(rose, coreopsis, fuschia, jasmine, african basil, pansy, valerian, nasturtium, alstroemeria, scabiosa, dianthus, sunflower)
New Moon: During this phrase the moon is dark, not visible in the sky. From this day forward it begins to grow with light, sliver by sliver, until it can fill no more and the moon is full. New moons are a time to plant a seed, make an intention or wish for oneself. Baby and nurture this wish until the moon is full, on the 12th of July.
Astrological Sign of Cancer: Cancer rules the heart and our emotions, our ability to give and receive love in our life and how we express and process our emotions generally.
Tomorrow the moon will be new in Cancer. I have just come off a 6 day retreat where the ongoing message for me was love, love, love yourself. Step out of the place of hiding, of fear of living fully, fear of places that are too hard, too rigid, too tight. The irony is that in this act of hiding I have kept myself small, and have created anyway the life I have been trying my damndest to avoid; one that is hard, rigid and tight. Denying myself full immersion into this world has kept my energy stagnant, spiraling in on itself, pooling in my body in a way that I know does not serve me and will surely cause disease. I am a bud that has been standing in my own shadow too long, depriving myself of sun and energy and sustenance. What is there truly to be afraid of? Disease, loss or death? If I were to die tomorrow can I say I let myself be fully a part of this world? I cannot. Losing everyone I love would be scary. Knowing I could not face life when I was alive is even scarier. I have lived with incredible stress my whole life; with escape my preferred modality of coping. In my remembrance that I am Priestess, that I am in service to the Earth, Unity and the Current that flows through all living things, I have caught glimpses of what it would mean to live life from this place, to tap into this current with surrender. While it feels like I can’t handle it, that it’s too hard to be real with the emotional ups and down that come from living an authentic life, I would be lying if I said that I wasn’t being tortured by my continuation to avoid it. Yes, it will be hard. I come from a long line of dysfunction and abuse that goes back many generations and resides in my being on a cellular level. Being authentic means feeling it fully. But if I wish to transmute this, transform myself, I must be real and let it all in. So I take a stand. A radical stand of self-love that involves embracing myself as I do my children, with the utmost tender-hearted unconditional love that I know radiates from my being. I deserve this. We all do. So with this new moon in Cancer, my intention is to dive into the best possible practice of self-care and love that I can muster. That means moving out of hiding and into the light. To let the bud that I am grow and expand until I am a blooming flower with the sweetest of nectar’s. Winged creatures will come far and wide to drink from my well. That is the depth of the belief I take as I dig my hole, drop in my seed and watch it grow.
Diana Ray/April Aronoff
Photography by Diana Ray