A Guide to the Full Moon in Cancer

The full moon in Cancer on December 25th centers on issues of family, hearth, and home. In other words, this is emotional territory — and with a trine to Neptune in Pisces in the mix, what rises to the surface is liable to be both deeply seeded, and deeply felt.

More big news? Change agent extraordinaire and awareness provocateur Uranus is turning direct in Aries on the 25th as well, re-igniting whatever territory it currently occupies in our charts with electric transformational energy. Patricia Liles over at The Power Path likens Uranus to " a giant surge of electricity and can blow out anything not in alignment with the frequency of your future self." ...Yep, that just about sums it up.

THIS IS ENORMOUS POTENTIAL TO EVOLVE THROUGH AWAKENING TO EMOTIONAL PATTERNS THAT NO LONGER SERVE

Things are shifting  — but for now, let's get back to that full moon.

Cancer is a sign ruled by the moon, meaning that this full moon is especially blessed or “dignified" here. As we well know, the moon wields enormous influence over our experience of the material world, with its impact extending from the bodies of water that surround us to the body of water we call the self. It exerts the same influence on our emotions.

Here are a few ways to focus the groundswell of emotion we'll be moving through over the next 7 days. 

NOURISH YOURSELF. NURTURE OTHERS.

Don’t let the energy and intensity of the full moon drag you away from the present moment. Deploy the deep earth energy bestowed by the Sun in Capricorn to ground yourself firmly where you are, steeling against emotional flights of fancy and longing that take you outside the experience of being in your body.

If all else fails, make your tactic with this moon to nourish those immediately surrounding you. Make your actions a divine spell for inclusion and love. When you find yourself starting to feel carried away by an emotional tide, steel yourself against it through material care and generosity.

Do the work necessary to stay present to where you are and find the love that you seek all around you. Notice how love always seems to find you, even when you're tempted to see only its absence.

FIND OUT WHAT'S YOURS AND RELEASE EVERYTHING ELSE

Cancer rules the undifferentiated emotions, our ancestral emotional body. Full moons have the effect of dissolving our material realities, leaving only the thinnest veil separating our ordinary day-to-day surface experience and the interior emotional plane.

While yes it's standard protocol to enter into full moon periods with an attitude of release, it's all the more important during a Cancer full moon. With so much stored information, patterns, emotions and junk material from the past rising to the surface now, the action required is discernment and relinquishment. 

In the wash of emotions that will rise in this interval, take care to discern which belong to you (i.e., emerging from lived experiences), and which are the emotions of your parents and extended family, your partner, or the social/collective emotional field. The more you’re able to release emotional habits and patterns that do not nourish and sustain you, the better you’ll be able to progress with fluidity and wholeness.  

DIGEST AND MOVE ON

Don't bury the emotions that push you off-center. Process them  —  you'll find that the simplest, most immediate way to move them is through your physical body. So get outside. Get grounded. Take in the elements and let them bring you back into balance.

Capricorn represents where we build stability in our lives to steel us against the crashing destructive waves of emotional upset. We can use our emotions to carve our future paths. Resolve to build a container for more of what you want to experience in your life. Let that emotional power fuel a future you desire: more love. more flow. more luminescence.

IMAGE: JACQUES HENRI LARTIGUE