This very fertile and life-affirming Full Moon in Cancer helps to nurture the seeds that were sown on the New Moon Jan 1. May all your gardens be abundantly beautiful!
The First Full Moon of 2014 falls in the sign of Cancer, the Great Mother represented by Mother Mary, Isis, Quan Yin and all the lunar deities. The Moon is in its home sign in Cancer, the cardinal water sign which rules our emotions, our connection to our physical mother, as well as the archetypal feminine; our astral memories, and our relationship to our home, our ancestral lineage and the Earth Herself. Esoteric astrology teaches that it is in the sign of Cancer that we emerge from the safety and security of the cosmic womb and give birth to ourselves as the Divine Child. After the high intensity impact of the Capricorn New Moon stellium( see New Moon update of Jan 1, 2014), this Cancer Full Moon gives us the opportunity to balance our inner male/female; yin and yang aspects. This is a time for dreaming and taking the time out to nurture ourselves, as well as others. Meditate in the lap of the Great Mother and feel the Love!
Cancer is the feminine water sign, the “womb of life”, and rules over motherhood and family, the tribe, our home, hereditary karmic “roots” and inherited psychological patterns. Esoterically, the sign of Cancer is ruled by the Moon, and it is our psychic connection to the akashic records and past life memories. When we have a Full Moon, the Sun and Moon are in opposite signs. The Cancer/Capricorn brings up male/female issues; it is the parental axis in astrology, which determines our closest relationships. Where are we being too co-dependent? Where are we being too controlling and rigid? Where do we need to establish proper boundaries? Do we deny that we have any emotional needs at all? Are we afraid of being vulnerable? Are we grounded in our physical body? Have we become emotionally obsessed with materialism? Issues around security, whether emotional or financial, tend to bring up intense feelings and fears. Some of these issues may be long-standing or karmic ones involving family and significant others; some may involve our personal security and physical well-being. But no matter what the occurrences, we are being asked to rise to the occasion and make decisions based on maturity, wisdom and experience, rather than habitual, unconscious responses. It is important to be aware of “knee jerk” responses when our emotional buttons get pushed (especially during a Full Moon) and feelings are close to the surface.
All of the cardinal signs (Aries, Libra, Capricorn, and especially Cancerians) may feel exceptionally emotional during this Full Moon. It is important not to dwell on past losses, but to move forward. The sign of Cancer is the “gateway” into life experience on this planet. Where the sign Cancer falls in your birth chart (by House placement is where you are being asked to clear away old karmic conditioning and accept your “Divine (Inner) Child” aspect. No matter what our Sun Sign, this Full Moon is a good time to spend a few quiet moments reflecting on what is important in your life; what you are thankful for; and what you would like to change or create by next spring. Since this Full Moon falls mid-week (as did Christmas and New Year’s New Moon), it may be more difficult to find the time to reflect, renew and recharge yourself, but a few minutes in the morning before you jump out of bed, or a few minutes before you fall asleep will work wonders. Taking a walk in nature, looking at the stars, giving a hug, sharing your gifts… all help to shift our perception to what really matters in life.
This Cancerian Full Moon magnifies the Grand Cardinal Cross involving 5 planets: the Sun, Moon, Uranus and Pluto and Mars signifying major “breakthroughs” or” breakdowns”. (See Jan 1, 2014 New Moon Update). The pressure builds to such a cathartic point, that something must give…but it is not an easy path! The past two weeks, we have been experiencing intense solar flares and magnetic anomalies (sun’s poles shifting) resulting in extreme global weather patterns (the now infamous “polar vortex” was relatively unknown two weeks ago)! Things are being shaken up! The US is a Cancerian country (as is China), and we have lessons to learn about over-consumption and over-control. In this country, economic security, jobs, housing, food production and natural resources will continue to be major issues until well into 2016. The message of the Grand Cross is that new solutions, new thinking and new visions are necessary to resolve our personal and collective problems. Why reinvent the wheel, when we can fly?
Venus and Mars:
Mars, the masculine god of war, (in the sign of Libra) is square Venus the feminine planet of Peace, harmony and love (in the sign of Capricorn. It is time for us to view the traditional masculine and feminine roles in a new light. Old stereotypes of roles and relationships will be challenged. Women will take a more vocal role in how the world is run, and we will learn that waging war does not necessarily mean a winning side (Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria.) Finding “peace” within ourselves and our personal relationships is a good place to begin.
Saturn in Scorpio Trine the Moon and Jupiter in Cancer.
Saturn provides the discipline and patience to achieve Jupiter’s goals. It is important to have our dreams and not give up even when faced with daily challenges. With Saturn, we have the opportunity to build on our foundations and create a lasting plan for the future.
SABIAN SYMBOLS: Full Moon at 26 Degrees Cancer “Guests are reading in the library of luxurious home; the transference of social privilege to the level of intellectual enjoyment.”
Take a few moments to look at the light of the Full Moon. If you cannot view the moon, imagine it in your mind’s eye. Allow the moon’s light to enter your Third Eye for a few moments. Then, light a white candle, get into a comfortable position, and allow all that is “heavy” or toxic to leave your body. If you have a favorite essential oil, anoint your Third Eye at this time. (You may prefer to do this meditation after a relaxing bath). If you work with a special crystal, the full moon is a good time to reactivate and recharge it. Visualize a blue lotus extending its stem from your crown to the blue/white star group, Sirius, the home of Isis. As you visualize the Goddess Isis before you, she communicates with you telepathically asking you to meditate on all that you are thankful for in your life right now. This can be as brief or as detailed as you like. Visualize the full moon beaming down and entering your Crown chakra. Feel the diamond white light of Sirius and the soft white moonlight mix together like an “elixir” of light and bathe your crown chakra. Allow this crystalline liquid to bathe your mid-brain and pass through your entire body. Immerse yourself in liquid light. Breathe it in. Allow a few minutes to “float” in this womb of Light. Follow your dreams!
***MHG Editor Note – Mary is available for personal Astrology readings and highly recommended, especially as we are in a New Year. Please contact her directly and reference her articles on The MotherHouse.