Hello, and welcome to July. I’m still trying to figure out what happened to June. The days disappear so fast.
Life is happening, but I often find myself stopping to check in:
Am I spending my time on the right things?
Am I making sure to take time to something for myself?
Am I listening to what my body needs?
As soon as the Sun slipped into Cancer back on June 21, I felt a profound shift. I was pulled out of the busy, agile energy of Gemini and dropped straight into Cancer’s womb. “Stay here,” it said. “Let yourself rest a little.”
Ever since, I’ve been sleeping through my alarm in the mornings. I’ve been taking extra-long breaks to spend a bit more time writing in my journal. I’ve been watching more TV in the evenings (hello Party of Five, Twin Peaks, and Seinfeld), rather than pushing myself to have too many plans or obligations.
Cancer season has always been like this for me. I always expect to sleep less in the summer, with the longer days, but I never do. For years I’ve struggled to keep my early-morning routine. I feel slower. Quieter. My dreams intensify.
I can’t fight it, so I do my best not to. (Though, as a fire sign, it’s not always easy. Relaxing is not really part of my roster.)
But Cancer nurtures. It comforts. It awakens us to the feelings that we’ve been neglecting. It cradles us in order to slow us down and help us to see what we’ve been neglecting for too long.
Mars, the warrior, is still in Cancer. The planet that helps us access our drive and willpower is softening, too.
It’s time to breathe a little.
I’ve been thinking a lot about how this all plays into the Capricorn Full Moon on Sunday. Capricorn is ambitious and industrious. I’ve often joked that if you want to get something done…ask your Capricorn friends to help. It can be a highly spiritual sign that feels connected to a mission. Capricorn must accomplish.
But accomplishment often requires rigidity. Ruled by Saturn, Capricorn creates structure and boundaries. It likes schedules and routines. It likes to know what to expect. It operates for results and efficiency.
How does this energy work within Cancer’s gentle nature? Full Moon energy can be illuminating. It can also offer a powerful opening through which you can give something back to the universe.
And when I think about this upcoming Full Moon, which arrives at 12:07am EST (check your local time to find out when it’s full for you) on Sunday, July 9, everything in my body whispers, “Release.”
I don’t know about you, but I have been especially sensitive lately to the things I take no pleasure in.
I also am starting to really resent the amount of screen time that has crept into my life. Sure, many of us have spent years now staring into our smartphones and computers. But as Cancer season urges me to wind down, I feel an extra dose of resentment when I find myself reaching for my phone to check in, or to scroll through Instagram or Facebook even when I don’t particularly want to, and especially when I don’t need to.
What am I looking for? What am I expecting to find?
I have no idea. And that bugs the hell out of me.
Don’t get me wrong: I love the connectivity that technology gives us. I love that I can meet you and talk to you in so many different ways.
I am also a productivity junkie. I live to make things happen.
But I also know about burnout. And I know that the pace in which many of us live is not sustainable.
We cannot always be on. We cannot always be productive. We cannot always be the same.
We cannot, and we should not.
The pace of the world is frenetic, but it’s not always in alignment with our seasons, or our souls. We constantly move through ebbs and flows, but live under expectations where things must be automated, perfected, and monetized.
Capricorn has a tendency to put the pressure on, to push towards the finish line. And sometimes, that extra push is exactly what we need.
But does it feel right for you at this time? Do you need to push, or pull back?
Pay attention to your resentments this week. Pay attention to what you want to say no to – and what you know you need to stop doing. Even if it’s just to take a break. Or to clear your head. Or to shove a distraction out of the way.
This Full Moon in Capricorn offers an opportunity to release any tendencies you have to hustle too hard. It offers an opportunity to let go of anything that eats at your energy and depletes your efficiency. It asks you to examine any unnecessary pressure you put on yourself to perform or compete at levels that are feeling unhealthy for you.
Look at whether you have a tendency to over-extend yourself, and whether there are lessons you still need to learn about why it’s become a pattern.
Practice saying no so that you can say yes to something else.
Look, too, at responsibilities or situations that are putting pressure on in ways that don’t feel right for you anymore. If it’s making you sick or keeping you stuck, set an intention to let it go. You don’t have to know how or when it will happen, or what will come next. Just let the universe know you’re ready for change.
Use this Full Moon to release any shame or judgment that you might put on yourself for wanting to take a break, to ease up, to rest, to experience life differently.
The Ace of Cups was the card that came up for this week’s message. In tarot, the aces connect to new beginnings. Here, this card asks you to open up to a new kind of flow. The Ace of Cups is joy and love. It’s hopeful. It brings a turning point after stressful situations, or when we just need to feel new and fresh.
It is also the element of water, which is Cancer. Capricorn is earth. We need water to nurture the soil.
Keep that in mind as you pay attention to what you need leading up to this weekend’s Full Moon. Whatever you release, whatever steps you take to give yourself a break, will only help you to grow down the road.
It won’t take anything away from your progress or your path because it will help make you stronger, better, and clearer.
If it helps, here’s a mantra to work with for the week ahead:
Self-care is the path to success.
And if you have a tarot deck of your own and want to connect with this week’s Full Moon, here is a spread to work with:
1. Where do I have to be easier on myself at this time?
2. What can I release in order to create more flow in my life?
3. Where am I putting too much pressure on myself?
4. What can I stop doing altogether?
And while we’re on the topic of downtime… I will be taking some time off this summer, so my schedule will be reduced for much of July. If you’ve been thinking of booking a reading or private tarot class with me, I still have some time available until Thursday, July 13. Book online: lizworth.com
Until next time,
Card featured: Starchild Tarot