In my previous article on the Taurus Moon we have for New Years Eve, I wrote: “Take a deep breath, create quiet time to calm your nerves, and find your center”. It is advice I hope is followed, as the first weekend of the new year, January 3 & 4, will see many tense planetary aspects, sign changes, and a highly charged Full Moon in Cancer that will be rocking all our centers. A quick rundown:
Saturday the Sun at 14 degrees Capricorn will square Uranus at 12 degrees Aries at 2:40 a.m. and conjunct Pluto at 13 degrees Capricorn by 5:34 p.m.
Sunday Mercury enters Aquarius at 7:08 p.m. followed by Venus’ entry into the sign at 8:48 p.m., ending the Capricorn stellium we had through the end of December and at the beginning of the new year. Mars at 24 degrees Aquarius will still be in opposition to Jupiter at 21 Leo.
The Full Moon @ 14 degrees Cancer takes place at 11:53 p.m. Central Standard Time Sunday, January 4. (Of course, depending on your time zone, it may take place in the wee hours of Monday, January 5.) The Moon is the natural ruler of Cancer and this alone will increase the strength of this Full Moon. Its magnetic pull will dominate the entire weekend. Normally I would like a Full Moon at its home in Cancer, however this Moon will be in a very agitated state. It will be squared by the North/South Nodes along the Aries/Libra axis shortly before the Full Moon is exact. It will also be at an exact square to Uranus at 12 degrees Aries at 7:18 p.m. and in opposition to Pluto at 13 degrees Capricorn at 8:34 p.m.
There will be a spooky feel, then, to this Full Moon weekend. Cancer is a cardinal sign, and as this Full Moon takes place at 14 Cancer, we will rehash many of the friction points set off by the Cardinal Grand Cross at 13 degrees from April 2014. Think back to that time frame, any unresolved issues from then will arise again. As both the Full Moon on Sunday and the Sun on Saturday will be in hard aspect to Uranus and Pluto we will also see the themes of the most recent exact Uranus-Pluto square on December 14, 2014 brought to a head. If you felt unscathed at the Uranus-Pluto square, you may feel the effects of it here.
Many issues brought to light by the Full Moon will of course be typical of Cancer: women’s issues; issues regarding home, family, heritage, our roots and our past/our family’s past; mothers/maternal instinct; issues of our collective family, our countries, patriotism; and emotional and financial stability and security.
A Full Moon in Cancer of course takes place in opposition to the Sun in Capricorn, and as both will be squaring the North Node in Libra, important balancing acts will be asked of us. Balance between our home/family life and our professional life. Balance between sentimental thinking and nostalgia for the past, and the ambition and drive into new territory. Balance between our very real current need for emotional and physical security, and the reality that we must forego some of our current desires in favor of long term successes. Are we sacrificing too much, or not enough? The Sun-Pluto conjunction Saturday will heighten our awareness of power dynamics, either that we control or are controlled by us, that are restricting and thwarting this balancing act.
Answers to these questions are possible now, but they may come from some very deep and weird places. The Moon full in watery, psychic Cancer is a strongly intuitive Moon, and the aspects to Uranus and Pluto will help bring the otherworldly into our world, heighten any natural ESP abilities, give flashes of insight. Along with this will likely come sleep disturbances; insomnia, nightmares etc.
Those who have planets in their natal chart in cardinal signs -Aries, Cancer, Libra, Capricorn- will feel particularly revved up and agitated this weekend. Mood swings and emotional outbursts will be likely; it may even be you, even if you typically aren’t the type. It would be wise to give people lots of space and quiet time to process the inner turmoil in healthy ways. Give yourself space as well! Patience will be pretty thin now, and maybe justifiably so. Many will see rapid changes in plans and circumstances; even if the need for change has existed for a long time, it may still be a shock to the system when it happens.
Monday January 5 Mercury at zero Aquarius will sextile Saturn at 1 degree Sagittarius at 4:21 p.m. This will afford many the chance to take a step back from the turmoil of the weekend. Our thought processes will be serious without being weighed down; we can reflect on all that was dredged up and rid ourselves of what will not serve us any purpose as we move forward in this new year.