On July 4th, a new moon occurs at 7:01AM ET in Cancer. We’re out of the retrogrades and feeling so much more like ourselves for this new moon, but we have one obstacle to deal with: a cardinal t-square. A t-square is when two or more planets oppose one another and then square (hard aspect, 3 signs away) a third planet. The Sun, Mercury, and Venus will be in Cancer, the sign of this new moon, opposite Pluto in Capricorn and square Uranus in Aries. At the same time, we have a mutable t-square going on through September, so energy can still be heated with this new moon, and we can focus more on the Cancer part. More emphasis on the home/homeland/country, family and heritage, history and memory. Our emotions can be stronger, and we can use this for good or for bad. Your choice.
Cancer is the sign the Moon naturally rules, so there can be some sense of ease with this new moon. We can crave more comfort and familiarity, and benefit when we stick to what we know best. We can create a place for yourselves to retreat from the harsh world, and we can work on strengthening ourselves internally.
This new moon does make a positive aspect, a trine to Neptune in Pisces, so our emotions can be easier to manage, we can be more positive and imaginative, and compassion can be higher. Music, water, and art can be calming influences on us all, and we can find it easier to connect with each other emotionally and with the subtle vibrations of the Universe. What does your gut have to say to you?
This new moon occurs at 12 degrees 53 minutes Cancer, so the aspects to it are as follows:
Conjunction: 10 degrees 53 minutes - 14 degrees 53 minutes Cancer
Sextile: 10 degrees 53 minutes - 14 degrees 53 minutes Taurus or Virgo
Square: 10 degrees 53 minutes - 14 degrees 53 minutes Aries or Libra
Trine: 10 degrees 53 minutes - 14 degrees 53 minutes Scorpio or Pisces
Opposition: 10 degrees 53 minutes - 14 degrees 53 minutes Capricorn
On July 19th, a full moon occurs at 6:57PM ET in Capricorn. We’re at the end of the cardinal t-square with this full moon (the Sun remains in Cancer until July 22nd), and we can focus on how we’re going to accomplish what we’ve set out to do, how what we’ve already doe has led us to where we are, and how we can do better, be better, be more responsible, and take responsibility. We can feel we’re being rewarded for the good and punished for the bad, and we can focus on getting to the top.
This full moon can stimulate some issues for governments and politicians (Capricorn-ruled), though for some it can be positive and some difficulties come to an end, while for others it brings out problems, making them pay for what they’ve done. Coincidentally, the Republican National Convention here in the U.S. occurs with this full moon. Hmm . . .
This full moon sextiles (positive aspect) transit Mars in Scorpio, so we can have a little extra energy and drive, and wrap some things up that we’ve already begun, closing the first chapter on a long journey.
This full moon occurs at 27 degrees 40 minutes Capricorn, so the aspects to it are as follows:
Conjunction: 25 degrees 40 minutes - 29 degrees 40 minutes Capricorn
Sextile: 25 degrees 40 minutes - 29 degrees 40 minutes Scorpio or Pisces
Square: 25 degrees 40 minutes - 29 degrees 40 minutes Aries or Libra
Trine: 25 degrees 40 minutes - 29 degrees 40 minutes Taurus or Virgo
Opposition: 25 degrees 40 minutes - 29 degrees 40 minutes Cancer
Suggested Reading: The New & Full Moons page for general interpretations