New Moons are mysterious, magical things which, in astrology, can bring us the promise of fresh hope, a new start, a beginning.
Occurring approximately every 28-29 days, the astrological New Moon embodies all of the traditional Moon energies – sensitivity, emotion, deception, illusion and changeability – with these energies expressed differently at each New Moon, according to which zodiac sign the New Moon occurs in.
A New Moon is actually a conjunction between the Sun and the Moon, so during this lunation we find that the Sun’s and Moon’s energies are blended; this is what gives the New Moon its astrological power.
Viewed from Earth, the true New Moon is actually invisible, much like an eclipse.
With the Moon positioned between the Earth and the Sun - the opposite of the Full Moon- the Sun’s light illuminates only that side of the Moon which faces away from Earth – so we can’t see the Moon at all, technically.
In practice, reflected light from the Earth, called Earthshine, sometimes does give us a view of a dim lunar outline.
Hours after the true New Moon, we can start to see the very first sliver of a crescent moon – but the invisibility of the true New Moon is reflected in its astrological power.
The changes a New Moon can bring may also be invisible to you at the time; it may not be until much later, once change has taken place, that you realize that the catalyst occurred during the New Moon.
This New Moon is in Cancer on July 17th, 2023.
As a zodiac sign, Cancer is caring, sympathetic, kind and motherly.
The fresh beginnings which come during a Cancer New Moon reflect this, and it’s an especially good time for starting anything which involves caring, whether that’s for others for yourself.
In astrology, Cancer also has links to the past, so the Cancer New Moon can be a positive time for moving on from past traumas, or for understanding what has happened in the past which has brought you to your current situation.
A New Moon in Cancer can also be a positive time for business and finance. This cautious but shrewd energy helps us to make sound decisions and to weigh up long term strategy.
For all its positivity, however, Cancer – like every zodiac energy – does have some issues in astrology.
This energy can be overly protective, preventing us from taking risks or from stretching our wings.
Cancer energy can also be sharp and sarcastic at times.
In astrology, Cancer is a cardinal water sign, so this energy likes to be proactive through the use of emotions.
At best, the Cancer New Moon allows us to wrangle our emotions under control and to power through difficult moments.
At its worst, however, this New Moon can give the green light for emotional manipulation in our horoscopes.
How Will the Cancer New Moon Affect Each Zodiac Sign?
The New Moon in Cancer will affect each zodiac sign slightly differently; its exact effects in your life depend on your natal chart and its relationship to this particular New Moon.
New Moon in Cancer for an Aries (Aries dates: March 20 – April 19)
A Cancer New Moon is a nostalgic moment for you, Aries, and you’ll most likely feel the pull of your childhood memories or a desire to look into your family tree. In your current family life, you can use this energy to heal any family tension or to get started on major home and domestic projects.
New Moon in Cancer for a Taurus (Taurus dates: April 20 – May 20)
This Cancer Moon energy keeps you busy running errands, Taurus, hosting guests and being active in your local neighborhood. Manage your time carefully, or you’ll burn out through trying to do too much in a burst of enthusiasm. Communicating from the heart becomes easier during this lunation, so it’s a good time to tell someone how you feel.
New Moon in Cancer for a Gemini (Gemini dates: May 21 – June 20)
Stand up for your values during this Cancerian New Moon. It’s time for you to walk the walk rather than just talking the talk. Model your principles in your day-to-day life and show others how what you believe works in practice. This lunation can also be helpful for you in business and with money, but it’s your core values which come most strongly to the fore.
New Moon in Cancer for a Cancer (Cancer dates: June 21 – July 21)
A New Moon and new beginning in your own sign is the perfect moment for a change of personal image. Expect a boost of confidence which will help you to sell your abilities and talents. Crucially, you should also now have the strength to say ‘no’ to someone who keeps trying to take advantage of your good nature.
New Moon in Cancer for a Leo (Leo dates: July 22 – August 21)
Explore the concepts of karma and past lives during this New Moon, as it brings you energy and impetus to nurture this area of your spirituality. Links to the past are strong and memories are vivid; if you’re feeling sensitive or lonely, you’ll gain comfort through re-visiting happier times in your mind.
New Moon in Cancer for a Virgo (Virgo dates: August 22 – September 21)
The Cancer New Moon encourages you to reach out to others, dispelling any shyness or diffidence and giving you new confidence in social situations. If you take a genuine interest in others at this time, you should find that someone new becomes important in your life, perhaps in the role of a mentor – or someone that you yourself will mentor.
New Moon in Cancer for a Libra (Libra dates: September 22 – October 22)
It’s an excellent time for business and career matters, as this next New Moon occurs in your ambitions zone. Be decisive during this lunation and don’t lose time and opportunities by hesitating or second-guessing yourself. Follow your instincts in your career and choose heart over head when it matters most.
New Moon in Cancer for a Scorpio (Scorpio dates: October 23 – November 21)
You can use the Cancer New Moon to help heal past trauma, as it enlivens the justice area of your chart and brings you a better sense of the bigger picture. Forgiveness is an important key here. On a more practical level, this lunation also encourages travel and education, so new starts in those areas will bring you joy.
New Moon in Cancer for a Sagittarius (Sagittarius dates: November 22 – December 20)
Make good on your promises during this moon phase. Pay your debts, whether they are financial, practical or emotional – the idea is that as far as possible you should owe nothing by the time the New Moon has passed. Repaying kindness and good deeds is a fantastic way to use this lunar energy.
New Moon in Cancer for a Capricorn (Capricorn dates: December 21 – January 18)
This New Moon occurs in your love zone, Capricorn, so naturally, it’s a positive time for dating or for rekindling the romance in an existing relationship. If you’re single, it’s also a good time for a ‘love audit’, as you work out what exactly you want from a partner, and what you’re prepared to give in return, Capricorn.
New Moon in Cancer for an Aquarius (Aquarius dates: January 19 – February 17)
A New Moon in your health zone brings you extra energy, but the Cancer tendency to worry can also lead to an upsurge in hypochondria and health concerns. Practice self-care and make a positive decision to get professionally checked out if something is bothering you – and focus on creating healthful lifestyle changes that will improve your wellbeing.
New Moon in Cancer for a Pisces (Pisces dates: February 18 – March 19)
The Cancer New Moon boosts your imagination and your creativity, Pisces, and you are on top form now when it comes to inspiration. If you write, create, sing, cook or dance, your emotions will pour out in a torrent through these art forms. Find a creative outlet that works for you and use that to soothe and settle your feelings during this new beginning, Pisces.