You Can’t Shake Hands With A Clenched Fist: July’s Cancerian New Moon

 In Lunar Stories by Lynda Hill

Manly handshakeYou can’t shake hands with a clenched fist. Indira Gandhi

It is easier to point the finger than to offer a helping hand. Anon

The lonely one offers his hand too quickly to whomever he encounters. Friedrich Nietzsche

The world can only be grasped by action, not by contemplation. The hand is the cutting edge of the mind. Jacob Bronowski

Nothing up my sleeve! Magician’s Saying

Spiritual love is a position of standing with one hand extended into the universe and one hand extended into the world, letting ourselves be a conduit for passing energy. Christina Baldwin

I hate the giving of the hand unless the whole man accompanies it. Ralph Waldo Emerson

The fingers must be educated, the thumb is born knowing. Marc Chagall

If my hands are fully occupied in holding onto something, I can neither give nor receive. Dorothee Solle

July’s new Moon in Cancer occurs on July 4, which is Independence Day in the United States. This is rather interesting in the light of what’s happening not only in the US, but in the United Kingdom and all that is going on there with the Brexit vote and it’s manifestations. This new Moon is conjunct (together with) Mercury, and the Sabian Symbol for Mercury speaks about new beginnings and the need to mold and shape things so that they turn out to be the best they can be. We need to nurture these new developments, much as a diamond cutter needs to be careful of where to make the next cut. This new Moon is conjunct Sirius, and this can show a very strong spiritual drive and a need to reach for higher realms in our lives.

The new Moon is also in a very nice trine aspect with Neptune, and this can have us aligning more and more with our creative and spiritual aspirations. Pushing us to be even more, to do more, to reach further, etc, is the opposition of the new Moon to Pluto. This can show many changes coming in our lives. We may choose to walk away from some situations, relationships, belief systems, etc, in order to enact a revolution in our lives. It can also show rather monumental power battles, and, we may have to choose our battles wisely.This is most definitely a transformative new Moon, but, it is likely that there will be some frustrations.

Mars is just getting going after a long retrograde and stationary period in Scorpio, and, Mars is in a somewhat difficult quincunx aspect with Uranus. I call the quincunx The Itch That Is Hard To Scratch. So, it pays to measure three times before cutting the cloth – especially as the new Moon is in a quincunx aspect with Saturn. We need to be sure of our direction, and, if necessary, this could mean holding back on some decisions that need precision. If a decision is final, and there will be quite a few situations of people walking away from things that may have meant a lot to them, the decision probably comes as a complete full stop. Pluto can see to that, as can the placement of Chiron on the People Going Ahead With Their Different Projects degree.

The Moon’s nodes are also nicely aspected by this new Moon. All in all, this is a transformative lunation and one that can be liberating, interesting, intense and definitely meaningful.

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