La familia! A generous, family-style helping of lunar lovin' arrives on Friday, June 23, 2017, as the annual new moon in homespun Cancer serves up the warm and fuzzy vibes on an antique platter. Shower loved ones with appreciation, especially the supportive ladies in your life, since Cancer is the zodiac's feminine sign.
The Cancer new moon offers a healing moment to open our hearts and be more demonstrative, revealing our sensitive sides. With Cancer season in full swing until July 22, home and family will be highlighted under this lunar spell, as the new moon helps us start a fresh chapter with the ones we love most.
Communing with Wonder Woman types at the nurturing Cancer new moon might even lead to a promising sister act—one that could pay dividends by the corresponding full moon in Cancer on New Year's Day 2018. With our nesting instincts activated by la luna, spending time at home base helps us feel more centered. In the market for a home sweet home? This domestic new moon may reveal a dream listing or inspire a remodeling and decorating spree. While the urge to play host is strong, leave time for solitude. During this moody moon, familiarity can breed contempt—especially if we don't give ourselves enough personal space in between all the heartfelt huddles.
Here are seven ways to make the most of the Crab's emotive nature and to build security at the sensitive Cancer new moon:
1. Feather your nest.
Family-focused Cancer loves connecting to kin. This is the perfect time to spark a renewed relationship with a relative like your cousin living in that chic Parisian flat, or your bro who’s been busy since he and his wife had the kids. Bonus points for setting up a regular tradition like a monthly Sunday dinner with la familia, or an annual summer vacation. If you’re gathering 'round the family table this week, try your hand at a recipe that’s been handed down for generations.
Decorate your home with familiar symbols: Place your grandmother’s silver candlesticks on your dining table, or frame childhood photos and put them on display. If your family of origin falls into the crazy-maker category, skip back a few generations and learn more about your ancestral heritage. You might even select a cultural object or artifact that reflects your roots to display as artwork in your home. That Viking spear or West African mask will surely spark some interesting conversations with your houseguests.
2. Rock your retirement fund.
Financial security is a big deal to the zodiac’s Crab, whose energy never feels settled without a rainy day or retirement fund. Whether you’re 25 or 55, it’s never too early (or too late) to start socking away money for the future. If you’re a newbie, tuck into Suze Orman’s The Money Class as your summertime beach read—or any of our favorite picks for money and career books listed here. Changing times demand new strategies. For the more seasoned saver, schedule a meeting with a financial planner to explore new options for growing your wealth. Retooling your approach under the light of this new moon can help you get back in the driver’s seat of your financial future, even if that means clutching the wheel of a giant, snowbird-style, four-door Lincoln Town Car for this ride.
3. Revitalize with water.
Cancer is a water sign, and this new moon reminds us of the soothing and regenerative power of H2O. Take a ritual bath to cleanse your energy under these moonbeams. Pour in the Epsom salt, which is high in energizing, detoxifying magnesium (and which most people are deficient in nowadays). Bring a crystal or two to the tub to charge your bath with healing energy. We suggest moonstone, which embodies the feminine vibration and is said to enhance intuitive powers. Add a generous sprinkling of rose petals and a drop of pure essential rose oil. This gorgeous flower is known to have a soothing effect on the mind and can ease depression. Given the moodiness often associated with Cancer, a little serotonin boost goes a long way.
4. Nourish your gut's feelings, too.
Cancer rules the digestive system, so try some tummy-soothing tricks as well. Infuse your drinking water with herbs that are known to aid digestion. Try fresh mint, lemon, even a few leaves of basil. Experiment with the work of Dr. Masuro Emoto whose studies reveal that words and thoughts can change the shape of water molecules. Print an inspiring phrase or mantra onto a sticker and affix it to your refillable water bottle. You might just lift your spirits with every swig.
5. Get in touch with your heart.
As the ruler of the heart, Cancer is all about trusting and respecting our feelings. Unfortunately, we still live in a culture that dismisses emotional people as “weak.” Pure insanity! Today, suspend your focus on practical matters and instead tune into that inner voice. Can’t find it? Put your hands on your belly—the area ruled by Cancer—close your eyes, and breathe. Within a few minutes, your emotional truth will have its say. Grab a pen and free-write whatever comes up.
6. Honor thy mother.
Cancer rules motherhood, and this new moon is a powerful day to connect with your mama or other matriarchal figure (or your children). On this family-focused day, you might also want to explore your ancestral lineage. Are there rifts among your relatives that seem to keep repeating themselves? Check out Family Constellation Therapy, a healing modality that helps break generations-long family patterns—in a downright fascinating way. We like the work of Natalie Berthold.
7. Keep the tissues handy!
When all else fails, let those tears flow. There's nothing more cleansing—or Cancerian—than the soothing power of an emotional release. It turns out that tears also have surprising medical benefits. They release toxins—namely, the chemicals that raises cortisol, the stress hormone. Who knew? You can read about more of the helpful effects of crying it out here. In the meantime, enjoy the Cancer new moon's healing vibes—and pass the tissues as you work through those issues!