Full Moon in Cancer : Thursday, January 12th : 3:35am PST
The moon finds herself in the sign of Cancer as she peaks full on Thursday. This placement makes available the deeper-than-surface needs we all have to belong to something greater than ourselves, and our capacity to feel our way. The sign of Cancer embodies the one of us who seeks out and tends to our metaphorical home, driven by a deep vulnerability that is its central gift, and its primary challenge. Vulnerability is an asset when it keeps us open and receptive to the world, for being able to feel fully is what inspires us to take compassionate action. And yet when vulnerability overwhelms our system, it can give rise to feelings of victimhood, helplessness, codependency and blame.
With the sun opposite the moon in Capricorn, the one of us who creates healthy boundaries, builds structures, and anchors us into personal responsibility moves into sacred partnership with the one of us who remains open and touched by the world. These two opposites need each other, to both hold, and to open each other. The longing for Cancer to know its place of belonging, drives the Capricorn into constructive and generative action.
Both these zodiac signs – Cancer and Capricorn are yin signs, rooted in the deep mysteries of the archetypal feminine. They represent a spectrum of continuity that begins deep within ourselves and rises to meet the world in tangible ways. We need all of our ways of knowing.
This lunar cycle encourages all us to get intimate with the parts of us that feel helpless, that would rather hunker down and wait for the tumult of our time to pass. As the sign of the archetypal feminine, the moon in Cancer wants to remind us that to feel deeply is a gift and a capability, rather than a liability. It’s time to learn to trust again the inner realms to build the world we long to see through our direct opening, and participation. Our time is now.
For more self-study, The Urban Howl recommends Llewellyn’s 2016 Moon Sign Book: Conscious Living by the Cycles of the Moon (Llewellyn’s Moon Sign Books).