'Water is fluid, soft and yielding but water will wear away rock, which is rigid and cannot yield ... what is soft is strong' (Lao Tzu). We would do well to contemplate this wisdom from the ancient and classic Tao Te Ching, for it aptly describes the energy of sensitive Cancer which is both soft and nurturing and yet determined and ferocious. It is the season of water signs and Cancer is front and center. Jupiter just recently moved into Cancer for a year-long stay and Mercury is doing over-time in Cancer with a retrograde pattern. On Monday the Moon begins a new cycle in Cancer; and Mars splashes down into this sensitive water sign on Saturday. Talk about an emotional exclamation point!
I remember reading for a client a few years ago with a predominance of sweet balanced Libra planets and a Cancer rising sign. She is blessed with classic beauty and a look of sweetness brushed with a spark that could be described as spunk or possibly orneriness. I asked her if most people found her nurturing and supportive. She looked me straight in the eye and without the least hesitation responded, 'No, most people are afraid of me!' Lesson learned! Don't ever write off Cancer as your sweet grandmother baking cookies and underestimate the power of the mama bear with her cubs. (By the way, both Libra and Cancer are assertive cardinal signs – they take initiative without being asked).
As an astrologer this was an invaluable lesson. Each sign is multi-faceted and sometimes even complicated. That sensitive, introverted and nurturing mother energy of Cancer that dotes on you, cooks your favorite meal, and provides emotional support when you need it most, is suddenly transformed into the soccer mom yelling at the coach, lifting the car off the bicyclist in an adrenaline rush, and taking anyone down a notch or two that even dares to interfere with her home or family. And her energy comes from her heart – she's driven by emotion; her ruling planet is the Moon. She's changeable, varies from day-to-day and sometimes moment-to-moment but this crab is host to a full-range of desires and emotions.
She is both the creator and protector of life. And like pregnancy, she does a lot of her work internally, behind the scenes designing, developing and shaping. That may be why Mars – the warrior planet will find it a bit trying to wade through the emotional waters of Cancer. He prefers to be totally bold and upfront. However, wade he must, and we'll benefit from the powerhouse of emotional motivation he inspires. This is also a strongly sexual and sensual placement, but remember, Cancer is happiest in committed relationships. She has an eye toward long-term security.
There is a special message with the New Moon in Cancer on Monday. Emotional intelligence rules! Thinking Mercury is in an introverted and introspective place, retrograding in Cancer. This New Moon sits right next door to Mercury emphasizing the need to allow the thinking mind to release its grasp and serve the heart. This can sometimes feel like we are living in an oxymoron – feeling our thoughts and thinking our emotions. This is a call to spiritual alchemy – to combine two seemingly separate functions into one seamless way of being where the right brain cooperates with the left, and the mind and heart are afforded equal opportunity to collaborate. But when in doubt, remember water and emotions rule this month. Listen to your heart and honor your genuine desires and feelings.
Moon Void of Course 4:44 am (PDT) – 3:48 am Tuesday morning
NEW Moon 16 Cancer 12:14 am (PDT)
The New Moon in Cancer arrives early, just after midnight pacific time. The Moon's close proximity to retrograding Mercury punctuates the emphasis of this New Moon cycle on asking the mind to be in service to the heart. If you are the cerebral type this is likely to feel unnatural and maybe even uncomfortable. Feelings are trump in this cycle and listening to the true messages of our hearts and not trying to analyze or deny them will be enormously empowering. Also understanding the essential and dynamic connection between thoughts and feelings – one leading to the other and back again – will help us take control of our lives in ways we have hardly imagined.
Despite the fact New Moons are new beginnings, they can also be times of sadness, especially in the emotional water signs. If you feel gloomy, whimsical or even just swept up in a feeling of ennui, don't fight it. It's temporary and very likely will lead to new insights on your path. The Moon is also void of course all day today; float with the current.
Daily Muse: No river may return to its source, but all rivers must have a beginning. (Native American Proverb)
TUESDAY JULY 9 MOON in CANCER / LEO
Moon enters Leo 3:48 am (PDT)
The Moon's entry into plucky and high-spirited Leo starts the day on a cheerful and optimistic note. It's a day to go outside, turn your face to the sun, and absorb the radiance. (Not for too long without sunscreen of course!) But you get the vibe; look for the positive, the hopeful and for those thoughts, situations and people that remind you why life is worth living. The retrograding Mercury backs into the Sun today infusing our thoughts and reveries with ideas about ourselves. This energy helps us get clearer on our own thoughts and ideas and helps us express them. This is also the mid-point of the Mercury retrograde cycle.
