Monday, January 17, 2011

Astrological Guide to Full Moon in Cancer 1/19/2011

 The amount of information, support, inspiration, guidance, and love available to us is overwhelming as we approach the first full moon of 2011.   Before we begin, I invite you to cast your own birth chart free at, to reference to your specific configurations as you explore this and all the guides to come throughout the year.              
Full Moons offer us a chance for full awareness, or full illumination. We tend to see things “more clearly” with Full Moons. The Full Moon that we have on January 19th occurs at 29 degrees of Cancer (4:22 pm EST), which is the very last degree of the sign. Moon-ruled Cancer is the sign of motherly love. Home and family. It governs nurturing and self-protection. The Cancer experience provides us with a heightened sense of our own continuation, an awareness of our roots.
With this Full Moon occurring at the very end of Cancer, there symbolically seems to be more of an urgency to it. When planets are at the last degrees, we are wrapping things up. Too, this Full Moon forms a harmonious trine to both “opportunity” Jupiter, at 29 degrees of surrendering Pisces, and to “awakening” Uranus at 27 degrees of Pisces. This suggests the possibility of an emotional breakthrough.
Individually, we will want to look at our personal horoscopes to see what house in our chart this Full Moon is falling in, as to where this breakthrough or full awareness may be occurring. It is likely that we will also see an uptick in general activity or movement in those affairs designated by the house containing the Full Moon.
Full Moons are a time of release. This Full Moon in “clinging to the familiar” Cancer may be an ideal time for us to symbolically release old hurts and wounds from our past, especially from our familial past. By emptying ourselves of this emotionally depleting arsenal, we make it possible for our more tender, nurturing impulses to again reign.   source

Aspects, Conjucts, Archetypes & Yods

This Full Moon, another in a powerful series of New and Full Moons we're experiencing, asks us to look closely at who we are as men and women, and how we live that in our cultures. 

Capricorn is the archetype of the father ... tradition, masculine authority, achievement in the world, practicality, hard work, responsibility. Cancer is the archetype of the mother ... tradition, feminine authority, nurturance, the safety of the home, protection of the tribe.

The Full Moon falls at 29 degrees, focusing and emphasizing everything these signs are about. How fulfilled are we with tradition gender roles? With how we've looked at nurturing and achievement, inner and outer, feminine and masculine, in our lives and in society?

Because ... there are other options out there! Mars at 3 degrees Aquarius and Ceres at 6 degrees Aquarius are conjunct the Capricorn Sun. Here are masculine and feminine again, but in the radically innovative, revolutionary sign of Aquarius.

Meanwhile, Jupiter and Uranus are at the end of Pisces, the end of the zodiac cycle, sextiling the Sun and trining the Moon. Uranus is the ruler of Aquarius, and Jupiter is the expansive philosopher king who moves into the new birth of fiery Aries just a few days after the Full Moon. These two honor the strength of the old ways of looking at father and mother, while highlighting the potential for a new dawn.

Neptune and Chiron, visionary and healer, are conjunct at the end of Aquarius. They form a yod with the Moon at its apex, along with the North Node, Pluto, and Mercury in Capricorn, offering a healing vision for the future, balanced by the strong work ethic of the past, pointing at the mothering Moon. The resolution of a yod comes by looking at the point opposite the apex, where we find the Capricorn Sun along with Mars and Ceres in Aquarius.

There is a second yod at this Full Moon, if we include the asteroid Juno, another traditional strong feminine archetype focused on creating strong partnerships, who happens to be at 29 degrees of Virgo. The second yod balances the mothering Moon and the partnering figure of Juno, pointing to the healing vision of Neptune and Chiron at the apex. Across from the apex is last degrees of the sign of Leo, bringing the passionate creativity of the heart into the mix.

When Juno, advocate of partnership, is included, we see a Grand Cross that surrounds the Full Moon opposition. This Grand Cross brings Juno in Virgo, sign of everyday service, practical aid, and healing, into opposition with Jupiter and Uranus, the philosopher and the revolutionary in visionary Pisces. The other arm of the Cross is the Nodes of the Moon, the karmic path that, like the Full Moon, falls across the Cancer-Capricorn axis. How can we find a dynamic balance that honors both the cosmic and the everyday? How can we create a new vision that works in our daily lives?

Only Venus and Saturn are not tied into this complex aspect pattern, and they sextile each other, another pairing of feminine and masculine.

Mystic Rectangle

The full moon on 19 January 2011 at 29 degrees Cancer is trine Jupiter, sprinkling much needed luck and laughter upon us after the dramas and chaos of the Christmas holidays. Our emotions are warmed and we are feeling generous. But we are going to have to put this benefic influence to good use. For we also get some very complex aspect patterns here. Primarily a mystic rectangle which contains a Yod. The players are Jupiter opposite Juno, Sun opposite Moon, and Chiron at the Yod apex.

