The final full moon of 2023.
We wrap up the year's end with a full moon in Cancer. A focus on nurturing, nourishment and what feels like home.
Scan the inner landscape in reflection of the year that has just unfolded, feeling into its curves and bumps, how do you feel?
Celebrate the wins, nourish the other parts with gentle acknowledgment of their gifts in all shapes and forms.
Burn off moments that need to be let go, and then write yourself a love note of all of the most satisfying moments. Where did you feel most fulfilled? Alive? Open hearted? Keep this somewhere safe to look back upon.
This time of year can be busy, but create space for quiet moments for yourself, drop in, ground, connect, feel where you are at. Wherever that is be present with it, bring the past and future into the present.
Capricorn brings structure and foundations to our lives, but first we must feel under its polarity of Cancer. Use this moon's optimism and expansiveness to your advantage.
Emotional eating: keep it in check. Family triggers: give yourself grace and space.
You do not need to adhere to old traditions that do not fit you.
Solstice blessings, another year passes.
Thank you for being here.
Full Moon in Cancer at 04° 58’
The longer I study Astrology, the more I realize that of all the twelve zodiac signs - I think Cancer is the only mandatory sign we need to understand. It’s not that the other eleven are irrelevant, it’s just that we are neurobiologically hardwired for everything Cancer takes a stand for. We cannot survive without belonging, connection, and safety. In the absence of what Cancer offers us, there is always suffering. So when we have an opportunity to dive deeper into this sign’s nourishing waters, I want us to go headfirst.
The annual Full Moon in Cancer is our opportunity to examine our relationship to emotions within the context of home, family, and belonging. Because our lives depend on it. Firstly, this sign offers us a brave space to check for the wide gaps between what we’re feeling and what we’re saying/doing. Cancer also invites us to notice an inner malfunction or magic between what we’re feeling/what we need AND what we’re demonstrating/requesting. The malfunction is the gap and misalignment. The magic is the space between what we’re feeling and what we’re showing is imperative for our well-being. I think of this space as “Home”. I don’t often contextualize home as a place outside of us but as an internal space for checking in with our feelings. So we can get curious about the emotion’s backstory, biology, and biography.
This is the process of the Full Moon illumination; we find safety in exploring our emotional bodies and healing the blocks between our feelings and behavior. This transforms our future and our past in radical ways. This is the primary precondition for what Cancer next offers us – belonging. You see, we cannot accurately belong to others more than we belong to ourselves. The belonging to the self is “home”. The naming and normalizing of these emotions so that we can define and declare them to the people we call family. It’s this twofold approach of belonging to self and belonging with others – because we’re not pretending, performing, people-pleasing, and perfecting. We’re leveraging our emotions as a bridge for greater connection and closeness.
The Full Moon’s supportive aspects to Saturn and Jupiter create a context for safely sharing our emotions with people who’ve earned the right to hear them. Think deeply about who you feel emotionally safe with and how you can take responsibility for any choices you make that inspire defensiveness, withdrawal, criticism, and/or contempt. Additionally, Mercury currently retrograde, is exactly conjunct to Mars in Sagittarius – giving you the courage through potential conflict and leveraging truth as a bridge to connection, not just conflict. Where there are people, there’s conflict. So be a voice that normalizes “differences” – which all conflict is anyway; a difficulty with a difference – and bravely share what you’re feeling face-to-face with others, listen thoughtfully to theirs too, and see if you can be a space of home and family. The most necessary strategy of our time.
Vulnerability, Home, Family & Emotional Agility
Feel it to frame it, Aries! The annual Full Moon in Cancer helps you understand your emotions in new, powerful ways as a necessary skill that supports you in protection and connection. It’s very scary but it’s also a sign of strength. You can inspire not only yourself but others to bravely, and compassionately name what you’re feeling as the precondition that supports you in wellbeing.
Curiosity, Observation, Dialogue & Active Listening
It’s safe to speak, Taurus. The annual Full Moon in Cancer supports you in using your words carefully in real-time. You’re more of an actions speak louder than words sign; which is a statement that is *sometimes but not always* true. Now’s a time to lead your words and speak as bravely as your actions so you can have a holistic approach to your mind-body-spirit success.
Finances, Security, Clarity of Values & Pleasure
Join the heart AND mind, Gemini. The annual Full Moon in Cancer fortifies your cognition’s strengths with what your heart also knows to be true. This a moment to showcase your heart and mind and make the journey a bit more from the head to the heart. It’s not about alternation but integration in a way that supports your brilliant mind with your beautiful heart too.
Identity, Desire, Autonomy, & Freedom
This moon shines for you, Cancer! The annual Full Moon in your sign supports you to have a half-birthday check in. Are you implementing the intentions you set forth six months ago? This Full Moon is a course correction. It’s a supportive moment that shines just for you in ways that help you actualize your ideas on becoming in ways that center your emotional, familial, and intuitive strengths.
Completion, Surrender, Healing & Spiritual Support
Can you surrender, Leo? The annual Full Moon in Cancer – since it's the sign before yours – is a moment of closure before commencement. So you have a chance to identify all that holds you back from living a life of full vibrancy. Take ownership of whatever your choices are that keep you in holding patterns and surrender what needs to be let go of. From patterns, people, and places for healing.
Friendship, Activism, Collaborations & Shared Humanity
Take the lead, Virgo! The annual Full Moon in Cancer reminds you that you’re a visionary who holds space for the brilliance of others. Humbly accept this assignment and step into its actions. From there, see how you can organize friends, communities, and “people” to a cause. You’re holding ethical power in strong ways so let us learn from you and follow your leadership.
Career, Leadership, Integrity & Discipline
Rise and shine, Libra! The annual Full Moon in Cancer transforms your professional world. Check your feelings and see if they’re instructing you to do and/or don’t do something. You have an opportunity to see if your emotions are guiding you to new professional choices that help you find greater freedom, aliveness, and autonomy in your career. You can do it!
Wisdom, Publishing, Discovery & Higher Education
Apply the learning, Scorpio! The annual Full Moon in Cancer highlights the key information you’ve thoughtfully acquired over the last six months and wants you to implement it. When you know better, you do better. This an opportunity to explore, experiment, and educate yourself in ways that help you experience the rapture and joys of what it means to be fully alive.
Intimacy, Empathy, Sexuality & Transformation
Go deeper, Sagittarius. The annual Full Moon in Cancer inspires you to join through intimacy. I learned from Dr. Alexandra Solomon that the “Self” becomes through intimacy and you have a chance this Full Moon to see how your identity is constructed through relationships in powerful ways. Allow yourself (and others!) to be messy, magical, imperfect, loving souls who are doing the best they can.
Romance, Boundaries, Partnerships & Trust
Love’s in the air, Capricorn. The annual Full Moon in Cancer offers you a romantic, opposites-attract style chemistry this chapter of the year. You’ll want to think about how your proclivities will clash against your partner’s vulnerabilities. How your challenges clash against their strengths. This is a powerful integration chance so that through love given and received you all heal together.
Habits, Systems, Wellbeing & Routine
Small steps only, Aquarius. The annual Full Moon in Cancer offers you a chance to begin achieving well-being – not through goals and/or resolutions – but through James Clear’s lens: 1% better every day. It’s not about goals. It’s about systems. It’s about habits steps and systems that help you become the person you want to be in search of excellence and mastery!