ASTROLOGY FORECAST: New Moon in Cancer, Choice, Destiny & Fate


Original Artwork by Author, Emily O’Keeffe

We are coming up to the end of Cancer season in a couple of days.  Cancer season started with a New Moon at 0 degrees Cancer, and it will end with another New Moon at 28 degrees Cancer. This is not something that happens often. Usually the New Moon is in a different sign each month.

But then, nothing about 2020 so far has been the norm.

Have we learned and integrated the lessons that we needed to this Cancer season?

I hope that at least some of us have.

This New Moon on June 20th, is opposing Saturn in Capricorn.  Both the Moon and Saturn are in their domicile, meaning they are in the signs that they rule so they both function very well here.  The theme for this New Moon is nurtured growth.

There is a Medieval Alchemical adage that says, ‘For a tree’s branches to reach heaven, its roots must reach to hell’.

In other words, a tree cannot grow to its full potential if it does not have a strong and healthy root system.

I would venture to say that very few of us started out in life with an optimal environment to put down our root system.  Even if we did have an optimal environment to start out, there will always be factors that affect our growth and our root system.  However, we can still try to heal.  It takes time and a lot of work. It takes digging deep and finding the problem and in some cases, cutting away the dead parts so new growth can form and be nourished.  It is shadow work.



I know… You are probably thinking, “Woman! Can you ever talk about a concept without mentioning shadow work?!?!?”

I get it, I really do.

I can make myself sick with that concept too.

But everything really does come back around to knowing yourself which is the main purpose of shadow work.

As I mentioned in the last blog, this Cancer season has been about letting go.  That has been a really big theme for me personally.

I have had quite a few concepts, and people for that matter, that have come back into my life and my awareness for review and in some case purging.  I have been thinking a lot about Fate and Destiny lately.

Well, if I am being totally honest, I think about those concepts an awful lot in general.  I love fantasy and Sci-Fi stuff!  Books, stories, movies, shows, all that I absolutely love and have since I was a kid.  Fate, Destiny, and the Hero’s journey are all big themes in those kinds of stories.

I have more than once wondered do these concepts resonate with me because I watch these things?  Or do I watch these things because these concepts resonate with me?  It’s a chicken/egg situation I think, but in any case, they do resonate with me in a big way.

One of my favorite shows at the moment, is the Umbrella Academy.  Season 2 comes out at the end of the month and I can’t wait!  If you aren’t familiar with the story, it’s based on a graphic novel.

It’s about 43 babies that were all mysteriously born on the same day, all of whom have superpowers of some kind.  Sir Reginald Hargreeves adopts seven of these babies.  He raises and trains them to save the world.  They are a dysfunctional family to say the least.  Hargreeves never even gave them actual names, he just referred them by a number, 1-7.

One of my favorite characters is Five.

netflix hargreeves GIF by The Umbrella Academy

He has the ability to materialize anywhere he wants and eventually figures out how to travel through time. On his first attempt at age 13, He gets stuck in the future just after the apocalypse and spends the next 40 years alone.

Then one day he meets The Handler.

She explains to him that she works for an organization called The Commission.  The Commission is tasked with the preservation of the time continuum through “manipulations and removals”.

 She goes on to say “Sometimes people make choices that alter time. Free Will… don’t get me started. When that happens we dispatch one of our agents to… eliminate the threat.” I really love that line “Free Will… don’t get me started”.

I have often thought that life would almost be easier if we did not have free will.  If we just knew what we were fated for or destine to do or be.  Unfortunately, that’s not how life works; Life is full of questions and choices.

Astrology is one of those concepts where I think people do believe that it rests on Fate or Destiny.

So, because of that two things can happen, either people dismiss its validity out right or they use it as an excuse to justify shitty behavior.

“Welp, I’m just a Libra and we’re flaky and indecisive so…”

Yes, it’s true, Libras can be flaky and indecisive, but it’s because they have the ability to see all sides of the situation.

