2023-07-17 Cancer New Moon – Northern Hemisphere

Editor: Robin Armstrong


Cancer New Moon

Northern Hemisphere

The New Moon

When your feelings about the past, memories, and your sense of security

conjunct or meet up with

Your confidence,  purposefulness, and your hopes for the future

A profound impression is made.

A note on the harp of the soul.

A seed moment in celestial manifestation.

The Horoscope for the New Moon is for the exact moment of the New Moon.

There are no houses in this chart because the Moon is in all 12 houses at the same time when viewed globally. So this is the true New Moon chart for anywhere on earth. You can add the houses to it according to where you live.

Most computer printouts will draw the horoscope with the houses as appropriate for where you are on the planet. This was not done here in order to focus on things valid for everyone on the planet.

New Moons are the peak  points of subjective impressionability in the month.

Receptivity to core insights and to God, are accentuated.

Chanting (or even drumming) on a New Moon will give an extra vitality to your efforts over the following month,

until the next New Moon.

A holy  environment and spiritual companions are a great blessing.

The New Moon accumulates and reflects on all of the experiences of the past month. On the New Moon the conglomerate of experiences past, creates a high tide of intuitive impressions. At the moment the Moon meets the Sun, light is  shone on these impressions creating a new sense of purpose. It is the Sun than effects the Moon.

From our worldly consciousness we cannot see the combination or aggregate of memories, but we can certainly feel it.

Unfortunately our habit patterns are too gross or physical to allow us to attune to this phenomenon consciously, but we certainly can feel it.

Only the initiate or one established in spiritual disciplines can clearly witness the New Moon within.

Zodiac Pattern Types


Nine planets are on one side of the chart with one planet on the other side. (The bowl gets a handle) (Note: If one planet gets past the bowl’s opposition, even by a few degrees, it becomes the handle of the bucket!)

This reveals a person who delves deeply into life and enthusiastically pours forth the results of experience. One’s personal efforts will go out in an uncompromising or rigid manner.

You will have a basic interest in a purpose or cause but you will have little concern over the final results. You will use whatever is at your disposal as you see fit. You are inclined to make allegiances that will be of the most benefit to you.

The handle planet shows the main focus or outlet in life. Here Pluto is the handle putting a focus on fear and truth.


45° – 0°, 3 1/2 to 0 days before the New Moon.

            This is the last phase of the lunar cycle before the new moon. It is often called the balsamic moon phase and it lasts for three and one half days from the crescent to the new moon. The light finally disappears into the mystery of silence and darkness. Completion becomes important. Your own projections seem to disappear in the vastness of all that is happening around you.

            You are searching for something new but are unsure of how to end the old attachments. Your awareness of others begins to lose relevance as you approach renewal. Try to understand what needs to be left behind. This should be a daily meditation. You have the uncanny ability to know when anything is ending or about to fall apart. Unfortunately it is not usually wise to tell others about it. They would probably consider you to be too negative. You need to learn why things come to an end. It is important for you to mind your own business or you will keep seeing everything that is going to collapse on everyone. Learn to look within for the new vision. Trust silence. Take steps to move towards your vision. Be very selective. Listen and wait.

            Often people will not appreciate you until you have gone. Try to insure that your influence is a positive one. Watch what you say. Often you will seem overwhelmed by useless or futile commitments. Do not try to save face. Be honest and let go.

            The quality of ending will directly effect the nature of the new beginning just about to come. So be wise. No doubt the universe is unfolding as it should. It may not make sense to others but if you trust your conscience, you will see the way. Hold on to your principles. Do not make promises that you cannot keep, especially long term promises.

            You have the tendency to lose yourself in others only to be left very insecure when they do not have the answers. You want to become completely involved with someone. You will constantly search for or wonder about the ultimate love of your life. Often you will feel that what you have is not enough, and then you will wonder why you bother to stay within it.

            You are looking for completion and fulfillment and are not likely to embrace freedom comfortably. You want to burn your past for future goals. It is amazing though how long you can procrastinate and wait. You want to help but often do not know what to do. You will probably not bother until somebody else cares.

