Cancer Full Moon


Luna und ihre Kinder (Detail: Lunar mit Schimmel), Mittelalterliches Hausbuch von Schloss Wolfegg, circa 1480

To feel.  To feel deeply. To feel into the moment wholly, opening fully, being present through unclenching and unclasping without distraction, without our habits of dissociation and ingrained emotional reactions. To unlock our essence in defiance of the surrounding consensus values, beyond the inner conditioning we have clung to from childhood and pivotal peaks like the first breaking of our heart.  We enter 2015 with a full on lunation befitting the goddess Luna we associate with the lunar sign of Cancer,  whole in Her many faces of darkness and light.  Just like a Cancer adrift in remembrances of time past, this Full Moon beckons us to take a glance back at the ruptures from 2014 dissolving in our wake as we turn to face the mystery of our unknown future arriving in our present moment.

Indeed, the Cancer Moon of January 4/5, 2015  is a full polarity of light that triggers the dominant astrology themes of 2014, including the Cardinal Grand Cross and the Pluto and Uranus square.  Squarely impacting fifteen degrees of the Cardinal signs, this Cancer Full Moon falls in the same area of the zodiac lit up by the Cardinal Grand Square of April 2014.  Furthermore, Pluto and Uranus remain in square with Uranus close to the South Node of the Moon in Aries, and the Sun conjunct Pluto in Capricorn and in square to the South Node as well as the North Node of the Moon in Libra.  This means that this Full Moon not only sets off the Pluto and Uranus square, it also triggers the relational lunar node theme of 2014 in Libra and Aries.  Along these lines, this Full Moon is also an important stepping stone from the Lunar Eclipse in Aries that occurred on October 8, 2014 at sixteen degrees, as this Cancer Full Moon squares that past Lunar Eclipse.  Thus Luna is weaving a thread that connects fading hues from 2012 when the Pluto and Uranus series of squares commenced with what we felt bursting from within during the initiating transits of April and October 2014 that dislodged our primal material in need of liberation.


If our feelings are messy, emotions overflowing in crisis, passions held at bay due to our desire out of reach, we can remember this is what it means to be human.  Since consensus culture is increasingly technological and linked via computerized networks, it can seem sometimes that humans have become instruments of a machine and often times more attached to their mobile screen than the people surrounding them. Of course, our emotional beings are not logical and no upgrade exists to make our feelings more efficiently operational, and this is precisely our great human gift.  The year 2014 had numerous astrological transits capable of liberating us from stuck patterns, and the degree to which we either took action or allowed ourselves to surrender to the changes calling us from within reveals how we will be impacted by this Full Moon in Cancer.  If we have been resisting change or realizing in the light of this lunation that we have been attempting to force something to happen that is not meant to be, this Full Moon can be a point to set a new intention going forward and change course.  If we enter this Full Moon already adjusting to how we have been dramatically altering our life structure, we are in a place to receive important insight into how we can deepen further into a more authentic life.

Similarly, our current state of consciousness will color how we experience the dramatic opposition between Mars in Aquarius and Jupiter retrograde in Leo that ushered in 2015.  To me, the great potential of this aspect is an intuitive grasp of not only our personal truth but a clearer sense of what action we need to take in line with our truth, a visionary light blazing a trail in front of us with the desire we need to complete the journey.  There is great global trauma, oppression, violence, and plutocratic control surrounding us, but while earlier watching a Harry Potter movie with my daughters I was reminded of how like the Expecto Patronum spell, we each have a unique brilliance to send out into the world, a pure light from the center of our heart that can dissolve the toxins of our environment attempting to dissipate our energy.  As Jupiter retrograde is also conjunct a Juno that is retrograde in Leo, our love will be a procreative force in this process and our relationships a vital vessel for growth.

