Date: July 17, 2023
The New Moon in Cancer signals us to check in with our feelings, and how our immediate surroundings either help or hinder our energy and flow through life.
Look for ways to boost the energy of your home so that your home is a space of joy, peace, and excitement – a place to recharge and be inspired – and not just a place to crash and escape the world.
But don’t get overwhelmed.
Shifting the energy of your home or immediate surroundings takes time and commitment. It’s better to make a series of tiny changes than attempt to do a major overhaul all in one weekend.
Lucky for us this year (2020), we have not one but two New Moons in Cancer to work on harmonizing our home and domestic life.
Under the dark moon, get clear on what that commitment will look like.
For Tracy and I, it’s important to maintain a positive, balanced energy to our home.
Our home is where we spend time together as a family, and where we rest each night. But it’s also where we work, and we both spend a LOT of time here – so we have to maintain a good energy or it will affect every aspect of our life including our business, our health, and our relationship.
We do this by creating sacred spaces or altars that integrate our spiritual practice into our daily routine.
Crystals help us focus our intentions and remind us to connect with what we want more of in our lives. My fist-sized orange calcite reminds me to seek joy and not shy away from playfulness.
My satin spar tower simply exudes a calming, cleansing presense.
My large black tourmaline rod is there when I need it to absorb and dissipate any stress, anxiety, or negative feelings.
We regularly cleanse our space ritualistically by burning cedar, mugwort flowers, or sage.
I tend to a massive indoor garden (jungle) of houseplants that not only purify the air, but provide a healing green aesthetic that helps me get through the winter doldrums when the Cancer moon is full. (You don’t need an indoor jungle – a simple potted plant on a windowsill will do the trick.)
We fight a daily battle with clutter. It’s a losing battle most days, but tiny improvements over time make it manageable. We’re always refining.
Don’t try to do too much or you’ll burn out. Cancer is a water sign, so embody the properties of water as you sort out the energy of your home or personal space. Be adaptable. Tune into the flow of energy.
New Moon In Cancer Correspondences
Element: Water (Cancer is a water sign.)
Season: Summer (The Cancer New Moon occurs during the beginning of Summer, and is a good time to double down on the intentions you set during the beginning of the year, and carry that momentum through the next six months.
Candle Color: Amber, blue, turquoise.
Crystals/Stones: Black moonstone is my go-to new moon crystal.
Additionally, consider working with turquoise, amazonite, aquamarine, amber, or pearl.
Herbs/Tea: Lemon balm (which should be ready for harvest at this time), comfrey, watercress.
Essential Oils/Incense: Lemon balm, eucalyptus.
Other Earth Magical Items: Crab shells, seashells, coral, beach sand.
New Moon In Cancer Rituals
Here are a few rituals that you can do under the Cancer New Moon:
1) Cancer New Moon Tarot
The tarot card associated with Cancer is the Chariot (VII) card.
The chariot represents freedom and movement, yet our freedom and movement through our life is often restricted if we are not fully recharged and inspired at home.
If the home is chaotic, cluttered, and scattered energetically, then you might find yourself becoming stagnant, or you end up way off track and wondering how you got there.
The Chariot card can also signal conflicting influences in your life – whether that be conflict in your home life, work life, or internally.
If you work with the tarot, pull the Chariot card from your favorite deck and spend some time journaling about what the number one energy drain in your home is.
Is it clutter? Or conflict with a spouse/roommate/child? Do you feel like your home drains your energy or boosts your energy? Why?
Pull two cards at random. Place one to the left of The Chariot. This is what is disrupting the energy in your home.
Place the second card to the right of The Chariot. This is what you need to do or embrace to enhance the energy of your home.
Another variation of this tarot spread is a simple Intention/Action spread like the one below:
2) Go For A Swim
Cancer is a water sign, so if you are able and have access to a swimming pool, lake, river, etc…, then go for a swim, or wade in. Thank the water for everything it makes possible.
Alternately, you can take a bath, or simply set up a simple desktop water fountain on your altar – or a simple bowl of water to honor the element and its vital role in your life.
3) New Moon Journaling
The New Moon is one of my favorite times to journal. While I do more reflective journaling under a full moon, the new moon is a time to set intentions, write out a vivid description of what I want to manifest, and set out milestones that will ultimately take me to my goal.
My Garden At The New Moon In Cancer
It’s the hottest part of the summer by the New Moon in Cancer, and in my garden, I find I have to work to balance the sun’s fiery energy with water to keep my plants healthy and happy.
Herbs are producing abundantly, so I enjoy making tea from the various types of mint that I grow (including lemon balm and catnip).
By now, milkweed is in bloom (in my Upstate NY zone 5 garden), and I anticipate a sure sign of midsummer – the arrival of Monarch butterflies.