According to a recent study, there are now more obese than underweight people in the world. Thirty years ago, it was just the reverse. We can blame this on fast-food living, sedentary lifestyles or the fat-free craze, but the truth is that many of us use food as a substitute for something we’re not getting – like affection, approval or relaxation. We eat to compensate, to reward ourselves, but we usually don’t listen to what the urge to overeat is telling us.

As emotional overeating coach Sarah Jenks explains, “Overeating isn’t just a bad habit, it’s a soul, a spirit, an energy like anything else. The soul of overeating is like a boisterous, tell-it-like-it-is fairy godmother who swoops down and says, “WAKE UP! YOU NEED TO TAKE A HARD LOOK AT WHAT YOU’RE DOING AND MAKE SOME CHANGES.” But we don’t, she adds, because we’re taught that overeating is a weakness. Instead we hide out and try to control it, as we plan our next ill-fated diet.

I know I’m guilty of this; perhaps you are, too. It can be scary to take the necessary steps to create a more authentic, fulfilling life – especially in these changing times, with so many things falling apart to make way for a better world.

Like a nurturing mom, cuddly kitten or delectable piece of apple pie, the Cancer New Moon has arrived to soothe your soul however you choose. The Sun and Moon will embrace in sensitive, patriotic Cancer on Independence Day (July 4, 4:01 a.m. PDT).  Neptune trines the New Moon, lending an aura of sweetness and love. With six planets plus Chiron in water signs, however, it’s important to honor whatever you’re feeling. Surround yourself with those you love and eat that buttery corn on the cob or whatever else you crave, but do it consciously, with gratitude. You may also want to set a place for those who are no longer with you.

During the first half of July, Venus, Mercury, and the Sun in Cancer square off with uncompromising Uranus and Pluto, calling us to take a hard look at our feelings and family life. This might include the deeper reasons behind any overeating or other bad habits. Sit down and quietly ask: What is my fairy godmother trying to tell me? What am I really hungering for? How well am I caring for my deeper self’s needs?

If you need help, call on your ancestors. Check out this Cancer New Moon ritual from my book, Astro Feng Shui: Making Magic in Your Home and Life. You’ll also find a short video at the bottom of the page on how to work with the Family gua to improve relations with family members or better meet your own needs.

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