On Thursday, January 28th, at 9:16 am HT we have the Moon in sidereal Cancer, directly across from the Sun in Capricorn. Full Moon’s are generally an apex point in the New Moon cycle, showing us the reflection of the Sun’s power and strength in the opposite sign, offering us a chance to connect to that other energy. While we actually have the New Moon of Capricorn at the very end of the Sun’s tenure there, on February 11th, we have had the Sun there already for two weeks and of course Jupiter and Saturn (and Mercury) as well. In fact, that upcoming New Moon will have 5 planets plus Pluto there, so there is no shortage of Capricorn energy!
The Moon in Cancer is in her own sign, and therefore our mind and emotions will hold a quality of peace, comfort and unconditional love. There is a nurturing that occurs in Cancer, the sign of the mother, that specifically stands out in this star of Pushya, the nourisher. Pushya shows how feeding our young (or whatever you love like a child) is fundamental to caring for them, but the deeper message in Pushya is spiritual love. When we nurture our spiritual connection and feed it with practices of unconditional love, it will grow and be healthy and feed us back.
This Full Moon is particularly potent, as Jupiter is exalted in this place in the sky and is currently across the way in its point of debilitation, joined Saturn, Venus and of course, the Sun. Since there are so many planets there right now, there is a lot to reflect upon. The major theme in Capricorn is survival and what has to be done. It is a sign that reflects the limits of time, the body and resources and shows how we are in a scarcity mindset. Cancer, and especially Pushya, is the sign of the limitless love and potential that a child has when in the arms of their mother being fed right from the source. When we are cared for, we are able to allow our higher faculties to function, when we are in fight or flight and concerned about survival, only the functions that are necessary work.
If we can soften, and connect more to our direct flow of insight, we can also find more peace in our heart. This is also a chance to reflect on what safety actually means to us. There is no safer we have ever felt than as a baby in our mother’s belly and if we were so fortunate, on her breast, eating contentedly. This is despite being the most vulnerable we will ever be in our lives. Our mother is even vulnerable, due to having us in her arms and yet she has never felt so brave or sure of herself.
We can build a thousand foot high wall around us to keep us safe, with thousands of armed guards, yet still feel extremely scared.
Faith is a feeling of being held like a child, knowing no matter what everything will actually be okay. Saturn in Capricorn (his own sign) can teach us the lessons of detachment from even our physical body and death. Mars is also in his own sign of Aries still, giving us the courage and fire to fight the battles that we feel need to be fought. These 3 grahas are grabbing us with their intelligent energy, reminding us of what it feels like to be in integrity with each; our psyche, our fear and our action. The Sun and Jupiter, who are not in as high of intelligence right now are sending messages of fear and survival at all costs. Incidentally those are the grahas of government, and also the primary sources to which Mars and the Moon might turn to for counsel, inspiration and even direct orders. This is however, a very quick moment in the bigger cycles and the Capricorn cycle is one that sets forth long-term vision and practical plans to be physically carried out over time.
Venus and Mercury have just moved signs, with Mercury moving into Aquarius and Venus moving in Capricorn. This shows how communication beginning to open up to new ideas and the next frontier of society, and how relationships are going to be less based in ideology and more based in function for the next few weeks. Mercury is actually stationed in this Full Moon and will begin moving retrograde on January 30th, so it is a quick dip into our future, and then back again over old ground. We will be re-thinking, and having conversations again that we thought we covered. This is also an opportunity to listen. With Venus moving quickly through Capricorn, she will have a chance to be joined both Saturn and Jupiter in the next few weeks, giving us more commitment in our relationships and perhaps a sterner ideological stance both to and from the people we relate to that might feel oppressive and unfair.
Here we are at one of the few recent junctures where we get to reflect on what this all feels like, rather than just immerse ourselves in the nitty gritty of moving forward with an agenda. Take it. Soak in water, drink (non-caffeinated) tea, hydrate and be kind to yourself and others. Experience inner safety, as the outer kind will never actually exist. Happy Full Moon!
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