Saturn’s ingress into Sagittarius can already be witnessed in accordance to numerous current events, and this Full Moon holds a significant aspect between Saturn, Neptune in Pisces, and Black Moon Lilith in Virgo that is yet another sharp aspect demanding adaption.  The square between Saturn in Sagittarius and Neptune in Pisces is only at it’s beginning stages now, and we will be working with the issues emerging in correspondence during the entire year.  Black Moon Lilith in Virgo forming a t-square with Saturn and Neptune here means we will strongly feel how much our essential self and desires line up with our current reality.  If we feel imbalance, we may feel this so strongly it may feel more than we can bear, and yet this feeling is the fuel we need to draw on to make our life structures line up with our inner truth.  Pallas Athena in Sagittarius being conjunct Saturn at this time is a powerful ally to aid us in perceiving how we can creatively actualize in order to manifest the aspects of our vision that line up with natural law in the face of unjust human created law.  If we can sidestep the shadow side of falling victim to dogmatic ideology or ideals we talk about being utopian but in actuality are about our own self-interest, then with discipline, concentration, and focus we can take concrete steps to shift structures.


3 of Cups by Pamela Colman Smith

This Full Moon falls in the second face of Cancer, a decan ruled by Mercury and associated with the Three of Cups in tarot.  The Three of Cups is collaborative and about creating goals that have a common purpose, nurture our inner passion and creativity, and connect us to community for support when facing difficulty.  For those who want to work on activating constructive change in their community, this Full Moon is also a reminder that to be an effective activist requires that you are engaged in a process of working on your own personal issues before putting your energy into others.  The personal issues we need to address are now revealed by the Sun conjunct Pluto and in square to the lunar nodes:  look to the houses and aspects in your birth chart impacted by the Sun and Pluto in Capricorn, Uranus and the South Node of the Moon in Aries, the North Node of the Moon in Libra, and the Full Moon in Cancer.

Austin Coppock in 36 Faces described the second decan of Cancer as an alembic incubation, requiring an assertion of protective action to nurture soul development in the tumult of tribulation.  Coppock linked the images of abundant joy associated with the Three of Cups as in the picture above by Pamela Colman Smith with the importance of difficult challenges as they force us to protect what is dear to our hearts and cultivate strength in what brings us joy.  As Mercury is the ruler of this decan, it is fitting in this way that Mercury is conjunct Venus in Aquarius and in sextile to Saturn in Sagittarius at this Full Moon, as these aspects to Mercury in transit increase our capacity to de-condition from repressive influences and to re-structure inspired by liberating influences.

Mercury and Venus are both Evening Stars now visible together during twilight.  Mercury in its Evening Star phase lends us a more deliberate thought process able to reflect and integrate information coming our way, assimilating a message within the context of a long-range perspective.  With this Full Moon, Mercury also prepares to enter it’s retrograde shadow zone, foreshadowing the issues we will face during the Mercury retrograde that will occur from January 21 until February 11, 2015.  Following a New Moon in Aquarius on January 20, Mercury will station retrograde at 18° Aquarius on January 21 and move back to station direct on February 11 at 2° Aquarius. It also means that since Mercury begins to slow down as it approaches its stationing, that Mercury and Venus will remain conjunct over the entire course of the upcoming waning cycle of the Moon- when Mercury stations retrograde at eighteen degrees of Aquarius, Venus will be at twenty-two degrees of Aquarius.  In Aquarius, Mercury and Venus give us an enhanced ability to reach self-knowledge through a more objective and detached perspective that can uproot the causes underlying our current issues.  If there are sources of agitation arising in our life around this Full Moon period, we can celebrate the appearance of Mercury and Venus together in Aquarius as an opportunity for a distillation that can free a sense of individuality within our cultural context.  Mercury, Venus, and Mars all in Aquarius now bring the opportunity to share the unique purpose we realize we possess with our wider community.


Coppock, Austin. (2014). 36 Faces: The History, Astrology and Magic of the Decans. Three Hands Press.

14 thoughts on “Cancer Full Moon

    • Right on Kelsey- you are on point as usual. It would have been a good idea for me to integrate Chiron into this post but he managed to escape my attention. I think since Chiron is in trine to the Full Moon and in sextile to the Sun and Pluto that he is in position to help us integrate our experiences if we call on our Chironic capacities. There is also an inconjunct/quincunx from Chiron to the North Node of the Moon in Libra suggesting some challenges in need of remediation in our relationships. So through our relationships I could see the wounding aspect of Chiron appearing.

