What a way to start the new year: it’s a Full Moon in Cancer! A full moon occurs when the moon is in direct opposition to the sun, and this lunation highlights opposing forces or polarities in our lives. Since this moon is also opposing Venus, the planet of love and beauty, we are likely experiencing these clashing energies in the realm of our relationships, particularly love. This can call the question of what do we need versus what are we getting, what are we giving versus what is healthy, or issues of disparate levels of affection between partners. Watery and emotional Cancer is represented by a sweet little crab who often comes scuttling out from under the safety of a rocky hideaway to share love and caring of incomparable generosity and fervor. It is a unique and special power of unconditional loving that she has, but she can sometimes become so overwhelmed by rejection (true or imagined) or even by empathically taking on the emotions of others, that she is sent scurrying swiftly back to the doubly-armored protection of stones and her shell. It isn’t that she’s been frightened, exactly, but the weight of her emotion can become too overwhelming to bear with any modicum of reason, so she retreats to recuperate. Full moons—particularly in water signs—give a powerful boost to our intuitions and inner knowing, so if you are feeling those vibes that something is just too.much.right.now. . . give yourself permission to not be swirling around in it! Step away, take care of you, and give yourself some of the nurturing that you are so adept at providing to others. Light a candle, take a bath, and pay close attention to the thoughts that come once you’re feeling solidly in your alone time. Your intuition may very well guide you to truths you would not have been able to reach in the emotion of your relationship dynamics, toward your—and ultimately everyone’s—highest good. Trust in yourself and in the words of Modest Mouse: don’t worry—even if things end up a bit too heavy, we’ll all float on alright.
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