Today we are at the midpoint of our current Mercury retrograde in the sign of Cancer. Mercury stationed retrograde on June 26th at 23 degrees. Mercury will continue moving retrograde until July 20th when it stations direct at 13 degrees.
Mercury retrogrades are times for us to slow down, reflect and reconsider recent events and experiences. It is time to be more internal, rather than pushing ahead in the world with our projects. Delays and problems in the areas of communication, travel, and technology force us to pay attention to our surroundings, take our time reviewing details, and take extra care in our movements and activities. The gift of Mercury retrogrades is they give us an opportunity to discover what we have overlooked, what information has been lacking, or what pieces we have left behind as we have been moving forward in life.
With Mercury retrograde in the watery sign of Cancer, this has been a time to pay attention to our feelings and sensitivities. What emotional pieces have been left behind, that need processing and healing? What emotional information have you been missing, repressing or ignoring? How well are you using your intuition?
Last night we had a New Moon in Cancer at 16 degrees, conjoining retrograde Mercury at 18 degrees. During the New Moon the gravitational pull of the Moon is at its strongest, pulling on our emotions just as it does on the ocean tides. The New Moon is the “darkest hour” of the monthly lunar cycle, the most internally experienced and sensitive.
Coupled with the Mercury retrograde, this New Moon is a potent time for us to get in touch with our deepest emotional stirrings. Do you honor your emotional nature? How are you feeling? What emotional information is surfacing that needs your attention? What steps can you take to understand your unconscious self?
As serendipity would have it, I am presenting a workshop on the last day of this Mercury retrograde. In this workshop you learn about old emotionally based patterns of behavior and attitudes towards life, represented by the Moon North and South Nodes. See below for details. I hope you can take advantage of this wonderful opportunity and join us!
Discover Your Spiritual Soul Mission through Karmic Astrology
In this one day workshop learn about the Moon’s South and North Nodes in the astrological chart, their meaning and interpretation. Explore your own South Node soul pattern and North Node spiritual soul mission in life, based on your birth date. No knowledge of astrology is necessary to take the workshop. $100 fee may be made in installments.
Saturday July 20, 2013
9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
The Center for Inner Awareness
2111 Front Street NE
Building 3, Suite 3-209
Salem OR 97302
For more information and to register for the event contact Mary Jo Wevers, firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 541.740.8081
The Moon is the ruling “planet” of Cancer. Next to the Sun, the Moon is the most personal of the luminaries in astrology. The Moon reflects the light of the Sun, just as our inner emotional self is reflective of our outer, conscious experiences in the world.
The closest celestial body to the earth, the Moon exerts a strong magnetic pull affecting oceans, lakes, and other bodies of water. Our physical bodies are at least 70% water, and the Moon exerts a strong influence on the physical water element in us. In doing so, it affects our emotional attitudes, instincts, and subconscious motivations.
The Moon moves through the 12 signs of the zodiac very quickly, changing sign every 2.5 days. This is why our feelings can change so rapidly, or in a short period of time. Emotions truly are “energy in motion.” Like water, it is best to allow them to ebb and flow, rather than contain them or bottle them up.
In astrology the Moon represents our Inner Child, an early pre-verbal emotionally driven part of ourselves that responds automatically to life experiences. If we tend to repress our emotions, our Inner Child is also repressed and unconscious. Then it acts out and creates chaos in our lives.
Learning to parent our Inner Child out of love and respect is crucial for our emotional and spiritual health. Our wise, Inner Parent can establish healthy boundaries and routines that protect and nurture our Inner Child. We can experience our emotions healthily by simply feeling them. We must then engage the intellect and make rational, conscious choices before taking action. When we embrace our Inner Child and wisely parent them we can experience the joy, spontaneity, innocence, wonder and creativity they bring to our life.
The Moon’s South Node
Masaru Emoto describes in his book The Hidden Messages in Water how water is affected by our thoughts, words and feelings. Water has the ability to copy, memorize, and transfer emotional information. The ability of water to retain emotional memories and carry them forward in time and space is symbolized in astrology by the Moon’s South Node.
The Moon’s South Node is a point in the astrological chart that represents the accumulation of experiences from our karmic past. It contains ingrained patterns of behavior, attitudes and beliefs that are tied to our emotional body. It reveals our unconscious, pre-conditioned emotional responses and reactions to the world. It is our “default setting”, or path of least resistance we fall back into time and time again.
Learning about our South Node and becoming aware of it operating in our life enables us to consciously redirect our attitudes and behaviors. We can decide to transform problematic expressions of our South Node. We can create balance and resolution by taking steps to embrace and embody the energy of our North Node, our soul’s spiritual destination for us in this life time.
“It is impossible for emotion not to come on us in thinking of that time now flowed away.”
– Paul Cezanne