Relationships, Renewals, Reversals And Retrogrades: July's Cancerian New Moon

Paradise is always where love dwells. Richter

Any one must see at a glance that if men and women marry those whom they do not love, they must love those whom they do not marry. Harriet Martineau

There were three of us in our marriage, so it was a bit crowded. Diana, Princess of Wales

Don’t look now, but there’s one too many in this room and I think it’s you. Groucho Marx

Of all human powers operating in the affairs of mankind, none is greater than that of competition. Henry Clay

Do not put your spoon into the pot that does not boil for you. Romanian Proverb

In married life, three is company and two none. Oscar Wilde

July's Cancerian new Moon falls on July 15 in the United States and July 16 in Australia. This is a big new Moon, and one that will see many things changing. We have Venus about to go retrograde and it is conjuncting Jupiter and squaring Saturn - a contradiction in terms. Mercury and Mars are exactly conjunct smack opposite Pluto, so there are likely to be some explosive events, whether on a personal level or on the world stage, things are set to be interesting, to say the least. We have the Moon's north node traversing the Super Galactic Center, so we will see a lot more synchronicities, magical moments and manifestations of our thoughts, dreams and ideals. Chiron is trining this new Moon, so we have a wonderful opportunity to listen to and observe the stories we tell ourselves, and, it could be time to rewrite some, perhaps a lot, of those stories. 

The Sabian Symbol for the new Moon is Cancer 24: A WOMAN AND TWO MEN (OR A MAN AND TWO WOMEN) CAST AWAY ON A SMALL ISLAND - the following is from my book The Sabian Oracle: 360 Degrees Of Wisdom

Commentary:  ‘A Woman and Two Men (or a Man and Two Women) Cast Away On a Small Island’ is an image of people being or living in close proximity. They are ‘Castaways’ and are somehow “stuck” with one another for the time being. They could be thrown together by circumstances or by choice. Regardless, being on a ‘Small Island’ leaves no way of concealing behavior or keeping secrets and things get found out, sooner or later. It can reflect situations that are out of balance with the normal harmony of relationships. Things need to be dealt with carefully and sensitively.

Oracle: The people seen here may be “locked-in” to some situation, environment or relationship. Their desires may be vacillating from one extreme to the other. There could be a desire to get away from those who have conflicting views or are trying to confuse things. There may be uncomfortable and even impossible choices to be made. At this time, however, removing one’s self from the situation may not be possible. The value of this experience is to attempt to create new understandings and standards in order to turn the imbalance to everyone’s advantage in whatever way possible. It may be impossible, but it is necessary to try. This Symbol can also reflect personality issues and confusions that are happening on an inner level. Symptoms of ill health, unhappiness, mood swings and temper tantrums can be an indication of an inner battle. This may be because of a change in relationships, beliefs or ideals. It may be a hidden memory or inner childhood issue that is rising to the surface and now manifesting in split relationships or similar problems. Take some care to work with the issue, as battling it out can lead to problems. Working out each person’s position in the situation will help you to decipher what’s really going on and who belongs with whom.

Keywords: Feelings of being fenced in. Too little room to move. Lack of privacy. Relationship triangles. Claustrophobia. Isolation. Love affairs. Too many people or having no one. Having to schedule people’s needs. Competition and rivalry. Polygamy.

The Caution: Not seeing the whole picture. Fighting over one’s “territory”. The specter of “someone else”. Jealousy. Sexual infidelity. Misleading relationships. Being shut out of relationship. Fickleness. Not being able to choose. Having too many people to consider.

Relationship 'triangles' are not necessarily just about intimate relationships; these kinds of triangles can occur in families, at work, any way or anywhere that there are more than two people involved. A mother or father in law could be intruding with their influence or presence - it can be where kids bring in conflicts that wall off one parent against the other (or vice versa). There are many ways that this Symbol can show itself. 

The New Moon symbolizes: A time of new beginnings and realisations. It's like a birth after a time of gestation or being 'in the womb'. Here, the light begins to return and we can see new beginnings and possibilities. A new Moon means that the Sun and the Moon are both together - bringing a synergy of their energies together. The new Moon is a perfect time to set your intentions for the future. This period is wonderful for planting seeds of whatever kind. What do you want to manifest in your future? Whether you write it down, sing about it or just hold the thought forms in your mind, doing this at the new Moon can realise some fabulous results around the things that you want to draw into your life, especially as the Moon's north node is on the Super Galactic Center, which is a powerhouse placement for bringing about the results that one desires. Of course, we have to watch our thoughts. 