In early afternoon a lunar square with Saturn in Scorpio may have us re-thinking that expensive iced coffee or volunteer commitment. The Moon in regal Leo is generous and loves the 'bling'. Saturn is the planet of manifestation, but is also the planet of limits, encouraging us to use our time and resources efficiently and to make sure we are getting the most bang for our buck. This temporary emotional hurdle is a simple reminder that treating ourselves well includes keeping an eye on the budget.
Daily Muse: The moment when you first wake up in the morning is the most wonderful of the twenty-four hours. No matter how weary or dreary you may feel, you possess the certainty that, during the day that lies before you, absolutely anything may happen. And the fact that it practically always doesn't, matters not a jot. The possibility is always there. (Monica Baldwin)
Today on Simpletales we are cooking up a little spiritual alchemy – whisking together astrological symbolism with the wisdom of the tarot. My guest is a master at both – Vedic Astrologer Mo Abdelbaki. We'll be taking off in the Cancer Chariot for the Moon and parts unknown. Please join us at 11am Pacific – 2 Eastern on 12Radio.com.
WEDNESDAY JULY 10 MOON in LEO
It's quiet at the cosmic dance today and the forecast is for mild and sunny. An early morning link-up between the Moon in Leo and Uranus in Aries infuses the day with a sense of excitement and maybe a touch of surprise and expectation. Mid-day the Moon aligns with Venus adding a dash of romance and sweetness. Listen to your heart – what is your heart's desire? Can you take an action that will bring it closer to you today?
Daily Muse: To love one's self is the beginning of a lifelong romance. (Oscar Wilde)
THURSDAY JULY 11
MOON in LEO / VIRGO
Moon Void of Course 12:54 pm (PDT) – 3:12 pm
It's likely to be an industrious Thursday as the Moon makes a productive alliance with energetic Mars then heads for the hardworking and conscientious sign of Virgo in mid-afternoon. If you have a project or task to do that is close to your heart, today is the day to go after it. This Virgo Moon is dedicated. We are paying attention and loving every detail. Under its influence we will work to get every single aspect just right even if we are the only ones who notice. This is also a good day to seek advice or work with a mentor.
Later this evening, the energy is much less precise as the Sun makes a fuzzy connection to Neptune. Imagination soars but we may need a bit of a reality check. The good news – if this energy sends your self-confidence on a downward spiral don't believe everything you think. If on the other hand, your mind-trip is a good one, journal the details so you can read it for inspiration later.
Daily Muse: Right discipline consists, not in external compulsion, but in the habits of mind which lead spontaneously to desirable rather than undesirable results. (Bertrand Russel)
FRIDAY JULY 12 MOON IN VIRGO
Especially if you took time off work last week for the 4th of July holiday, you'll be glad to know (well maybe glad is too strong); today is a great day for working smart and getting results. The Moon in disciplined Virgo defies distraction and a lunar alliance with no-nonsense Pluto practically paves the way to the road of productivity. This connection between the Moon and Pluto in the practical earth signs of Virgo and Capricorn is a dream come true if you want to get something accomplished. It's not hard to see what the most efficient strategy is and to attend to your priorities. You'll practically have to go out of your way today to be lazy or non-productive!
Daily Muse: Perhaps the most valuable result of all education is the ability to make yourself do the thing you have to do, when it ought to be done, whether you like it or not. (Thomas Henry Huxley)
SATURDAY JULY 13 MOON in VIRGO
Moon Void of Course 8:26 am (PDT) – 12:41 am Sunday morning
Mars enters Cancer 6:22 am (PDT)
Venus the planet of love and values makes a gutsy connection with Jupiter today. You might even call it a touch provocative. We are probably a bit more tuned into a need to feel loved, comforted and satisfied. This includes love, romance and almost anything else we crave. Admit what you want and go after it.
