Monday July 20 brings us the second new moon in Cancer of the season. While many might celebrate this as a time of emotional new beginnings, we have a lovely Sun-Saturn opposition bringing us challenges & delays that may inspire, the not-so-best of emotions…
Balance out and imbibe the energies of the Cancer New Moon with this mocktail & cocktail duo. Magically & astrologically aligned to inspire emotional balance, protection & healing, you can imbibe the best energies of this astrological weather, while neutralizing the less desirable.
For Simple Sipping:
Cocktail making can be easy! Just swap ingredients or remove as you see fit. Use the material here & the ingredient reference list towards the bottom to help guide you in your own unique concoction, and get creative in swapping ingredients you may not have.
Magical Alignment: Healing, Protection, Beauty, Renewal, Sensuality
With this fruity, tantalizing margarita, it’s easy to imbibe the emotionally nurturing & beautifying associations of the Cancer New Moon. The seasonal star of this cocktail, blackberry, juices up this drink with its healing & protective potency, keeping you shielded while the energies of sweet rose inspire healing & intuition. Agave takes center-stage in this concoction as both tequila base and syrup, inviting in renewal, beauty, & rebirth. This juicy, blackberry-rose concoction will have you emotionally revived in no time.
- 4 Blackberries
- 1/2 oz agave syrup
- 1 oz lime
- 1.5 oz tequila
- 1/2 oz cointreau or orange liqueur
- 6-8 dashes rose water
- Optional: 1//4-1/2 oz Aloe Liqueur
- Optional: lavender sprig &/or lime for garnish
Instructions: Place blackberries & agave syrup into the bottom of a cocktail shaker (if you don’t have a shaker, you can “build” this cocktail in a glass – just be sure to mix well & strain out blackberry bits). Muddle ingredients, imagining their healing & protective energies awakening & seeping out into the mixture. Add lime, tequila, cointreau, and rose water (you can also try muddling rose petals, or infusing the agave syrup with them if you don’t have rose water). If desired, add in aloe liqueur for extra lunar healing & protective potency. Add ice, and shake firmly until mixed. Double strain into a highball glass over ice, or into a margarita glass. Adorn with lime wedge. Imbibe, visualizing your concoction glowing with the lunar light.
Magical Bonus: Lavender can be a potent addition to enchant your drink with calm, clear thinking, or to bring out the latent sensual energies of this concoction to entice a partner. To add this magical enhancement, use a fresh sprig to either muddle with the blackberries, or to garnish the drink, or simply add lavender bitters.
It’s my firm belief any cocktail can be made into a mocktail! So why not imbibe the energies of moon in a non-alcoholic version, too? Switch out the lime for lunar-associated lemon, and choose between a sparkling soda water topper, or healing aloe juice to complete your virgin July New Moon Potion.
- 5 Blackberries
- 1 ounce lemon
- 1 ounce agave or rose-infused honey syrup
- 3 oz soda water or 4.5 oz aloe juice drink
- Garnish: Lemon Wedge and/or Lavender Sprig
Instructions: Muddle blackberries in your chosen syrup, perhaps with a little lemon wheel. As you do so, imagine the cleansing, healing energies of these ingredients “waking up” and activating. Add in ice, and slowly pour in soda water of aloe juice, imagining that your own emotional cup is full and balanced. Spend a moment visualizing the energy of the moon shining through these aligned ingredients, and imbibe while contemplating the the lunar energy.
Rose Honey Syrup
Call down the energy of the Cancer New Moon and inspire love, beauty, and emotional luxury with a simple rose honey syrup! Associated with both the Moon and the sign of Cancer, it is of no surprise Rose is known for enhancing beauty, inspiring love, and promoting healing. Add in summery, soothing honey and you have a potent Lunar potion to add into mocktails, lunar honey lemonades, or pour over seasonal fruits for a nice self-care dessert.
- 1 tablespoon dried rose petals (organic or food grade)
- 1/4 cup hot water
- 1/2 cup honey
Instructions: Set water to boil and grab an appropriate jar to hold your syrup. Spend a moment holding the rose petals, tuning into their energy buzzing between your hands, visualizing them glowing with the energies you desire. Place rose petals in your jar, and pour in hot water. Allow to steep for 5-10 minutes, then stir in honey until well mixed. Allow to chill, then use & refrigerate. If possible, refrigerate for 24 hours before use to allow for better flavor infusion, then strain & separate.
For a little extra energetic “umph,” hold one of the following crystals as you sip your libation, or as you do some new moon in cancer self-care magic ~
Lepidolite, a Heart & Third Eye Chakra-associated stone, is perfect for enhancing the emotional balancing & psychic energies of the Cancer New Moon. Lepidolite promotes serenity and calm, inspiring balance in the emotional body, and enabling one to remain centered in response to otherwise adverse situations. Lepidolite is a great stone for assisting with excessive fear or worry, and helps with living mindfully in the moment.
Smokey Quartz is a premier grounding and detox energy stone! & Perfect for detoxing out any negative emotional energies. Cancer is known as a very healing, intuitive sign, which means it is a good time (especially with the challenges of Sun-Saturn Opposition) to pause, ground, and clear out old emotional debris. Use smokey quartz to help facilitate this detoxing process.
Moonstone is an obvious go-to for any moon-associated energies. However, Cancer is the only sign associated with the moon, & had the added bonus of enhancing psychic abilities and for balancing & protection emotions, which makes its relevance even more so. Use moonstone to allow your intuition and inner high priestess energy come through!
To enhance the innate energies of beauty with these Cancerian beverages, use Rose Quartz. Rose Quartz, another heart chakra stone, connects you with universal love and is a go-to for beauty & love magic. This beautiful stone is about loving oneself and recognizing the beauty within and all around. Rose quartz invites peace, comfort, and gratefulness!
To enhance the sensuality &/or emotional clearing energies of these cocktails, Garnet is a great choice. A sacral & root chakra associated stone, Garnet connects one to the energies of survival and draws repressed emotions to the surface, allowing one to recognize and heal. Its sacral associations also make garnet a great choice for enhancing sexual energy, and for fueling your inner fire and passion.
The Queen of Cups in the Tarot, is a great archetype & image to work with for this New Moon energy. She represents connection to one’s intuition, to compassion, and to emotional balance.
To work with the crystal energy, intention is always key! You can hold the crystal, and visualize a light awakening and vibrating within the crystal with your intention. Or simply hold it and tune into its frequency as you sip and meditate on the New Moon in Cancer ~
Magical Association Reference List
Agave (Mars, Fire) – Lust, Sex, Love, Beauty, Youth, Death, Coming to Power
Aloe (Moon, Venus, Jupiter, Water) – Healing, Protection, Good Luck
Blackberry (Moon, Venus, Water) – Healing, Money, Protection, Fairies, Goddess Brigit
Honey (Sun) – Purification, health, love, sex, happiness, spirituality, wisdom, weight loss
Lavender (Mercury, Air) – Love, Purification, Sleep, Chatity, Longevity, Protection, Happiness, fairies, Peace
Lemon (Moon, Water) – longevity, purification, love, friendship
Lime (Sun, Fire) – Healing, Love, Protection, Hex-Breaking
Orange (Sun, Fire) – Love, Divination, Luck, Money, Beauty, Purification
Rose (Venus, Water) – Love, Psychic Powers, Healing, Love, Divination, Luck, Protection
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