Your Cancer New Moon Horoscope

Mars joins Saturn in Virgo while the new moon in Cancer builds to a full moon in Capricorn. Now more than ever we may feel motivated to get things done by separating the distractions from our true goals and obligations. We find that we are capable of tremendous focus and commitment. What are you gonna do about how you feel? What needs to get done? If things start to feel frustrating check-in and let that sense of community service lead the way.

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The new moon in Cancer
(11° 32') is exact Wednesday, July 2 at 7:18 PM PDT.

Aries: Just say “No!” To what? Only you know the answer. Something is seriously stuck and the more of that beautiful love and enthusiasm you keep pouring into it, the more backed up things seems to get... Sucks. You’re overindulging someone or something and it just isn’t going anywhere. It’s getting funky. Don’t ignore what you can tell is true. You need some fresh flow into the system. Space. New actions. Creative re-direction. The new moon is drawing you home in more ways than one... Drink lots of water.

Taurus: Inspired much? You or someone close to you is trail blazing through life- alive and on fire. Feeling the summer heat, maybe? Run with it. Run with them. And write it down. Clarity is yours. All that energy combined with your Taurean strength and determination makes you nearly unstoppable. You’ve shed some old skins. And the new one feels good! Be sure you put yourself in places and situations where you’ve got plenty of room to shine, shout, and run, if necessary. If you feel challenged, that’s a good thing. It’s just a test and you’ll pass, colors flying.

Gemini: Time to count your pennies Gemini. Big money starts with little money. A new opportunity is looking for you. Are you ready? Healthy? The new moon wants you to deal with your stuff. Get grounded in the material world, finances, home, work, body. You can and should keep talking about it, of course, but you have to start doing something about it too! Make a move. The possibilities for a new kind of richness in your life are great! A little attention to the ground and the lightness and heights you crave will arise.

Cancer: Everyone loves a Cancer in season. Suddenly all the ups and downs make so much sense! All that time alone is actually drawing people closer to you. (In a good way.) And those weighty burdens maybe starting to feel and look a little like heaven on earth. It’s been hard work in your own watery way, but the results are showing beautifully. Don’t get too critical about it. It’s already a great improvement. And don’t go away just yet. You’re in a generous place and those around you need your special brand of love.

Leo: Sadness goes around. Tears and loss are normal and healthy. It’s the getting stuck and ignoring our feelings that starts to wreck havoc. It’s your turn this time, Leo, to shed a few heartfelt tears over something that was lost or didn’t work out quite the way you had hoped. Damn it! It maybe obvious or possibly hidden in those deeper, darker, less conscious places. When was the last time you gave those shadows of yours a look? Everyone who reads these horoscopes is automatically granted permission to cry whenever, wherever, and about whatever they need to- but you especially, great Leo. Your reluctance is not surprising. However, nothing will fall apart if you let go the royal duties for a moment and tend to your sadness with a few licks and tears. Also, nothing requires you to do it alone.

Virgo: Be sure to turn that tension into creative discipline and you’ll be fine. Better than fine. But it will take some alchemical effort on your part to turn things around. You’ve got a lot of energy at the moment, but if it lacks healthy expression, fights may ensue. Take that frustration and make it constructive. It’s possible that things are so challenging and volatile at the moment that you feel blinded by anger. That’s an opportunity to get in touch with what you really want, need, desire. That kind of clarity is a gift. Take it. Keeping your noblest end goals in sight are the best way not to lose perspective. Fortunately you have a whole network of like minded humnitarians to remind you what those are if you momentarily forget. Children especially.

Libra: Ah! Perspective at last... The big big picture has come into greater focus. Heaven and Earth. The Material and Immaterial. The Self and Other. Those irreconcilable differences are starting to find their just right places and the harmony you always work so hard for is able to emerge with even greater fullness. This is what you have been waiting for. It’s all about keeping that widest possible scope without losing any of the details you love. Study a river or lay back under a clear night sky to remind you, if you start to forget. But I don’t think you will. It rings too true and feels too good.

