copyright by Gery Mews
2018 starts with a Full Moon in Cancer (2 January , 1.24 pm AEST) opposite a stellium of planets in Capricorn consisting of Saturn, Black Moon Lilith, Venus, the Sun and Pluto. Capricorn, the 10th stage in an archetypal cycle of development requires that we become our own authority, that we no longer look to others to tell us what to do and what not to do with our lives. Capricorn, as well as its ruling planet Saturn, teaches discipline, determination, commitment and consequences. It is the sign of mastery and maturity. The shadow side of Capricorn is domination or compliance, or a mental state where we abdicate responsibility and rather blame others, when we cannot admit that we have a choice.
On the opposite side, the Cancer Full Moon represents the feminine energy, the Great Mother who nurtures and protects life so it can grow and blossom. Cancer is a water sign and teaches about feelings, family bonds and emotional security. During the Cancer stage we learn about sensitivity and caring, giving and receiving support. The shadow side of Cancer is attachment, self-indulgence and neediness. In the Full Moon chart the Moon in Cancer acts as a singleton, as a very important focal point that attracts and binds a huge amount of psychic energy. Issues around home, family and creating a safety net are accentuated. This must be balanced with a determination to establish self-sufficiency and self-reliance (Capricorn). If we do not take on the control or guidance of our own lives, we unconsciously manifest a vacuum for others to step in – may it be another person, institution or government- to do it for us.
The Full Moon in Cancer can be very instinctual and influences our subconscious mind: we feel good when things are familiar and flow easily and anxious when confronted with change. We might fear listening to our intuition that wants to take us into a new direction. The Black Moon Lilith opposite the Full Moon represents an inner restlessness that occurs when we have become too comfortable or too compliant with the structures in our lives, including our relationships (Lilith conjunct Venus). Maybe some rules and regulations have to be broken to let in new life and light. We might be struggling with developing authenticity and character fearing rejection and separation from our loved ones. Whatever the issue might be, with Lilith in Capricorn opposite the Full Moon, we can expect that entrenched cultural, systemic and personal behavioural patterns are triggered and questioned. Lilith challenges us to have courage, be our own authority and let go of false roles. We can use her energy for daring new ways of self-expression and creativity.
The Full Moon forms a lovely Grand Trine with Neptune and a Mars/Jupiter conjunction in Scorpio, further signaling that it is a great moment in time for powerful insights, transformation, healing and personal growth. We are reminded that with perseverance we can work through any obstacles that might occur in the pursuit of our desired goals. We are empowered to find the treasure hidden in the darkness, if we dig deep enough and make use of the fertility that is characteristic for times of chaos and change. Uranus turns stationary direct on the same day after a five month retrograde period; the planet of rebellion magnifies this Full Moon’s capacity for breakthroughs and innovative ideas that can fall on fertile ground now. The messenger planet Mercury, still in truth seeking Sagittarius, is applying to a trine to Uranus in Aries (exact on January 7), stimulating creative problem solving and the seeding of fresh impulses at the start of 2018. What are your wishes for this year, for your personal life and for the planet? What does motivate you and do you have the determination, perseverance and strategies in place that are necessary for fulfilling your intentions? Remember, Saturn is in Capricorn teaching us discipline and willpower. Nevertheless, the Full Moon in Cancer has a softening influence supported by a trine with Neptune, the vibration of unconditional love, compassion and unity consciousness. We need the flow of these watery influences to balance the hardness and rigidity of Saturn in Capricorn. Saturn can always do with a touch of Neptune! So, let’s not forget to stay in close contact with the water element – the realm of feelings, intuition, dreams and imagination during the Saturn-in-Capricorn years.