full moonWednesday’s Full Moon (1:21pm PST) animates the watery, feminine, sensitive sign of Cancer, stirring up strong feelings and intuitive insights. Are you feeling it??

Cancer the Crab rules the inner realm of home, family and deep emotions, and this lunation highlights what you need to feel nurtured, supported and secure.

At the Solar Eclipse on January 4th — a super-potent New Moon — ambitious new beginnings were set into motion. In earthy, pragmatic Capricorn, the Eclipse focused intentions on professional goals, long-term commitments, material success, and taking on greater power and authority. The Eclipse ideally served as a catalyst to activate your higher purpose, your true work in the world, and to inspire concrete steps to bring your vision into reality.

Now, the Cancer Full Moon asks: Is your outer-world mission aligned with your feelings and intuition? To effectively pursue worldly ambitions and fulfill your purpose, what kind of foundation, container, support system do you need? How can you create a balance between nurturing your personal life and achieving your goals?

Magnifying the power of this lunation, the Full Moon will form a harmonious trine (120-degree angle) with the Jupiter-Uranus conjunction in Pisces. Uranus is the Great Awakener, the principle of revolution and liberation, while Jupiter expands what he touches. This aspect opens the potential for flashes of intuitive awareness, magical synchronicities, and freedom from old emotional patterns and programs.

cancerThe shadow expression of all this watery energy is emotional overwhelm, leading to depression, crankiness, and the desire to escape into your favorite addictions.

Cultivate the higher expression of this Full Moon by calling in and honoring your favorite goddess; nurturing yourself and loved ones; nesting and devoting yourself to home-improvement projects; taking a long bath or otherwise communing with the water element; and, most importantly, taking time to simply feel your feelings.

And… A Note on the Recent Mainstream Media Astro-“Revelations”

Dear readers, please know that astrologers are very well aware of the wobble in the Earth’s axis, leading to the phenomenon of Precession. I.e., we know that the signs and the constellations only match up every 26,000 years — the length of one Precession cycle or “Great Year.”

In brief, most Western astrologers use the Tropical Zodiac, which is based on the seasons, not the constellations. In this system, at the Vernal or Spring Equinox, the Sun moves into Aries, the first sign, and everything follows from there. Vedic astrologers use the Sidereal (“with the stars”) Zodiac, which is based on the constellations. This is why, if you get a Vedic reading, the planets in your chart are likely to all move back one sign.

For a more thorough explanation, please see Jessica Murray’s excellent blog post on the subject — Dr. Kunkle’s Kerfluffle. For another perspective, I also recommend Robert Phoenix’s intriguing post on Ophiucus.

– Emily Trinkaus