We are currently still being conditioned by the Moon to awaken to our emotions and the power of our emotions – which is why emotional intelligence is such a hot topic right now and will be for many years to come.
We are all at different stages in the development of emotional intelligence and awareness. For those who may be thinking that emotional intelligence is an old topic because the term was first used back in the 1920’s, be assured that the subject will be with us for many years yet to come. At the moment, humanity is able to talk about emotional intelligence but very few can walk the talk by translating that intellectual understanding into emotional skill and competency. This is why we still have war, aggression, violence and bullying rippling through the masses, and their associated behaviors tend to leak out and peak around the time of the Full Moon.
It is the conditioning effect of the Moon on the masses that leads to these tides of emotion, and humanity’s lack of skill in the emotional realm that leads to conflict. As the Moon continues to do her work, humanity will become more open to acknowledging emotions and more skilful in handling our emotional experiences. This will pave the way for us to be receptive to the energy of Neptune, which will awaken us to our true spiritual nature. It is through the gateway of our emotions that we will begin this stage of our journey. Before we can even come close to receiving the energy of Neptune, we need to become much gentler in spirit!
This brings us to the Law of Rebirth, which is the realm of Cancer. It is through a continuous experience of rebirth and suffering in this realm that we learn:
• The true meaning of compassion
• The consequences of our actions
• How to change so that we stop the many manmade causes of suffering
• How to cultivate great skill in relating
• Emotional competence, and
• The truth of our inter-connectedness
This is how we will rise above our current tribal cultures, as we increasingly recognize the whole of humanity as our family.
The more we allow ourselves to feel our emotions, the more we develop sensitivity and empathy. The more empathic we become, the more we realize the deep spiritual truth that we really are all connected. The more we realize our connectedness, the more difficult it becomes to harm others, because when we feel their pain, we know from experience that we really are only ever hurting ourselves. The pain of others, is our pain too.
In this world period, and in a peculiar manner …
Neptune is known esoterically as the Initiator.
– The Tibetan
Cancer is a cardinal sign, and cardinal energy has an initiating quality to it. It is a creative energy of leadership. If you have Sun, Moon or Rising Sign in Cancer a major theme in your life and perhaps a major part of your life purpose is to play a significant lead role in the transformation of emotions, the shift toward intuition through emotional intelligence, and the shift from tribal culture to that of one interconnected human family. It is important to take care that you don’t get caught in tribal-thinking and carried away on a tide of (lower) mob consciousness. Go deep within, listen to your intuitive voice, and honor all of humanity as your true family.
It is the planet Neptune which is predominantly active
in bringing about such an activity in Cancer that will produce progress (through the intervening signs) to Aquarius.
– The Tibetan
So we can see that, even though the Moon is conditioning humanity at present, she is really acting as a filter, and the real energy behind these shifts in perception, awareness and consciousness is Neptune. This is why the sign of Cancer is also associated with deep listening, because it is only through deep listening, intuition, and recognition of subtle energy streams that we may begin to receive the deeper Soul impressions of Neptune.
In the Soul’s journey through the Zodiac, it is in Cancer that we hear the first whispers of our intuition. One of the lessons for the Cancerian Soul is to learn to hear your own still, quiet voice above the many voices of the crowd. Because of this dual activity of the Moon and Neptune in Cancer, we hear both the call of the tribe (the Moon) and the call of the ocean (Neptune). We will find a way to honor both by going within and listening deeply to our hearts. In this way we will be evolving both emotionally and intuitively, and walking our very own conscious journey home.
Ruth Hadikin – Soul Astrologer
Karen MacKenzie has been working on a series of astrology inspired paintings using goddesses from different cultures. For more information about the symbolism in this print and to view other works in her ongoing series, check out her website, Karen MacKenzie Art (her prints are very affordable).