Dark Moon in Cancer 2018
The Dark Moon in Cancer teaches us effective ways to connect with the emotions we keep hidden from others, and from ourselves. In a hard world, we tend to put up a hard front, often at the expense of our vulnerability. It may feel as though we are protecting the soft fragile parts within us, but if we use our protective armour as a means of denying our emotions, we lose out on a wondrous and precious experience.
It isn’t always easy to access what is hidden, sometimes, it may be best to approach indirectly, come at it sideways, like a crab. We can explore, in depth, those emotions that we keep closest to the heart, by approaching them in a way that is gentle and non-threatening.
The labyrinth is a perfect metaphor for this type of healing work. It provides the safe space, the protective armour, within which we can explore the most fragile vulnerable parts of ourselves. The analytical mind is engaged with staying on the path, freeing up the creative and intuitive mind. As we travel the meandering path, the unconscious rises to the surface. When we arrive at the center, we can look honestly at our shadows, and do what is needed to become healthy and whole.
The Dark Moon is a time for inner reflections, personal journeys and shadow work. What better time to take stock, to face our deepest fears, to meet and embrace our Shadow side. Communing with our dark self may lead to valuable personal insights. As we shine light on our darkness, we come to a place of healing. The Shadow self is the part of us that reacts from a place of unconscious fear. Once those fears are brought into the light, we can begin the process of healing.
Working with a Labyrinth
Seek out a labyrinth nearby where you can walk, if there aren’t any, you can use a finger labyrinth, an app, or a virtual labyrinth online.
Set an intention before you start.
As you follow the path in, acknowledge and let go of blocks or expectations.
The center is a place of stillness, where you can be open and receptive to the experience, dialogue with the Shadow, notice any images or words that may come up. Take as long as you need.
When you feel ready, follow the path back out, trusting that what you have learned or experienced is being integrated, and the healing process will continue long after you have exited the labyrinth.
Dark Moon Blessings,