June 21st, at 4:58 AM (PDT), the Moon will conjoin the Sun in a solar
eclipse in Cancer. This powerful eclipse happens just 4 hours and 20 minutes
after the Summer Solstice at 12:38 am and signifies a powerful beginning
to the new season. This rare solstice eclipse happens just 18 minutes
after the Moon moves into Cancer. Those with birth planets (especially
the Sun or Moon) near this point or near the 0 degree point of Aries,
Capricorn and Libra may feel the strongest affect of this eclipse.
Eclipses can have a powerful effect on the psychological, emotional, physical and
spiritual welfare of human beings. They represent transition times and
a period of amplified energy that can be both enlivening and challenging.
Pivotal events and changes in consciousness often take place on or around
the eclipse time and it's important to prepare for these events to ensure
the best outcome.
Cancer is a
water sign that is associated with qualities of sensitivity, emotional receptivity
and nurturing compassion. It is also connected with home, domestic concerns
and family. During this solar eclipse you could feel increasing sensitivity
and become emotionally affected by your environment (especially your home).
Family concerns may become paramount, making this a good time to work with
and the Home
When a solar
eclipse falls in Cancer, it is helpful to pay attention to how you are
interacting with the members of your household, as well as how you are
cooking and cleaning around your home. A good home life is essential for
developing good health. When we are too busy or stressed out to cook a
good meal and share time with our family and friends we can become stressed
out and overwhelmed more easily. When we don't take the time to do the
simple things such as cleaning the house, washing the dishes and folding
the laundry, we may start to see our mental health weaken. As we become
more stressed out and wound up, physical health can start to suffer and
we may feel the symptoms of illness. This eclipse is a powerful transition
point where we can develop a better relationship to how we tend our home.
Inviting friends and family over to share a healthy meal on the solstice/eclipse
can help add joy and harmony to the home environment.
Temple of the Body
On a deeper
level, home life relates to how we are treating our body, the home we
inhabit throughout our lives. Cancer teaches us that we need to be caring
and compassionate toward ourselves and others. Through attending to our
health and well-being, we provide a framework to extend good energy out
into the community. In our society we are constantly bombarded by messages
that tell us to compare our physical appearance, our accomplishments,
our family and cultural background with those around us. We often learn
to be critical of ourselves and to depreciate our own value. The Cancer
Moon is a perfect time to honor ourselves on a profound level. By spending
time honoring our innate gifts, beauty and power, we enhance our self-respect
and strengthen our compassion. Each one of us is like a unique flower,
expressing unique talents and ways of approaching life. Honoring and developing
these talents helps us to bloom. This eclipse is a time to examine these
gifts and see how we can nurture these seeds to full of expression.
in Medical Astrology
of physical health, Cancer rules the breasts and the stomach. Emotional
sensitivity often translates into digestive complaints, so this New Moon
could be a time when the stomach is most affected. Try drinking chamomile
and lemon balm tea to relax the system and strengthen the digestion. Adding
culinary herbs such as fennel, dill, mints, basil and rosemary to warm
meals can support the digestive process.
Strengthening digestion helps us to assimilate the food we eat. We can
have the most perfect diet in the world, but if we cannot assimilate the
nutrition we become malnourished and weakened. The chakra located at the
stomach area is associated with the sense of power and self-worth. If
our stomachs are healthy, we can direct our energy towards projects with
a strong will and vigor. When this area is weakened we can feel depleted
and tired with an inability to focus ourselves on accomplishing goals
and radiating out in the world.
Gong for Strengthening the Stomach
Qi gong is
an ancient Chinese martial arts form that helps balance and nourish our
energetic framework. This eclipse period is a good time to do a qi gong
exercise that strengthens the digestive process. Start by standing upright
with your knees slightly bent and your hands stretched out at your sides.
Relax your body and bring your hands together about six inches from each
other in front of your stomach. As you inhale slowly, draw your hands
in a clockwise circular motion around your belly without touching it.
As you reach the top of your belly, exhale slowly and allow your hands
to move down toward the bottom of your stomach. As you perform this motion,
allow your knees and your legs to bend and move with your hands to accommodate
this flow. Continue to circulate your hands around your stomach area for
several minutes. Soon you will begin to feel relaxed and your stomach
will start to feel at ease. This exercise will help nourish and strengthen
your digestion and will help develop internal power. Good health to you!