This is not great for making a concrete decision but, really great for negotiations and bringing opposite sides together.  One concept of Fate is that we are born into certain circumstances and it is up to us how those circumstances play out.  We make choices every single day in a million mundane ways that affect the outcome of our futures and sometimes the futures of others too.


Everything in Astrology has multiple sides, the Yin and Yang, the light and dark, the positive and negative.

Every sign, every house, every planet, every aspect, all of them have multiple sides!

We choose which aspect we show and live out, the positive or the negative.

We choose it every time.

Whether or not we are aware of it, we have made a choice.

The choice is always ours to control.

Even consciously not making a choice is actually a choice.

We control what happens to us, we control our Destiny for better or worse.

There is a quote that really simplifies this concept.

I questioned if I should use it or not because its author is somewhat of a pariah lately.  I am thoroughly disappointed that she has chosen to die on that particular ‘TERF’ hill, and I want to make it extremely clear for the record that I personally believe Trans women ARE WOMEN!

To be perfectly honest I think she should go back and read some of her own work, because maybe the hypocrisy will finally click for her in this respect.  However, it does not make this quote any less true or valid.

The quote is from Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, and it’s one of my favorites.  Harry is questioning himself because he is starting to see that he has some of the same abilities as Voldemort and this frightens him so he goes to Dumbledore for advice.  Dumbledore says to Harry, “It is not our abilities that show what we truly are. It is our choices.”

Our choices truly determine our Fate and our Destiny, for better or worse.

So, know yourself and choose wisely.

THE SUMMER OF OUR DISCONTENT, PART 4: Capricorn Full Moon Lunar Eclipse


Original Artwork by Author, Emily O’Keeffe

Welcome back to our Summer of Discontent 2020.

The month of July is going to be more of the same energies we have been seeing all year. Saturn has slipped back into Capricorn and will stay there until December. Once it goes direct in September, we can spend the rest of 2020 tying up the loose ends of Saturn in Capricorn.

Luckily, it will not quite make it back to meeting up with Pluto again any time soon so at least there’s that.

Speaking of Pluto, he is currently on the 2nd of the 3 meet ups with Jupiter in this Jupiter Pluto cycle. Their first meeting was the end of March beginning of April. Once again Jupiter expands whatever it touches so the energies we felt in March and April will be amplified again. Jupiter is faster moving than Pluto and they are both still in their retrograde motion.

About mid-month they will start to move away from each other again and then will meet up for the last time in November.

It seems that Autumn 2020 may tell Summer 2020 to hold its beer.


But we will just have to wait and see.

Right now, the only outer or transpersonal planet that is not in retrograde is Uranus, the iconoclast and the rebel. He is currently in Taurus. Taurus is associated with what we value. This encompasses what we value on the material level as well as the spiritual, philosophical, and emotional levels.

So, these things are being challenged right now. Uranus will also be going retrograde soon, but not until the middle of August, so he is currently moving full speed ahead with all his breaking down of the status quo regarding what we value.

Uranus is also aspecting the full Moon Lunar eclipse at 13 degrees Capricorn.

This is the last of the Cancer/Capricorn eclipse polarity for a while. This is energy for letting go.

All full Moons are good for completion and letting go, but because this full Moon is an eclipse, the last in its cycle and aspecting Uranus in Taurus and Mercury retrograde in Cancer, and all of these planets are moving away from each other, it will be even easier to let go.

In fact, on some level, we will want very much to let go.

We will find that we can no longer accept what does not nurture us or our values. Some of us might even say, “Peace out! See ya never!” and be very happy to do so.

Here in the States the eclipse is happening during Independence Day weekend. Things could get interesting given the political and social climate at the current moment.

It is very possible it could be literally explosive!


I can say with a fair amount of certainty, it will be the last weekend some people have all 10 of their fingers. You would think eventually people would figure out fireworks and alcohol do not mix well, but so far… nope.

On the plus side of July, Mercury will go direct on the 12th. So, all Mercury ruled things should start to move forward and function better.

Mars has also moved into Aries where it will stay for the rest of the year. It is unusual for Mars to be in any sign this long. Normally its only in a sign for about 6 weeks, but every two years Mars goes retrograde and wouldn’t you know it… 2020 happens to be that year!

