9 Cancer New Moon Rituals to Nourish Yourself

Lazy days of summer? Yes, please. A Cancer new moon (on July 5, 2024) invites us to get cozy and domestic. Try one of our Cancer new moon rituals to lean into the vibe.

A Cancer new moon ritual can connect you to the comforts that surround you. Time to nourish yourself with healthy food and close friends. Spruce up your spaces so you feel at home everywhere.


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Cancer New Moon Rituals

1. Add some sentimental value to your space

Decorate your home with familiar symbols, like your grandmother’s serving platters on your dining table or childhood photos to display in frames. (If your family of origin falls into the best-left-alone category, skip back a few generations to learn more about your ancestral heritage.) You might even select a cultural object or artifact that reflects your roots to display in your home. That Viking spear or West African mask will surely spark some interesting conversations with your dinner guests!

Switch things up, too, by rotating the things you display. Or, simply lighten your load by donating items you don’t want in rotation anymore. You don’t have to donate anything you think you’ll treasure again in the future. Just move it out of your sight line for a while. Or rearrange to energize the most abundant corners of your home using the Feng Shui and astrology principles we illuminate in our Home Reset course!

2. Revive a rituals with your relatives

With everyone’s nesting instincts activated, time at home base helps you feel more centered. Bonus points for setting up a regular tradition like a monthly family dinner. (Or try a nourishing feast ritual for just this moon, see Ritual 9!) Don’t feel obligated to invite every person who shares your DNA. If someone comes with a trigger warning, gather a smaller group or set up one-on-ones.

3. Tweak your security plan

Financial security is a big deal to the zodiac’s Crab, whose energy never feels settled without a rainy-day fund and a retirement plan. With global economics continuing to fluctuate and inflation sending prices soaring, this new moon could spur creative ideas for your bottom line. If you need support, schedule a meeting with a financial planner. Since Cancer governs the home, this new moon may bring the sale or purchase of property. 

4. Hydrate

Cancer is a water sign, and this new moon reminds us of the soothing and regenerative power of H2O. Take a ritual bath to cleanse your energy under these moonbeams. Pour in the Epsom salt, which is high in energizing, detoxifying magnesium, a mineral which most people are deficient in nowadays. Bring a crystal or two to the tub to “charge” your bath with healing energy. We suggest moonstone, which embodies the feminine vibration and is said to enhance intuitive powers.

Toss in a generous sprinkling of rose petals and a drop of pure essential rose oil. This gorgeous flower is known to have a soothing effect on the mind and can ease depression. Given the moodiness often associated with Cancer, a little boost goes a long way.

5. Nourish your sensitive underbelly

Since Cancer rules the stomach area, try some tummy-soothing rituals. Infuse drinking water with herbs that are known to aid digestion and promote a healthy gut: fresh mint, lemon, even a few leaves of basil. Experiment with the work of Dr. Masaru Emoto whose studies reveal that words and thoughts can change the shape of water molecules. Print an inspiring phrase or mantra onto a sticker and affix it to your refillable water bottle. You might just lift your spirits with every swig.

6. Honor your emotions

As the ruler of feelings, Cancer is all about trusting and respecting our emotions. Unfortunately, we still live in a culture that dismisses emotional people as weak. At this new moon, think less about practical matters and instead tune into your inner voice. Can’t find it? Put your hands on your chest, close your eyes, and breathe. Within a few minutes, your emotional truth will have its say. Pop open your Notes app or grab a pen and free-write whatever comes up to help process any unsorted feelings.

7. Instead of lashing out, look within

During this moody moon, familiarity CAN breed contempt—especially if you don’t give yourself enough personal space in between all the heartfelt huddles. Maybe there’s something you need to get off your chest (that same Cancer-ruled area). Just try to do it without blaming or shaming anyone in the process.

When all else fails, let those tears flow. There’s nothing more cleansing (or Cancerian) than the soothing power of an emotional release. Tears have surprising medical benefits; they release toxins, namely, the chemicals that raise cortisol, the stress hormone. In the meantime, enjoy the healing vibes of the Cancer new moon, and pass the tissues as you work through those issues!

8. Connect to a mother figure

Cancer rules motherhood and motherly figures, and this new moon is a powerful conduit for you and your mama or other matriarchal person (or even your children). Near this family-focused day, you might also want to explore your ancestral lineage. Try this meditation to tap into the motherly, feminine energy of this star sign.

Are there rifts among your relatives that repeat themselves? Look into Family Constellation Therapy, a healing modality that helps break generations-long family patterns…in a downright fascinating way. If this interests you, we recommend the Michael Reddy book Health, Happiness and the Family Constellation.

9. Have “Annapurna’s Feast”

Annapurna is the Hindu goddess of nourishment. She is said to have fed the whole world. You could invoke her spirit now. Maybe print images of her or find a small statue to place on your table set. Annapurna is often drawn with a face that is “round like the moon.” How Cancerian is that?!

Think of this time as chicken soup for your soul. The notion of comfort food surely was invented by a Crab. Cancer is the sign that rules nourishment and this new moon is ripe for a feast. Gather around for a potluck meal with an intimate group. Keeping it small will help you feel connected to each of your guests.

Ask family members to make their own favorite dishes from your family’s heritage, or to share a favorite recipe handed down from a parent or grandparent..

Keeping the focus on being together rather than fussing over the details is in order for this Cancer new moon ritual!

If you’re not into the idea of a gathering

If you’ve been longing to reconnect with yourself or aren’t ready to gather, private Cancer green-lights a dinner for one.

Set out candles and use your fancy plates or that china you bought from an estate sale. If your kitchen is in need of an upgrade, treat yourself to a new gadget, cookware or serving dishes.

Other, simple Cancer new moon ritual ideas to try

  • Take a late night dip in a pool, lake or ocean
  • Reconnect to an old friend
  • Cancer is the feminine sign. Introduce yourself to a new woman or invite one to a social gathering
  • Build your nest egg by opening up a retirement account or set up an automatic transfer to an investment account that can grow over time

Photo by Jovana Milanko

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