We are having a Full Moon in Cancer on December 22nd which marks the peak of the current lunar cycle that began on December 7th with a New Moon in Sagittarius. It is also occurring less than a day after the exact moment of the Solstice, which has traditionally been viewed as a spiritually potent and sacred time of year. It marks the beginning of Capricorn of the Tropical Zodiac and a new season.
The energies of a Full Moon gradually build up earlier in the Moon cycle and become more noticeable on the day of and days surrounding it. It is also a part of the backdrop of the other astrological energies over the following 2 weeks. This is when we feel a push-pull between the two opposite signs where the Sun and Moon are located, in this case being Capricorn and Cancer.
Capricorn is the sign of ambitions, duties, career, productivity, and discipline. It is authoritative, cautious, prudent, practical, orderly, masterful, worldly, realistic, and a social climber. Capricorn can also be cold, narrow minded, controlling, pessimistic, cynical, and overly concerned with status.
Cancer is the sign of family, domestic needs, emotional sensitivity, nurturing, and nostalgia. It is caring, motherly, empathic, instinctual, intuitive and protective. Cancer can also be moody, clingy, insecure, vulnerable, as well as overly subjective.
They are both Cardinal signs which are initiating as they each initiate in their own ways mentioned above. Another thing they have in common is that they can both be manipulating when trying to get what they want; which would be emotional comfort for Cancer and material/status/career gain for Capricorn.
Full Moon Opposite Saturn With Wide Grand Trine To Neptune and Venus
After the exact moment of the Full Moon, it is moving towards an opposition with Saturn which peaks in the 16 hours following, but still influences the coming weeks. Saturn being the ruler of Capricorn reinforces many of its themes mentioned above, however, it can also reflect restrictions, limitations, obstacles, inhibitions, emotional dissatisfaction, or perhaps issues around boundaries. Some of its themes will also be strong around January 1st-2nd.
Although the opposition to Saturn is the primary dominating planetary aspect during this Lunation, the Moon is also moving towards a very wide grand trine to Neptune and Venus. Aside from the potential challenges mentioned, this period can also be magical socially or romantically, and perhaps even creatively or aesthetically stimulating. Social interactions that are less influenced by the Saturn vibes can be more compassionate. We got a taste of this energy on December 21st, however, the Full Moon is activating it too somewhat.
Mercury Finishing Post Retrograde While Square Neptune, Venus Sextile Pluto
Mercury in Sagittarius is finishing up its ‘post retrograde shadow’ period on December 24th. Over the last few weeks and over the coming days, some of the themes that have come up during the retrograde (November 16th-December 6th) may conclude in some way.
Mercury is returning to a square with Neptune (will be exact also on December 24th/25th) which originally occurred just before and after it began its previous retrograde. At best, this can stimulate imagination, inspiration, and intuition. It may also reinforce some of the energy mentioned in the previous section with Venus and Neptune.
However, it is a square and therefore our thoughts and communications can also be confusing, unrealistic, delusional, deceptive, or flaky. It can make it harder to focus mentally on anything mundane. In some cases, it is possible that the strong Saturn energy mentioned could flare up because of potential manifestations of the Mercury-Neptune configuration.
Venus in Scorpio is moving towards a sextile with Pluto which will be strongest on December 28th. Generally this energy isn’t too strong, however, it can reflect depth, passion, empowerment, or some sort of positive change either socially, romantically, or even around values. For some people, this can manifest as financial gain. This can also be good for making aesthetic improvements.
Eclipses Are Coming Up, Mercury Is Ending Post Retrograde Period
The next New Moon on January 5th/6th will be a Solar Eclipse in Capricorn and the next Full Moon on January 21st will be a Lunar Eclipse in Leo. I am mentioning this because for some people the energies of the Solar Eclipse may have already started in recent weeks, and the themes of the Lunar Eclipse may begin to play out soon as well.
Eclipses reflect changes and/or important developments in certain areas of our lives. Even though we have a regular Full Moon currently, the shifty energy of the eclipses could also be playing a role with what is coming up for us. The themes of these eclipses could also play out in the months following their occurrence. I will be writing separate articles on these eclipses when we get closer, you can join my mailing list here to be notified when they are being published.
This Full Moon is occurring in the same signs in which we will be experiencing eclipses over the next year and a half. The Lunar Nodes are newly in the Cancer-Capricorn polarity, and with this Moon being on the same side of the North Node, it will give us a taste of how this energy will play out.
Things To Consider During This Period
In what ways do you need to balance career and ambitions with the needs of your personal life? Are your emotional attachments getting in the way of your productivity? Is your work getting in the way of your personal connections with others?
Do you feel emotionally fulfilled, if not, what do you need to change? Do you have domestic responsibilities that you need to attend to? How can you make your ideals a reality? Is there anything unrealistic, unclear. or overlooked regarding your thoughts or communications with others?
These are just some examples of themes that could come up during this period, however, there may be other variations of this energy playing out as well. If you wish to do any sort of intentional release connected to what has come up at this Full Moon, it is best to do so anytime over the two weeks following, when it is waning. The exact moment of this Full Moon is on December 22nd at 5:49pm Universal Time. You can click here for your time zone.
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