In many ways, July’s New Moon serves as ACT II to the energies activated by the Solstice Solar Eclipse, which occurred in the early degrees of Cancer. This is the second New Moon in Cancer in a row, which for me, is the cosmos’ way of trying to underline how important the June solstice energies – and the six month cycle that began at the solar eclipse – are for us in terms of preparing us for the rest of 2020.
The June and July New Moons took place in the first and last degrees of Cancer – both considered by Arabic astrologers to be the most powerful and potent sectors of any zodiac sign – so I think it is important for us to pay attention to what this particular ‘zone’ of the zodiac is all about.
This is the time of year when the contrast between the light and the shadows are at their greatest. Whether we are in the northern or southern hemisphere, the solstices mark the point of greatest light/dark; whilst the month that follows is generally when we experience big spikes, or fluctuations in, temperature.
Dog Days, Canis Major and Minor
So, for example, in the northern hemisphere, the 40 days between 3 July and 11 August used to be known as the ‘dog days’ because they coincide with both the hottest time of the year and the heliacal rising (that is, rising with the Sun at dawn) of Canis Major, the Dog Star, which we know, of course, as Sirius. Just think back to 2019 and all the wildfires that erupted around the planet at this time.
However, as it turns out, this story may have arisen out of a mixup between the mythology of the two so-called ‘dog stars’. Rather than Sirius, whose heliacal rising star is associated with Sothis (Isis), the Egyptian Great Mother and the coming of the fertile Nile inundation (and therefore, with the maternal water sign of Cancer), the ‘dog star in question was actually Canis Minor, whose alpha star is Procyon, which the Greeks sometimes associated with a fox (for starters,it is red, and it has a brushed tail that can look as if it is on fire).
POSTSCRIPT: I didn’t realise it when I wrote this blog post, but Procyon is another star associated with Starseeds. You can read all about Procyon starseeds at the Starseeds Compass.com.
It is this so-called “Teumessian Fox” of Canis Minor, which rises BEFORE Sirius (Canis MAJOR) at this time of the year, that is associated with wildfire season in the northern hemisphere. Of course, we do also have to mention that the searing quality of Sirius could also be due to an association with Sekhmet, the fierce and fiery aspect of the mother goddess that the Egyptians associated with the protective energy of a mother lioness for her cubs.
Dogs and Foxes – False vs True Soulmates
At any rate, what I find interesting is that in Leormand cartomancy, the Dog is sometimes associated with the loyal and unchanging love of a soulmate, whereas the fox is associated with cunning, deception and a Mercurial or trickster-like temperament – the shape-shifter who appears one way but can morph into something else. Now, this can be the metis-like streetwise cunning that we sometimes need to employ in tricky situations order to ensure our survival; or it can be about something a little more ‘smoke and mirrors’. More on which below…
New Moon Energies – Karmic Test before a Major Blessing
So, back to our forecast!
This New Moon will take place at around 28-29 degrees of Cancer. Now, Procyon is currently located at roughly the celestial longitude of 25 degrees of Cancer, while Sirius is closer to the longitude of 14 Cancer (so smack bang in the middle of the sign). So, unlike the last two eclipses, where first Mercury and then the Sun, were conjunct Sirius, this New Moon will fall closer to the fox (canis minor) than the dog star (canis major).
In addition, the Sabian Symbol for the degree of the July New Moon, is: A Greek Muse weighs newly-born twins on a pair of golden scales.
What this means for me is that:
a) There will be an element of dualistic, mirroring, trickster type of energy at work during this particular moon phase, which is likely to begin one way, but end very differently – in other words, appearances are likely to be deceptive now, so we need to use our discernment (the scales = weighing things to make sure they ‘add up‘) to tell light from shade, truth from deception, and not fall prey to knee-jerk reactions, especially when it comes to circumstances or external developments. This may prove to be a major karmic test of some kind to see if your intuition (what Henry Corbin called the ‘eye of the heart’) has been fine-tuned enough to see through the veil of deception;
b) We need to take our lead from the stars and the order of their rising according to primary motion (which moves in the opposite direction to that of the stars – from east to west ie. left to right, not west to east ie. right to left!) when it comes to understanding how events are likely to unfold: The name ‘Procyon’ is Greek for ‘before the dog’, because it precedes, or rises BEFORE the “Dog Star” Sirius in terms of the daily east-west movement of the stars caused by Earth’s rotation.
Symbolically, this means that the fox (faker/imposter) will often precede the arrival of the real deal, ie the dog, synonymous with loyalty and unconditional love. So, for me, this may well be synonymous of the spiritual test that occurs before a major blessing. How often, for example, in love, do people encounter the false soulmate (sometimes called the false twin), who hurts and lies to them, before the ‘real deal’ turned up?! A similar chain of events is also at work in this particular lunar phase.
Neptune – Illusions vs Intuition
These themes are likely to be further enhanced by the two Neptune transits set to take place at the end of July on the same day – one, a positive sextile to Jupiter (= blessings); and the other, a challenging and deceptive square to Venus (tests).
Given this dilemma isn’t it interesting that on the Rider-Waite version of The Moon trump card, we have a dog and a fox or wolf, here coloured red, both howling at what looks like either a full moon, or an eclipse. How perfect! Also, given the Neptune influences, it is rather fitting that we have a crustacean emerging from the sea…
So rather than two people, this energy could also represent having to choose between your tame vs your wild sides – or distinguish between the part of you that has been conditioned, perhaps by trauma or false beliefs vs those canny, raw survival instincts that often work with intuition to keep us alive.
The key here is to use your discernment – because, as we know, things look very different in the moonlight to the way they do during the day. So, keeping a firm grip on both blind optimism and nameless fears or knee-jerk responses triggered by past trauma will be important if you are to avoid the trap of illusion generated by the Venus-Neptune square.
My interpretation of this energy, based on my geoscope readings for all the 12 signs, is that:
- The lunar month (from mid-July to mid-Aug) will not end the same way that it began (things will actually improve as the month goes on and we get further into Leo season and the opening of the 888 portal with all its leonine, Sirian energy) . Think of the ebb and flow of the tides, or the lapping of ocean waves as they push onto, and then pull back from, the seashore – that is how this month’s energy is likely to feel, especially at first.
- We also need to ensure that we look after ourselves, protect our energy and stay safe so that we can side-step or avoid the illusions, traps and snares of the cunning fox (which does not have to be another person – it can be the shadow side of our own mind – our ego, with all its fears and false pride).
This theme is heightened by an opposition between the luminaries in Cancer and a retrograde Saturn in Capricorn, which is calling on us to focus on developing inner strength, master our ego and lower nature/passions (think of the Tarot card, Strength, associated with the sign of Leo, which the Sun will ingress into on 22 July). And then, just like the Sun and the Moon, which rule the signs of Cancer and Leo, the masculine and feminine aspects of love and the heart chakra, we must strive to find ways to balance the giving (Cancer) and receiving (Leo) of love, the need for self-care and self-protection (Cancer) vs the need to lead, be strong and look out for others (Leo), especially those more vulnerable who can’t take care of themselves.
So, LOTS going on!