This is a really dense New Moon because it’s a second New Moon in the same sign and it’s opposed to the conjunction of Pluto with Saturn and Jupiter. Although every year we have two New Moons in one sign, it’s not always in Cancer and opposing such strong forces.
I have already written about this combination of planets last March (here and here). However, with the New Moon opposition, it becomes more influential in our physiques.
The whole situation means a deepening into the process of deconstruction of our values and beliefs, our old structures, and our long term projects.
Let’s see what this means in the Social and collective environment, first.
Jupiter emphasizes Pluto: the impetus to revolve, to rake through the bottom of the shadows, meaning the dark parts of our society, goes stronger and wider. There’s a tendency of the dark and hidden to show itself or to be exposed to the light. When it happens, the dualistic1 view of good and bad tends to disappear, or at least, to be reduced.
The dualistic view is the main guide to live ethically, but when Pluto comes in, we normally relax the use of these concepts. So we tend to open to more flexible criteria to good and bad, or change to use terms like “more acceptable/less acceptable”. Even so, some people are very attached to the rigid use of the notions “good” and “bad”. These people may feel very annoyed with the flexibilization of the use of “good” and “bad” because they think it is the same as to deny that there are good and bad actions. So, everybody who adopts the flexible way are seen, by them, as evil people doing evil things. So the world is becoming a bad place to live in. They feel frustrated, then angry, and so on.
The consequence is, on one hand, rage and violence, and on the other, sadness and depression. To avoid this doom-like scenario, you must avoid the very judgmental attitude that would allow you to conclude that this or that is bad or good. I’m not saying that there’s neither good nor bad. I’m saying that these are invalid concepts to use now. Good and bad are not in play now. Why?
Because Pluto transforms Jupiter: This movement in the deeper parts of our *collective unconscious2 mind comes to the frontier of our personal conscious mind and changes our beliefs and motivations which generates our “normal” behavior. We lose our confidence in our beliefs and values. We don’t feel comfortable with our daily routines, our emotions come in big waves (remember it’s a New Moon in Cancer) and our mental activity goes unstable. The impulse turns our attention to the deepest part of our psyche. There, we find the thoughts, the emotions, and the life experiences we never felt easy to deal with. So, the first thing we feel is fear (of facing it again). Then, it becomes anger (to have to deal with it, against our wish), sadness (why did this happen to me?). The sequence of disturbing emotions can continue, with guilt, shame, etc. but the route is more or less like this. This is the combination of the Cancer New Moon with the opposition to the Pluto-Jupiter conjunction. Can you see it? There could be a change in what we think is good or bad, or in the root beliefs and values that create the notion of good and bad which we use in our daily lives.
Moreover, we still have the proximity of Saturn. Saturn means the urge to control and restrict in order to produce manifestation, existence and materialization. So, Saturn comes to this theatrical act to try to control everything to avoid chaos. However, because this complex New Moon opposed to Pluto, Saturn and Jupiter is a very tense combination of planets, Saturn shows its harsh aspect, becomes a rigid demanding of correctness and produces friction in the system. Pluto and Jupiter don’t accept the limitations and control by Saturn and react aggressively against him. We may see people conflicting with each other because of it.
In other words, collectively, we are prone to jump at each other throats, because sometimes we feel like Saturn (with the mindset of “the other is acting disruptively”) sometimes we act like Jupiter (with the mindset of “the other is trying to limit my freedom”) and sometimes we feel like Pluto (with the mindset of “we must reform everything, so let’s destroy and rebuild it all”). And we swap characters without noticing, reacting to one another as if we all were under a terrible danger. So, we easily take the other as a challenge, at least, or as a menace, at worst. Either way, we can be trapped in this endless and hopeless struggle, and nothing furthers.
Again, as well as in the former New Moon in Cancer this same month inspired us, a better alternative route to take is the caring way. First of all, self-care. Remember the instructions about the use of the O2 masks in a flight? You first put it on yourself and only then, you help anybody else. Otherwise, you are both in trouble. That is to say, heal and treat yourself until you get stronger, balanced and healed, so you can help others. Heal yourself. Now! This is a real good opportunity to see what must be seen, about us and about others.
If you think you got a wrong path in the past, admit it and then try to find the right way. Do not fall prey of guilt or shame. It could block you from the truth. Of course, guilt and shame could have been two good emotions to educate ourselves when we were young. But, now they can be very misleading!
On a more personal level, we are revolving things in the basement3. Things that we left behind, to deal with them someday. Well, this day has come.
Initially, you may feel an urge to finish some project that you feel it is pending, something uncomfortable because it is unfinished. You have the opportunity to decide either to finish it definitely or to abandon it. If you think that a wish or project has nothing to do with you anymore, give it up immediately. If it still means something to you, endorse it, commit yourself to it and go ahead. This is the time to build a strategy to make it happen, but don’t force things up. Instead, breathe, meditate, and put your ideas on a paper. Reflect upon it. And, then make the move.
It’s completely understandable that you may feel afraid of opening the metaphorical basement of the undone and incomplete things, but, believe me, this is the time. Of course, there are things that require more time to be dealt with. These next few days, begin by concentrating on the home tasks. It’s a good idea to clean, and organize a part of your house that needs attention. Then, to manage documents, papers. In the meanwhile, keep your daily routines in balance, one step at a time.
Then, sit with a friend that you know you get along well with. Talk, open yourself to her thoughts, her feelings, her stories. It’s time to get involved, to get closer. Probably, you can only show her your perspective. Give her your attention, lend her your ears. Even if you are quarantined. It would be good if it were possible to give and receive a friend’s hug, but what counts now is what you have in your heart, and what your eyes are telling. Tell her your story, your feelings, things you have seen.
Try to keep it as a lifestyle, going ahead, step by step, rhythmically. And try to maintain your consciousness all the time. Be aware of who you are, and what you are.
Now a word of advice: if you have resentment, a wound that you blame someone for, this is not the time to solve it. Don’t argue, don’t explain, don’t ask for explanations. There will be better moments to do so. If you try to do it, you will make those things worse. Mars is squaring Mercury and it’s like a conflict waiting to happen. Even with good intentions. This same aspect can make you feel nervous about having too many things to do, or that you didn’t do everything you should have already done. You can find it difficult to sleep, to rest, you may feel a little anxious. If so, I strongly suggest you to try the self-help Japanese healing art called Jin Shin Jyutsu: put your hands under your armpits, or behind your neck and the back of your head, and breathe calmly, slowly but not too deep. Meditate. Then move calmly and firmly forward.
Feel your body, feel the air around you, move smoothly and respect the limits. Talk to friends, be patient with them, position yourself, give your opinion with love and respect. Be present.
Final note: There are people very concerned about a possible new outbreak of this virus or another one. There is no need to be afraid, but to be cautious. Take care, protect yourself, and that’s what you need. No less, no more.
You can understand this New Moon as an invitation to learn more about your own role in this gigantic role-play in the world now. It’s not a time to fear, but to position yourself in the game.
1(in this context) the way to see the things as either good or bad, no middle term. The result is that if someone is bad, in some context, she is essentially bad. If someone is a friend of a friend, she’s a friend of mine. If someone is an enemy of a friend or a friend of an enemy, she’s my enemy. No middle term.
2 colective unconscious mind is the unconscious functions of the mind that happens collectively in us. A reservoir, a storage of thoughts, beliefs and mental activities that we share as a whole civilization.
3basement is the way I use to call the part of our memories where we storage those ideas still to be absorbed by our minds. Normally they are difficult experiences or abandoned projects.