Cancer Full Moon

Cancerian Full Moon, January 12th: Balance, stability and Magic

Cancer Full Moon January 2017As we approach the Cancer Full Moon on January 12th, a harmonious Mars cycle helps to energize us and shake off inertia.  We are inspired now for transformation and are likely to feel more alive and aware which will help us to find greater balance during this lunar time where much goes on beyond the superficial level of daily consciousness.

Full Moons always include some tension since the Sun in Capricorn with its focus on practicality and the ends justifying the means, is exactly opposite the Moon in Cancer, inspiring emotional sensitivity and connection to tribe, pulling us in both directions and requiring us to find a way to integrate the opposite signs.  Cancer is the Moon’s own sign which intensifies this lunar quality of shifting moods and instinctive reaction.

Creating even greater tension is an exact Grand Cross with Jupiter and Uranus as well as the Sun and Moon.  Grand Crosses carry a tremendous amount of power in the tension that they bring to bear. They aren’t always comfortable, but this will be a powerful Full Moon that is full of magic. Any hidden restlessness or longing for freedom will erupt under this Full Moon which demands that we find balance between the emotional pull of our inner world (Cancer) and our need to find stability in the outer world (Capricorn).

This Full Moon asks us to open up our hearts to love and magic while keeping our feet firmly planted in the structural reality of the world around us, and to prioritize stability while exploring the nether regions of the psyche without becoming lost in either dimension.

The effect of a Full Moon lasts for about three days, and then we have a couple of stressful Mars aspects from the 16th-20th that could bring up an old wound which we have been trying to ignore and put the brakes on our plans.  These few days may be a bit frustrating and it will be important not to become discouraged.  Wait for clarity to come – it will!

By | 2017-01-11T07:53:03+00:00 January 11th, 2017|Moon|4 Comments

Cancer Full Moon is a powerhouse of energy

full_moon_stock_by_Moon_WillowStockIn its own sign of Cancer the Full Moon is an emotional one – opening up the heart and requiring us to explore our own vulnerability. This particular lunation is powerful, with the Pluto (transformation) conjunct the Sun and opposing the Moon. Pluto encourages/forces us to go deep, beyond the superficial, and discover the treasure that lies there along with the ugly stuff that we prefer to keep hidden. Creating additional intensity is the square to Uranus which brings impatience and a potential for reckless behavior.

The Sun is in Capricorn now, and this Full Moon asks us to find balance between the emotional reactivity of Cancer and the cold hard facts of Capricorn.  Our feeling nature and our practical side must find balance now.

All of these energies combine to create an intense experience that will be made easier with conscious attention. Psychodrama and ritual can be a great benefit during this lunation – this is a perfect time for prayer through dance or movement. Fortunately there are several beneficial aspects that will help to provide ease and support during this time (the power of the Full Moon usually lasts for about three days) including the harmonious sextile from both Mercury (mind) and Venus (relationships) to Saturn (grounding and structure) that provides stability and sensibility.

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Full Moon in Cancer, January 9 2011

Cancer Full MoonThe Moon reached her fullness at 2:29 am Eastern/7:29 GMT. Cancer is ruled by the Moon, so there is a powerful emphasis now on lunar attributes such as instincts, the subconscious, feelings and emotions. The Moon is also associated with mystery, since it illuminates the darkness, and because it is the only planetary body other than Chiron and Ceres in the element of water, the sudden emphasis on the watery realm of feelings may seem a bit startling.

The Cancer influence of the Moon opposes the Sun in the practical sign of Capricorn, so there is a bit of a struggle between the earthly realm and the realm of mystery. This creates a powerful energy that can be utilized to your advantage if you apply your focus and remain attentive throughout the day and for a day or two thereafter.

There are a number of Mercury aspects which are locked into the chart for the Full Moon, fully engaging the mind and helping us to process the flow of feeling and memory that are released by this Full Moon. A conjunction from Mercury to Pluto could intensify the mental engagement that much more and demand that attention be paid during this time. The trine from Mercury to Jupiter enhances the ability to open up to messages of the spirit, and the square from Mercury to Uranus forces us to adapt to new influences that come in from outside of our normal everyday life.

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Full Moon in Cancer, January 19 2011

Cancer Full MoonThe Full Moon occurs on January 19th at 4:21 pm Eastern at the 29th degree of Cancer. The sign of Cancer is ruled by the Moon, so the Moon is particularly powerful during the Cancerian Full Moon.