            A little encouragement can have profound effects. To attract positive feedback you must be positive towards others. If you must end a situation, it is important for the reason to be correct, otherwise your problems will reoccur in the new arena.


O°- 45°, 0 to 3 1/2 days after the New Moon.

This is the beginning of the lunar cycle and lasts for three and one half days. The light is emerging gently. From the depths of the darkest moment up to the first slim crescent of light, and a little farther until the crescent is smiling brightly.

            This is a highly intuitive time filled with deep impressions and new beginnings. This is a time of seed moments and powerful insights. There is a predominant undercurrent of anxious anticipation. A new moon cycle is born.

            Born under this phase you need to feel that your life is just beginning to open up. The challenge is subjective: are you prepared to advance your own cause? You should readily adjust your lifestyle to support any new sense of direction that you feel is emerging within you. You will be constantly having to make new starts in life. You will be sensitive to new beginnings and uncertain about your present surroundings. You are inclined to leave old attachments and memories behind. You want to move forward towards your goals and will be frustrated by any setbacks.

            When you begin a project it is important to advance with care and gentleness. Make sure that you nurture and protect the germinating seed; ie. the new you. It is usually easier for you to do things than to talk about them. Remember that you do not have to achieve everything right away, but it is important for you to feel that you are advancing toward your goals.

            You are the kind of person who plants ideas in the minds of others. You will reach out and impress others subtly. You will always be able to sense the new path that should be taken. As long as you are moving along this path you will feel relatively secure. Worries and problems will surface when you crystallize or stop growing. Do not look back or hold on to the past. Nurture the light within. Protect your own development and do not throw your good ideas out to fools who will not appreciate them. Neither should you follow the dreams of others. Trust your own inner sense of direction. Whenever you can make the effort to be creative, you should. Do not try to explain the process, just do it! Consistent effort will accumulate. Reach out. Rely on your instincts. Grow. Break out of old patterns. Move on. Move on. New beginnings always seem small against the vastness of life around you, none-the-less every journey starts with one small step. Try to find friends who will support and acknowledge your efforts. Always be cautious about what you say. Words can come back to haunt you.

            You will always be trying to start something. Make certain that you take time to water the flowers and plants in your garden of hopes and dreams. The end does not always justify the means so make your daily life creative. Take time to smell the flowers along your path. You will be able to draw encouragement and inspiration by listening to birds singing.

DAYLIGHT IS DECREASING     =          Momentum towards responsibility

MORE DAYLIGHT THAN DARKNESS  =   Individuality predominates

CARDINAL                            =        Makes things happen.

WATER                                   =        Emotional, impressionable, sensuous,                                    judgmental.

FEMININE                             =        Reflective

RULED BY                             =        MOON: Need to be healthy, nurtured, and secure.

KEYNOTE:                             =        “I feel”

PART OF BODY                    =        Stomach, breasts, armpits, solar plexus,

                                                            and pancreas.

COLOUR                                =        Orange-yellow, amber.

GEMS                                      =        Pearl, crystal, selenite, and black onyx.

METALS                                 =        Silver

HERBS                                    =        Lettuce, Water lily, chickweed, honeysuckle, agrimony, balm, cucumbers, melons, gourds,                 watercress, endive, seaweed, and  mushrooms.


Some Cancer Considerations:

Cancer is a Cardinal sign. Cardinal is assertive and driving.

While Cancers may seem shy, they empower feelings and act on them. They respond personally to every situation.

They can hold feelings in but cannot ignore them.

Whether positive or negative, Cancers have their own way of doing things.

Cancer is ruled by the Moon which represents Mother, memory, nurturing, habits, feelings and one’s sense of security. Cancers are driven by their need for security.

When secure they are humorous and nurturing

But their moods, like the moon, can change quickly.

They have their own way of doing things and are sensitive about it.

They are profoundly effected by memories and past performances.

This is the beginning of Summer.

As darkness begins to increase, responsibilities grow.

Cancers are increasingly sensitive to the source of commitments and responsibilities.

Daylight is still greater than darkness

And one’s individual path holds a greater significance than the path of others.

