Saturday, July 2, 2011


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The Solar Eclipse - a conjunction of Sun and Moon, ergo New Moon - occurs in the sign Cancer, first decanate.

Kabbalistically, the sign Cancer symbolizes tenacity to life and governs the powers of inspiration and respiration. 

Upon the Intellectual Plane, Cancer symbolizes the equilibrium of spiritual and material life forces.  This sign expresses the conservation of forces; its chief attributes are sensitiveness and reflection.

The first decanate (first ten-degree segment of a sign) of Cancer is depicted in the heavens by a little yapping cur - Canis Minor - a mongrel without courage or loyalty.  By it the ancient masters sought to convey the thought that this section of the sky is particularly susceptible to domestic intrigue and where strong emotions may easily carry people away.  The lesson put forth is that a persistent effort must be made to cultivate the qualities of faithfulness.

Cancer symbolizes the need for emotional security, for feeling that one's environment will support one's existence, for feeling nurtured by those around one and also the need to support and nurture others.  Cancer's greatest strength is one with nature's great strength.  She creates and preserves life.  She creates for it the atmosphere where it can mature until it is ready to stand on its own feet: the instinct to self-preservation.

Self-preservation demands knowledge of self, of one's body, one's spirit, of how to heal that which was, and may still be, wounded.  Healing oneself by nurturing is the spiritual message of this eclipse.  Releasing that which is the tendency of Cancer to cling to...emotional wounds, some of which are grounded in the spiritual plane and require persistent effort in order to become whole.    Eclipses stir things up.  Solar Eclipses signal beginnings.  It is not possible to begin unless we first change.  Cancer is a Cardinal sign and states: it is time to meet this crisis head-on and accept it as a personal challenge.

Where are you wounded?  Place a malachite cabochon over your third eye, allow the transformative energies of malachite to provide the transfer of sacred information that will clarify the emotions and allow for both the recognition and the release of negative experiences which you cannot otherwise recall.  This mineral can help you to look deep within the self and to acknowledge the reasons supporting an illness, further guiding and supporting you in the release of the emotional causative factors.

Cancer is the first of the watery signs and thus relates to baptism...that is, the Sun, as symbol of deific power, as it makes it annual pilgrimage, must go into and come out of, the water sign Cancer before it can return to its own home in the next sign, Leo.  In a natural birth-chart Cancer rules the conditions at the end of life and signifies, as baptism does, a readiness and willingness to enter upon a new and higher form of life, a willingness to enter the Father's fold.

Leaves of Grass - Walt Whitman
I bequeath myself to the dirt to grow from the grass I love,
If you want me again look for me under your boot-soles.

You will hardly know who I am or what I mean,
But I shall be good health to you nevertheless,
And filter and fibre your blood.

Failing to fetch me at first keep encouraged,
Missing me one place search another,
I stop somewhere waiting for you.

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