Like the Moon, Cancer is emotional and vulnerable – tender and soft and needing to be nurtured. A cardinal water sign, the emotions of Cancer are active rather than passive – there is a need not only to feel deeply, but also to take action in some way such as offering food or providing some other kind of sustenance.

In the dance between the Moon and the Sun, the cycle begins at the New Moon with the Sun/Moon conjunction, and reaches its apex at the Full Moon when the Moon opposes the Sun and challenges its authority. Ancient customs of howling at the Moon to release one’s instinctive side reflect the fact that the subconscious interior of our innermost being is more easily accessible when the Moon is full. And when the Moon is full in Cancer, it’s time to delve into the realm of feeling and open the door for the inner child to enter.

This Full Moon occurs at the 29th degree of Cancer. The 29th degree is the completion of one sign and the transition to the next, so here we are completing the sensitive emotionality of Cancer as we prepare to move into more of a focus on Self in Leo with the solar polarity moving from the practicality of Capricorn into the quixotic unpredictability of Aquarius. The lunation makes no aspects to any other planets so it is not likely to be experienced with much intensity. A pleasant sextile from the Sun to Jupiter helps to foster feelings of optimism and confidence as we find our emotional stability.

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Wolf Moon, January 2009

wolf moonThe first Full Moon of the year is known as the Wolf Moon, because in January hungry packs of wolves surrounded Native American villages.

The Full Moon on January 10th is in Cancer, with the Moon opposite the Capricorn Sun. Home and family life is emphasized now under the sign of Cancer, and Saturn (stability and structure) forms a harmonious aspect to the lunar event with a trine to the Sun and sextile to the Moon. Uranus (innovation and that which is new) is involved as well, with a trine to the Moon and a sextile to the Sun.

These four form a configuration known as a Mystic Rectangle (two oppositions and two sextiles). The Mystic Rectangle can be a very positive aspect signifying balance and harmony – there is enough tension from the planets that oppose each other to energize the aspect, yet the sextiles offer a harmonious route to resolution. My friend Malvin Artley notes that there is also a Yod in this Full Moon which I hadn’t noticed.  Caution: Geeky astrological details ahead.  The Yod is another unusual configuration which consists of a sextile (in this case, the Moon sextile to Saturn) where both ends are 150 degrees (quincunx) another point (in this case Neptune). Malvin writes, “Yods bring change and fated occurrences. The basic energy of this yod is one of possible melancholy, the dissolving of inherited or assigned positions, feelings of inferiority and a general feeling of instability – further contributing to a generalized sense of discontent with life or affairs in the world.”

This Full Moon, in the sign which it rules and is therefore most happy in, can a lovely time to honor our responsibilities to our clan or our tribe, to create and enjoy a nurturing space within our home. Full Moons can be periods of emotional fullness, and this Full Moon will be a beautiful time to open our hearts.

Full Moons can also be times when raw emotion is fully exposed, and at no time is this more true than when the Full Moon is in Cancer, the Moon’s sign.  Cancer is extremely sensitive and can be touchy (hence the term “crabby,” from the sign of the crab).  There is also a particular sensitivity to the woes of the world under this sign.

As Mars moves away from its conjunction to Pluto earlier this month, Pluto now stands alone – unaspected and solitary.  Pluto will not form an aspect to any other planet until it begins to square the Moon on January 23rd.  When Pluto is unaspected, the underworld of the psyche and the powerful instinctual response which is Pluto’s domain can operate without hindrance. This can be a beautiful time of power, if that instinct is focused with clear and conscious intention.  It can also be a time when the dark subconscious Shadow forces rise and take over the conscious mind.

This is of particular significance during the Full Moon, when the instincts are raw and potent anyway. The Mystic Rectangle provides a balance that can aid in integration, but Pluto is a power player at the moment.  Pluto begins to square Venus around the 29th and will then begin operating in tandem with other planets again.

Meanwhile, Mercury turns retrograde on January 11th where it will remain through January 31. Mercury Rx periods are famous for communication glitches and machinery failures. Often these are due to user error, as our brains function diffierently during the three weeks, four times a year, when Mercury is retrograde. If you must enter into a contract or begin a new job or project during this period, do everything you can ensure that all agreements are clear and in writing. Read all of your instruction manuals, and don’t be surprised if your phone messages don’t reach their intended destination. Just shrug your shoulders and laugh: “Mercury is retrograde!!” The Sun forms a trine to Saturn on that day which should offset some of the challenges with a nice clear focus.

By | 2009-01-09T07:05:06+00:00 January 9th, 2009|Moon|Comments Off on Wolf Moon, January 2009