This is a vitally important time for you, Cancer, and one in which you are being stretched in several ways at once. Your presence in the world is vibrant and changeable, and yet somewhere you are also stuck. This is deep down inside, and perhaps also shows up in your familial and tribal connections. These different tendencies, to voyage out into the world, constantly exploring new things, and also at some level to remain crouching hermit-like within yourself, are at odds; there is no real resolution, other than to live through it. Finding the synthesis is possible but it takes courage and the shedding of old skin. The way down and the way up are one and the same, but you have to struggle to find their sameness right now.
As the month begins, you are seeking a better handle on your sense of security that in many important ways depends on nothing but your own initiative, and also reaching out in a new mode toward significant partners in your life. Since Saturn has entered your home and family sector since the last ten days of the previous month, this area holds increased importance for you. You might find yourself restructuring your commitments there. You are also driven back into yourself somewhat at this time, in-dwelling within the confines of your own mind and heart. Paradoxically, this inner focus comes in the context of a huge reaching out to the outer world that is indicated by the outer planet emphasis this summer on your sector of career and professional life. Since these two competing influences in your life are essentially antithetical, you are pulled in different directions and might feel more than a bit crazed right now as a result. It helps to breathe, and to remember that the universe has a plan, always, no matter how incomprehensible things might seem to be at the moment. It also helps to remember that whatever that plan might entail, you can only see a small part of it at any given moment. The New Moon that takes place on Monday, August 9th, brings fresh energy for your process and also highlights some of the conflicts inherent in your situation. You are attempting much, and some of it will prove to be possible. It is important that you do not become discouraged by setbacks now, since not everything that your heart desires will come to pass. Innovation and even startling shifts are likely happening with career and yet you are also very tempted to try holding on to what might no longer be working for you. You are a bit of a hermit right now, and yet circumstances require you to be social and to make yourself more available for publicly announced agendas. Even though difficult to pull off, a fusion between public and private concerns is worth trying for, since right action in the world stems from a blend of heart, mind and inner realities. The First Quarter Moon of Monday, August 16th, might put some of this thinking to the test. This juncture presents you with some of the most difficult moments in the process of integration that you are so actively engage in this month, and also joy in the possibility of synthesis. You are embracing a mystical perspective over this last half of the month. This is especially true since Mercury retrogrades through your communication sector from the 20th onward, encompassing most of September as well, so that outer forms of connection with others around yield to inner knowing. The Full Moon of Tuesday, August 24th emphasizes the more thoughtful and learning aspects of your situation, encouraging you to take a higher mind approach as paramount. Stepping back to align with Goddess or your higher Self really does present you with your best shot at getting through these firestorms unscathed.