Of course, it is… *eyeroll*

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The nice thing about Mars in Aries is that it is in its own sign. Aries is ruled by Mars.

So, it is kind of like Mars going home to its hometown. Mars energy functions very well here. When he goes retrograde in September, we will be looking at what drives us, what or who we feel passion for, and what makes us feel alive. We will be reassessing those things and hopefully letting go of what does not make us feel alive or passionate.

But for now, the middle to end of July will give us a bit of breathing room. At least for a couple of weeks.



***This was written by The Nephilim Rising’s Astrologer, Emily O’Keeffe***


Welcome back to Summer 2020: The Summer of our Discontent.

So what to do we have on the agenda for part 3?

*Checks list* Mercury retrograde, Summer Solstice, Neptune retrograde, and oof… two more eclipses.

*Slowly rubs temples*


I swear the more we get into the Summer the more accurate this tag line gets.

Okay then!

Let’s just jump right in shall we?

First, let’s talk about retrogrades!

The planets Mercury through Pluto go retrograde at regular intervals. Retrogrades just mean that the planet in question looks from our earthbound point of view, to be moving backward.

It’s not really moving backward.

It has to do with angles and ellipses and all those things. But symbolically what that means is that the energy symbolized by that particular planet, does not function well in an outwardly or in an extroverted way.

It wants us to focus on our internal worlds.

The outer planets, Jupiter through Pluto, move more slowly and they are retrograde for basically half the year at different times for each planet.

When the outer planets retrograde, they aren’t as noticeable for us. It happens more often and they stay that way for longer periods so you often won’t feel it unless it touches a sensitive point in your natal chart, or unless another faster moving planet makes an aspect to it. Or most often you will feel it when it goes retrograde and then when it goes direct again. Outer planets also usually have more of a generational or societal effect; the planet will move back and forth over certain points and then when they finally move away, you notice how much things have changed in whatever aspect of life you experienced the retrograde.

They affect us personally as well in this regard; in whatever house or realm of life experience the planet happens to be in at the time.

The personal planets Mercury through Mars don’t stay in retrograde mode as long. Venus retrograde, which is happening right now, lasts for about 6 weeks and happens once every 18 months or so. Mars retrograde happens once about every 2 years and lasts for about 70 days.

Mars will be going retrograde in September, so stay tuned for that.

Mercury retrograde lasts for about 3 weeks, and happens 3 times a year, the most frequent.


NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Carnegie Institution of Washington

You honestly must have been living under a rock, or I don’t know, maybe it’s your first day on the internet, to not have heard the term Mercury retrograde. Or as one of the more popular memes puts it, Mercury is in Gatorade again. Mercury rules the signs Gemini and Virgo, and it also rules the 3rd and 6th houses.

In the natal chart it is one of the personal planets, so a planet that symbolizes an aspect of our personality. It symbolizes our conscious mind, our perception, our intellect, how we think and communicate, our memory, how we learn and what we like to learn about. It is non-emotional, highly rational and objective. In the outer world, it symbolizes communication of all kinds, spoken, recorded, written and, also rules publishing. It rules learning, the assessment of data, telecommunications, computers, software, electronics, all forms of shipping and transportation including vehicles and roads, pretty much anything mechanical. It rules advertising, sales, public relations. It rules medical issues, and our health and how we take care of our health.

It even rules sibling relationships and pets. Mercury really has a lot to rule over, basically our day to day lives and activities.

So, since Mercury has such a big list of responsibilities and moves so quickly and tends to get us lost in the routine of daily life; Mercury and we need to take frequent breaks. This is the Universe’s way of telling us to slow down. Slow down, focus on the internal world and reflect.

How does it do that you ask?

In the most annoying way possible!!!

It causes delays and miscommunications and broken things and lost things and people popping back into your life that you may or may not want to deal with…

*Big inhale*

But it forces you to stop and go back and re-evaluate.

Re-evaluation in itself is good.