Scorpio: To everything turn, turn. How are you keeping up with the changes? Luck is everywhere, but it’s up to you whether to invite the good kind or the other kind. Listen to your head, your heart, and your body. When they all agree, that’s the opening you’re looking for. You’ll need to relax in order to trust. And try not to run over those closest to you. It shouldn’t be hard. Those folks are around you for a reason. They’re a part of your good fortune. Include them. Welcome the lightening of possible storms. Also women. They’ll provide good guidance. Ease. Patience. Intuition. And good luck.

Sagittarius: Anxiety just isn’t your color, honey. You need to change the way you’ve been handling your business. Feeling stuck, silent, and insecure is very unlike you. It’s possible that you’re making do with less and this worries you. Or you’re more reliant upon others when you prefer the certainty of self-reliance. You need to communicate clearer terms with your partners, employers, and financial backers. Make a list of the things you really need, as opposed to the things you really want and you may find the situation is not so serious. We love that you love to indulge the good life, but let’s keep it sustainable. It’s not really worthwhile if it you’re too stressed to fully enjoy it. What about indulging a little restraint, a little rest? You know- “Less is more.” Is that really true? Try to keep your wheels from spinning unnecessarily. What you want most actually doesn’t cost anything...

Capricorn: Well, aren’t you the creative one! The universe is on your side and even better– you are on your side. You’re finding ways to work well with others. Your balancing assertiveness with responsiveness and the results are awesome! Keep putting yourself out there. But also keep checking in with your motivations and best intentions. Make sure you’re putting out your best and not just the easiest. Now is not the time to kick back or lose focus. The point is to not get carried away and lose this magical chemistry. Now more than ever, that Capricorn discipline needs to keep pace with your ambition, so that all the work you’re putting in now will continue to pay off for years to come. When in doubt, wear green.

Aquarius: Party over here! Time to celebrate. You need to get all those wonderful people in your life together, not only to thank them and show your appreciation, but more importantly, so that they can thank you and show their appreciation, sending you off with joy toward the next big thing. Whatever conflicts stood in the way, no longer need to be obstacles. Either you’re over the conflict or have figured out a way to live with it. Regardless, you’ve arrived, you’re moving on. Both at the same time. Only you could manage both in the same move. Dress up. The world needs to see on the outside how cute you’re feeling on the inside.

Pisces: Hate to say it, but you’re maybe overindulging that really good thing. So much so, it’s not that enjoyable anymore. You need to know when to say when. It’s become a distraction and you could lose sight of the bigger picture. It feels good and you of all people deserve the good feelings, but... we need you healthy for what is yet to come! Moderation, please. Maybe a new really good thing just to mix it up. In order for that to happen though, you need to let the other indulgence go. Try letting everything go for a moment and see what that brings. Maybe now’s a good time to take care of the house...


Fun with Foucault

"I can’t help but dream of a kind of criticism that would not try to judge but to bring an oeuvre, a book, a sentence, an idea to life; it would light fires, watch the grass grow, listen to the wind, and catch the seafoam in the breeze and scatter it. It would not multiply judgments but signs of existence; it would summon them, drag them from their sleep. Perhaps it would invent them sometimes––all the better. All the better. Criticism that hands down sentences sends me to sleep; I’d like a criticism of scintillating leaps of imagination. It would not be sovereign or dressed in red. It would bear the lightening of possible storms."
-Michel Foucault, The Masked Philosopher


Your Sagittarius Full Moon Horoscope

Found some time to conjure up a full moon horoscope... Forgive the typos. I'm in the middle of this Filipino Mega Mall, a mild spectacle at an internet cafe and the clock is ticking... Mercury direct on Thursday, June 19th. At last- forward motion. Make it smooth...

The full moon in Sagittarius (27°50') is on Wednesday, June 18th at 10:30 AM PDT. Look up on Tuesday night!

Aries: Be in your element, Aries. Embrace that heat. But try not to burst into flames. Is there some fantastic place you’d like to be? Not just a distant land, but maybe some unprecedented skill you want to learn? Buy a ticket or crack a big book, seek out teachers near and far. The full moon is encouraging you to explore yourself, inside and out. Longer term aspirations may become more clear to you now. Your enthusiasm is starting to find a focus. Consider those around you and look to those who really support your growth for guidance. You’re at the starting point of something. Gather your strength, focus on your goal, and make that first step super clear. Then, for the steps that follow, pace yourself- so that you have just as much energy and enthusiasm at the end as you feel right now.

