Full Moon in Cancer
This is the Moon’s hometown- Cancer. Cancer is the embodiment of the Great Mother, the one who gives love, feels emotion and protects and nurtures the family. The image of the Crab, with its hard shell and claws, as it rolls with the tides and grows, expanding its heart when it senses safety. The shell of protection that it clings to today, will be cast to the seas when it no longer satisfies the emotional needs or is outgrown. We experience emotions like waves, tides, that ebb and flow, and shift and change, if we allow for time to pass. Under Full Moon, we know that the emotions can peak as we ride the crest of the wave, only to ebb again once the wave has crashed upon the shore.
With the recent movement of all Planets into direct motion, this can be a time of external change. The retrograde motion is retrospective and reminiscent, however when all Planets are DIRECT, there is something that is trying to take shape. Of interest is the 22 degree marker that the FULL moon lands in. We, of course, have the Sun at that degree to make up a “FULL” Moon opposition. The other players include Jupiter, Saturn, little asteroid “Chiron”, and Uranus at 20 degrees (just slightly off as it likes to be unique, but still in the mix). These four Planets (Moon, Jupiter, Uranus, and the Sun) form a box or a Grand Cross in Cardinal energy. Cardinal energy is about initiation. It is the kick-start of new potential. What could be a better way to start the New Year? We can now begin taking steps towards our dreams.
As we work with the opposition of Cancer and Capricorn, we find the essence of masculine and feminine, yin/yang energy. Cancer who easily identifies with the softer, nurturing, and emotional side of things whose aim is to value sensitivity and empathy. And Capricorn who easily identifies with having a backbone and a structure to rely on- rational and concrete realism are held in the highest esteem. So how do we balance the rigidity with the fluidity? How do you stay a bamboo blade flexing and bending with the wind, all the while becoming stronger and wiser?
We ignite the candle with the courage to break out from the pack (Uranus in Aries), really letting our feelings in (full Moon in Cancer), stimulating our desire relate to one another from a place of balanced give and take (Jupiter in Libra), and invigorating our desires for an endgame, a goal, a point to it all that can be made in this life (Sun in Capricorn). All of this and Saturn pushing us to keep believing in the possibility of it all, and to have discipline and optimism that good things will come if you put the pieces into place.
As we listen to our hearts, we may begin to see the shape of the parts needed to move in the direction of our highest purpose. With Mars in Pisces, the dream can be quite unlimited now as it tries to incorporate everything. As Mercury moves into Capricorn tomorrow, we may have more organized thoughts assisting us to make our next move with wisdom of a Sage.
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