The Karmic Condition (the degree before) of this new Moon is Cancer 23: THE MEETING OF A STUDY GROUP OR LITERARY SOCIETY

This Symbol shows the gathering together of those of like mind in order to exchange or share ideas and information. In society, the search for meaning should always be made in order to enrich not only yourself but those around you. Finding the best way to describe something creates the opportunity for greater access by the collective. This can show websites, magazines, newspapers, books; any place that people gather together in order to give an objective view on what’s happening in the culture in order to gain a better understanding of what makes society tick.

In the light of the new Moon being on the 'relationship triangle' degree, it may be necessary to make sure that you share the same ideas, visions, mindsets, ideals, etc, as someone else. If you're not seeing eye-to-eye on life in general, perhaps that is why you (or another) may not be getting along. 

Keywords: Shared higher knowledge. Print media, libraries. The written word. Committees. The movie Dead Poet’s Society. Work shopping and brainstorming. Critics and criticism. Diaries, records and minutes of meetings. Newspapers and news media. Consulting with learned people. Talkback radio. Sharing beliefs and ideas. The mirrors of society. Discussions. Letters to the editor. The meeting of the minds. Reviews.

The Caution: Falsifying of ideas. Propaganda spread by the media. Intellectual smugness. Excluding anything non-establishment. Chatting instead of doing. Intellectual bickering. Analyzing every piece of information until it loses its inherent message. Being told only what’s safe to reveal. Disinformation.

Mercury and Mars are conjunct (together) on the same degree - Cancer 15: A GROUP OF PEOPLE WHO HAVE OVEREATEN AND ENJOYED IT

It may be that you, or someone else, have overindulged in material objects or success. For now, enjoy your good fortune. Beware, however, as sometimes “feeding frenzies” can turn into issues that need to be sorted out later. Problems can be experienced through overspending, overeating, putting on weight, etc. Constantly overeating or overspending, or over-doing things on any level, in an attempt to feel better can lead to issues of self-worth, greed or debt. There is possibly a need to curb this indulging. Realize when it’s time to return to work, and to be productive instead of just swallowing, or “consuming” more and more. In fact, there may be a need for “tightening the belt”. Commodities, like food, etc., may run short now due to extravagance or excess.

With Mercury and Mars together here, there can be a feeling of excitement, full-on ambition, anger, frustration, dismay, upset, satiation, etc. Responses to situations can be a little overblown, leading to overstatements all the way to outright arguments. 

It may be a good idea to remember to say grace in thanks for the good fortune you do have, no matter what your financial situation. 

Mercury and Mars are conjunct exactly opposite Pluto, which can be an explosive combination. It can lead to breakthroughs and/or breakdowns. With Pluto on The Children's Ward In A Hospital degree and Mercury and Mars on A Group Of People Who Have Overeaten And Enjoyed it, there may be a strong need or possibility of healing. Pluto opposite this conjunction make things feel more urgent, more immediate, more necessary. 

Keywords: Consumerism. Communal cohesion through indulging in the senses. Satisfied hunger. Commercialism and the longing to own things. Eating disorders. The right of everyone to enjoy food and nourishment. Big business. Success. Enjoying “the good life”. Having plenty. Abundance. Temporary fulfillment. Diets. 

The Caution: Self-indulgence through the senses. The “haves” and the “have-nots”. People going without so that others can have more. Monopolization. Bloating. Feeling that one deserves everything on a platter. Overweight. Bad nourishment. Eating binges. Indigestion. Obsession with ownership. Deprivation. Exploiting resources. Overspending. Gluttony. Taking on too much. 

Mercury symbolizes: Mind, thought, communication, memory, expression, intelligence. News, exchanges, chatting, conversations, short journeys, connections with others, telephones, emails, siblings, neighbors, the reasoning mind. Day-to-day activities. Cars, keys, small animals. 


Mars symbolizes: Drive, determination or agenda, how you get to your goals. How you express and handle anger, ambition, assertion of self and ability to step forward. The male principle, sexuality, the ability to step up to the plate when one needs to. Fight or flight. 


This Symbol shows a message that is, or needs to be, spread either by writing it down or speaking it. There can, at times, be a desire to reveal one’s inner feelings; however the opposite can also be true; you may feel very confronted by the thought of wearing your heart on your sleeve. However you transmit this ‘Vital and Confidential Information’, it needs to be done from the heart and with integrity. When this is done the right people can see and benefit from it. Be aware of sharing information that is not yours to share or that breaks confidentiality with someone who trusts you.

