I covered today’s New Moon in detail, providing a reading for each of the 12 signs, in this week’s edition of Planet Waves, which we published Friday. For instant access, become a Planet Waves member. Here are additional options. There are many benefits of membership.
The Moon and Sun form a conjunction in the sign Cancer Monday at 3:14:18 am EDT. This is the one Cancer New Moon for 2013. The grouping of planets in Cancer around the New Moon includes retrograde Mercury and an exact-to-the-degree conjunction of the asteroid Atlantis with the Sun and the Moon.
Atlantis is a persistent myth, and it takes many forms. We usually think of it as the ‘lost continent’ or the ‘lost civilization’, the one that fell for a reason — generally assumed to be some version of its own misdeeds. There are a lot of versions of the story.
My personal favorite is told by J.R.R. Tolkien, of which (in case you’re curious) I happened to find a full audio reading on the Internet. It’s called Akallabeth: The Downfall of Numenor and it lasts for about 90 minutes.
This is just one telling of an event that’s part of a cycle of myths that have many names and all share similar themes.
The reason the Atlantis cycle of stories is such a powerful one for our time in history is that anyone with a shred of intelligence wonders, at least occasionally, if our society or our current world is the next Atlantis. Are we doing ourselves in with our toxic diets, wars, toxic waste, global warming, wars, disasters, nuclear waste, wars, famines, wars and (most of all) our obsessions with materialism, technology and diversion? And wars?
What about the economic situation that holds this all in place, so deeply entrenched in militarism? How are we going to break free of that one?
I really mean it when I ask those questions. The New Moon conjunct Atlantis brings the question home, into the sign Cancer. Mercury retrograde conjunct the New Moon is a beautiful illustration of a question looming over everything that surrounds this event.
And there is one more interesting bit: it’s just one degree from the ascendant of a chart called the Thema Mundi (thema being another word for chart, and mundi being the world). This is a ‘get real’ moment. It’s not just about getting real vis-a-vis the global situation we face, but also getting real with ourselves and the people close to us.
Retrograde Mercury so prominent in the chart is suggesting that this is territory we must explore from the inside out. One of the core themes of Cancer is what we do to help ourselves feel secure. Given the world situation, and given the battlegrounds that so many of us call our family of origin, it’s no wonder that so many people take refuge in pharmaceuticals, alcohol or street drugs that drown out the pain for a while. However, the question is now front and center: what are we doing for ourselves?
How do you approach your own fear, your own needs, your own desire for nurturing, nourishment and love?
The New Moon is part of a grouping of events that includes the Mercury-Sun conjunction, which is exact Tuesday. That is the peak of Mercury retrograde (which lasts till July 20). Keep your focus inward, and mingle your thoughts with your intuition, and some relevant information will be forthcoming.
I covered this New Moon in detail, providing a reading for each of the 12 signs, in this week’s edition of Planet Waves, which we published Friday. For instant access, become a Planet Waves member. Here are additional options. There are many benefits of membership.