New Moon in Cancer (June 24th, 2017): A Story for Your Mind, a Meditation for Your Heart, a Posture for Your Body
The July New Moon falls on the 4th in the watery sign of Cancer, whose ruler is the Moon. So, the New Moon in the sign ruled by the Moon is a special astrological event, the qualities of Cancer being strongly activated: intuition, loyalty, adaptability, the ability to devote to family.
We can use the emotional energy of the New Moon in Cancer if we succeed to understand it with our head, to feel it with our heart and to let it activate the whole body. We offer you some exercises for mind, soul and body:
New Moon in Cancer – A Story for Mind
A story about compassion, loving and helping without waiting for gratitude:
There was a Hindu who saw a scorpion floundering around in the water. He decided to save it by stretching out his finger, but the scorpion stung him. The man still tried to get the scorpion out of the water, but the scorpion stung him again.
A man nearby told him to stop saving the scorpion that kept stinging him.
But the Hindu said: „It is the nature of the scorpion to sting. It is my nature to love. Why should I give up my nature to love just because it is the nature of the scorpion to sting?“
New Moon in Cancer – A Meditation for Soul
The aim of the following exercise is to increase the amount of compassion in the world. This is one of thirty exercises that can be found in „Resurfacing®: Techniques for Exploring Consciousness“ by Harry Palmer. Here there are more details.
Step 1 With attention on the person, repeat to yourself: “Just like me, this person is seeking some happiness for his/her life.”
Step 2 With attention on the person, repeat to yourself: “Just like me, this person is trying to avoid suffering in his/her life.”
Step 3 With attention on the person, repeat to yourself: “Just like me, this person has known sadness, loneliness, and despair.”
Step 4 With attention on the person, repeat to yourself: “Just like me, this person is seeking to fulfill his/her needs.”
Step 5 With attention on the person, repeat to yourself: “Just like me, this person is learning about life.”
New Moon in Cancer – A Posture for Body
The name – Bhujangasana – comes from the Sanskrit words „bhujanga“ meaning „snake“, and „asana“, meaning „posture“. The best time to practice Bhujangasana or the cobra posture is first thing in the morning, right after you get up, before breakfast.
Gheranda Samhitts, one of the classic texts of hatha yoga, offer this description:
„Let the lower part of the body from the toes up to the navel touch the ground. Place the palms on the ground and raise the head (the upper part of the body) like a cobra“. (Gheranda Samhitts, II, 42-43).
Here, you can find out more details:
- Lie on the stomach with the head turned to one side and the arms alongside the body with palms facing upward.
- Turn the head and place the chin on the floor. Inhale then exhale slowly through the nostrils and swing the arms around until the hands are placed just below the chin with the palms down and the fingertips of each hand almost touching and the elbows on the floor.
- Inhale slowly through the nostrils, press down on the hands and lift the torso from the waist up off the floor, arching the spine backwards and straightening the arms. Keep the hips on the floor.
- Tilt the head as far back as possible and hold the posture for the duration of the inhaled breath.
- Exhale and reverse the process to return to position 1.