This is the light half of Summer

And the trigram is The Gentle, The Penetrating, Wind and Wood.

One should not underestimate the sensitivity and penetrating effect

Of one born in the sign of Cancer.

A sympathetic approach will have a powerful influence.

The Eightfold Path for Cancer is the path of Right Concentration.

This involves the four stages of trance:

1. One discards passionate desires and unwholesome thoughts, such as lust, ill-will, worry, restlessness and doubt.

2. One suppresses intellectual activities. Tranquility and one-pointedness of mind are developed. Joy and happiness are retained.

3. Joy disappears and happiness remains along with mindful equanimity.

All sensations, like happiness and unhappiness, joy and sorrow disappear. Only pure equanimity and awareness remain


Pentans are five degree divisions of the Zodiac in which the zodiac repeats itself creating a sub-level  of meaning. Sub-pentans divide each 10 degrees of the zodiac into 12 sub-sub-signs adding a third level of meaning. The Zodiac sign is the Main Theme, The Pentan is the Special Focus and the Sub-Pentan is the Intimate Detail.

To Understand Pentans watch this video: (Click on the title Pentans)

Zodiac Faces

Today we see

the Face of Measurement

Aries:   Watch your step today. If you are not careful, your every move will be measured and recorded. If you have to do something, slow down and do it right the first time.

Taurus: You need to pay attention to all the little details today, especially the personal ones. You need to measure the exact response that will be needed in each situation, and deliver exactly that. No more, no less!

Gemini: If you try to impress someone, you will draw criticism. Get your facts straight and your perspective correctly measured before you speak. If the effort doesn’t seem worth it, then don’t talk.

Cancer: If you take care of the little things the big issues will take care of themselves. Follow your instincts and stay aloof from overly rational people who try to measure everything.

Leo: Your way will be blocked. You will run into opposition. People will nickel and dime you to distraction. Do not respond to unworthy or derogatory  comments. Bide your time.

Virgo: Do what comes naturally. Keep busy and work to improve everything that you touch. If you can make the lives of other’s a little easier, your efforts will be appreciated.

Libra: You need to take a measured approach in communicating with others today. If you do not exert discrimination over what is worth talking about, you will be taken to task. Discretion is the better part of valour.

Scorpio: Actions will speak louder and better than words today. If you say what you are going to do before you do it, you will encounter resistance and disagreement. If you keep busy and mind your own business, things will proceed in your favour.

Sagittarius: Close associations will not save you from criticism today. There will be a high risk of foot-in-mouth disease! Get your facts straight before you repeat them to others.

Capricorn: Obstacles settle in. Finesse will be needed if you are to progress. Do not underestimate the feelings of others. Critical path analysis will prove useful to you.

Aquarius: You need to measure your responses to others today. You will be energized to express yourself verbally and to take the initiative. You will be easily distracted and you will have difficulty completing what you start.

Pisces: Where there is beauty there will also be ugliness. Where there is security and comfort there will also be criticism and personal attacks. Choose your company carefully.

Hexagram Degrees

24 Cancer 56

Main Theme:

CAN  24°-25° (IC)  THE GENTLE, PENETRATING, WIND: W.57, Line 1: Passive.

            Special Focus: 24° 50’-24° 60’ Can (Aq  IC-lvl2)  AFTER COMPLETION: W.63, Line 1: Firm.

                 Intimate Detail: 24° 55’ 00”-24° 56’ 40” Can (Vi IC-lvl3)  THE ARMY:W.7, Line 3: Responsive.

Main Theme


Alternative Name: (Penetrating Gentleness)


Zodiac:………24° – 30° Cancer

Calendar:…….Northern Hemisphere: Jul 16 to Jul 23 approx

……………………Southern Hemisphere: Jan 15 to Jan 21 approx

House 9:……..156° – 150° setting to IC

Time of day:…01:36 to 02:00 PM (Local Mean Time or Sun Dial time)

Aspect:………..156° – 150° Waning (Inconjunct – applying)

Moon Phase:.. Waning Full Moon Phase (180° – 135°)

……………………(0 to 3½ days after the Full Moon).


The wind above and the wind below.