Keywords: Wearing your heart on your sleeve. Shared thoughts and feelings. Declaring what needs to be said. "Dear John" letters. Laying one's self on the line through writing things down. Diaries. Letters. Penmanship. Messages of intent. Things said out loud. Confidences.

The Caution: Playing games with information. Concealing for the purpose of deceit. Blurting things out. Betrayal of confidences. Gossip. Revealing what shouldn’t be revealed.

Venus symbolizes: Relatedness, cooperation, what attracts you. The experience of sweetness, beauty or delight. Social interactions, love, friends, how you reach out to people. Feminine persona, relationship with mother and females. Money, possessions, sense of values. 

Venus and Saturn are tightly square to each other. This can bring realizations or events that cause breakups, breakdowns, changes in attitude, finalisations to situations or relationships. It can also reveal unexpected debts and the need to 'pay the piper'. There can also be commitments made in relationships, with people making very positive moves towards a future together. Saturn, as usual, calls the shots and events coming out of this square depend very much on what is going on for you personally - things can go either way, separations or stronger decisions about commitments. 

Also, Venus and Jupiter are conjunct and are going to be moving together as Venus retrogrades soon. This, and Venus and Saturn squaring each other, can bring about a desire for expansion, spending, doing bigger and better things, traveling, all kinds of big enterprises. 

So, through the agency of Venus, we have a push-pull type of energy where we might not be sure if we're coming or going. What is most likely to transpire is the desire or need to jettison some things so we can have others. What has outgrown your life, what is old or outworn, 

Venus is also moving very slowly at the moment and will be on this degree for several days as it is turning retrograde. This brings an even stronger emphasis to whether or not one reveals one's thoughts. Relationships, money issues, issues to do with beauty and the feminine are all going to brought to the fore and some issues can no longer be ducked. 


This Symbol implies the need to push ahead in difficult times, going alone and coping even in the most difficult circumstances. It also shows being self sufficient, or someone with a big journey to complete. You may find that your situation has been like an arduous journey, but there could still be further to go. Be confident that you have the reserves to survive and the endurance to succeed. Although you may like the company and assistance of others, in the end you can really rely only on yourself. Self sufficiency and mental self-control are necessary as is a commitment to get to the other side of your issue.

Keywords: Completing a journey. Protecting oneself from spiritual "sunstroke". Tests of karma. Taking on daunting tasks. Taking one step at a time. Feeling totally at home. Provisions that nurture and satisfy. Camels, caravans, finding the oasis, mirages, water, deserts. Stamina and fortitude. Crossing to the other side. Endurance. Thirst. Survival against the odds. Transport. Bad backs. Back packs. Cargo. Saddling up.

The Caution: Not preparing properly and running out of reserves. Feeling weighed down and in danger of not making it through. Not seeing the big picture. Lack of sustenance. Big plans with no back up. Taking on huge tasks when one perhaps shouldn't. Being daunted by huge projects. Mirages that confuse objectives.

Jupiter symbolizes: The big picture, expansion, exploration, aspirations, religious and philosophical ideals, issues to do with traveling, foreign lands, people and traditions, culture, education, generosity, luck, abundance, support, optimism. Insight through knowledge and wisdom.


This Symbol implies the need, or the ability, to be an advocate for the rights of others, particularly youngsters or children, and being prepared to engage with others in order to bring about a desired result. You may find yourself standing-up for those in your care, or for those who need your care, whether it is your children, your ideals or creative pursuits. Even if they sometimes deserve rejection, punishment or judgment, the solution will possibly be found not in being defensive as in simply asking for consideration, mercy and leniency. This can also show bringing a healing to others, whether it’s through their own actions or through finding the healers that are needed to affect a cure.

Keywords: Patterns of family dominance. Pleading one’s cause. Seeking love, mercy or forgiveness. Asking higher powers to step in, help or heal. Intercession. Counseling. Protecting the younger ones. Family law courts, magistrates, lawyers. Divorce. Young people taken seriously. Guilt and innocence. Weaving words to a desired outcome. Intervention. Schools. Juvenile delinquents. Being nailed for an offence. Speaking on behalf of others. Tribunals. Begging for mercy. Custody battles. Sexual discrimination. Advocates.

The Caution: Being dominated. Sacrificing one's self for peace and quiet. Making a spectacle. Ramming one's opinions. Going on the defensive. Bullying and browbeating. Harping on and on about things that should be forgiven or forgotten. Disruptive elements that get away with anything. Being expelled. Being made an example of.

Saturn symbolizes: Authority, rules, discipline and obligation The heavy stuff. What we fear, loss, karma, aging, the establishment, orthodoxy, tradition, status, the concept of time, walls, boundaries, limits, older people, restrictions, patience, conquering difficulties.

