Dec 24, 2015
Special Full Moon in Cancer on Christmas Day Message
Although I did say recently that I wouldn’t be writing so many blogs from a purely astrological perspective (when have I ever?), tomorrow’s Full Moon and the energies surrounding it are worth a few words at least.
I have mixed feelings about tomorrow’s Christmas, and here’s why. Personally, it touches me where I live in my own chart in significant ways. It also will be making an impact in the charts of loved ones, friends and clients I have. Because Cancer is THE archetype that deals with emotions, feelings, love and nurturing, there’s really no hiding from the vibrations of the Moon in Cancer – which is raw emotion and the need for security all rolled into one teary-eyed little ball. So, I started to look at the chart for tomorrow…and began to see a pattern. If you have your chart, look for anything in the Cardinal signs (Aries, Libra, Cancer or Capricorn) between 1 and 6 degrees of sensitivity.
You see, I’m really into how things form patterns, and I’ve always been really good with details and also with seeing the big picture those details form. When the big pictures arrange themselves to reveal a pattern, it is telling me there’s a message from Consciousness that is worth paying attention to. I may not quite grasp what the message is at first, but eventually it does reveal itself in some outward event or inward revelation.
This is the first Full Moon on Christmas Day since 1977, and so I began my pattern investigation there. Sun was at 3 degrees and 37 minutes of Capricorn, and the Moon at the same in Cancer. Tomorrow’s Full Moon is at 3 degrees and 19 minutes of Cancer, and the Sun at the same degree in Capricorn. As an added kick, tomorrow’s Lunation is at 11:11am. Take that for what you will…but it is a humdinger of a master number. The other two major factors that act as bookends is the Winter Solstice of three days ago, and the planet Uranus stationing to move direct at 16 degrees of Aries this Sunday. I’ll have more to say on Uranus in a moment or three.
I’ve attached three charts to this blog. One is for the Full Moon tomorrow (remember, at 3 degrees and 19 minutes of Cancer-Capricorn). The other two are also Full Moons, and both are Lunar Eclipses. For the first Lunar Eclipse of September 28th this year, we have Sun at 4 degrees and 40 minutes of Libra, and the Moon at the same degree in Aries. Next March 23rd, 2016, there will be another Lunar Eclipse in Aries-Libra, with this one 3 degrees and 17 minutes of those signs. Can you see one of the patterns forming yet? Those Sun - Moon degrees are pretty darn close to the ones for tomorrow's chart, just in the other two Cardinal signs.
The reason that I titled this blog Christmas Cross is based on simple geometry. Whenever there is a Full Moon, or Lunar Eclipse, the Sun and Moon are opposing each other. This then forms a cross at 90 degree angles in the sky that are defined by two vacancies. In this case, the other two Cardinal signs in Fire and Air – Aries and Libra. Oppositions of planetary bodies create dynamic tension…a call to balance something. When it’s the Sun and Moon, something is brought to light, or to awareness, so that an evolutionary choice can be made. With Lunar Eclipses, the effects can last six months or even a little longer. We are still under the influence of the September 28th Lunar Eclipse at 4 Aries and 4 Libra. So, in a very unique way, tomorrow’s Full Moon is Phase 2 in a set of three Lunations involving the Cardinal Signs.
My point being, we are in a pattern unfolding in time/space.
In traditional astrology Cancer represents the nurturing Mother, and Capricorn the responsible Father. That this Full Moon is falling on Christmas Day, and near a Pagan holiday (Solstice) is significant on its own. We may take advantage of such energies to bolster our sense of all the things that Cancer and the 4th House represent: Family, home, hearth, belonging and traditions. Opposing this in a balancing act, is Capricorn, which embodies our work in the world, how we are responsible in our society, tribe or social grouping, and how we are seen, or would like to be seen, by others and peers. While Cancer-Capricorn may be seen to be inclusive in a quasi-collective way, Aries and Libra are ultimately a more personal game. It’s me, and it’s you...the Other.