Even taking breaks is good.

But our modern life does not accommodate the Universe’s forced breaks very well.

We still must navigate our worlds because well, Life.

I saw a meme today with a quote from the movie The Dead Poet’s Society, it said “Medicine, law, business, engineering, these are noble pursuits, and necessary to sustain life. But poetry, beauty, romance, love, these are what we stay alive for.”


That is what the Universe is trying to get us to focus on for a moment, the things we stay alive for. What is that for you?

The best way to get through Mercury retrograde, which will last from June 18th to July 12th, and I honestly cannot stress these tips enough, but if you can put it off until later, DO. If you can’t put it off, then you need to double check, no triple check, no quadruple check everything you do before you commit to anything!

Including sending that text. *wink*

Also, when you do get some time, take a walk down memory lane. Read a book you love, watch movies or shows you love, listen to music you used to listen to; it’s not only comforting when you feel out of control, but it helps you to re-evaluate, which honestly is the purpose of the this time. It will be retrograde in Cancer, so in the larger sense, we should reflect on what brings us comfort and nourishment, what makes us feel nurtured, our family and what family means, our cultures of origin, our soul tribes and probably just our souls in general to be honest. We really do have a lot of reflecting to do as a society right now.


Also happening this month, June 20th is the Summer Solstice, the longest day of the year and the official beginning of Summer! Such as it is.

Kind of anti-climactic really, with all the goings on. But honestly, we have some more important things to focus on at the moment so the Summer fun will have to wait.

And speaking of Cancer… Cancer season begins June 21st.

Also, on June 20th or 21st depending on where you are located in the world, we have the 2nd of the 3 eclipses this season at 0 degrees Cancer.

It is a New Moon Solar eclipse.

Then on July 5th we will have a Full Moon Lunar eclipse at 13 degrees Capricorn, the last eclipse of this eclipse season and also the last eclipse of the Cancer/Capricorn family of the eclipses for the time being.

The Cancer/Capricorn polarity symbolizes fluidity v. rigidity, family v. career, family v. the state, inner life v. public life, and nurture v. discipline. This current New Moon Solar eclipse is at 0 degrees Cancer. New Moon Solar eclipses are like super New Moons, they have a lot of energy behind them. New Moons are times for beginnings, this is a time for setting our intentions for the coming month. However, since this a New Moon Solar eclipse we have the ability to set even longer term and more ambitious goals. And since this is also occurring in Cancer our focus should be on those Cancerian themes. Again if you have planets or sensitive points at 0-5 degrees Cancer or Capricorn you will feel this eclipse personally, otherwise we will feel it as more of a societal influence.


What will be feeling exactly?

Lots of this Cancer/Capricorn polarity.

There’s a whole lot going on in these two signs right now.

We have the Sun, Moon and retrograde Mercury in Cancer and we have retrograde Jupiter and Pluto hooking back up again at about 25 degrees Capricorn.

Jupiter expands whatever it touches and its touching retrograde Pluto.

If you recall from Part 1 of this series I talked all about retrograde Pluto, you may want to go back and check out Part 1 again for a refresher on Pluto.

Jupiter is expanding that Plutonian energy right now.

This can be a rough time, it’s bringing up ghosts and skeletons from our personal unconscious and our Collective Unconscious and Jupiter is expanding them and making feel bigger.

The positive thing about this is we are also getting some supporting energy from Mars in Pisces. We must fight these ghosts and skeletons with compassion and empathy, for ourselves and for others.

By dealing with and reconciling these things we can make new beginnings with the New Moon Solar eclipse.

New beginnings and systems that support and nurture all of us, every single human being. But we can’t do that without first fighting those inner ghosts and skeletons in our closets both personally and collectively.

This is our focus right now, and if we can do that, maybe at the final eclipse in Capricorn on July 5th we can rid ourselves of some structures that have outlived their usefulness.

I will talk more about the Capricorn eclipse in the next installment.


For now, we set our intentions.

This is a period of personal and collective growth.

When we know better, we should do better.

Let’s be better humans.