The Patriarchal/Matriarchal Cancer Full Moon Split
In astrology, the Sun and Moon are known as the two great lights, or luminaries.
Always, a Full Moon is when the faster moving Moon reaches the point (once every month) that’s 180 degrees opposite the Sun.
In psychological astrology, the Sun’s archetype is associated with outwardly directed, ego-oriented, male energy. Capricorn is the adult, the authority, the responsible one, the “father,” always ready to take on a burden in the name of maturity and upward mobility and success.
Thus, the Sun in general represents our fundamental core personality, and the Capricorn Sun–in particular–the serious, responsible, mature father figure and male animus energy concerned with building a firm foundation onto which may rest a secure and prosperous future.
The Moon, however, defines the feminine divine within us all—a more intuitive, sensitive energy that gives rise to the kind of protective mothering instincts which define for us each what we need to feel emotionally safe and secure.
Cancer is the direct opposite of Capricorn: sensitive, compassionate, vulnerable, nurturing, and intuitive, i.e., the mother, or female anima energy, concerned with memory, the past, and family.
Of all the opposite sign polarities in astrology, there are no two more aligned with the father/mother archetypes than Capricorn and Cancer. This Cancer Full Moon brings intuitive, sensitive, feminine divine energy into direct contrast with the Capricorn Sun’s more patriarchal, authoritative, rational, pull-yourself-up-by-your-bootstraps mantra.
Are Mommy & Daddy Getting A Divorce?
The Moon reflects back to the Sun its own light. So, on a Full Moon, we’re able to see with starker clarity the potential shadow side of the Sun’s archetypal energy. At the same time, however, we catch a glimpse of the illuminated Moon in its polar opposite sign, which reminds us there is another side to every “he said, she said story.””
Vesta, the asteroid goddess, keeper of ensuring that the sacred home hearth fire flame never burns out—joins the Cancer Moon, enhancing its matriarchal feminine sisterhood’s self-protective qualities.
Vesta represents the temple priestess who provided sanctuary for soldiers returning from war so that they might cleanse themselves of battle and reintegrate peacefully into their communities.
Meanwhile the Capricorn Sun, joined by Pluto, god of the underworld, magnifies its allegiance to a “where there’s a will there’s a way,” can-do at all costs, change or be changed, evolutionary philosophy.
It’s easy to see how a Capricorn Sun’s need for security might easily align with the Cancer Moon’s desire for the same. However, the fact that these two archetypal energies are always opposite one another illustrates the fact that often they prefer different means toward a seemingly same end.
The hardness of this Sun/Pluto in Capricorn opposing the Cancer Moon is on one hand tantamount to a harsh authoritarian energy that wants to take a sledgehammer to our Statue of Liberty (you know, the one that says give us your poor, your hungry, your huddled masses yearning to be free) and smash it into a hundred thousand bits.
But the Cancer Moon/Vesta sensitive side says “you cannot do away with us,” and “there’s safety in numbers.” The Moon represents both the public and the collective unconscious, and reminds us of the more feeling side of our nature…
It’s A Cardinal Cross To Bear
The Cancer Full Moon configures itself into a cardinal cross, as not only does the Cancer Moon/Vesta pair oppose the Capricorn Sun/Pluto, but both lights square Jupiter and Uranus, which oppose each other.
The last time Uranus factored prominently into a Full Moon configuration was during October 16’s Aries Full Moon when Uranus and the dwarf planet Eris–known as the goddess of discord—opposed the peace-loving equality-oriented Sun in Libra.
I reminded my readers at that time it was going to become important to take action: “The combination of all of these energies at this Aries Full Moon may result in our having to take independent action of some kind, and that action is likely to manifest through voicing our own opinions and/or making clear our individuality, on some level at least.”
This was prior to the U.S. election when it appeared that one candidate was favored to win. Eris, who threw a golden apple onto the banquet table labeled “for the fairest of them all” out of spite and jealousy for not having been invited, lit the match that ultimately flared into the Trojan War.
For those who follow the U.S. news, it’s not hard to see the comparison between myth and current real life…
Jupiter, the planet of higher consciousness, and Uranus, the harbinger of sudden unexpected change, square to Pluto “caution us to recognize that evolutionary change happens slowly, and so we may not need to throw the baby out with the bathwater,” I wrote at the December 29 Capricorn New Moon.