      • I think you’re right. I only check the sky when I’m feeling it. All of this is hitting me directly, with Chiron opposite my Natal Sun 9/3, the Full Moon opposite Pluto occurring on my Ceresian/Asc Natal Moon 1/7, the North Node on my Natal BML opposite Uranus 4/10, and the Jupiter Mars opposition occurring my Natal Nodes 2/8. YIKES! I’d like to offer my feeling of this through the above Natal lens (as caveat of interpretation) for your more advanced readers. I FEEL the transit North Node as rage at unbalanced relationships. Straight up Lilith in Libra fuck Adam and his oikos in the 4th/10th. I have been attempting to redress this via the symbolic of money and self promotion, that’s Jupiter opposite Mars in my 2/8, Leo/Aquarius. It has been working. But it is reducing much to power and finances, like “Fuck you, pay me my worth,” making me even more aggressive. I am acutely aware that certain paradigmatic relations are no longer suitable for me and I will not tolerate them any longer. HOWEVER, I have been reacting with sudden rage in relations that I’ve known were troubled for quite some time because I feel unseen or overpowered in these relations. I have a tendency to do for others instead of myself and I do grow embittered. Enter the Full Moon and Pluto, as well as Chiron at 13 degrees occurring opposite my Sun and Moon — Bitterness and anger don’t get me anywhere because they don’t work. I know this. Their only use is the initial alarm bell of something’s not right. So I simultaneously am in a position where I have to lose my anger (because it doesn’t work, not because I am incorrect for being angry) while figuring out how to avoid relationships that are fundamentally unbalanced and skewed towards the other, like me doing stuff for others instead of myself, which is all wrong. I hope sharing might help anyone else being triggered directly. The Natal Houses and Planets are very important to my own interpretation for myself, but the interplay of the planets is what I am trying to describe. Node results in recourse to Jupiter (for me), which triggers serious and necessary realignments around Pluto, the Full Moon, and Chiron. Saturn’s impacted me overtly, too, but it’s an aside to all of this. I’m feeling Node/Uranus, Jupiter/Mars, Full Moon/Pluto, and Chiron as one cohesive saga rolling into itself. Hope that wasn’t too self involved. Advanced students might find it useful… I hope.

        • Thank you for sharing so graciously and generously, Kelsey, I miss hearing your perspective. I almost responded to your above comment by suggesting that this Full Moon must be creating a big impact on you, knowing your chart, but was not sure if you would want to publicly discuss in comments here. Chiron is going to make a huge impact on your chart this year so it is good you are tuning into him, and though these struggles are difficult I feel through Chiron there is also the potential to take it all on. Your chart has been hit hard in various stages in the past year or so, so like you say you are justified for being angry I am sure and your decision to use this as a way to guide you toward what relationships to keep and work on and which are not as worth your time I think goes along with the lunar node emphasis. These are really intense transits, and with your Moon and Ascendant involved so tightly right now on this Full Moon you are tapped in so I am grateful to you for sharing how you are feeling it. I hope the Jupiter retrograde in your second house is helping you out at least. I was also thinking about the 3 of Cups in connection to the decans and the location of your Moon- I was just reading your interpretation on your blog. Since Mercury is a ruler of the Cancer II decan, this is also interesting with your strong Virgo.

          • Yes, I noted the decan with the 3 of Cups in your post. And you’re dead on with this somehow hitting on the April eclipse, too. I don’t even know how to think about this past year, to be honest. I like Jupiter in Leo. The rest still hasn’t settled itself though. IS there a time when this particular planetary drama will shift further? It’s hard not to see it linked to the Pluto/Uranus square. Is that how you see it overtly, in light of the degrees?

            • With the Pluto and Uranus square we will be feeling it for some time, and the last one in the series on March 17, 2015 will be making a t-square with your Moon so you will feel reverberations. Then there will be a Solar Eclipse on March 20, 2015 followed up by a Lunar Eclipse on April 4, 2015 that will be square to your Moon, with Pluto opposite your Moon. This Total Lunar Eclipse in April 2015 will be in square to the Cancer Full Moon that just happened- so there is a connection there. So, that’s basically the upcoming time period I see connected with this most strongly, though really we will be feeling ripples for awhile.

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