The Cancer Full Moon, occurring as the Sun is in Capricorn (a Full Moon is always opposite the sign the Sun is currently passing through), highlights for us two archetpyally opposite energies and asks us to integrate them.
Capricorn energy, ruled by the planet Saturn, represents the more patriarchal authoritarian parent, or the father.
Cancer energy, on the other hand, ruled by the Moon, is the sign of the mother, and represents matriarchal energy.
Gender is unimportant, as these are archetypal energies that represent both the father & mother energies within us all.
When the Sun moved into the sign of Capricorn on December 21 in accordance with the Winter Solstice, it entered the sign most connected to responsibility & authority.
Becoming Your Own Best Parent
There is no greater responsibility (regardless of what many may think) than becoming one’s own best authority, a.k.a., one’s own best parent.
Carl Jung coined the terms “anima” & “animus” to represent the feminine & masculine energies present within the psyche of every individual.
Anima & animus energies exist within in us all, but the degree to which we each manifest our masculine and feminine energies out in the world can differ greatly–again, regardless of our actual gender.
In much of today’s society, masculine energy is associated with the empirical, concrete, manifest nature of the world around us. In other words, if we can see it then we can believe it.
The sign of Capricorn is derived from the myth of the sea goat who made his way onto land. This sea goat has the torso of a goat, but the tail of a fish.
It serves as a metaphor to remind us all that no matter how aligned we are with earth energy, no matter how ambitious, goal-oriented, or successful we seek to be, we must always be mindful of our more intuitive emotional nature.
This, in turn, allows us to become cognizant of why we are oriented toward any particular goal & what measure of emotional satisfaction achievement of this goal will actually bring…
Finding Capricorn Balance In The Cancer Full Moon
Capricorn energy is about going out into the world to SUCCEED!
Cancer energy is about staying home where it’s SAFE.
The Cancer archetype represents family, mother, roots, tradition, security, the past, and home…and one’s psychological roots may be traced back to home life in one’s formative years…
Often, what drives a Capricorn-oriented individual toward success in the outer world is her psychological roots.
This Cancer Full Moon highlights the difference between your inner world and your outer one, and calls you to reconcile the two so there is greater harmony within.
Was family life loving? Protective? Did it enhance your security or create insecurity?
It’s no secret that many of us carry the scars of early life forward into our later years. The question is whether or not we recognize this fact.
Freeing ourselves from the emotional pull of the past when the past no longer serves in our quest to move forward is tough…Maybe the toughest lesson we’ll ever have to learn…
Pink Floyd’s lyrics to the song “Mother” sum it up nicely:
“Hush now, baby, baby, don’t you cry
Mama’s gonna make all of your nightmares come true
Mama’s gonna put all of her fears into you
Mama’s gonna keep you right here under her wing
She won’t let you fly but she might let you sing
Mama’s gonna keep baby cozy and warm…
…Of course Mama’s gonna help build the wall…”
Here’s the video:
What Beliefs Can You Release On The Full Moon?
Full Moons are about release, and today’s Cancer Full Moon casts light on the dichotomy between our ego and our emotions.
This Cancer Full Moon highlights also the polarity between becoming one’s own best adult parent or authority and that uber-sensitivity that can cause one to feel extremely emotionally vulnerable.
It asks us to contemplate where we might need to shed some of our current beliefs—originally based on our emotional past–in order to make room to let in new, modified thoughts centered on our ability to grow into our own best inner authority or parent.
When we cannot reveal our true selves to others, we lose the potential connection of emotional intimacy.
And when our goal is to protect ourselves emotionally or to need someone else to always take care of us, then we are clinging to Capricorn’s shadow side…
Why not release those thoughts and philosophies which no longer work toward your highest good and/or prevent your growth in consciousness?
This is what today’s Cancer Full Moon is calling to us to do!