New Moons offer new beginnings; a time to plant seeds and throw out the net for new ideas, fresh starts. When an eclipse emphasizes that energy, there is a volatile component to it, not necessarily violent, but certainly unpredictable. It is helpful therefore, to be clear on where you’d like the initiating opportunities to go; otherwise someone may grab the ball and run in an unexpected direction.

The second Solar Eclipse of the summer occurs on the July 1 Cancer New Moon at 4:54 am ET. Traditionally this new moon focuses on family, roots, home and conception.

This is particularly jarring in relationship to the USA horoscope, which may magnify your experience because of circumstances beyond the personal. It is highly likely that the US makes a statement that creates a stand against another country or countries. This is about power, and the likely scenario includes the delicate balance of looming debt with the integrity of a nation. Put a pocket of time in the day to meditate/pray for wisdom and enlightenment to imbue our leaders’ decisions.

Since the eclipse occurs at 9°Cancer 12”, it ignites the cardinal catalyst configuration in the sky. This is a tug of war struggle between the piece of yourself that screams for freedom and the piece that creates a safe frame. Be aware that as stressful as this may be, there is also the relentless urge for deep transformation that demands change.

You may feel this acutely, especially if you’ve got Cancer, Capricorn, Libra or Aries in your horoscope. Look clearly at what may hold you back from expanding your reach. If it involves someone you care deeply about, see where you can loosen your attachment to allow you breadth. To decompress, plan some time by the water and/or enjoying food-related activities with people who feel like family. Not with family members that set you off, but the ones that are as comfortable as cozy slippers.

The Sabian symbol is “A large diamond in the first stages of the cutting process”. One of the continual challenges in family, is to go forth and make your life your own, whether you come from a loving, supportive family or you haven’t seen them in years. You cannot become the true jewel of your individual life unless you cleave from the family.

©Cucinell 2011

This eclipse couples Venus with a point that indicates an attachment to the past. If well-meaning people are protecting you from stretching your wings, than it may be time to take a leap. If you are haunted by past patterns that have nothing to do with your present opportunities, then it is time to cut them away.

This follows the June New Moon Eclipse which started a communication…. the July eclipse increases the need to connect emotionally, or not at all. Definitely hold off from starting anything brand new until Sunday afternoon when things fall into place.

After a final nod to Saturn, the Moon is VOC* from 7:37 am to 5:43 pm THE NEXT DAY! See my prior post on the void of course (VOC) moon in July.

*Moon VOC/Void-of-Course… in Cancer, be by the water, time with family or sifting through memorabilia. Lovely time to enjoy a picnic or meal with no time constraints.

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