New Moon – July 17, 2023: New Moon Overview, Rune Insights, and Ritual

As the celestial cycle progresses, we approach the completion of one lunar cycle and the commencement of a new one. The upcoming New Moon offers a fresh start and the promise of transformative possibilities.

This month’s New Moon occurs on July 17, 2023, under the influence of Cancer. To make the most of this phase, let’s incorporate the traits of the New Moon in Cancer into our lives.

Before we provide detailed information about this month’s New Moon, it’s essential to understand the deeper symbolism of this celestial event:

🌑 Unraveling the New Moon:

The New Moon signifies the closure of one cycle and the initiation of a new 28-day journey. It’s a period of renewal and regeneration, encapsulating:

  1. The birthing of new life, much like a fetus in the womb
  2. The harmonious union of the masculine (Sun) and feminine (Moon) – the Alchemical Marriage
  3. The comforting energy of the home hearth, reminiscent of the Greek goddess Hestia
  4. The dance between our instinct (Moon) and our conscious ego (Sun), and the balance between existence and meaning

Additionally, the obscurity of the New Moon resonates with the profound depths of the unconscious mind – a realm where self-identities blur, outdated thought patterns and habits are relinquished, thus paving the way for a clarified path into the future.

New Moon Insights for July:

This New Moon in Cancer at 24 degrees, with its Sabian Symbol of “A Willful Man Is Overshadowed by A Descent of Superior Power,” conjunct the Uranus-Neptune midpoint, combined with the potent opposition to Pluto, opens the astrological stage to brings to light some hidden aspect of your personal or family life, discovering and delving into the skeletons in the closet. Giving one the opportunity to use this time to greatly accelerate your growth, deepen your self-knowledge, and heal old wounds. 

The Sabian Symbol echoes the themes of empowerment, surrender, and transcendence. This speaks to the process of coming into contact with higher wisdom or power, perhaps even a sense of destiny, that guides our actions and decisions. There can be a sense of being “overshadowed” or overpowered, yet this is a part of the process of growth and transformation – it suggests that we may have to relinquish our stubborn will or ego in some area of life to allow for a greater wisdom or purpose to come through.

As an additional source of wisdom, we’ve drawn a Rune for this New Moon to provide you with further insights.

🔮 This Month’s Rune: Kenaz (Torch, Enlightenment):

In alignment with this New Moon, the resonant rune is Kenaz, emblematically represented as the Torch. Kenaz stands as a beacon of enlightenment and discovery, embodying the transformative spark that illuminates the hidden recesses of our psyche and experience.

As an emblem of illumination and revelation, Kenaz is often perceived as a gateway to knowledge, creativity, and self-awareness during a divination reading. Its presence signals a time ripe with intellectual growth, heightened comprehension, and the emergence of newfound insights, indicating the precipice of momentous personal revelations.

In the Jungian sense, Kenaz shines as the Promethean light, projecting conscious awareness into the unconscious, casting light on the shadow aspects of our persona. This process enables the integration of unconscious elements into our conscious awareness, fostering a holistic understanding of our self and our interactions with the world. Kenaz, beyond being a mere bringer of clarity, encourages a spirit of receptivity to innovative ideas and perspectives, inspiring creative thinking and expression. In the same vein as a torch dispersing darkness, the influence of Kenaz empowers us to navigate challenges, guiding us steadily towards wisdom and enlightenment. Thus, Kenaz serves as a luminous guide during this New Moon, fostering enlightenment and self-discovery.

For this New Moon in Cancer, focusing on healing, inner growth, and nurturing the home and family aspects of one’s life. Always approach celestial events with a mindset that embraces new experiences. This New Moon, intensified by the sensitive sign of Cancer, provides a potent period for introspection, personal growth, and comprehensive healing. This time invites us to transform, to relinquish any outdated emotional patterns or wounds, making room for refreshing, positive energies in our lives. Soak up the lunar energy as an affirmation of renewal and continual self-discovery.

Your New Moon Ritual:

  1. Set Up a Sacred Space:
    Gather symbols of home, family, or items that represent emotional security to you. These could be photographs, heirlooms, or even a comfy blanket. You may also want to include a symbol or drawing of the Kenaz rune as a signifier of the insight and understanding you seek.
  2. Contemplation and Writing:
    Reflect on any old emotional patterns or wounds you wish to release and heal from. Write them down in a journal or on a piece of paper, allowing yourself to fully acknowledge them.
  3. Candle Ritual:
    Light a white candle, symbolizing the lunar light and the purity of your intentions. As you gaze into the flame – representing the illuminating torch of Kenaz – visualize your written words being recognized and dissolved in its light.
  4. Meditation:
    Close your eyes and take several deep breaths. Meditate on the concepts of home, emotional security, revelation, and release. Visualize a warm, secure place where you’re able to let go of old wounds, making space for insights and new positive energies to come.
  5. Releasing Ritual:
    At the end of your ritual, choose to burn, bury, or submerge the paper on which you wrote your intentions, symbolizing their release into the universe and your openness to new insights.

During this New Moon in Cancer, approach your ritual with openness and gratitude for the changes it may bring. Welcome this powerful time for self-discovery, inner growth, and healing, illuminated by the insightful torch of Kenaz.

William Stickevers is an astrological consultant, life coach, and business strategist, advising clients from 28 countries for over three decades with strategy and insight to live a more fulfilled life according to their soul’s code and calling.

A trends forecaster, William’s annual global forecasts are backed by a deep study of economies, geopolitics, archetypal cosmology, and modern astrological forecasting techniques. William’s predictions for the outcome of the U.S. Midterm and Presidential Elections are well documented on his blog.

William has been a guest on Coast to Coast AM with George Noory, The Unexplained with Howard Hughes, Beyond Reality Radio with Jason Hawes and JV Johnson, The Jerry Wills Show, and Alan Steinfeld’s New Realities. An international speaker, William has lectured at the New York Open Center, Edgar Cayce’s Association for Research and Enlightenment (A.R.E.), two Funai Media events in Tokyo, Japan, the United Astrology Conference (2018), for the National Council for Geocosmic Research (NYC, Long Island, New Jersey, San Francisco chapters), American Federation of Astrologers (Los Angeles), the Astrological Society of Connecticut, the San Francisco Astrological Society, and in Europe (Munich and Bucharest) and Japan (Tokyo, Osaka, Yokohama).

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