This year, the New Moon in Cancer (Sun conjunct Moon in Cancer) occurs on July 13th. There is also a partial solar eclipse, visible in parts of Southern Australia, such as Melbourne, Stewart Island and Hobart, so that we have one more astronomical and astrological reason consider it a special day.
With the Sun and the Moon conjunct in Cancer, the astrological sign ruled by the Moon, there are great chances for all of us to feel more emotional. This day, it is essential to express our emotions, because now, more than ever, avoiding and repressing emotions can have negative psychological consequences.
So, we try to help you develop your emotional intelligence and express your feelings by offering you an inspirational story for your mind, a meditation for your heart and a special posture for your body.
A Story for the New Moon in Cancer
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?“
A Meditation for the New Moon in Cancer
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. There, you can find 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.”
A Body Posture for the New Moon in Cancer
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.
The next New Moon will be on August, 11th – a New Moon in Leo (Sun conjunct Moon in Leo).
Until then, on July, 27th, it will be a Full Moon in Aquarius (Sun in Leo opposite Moon in Aquarius).