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COSMIC NEWS: Nesting New Moon
June 23, 10:31pm EDT, 7:31pm PDT
June 24, 3:31am BDT, 12:31pm AEST
Image: Cosmic Flower Angel, collage by author. 
The Sun is still at its Solstice turnaround point. The Sun starts leaning back southward at the end of its 5-day window of stillness on this New Moon, making for an extra special celestial moment and turning point of the year. Feel the tender, powerful receptivity to whatever is needed. Cancer loves its nest, its safe space, womb-like, in which to nurture and ready its fledglings—whether they be reflections, insights, gifts.....Cancer feels it way into the world, reaching out for what is needed, for sustenance, for good food and love, for where it belongs. This could be the Universe, where the Cancerian Great Mother is quite at home.
Where do you belong, now, as your life unfolds, where is the sweet growth spot
in these wildly changing times.
Where is your harbor?
This New Moon in watery, home-loving Cancer is accompanied by both Mercury and Mars. A good deal of our attention is given to our near and dear, to security, to nesting and finding a comfortable place to relax. Cancer has a subjectivity that has its positives and challenges. Its feelers tune in to its surroundings, taking soundings. Cancer is not a passive sign. It is one of the four active, CARDINAL signs (Capricorn, Libra, Aries), reaching out with watery, feeling initiatives, with questions such as:
"What is needed by that person? for these people? in this situation? What do I need?"
Mars, low in the western sky, is about to disappear in the light of the Sun, rather like a crab that scutters sideways into its hole when danger looms. Watch out for a sneak attack of those pincer claws. Invisible Mars mounts a push, out in front of Mercury and the Sun, quickly moving into challenging dynamics—an opposition with Pluto, then a square with Uranus, that pushes defensive buttons, activates hot spots and Cancerian trademark potential passive/aggressive reactions. We don't have to do it that way, which is the whole point of this higher consciousness interface with outer planets.
What is a better, more conscious and responsible approach that can meet the needs of the greater good?
These are good questions to ask now, as we gear up for a spicy summer, which may be a little too hot in several ways for comfort-loving Cancer. We are inspired and fired up by fire sign triangle, made of
Saturn/ Black Moon Lilith in Sagittarius—deep wisdom, insight and farsight from this no-nonsense, truth aflame pair;
Uranus in Aries lights up an electric sky with revolutionary/evolutionary fervor as it moves toward its end point in Aries;
The North Node or Dragon Head in Leo, marks the August eclipse point and invites Mars in to activate a karmic call from the Heart of the Lion.
To Summarize:
After an emotionally-challenging spring, the planetary patterns are lightening up. June 21 Solstice extends through this July 23 New Moon in Cancer for new growth.
The July 9 Full Moon, conjunct Pluto, presents a turning point and exposes the necessity for a new way forward. Gentleness and kindness wear away defensiveness, like water on stone. When facing decisions, take care that you are making them for the right reasons and from your heart. This also goes for the conversations you have with others, whatever their views.
The July 23 New Moon in Leo, conjunct a sizzling, jalapeno pepper Mars, is a call to action that reverberates through the rest of the summer.
The August 7 Full Moon, still conjunct Mars, is partially eclipsed, preparing us for:
The August 21 dramatic Solar Eclipse in Leo, with Mars still marching alongside masked by the light of the Sun. I wondered if Mars would be visible during the eclipse and looked it up. Apparently those in the American path of totality, from the northwest to the southeast, may see not only Mars, but Mercury, Venus and Jupiter as well.
More on that in July and August.
Sun Sign Fortune Cookies to nibble on
ARIES— It's as if you have changed color over the spring. Are you beaming with a greater radiance? Are you being good to yourself? Are you making changes that enhance your wellbeing? If so, you have been listening to Venus, goddess of love. How delightful!
TAURUS— Appreciate the renewed level of contentment you may be feeling in June, as you deeply enjoy simple pleasures and life's bounty. Your common sense pragmatism can be calming and needed over this summer to settle tempers and smooth ruffled feathers. Stand your ground until you feel sure what is most appropriate.
