Cancer New Moon & Total Solar Eclipse

Starry night sky in western Colorado
Photo by Victoria Lise

A new moon occurs when the sun and moon sit at the exact same degree in the sky, and a total solar eclipse occurs when the moon passes between the sun, and the earth creating an arrow of alignment. The new moon naturally tends to draw us inward. It’s a time of sacred introspection and internal reflection, but the addition of a total solar eclipse amplifies the need for us to traverse the internal landscape, and gives us greater accessibility to do so.

This new moon eclipse we’re swimming in the holy waters of the 4th zodiac sign, Cancer.  The waters are extra potent with the eclipse happening at 10° of Cancer, where the Moon is at home, comfortable, and understood. This energy gently encourages us to soften the resistance between logical mind and feeling body, aiding us in building the foundation, and security needed to open our hearts, allowing our feeling selves to flower. 

Cancer cycles often render us emotionally exposed, tired, and sometimes moody. As a collective our emotional bodies are illuminated during this solar eclipse as well as our home sphere. We may notice feelings of nostalgia with a deepened interest to explore our lineage, ancestory, old photo albums, our most treasured memories, or just a strong pull to deepen the connection to our roots.

Eclipses can bring us face to face with parts of our lives that need amending or tending to, and this particular eclipse emphasizes the value of vulnerability. Finding confidence in our vulnerability gives rise to our authenticity. When we’re vulnerable, our intuition is heightened, and more closely attuned to the vibrations around us. It’s a good time to withdraw from the external world of over stimulation and recalibrate in reverence. Seek out those with whom you can share your heart, knowing it’s ok to ask for help or lean on others while also respecting when your intuition cautions you to be discerning. Our intuition doesn’t filter life through rose colored lenses but through the clarity of truth. Paying attention to shifts in our subtle body generates intelligent insight, helping us to honor ourselves more fully. 

The water element rules our internal terrain, and just as the moon noiselessly moves the tides, the waves of our feelings shift too. The waters of our wounds could rise to high tide, to the surface of our focus, but the eclipse empowers us to ride the waves and rewrite old narratives. We’re being invited to dive inside, to shine the light of our awareness into the caves of our being, compost our inner pollution, and come home to ourselves. Imagine Lakshmi’s garden or any place that invokes a deep sense of belonging and peace. We must do the necessary work to cultivate that sanctuary within. We must be gentle with ourselves, but also stay the course, being cautious not to avoid the rough, emotional seas.

While this cycle welcomes us into a place of stillness it is shaking us out of numbness. Pranayama, yoga, aryuveda, yoga nidra and meditation help us to stay in active stillness. These practices help us to turn self doubt into devotion through discipline. After all, we need consistency and fluidity at the same time. Incorporating a routine or ritual will give us stability and a sense of agency while also preserving our flexibility through the fluctuations. Set an intention, stay hydrated, receptive, and open to opportunity! 

Themes of July’s Eclipse season

  • Finding forgiveness (self and others)
  • Finding confidence in vulnerability
  • Becoming aware of self sabotaging patterns
  • Accepting the paths of others
  • Making peace with the healing process
  • Trusting unexpected changes
  • Cultivating internal security
  • Nurturing home within the heart
  • Being gentle with oneself but also accountable

Journal prompts:

  • How can I make peace with the process?
  • How can I let go and trust the unexpected changes? 
  • How can I nourish and mother myself so that I feel supported? 

As Above, So Below

  • July 3 Venus enters Cancer
  • July 7 Mercury Stations Retrograde
  • July 16 Full Moon in Capricorn, Partial Lunar Eclipse


To find out exactly where this eclipse and new moon will influence you most directly pull up your natal chart on and look for 10° of Cancer. The house Cancer is in is the area of your life under review. For more information or to schedule a natal chart reading please inquire here.

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  1. Debi walls

    Thank you tori I needed to understand why I feel there things you always bring me clarity 🍒💫

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  2. It’s so interesting to me how my emotions revolve around the moon cycle and new moons and full moons can bring out extreme emotions for me! Love this post and your blog! 😀

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    1. Me too!! I’ve been fascinated since I started to track the moon more closely just how influenced I am and how the elements shift how I’m affected. Thanks so much!

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  3. This spoke to me in such a “Motherly Manner” sternly but yet so lovingly! A Mother whose Love is Unconditional but nevertheless will always be upfront and transparent when you’re not at your Shiniest! Your gift of writing evokes on this particular piece a sense of Love and Acceptance and somehow I picked up Your Own Beautiful And Loving Motherly Energy coming through . Thank YOU. What an HONOR to have 🌹YOU 🌹 on our Mountain ⛰.

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    1. Wow, humbled! Thank you for reflecting this all to me, I am so deeply appreciative and feel the exchange of goodness. You are so special! xx


  4. As my birthday is the 30June (and just turned 60) this time has been ‘interesting’ to say the least.
    Now if I can just breeeeathe after all those adventures I’ll be able to smell the roses again 😀
    Great post, thank you for sharing 😀

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    1. Happy belated birthday to you Mark! Yes, an interesting time indeed I can imagine. Astrologically you are in what’s called your Saturn Return it is a huge and significant marker in our lives. Usually many a life lessons come about, big life changes, and it can feel exhausting and challenging at times! Saturn has made a complete transit around your birth chart and is sitting close to where it was when you were born that is what is meant by Saturn return -Saturn returning to its starting point in your chart. I too, am in my first Saturn return, they occur usually between 28-30, 58-60, 88-90 so you are at the end of yours and should really feel a wave of relief come over! Wishing you all the very best and thanks so much for reading my article!!

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      1. It is a relief after being through the ‘fears’ in my life, they tested some dark corners. I feel the load has lifted and I am beginning to create rather than react to life. Such a difference 😀
        Thank you for your comment Victoria, it gives a greater understanding of our journey 😀

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      2. That’s so wonderful Mark! Harvesting the fruits of your labor! You’re welcome, thank you for the exchange. Best regards

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