Juno brings out issues to do with partnerships. We are not talking about the romance and indulgence of Venus, rather it is about how the relationship works and the laws within a union. Juno deals with the vows we make in a commitment and makes damn sure Jupiter doesn’t wriggle out of his promises. These two are opposing each other so tightly, but are thankfully bonded together in harmonious aspects by the Sun and the Moon.
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The full Moon in Cancer is at 29 degrees, in easy aspect to to Jupiter and Uranus in Pisces.  People with planets in the very late degrees of Scorpio will be particularly favored under this full Moon but most will catch a benefit of some sort, as this is a lucky day in general.
Hearing the word, “luck”, many think of winning the lottery or some other sort of windfall money happening.  They don’t venture beyond this so invariably they’re disappointed.
In reality (which is featured under the full Moon since Capricorn is involved), very few win the lottery but many are lucky.  They are lucky when they see a way to transcend or overcome their problems. They are lucky when they feel better rather than worse. They are lucky when they do stop in time… right before they hit a tree.
The are also lucky when they see a way to secure their future security which is the theme of this full Moon. Who is your clan? Who and what are you committed to?
We’re at the tail end of the Jupiter Uranus conjunction and if you’re perspective or your belief system has not yet changed, there is still time.
Check the axis in your chart where the Sun and Moon fall, as these areas will be emphasized.  For me, that’s the first and seventh house; the me/we axis so I’ve be looking for a new perspective around working with others as well as how I might balance work (Capricorn) and family (Cancer).
Where does the full moon fall in your chart?

The Moon heads home to Cancer for the first full moon of 2011 on January 19 at 1:21 p.m. PST / 4:21 p.m. EST. Full moons signify the completion, culmination of what may have been initiated during the previous eclipsed new moon in Capricorn which encouraged us to rise up and meet the challenges we may be facing now. This Full Moon in Cancer reminds us to make use of our emotional intelligence (EQ) instead of relying solely or heavily on our intelligence quotient (IQ) alone.

The Sun in Capricorn is ambitious with a methodical approach to achieve its objectives. Hence, the Capricorn-Sun can be unyielding to change, especially if methods have proven successful in the past. The energy of Cancer-Moon is the polar opposite. It is changeable to its moods which are motivated by its heart, inner drives, and deep desires. It functions through its emotions/sensitivities and by exercising its strong intuitive ability.

With the Capricorn-Sun (soul/will) opposing the Cancer-Moon (heart/inner core), there's a focus on the harmony and balance between pragmatism and reason with intuition and heart. This full moon also links up with Jupiter (ideals/opportunities) and Uranus (awakening/radical change). A little luck and a lot of openness to change hold promises of success through work and commitment, relying on all our natural talents and resources -- mentally, as well as emotionally. Becoming sensitive to the energies of our environment and the people surrounding our situation/s can offer insight and information that logic and reason might otherwise miss.

There is a deeper connection to their link with Jupiter and Uranus. This full moon triggers the conjunction between Jupiter and Uranus which remain influential despite having peaked on January 4 ... which also happens to be the same day when the New Moon/Solar Eclipse in Capricorn occurred. There is greater emphasis to whatever may have been seeded or impressed upon you, personally or professionally, during the new moon phase. Be open and aware to what the next phase may be or what this full moon phase might have in store for you. There's an ebb and a flow to life, to breath, to living ... be sensitive to it and trust your EQ to support the goals of your IQ :)

This Full Moon occurs at 29 degrees of Cancer. Those born within 3 days of January 19 or July 22 or with natal planets and/or house angles around 29 degrees of cardinal signs or within the first 3 degrees of fixed signs may feel the effects of this full moon stronger than others.

For those interested or unfamiliar with EQ, here's a short but informative article on it from EQ Coach, Susan Dunn - "EQ vs. IQ"

How might this full moon influence your birth chart? Match the sign and degree to determine what house this full moon falls in. Use the list of zodiac signs below to identify the sign Cancer on your birth chart then click here for a brief explanation on the Full Moon transit in that house.

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If you don't have your birth chart, you may use your Sun sign and/or your Rising/Ascendant sign, if you know it. Look for your Sun and Rising Signs below then click here for a brief explanation of the Full Moon transit in those houses.
  • Aries-Sun or Aries Rising ~ 4th House
  • Taurus-Sun or Taurus Rising ~ 3rd House
  • Gemini-Sun or Gemini-Rising ~ 2nd House
  • Cancer-Sun or Cancer-Rising ~ 1st House
  • Leo-Sun or Leo-Rising ~ 12th House
  • Virgo-Sun or Virgo-Rising ~ 11th House
  • Libra-Sun or Libra-Rising ~ 10th House
  • Scorpio-Sun or Scorpio-Rising ~ 9th House
  • Sagittarius-Sun or Sagittarius-Rising ~ 8th House
  • Capricorn-Sun or Capricorn-Rising ~ 7th House
  • Aquarius-Sun or Aquarius-Rising ~ 6th House
  • Pisces-Sun or Pisces-Rising ~ 5th House
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