However, another big consideration for today is Mars the planet of energy and sheer motivation. He's splashing down in Cancer in early morning. When Mars cruises through this emotional water sign, sometimes its' harder to figure out just exactly what we feel motivated by, and going after what we want is anything but a straight-forward effort. If we allow ourselves to slip into unconsciousness, we can become passive-aggressive – expecting others to read our minds or attempting to get what we want through manipulation. The upside to this fire planet in water, is allowing our hearts and true feelings to energize the engine of our lives. Emotions are likely to be intense and run deep. While in Cancer, energetic Mars focuses on security and we will find ourselves working hard and tenaciously for those people and things in our life that 'matter'.
Daily Muse: Love and desire are the spirit's wings to great deeds. (Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
SUNDAY JULY 14 MOON in VIRGO/LIBRA
Moon enters Libra 12:41 am (PDT)
The Libra Moon will need to stay on her toes and literally dance from one interaction to the next today as she makes potentially irritating squares with Mars and Jupiter both in Cancer, another square to Pluto in Capricorn this evening and then ends the day with an opposition to Uranus in Aries. Better make that a marathon dance! As the Moon tries to glide through ordinarily graceful Libra, it ends up forming a temporary but potent grand cross in the assertive cardinal signs. In Libra we are emotionally seeking balance, but today it comes with a price tag called compromise. We don't need to give up on the idea of having a calm and peaceful day, but we need to realize peace is not the same as complacency.
The way to 'keep the peace' today is not by avoiding conflict but through listening with your heart and expressing your ideas and feelings with integrity and honesty. Let your guide be kindness. Hiding from conflict today will not get you off the hook; you'll simply meet it again around another corner.
Daily Muse: The conflicts we have with the outside world are often conflicts we have within ourselves. (Bryant H. McGill)
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It's true, the wonderful Jamie Dawn of 12Listen.com fame will be my guest on Hay House Radio this Tuesday at 9:00am Pacific Time. During this live interview we'll learn about this Cancer's life and what makes her so driven to uncover life's mysteries!
I was talking to my son the other day and he said, "being an adult isn't any fun this week."
He's had some typical Mercury Retrograde issues complicate his life and has had to deal with them. (For those of you keeping score: Mercury Retrograde Episodes = 1 refrigerator, 1 air conditioner, 1 speaker system, 1 ice maker. I'll keep you posted as I hear about other issues.)
It was his comment about adulthood and how difficult it can be that struck me. I've been thinking about it all week long.
He told me that he remembered that as a kid, things would happen and that we would just take care of it. Broken refrigerator? Buy a new refrigerator. Television breaks? New television. It all seemed simple but he's found out that isn't the case. We all find that out once we embark on being adults.
Once we learn the secret adult handshake, we deal with situations differently than we did as kids. We react to the situation. Rue the situation. Check the Internet for a quick and inexpensive fix to the situation. We cuss. (I do anyway.) We research the situation. We figure out a way to deal with the financial aspect of the situation. We resolve the situation. We forget it and move on.
There's nothing easy about being an adult. There shouldn't be anything easy about being an adult. By its very nature, it's a time of decisions, directions constantly changing and, if properly done, being the best we can be, and sometimes that takes a lot of doing.
I don't think we should mistake being an adult for doing "adult" jobs. The two are completely different. For example, I've known jugglers, magicians, singers and dancers, artists, psychics, professional writers, clowns, stand up comics and even a yo-yo man or two. Although some of these professions may not be considered to be adult jobs, the people doing them, the truly successful ones, are adults. Although they may work in a child-like atmosphere with joy and fun, they have responsibilities, pay taxes, put kids through school, buy homes and contribute to society.
Being an adult means taking care of business. It means being responsible and doing what has to be done, when it needs to be done. There are certainly times when bits and pieces fall through the cracks. That's natural. It's how we deal with those times that makes the difference.
I like kids, but they can be pretty self involved, and that's how it's meant to be. They live in a world of "me" and not necessarily in the world of "thee." Although there are children who do amazing things as philanthropists and aid society, most kids are just into being kids.
If we're paying attention on the journey, we leave childhood and become young adults. From there we move to the "what's with this new music" adult stage. It's this time in life where such realizations such as, "being an adult isn't any fun this week," come in. Between jobs, homes, yards, friends, families and all of the other bits of business that come to light, it gets very adult-ish. The good news is that adults can have tons of fun in our society, if they handle it right.
Unfortunately, there are some who never change or make the shift in their lives that frees them from eternal childhood. I've met lots of them. You've met them, too.
