June's New Moon in Cancer Demands Some Self-Reflection

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Hillside at night new moon in Cancer
Hillside at night new moon in Cancer

New moons are astrology's version of an emotional reset button. These lunar events occur roughly once a month, when the moon sits so closely to the sun that not even a sliver of the moon's surface is visible. For that reason, from our vantage point on Earth, it seems like there's no moon at all - and we're presented with a clear, dark sky that's almost like a blank canvas on which you can write a whole new chapter.

On Tuesday, June 28, at 10:52 p.m. ET, the new moon will fall in the cardinal water sign, Cancer, best known for its nurturing, sentimental - and yes, occasionally crabby - nature. Read on to learn more about new moons as well as specifics about which zodiac signs will be most affected by this powerful astrological moment.

The Spiritual Meaning of the June 28 New Moon in Cancer

Every Cancer season - which begins June 21 and ends on July 22 this year - we're drawn to quality time nesting and tending to our bonds with the people we care about most. We might be inspired to be a little bit more domestic or couch potato-ish than usual given that Cancer is the ruler of the fourth house of home life. And annually, the Cancer new moon presents you with an opportunity to gain clarity around this incredibly important aspect of your world: your inner life, your roots, your closest familial relationships.

Any new moon's deep, dark canvas sky calls for self-reflection and caring for your inner self, but particularly when the new moon is in Cancer, you could find it emotionally satisfying - or even necessary - to retreat into your shell and get in tune with your needs so that you can then take conscious action to ensure those needs are met.

This year, the new moon will form a square - the most tense but also activating angle that can occur between two celestial bodies - to Jupiter, the planet of expansion and abundance, currently moving through assertive cardinal fire sign Aries. This could result in a buoyant, social vibe (which you could be torn about embracing if you're feeling more like a homebody) and a desire to want to take bigger action than you might actually be prepared for. At the same time, Neptune will be kicking off its annual retrograde, flipping the switch from clouding rational thought to doling out reality checks.

Both Jupiter and Neptune's involvement in this lunar event are a case for ensuring you have all the facts before diving into any bold new undertaking.

How the June 28 New Moon in Cancer May Affect the Zodiac Signs

People who have placements in any of the cardinal signs - Aries, Cancer, Libra, and Capricorn - will feel the June 28 new moon more than others. If you want to get even more specific, see if any of your natal chart placements fall around seven degrees of a cardinal sign. If so, you'll really feel this one. That said, here's intel on what every sign can expect. (Be sure to read your rising sign, too!)

Aries (March 20-April 19)

With the new moon falling in your fourth house of home life and squaring off in your sign against go-big-or-go-home Jupiter, you could be torn between hunkering down with loved ones and heading off on an adventure. If you opt for the latter, just consider enjoying the best of both worlds by bringing loved ones along for the ride.

Taurus (April 20-May 20)

With the new moon falling in your third house of communication, you'll be extra curious and social - not to mention potentially over-scheduled. However, because it squares off against Jupiter in your sleepy 12th house of spirituality, carving out a little bit of downtime is a must so you can keep firing on all cylinders.

Gemini (May 21-June 20)

The new moon falls in your second house of income, Gemini, so investigating new hustles and possibly even making a move to bolster your cash flow would be wise and called for now. Working as part of a team or alongside friends and colleagues could promote your success thanks to lucky Jupiter in your 11th house of networking.

Cancer (June 21-July 22)

This is your new moon, Cancer! With your ruler, the moon, in your first house of self, it's time to zero in on and own your long-term dreams. With a square to expansive Jupiter in your 10th house of public image, nothing is too ambitious or out of reach. Just know that you're worthy of recognition, and it'll soon be yours.

Leo (July 23-Aug. 22)

The new moon falls in your 12th house of spirituality, Leo, which could make this moment feel like you're backstage, taking a moment to steel yourself as you prepare to enter the spotlight next month. Plant the seeds you want to see grow while doing your best to prioritize personal growth - a move supported by fortunate Jupiter in your ninth house of adventure.

Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)

The new moon falls in your 11th house of friendship and networking, and collaboration is key to crossing the finish line on a long-held dream. You'll find that a willingness to be more emotionally vulnerable with others - thanks to Jupiter in your eighth house of intimate bonds - can go far to fostering camaraderie.

Libra (Sept. 23-Oct 22)

Your 10th house of career is activated by this new moon, Libra, so it's an auspicious moment to reflect on your big-picture professional aspirations. Pitch that brilliant idea to higher-ups, cold call a potential new client, or do a ritual to manifest your dream position. With fortunate Jupiter in your seventh house of partnership, sharing your vision with a loved one, friend, or S.O. can make it feel even more attainable.

Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)

Falling in your ninth house of adventure and higher learning, this new moon challenges you to step out of your comfort zone and hone your skill set. It's a moment for learning and taking a leap of faith in an effort to grow. With Jupiter in your sixth house of daily routine, a willingness to bring this energy into your daily hustle may lead to even greater rewards.

Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)

The new moon falls in your eighth house of emotional bonds and joint resources, Sag, which means this is a prime opportunity to meditate on shared finances or reflect on what you need more of in bed. Standing up for what makes you feel comfortable and secure in either of these areas of life can be incredibly empowering.

Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)

With the new moon falling in your seventh house of partnership, Cap, you'll want to set an intention related to your one-on-one relationships. Whether a platonic, romantic, or professional bond is on your mind, this moment was made for getting in sync and moving the ball forward as a pair.

Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)

Falling in your sixth house of daily routine, the new moon presents you with a chance to hit reset on your wellness plan. Though we tend to think we can achieve better health by scheduling sweaty workouts, you might be drawn to a less rigorous - but just as nurturing - form of self-care now, like prioritizing therapy or meditation.

Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20)

Falling in your fifth house of romance and play, this new moon could be incredibly whimsical, magical, and artistically fulfilling for you, Pisces. Be sure to hit pause on work for even a little while so you can soak up the buoyant vibes and figure out the best creative outlet for exploring your most heartfelt emotions.

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