• the mooniest Moon…probably not, this time

    The most motherly of Moons opposes the sternest and most fatherly of Suns, if it was only just that.

    This Full Moon eclipse, the first of 2020, will occur at 20°00’ Cancer (antisicion 10° Gemini), only hours before the Uranus station and two days prior the Saturn-Pluto conjunction in Capricorn and only 2°46’ away from it.

    This Lunar Eclipse mirrors the Solar Eclipse at 20° Cancer which occurred in July 2018. Does that ring any bells with anyone?

    This Lunar Eclipse will be visible in any location where the Moon is above the horizon at the time, including Africa, Oceania, Asia, Europe and Northern America.

    At the present time five planets are in Capricorn; Jupiter conjunct South Node, Sun exactly conjunct Mercury and both conjunct the Saturn-Pluto combo. The Moon in Cancer will be opposing four of these planets.

    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 which will be difficult due to the number of Saturn-ruled planets in this chart.

    The spotlight will therefore be on the traditional 10th house indicating the public sphere and our standing in the world (in mundane astrology 10th is the leader of a nation or its governing body). Moon (in mundane astrology Moon rules the people of a country), although dignified in its own sign, will have difficulties in making our personal (people’s) needs heard.

    The Saturn-Pluto-Sun-Mercury opposition to Moon in fact could even hint (and not in a subtle manner) that the desires of leaders (in whatever sense you which to give to this word) are far more important than our own personal needs and this could cause general anxiety about actually losing ourselves to those in power. Jupiter conjunct South Node, both ruled by Saturn, could deflate any hopes we might have of the ruling party getting it right.

    Venus, also in a Saturn-ruled sign (Aquarius) is contra-antiscion Uranus in Taurus about to station direct (similar to an opposition aspect). This alone could indicate a big shake-up of the value systems which we have taken so much for granted until now.

    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.”

    The Sabian symbol for Moon at 20° Cancer: “Venetian gondoliers giving a serenade.” Indicating happiness as an overtone of social integration and conformity to custom.

    For the antiscion at 10° Gemini: “An airplane performing a nose-dive.” Indicating a superior ability to challenge nature and play with danger.

    “Dictatorship naturally arises out of democracy, and the most aggravated form of tyranny and slavery out of extreme liberty.” Plato



    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 95, 123, Vintage Books Edition, Random House Inc., New York, USA

    Artwork: myskypie2020