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!

The 2018 Literary Horoscopes are Up

I wrote my literary horoscopes for Read It Forward again. Each sign has eight book recommendations that suit the themes of their year. Books! Astrology! Fun!

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Baddie Winkle's Uranus Return

Photo  by Dawn L. Lewis

Photo by Dawn L. Lewis

Baddie Winkle came on the Instagram scene in 2014. Helen Ruth Elam Van Winkle was 85 when her granddaughter helped her post a photo of herself wearing her great-granddaughter's clothes to Twitter. Rihanna followed her, and the rest is history. Now Baddie is a world-famous Insta star, posting photos of herself in bright, colorful outfits with the bio "stealing your man since 1928."

This is my favorite current example of a Uranus Return working out brilliantly.

Uranus takes approximately 84 years to move through all 12 signs of the zodiac, which means that he finally returns to his position in your natal chart when you're about 84 years old.

The other major Uranus transit is what we call the mid-life crisis. Around age 42, Uranus opposes the natal Uranus, causing people to re-evaluate their priorities and sometimes act out in surprising ways. When people go through a Uranus opposition, they're shedding some of the fears that have kept them from living to their full authenticity. They're realizing that if they're going to have the life they want, they have to go get it NOW! People who have already been living their truth may still find that they have a sudden inspiration to do something surprising. People who do their mid-life crisis well have either already stopped caring about what other people think, or the Uranus opposition is when they fully stop worrying about it.

By the age of 84 and the Uranus return, one hopes, there really are no fucks left to give. And that's when an octogenarian can make an unbelievable breakthrough, living brilliantly and teaching the rest of us how to live. The full genius of one's individuality, shed of conventional expectations, can now shine through.

This is Baddie Winkle's solar chart. I don't know her time of birth, so we don't have her rising sign. If she was born between midnight and 1:16 AM, Venus was at 29 Cancer. Based on her fashion personality, I'm inclined to believe she has Venus in Leo though!

From 2012 - 2014, Uranus was making passes over Baddie's natal Uranus at 7 Aries. It was most intense for her in the two years prior to becoming a social media star, but the transit was still in orb of her natal Uranus in 2014. It's often at the end of a transit, or just after, that we see the external results of the inner changes.

She's a Cancer woman with Lilith exactly trine her sun. A fiery Uranus trines her Leo Venus and Sagittarius Saturn. She says she's always been a rebel. I love that she's a Cancer, because so much of her internet fame and personality has to do with her family. With Uranus in Aries, and that Leo moon and Venus, I'm not surprised that she says she was always a fashion risk taker! She speaks in Stylist about the importance of staying young at heart. I think that's her Leo moon + Uranus return lesson for the rest of us. She's radically ageless. Her other Uranus return lesson? If someone says bad things about you, pray for those basics and keep doing you.

December 2014 is also when Saturn entered Sagittarius, beginning Baddie's THIRD Saturn return. She has of course done an amazing job of this too, spinning her Instagram popularity into contracts with two major cosmetic lines, a clothing brand, a Smirnoff commercial, a red carpet appearance, and a book deal. Structuring and sustaining that wild, rather lucky career of the Instagram influencer.

Notice she's on a throne wearing a crown in her book cover? LEO MOON. Bow down.

What else do you see in Baddie's chart? Feel free to add in the comments!