On July 2nd 2019 there is a New Moon in Cancer, the zodiac sign ruled by the Moon. So, this astrological event strongly activates Cancer’s qualities: sensitivity, imagination, the ability to devote to family, loyalty and compassion.
This day, we need to freely express our feelings and to use the power of imagination. Remember! Sensitivity and strength go hand in hand.
Prepare your mind, your body and your soul for this New Moon. in order to realize it, we offer you an inspirational story, a body posture and a meditation technique.
July New Moon in Cancer: An Inspirational Story
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?“
July New Moon in Cancer: A Body Posture
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.
July New Moon in Cancer: A Meditation That Cultivates Compassion
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.
1st Step: With attention on the person, repeat to yourself: “Just like me, this person is seeking some happiness for his/her life.”
2nd Step: With attention on the person, repeat to yourself: “Just like me, this person is trying to avoid suffering in his/her life.”
3rd Step: With attention on the person, repeat to yourself: “Just like me, this person has known sadness, loneliness, and despair.”
4th Step: With attention on the person, repeat to yourself: “Just like me, this person is seeking to fulfill his/her needs.”
5th Step: With attention on the person, repeat to yourself: “Just like me, this person is learning about life.”
The next New Moon will be on August 1st – a New Moon in Leo (Sun conjunct Moon in Leo). In America, this New Moon occurs on July 31st, being a Black Moon – the second new moon in the same calendar month.
Until then, on July 16th, it will be a Full Moon in Capricorn (Sun in Cancer opposite Moon in Capricorn).
The next New Moon in Cancer occurs next year, on June 21st 2020.