These are the folks who tell you that unless you play their way, they'll take their balls and go home. They make up the rules as they go and scream like Banshees when confronted about their behavior. (real Banshees are formidable spirits and not to be messed with) They know how to pass the buck, place blame and turn the tables on any situation, especially when they're at fault. They pout. They gossip.
Like I said, you know them.
Being an adult doesn't mean puffing on a pipe in front of the fireplace, putting on a stern face and lecturing Wally and The Beaver about the benefits of staying away from Eddie Haskell. (For those of you too young to understand this reference, do look it up.) Perhaps my main criteria for an adult is someone who doesn't enjoy playing head games with others.
It's this malicious game playing that drives me crazy. (or simply crazier) Those who enjoy being constantly victimized, put upon, tormented, punished or sent to bed without supper, so that they can then play with the mind of someone else; these babes in adult skins make my hair fall out. (that and 30 years of a ponytail) But I also feel sympathy for such individuals.
Living in their complicated world where game playing is a way of life isn't my idea of a fun or productive life. To me it feels stifling.
As adults, we get to grow and constantly evolve. What could be worse than being trapped on the path of life and not knowing it? Being mired in the mud, eternally spinning our wheels, is one of the pitfalls on the journey to light. Change doesn't come easily, but it does come, especially if we always stand for what we believe in and try to do what needs to be done.
So, dear readers and my beloved children, yes there are certainly weeks where being an adult isn't any fun, but by God, there are so many more where it's the very best game in town. I say let's get to it have one hell of a good time doing so.
Until next week, I wish you all peace, love, joy and a deep and profound appreciation of life.
Program Note: Out of Mo's Mind, Wednesday at 9 AM, PDT, on 12radio.com LIVE! I'll make my weekly predictions, as I've been doing lately. You'd think that with all of this predicting, I'd be able to tell you what my topic will be. You may be thinking, "Mo, throw some coins and do an I-Ching reading to tell us what's coming!" Or, you may be thinking, "Toss out some cards, gaze into your crystal ball, do something!" Well, I'm as big a fan of a predictable future as the next guy, but I also like a bit of the unanticipated as well. So, let's agree that Wednesday's show will be what it'll be and as big a surprise to me as to you. Okay?
I love music and have always felt inspired and healed by classical music. One of my all-time favorite pieces is "Adagio for Strings" by Samuel Barber. There have been times in my life when I felt that listening to this piece of music literally healed my energy body. As I listen to it now I feel it reconnecting and balancing my Heart Chakra.
I played the Clarinet in High School and college. I remember sitting in orchestra rehearsal listening to the strings practice Barber's moving piece and crying for no reason. Even then this piece of music was balancing my energy body and soothing my teenage emotions. Listen to "Adagio for Strings" here.
Our energy bodies vibrate at various frequencies, and sometimes they fall out of tune. Using vibration is a very effective way to keep your frequencies balanced. This can be done by drumming, playing a singing bowl, singing, listening to music, or playing a musical instrument.
There are several classical pieces I go to for healing and balancing. In my experience, music created with real live instruments is more beneficial to our energy bodies than electronically created music. Try listening to a few of these (best with headphones) and see what you think. Feel where the music resonates in your body. This is how you know what part of your energy body is being healed by the vibrations.
Canon in D-Pachelbel
Dances with Wolves Soundtrack
Last of the Mohicans Soundtrack
The Mission Soundtrack
The New World Symphony-Dvorak
The Brandenburg Concertos-Bach
Eine Keline Nachtmusik-Mozart
Claire de Lune-Debussy
These are just a few examples of a vast selection of classical music available. I encourage you to give it a try. I know not everyone resonates with classical music, but there are certain pieces that are universally balancing and healing.
Each week Carolyn Ferris will pull from her hand designed Tarot cards to reveal a message for us. Carolyn has been a psychic for many years and has a substantial amount of notoriety with her art. She has created art for many clients such as Timothy Leary, Santana, The Fillmore, and Moonalice.
Her artwork can be viewed at her web site www.intuitivereadings.com!
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Unicorn stands in front of portal to a wonderful new place, she is about to enter this world of mystery. It's time to shake things up a bit, try a new gateway of opportunity in your life. What will present itself to you looks inviting, bright, and exciting--nothing but blue skies…Take it on, and feel the magic of healthy change.
Many of the interests I have in my eclectic world will be represented here. From the weekly Power Peek to the things and people that I love (not all of them, of course). May you find something you like. Mark