If you felt like June was a complete blur that sent you catapulting into the future just as readily as it held you back from moving the ball forward, you’re so not alone. The month was riddled with a Mercury retrograde in Gemini, a game-changing solar eclipse in the mercurial air sign, and other tense planetary meet-ups.
And now, the first full month of summer serves up a new moon — happening on Friday, July 9 in the cardinal water sign Cancer — that’s set to deliver welcome, sweet, eye-opening change. The new moon in Cancer will help you channel your feelings into rebellion.
Cancers tend to be thought of as sentimental, emotional caregivers who — as the ruler of the fourth house of home life — prioritize family above all else. They also have a rep for being moody and snuggling up into their shells, refusing to come out until they’ve thoroughly processed their emotions. For that reason, you might assume that any astrological event hosted by Cancer would be all about swimming in the deep end of all the feels. But one aspect of the water sign that seems to get lost in sweeping characterization is the fact that they’re one of the cardinal signs (the others being Aries, Libra, and Capricorn) who excel at initiation and big picture ideation. In that way, it makes perfect sense that this Cancer new moon isn’t about sitting in a pool of feelings. It’s actually far more action-oriented, thanks to not only the cardinal nature of the Crab, but the most prominent connection that the moon will make, which is a pleasant sextile to Uranus, the planet of rebellion, revolution, and out-of-the-blue, sudden change. It’s the ruling planet of fixed air sign Aquarius — known for striking out against convention at every turn.
So the message of this moment is to identify how you’re feeling and then, allow it to fuel big changes and breakthroughs that this new moon is intent on bringing. You can count on Uranus to shore up your sense of self. We’ve all had those moments when we’ve wanted one thing but said we want the other — for a variety of reasons, whether that’s to be more accepted socially or to please someone we care about. And in the days surrounding this new moon, you might be compelled to look at reasons why you’ve hidden your genuine self or put your individual needs on the backburner. You’ll want to stand even more in your truth and embrace whatever it is that makes you unique. In short, you could see no reason why this isn’t the perfect moment to let your freak flag fly — and see how that can change, well, just about everything.
There’s also an emphasis on relationships, as Venus — the planet of love, beauty, and money — currently moving through confident Leo will be squaring off against Uranus in fellow fixed sign Taurus. It could be that your sense of self, your needs, your desires, your vision for the future triggers unexpected upheaval in a partnership. Or, if you’re single, you could have an epiphany about what you need romantically — or even sexually.
Either way, you’ll want to buckle up and prepare yourself for plenty of surprises and excitement. This lunar event is wired to turn the mundane upside down.
Here, how this Cancer new moon will affect you, based on your sign. (tip: Be sure to read both your sun and your rising sign, if you know it.
Aries (March 21-April 19)With the new moon lighting up your fourth house of home life and second house of income, shake-ups could ultimately boost your security and sense of calm.
Taurus (April 20-May 20)Your third house of communication and first house of self are activated by this new moon, urging you to use your voice in a whole new way.
Gemini (May 21-June 20)With the new moon stirring up action in your second house of income and twelfth house of spirituality, getting in tune with your intuition and values is the key to making the most of this moment.
Cancer (June 21-July 22)Falling in your first house of self, this new moon is your annual opportunity to own your individuality and dreams for the future. And because it activates your eleventh house of networking, you could realize you’ll get there with a little help from your friends.
Leo (July 23-August 22)As you stand on the brink of your season, this new moon falls in your twelfth house of spirituality, urging a lot of rest, recharging, and self-reflection — and because it illuminates your tenth house of career, your public image could be a major part of the picture too.
Virgo (August 23-September 22)Landing in your eleventh house of networking, you’ll be focused on friends and colleagues, groups and teams, and because your ninth house of adventure is activated too, getting out of your comfort zone — maybe alongside your besties — can be incredibly fulfilling. Libra (September 23-October 22)With the new moon lighting up your tenth house of public image, you might have a breakthrough about how to reach your next big picture goal. Your eighth house of emotional bonds is a factor here, too, so intimate relationships and joint resources can propel your success.
Scorpio (October 23-November 21)Your ninth house of adventure and seventh house of partnership are activated by this new moon, so being open to personal growth and change, especially within your closest one-on-one bonds, can prove game-changing.
Sagittarius (November 22-December 21)The new moon activates your eighth house of emotional bonds and sixth house of health, so you’ll want to consider how close connections dovetail with your mental and emotional well-being — and how you might need to change course.
Capricorn (December 22-January 19)Your seventh house of partnership and fifth house of romance shape your focus during this new moon, so relationships, self-expression, and reciprocity are prime themes. What are your true desires, and what needs to change to see them fulfilled?
Aquarius (January 20-February 18)This new moon falls in your sixth house of daily routine and activates your fourth house of home life, so you’ll be zeroed in on improving certain everyday habits that affect your inner peace.
Pisces (February 19-March 20) With the new moon activating your fifth house of romance and self-expression as well as your third house of communication, it’s time to trust your artistic impulses and let your curiosity lead the way.