The patterns I wish to bring to your attention are that tomorrow’s Full Moon will have a definite feel-good factor, at least on the surface. Underneath, all manner of review and revelation may be going on. Review of beliefs based on emotional decisions in the past. Or sentimental attachments we haven’t acknowledged before, and we npw may see them in a new light, and maybe they just don’t work for us like they once did. Disillusionment may creep in amongst the presents, egg nog and tinsel. It may be the holiday of Christmas itself that will be seen as possibly outworn and superficial. Perhaps we need a new understanding about why we gather together to ward off the darkest and shortest day of the year, then as the ancient pagans did, uncork the darkness with feasts, torchlight and merriment to celebrate the return of the Sun’s light and longer days. Perhaps, just perhaps, our modern Christmas just isn’t doing it for us anymore.
For some of us the Christmas holidays have been challenging. Our interpersonal interactions with relatives or spouses have been an occasional battleground. I remember well how a minor argument in the kitchen became a major funk over the dinner table. Hurts can go deep this time of year. For others who have no family to be with, there are immense loads of grief and depression to deal with. There can be a longing for the warmth of family, no matter what slights weren’t pardoned in the past. We have a deep need to belong, and tomorrow’s Full Moon will highlight that significantly.
The Sabian Symbol for the Moon tomorrow at 4 Cancer is: "A CAT ARGUING WITH A MOUSE"
KEYNOTE: An attempt at self-justification. We are still involved in the results of an act which brought about a radical reorientation of one's life. The drives of the bio-psychic organism are still not easily conquered. A multitude of lesser decisions inevitably follows the big and grand gestures of repudiation and realignment. The desires of the body still drown the voice of the "new man." One argues with oneself, hoping to convince oneself that the old impulses are still legitimate. (from The Astrological Mandala)
True, this argument may occur entirely in the heads of some folks tomorrow, but what it points to is the triggers from the Sept.28th Lunar Eclipse (How I see Self and Other) and the one coming up in March 2016....triggers about responsibility (or obligations), lovableness, and self worth. This trinity of lunations is designed to help us see the unconscious patterns based on beliefs that we have held about ourselves, our relationships, families and societies. In fact, many are actually inherited perspectives that are perhaps no longer viable for our evolution, whether individually or collectively. What’s also worth noting is that in the September 28th chart, the Moon is in Aries, and the Sun is in Libra. In the March 23, 2016 chart, they are reversed, with the Moon in Libra, and the Sun in Aries. Patterns everywhere.
There are some other aspects that support the Full Moon setup, most of them positive, but other astrologers have gone over those in detail already, so I won’t do that here.
Now for the last element…
Uranus will be sitting still (stationary) from at precisely 4:11am UT on Christmas morning until he leaves the starting gate precisely 48 hours later at 4:11am UT on December 27th. He is the first present to be spotted under the Yule tree. A planet stationary, either before the beginning of a retrograde cycle or at the end of one, is at its most potent level. Uranus has been retrograde since July 27th. All that energy of liberation of the Self has been directly inwardly…creating a head of steam. At 16 degrees plus of Aries, Uranus will now be within two degrees of transiting Pluto, in a square configuration we’ve known since early 2012. This will get tighter in early January.
As always, I have no idea what may happen with Uranus in this mix, as Uranus will always surprise, but never disappoints. Something’s got to give, and Uranus is the instigator of change. From a purely positive perspective, this will be like a rocket igniting, so take full advantage of the time between the 27th of Dec. and January 6th when Mercury goes retrograde to use your imagination to envision your dreams, goals and aspirations! And, let them go just as quickly, because you won’t know what can happen until you do let them go. Uranus isn’t sentimental…he create changes. He evolutionizes!
In summary, I would say that there is every possibility that Christmas will come off without a hitch. Everyone will be satisfied, or not. The question for you, my readers, is what you base real fulfilment on. Is it someone else’s idea of what you should be, do or have? Or is it yours? Unwrapping the present of your real and true dreams and hopes may be the best gift you get this year.
To those most dear to my heart, and to all my friends and clients, I sincerely wish you all loads of happiness, peace, health, wisdom, prosperity and joy both now, and in the year ahead.
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