The Week Ahead

14-15 July

With the Sun in Cancer and the Moon in Taurus, the energy is akin to that of the tarot card the Nine of Cups

All is right with the world – or is it? 

In most tarot decks, the representation of the Nine of Cups is one of a mix of smug self-satisfaction about the present and unbearable anxiety regarding what comes next.

Art reflects life and life during the early 20th century was disjointed, not unlike life in our post COVID-19 world. Is it any wonder that early 20th century writers like Woolf, Eliot, and Forster, on the rebound from World War I, the first truly global conflict killing nearly 40 million, experimented with disjointed ideas of linear progression and calendar or clock time?

Our Western perception of the world remains based on ancient Greek notions of linearity as laid out Aristotle in his famous work, Poetics: drama (and by extension, life) must have a definable beginning, middle, and end – in that order. 

For Western man, disruption of linearity leads inextricably to angst and anxiety. This is precisely what Existentialists like Heidegger and writers like Woolf, Eliot, and Forster are trying to address.

For Heidegger, ‘time is no longer a reckonable sequence’ but instead ‘an inexhaustible inescapable presence’. In other words, real time, unlike clock time is primitive, primordial, and scary. It is the ‘dense medium’ – the messy reality – through which we must drag ourselves each day.

Yet when we insist upon seeing our lives as a linear sequence where the efforts of yesterday must pay off tomorrow, how could we ever be completely satisfied with today? 


16-18 July

With the Sun in Cancer and the Moon in Gemini, the energy is akin to that of the tarot card the Six of Cups.

Problems can be smoothed or deflected and relationships, shaped for ill or good. The decision is yours but it won’t be easy. Life never is. At times like this, why not turn to the existentialist philosopher, Soren Kierkegaard for help?

When faced with the impossible choice whether to break off his engagement with Regina Olsen, Kierkegaard refused to follow advice, ethics, or social norms.

Instead, he consulted his own conscience and so the broke off his engagement but not for reasons one might suspect. It was not that he considered himself unsuitable for marriage; indeed, in his writing Kierkegaard painted touching pictures of the joys that await any man, lucky enough to be happily lost in deep domesticity. It was not that he didn’t love Regina. She was the love of his life. Instead he concluded that losing Regina was akin to a sacrifice – the only choice possible – if he was to completely and honestly embrace who he was and his authentic life path.

Authenticity, choice, and personal responsibility are all important themes in 20th and 21st century Existentialism. As all the existentialists advise, such things are never easy to face much less to act upon.

But might it not be easier to bear if you consider this not as saying ‘no’ to something but instead, as did Kierkegaard, saying ‘yes’ to something else?


19-20 July

With the Sun in Cancer (cold-wet) and the Moon in Cancer (cold-wet), the new Moon energy of today and tomorrow is  Phlegmatic.


Humoural theory is based on the ancient and medieval physiology and medicine as expounded by Empedocles, Hippocrates, and Galen. It’s all to do with the four block or ‘roots’ of the material world (Fire, Earth, Water, and Air) that manifest in certain humours and their related temperaments. Humoural theory still figures into modern characterisation, such as with favourite personages in AA Milne’s classic children’s story, Winnie The Pooh.


Phlegmatic energy is pure water, which at best flows along briskly a cool, clear, fast-running stream. All this is making way for this new Moon which is perfect for planting seeds for your future. But if you’re not careful, you could end up not like happy Pooh, but more like sad Eeyore.

The new moon in Cancer is a good time to commit to those personal goals that not only honour your deepest, most intimate feelings but also support your personal security and safety. One thing that you can’t afford to do with this energy, however, is to sit by and just ‘let it happen’. That cool, clear, fast-running stream is heading someplace and if you don’t do some navigation, it is likely to take you someplace you don’t want to go.

Some key words for this energy include:

  • Conservative
  • Thoughtful
  • Cautious
  • Patient
  • Reflective

Advice: follow your dreams and get ready for a nice ride, at least it will be as long as you’ve done your homework and due-diligence. 


Published by debramoolenaar

Formerly an American lawyer specialising in international tax, I'm now an astrologer, novelist, and aspiring life coach.

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