Wind penetrates through the trees.

The trees will bend in the wind.

Enduring gentleness.

One will have a profound influence.

What one cannot get from the mother,

One will get from the father.


A gentle breeze through the trees.

Move around obstructions.

Gentleness penetrates hearts.

Clarity about the happiness of others brings good fortune.

Listen well.

Speak cautiously.


Gentle penetration within and without.

Words of advice.

One repeats oneself for greater effect.

If one is sincere and considerate

And one’s words are well spoken

Even those at a great distance can be influenced.

How much more so for those close at hand?

What one says will be repeated.

Some will sympathize and others may scorn.

It would be wise to reflect before one speaks.


The first daughter to herself.

She is gentle in her manner of influence.

She is sensitive to the demands of the time.

When she asks for something,

It will be difficult to refuse.

She is concerned over security.

Inwardly open, outwardly strong.

She is active everywhere, but is sensitive to those around her.

She senses the seeds of commitment and responsibility.

She increases her influence by helping where it is needed.

She knows what she has to do to get what she wants.


24-30 CN: 57. The Gentle, Penetrating, Wind, Wood

Wind can give and wind can take away.

If nature is kind there will be abundance.

If one is considerate one will accomplish much.

The more one gives,

The more one will get.

If one holds back there will be opposition.


Six in the first place: (24° – 25° Cancer)

One looks before one steps.

Once movement begins

One must be prepared to walk around any opposing forces.

…..The first place: 24° – 25° Cancer:  63. After Completion

…..Clarity will diminish negativity.

…..Kindness will diminish criticism.

…..One can fast to improve perspective.

……….Six in the first place:

……….One begins with worries

……….And does not smile.

……….Inconvenienced and inconsiderate.

……….Progress will be delayed.

Technical Considerations of Line 1:

Broken in an odd place

Inappropriate receptivity

Yielding at the wrong time

(Astrological note: This place concerns the affairs of Houses 1 and 2)

Holding Together with inappropriate energy above.

(Astrological note: Inappropriate reinforcement from Houses 3 and 4)

No Correspondence

Trigrams of Influence:

Zodiac Considerations (Sub-Pentans) for the First Place:

Special Focus


Alternative Name: (Clarifying Obstructions) 



Water above, fire below.

Storm clouds above, lightning below.

The danger can be seen.

There is a right way and a wrong way.

One can find the correct way to solve problems.

Discrimination without and clarity within.


The danger is passing.

It continues to snow.

The way is becoming clear.

Movement is appropriate.


One’s behaviour does not deviate.

Not a movement out of order.

Not a pause without composure.

What appears simple is difficult to achieve.

What appears difficult will be easily dealt with.

One meets criticism with praise, and praise with criticism.


The second daughter to the second son.

Optimistic clarity meets doubtful brooding.

She understands his difficulties

And knows the right way to approach him.

She is closer to the father.

He is closer to the mother.

Her light reaches into his darkness.

It will have a good effect.

His criticism will be softened or diminished.

There will be insightful dialogue.


24 -30AQ: 22. After Completion (Appropriateness)

A time of balance.

There is a storm without and warmth within.

The storm will not last.

One prepares for when the sky will clear.

One is considerate

And works to improve the circumstances of others.


Nine in the first place: (29° – 30° Aquarius)

One acts but hurts no one.

Good fortune.

…..The first place: 29° – 30° Aquarius:  7. The Army

…..Working to improve.

…..Take care of the small things

…..And the big things will take care of themselves.

……….Nine in the first place:

……….There are difficulties ahead.

……….One sees clearly and moves firmly.

……….One will not cling to the unworthy.

……….No blame.

Technical Considerations of Line 1:

Solid in an odd place

Appropriate action

Firmness at the right time

(Astrological note: This place concerns the affairs of Houses 1 and 2)

Holding Together with appropriate energy above.

(Astrological note: Appropriate reinforcement from Houses 3 and 4)

Outer Correspondence: Approval and support from Line 4

(Astrological note: Approval and support from Houses 7 and 8)

Trigrams of Influence:

Zodiac Considerations (Sub-Pentans) for the First Place:

Intimate Detail

7. THE ARMY (DUTY) Sequential: Alternative Name: ( Preparation) 



The earth above, the abyss below.

