new moon // july


Thunder Moon
Monday, July 4th, Cancer, 4:00 am PST

How are you breaking free? I have been thinking a lot about freedom these past weeks. What that means in respect to my life, and the unexpected freedom that has been a gift to me during times when I experience great loss. 

This new moon is in the sign of Cancer, a very watery sign. It is an energy all about feelings, and feelings that are personal, not of the other or the more universal. They are about the ebb and flow of our inner emotional bodies. Water has movement, it is powerful yet fluid. I think about water a lot, as I am a Scorpio (which is a fixed water sign, it has the depth of the water, into the darkness and the part of the unknown, but it is stubborn and sometimes harsh) and I have a rising sign of Pisces (which is another water sign, but more of the physic and compassion of connection to others). How can I learn to be the water of the Cancer? The water that is personal, that is about understanding how to nurture myself, how to feel my feelings, how to connect to the flow within myself. How do I learn to not only embrace and accept, but to also ride the waves of my emotional body? That's what this time is about. 

This is also a time of release, release from wounds. And a time of freedom! Mars has been in retrograde since April 17 and it finally went direct on June 29th. This retrograde has slowed us down in many areas, but mostly I have noticed that it has brought up a lot of anger, frustration, aggravation etc... which I have talked about before. It has made our lives and relationships more difficult. BUT! It has also freed up so much of that energy in our bodies! If you have been allowing Mars to pull that energy up and out of you then you will be feeling much lighter and more at ease right now. And possibly some watery emotions could be flowing more easily. What have you broken free from during this Mars in retrograde period that has allowed for more freedom, ease and flow?

During these next few weeks try to focus on nurturing your emotional self. Find ways to allow yourself to be more free with your emotions, even if only to yourself. Take away the judgment and the restrictions on what you feel and when you feel it. How can you not just allow the bigger waves to come but also how do you not get stuck or drown in those waves, but learn to ride them? 

Don't forget to make your new moon wishes today. You can read more about how to do that here. It's a great time to use the energy of Cancer and wish about anything around the areas of home, family, self love, compassion, emotions, healing, support, or patients. 

Jane Dudley - Martha Graham technique Bennington School of the Dance 1938

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