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Full Moon in Cancer (Themes)

Coming Home


The momentous year of 2012 began -- and now ends -- with a Full Moon in the oceanic, feeling sign of Cancer. The lunar peak, that winds 2012 to a close is at 7 degrees Cancer-Capricorn. It's exact on Friday, December 28th at 5:21 am EST.

If we dial back to the January 9th Cancer-Capricorn Full Moon, we see a sense of anticipation, that our emotional courage will be tested in the coming year. Are you as relieved as I am that the date of December 21, 2012 has come and gone? The future is here and wide open. These are the end times, and beginning times.

Cardinal energies are strong, with Cancer's waves of emotion, showing us what matters, helping to heal our weary souls. Here now, we are gifted with knowing what to unearth and release...and what's worthy ground on which to build a future of growing love and abundance.

Feeling High Tides

A Full Moon in Cancer at this 7th degree enters the dynamic tensions of the Uranus-Pluto square. The emotional reverberations from the "big squeeze" surface in waves. This can be a loony lunar peak -- stand by for moments of irrationality or lashing out. Feelings have concentrated potency, making this a superb to honor their messages.

What comes up now is the emotional reality and impact of all this metamorphosis. Listen to your messages for what's needed now, to soothe frayed nerves, or fill up the well. Maybe for you, it's time for stronger boundaries in your relationships.

A Sun-Pluto conjunction activates a deep, deep drive for total renewal. And any outbursts of raw energy brought on by the cardinal big squeeze can be cathartic, and freeing. The frictions of the Sun-Pluto to Uranus, and playing off the Moon, are powerful enough to shake off old realities, and make a break for it. There's a matter-of-factness to it, that of "not looking back." Of resisting the temptation to revert to the status quo, and a drive to push into new ground.

The Sun-Pluto (in Capricorn) side here brings to the fore a sense of deep purpose. It's possible to tune in to a sense of purpose -- areas to put concentrated energy into, for a long term reward. Any emotional upsurges add dimension, instead of taking away. It's about a sense of togetherness, showing compassion and empathy, and being a force of love in the world.

Emotional Outbursts

If there are gaps between your true feelings, and the pressure to repress or hide them, the dam breaks at the Full Moon. This can be a shocking experience, but also lead to more emotional authenticity. A time for great growth in relationships, with raw truths exposed and integrated. And relief as a new ground settles that feels truer, without needing to pretend to feel something you don't, or bottle things up.

Financial issues may come to a head, with all the fears that ride in with them -- about security, the future, or taking care of those you love. Nurture yourself through any emotional waves, and let them find their way to integration. It can feel messy and chaotic, before the waters calm again. There can be emotional catharsis at this Full Moon. Dance it, draw it, write a story about it, or walk it out (by the ocean, in the forest or park).

Reach out to those you can be real with. This is also a Full Moon of winter cozy, intimacy, family love, domestic bliss. Find new ways to self=soothe and nurture yourself. Be a loving parent to your inner child, and commit to staying present no matter what. This is a Full Moon to soften defenses, and revive the magical child with its wide-eyed wonder and vulnerability.

When the Moon is full in Cancer, the Sun is in the opposite sign of Capricorn.

Cancer is a cardinal sign, known for initiating, pushing the envelope, provoking, forging ahead. Cancer is a water sign that moves through tidal emotional waves, vivid moods and the imagination.

Full Moon in Cancer: early childhood memories; family history; returning to the watery Source; home security; family loyalties and dependencies; a sense of belonging; being nurtured and comforted; the longing for Mother, women's company, the feminine in men (or the Sacred Feminine); creating safety in which to grow; finding emotional trust in relationships; daring to be vulnerable; having the courage to be true to your feelings.

This Full Moon illuminates: deep emotional needs; unconscious behaviors; homesickness; longing for a family and children; the protected home sanctuary; national identity (tribe, kinship, ancestry); family legacies, security fears.

It's a Good Time to:

  • Share resources with family (chosen or genetic), as in moving in together to create a home.
  • Be assertive with your values of inter-relatedness, empathy and respect for the cycle of life.
  • Be with the muse, and receive impressions from the imagination.
  • Acknowledge your vulnerabilities.
  • Nurture and allow yourself to be nurtured.
  • Protect the frail, young or helpless.
  • Give shelter to an animal or neighbor from the storm.
  • Tune in to your ancestors.
  • Make something artful from your memories.
  • Indulge your sentimental side.
  • Reach out to an old friend.
  • Be near the ocean.
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