Taurus: Attachment has got the better of you, Taurus. Time to sort a few things out. What do you really need? Chances are good that your most basic needs are being met, beautifully. So the question is, what do you really want? Name your heart’s desire for a start. Just a whisper, but say it out loud. Put it into words. Then you’ll realize that you’ve let a few too many distractions and bad habits confuse you. Boundaries, darlin’. Time to cut the bullsh*t. Hate to say it that way, but you know what I’m talking about. Restraint in part, release in another, and true rewards will start to materialize.

Gemini: Ooh! Love is in the air. It’s your season and yes you deserve it! This full moon finds you looking into the eyes of a very special someone. And it’s extra intense. Could be a lover, a friend, or that stunning reflection in the mirror. It’s all mirrors anyway. You know that. What is certain is that your cup is full and so is theirs. It’s a matched set and it could not be cuter! A pairing that brings it all together. Can you accept that you've found what you've been looking for? Are you ready for a change? Are you ready to let someone change you? Well, some kind of change is in your stars... and seems like for once you know what (or should I say who) you really want and where this could go. Mercury goes direct on Thursday, June 19th, let it ride.

Cancer: How are you feeling, sweetie? All I can say is “Whoa.” And I mean that in the best, most supportive way. How’s the view from there? Your intuition is ON! Don’t you love that? You’re looking after your health I hope. Not just physical health, but all the rest too? I want you to relax (Maybe a nice bath?) ‘cause you’re incubating a lot, thoroughly full, and not just of yourself. But no settling into those unhealthy patterns. I know they’re comfortable, even justifiable– but they aren’t sustainable! Not to worry. There are plenty of other people and resources making themselves available to help things along. So making better, possibly new, choices for yourself shouldn’t be that scary. Could be fun in fact. If the last few weeks felt a little rough, things are definitely going to improve. But you probably don’t need me to remind you– you sense it coming anyway.

Leo: Cha-ching! Even if you’re not rolling in it- go ahead and act like it. Or change your perspective and you’ll realize just how wealthy you’ve become. You’re loaded. You already have a reputation for being generous. Nothing makes you feel richer than giving it away, be it money, your time, your awesome company, your incredible talents, good food, nice clothes, you name it. And, you’ve gotten even better at handling (and sharing) more with more people. What ever limitations were holding you back are gone. But try to keep up on all that balance, patience, and moderation you learned. That’s what got you this far. You’re growing and so are your gifts to others. Don’t hold'em back. Summer is here- let it shine.

Virgo: Owie! Something hurts. Full moon is going to make a lot of things very clear. There’s at least one thing you're attached to that hasn’t been getting better- no matter how hard you try. (And you are so good at trying, especially when it gets difficult.) No one should doubt that you care very much. In your own way , maybe you care too much. Some thing just has to change. Could feel like loss. Sucks! Disappointment is just so... disappointing. Look at home and look at your career. Turn to children, play, and creative activity for healthy distractions. You’ve been feeling the tension of course, you kind of thrive on it. But now you need some release. You’ll understand the why eventually. Actually, you understand right now, but it doest make it hurt any less. If you feel like crying about it, no one will blame you. You’ll feel better after. Clarity and purpose are on the way

Libra: It hurts so good! That’s what we want. You’re super in touch with your feelings, but try not to go overboard with suffering if you're tempted. You don’t deserve that! Try to find the delicious medium between the completely benign (boring) and the excruciating (over it). Maybe a change in the way you’ve been thinking about things. Try some deeper introspection to get you there. A trip to someplace beautiful. Surround yourself with people you love and people you know, without a doubt, love you right back. (Lots to choose from.) A little more distance might help with your perspective. The good news is that everything is fine at home and at work. Three (not two) is your magic number for now. Keep thinking about it.

