First New Moon of Summer

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By Phoenix of Elder Mountain – Greetings artists, dreamers and moon people, we are entering the first New Moon of Summer, Friday June 23, 2017, 7:30 pm (pdt) in the sign of Cancer (a “water” element) at 2° degrees. Summer Solstice week marks the next three moons of the summer season, the first moon of summer sets the new beginning, the second moon of summer is the fullness and the final moon is the wisdom cycle.

Water and Fire moons are about purification, water brings life and nurturing to our emotional life and it soothes all fires as well. This means a relief from the heat (stress) of our emotions as we apply action towards growth rather than fear or stagnant behaviors. Cycles of struggle (changes) are sometimes long and sometimes short, but we endure, because we have to in relationship to family and ancestral sensitivities.

This is a traditional Ancestral moon, that strong connection to belong. Most of the events of summer moons show us where we have come from, the connection to our ancestral reincarnations, the root of our family history and our religious or spiritual commitments. These have led to emotional sicknesses over the millenniums and if family is one of your bigger karmic issue it can be dis-heartening.

Also its the moon of the personal humanity of Cancer’s tribe, clans, villages, society on a personal level, rather than the impersonal humanity which is Aquarius, the positive detachment archetype. Cancer and Capricorn is the deepest foundation of family in connection with “survival” and “security” through family. Where Scorpio (the second water moon of the year), rules survival of the individual. So much of this first moon cycle of Summer is based on emotional behaviors that were or are handed down through emotional family relations, in other words: “Our Belief System.”

This is because we are either taught or not taught by example of how to handle stress, resolve conflict or heal our real life issues as they are occurring through the portal of emotional issues. To undo and relearn our own values is very difficult because of this root family power and the ancestral past connected to it.

Ukrainian artist Oleg Alexandrovich Ershov

Weltenstürme (world storms)

In the silence of that night
We thought of the oath
Flames blaze, sparks spray
In a heart-warming heart glow

Still unaffected by life
Surrounded by many passages
Let us pass the painful path
But trembles whisper a quieter advice…

“In the storms of this world
 Everyone is now on their own
 Everyone knows their power
 The fire that creates life.”

In the silence of that night
We have done the work
In sunshine and shadows
Let us surround the world.

If you go to as spiritual circle of any kind, its wise when you pray or call to spirit, to clarify it as your own enlightened ancestors, rather than someone else’s traditions (even if you are participating in other traditions). Calling our own completed (enlightened) shaman or medicine person from our own family ancestral ancient past, helps us reconnect to the power of our own lineage even deeper.

Cancer Moons represents the mother, our memories, our grandmother’s magic and the moisture to heal our emotional bodies that effects our physical body and its traumas. Its our identity reflective of our feelings of being loved, of being accepted, or the rejection of these qualities by the self or others. If you are having family issues in your cycle of growth, its a good time to open the doors to healing. Be honest and open even if  you feel rejected, because it will clear the air. 

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From our ancestors comes the birth of our emotional insecurities in relationship to our everyday struggles of life, our partners, lovers or children and sometimes even our close friends. Feeling comfortable in our own skin is very important to our daily routines of health and when we work with moon medicine, that is true about our emotional health and feeling comfortable with our soul.

When things haven’t work out the way we had hoped they would in life, this is when we begin to allow our memories to guide us. Most use intuitive cards or astrology, psychic readings to find guidance, but this month, its more about our own personal memories of our past, so practice it this moon and let that guidance find you solutions within your personal fears or blindness.

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“I Know a Bank Where the Wild Thyme Blows”  ~ A Midsummer’s Night Dream

Example Intentions for the First New Moon of Summer | Cancer New Moon: 

I structure my responsibilities
I allow myself more rest
I focus on the present moment
I nurture a past wound (which one?)
I am abundant
I respect my boundaries

cancer-moon-mosaicsmI have confidence

I reclaim my inner authority
I respect my intuition
I love my body
I am serious (when I need to be)

I am stable

I am secure
I have purpose
I honor myself
I accept change with groundedness
I accept change with gratefulness
I accept change with humbleness

I respect myself

I overcome my fear of _______.
I grieve my loss with support
I manage my addiction 
I honor my inner (mother/father)
I forgive myself
I ground my insecurity
I trust myself

Chose one intention, speak it out loud, light a candle or some sage, go outside or near a river or water this moon cycle if you can or in your personal circle to make your intention more sacred. When the full moon comes in two weeks, you will know what to release (one release) based on what arose from your intention.

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Blessings to you this moon cycle ~Phoenix

To receive our once a month moon medicine work-study, please write us at ElderMountainDreaming@gmail.com and we will put you on our list. Sources: Noc Kupala by Ukrainian artist Oleg Alexandrovich Ershov; Oracle or bone mother inscriptions from the village of Xiaotun, Henan province, China; Shang dynasty