By Monica Smith
The Sun/Moon interplay starts this new cycle in sensitive Cancer, the first of the water signs, connected with the constant fluid movement of our emotions. This lunar month sees the New Moon in 9 degrees Cancer completing the missing angle of a grand square, a powerful configuration of planets in the cardinal sign that has been in place since 2008. The New Moon squares Uranus in Aries and Saturn in Libra opposing each other. The Moon also opposes Pluto in Capricorn, slowly moving through the sign in 13 years, representing a time of radical deconstruction, of a collapse of all weak, obsolete and corrupt structures. Together with Uranus, Saturn and Pluto, the Moon forms a Grand Square (see fig.). This is the moment when the shovel turns the turf to bring to light new nutrients to fertilize the fresh beginning heralded by Uranus in Aries.
From the perspective of the Moon in Cancer, the grand square appears to be imparting an intense energy to the Sun/Moon conjunction, occurring briefly in Cancer, a delicate area in the zodiac, as the Moon quickly passes through the first decade (the first 10 degrees) of the sign. The emotional charge is very high, on these days. We can all feel it, but it is not easy to express, there are no words, everything is about feelings. This configuration represents the end of the gestation period of something that wants to emerge in the collective psyche.