Scorpio: Well Scorpio, you did it. Can you handle the attention that comes with success? Can you handle the applause? It’s sincere. If you don’t do it now, you’re missing out on something very special. Every once in a while you have to accept the fact that you achieved your goal. You put so much effort into the trying, the effort to secure the results you want in the world– that you forget to appreciate the accomplishment. All this, right now, is an accomplishment. You’ll see. Don’t start criticizing your technique or deny yourself the feeling of victory. It’s sweet because it is short. Enjoy it. You earned it. Please! You're too good at acting like the task was so easy after the fact, but it wasn't easy from the get go and you really worked your tail off for this. Do not move on to the next thing. If you don’t know what the next thing is– good! Keep it that way for at least a month! Wait and see. Savor now. You can learn from that too.

Holding down the fort? You’re doing a damn fine job. Nothing gets past you unless you let it. Keep up the good work. You're armed, you're tough, and your vision is clear. Try to hold on to that. Lots of relationship stuff going on and you’re changing. Again. All the while you’re still the exemplar of stability. Reliable as ever. A fort. How do you do it? It’s been a long deep process and it’s still not quite over. But the end is near. Hold your ground. You’ve worked really hard to get there and I think you like it. Don't give anything up unless you want to. Really want to. This full moon is for you and a friend. Share. Ask for clarity. Offer clarity. Your wisdom is a gift.

Capricorn: A ha! You’re seeing yourself very clearly. That’s a good thing. Be honest– but be fair too. You’re grounded and in touch with your feelings. Good hair. You’ve come a long way and paint a damn fine picture. Don’t get down about what needs improving. Knowing is half the battle and you're determination is unmatched. The results you want will come, you’re ready to do the work. Or you’ll change what you’re working toward. Either way- think with a generous perspective- the biggest picture possible. Look for your reflection in other people. You’ll get more from keeping others in mind. Have any interesting dreams? Write them down.

Aquarius: You are living large. If you don’t fully recognize the incredible abundance around you, pay more attention. You’re already pretty aware of these things, but I’m just here to remind not to let the moment slide. Relish the fabulous details. You’re busy, but not too busy. Home is just the way you like it. You’re feeling healthier. Life is good and something new (something old?) is on the way. If it feels like you are moving backwards, you’re not. You of all people would not let that happen. You’re innovating through a little renovating, maybe? Everything you need is in place to support this change, project, thing you’ve been quietly working on. It’s ripening like the summer fruit. You may not be able to keep it a secret for much longer if you've been playing it down. No matter what you’ll handle everything with your usual grace and dignity. The world around you welcomes your creativity.

Pisces: Meow! Cupid strikes. If that little devil of love hasn’t found you yet, the winged archer is definitely looking for you now. The question is: Are you gonna go for it? Are you ready? It’s up to you. The world want you of all people to be in love. But you know how much hard work love can be. Are you up for another round? You’ve worked really hard to develop some stability and some emotional security. Are you willing to risk it for that ultimate prize? What are you willing to give up for something passionate and unexpected?


Travel Notes...MNL

I cannot capture in images the most consistent and striking sensation that characterizes my every arrival into Manila. Since I was a little girl, when disembarking the plane, I am most welcomed back by the smell. Unending humidity + high temperatures steeped into sulky, ambitious- though undercapitalized layers of plastic and industrial concrete, carefully hand lettered signs and strained air conditioning.

Just outside the airport, beyond the reliably crowded gauntlet of immigration gates, luggage carousels, balikbayan boxes, customs enforcement officers, and alphabetical airport rendez-vous, I am reunited with that strangely underpowered urban night, more crowds, low against crumbling curbs, and rows of tidy, fragile looking kiosks palely lit by blue-white fluorescents. All this, myself included, is caught in the dense embrace of un-ignorable air, thick and mouth-moist, laden with cooking and countless hours of auto exhaust, the tangible but incomprehensible dust of millions.

Leaving Manila, the air clears in sweet instants, a bold miracle breeze from across the bay or a brief opening in the perpetual belching strings of traffic. I realize that my skin is an olfactory organ. I can smell Manila under my clothes, rich across every available surface of my self. It is forceful, pressing, an entire and irrefutable permeation.

And I love it! I love it because it contains so much. Meaning and memory, history, anticipation, and hope. It is a companionable again and again and again. I embrace it back, welcome it to me, glad to be home...