Yielding without and critical within.

A little movement can lead to a big collapse.

Receptive to criticism and danger.

There is much that can be improved.

One must work with others to fix the little things.


Ears wide open!

Receptive to danger.

Ready to act.

The odds are against you.

Do not under-estimate adversity.

Take care of small things at the beginning.

This is not the time to be critical of others.

You are bound together in danger.

Don’t complain.

Strive to make improvements.

No room for grand gestures.

It’s the little things that matter.


Can one maintain virtue when no one else is?

Can one maintain integrity when no one else does?

Insecurity within will find no support without.

Strength within will find no support without.

In such situations one must hold on to duty.

If one is healthy and no one else is

One must face the danger and help.

If one is capable and no one else is,

One must get involved.

To accept inertia will lead to failure and guilt.

Strength of character is essential.

If one does not hold onto what is right,

One will deserve what one gets.


The second son to the mother.

He is discriminating. She is accepting.

He withdraws. She understands.

He wants to help. She will let him.

Even though he is fussy, she will look after his needs.

When he is threatened, she will protect him.

He will hide behind her in the face of the older brother.

He can at times be too critical of her.

She has her own understanding.

He must fix the little things

Before he voices criticism over bigger issues.

If she keeps him busy, he will steadily improve.

He needs to learn to do things for himself.

In this way there will be no one to criticize.


24-30 VI: 7. The Army

Rapidly increasing darkness.

Increasing obligations.

One cannot help everyone.

If one does what one can

There will be no blame.

Take care of the little things

And the big things will take care of themselves.

Be considerate. Work for the team.

Help others when they need it.

A little kindness goes a long way.

Try to solve problems before they happen.


Six in the third place: (27° – 28° Virgo)

One wants to return but cannot.

One’s services are needed.

Follow through on what has been started.

If you resist or delay,

There will be blame.

…..The third place: 27° – 28° Virgo:  30. The Clinging, Fire

…..Great implications.

…..Much insight.

…..Reinforce those who depend on you

…..And those on whom you depend.

……….Six in the third place:

……….Once the course has been determined,

……….One must hold to one’s duty.

……….Do not allow your energy to get dissipated.

……….Even if the leader is weak,

……….One cannot shirk responsibilities without blame.

……….One must help where one can.

Technical Considerations of Line 3:

Broken in an odd place

Inappropriate receptivity

Yielding at the wrong time

(Astrological note: This place concerns the affairs of Houses 5 and 6)

Holding Together with inappropriate energy below.

(Astrological note: Inappropriate reinforcement from Houses 3 and 4)

No Correspondence

Trigrams of Influence:

Lower Primary          Lower Nuclear           Upper Nuclear

Zodiac Considerations (Sub-Pentans) for the Third Place:

Aspect Hexagrams

Stars By Degree

Earth Zodiac

Light of  Qabalah in this Degree

Light of  Qabalah in this Degree

Light of  Qabalah in this Degree

Ancestors by Degree

Movement by Degree

Drumming by Degree

Drumming by Degree

This hexagram reveals the drum rhythm by degree.  Play this  on your own or in a drum circle for the New Moon. Tune into the seed moment of the month. The Base at the red dot should be played louder!

Melodies (Scales) by Degree

Each degree has a very special melody or scale. You can play this with any instrument and tune into the feelings of this New Moon.

Watch the video:

CAN  24°-25° (IC)  THE GENTLE, PENETRATING, WIND: W.57, Line 1: Passive.

Chanting by Degrees

Chanting on the New Moon evokes a very special presence.

It is one of the most powerful and sensitive times to chant.

Chanting by Degrees

This is the Chant for the New Moon in Cancer at 24Can56.  By chanting you will tune into the essence of this New Moon in Aquarius.

——— 5 minutes of call and response chanting

—— 1 minute of continuous chanting

Watch the video:

CAN  24°-25° (IC)  THE GENTLE, PENETRATING, WIND: W.57, Line 1: Passive.

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