December 22, 2018: Cancer Full Moon
On the Cancer Full Moon we often gain insights into the ways we contribute to both the world and the people to whom we are closest. We may also be better able to understand the role with which we are mainly identified (both by ourselves and others). This may be the work we do, the family we nurture, the relationships that we tend, and/or other things that carve out our identity and bring us nurturance. We may gain a greater sense of how we feel about the legacy we are creating and whether it truly aligns with our deepest needs and desires, whether it feeds the core of who we are.
We may feel extra sensitive today and experience a heightened need to feel safe, secure, and taken care of. At the same time, we may perceive that this conflicts with a desire to be a bedrock of strength for others. As such, it’s important to remember to own and express our feelings and that stating our needs is not a reflection of weakness but of internal strength. Consequently, the notion of home may also be a key theme. We may gain greater understanding as to who, what, and where has us feel like we are at home.
As the Full Moon occurs less than one day after the Solstice, it features the Sun and Moon at the primary degree of Capricorn and Cancer, respectively, and on what’s known as the Cardinal Axis (which includes first degrees of the cardinal signs Aries, Cancer, Libra, and Capricorn). Events around us may serve as reminders that the personal is collective, that there really is no separation between what happens out in the world and what happens in our neighborhood.
Given that Uranus makes a harmonious alignment to the Sun and the Moon, we may find ourselves encouraged to break out of patterns and take a new tact. We may find ourselves pulled towards redefining what success means to us. The planet of innovation, Uranus sparks our need to further find our unique sense of individuality and may inspire within us the urge to do things differently, to undertake a personal [r]evolution in order to experience evolution.
This month’s Full Moon falls at 1 degrees of Capricorn (Sun) and Cancer (Moon). While everyone experiences the energies of a Full Moon, if you have planets or pivotal points (i.e., Ascendant/Descendant or Nadir/Midheaven) around this degree in Capricorn, Cancer, or the other cardinal signs—Aries and Libra—it may impact you more intensely.
Cancer Full Moon Stellar Reflection Questions
What rattles your sense of security?
What, if anything, gets in your way of stating your needs?
What things, people and places make you feel as if you’re at home?
How do you bring yourself back to center when/if you feel caught off guard?
Cancer Full Moon Apothecary Suggestions
Capricorn is associated with the skeletal system, joints, and skin while Cancer is associated with the stomach, sinuses, and breasts. Pay extra attention to these parts of the body and areas of health around the time of this Full Moon.
Honeysuckle flower essence: With the Moon in Cancer, we may find that the past has a pincer grip on us, just like the claws of a crab, the symbol for Cancer. When this happens, it can lead to a reduction in vitality, disturbing our ability to maintain the sense of presence required to fully participate in the present. If you need some energetic assistance releasing the shrouds of wistfulness and making peace with the past, consider trying Honeysuckle flower essence. (Flower essences are made from flower-infused water and work energetically to restore emotional and mental balance. You can find them in natural food stores or holistic pharmacies.)
Frankincense essential oil: Frankincense is one of the most sacred of scents and one that aligns beautifully with the sagacity of Capricorn. Used in temple ceremonies for ages, it can help us to open to the mysteries of life as well as the cycles of creation and manifestation. Using it in a diffuser, adding some to a mister bottle of water to scent a room, or mixing it with a few drops of plain body oil and applying it as a perfume are some great ways to enjoy it. It’s also a great tonic for helping to support Capricorn-related rheumatic health so mix a drop or two with plain lotion, massaging it into your muscles, paying particular attention to your joints.
The Full Moon is exact at 12:49 pm EST
January 5, 2019 Capricorn New Moon Solar Eclipse
Today’s Capricorn New Moon is also a Solar Eclipse. Even if we can’t see an Eclipse in the sky where we live, these celestial events are renowned for being very powerful in the way in which they can impact our lives. Oftentimes, life-changing events or reflections occur around the time of an Eclipse.
A Solar Eclipse signifies a time for beginnings. When this celestial event occurs in Capricorn, we are offered a great opportunity to inventory how we spend our resources. It’s a notable time to balance a checkbook, survey investments, or consider an aspect of financial planning we’ve yet to fully explore.
Remember, though, our personal economy of resources is not just limited to our money but also includes our time, energy, and skills/talents, all of which comprise the capital that we can use to create a richer life. Whether we are allocating these efficiently–and whether they are generating additional assets or incurring liabilities for us–can be very prudent topics to survey during this New Moon. The answers can help us to create a stronger foundation upon which we can build our future.
Loyalty and commitment may also be important themes during this New Moon. What we may find ourselves looking at isn’t so much the concept of being dutiful but rather whether the people and institutions to which we have granted our allegiance are those that are worthy of it. Readjustments in relationships—involving how much we give and how much we allow ourselves to expect in return—may occur.
Given that Uranus stations direct the day after the Solar Eclipse, the archetypes of this do-it-a-different-way planet are quite strong right now. The planet of innovation, Uranus sparks our need to further find our unique sense of individuality. It inspires within us the urge to do things differently, to undertake a personal [r]evolution in order to experience evolution.
When Uranian energy is “loud”, as it is today, expect the unexpected is a good mantra to follow. By using that as a framework, and knowing that some unanticipated events may occur—but that we just can’t yet anticipate what they will be—we can we reduce some of the potential anxiety that may come from surprises we didn’t even conceptualize would occur. Additionally, by keeping our attention open to the out-of-the-blue novelties that manifest, we may be more apt to perceive the value and lessons that they can offer us.
This month’s New Moon Solar Eclipse falls at 16 degrees of Capricorn (Sun and Moon). While everyone experiences the energies of a New Moon, if you have planets or pivotal points (i.e., Ascendant/Descendant or Nadir/Midheaven) around this degree in Capricorn or the other cardinal signs—Aries, Cancer, Libra—it may impact you more intensely.
Capricorn New Moon Solar Eclipse Stellar Reflection Questions
Do you feel that you’re in the midst of a sea change, that something significant is about to unfold?
How do you define loyalty?
What does success mean to you?
Are you allocating your resources as efficiently as you’d like?
Capricorn New Moon Solar Eclipse Apothecary Suggestions
Capricorn is associated with the skin, skeletal system, and joints. Pay extra attention to these parts of the body around the time of this New Moon.
Rescue Remedy or Five-Flower Formula*: This classic flower essence blend is a go-to for times of acute stress. It can help inspire calm when a situation has you on edge, when you need to relax, focus, and stay centered. While great to have as part of a natural first-aid arsenal, it may be particularly helpful to have stashed in your bag or desk drawer around the time of this start-things-anew-in-an-expect-the-unexpected-way New Moon Solar Eclipse. [Flower essences are vibrational elixirs that you can find in natural food stores or holistic pharmacies.]
*Rescue Remedy and Five-Flower Formula feature a blend of the same five flower essences but are products made by different companies.
Skincare: This Capricorn New Moon provides a great opportunity to pay special attention to the skin. Get a dry brush or scrub mitt so that you can commit to (or re/commit to) a regular exfoliating routine. If you don’t have a regular moisturizing ritual, build one into your morning (and perhaps even evening) regimen. Consider a simple body moisturizer like coconut or almond oil; they are chemical-free, don’t contain additives or preservatives, and less expensive than many other options (something that’s always appreciated during Capricorn season). Another idea is to treat your face to a nourishing and hydrating facial mask; you can either find them in apothecaries or beauty stores, or consider making your own from ingredients such as avocados, honey, aloe vera, yogurt, and other nurturing food-based ingredients.
The New Moon occurs at 8:28 pm EST