Full Moon in Cancer | New Emotions, New Strength

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 January 2nd, 2018 

Full Moon in Cancer:
Emotions may come and go, but they bring opportunities
for growth, and the wisdom that comes with your
growth is your greatest story to the world.

As we welcome the new year, let's also welcome new opportunities for growth where we can become more authentic and true to ourselves. 2017 has brought us new emotions, new people and new experiences. Each of those experiences has brought us new lessons, new growth and new transformation. What are we ready to welcome in 2018? And what are we ready to leave behind in 2017? 

Perhaps it's time to leave behind our fears and doubts because they have been hindering our progress and growth. Perhaps it's time to leave behind things that make us unhappy because we realize it's not our role to be a puppet that conforms to ideals set by others. 

Perhaps it's time to leave behind jealousy and comparing ourselves to others because we are all walking entirely different paths and other people's milestones will always be different than ours. Perhaps it really is time to leave behind the past because it has served its purpose and now is our time to walk down a new road where we feel more aligned with who we truly are on the inside. 

Moving forward is not easy for some of us, because some of us may not be ready to let go. Some of us may not be ready to forgive. Some of us may not be ready to change. What we need to remember is that letting go, forgiveness and change don't always have to be about other people. But more about forgiving ourselves for our past mistakes and cultivating more kindness toward ourselves by living our purpose.

What we need to remember is that letting go, forgiveness and
change don't always have to be about other people.

Happy Full Moon! The Moon in Cancer is forming an opposition to Saturn, Venus, the Sun and Pluto in Capricorn, marking an extra radical and emotional Full Moon in the sign of the Crab. The Moon feels at home in Cancer. As Cancer's planetary ruler, the Moon brings the sign's deepest and most personal qualities to the surface. 

Tenacity, loyalty, sensitivity and intuitiveness are some of the positive qualities the Full Moon can bring out, while pessimism, moodiness, the tendency to take hurts to heart and the inability to forgive easily are some of the negative qualities the Cancerian Full Moon can also bring out. 

Commit to making a change — not the kind of change that makes us forget who we really are, but the kind of change that will actually make us remember who we truly are. Get clear and admit why we hold on to our hurts. Why do we think they serve us? By willing to make a change and recognize the lessons in our experiences, we can begin to repair our self-understanding and gain new confidence.

Begin looking at those who already lived authentically and observe a pattern of traits they master. Authentic people accept their life experiences and they also don't repress their feelings. They understand that anxiety and guilt arise from not living in the present. And instead of creating more anxiety by doubting their own ability to handle future challenges, they experience life challenges from a place of learning, growth and evolution.

Get clear and admit why we hold on to our hurts.

The Moon is forming a trine to Mars and Jupiter in Scorpio, and we create new rules based on the standards that truly resonate with us now. We understand that having courage means to live our lives based on what we believe is right for us. We don't allow fears to prevent us from being truly ourselves. Instead, we focus on being true to ourselves in every moment, because doing so allows us to be less concerned about potential rejection from others. 

The Moon is also forming a trine to Neptune and Chiron in Pisces, bringing to us the opportunity to forgive and love ourselves more fully. Instead of replaying bad choices in our head, consider how we can learn from our past so that we can do better as we move forward. Instead of punishing ourselves by making ourselves feel unworthy, be kind to ourselves because we can only ever do our best with the knowledge and understanding that we have at the time.

With the Moon's square to Uranus Rx in Aries, the key lies in our willingness to grow emotionally. We are at the end of the road, and it's time to move on to new experiences and a new way of being and feeling. Even if it appears that we've reached the end of the line, all is not lost. Our soul knows that our destiny is unfolding in perfect timing.

A Full Moon in the sign of Cancer brings to us the reminder that at the end of the day, home is where the heart is. It is about time that we trusted ourselves and felt at home in our own skin - which is a sign of claiming our dignity, integrity and authenticity. When we live from a place of authenticity, the world reflects back to us what is in our highest good. Besides, nothing is more liberating than being ourselves as fully as we know how.

Yaviz Basalamah

Full Moon in Cancer: Oppose Saturn, Venus, the Sun and Pluto in Capricorn
● Trine Mars/Jupiter in Scorpio and Neptune/Chiron
in Pisces ● Square Uranus Rx in Aries


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