Cancer Full Moon: Shifting Tides

This Full Moon is at 11.38 Cancer on Monday, January 1, 2018 at at 9:24 PM (EST).

High Tide at Thorpe Bay, Wikimedia Commons, courtesy of geograph.org.uk

High Tide at Thorpe Bay, Wikimedia Commons, courtesy of geograph.org.uk

We know the moon controls the tides. A supermoon like this one (a new or full moon at perigee, close to Earth) has an increased gravitational pull, creating tides that are higher than usual. Imagine a beach at high tide. The ocean swells to overflowing. The water washes away sand castles and footprints that were created at low tide. Sand, rocks, and shells are all buried under water. In the ebb and flow of things, we’re starting 2018 at high tide. The full moon is the highest point in the lunar cycle. It’s the climax of the month’s storyline, and sometimes the climax of an even longer storyline if it happens to aspect something in your chart exactly.

This full moon is important for several reasons, not just because it’s on January 1st. One is that it’s a supermoon. Two, it’s a supermoon in Cancer, the sign of the moon’s rulership, which always makes it especially potent, and it’s on Monday, the moon’s day. Three, it makes a grand trine with Neptune in Pisces and Jupiter and Mars in Scorpio, and it’s opposing Venus and Pluto in Capricorn. Four, Uranus stations direct within 12 hours of the moon’s peak fullness, at 9:11 AM EST on January 2nd. That means every outer planet is somehow involved in this full moon.

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This moon’s aspects almost make a kite formation, but the orbs are too wide to make it a true kite. However, with a grand water trine involving two outer planets, and an opposition to both Venus and Pluto in Capricorn, this is significant. The grand water trine is an expansion of Jupiter’s trine to Neptune. Add the moon in Cancer, and this already nice aspect becomes especially supportive. This is beneficial for intuition, creativity, emotional connections, nurturing, and purification.

A grand trine by itself can be too soft though, signifying luck, but without any catalyst to take advantage of that luck. The oppositions to Venus and Pluto in Capricorn add more tension to the full moon chart. The tides of your life could begin to shift with this moon in an active aspect to Pluto. Venus in Capricorn is a nice indication of prosperity, while Pluto always indicates a transformation.

I don’t consider an opposition to be a bad thing. Like a square, it’s an aspect of tension that indicates challenge and activity. An opposition requires you to integrate two complementary energies so you can put them to use. In this case, you’re integrating the energies of the moon in Cancer (emotional, nurturing, creative) and Venus in Capricorn (wealth, quality, stable relationships), and the energies of the moon with Pluto (transformation, rebirth). This is a nice full moon for performing some money magic. The “high tide” energy makes for potent timing. It can be as simple as setting an intention for your prosperity this year, keeping the money flowing by making a donation to a cause of your choice, or taking a moment to say thanks for what you have. It can also be a good full moon for strengthening emotional connections and transforming relationships.

We have started the new year according to the Gregorian calendar, and many use this time to make resolutions for the next 365 days. Astrologically, though, this is not the best time to start something new. The full moon is better for letting go of something: a bad money habit, a relationship that doesn’t have a strong connection. It is a powerful time for magic, just not necessarily for resolving to dive into all of those typically mundane things like starting your gym membership and eating salad. Go with the grand water trine’s flow. A Cancer full moon makes people who are sensitive to it want to eat chocolate and curl up on the couch. If you want to make resolutions this January, you will have better luck at the new moon in Capricorn on January 16th.

And now that it’s 2018, you can read more about how the moon affects your specific sign in the horoscopes! Happy New Year!