Full Moon in Cancer – Jan 6, 2023

The Full Moon on January 6th is at 16 degrees of Cancer. At this full moon, the milk might sour and the coffee may taste off…. Cancer is the emotional sign and is ruled by the moon and something just ain’t right! Emotional stuff related to family, home, the past, your heritage, your people or country, your children or your mother (Cancer is the sign of the mom and caretaker) will come to a head. You might have a good emotionally constructive releasing cry. If you don’t feel like crying, other strong emotions will come up for you to acknowledge.

The moon is opposite Mercury retrograde in Capricorn, which has us reviewing the structures of our lives, or the things we expect to be reliable: our government and how they serve us, other large and old structures, like the bank. You may realize that the personal structures you have in place cause you to feel alone or isolated.

You might be a bit sarcastic at this time, and it’s a sure sign that there is some deep comedic coping going on. Though it may be funny to some, it will be very off-putting to others. It’s your attempt at tricking others to think you are okay. They will, however, respond by holding up a mirror. Use any embarrassment or shame you feel as an access point into your emotions.

The moon is square Chiron in Aries, so there is tension around being yourself and expressing who you are. Personal freedom, bravery, the compulsion to fight, and the need to explore, are all areas where some type of wounding has occurred. These wounds come up at this Full Moon. They may show up as conflicts with our family, our heritage or other cancer-related areas. Chiron is also square to Mercury retrograde, so those wounds also have to do with the review we have been doing around the structures in our lives. Maybe we realize that really doesn’t support us. Or that we have been making ourselves small to fit into structures that don’t fit us.

Something has to give. The moon is also conjunct Pallas. On one hand, this is good, because Pallas in Cancer helps us to see emotional patterns and to tap into our inner wisdom. On the other hand, the opposition to Mercury in Capricorn, can overwhelm our brains; it’s asking us to rewire and it may feel like synaptic overload. Anxiousness, exhaustion and overwhelm can be expected.

The good news is that the Full moon is sextile Uranus in Taurus. So the more we express our uniqueness, and our strange emotions, the more we can release the tension, and the more secure we will feel. This sextile is also giving us an opportunity to channel our emotions into unconventional ways of building emotional security. Maybe you imagine buying a camper van and living the van life fully independent of everyone. You don’t have to do it, but buying that van will take you in the direction your emotions need to go. Or the tension in your life may help you to be inventive in creating other comforts that give you a sense of security. There is a sense of the devil may care attitude that pushes you beyond the boundaries of what is expected of you, helping you to see through to what you really need.

Since this is an emotional moon, the best way to use the energy is not to push away any feelings, but instead to pay attention to them. Use them to cry, create, and strategize. Don’t be too worried if you get overwhelmed, sometimes the emotional purging process is like that. But on the other side is peace!

The Sabian symbol is “The germ grows into knowledge and life” Like a seed getting ready to express itself through growth; it sends DNA messages to create an upward sprout, and then leaves and stems…. It can only do that with nourishment. We are encouraged to nourish our emotions and a similar process will follow.

Happy Full Moon in Cancer!