New Moon in Cancer 20/21 July 2020 – feeling safe within limits


The Sun and Moon come together on 20 July 2020 at 28°26′ of the emotionally sensitive, watery sign of Cancer. A New Moon is a new beginning, a good time to set a new intention, to ‘plant a seed’ in the area of life (or house) it falls in in your chart (see below). The New Moon is exact at 3:32 am on 21 July 2020 in Sydney, Australia (see chart below). In Los Angeles it is exact on 20 July at 10:32 am, in New York on 20 July at 1:32 pm, and in London again on 20 July at 6:32 pm.

The sign of Cancer

Cancer is the sign of “home and hearth,” our roots – both our family and psychological heritage, nurturing, protecting, caretaking and emotional security. The Cardinal modality signifies the changes of the seasons. Cardinal energy is initiatory; action-oriented and likes to “get new things going.” Cancer is one of the signs which is also associated with the Water element concerning feelings and emotions, instinct and sensitivity. Some keywords for Cancer include: caring, nurturing, protective, receptive and tenacious.

If you know a Cancerian, they may orient themselves towards their family and fostering emotional ties within their home, where they belong and where they feel safe and secure – since this the “shell” they can return to after a long day out. They may however be moody, touchy, clingy and smothering and feel the sentimental need to hang on to the past and family momentos.

Planetary rulership – the Moon

Cancer is ruled by one of the Luminaries, the Moon, so she is in her home sign (in Dignity) for this New Moon. The Moon isn’t a planet per se, but a “light” like the Sun (even though it has no light of its own but reflects the Sun’s light), and is the Earth’s satellite. The Moon is associated with security and safety, instinctive responses, the unconscious, our heritage and ancestry, Mother, basic needs, caretaking, food, feeding and the rhythms and tides.

In the body, Cancer rules the breasts (motherhood) and stomach (nourishment). The Moon rules food, and the stomach and the breasts are connected with being fed and with feeding, the taking in and the giving out of nourishment. The Moon also rules the fluids in the body and the lymphatic system, as well as the body’s containers, such as the stomach and breasts (again), as well as the womb and the bladder.

The New Moon is therefore characterised by being feelings of caring, nurturing and being protective, with an emphasis on family, home, and emotional security and stability. Although it is (finally) not an Eclipse, we are still in Eclipse season until the next season starts on 30 November 2020, now emphasising the signs of Sagittarius and Gemini.

New Moon opposite Saturn in Capricorn

The New Moon exactly opposes Saturn in Capricorn. Saturn rules constraint, constriction, restriction and contraction. It is associated with structure, hierarchy, boundaries, limits, discipline and time. He is known as “Father Time.” For the ancients, Saturn was literally ‘the end of the line;’ the last of the visible planets. He also rules closure, maturity, responsibility, leadership, authority, commitment, tests, hard work, hardship, order, duty and our material reality.

Capricorn is one of the Cardinal signs associated with the Earth element of groundedness and practicality. It is connected with being serious, conservative, traditional, mature and organised. It rules material ambition and can be cautious, steady, productive and professional, having a focus on status, social standing and respect in reaching career and other worldly aspirations. At a broader level it rules governments and large corporations and institutions.

This New Moon illuminates issues around security needs in our personal home life, and our material security needs. At this time we might ask ourselves where we need to balance out nurturing ourselves and/or others, where we need to be respectful of boundaries, and where we need to honour our own needs within the existing order, laws, rules and regulations.

What house (area of life) does this New Moon fall in in your chart:

1st house: Self-image when reaching out into the world.

2nd house: Managing physical resources and money. Our innate skills and talents, and what is of value to us.

3rd house: Expressing ideas, more depth in the way we think, and in our communication patterns. Taking a short course, changes in neighbourhood and more short trips.

4th house: Home – endings and beginnings regarding the home environment, renovations, family interactions.

5th house: A new hobby, or you could be involved with children. A new romance could eventuate.

6th house: Transformations in day-to-day work and routines, diet and exercise.

7th house: One-to-one relationships. New beginnings in partnerships, either personal or business.

8th house: Connecting in relation to emotional intimacy. New issues may arise around the areas of death, inheritances, wills, taxes, and legal issues with joint monies, property or other shared resources.

9th house: Travel or a move overseas for higher learning purposes (university, religion, philosophies).

10th house: Restructure in career and social position; career move, change in public standing, and/or your vocation.

11th house: Networks and connections as part of a group or community. Deepening friendships and social connections.

12th house: Commune and deeply connect with your inner self. Start a meditation routine, study tarot or the metaphysical realm.

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