Hanh

Zodiac artwork: @nicoledebarber (Instagram) – Also consider checking out her website, www.nicoledebarber.bigcartel.com – This artwork has been commissioned by the author of this blog and all images are subject to copyright law.

If you have found this post (or any of Nadia’s other free content to be useful), please consider making a contribution for her continued work with lunar-focused astrology. You may do so through Venmo (username – @Nadia-Casperson) or via PayPal at www.paypal.me/nadiacasperson

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