Uranus is on Aries 21: A BOXER IS ENTERING THE RING

This Symbol shows that there may be a temptation to take on issues, even to fight, but it needs to be with dignity and regulation. You may feel a need, or the urge, to step up to the plate and take something or someone on. There are rules to follow and often others will be end up being the judge of the final outcome. Make sure you possess the skills and training to defend what you believe. Remember that sometimes you need to back off if you're not winning a contest. Question: is someone on the attack or the defense?

Keywords: Physical or psychological self - assertion and determination. Attack or defense? Fighting for emotional, psychological or physical space. Being seen as a person of strength. Throwing punches. Fighting on any level. Being prepared to take a swing at someone or something. Stepping up to the plate. Throwing down the gauntlet. Going after the title. Big vs. small egos.

The Caution: Using force or power to dominate people or those who challenge. Acting in a combative manner. Not displaying sportsmanship. Wanting to knock people out. Looking for combat. Throwing punches at anything. Belting, smacking, invading. Being punch-drunk. 

Uranus symbolizes: The unexpected, things that are individual or 'different'. Charged, energetic dynamics, electricity, light, lightning bolts, sudden changes, those who live on the fringe of society. Sudden turns and twists of fate. Rebellion, surprises, liberation, freedom.

Uranus is going retrograde on this degree and it will be on this degree for a few months, so the issue of stepping up to what you want may involve having to step into the ring. 

Neptune is retrograde on Pisces 10: AN AVIATOR IN THE CLOUDS

This shows being able to stay on course, not allowing distractions or difficult or confusing issues to deter you from your destination. Perhaps you need to rise above and transcend the more nitty-gritty realities of earthly existence and its difficulties, just be aware that you may not be seeing the complete picture very clearly sometimes. If you take special notice, you may be able to see through illusions, seeing past the surface appearances to things that others miss. You may be able to rely on your spiritual, creative or intellectual skills to take you above and beyond those things that others have to deal with. However, you may also be evading the real truth.

Keywords: Elevated views. Always seeing the best in people and things. Peace and tranquillity. The longing for transcendence. Not seeing limitations. Being in a refined "head space". Mastery. Flight, planes, pilots. Avoidance of time constraints. Pollyanna attitudes. Free flights of fantasy and escapism. The need for accurate navigation. Being in charge of the controls. Seeking higher truths. Maps. Compasses. Global satellite positioning. Clouds. Mist and fog. Hang-gliding. Don't "over-control" like a novice pilot. Stay loose enough from the flow that you can observe it, modify, and improve it. Donald Rumsfeld

The Caution: Sailing through difficulties or missing what's really going on. Escapist use of alcohol and drugs, etc. Lack of grounded energy or reality. Being unearthed. Escaping responsibilities. Isolating oneself. Completely missing the point. Feeling high and mighty and above everyone else, particularly with intellectual skills. Wrong turns. Missing the signs. Feeling like you're living in a fog. Disconnecting from others, leading to isolation. Losing the plot. Taking huge risks. One's head being separate from the body.

Neptune symbolizes: Mystical, "out there," spirituality and con artists. Dreams, mysteries, mystics and religious issues. Intuition, clairvoyance, seeing into the invisible. Addictive, chaotic, charming, deceptive, illusory, co dependent, sensory awareness.

Pluto is retrograde on Capricorn 15: IN A HOSPITAL, THE CHILDREN'S WARD IS FILLED WITH TOYS

This Symbol shows the need to heal, calm, soothe and repair the lives of those who need help, comfort and shelter. In times of healing there’s simple pleasures to raise the spirits, whether it’s of “Children” or people of any age. The “Toys” in the “Hospital” can be healing tools of any kind – it doesn’t matter what type or modality; if they bring relief and joy to someone’s life, they fill a need. There is also a need for caring shows of affectionate concern. Simple things done in times of healing can bring great relief to all. Sometimes it’s a smile, a special treat or soothing words of encouragement these are more healing than one can imagine.

Keywords: Bringing simple gifts to the sick or disadvantaged. Looking after one's responsibilities. Nurturing people of younger years or those who've had less growth. Workshops held to improve one's health; be it physical, mental, emotional or spiritual. Drugs, crutches, cots, doctors, nurses. Waiting for and needing individual attention. Waiting rooms. Magazines. Toys. Gadgets. Puzzles. Games.

The Caution: Making a large generous show when one doesn't really care. Being dogmatic. Feeling in charge of healing and not listening to what others have to say. Using gadgets instead of simple human caring. Fear of things such as needles, etc. Being greedy and wanting all the toys.

