Tonight’s new moon and solar eclipse in Cancer are destined to bring some heavy emotions to the surface. The New Moon is a time for intentions, goal setting, and deep inner work, and introspective Cancer can’t wait to participate.

A water sign that’s naturally ruled by the moon, Cancer rules the house of home and family, so settle in for some serious contemplation about – or discussion with – those nearest and dearest to you. To top things off, we just entered the shadow of Mercury retrograde, so communication may be a bit strained. Blame it on the stars and roll with the punches as well as you can – the energy is thick, but it’ll clear soon, and you can harness it to your benefit.

How to make the most of the Cancer moon and eclipse? Take advantage of the heavy energy and the extreme power in this moon to set strong intentions for your home and family life. Make sure to stay grounded with crystals, water, and root vegetables.

Journaling, yoga, meditation, exercise, and other self-care rituals provide wonderful options for the soul-searching energy cast by Cancer. Are you making plans for a family, buying a home, or improving communication with your partner? Write it out so that you can manifest it. Be as specific as possible when writing what you want – if you don’t ask for it, how will the Universe deliver?

While everything’s coming up, keep your energy and space clear by using an energetic purifier of some kind – selenite, incense, or a salt lamp would work, as would sound.

To ground yourself, inspire yourself, and balance your emotions during this potent new moon and eclipse, work with carnelian, tiger’s eye, ocean jasper (bottom left photo), or polychrome jasper (top right photo).