Nurture your loved ones with the July 20th Cancer New Moon energy. Bring Cancer’s emotional, supportive energy into your home this month.
After a pretty intense Spring, summer’s finally here (at least in the Northern hemisphere)! It officially started when the Sun entered the sign of Cancer on the Summer Solstice on June 20th and we’ve been reveling in the longest days of the year since then.
And while we normally celebrate these lovely light-filled summer days with beach parties and other outdoor fun, we might have to get a little creative this year as we all ease out of lockdown mode.
The Cancer New Moon on July 20th offers the perfect energy to do something a little different with its emphasis on home and family. Let’s take a look at some ways you can play with that lunar magic.
Cancer New Moon Qualities
New Moons, in general, are always a perfect time to plant seeds for the ideas, plans, and actions we want to grow over the coming weeks as the Moon itself waxes towards full again. With the Cancer New Moon, we get to take a softer, sweeter look at all of our relationships and express what’s deep in our hearts. Cancer is a water sign (along with Scorpio and Pisces) which is all about honoring our emotions and intuition, encouraging us to dive deep to find pearls of wisdom within and then offer them to those we love.
Cancer also embodies quintessential “mothering” energy, protective, nurturing, care-giving, which can include a passion for preparing and sharing food with loved ones. Cancers are known for being sensitive, sentimental, and homebodies (depending on what’s going on in the rest of their birth chart, of course). The New Moon in Cancer is a “coming home” event astrologically since it’s naturally ruled by the Moon.
So, how can you take all of that warm, fuzzy energy and use it to enhance your relationships with family and loved ones?
Assembling Your Magical Cancer Toolkit
Cancer is all about building supportive, homey environments, and here are a few associations to get you started:
- Elemental energy – water
- Colors – silver, white, cream
- Gemstones – pearl, moonstone
- Flowers – white flowers (roses, lilies)
- Essential Oils – chamomile, lavender
- Music – string instruments, piano
- Food/Drink – water-based foods (melon, watercress, seaweed); soothing foods (ice cream, rice)
And if you want to pack your toolkit to the brim, you could also research Cancer-themed movies, books, clothes, animals, places in nature, the list is endless, depending on what you’re drawn to explore.
Cozy Cancer New Moon Magic with Your Favorite Little Ones
With its emphasis on nurturing and caregiving, Cancer energy is a great time to nourish your family connections, particularly with your kids or any other children that you have a parenting role with, like nieces and nephews. Here are a few ideas to start with.
- Playing in the bathtub taps into Cancer’s water energy and in-home vibe, be sure to bring a bunch of white or silver candles with you and add some soothing Cancer essential oils to the bath, too. For little ones, you could also play some fun bath songs and maybe even eat some juicy watermelon, clean-up is a piece of cake if you eat it in the bath! Then turn out the lights to pump up the magic component.
- After the bath (or maybe foregoing it completely), create a little home-within-a-home and surprise your kids with a “bed-tent”, a safe, cozy place to retreat to, just like Cancer’s symbol, the crab. My boys (now in their 30s!) each went through periods where they loved having their own private space to hibernate in, either to sleep or just escape.
- We built lots of forts together, too, with sheets and boxes or tables, and filled them with favorite stuffed animals. Either way, there was something comforting for them to be in that snugly, confined space. And, while candles aren’t a good idea in tents, flashlights are a must!
Creating Cancer New Moon Love Magic with Your Sweetheart
Certainly, all of the child-centric ideas we’ve played with so far can be expanded to include your partner, or better yet, explore new ones after you put the little folks to bed or send them off to grandma’s house.
- OK, now you can jump into the bathtub for your R (or X)-rated fun, use your imagination. Candles, of course. Essential oils, yes, in the bath, but also for some watery massage. Maybe white rose petals sprinkled in the water, too? And if you’re an ice cream addict like I am, there are all kinds of titillating ways to play with that in the bath, from feeding each other to painting it on your bodies and licking it off!
- Once you move to the bedroom, you have a few choices, all of which involve lots of serious snuggling. You can watch a mushy romance movie, my all-time favorite food-love-magic film is “Woman on Top” starring Penelope Cruz it’s an oldie but goodie. A close second is the1992 Mexican movie, “Like Water for Chocolate.” You can find them both easily online since they’ve been around for a while.
- Wrapped in your cozy Cancer-crab cocoon, you can also just opt to listen to some adult water music (no kiddy bath songs here). Going the classical route, there’s Handel’s Water Music (can’t get more literal than that), or any beautiful piano or string concertos. And in a more contemporary vein, check out Michael Buble’s Home or country singer Brad Paisley’s ode to summer, Water.
There are so many directions to go when you’re playing with New Moon energy, and Cancer’s lunar magic is especially powerful when it comes to celebrating and nurturing our most important relationships. It takes some preparation, but ultimately everyone will feel well-loved and cared for when you’re done!
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Life & Relationship Coach, Deborah Roth, MA is also a Counseling Astrologer, and Interfaith Minister. She leads women’s New Moon Circles and Full Moon TeleMeditations every month and loves designing creative, meaningful rituals for individuals and couples to energize their lives and relationships.