Pluto symbolizes: Unconscious motivations, depth psychology, history. Sex, procreation at a deep level, intensity, profound emotions, taking hold of one's power. Being king or queen of one's underworld. Strength, survival mode instincts. Big money. Big power. The Plutocracy.


This shows being able to live life by a set of “New Laws”, or, to make a new set of laws that better suits your life and place in the scheme of things. This pictures revelations of spirit and truth. It is important to manifest these truths and laws and to integrate them into your everyday life. Codifying the ways of humankind can help us understand the limitations of our earthly existence. Although our basic principles may stay the same, the specifics will vary in order to accommodate the changing perceptions. You may find new laws to live by, or, you could be the one to bring these ‘rules’ to others.

Keywords: Revelations and channeling of new information. Truths being revealed. Thoughts, ideas, guidelines. The Ten Commandments. Laying down the law. New resolutions. New pathways of living. Social justice messages. The Koran. The Torah. The Bible. Finding records. People of the book. The Ark of the Covenant. Newly codified laws. Amendments. The Testaments. Avatars and guides. Moses. Mt. Sinai. Legislation. Laws enacted. Legislation.

The Caution: Being told what to do. Believing that one has all the answers OR believing that someone else has all the answers. Disregarding the religious ways of the past. Rules set in stone. The statement "this is what's going to happen". Rigid application of dogmatic moral codes.

Chiron symbolizes: Our wounds and it is known as The Wounded Healer, it also shows The Stories That We Tell Ourselves, it is where we have to focus on healing, it can show things that are out of shape or misplaced or in need of repair.


This Symbol implies the desire or need to be with others who share similar feelings, aspirations, goals and beliefs. There is a common focus here amongst the “Group” that opens up to creative and enlivening possibilities. There may be the feeling of being ‘out there’, in the ‘wilderness’, and you may be in some way, whether you’re miles from anywhere or you’ve been bought together by something very unique or unusual. It may be important to keep in mind that you don’t have to go alone; there is a “Group” of people who share the same beliefs and concerns. Gathering with them will lift your spirits. The “Campfire” can be anything that unites people in a common cause.

Keywords: Material concerns left behind. Pioneering with like-minded others. Sweat lodges. Walks in the woods. Scouts and Girl Guides. Men's groups, women's groups. ESP. Kindred spirits. Soul mates. Unity. Fellowship. Campfires. Camping. Friends and companions. Spiritual circles.

The Caution: Being too dependent on others. Feeling left out and having to fend for one's self. Rejecting fellowship because of feeling lost or alone. Obsession with one's objectives.

North Node symbolizes: This is known as quite a 'karmic point' (although all planets and points in a chart can be'karmic'). One's destiny in this life. The things you are meant to integrate, move towards, become. Destined relationships and relationship issues can show up here.


This Symbol speaks of spending time with a lover or loved ones, or, it can show issues of loneliness; wondering where the 'other' is. Being with someone you love and enjoying their presence without rush or pressure is likely to be important, or perhaps that's what you're needing right now. Perhaps it's about being ok just being with that part of you that you never seem to have much time for. One should be able to escape the realities of the world and touch the deeper feelings of the heart, without fear of being excluded or criticized. Try to find some time for quiet romance and balance.

Keywords: Walking love's path. Secret love affairs. Seeking shelter from others' eyes. Wanting or needing to be undisturbed. The young at heart. Being by one's self and wondering where the ''other'' is. Romance. Quiet moments. Seclusion and peace. Intimacy and sharing. Desired destinations. Walking and strolling together. "Keep Out" signs. Relationships that are solid and satisfying. Issues of seclusion, inclusion or exclusion. Privacy. Being self-sufficient.

The Caution: Being 'selfish' by keeping one's partner or friend to oneself. Jealousy when others are around. Feeling 'left out' and uninvited. Narrow-minded responses to people or things. Loneliness and/or the desire to be left alone. Denial of self and needs. Not wanting contact. Rejecting those who don't measure up. Seeing one's partner as a possession.

The Moon's South Node symbolizes: Past karmic patterns to be overcome, can be habits that are good, but can describe things, relationships, issues that you need to let go of, or, hold you back from manifesting your true destiny. Relationships that feel karmic and difficult, memories from the past.



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Lynda Hill, FAA Pract. Cert. has been a professional astrologer for more than 18 years. 2008 marked her 24th lecture tour of the States, in addition to the many lectures she has conducted for astrologers and the public throughout Australia, England, Scotland,  Wales, Ireland, Russia, South Africa, New Zealand and Canada.

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