Cancer Full Moon 2018

Engaging the Heart: Full Moon in Cancer 2018

By Richard Hurd from Madison, USA - Wingra moonrise {NAME}Uploaded by ComputerHotline, CC BY 2.0,

By Richard Hurd from Madison, USA - Wingra moonrise {NAME}Uploaded by ComputerHotline, CC BY 2.0,

Full Moon @ 0 degrees Cancer 49’

December 22, 2018

9:49 AM Los Angeles

12:49 PM New York

5:49 PM London

December 23, 2018

1:49 AM Beijing

4:49 AM Sydney

As it is with every Full Moon, this is a moment of completion, resolution, and endings. Occurring at the cusp of the new year, and in the cardinal, water sign of tropical Cancer, we rise into this Full Moon with the desire to release and let go of the past, perhaps through the necessity of surrendering accumulated emotional burdens. With the Moon in its domicile (ruling) sign of Cancer, this is indeed a powerful lunation that can deepen our access to feelings, healing, and emotional honesty.

The lunar nodes have recently moved into the Cancer/Capricorn axis, and thus the next series of eclipses will occur in these signs throughout 2019 and into mid-2020. The lunar north node in Cancer calls us collectively toward the opening of the heart as a spiritual necessity, to offset the burden of external challenges and responsibilities. With the Sun now in Capricorn, it shares space with Saturn and Pluto, two planets set to conjoin in early 2020.

The building Saturn/Pluto conjunction will occur within the field of eclipses, marking this encroaching period as a time of significant changes to social, political, economic, and domestic structures. The dominant Capricorn archetype opposing this sensitive and intuitive Full Moon presents us with the challenge of striking a balance between the relentless pursuit of goals or ambitions with the requirement of self-love, care, and nourishment.

The predominant (and yet failing) cultural ideology of the western, corporate-dominated world continually pressures us to ignore the inner life to prioritize productivity. Yes, tending to our material needs is essential for survival, but its overemphasis can leave many with an internal void and physical and emotional depletion. The Sun in Capricorn moving toward Saturn and Pluto represents a foreshadowing of the global challenges which lie ahead.

Thus, it is imperative that we learn to listen to the body, the inner self, our dreams, and feelings. And yes, this Full Moon can help create a safe space for us to acknowledge or identify what it is we need to both nurture and nourish. Mars and Chiron's vast square to the Full Moon axis add to the prodding nature of this cardinal lunation on the Aries point. For some of us, self-neglect or subjugation of the inner life can erupt as a crisis, where pain is used as a catalyst for change and action.

The t-square tension within this lunation makes it difficult to ignore those things which need our compassion, sensitivity, and kindness. And it would seem, that in the current moment, kindness can be a form of activism, a tool which can be used to fight against a cultural surge of apathy and cruelty. The negative face of this Full Moon can tempt us into complete withdrawal, avoidance, defensiveness, or obsessive worry.

Uranus' out of sign sextile to the Full Moon creates a desire to break free of the past, to shake something up, or embrace a new path. Under this Full Moon, anticipate less tolerance for stagnation in your inner life, and the sudden stimulation deep feelings, memories, and emotions. The Cancer archetype highlights a culmination or breakthrough in the psychic or domestic life, areas which will undergo profound changes and transformations in the coming year. Remain sensitive and engage your heart.


Feel into it: Supermoon in Cancer 2018

A Supermoon over Queen Valley at Joshua Tree National Park, Ca; photo by NPS/Brad Sutton

A Supermoon over Queen Valley at Joshua Tree National Park, Ca; photo by NPS/Brad Sutton

Full Moon @ 11 Cancer 38'

Jan. 1

6:24 PM Los Angeles

9:24 PM New York

Jan. 2

3:24 AM London

6:24 AM Dubai

8:24 AM Beijing

11:24 AM Sydney

2:24 AM Auckland

We kick off 2018 with a dynamic Full Moon/Supermoon in tropical Cancer. The Gregorian New Year doesn't' have a connection to nature and thus no real astrological significance, but this Full Moon at the gateway of 2018 is a compelling metaphoric statement about the year ahead. Occurring at the Moon's perigee, this Full Moon is also a Supermoon. The Moon will appear slightly larger (especially near the horizon) and will accentuate the emotional/psychic impact and may correlate with anomalous weather patterns/earth changes.

Cancer, the Moon’s domicile (home sign), does give this Full Moon an auspicious edge. And an opposition from Venus and applying trine to Jupiter further compounds the positive nature of this lunation. A Full Moon is a culmination, breaking point, or completion phase. We might anticipate some positive pinnacles or consummations relating to family and domestic life. A Full Moon in Cancer and opposed by both the Sun and Venus might refer to a collective amplification of empathy, nostalgia, sentimentality, compassion, as well as the need to bond, connect, and belong. 

Nurturing and supportive, the zodiacal sign of Cancer perceives life through the heart lens--extending a healing and nourishing vibe. Some might need extra support or "mothering" with this lunation. Others might feel excessively sensitive or emotional. Whatever your experience with this Full Moon, look to your closest relationships and those that have been developing for some time. You might notice some subtle yet profound shifts happening there, a deepening awareness of your tribal nexus. 

Creating a water grand trine with Neptune and the building conjunction of Mars/Jupiter plus an opposition to the encroaching Venus/Sun inferior conjunction, a lot is developing alongside this Full Moon. The water grand trine places emphasis on the emotional and psychic dimensions, and Neptune and Jupiter’s closed-circuit opens the doorway to spontaneous insight or an awakening of sensitivity. Some of the negative or stressful themes may correlate with finding the right balance between healthy “mothering” vs. smothering. 

The tension inherent to this Full Moon reveals the challenge of offering support but knowing when to set boundaries or when to “let the chicks fly on their own.” If this lunation speaks to you directly, the “auspicious” aspect of the Full Moon suggests that if you reach out and allow yourself to be vulnerable, then you’re likely to find the support and help that you need. Remember that Saturn’s recent Capricorn ingress (in whole sign opposition) demands the acceptance of responsibility, accountability, and a grown-up attitude when tackling any problem. 

And roughly one week from now, in the Moon’s waning shadow, we’ll be slogging around in some intense and profoundly emotional terrain. Jupiter and Mars’ conjunction Jan. 6/7 and the Venus/Sun/Pluto conjunction Jan. 8/9 will dredge up buried secrets and repressed or concealed desires and urges. Given Venus’ Full Moon opposition, many relationships (and creative/artistic projects) are undergoing a powerful renewal and purification process. What you reveal or realize now at this Full Moon will significantly alter your interactions and creations over the coming week. Be wise with your words and insights.

Life feels overwhelming when faced with things outside of your control. Understanding yourself is key to finding your power and place in the world. While you can't control fate or the chaos of life, your destiny belongs to you, something you can always strive for to gain command of your life path

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