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Cancer Moon – Solar Month of Taurus

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The Moon enters Cancer today. Significant because we are headed toward a New Supermoon Eclipse in Cancer at Summer.  In fact, it will coincide with Solstice.

The Solstice new moon will be one of two new Cancer moons this year. Two opportunities for renewal of forms of the sacred feminine, for reflecting on the concept of home as the home of the soul, of ancestors.

During Spring, the first season of the natural calendar, all moons in Cancer occur after the new moon of that solar month. This means, at this time of year, all Cancer moon energetics are growing in light, increasing in energy.

Cancer is a fruitful sign but it may easily be lost in emotion if it does not fulfill its natural ‘other half’ assignment which is to cultivate a level of sophistication in the outer world. Good time to examine which thing you are growing in your environment.

Cancerian sophistication may mean forms of private domestic diplomat, such as not favoring one single child, or favoring any creation over one’s partner. Or, it may be that one turns one’s cultivated reflective capacity outward to guide the public in some way.

If Cancer is the natural mother, her natural domain is the home of us all.

The Moon in astrology represents our needs in the immediate environment, our useful feelings, and moods. When uncomfortable and not paying attention to the diagnostic brilliance possible through our feelings, we may be moody, sappy and sentimental, unreasonably changeable, excessively inward- or backward-looking.

A balanced Cancer influence creates security and growth. This is an especially fruitful activity in the solar month of Taurus.

By this afternoon (April 27, 2020), and until Wednesday evening, where would you like to add momentum to growing forms of the sacred feminine that can heal, gather, support, secure something in your domain? Can you maneuver this into position so that what you feel is needed actually comes from a place of strength? Which need will support your growth? Not lost in emotion, muddied and diluted by excess water, but fulfilled connection with observant attention.

This is considerate of self and others and adds to emotional intelligence. Respect for the need provides the needy with sufficient nutrient. To prevent waste is to reduce need.

A good time to consider how to move forward, even if a little reflective, and sideways. (c) 2020 Donna Ellis
Some material from Astrology of the Moon: Rhythm of Life in the Energetic Lunar Cycles.

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Autumn Equinox – Observe the Seasonal Shift

Raised beds and pots at The Observatory

Autumn Equinox comes on the 22nd (6:30am PT/9:30am ET). As I look at the Observatory’s garden log, which now has eight years worth of weather notes, this season is likely to be as unusual in 2020 as was its counterpart.

This year, Spring was longer, with plenty of rain. More like, well, Spring.

Mercifully, the September weather has cooled. Temperatures in central Texas have lowered into the 80s, with a stretch of nights predicted to be in the upper 60s, according to my favorite forecast app. In recent days, we’ve had more rain.

In the potager and herb garden at The Observatory, it is easy to see the difference. September usually brings tawny turf lawn on the southeastern corner. Right now it is weedy and in need of a mow.

In general, rainfall and lower temperatures have made the land, plants, and wildlife (including yours truly) very happy.

Last year–and since 2015, by my garden records–we endured three months of temperatures around 100. I’m not a fan of excessive heat. Fifty years ago, I was in high school in humid Houston. Temperatures often got close to 90F, but I don’t recall weeks of wilting 100s.

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Tiny pear tomato. Reseeds itself in this general area of garden

In a remarkable and memorable year when mother nature asks, “Can you hear me now?” it feels as though we also get a glimpse of what is possible, if we are observant and considerate. Human activity slowed and it appeared that nature responded immediately, happy to take the time to heal.

Have you seen the satellite images of before and after reduction in human activity? Fewer car trips and fewer airplanes, among other sudden changes to our behavior. Maybe we can negotiate on some middle ground.

This turn of the seasonal wheel to Autumn is a lovely and re-calibration that shifts rhythm in addition to weather. I typically note the arrival of Orion, who ascends for morning coffee by late August. With this shift, we have the noteworthy appearance of some birds that seem to flee the heat, such as Cardinal. Its the first time I’ve seen Tennessee Warbler in the Observatory garden.

Overall, there is a remarkable reduction in frantic noise from the Jays, and in the endless mating of Mourning Doves.

I’ll keep good notes on these signs of Autumn and its results. For example, might there is a chance that even the most unappreciative of us humans may be subliminally enchanted by this atypical rhythm? If so may it distract us long enough to prevent the annual ritual rude awakening of early-onset winter holiday decor.

At the Observatory, we’re big into optimism. And the close of 2020 feels an opportune time for wide-spread, productive re-enchantment.

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