The Full Moon prods us to remember why we are doing everything we do.
As we set our New Years Resolutions for all we want to achieve or change, we are prompted to be warriors of compassion, moving in tune with our feelings and mindful of what truly nurtures us and others.
This is a Super Moon, with the Moon as close to the earth as it comes in its orbit, so tide and feelings are heightened even more than a typical Full Moon. And in Cancer, this Full Moon our feelings which will cue us to the areas of life to direct our attention.
The Cancer Moon accentuates our desire to love and be loved, to have a home that feels safe and relationships that nurture. At this time, we can more readily take steps to forgive or forge agreements with ourselves and others that move us in a direction of satisfying what we know is possible.
Opposite the Moon are four planets (Sun, Venus, Saturn, Pluto) in Capricorn. These planets are emphasizing practicality, responsibility and giving our attention to strengthening or rethinking the structures of our life. They urge us to take control, act with integrity and be accountable. This creates a dynamic tension between the business of life and the urge to be in contact with the beauty of what life has to offer. With luck, there is a synergy between the two. But for many of us, it feels like a juggling act trying to find balance between honoring our feelings and being accountable for our commitments.
“Without form there is no flow”, a dance instructor of mine used to say. In other words, without earth, the water doesn’t know where or how to flow. By contrast, too much form (earth) can constrict the flow (water). The water dissipates and we become dry. This shows up when we are meeting the obligations and commitments of life. But we have dried up, become numb, too tired to connect with the life-giving feelings of why we are doing what we are doing.
Cancer is Water: the river, the source of life. It is creative, nurturing, rejuvenating. It is love. It embraces. It is the ebb and flow of our feeling nature
Capricorn is Earth: a mountain, solid, stable, reliable. It is the infrastructure or structure of our lives and our society.
Earth holds and channels water. Feelings are held within the form of our body. The river flows within the channel provided by the riverbank. Without the form (earth), water floods or disperses. Too much form and the water is dammed.
There is an intimate relationship between earth and water, just as there is between our bodies and everything we experience within our bodies. We do not have a life without a body, and life is merely about surviving or enduring if there is not a flow of feeling, nurturance and connectivity.
Four Planets in Water Form a Cosmic Triangle (Moon, Mars Jupiter, Neptune, Mars)
This alignment draws forth the mystic in each of us.
The Moon is our feelings and need for nurturance
Neptune sensitizes us to our intuition, creativity and the divine
Mars energizes our feelings, propelling us to act on them
Jupiter expands and accentuates all of the above, having us feel a confidence to engage the depth of our sensitivity.
The synergistic alignment between these planets can show up in a potent dream, pscyhic openings, creating art, extending forgiveness to ourselves or another, or simply to spend time with those we love.
We can look for and rejoice in activities that flex the muscle of our creativity, our sensitivity, our need for connection with others. Our imagination is quickened. Our intuition is heightened. Our dreams can carry potent images and messages from the depths of our soul.
Modern life encourages us to toughen up, to minimize the deep sensitivities within us. To value and develop the realm of water within us we need honor the depths of our feelings and validate the basic human needs for safety, home, and family. We are being supported to forgive ourselves and others, to jump into the stream of life, recognizing that all is made of love and we are love. This truth can all to easily be brushed aside within the complexity and demands of our mechanized civilized life. At the very minimum, we can take time to be with, listen to and validate what we are feeling. It will give us clarity and guidance on how to move forward.
In all likelihood, the tension between the Sun and the Moon and the planets reinforcing their opposition at this Full Moon will have us aware of where the flow of good feelings is being constricted by some structure or obligation in our life. We will feel moved to some changes so that we can feel more juicy and alive.
The Capricorn theme will continue through 2018 which indicates that we will need to roll up our sleeves and put a fair amount of effort into the nuts and bolts of our life so that we are more expressed and have more a feeling of flow. The house where Capricorn resides in our individual birth charts will indicate where we will seek to strengthen or restructure – it can be in the area of budgeting, relationship, career, community, family.
This Full Moon simply reminds us to set our New Years’s Resolutions and engage the activation of our intentions with compassion and connection to the heart of why we are doing it all anyway.
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