GEMINI— Entertaining many options is your delight. Put all the best pieces together to reveal an inspired sense of direction that looks like so much fun you can't resist. When that happens, ambivalence disappears and you are all in.
CANCER— Use your birthday month for moments of needed quietude. Relinquish moodiness that is not in tune with what you want to feel. Toss old stuff that doesn't belong in your space anymore. Honor your deepest desire for growth and blossoming.
LEO— Big deal eclipse in your sign! You'll be kissed by the Lion Goddess, who tests your heart in her fires of truth and light. You'll be teased and confronted by shadows. Don't even entertain one thought that these are not yours. Act accordingly and shine forth brighter than before.
VIRGO— Recognize that your body is recalibrating to increasing cosmic light and Earth's geometric re-patterning. Your experience can help others. Believe that the best of your service is simply to breathe and Be. The rest follows naturally.
LIBRA— A deeper level of guidance is available to you, with which to make the best choices in your life. Proceed as way opens, according to that Quaker saying. You act for peace and harmony in the world, in spite of periodic feistiness.
SCORPIO— The August eclipse is bound to stir things up for you, especially if you are born in the 1940s-mid-1950s. You are the transformers of the zodiac. Show us how to do it. You have had a good deal of practice by now, Wonder Woman you.
SAGITTARIUS— Gather the best of what you have been exploring and put it on your internal vision board (or make a real one). Discard the unexciting and focus your energy on the highest inspiration. The end of 2017 is the culmination of the last two or more years of planning and launching your new adventure.
CAPRICORN— Relax more this summer, not relinquishing your responsibilities, but inviting support and ease. Think of clay that has gotten too hard, needing water in order to knead and reshape it. Some fun at a clay studio might be fun and instructive.
AQUARIUS— You are pulled in to the action, like a lightning rod. The trick is in how to best express the energy download. In the grand finale in the Wonder Woman movie, Ares, god of war, threw out a big charge of electricity to destroy her. She took it on, reshaped it and released it for a better outcome. Kind of like that.
PISCES— A slow and easy summer suits you. You're good at going with the flow, unless tangled up by anxieties (not always your own). Take times out to go float in the water, but keep up with the program. You don't want to lose the thread and lose out later this year.
Schedule via email to
Birthday Sun Sign reading—It's your turn, Cancer. You need this! Treat yourself to this useful celestial gift for an overview of your personal new year. We use the window of your birthday chart along with current planetary cycles to look into timing, themes and guidance for your personal new year. One hour, $120 (that's 20% off regular $150 hourly fee).
Give a Gift of the Stars! This special fee also applies to a birthday gift for someone special in your life. I have special e-cards you can use.
New Moon/ New Client special—If you have not had a reading with me, I invite you to do so under this Moon cycle. Book by the July 23 New Moon (session can be after). 75 min. for $145 (usually $175).
Kelley's Schedule
July 23, Groton Vermont, Groton Free Library, 4-5:30pm.
Our Expanding Solar System: Astronomy & Myth
with Kelley Hunter, PhD
There are more and more newly discovered planetoids in our far solar system. Many are named for indigenous creator gods and goddesses from around the world. This slide show will introduce many of them, getting us up to date with our new neighbors and their stories. We’ll also consider a different answer to the question: Is Pluto a planet? Coloring pages from the new Planetary Gods & Goddesses Coloring Book will be shared, with pencils and crayons on hand. Family-friendly.
United Astrology Conference 2018: Celebrating Earth and Sky
May 24-29, Chicago
It's not too early to sign up for this grand international astrology conference—only a year away! I've been invited to give two presentations, along with a roster of over 100 of the world's top astrologers. Get the latest news at
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Kelley Hunter,Ph.D., a long-time astrologer, is the author of Living Lilith: Four Dimensions of the Cosmic Feminine, Black Moon Lilith and the new Planetary Gods & Goddesses Coloring Book: Astronomy and Myths of the New Solar System. Director of HELIA Productions, she offers creative educational experiences for a wide range of groups and organizations.
Contact her at this email address or 802-456-1078.
(Cell phone when traveling: 340-643-2179.)
See more at her website:
and her FB page: Kelley Hunter, AstroMythology.
NOW on INSTAGRAM!:  astromythkelley
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