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Full Moon in Cancer: The Moon Upon Her Throne

Full Moon in Cancer: The Moon Upon Her Throne

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The English word “solstice” comes from the Latin “sol,” Sun, and “sistere,” to stand still. The word depicts a moment of rest for this traveling luminary. As the Sun pauses, a gate opens, and we can walk through, together. 

Writers from Plato to Hermes Trismegistus to Marsilio Ficino to Shakespeare have all written extensively on the symbolic, magickal power of the Sun. Sunlight brings growth – growth of crops, growth of communities, growth of earthen landscape. Unlike the Moon, the Sun does not change shape, but over the course of the year, he moves farther from or closer to us as the Earth shifts in her orbital tilt. After the initiation of Autumn, those of us in the Northern Hemisphere live in a world that grows darker by the day, until we reach the Winter Solstice.

It is hard to navigate a world that requires light when the Autumn Sun’s rays wash over us in diminishing hours. How can we move about in our landscape when we cannot see clearly past 4pm? As the earth becomes shrouded in cold darkness, so too can our bodies and minds. 

Longing for that solar connection, we may wind up feeling isolated, frozen. Remember that Hermetic phrase, “As above, so below.” What transpires in the heavens is reflected in the mundane; the movements of the planets are mirrored by our bodies. In the dark, we can still feel. We can still move, though cloaked in cold dim air. Rather than setting our sights on what lies beyond the horizon, the solstice time invites us to work within.

This year the winter solstice coincides with the start of Capricorn season. The Sun moves into Capricorn on December 21 at 2:23pm PST, and thus brings us into a place of deepening, of strengthening, of connection to self-mastery. This alignment of the solstice with the initiation of Capricorn season is then followed by a Full Moon in Cancer on December 22nd at 9:49am PST. 

There is a combustion, a pagan marriage here, between themes of deepening your connection to rituals of work and diligence, and themes of expanding your heart, your emotional perceptiveness, and your intuition. This is the last Full Moon of 2018, and sets us up to enter 2019 with an action plan and a heightened awareness that extends from both the rational mind and the portal of your heart. 

Each Full Moon occurs when the Sun and Moon directly oppose one another. On December 22nd, the Moon enters Cancer and about an hour later forms an opposition to the Sun in Capricorn at 00°. Taking note of the degree shows us that this Full Moon is highly significant, as a sort of cosmic tabula rasa. The 00° of any sign indicates a fresh journey to be undertaken by all of us as a collective group as we try to make progress on a mass scale. 

All astrological signs are complemented by their opposite, and each pair seeks to create a binary that resolves to energetic balance. In the case of Capricorn and Cancer, there is a dynamic struck here between earth, stone, bone, diamond—Saturn, and water, softness, fluidity, tears—the Moon. 

The Full Moon in Cancer is a blessing; the Moon is the natural ruler of Cancer. As the Moon radiates bright in her fullness, she expands and encourages us to find growth in the style of Cancer, comic crab, protectress of House 4, the house of the domestic and private self. Cancer is a water sign, as well as a cardinal sign. Cancer energy is rooted in deepening experiences of the home life, the private versions of ourselves that only come out when we feel safe. Cancer establishes close groups of trusted friends, and values loyalty and familial matters to a high degree. She carries her shell—her home—on her back at all times, and thus can always retreat to a place of safety. 

As a cardinal sign, Cancer reminds us of the power of initiating a cycle. How are you nurturing the roots of your foundation, my dears? What are you feeding your secret needs? How do you connect with others in private, and how can that translate to the outer realm when you are ready? The Full Moon invites us all to expand in terms of these energies, and to do important work clarifying just why we’ve built our foundation where we’ve built it. Make sure your footing is balanced, strong, and sure. This was a year of retrogrades, and with so much planetary backwards-looking action, we need to remember to look under our feet as well. You have built your life up till this point. In order to move on, you need to be in strong standing with yourself.

Cancer is watery, oceanic, and psychic. Our senses of other-worldly perception will be heightened with the Moon Full in Cancer. The crab bathes her claws at the edge of the sea, and as she does so, she is an oracle of deep ancestral knowledge, insight, and passion. 

The Moon will be trine Uranus, planet of surprise, shock, and sudden change. This is a harmonious, flowing, stabilizing aspect made between the Moon and Uranus. If there are things we need to change, we will be supported by the universe to do so. Remember, Full Moons are expansive, but they are also important times of release. Let the trash of 2018 burn. Uranus strikes like lightning when we least expect it. The Moon trine Uranus invites lightning into our hearts, sparking transformative fires of purge and change. 

Mercury and Jupiter will rest, conjunct, in Sagittarius, allowing us to speak truth to the nature of growth we are trying to invite in, and do so with force, passion, and visionary focus. 

Venus and Neptune form a gorgeous trine angle to one another, and this will imbue the day with a dreamy, artistic nature. We will be moved by beauty, and inspired to connect with those we love. Venusian indulgence is possible now, as is heightened psychic connectivity with those we love. Wear soft pinks and blues, hold flowers, play music. Poets and dreamers, this is your day. 

Mars will be sextile Pluto, and for us this means an abundance of energy both in terms of body and mind. This energy will help us end old cycles of pain or purposelessness, as Mars and Pluto love to burn a bridge or two. As long as the burn is safe for you, I encourage this. Say goodbye to those old-worn pathways of existence, and look forward to the new. 

I leave you here, my dears. Enjoy any rites of solstice you indulge in. Welcome Capricorn season with obsidian, goat horn, and red wine, and bloom to your most oceanic fullness with the Full Moon in Cancer. 

Claws in the dreamocean, 

Celestial Hermit 

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Occultist, poet, translator, Neptunian lamentress. Christina Farella operates Eighth House Astrology, where she creates astrological portraits for Seekers. She imagines our natal charts as lush celestial embroidery hovering over our shoulders. Fondness for descent into the underworld. She hangs myrtle above her bed.
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Occultist, poet, translator, Neptunian lamentress. Christina Farella operates Eighth House Astrology, where she creates astrological portraits for Seekers. She imagines our natal charts as lush celestial embroidery hovering over our shoulders. Fondness for descent into the underworld. She hangs myrtle above her bed.

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