This will be the first Full Moon of 2018 and it occurs at 11°38’ of Cancer, a Cardinal, Water sign.
The most motherly of Moons opposes the sternest and most fatherly of Suns, the former is supported by a Grand Water Trine involving Moon (Cancer), Neptune (Pisces) and Mars (Scorpio), the latter by a stellium of planets in Capricorn; Saturn, Venus, Sun and Pluto.
Do we want to go with the flow (Grand Water Trine) of our emotions or are we stuck (stellium in Capricorn) in our conventions? Are we courageous enough (Mars in Scorpio) to follow our intuitions and risk stability and security (Capricorn)? Mars will also be squaring the nodal axis, perhaps it’s time to face our fears and follow our path?
Capricorn restricts and downsizes and this could bring out the worst of Cancer characteristics making us retreat into shells as we cling to the familiar. Let’s remember that we need our Earth qualities in order to remain grounded but we also need give space to our fantasies if we want them to fly. As always, oppositions in astrology, indicate the need to find a compromise.
In traditional astrology this lunation involves the 4th-10th house (Cancer-Capricorn) axis so matters involving home vs work, private vs public, fluidity vs rigidity etc.
Full Moons are also known to be times when things climax, when we decide that enough is enough for certain aspects of our life because we avert an intensified conflict between two major areas of our life and we need to find a way to honour both. They shine a light on the area that is “hidden” and in this case all matters concerning the 4th house and the sign of Cancer. This is certainly more evident when the Full Moon closely aspects any personal planets or angles in your chart and it also depends on the houses involved in your individual chart.
According to Raven Kaldera in his book “Moon Phase Astrology” this is the “Sea Mother’s Moon” and he suggests that this is the perfect time to go outside and greet the Moon or, failing this, to be near the sea. He further speculates “this is the most Lunar Moon, the Sea Mother fluctuates like the tides at sea, one moment motherly the next deadly. She is an all-giving Moon yet sometimes she withholds for no apparent reason. Our best tactic is to love her and stand in awe at her beautifulness whilst trying very hard not to offend her.”
Adding to the impact of this Full Moon is Uranus stationing direct on the very same day at 24°34’ Aries before making its final run for Taurus. Stations are when planets are at their strongest so expect peaks of intuition (Aries Fire sign) regarding sudden changes that are about to fling us into a frenzy of action as the New Year and all its promises kicks off.
The Sabian symbols for this lunation are:
Full Moon at 12° Cancer: “A Chinese woman nursing a baby whose aura reveals him to be the reincarnation of a great teacher.” Indicating the revelation of latent worth in an experience once it is seen in its deeper meaning.
For the Sun at 12° Capricorn: “An illustrated lecture of natural science reveals little-known aspects of life.” Indicating the ability to explore unfamiliar realms and discover the laws underlying the complex process of nature.
“A dream doesn’t become reality through magic; it takes, sweat, determination and hard work” C. Powell
Where’s this Full Moon falling in your chart and what is coming to the surface for you?
Kaldera R. (2011) “Moon Phase Astrology” pp. 200-203, Destiny Books, Rochester, Vermont. USA
Rudhyar D. (1974) “An Astrological Mandala: the cycles of transformations and its 360 symbolic phases”. pp 117, 236, Vintage Books Edition, Random House Inc., New York, USA