Full Moon in Cancer

The moon is on her way to being full this Friday January 6 in the watery sign of Cancer at 5:08 pm CST.  Full moons occur every month when the sun and moon are in opposite signs at the exact same degree.  For this particular lunation the sun will be at 16 degrees Capricorn while the moon will be in the opposite of Cancer at 16 degrees. During a full moon we can all feel a little crazy because of the tension it creates; we can feel like we’re being pulled in two different directions.  Full moons can illuminate what’s hidden and symbolize a time of culmination, fulfillment and abundance. 

Keywords associated with a Cancer full moon:  home, feeling, emotion, instinct, withdrawal, sensitivity, mother, motherhood, matriarchy, sentimentality, history, self-protection, mood, sympathy, shelter, attachment.  As we head to the full moon this week look over the keywords mentioned above and pay attention to the words that jump out at you.  Which keyword or keywords describe your life right now. 

Element and Modality of the full moon in Cancer:  Each zodiac sign belongs to one of the four elements fire, earth, air or water and Cancer belongs to the water element meaning this is a sign that places emphasis on feelings, emotions, moods, relationships and intuition.  Cancer is a sensitive sign that absorbs the feelings of others in their environment.  Like the other two water signs, Scorpio and Pisces, Cancer can become introverted when overwhelmed with emotions. Because of their sponge-like energy Cancer needs to be self-protective and have good boundaries so they don’t absorb the negativity of others.  So, the first order of business during a full moon in Cancer is connecting with our emotions.  If you’ve been feeling disconnected recently now is the time to take a moment for yourself and really pay attention to how you feel.  Have you been stuffing your feelings?  Are you feeling guilt or shame about your feelings?  Is insecurity rearing its ugly head?  Do you feel overwhelmed with feelings right now? 

Each zodiac sign belongs to one of three modalities; cardinal, fixed or mutable.  The modality gives you more information about the attitude and nature of a zodiac sign.  Cancer belongs to the cardinal modality meaning this is a sign that feels the need to initiate things.  The cardinal signs are the doers of the zodiac.  If you’ve been sitting around pondering your life; the full moon in Cancer says stop analyzing and thinking and start doing.  If we take a Cancer keyword like home and combine it with the cardinal modality some of us may start the process of looking for a new home or beginning renovations on an existing home. 

Body parts & the full moon in Cancer:  breasts, stomach, womb, lymphatic system and the right eye.  During this lunation some of us may need to pay extra attention to one of these areas of the body.  Taking the stomach as an example some of us may need to change our eating habits to help with the digestive process. 

Numerology and the full moon in Cancer:  In numerology the number 2 is associated with the Moon and the sign of Cancer.  Keywords linked to the number 2 are cooperation, love, patience, nurturing, supportive and intuition.  One or several of these keywords can take center stage during this full moon.  The number 4 is also important because Cancer is the 4th sign of the zodiac and the natural ruler of the 4th House in astrology.  The numbers 2 and 4 could be prominent in your life during this lunation. 

The Moon and Cancer:  Each astrological sign is ruled by a planet and in the case of Cancer that planetary ruler is the moon.  Technically in astrological terms, the sun and moon are actually referred to as the luminaries but most astrologers use the word planet as a kind of shorthand.  The moon is associated with the night and the unconscious.  The moon has a significant effect on our emotions (keyword) and moods (keyword) and this is doubly true when the moon is in her own sign of Cancer.  When a planet is placed in the sign it rules its called domicile.  A full moon in Cancer reminds us of the things we need to feel secure, taken care of and safe. 

Crystals and the full moon in Cancer:  Moonstone is a natural pick for a full moon in Cancer.  Working with moonstone will enhance your intuition and help develop your clairvoyance.  Moonstone also helps make the unconscious conscious and it’s the perfect stone to aid in new beginnings.  Chrysocolla is another good stone to work with during this lunation.  Chrysocolla brings stability and security (Cancer) to your home (Cancer).  If you’ve been feeling extra sensitive lately, Sodalite can help with emotional stability. 


Mercury Retrograde

Mercury, the planet of messages and communication, went retrograde on December 29 2022 and will go direct on January 18 2023. During Mercury retrograde it’s best not to sign big contracts or make big purchases if at all possible. Our communication with others can be fraught with all kinds of problems so it’s important that we think before we speak.  It’s during a Mercury retrograde when we’re most apt to say something we’ll later regret.  Before opening your mouth it’s best to ask yourself these three questions:

Does it need to be said?

Does it need to be said now?

Does it need to be said by me? 

Have a great full moon in Cancer everyone and we hope to see you in the store soon. 

January 06, 2023 — Denise Welling