From the “Moon Lovers” series
by Dana Gerhardt
“Imagine this: You are an interstellar voyager. You left Earth when you were very young. You’ve lost count of the years during which your world has been a cylinder of hybrid metals, silent, cold, unimaginably swift, progressing imperceptibly through the net of stars. But one day you wake—or not quite wake, but hover between dream and waking—with a scent in your nostrils, wet and cool and dark, sweet and bitter at once, motionless as stone, quick as rain. Automatically your mind reaches back, probing, struggling for remembrance. Then you have it. You wake, fully now, with a sense of the morning, staring straight up as you did as a child, ready for the saffron light gushing at your window. Then you realize where you are, trapped in metal and silence and starlight. But you have gained something, a possession, something internal and therefore permanent, some weightless baggage worth fully the rest of your cargo, whatever it is. The possession is memory, sense-memory, the sense of morning, that knot in the nerves you carry forever, the pearl called Home.” David Brendan Hopes, A Sense of the Morning
Hold that pearl in your heart today. You’ll find yourself directly in the center of the Cancer moon. Everything else you’ll figure out intuitively.
Daily Planner for Today’s Cancer Moon
by April Elliott Kent
Today’s Mood: Vulnerable, and a little sensitive
Today’s Question: “What is home?”
Today’s Gods: The Moon, Earth’s distant and compelling sister.Also, perhaps, Demeter, goddess of grain and fertility, who worked tirelessly to free her daughter Persephone from the clutches of Pluto. Rock on, Demeter.
Today’s Guides: Women, especially mothers; bakers and cooks; crabs; domestic workers; caretakers; lunatics, nightbirds,security officers
Today’s Wardrobe: Modest and conservative, even old-fashioned
Today’s assignments: Nourish yourself and others with food for the mind,
body, and spirit.
More Cancer Strategies
by Simone Butler
We like to nest when the Moon is in Cancer. You may have a hard time prying people (including yourself!) out of their comfort zones, especially on weekends. We’re just too tempted to sleep in, hang with our homies, get caught up on chores or lose ourselves in a good book or movie. If you’ve been meaning to bake goodies or make a pot of soup, now is the time. Take Grandma some cookies, or have the clan over for a meal. For more lunar wisdom, see Simone’s book, Moon Power: Lunar Rituals for Connecting with your Inner Goddess.
It’s one thing to read about the Moon, but another to tune into her with energetic sensitivity. The first method is mental; the second is sensuous and intuitive (which is of course the preferred way to grasp the Moon). Lunar intuition is a natural ability that can be developed with practice. Developing mine, I was inspired by a friend’s report of spending an idyllic summer in the forest. Nestled in nature, without the chaos of the competing mechanical rhythms, her sensitivity became so refined, she felt it whenever the Moon changed signs.
Nature is everywhere. Even in our concrete and cyber jungles, we can sense her influence. At least once with the Moon in this sign, give yourself a 15-minute luxury of stillness. Quiet your thoughts. Observe the energy—how are things moving? Tune into the texture of the atmosphere floating around you. Feel its sensation on your skin. Describe what you feel, even if it’s so subtle you think you’re making it up. Over time your sensitivity and discernment will increase. In a month, you sense this sign again.
A water sign Moon, key qualities for Cancer are cool and moist. Think of cool mist. Imagine being surrounded by it; it’s drawing into your pores and sinking into the earth, nourishing the roots of all growing things. Train your senses on water’s life-sustaining force. If there’s ever a time to take a long, luxurious scented bath, it’s during a water sign Moon. Water can be far more soothing and nourishing now, in ways your senses will slowly start to name. Touch the leaves of your camellia bush—can you feel how supple they are? Is your skin softer today? Water days can help to open intuition; too much water and we might drown in self-indulgence or apathy.
“Cancer Moon: A moody, emotional time, when people need time to take stock of their feelings. The need for home life and family ties runs high, and people may be happiest working on their homes, cooking, and being with loved ones. Tendency to reflect on the past with nostalgia. Conservatively inclined. Enjoy food, reminiscence, visits with elders, collecting.” ~ Donna Cunningham