New Moon Calendar Report for Cancer: Learning Self Love and Honoring Our Feelings

Cancer, the fourth sign of the zodiac, represents our inner emotional nature and is ruled by the Moon. The Moon is always changing, as is our emotional response as humans. The fourth house of the natural zodiac represents the home, childhood, parenting/nurturing, and feelings of emotional security or insecurity.

Cancer Gives Opportunity to Own Our Feelings and Honor Them

Cancer's emotionalism helps to create our sense of self, creating an emotional foundation. I refer to this foundation as our inner home environment, or how we feel about ourselves in the core of our beings. In his series of books titled Conversations With God, Neale Donald Walsch makes a profound statement: "Feelings are the language of the soul." During this month it is very important that we listen to our own feelings and that we honor them, as they are a window to ourselves. Feelings function as another language to us when there are no words to express an inner experience. This is not something that we can intellectualize, but rather, just acknowledge. Our inner emotional responses need to be embraced without judgment.

The New Moon Power of Cancer Teaches Self Worth

There are two kinds of Cancerian responses, as in all astrological signs. There is both the evolved (positive) and the primitive (immature) option. The positive/negative Cancerian axis involves emotional security versus emotional insecurity; self-love versus feelings of inadequacy. All of our feelings pass through a filter of one or the other. The secure person feels love, for example, unconditionally, without needing anything from the other person. Should feelings be reciprocated, this could be the foundation of a beautiful relationship. If not, the love just flows back to the self as another beautiful experience. After all, it was something from ourselves that brought the feelings of love to the surface. Love comes from the self and returns there. However, if your sense of self-worth is lacking, you experience love as a "need". You may need the other person's love to cause feelings of self worth. Unfortunately, you will never be satisfied this way, even if feelings of love are returned. An external source of self-worth is temporary and out of your control, leading to more feelings of insecurity. You will never truly be satisfied until feelings of self-worth find their foundation in self-love. Self-love comes through self-acceptance. It starts with accepting all things about yourself, including your faults. Accept yourself exactly the way you are. If something needs to be changed, move onto a better version of yourself, slowly and lovingly, as you are only a work in progress.

Self-Love is the Gift of a Cancer New Moon

If you were fortunate enough to come from a childhood environment where you felt basically loved and nurtured this feeling of emotional security and the ability to bond with others has created a beautiful foundation of self-love for you. This is like a well that you can freely tap into when times get difficult for you emotionally. On the other hand, many of us had less than perfect childhoods, and some have even lacked a sense of being nurtured or mothered. This is an obstacle, but many people, with courage, can overcome early negative conditions. Through learning the process of opening up to yourself, and experiencing self-love, you will be embarking on a journey of growth and joyous discovery. In this case you have to learn self-love and realize on a deep level that you are worthy of this self-love. This means opening up the possibility of experiencing, taking ownership of, and appreciating all aspects of yourself.

Cancer New Moon Powers Provide Nurturing

Part of the Cancer influence is learning to become receptive and vulnerable to others whom we feel safe with. When we let down some of our defenses, we open up the possibility of giving and receiving love. We can experience the joys of nurturing and being nurtured, either by another or by ourselves. Nurturing oneself is a Cancer theme! This is a good time to nurture our bodies, seek out health care for any physical problems, and generally take care of ourselves. A wonderful way to nurture ourselves emotionally is through self-acceptance by resonating our feelings. The first sign of self worth is realizing that your feelings count. Other people's feeling count too, naturally, but until you allow your own feelings permission to exist you cannot interact with others with any sense of authenticity.

Release Your Tension, Dance, Play and Sing

Sometimes we feel blocked. That is, we cannot seem to get in touch with how we feel. More often than not, such blockages are caused by tensions or defense mechanisms blocking the release of our feelings. In this case it would be beneficial for us to try to "get out of our own way". We can get out of our own way by releasing tensions. A form of psychotherapy, whether traditional or unconventional, might be a choice right now. Practices such as Yoga or meditation may help you release blockages. Did you know that when you release tense muscles you also release old emotional baggage? Every unpleasant feeling (or "blockage") that you have has a physical entity that you can sense in your body (usually in your muscles). Taking up activities that release unwanted muscle tensions such as dance, yoga, or singing/voice lessons can be very helpful.

Since the sign of Cancer rules the home environment, New Moon facts tell us this would be a wonderful time to buy or rent a new place to live, or to fix up your existing home. Anything that helps you feel more emotionally or physically centered and secure is favored during a Cancer new moon. Happy times with family and loved ones are favored now. This is the time to strengthen bonds between yourself and the ones you love

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