However, we now have a juggernaut roiling through this Cancer Full Moon’s cardinal cross energy, as these three planets touch the lights more closely and immediately. For those hell-bent on achieving rapid change at the cost of emotional security and perhaps long-term security as well, it appears the boulder’s sailing downhill now…
The Wounded Healer
“In every community, there is work to be done. In every nation,
there are wounds to heal. In every heart, there is the power to do it.”
~ Marianne Williamson
So, change is coming, in fact it’s already here…the question now is how do we seize this cardinal initiative energy to make the best of the situation in our own personal lives? Because, after all, it’s our personal lives that will filter into the energy of the collective.
Oppositions and squares are tension provoking angles in astrology. What’s in the sky affects us all, although those most affected have the planets that make up this Cancer Full Moon cardinal cross impacting their chart in a more direct way right now.
We see our helpers in the form of easy aspects—a sextile & trine to Mars and Chiron from the Sun/Pluto and Moon/Vesta to this Cancer Full Moon energy, and a trine between Uranus and Saturn…
However, the Saturn square Neptune predominant energy over the course of 2016 is giving way now to a Saturn/Chiron square.
What does this mean?
Well, it has to do with healing our wounds under a patriarchal system which demands that our objective reality conform to a more success-oriented dynamic and goal.
The problem? One person’s definition of “success” may differ greatly from another’s!
Saturn will retrograde back and forth starting in April, and thus remain square to Chiron for the better part of 2017. In short, it’s time to figure out who’s the “real boss of me,” and to ask ourselves:
Is it the authorities, or is it my own conscience? Where do we feel restricted and thus wounded? Where do we feel abandoned and thus wounded?
And where do we believe progress can be made on healing these kinds of wounds which are most likely to surface now, but in actual fact are from our past?
Divorced From Reality
The Uranian-inspired juggernaut now rolling is happening as Venus conjoins with Neptune in Pisces, just past the Pisces South Node.
There are elements in the world’s energy right now that seem to be playing out in an out of tune way.
Take, for example, the current U.S. House of Representatives and Senates’ vote to repeal of the U.S Affordable Care Act by those who believe it’s the right thing to do. A rapid repeal with no replacement is, by any measure, a reckless endeavor, as it will ultimately throw nearly 30 million Americans off their health care plans and leave them to fend for themselves.
How realistic is this when there is no plan in place to offer up in lieu of the current one?
Where in your life are you dreaming of changes that might in fact end up throwing that baby out with the bathwater? Where might you slow things down a tad to ensure that you check and double check your facts, and that your plans are fully grounded?
Reality is actually very cool–once we realize this Capricorn Sun can help us grow steadily toward future success. But this will be true only as long as we don’t act with haste, out of an exclusionary set of convictions, or through rapid change where we try to ram our ideas and beliefs down others’ throats…
…and only if we listen seriously to the Cancer Moon’s plea for all-inclusiveness and the right to a chicken in every pot. Full tummies and warm beds make for a more secure collective–able to think rationally and act according, and in the best interests of everyone at all times…
Here’s a link to the song that came to mind while writing this newsletter: Jimmy Webb’s The Moon’s A Harsh Mistress, sung by Therese Ulvan.
Though the pace of the song is quite slow, I believe it captures the mood of this Cancer Full Moon lunation and its cautionary emphasis around such a strong Uranian influence by reminding us that “haste makes waste,” as my Capricorn mother used to say… 😉
“See her as she flies
Golden sails across the sky
Close enough to touch
But careful if you try…
Though she looks as warm as gold
The Moon’s a harsh mistress
The Moon can be so cold…
Once the sun did shine,
Lord it felt to fine
The Moon a phantom rose
Through the mountains and the pines…
And then the darkness fell
And the Moon’s a harsh mistress
It’s so hard to love her well…
I fell out of her eyes
I fell out of her heart
I fell down on my face
Yes, I did, and I–I tripped and missed my star
God, I fell and fell along, I fell alone…
And the Moon’s a harsh mistress
And the sky is made of stone
The Moon’s a harsh mistress
She’s hard to call your own…”
~ Jimmy Webb