2020. What a year it has been. Even though this year has turned things upside down for so many of us, it is important we look back on the gifts, even if they are hard to find.
What gifts were sent your way this year? What did you learn? What did you discover? How have you grown?
No matter what ups or downs you faced this year, chances are you have something in your life to be grateful for. Chances are there is some sliver of love, hope, and joy just waiting to be tapped into.
The December 29-30 Full Moon arrives in the sign of Cancer. There is this sense of heightened emotions bubbling under this final Full Moon of the year.
It seems that whatever emotional weight we have carried may feel extra heavy, and in this heaviness, it may crash to the shore like a wave, drowning us in its weight.
Even though this sounds a bit intense, it is actually more cleansing and freeing.
There is this sense that whatever we have been carrying on our backs, whatever weight of the world we have felt on our shoulders, is now being washed away.
Let it go. Let the flood gates open. That’s what this Cancer Full Moon whispers to us as we bring to a close the year of 2020.
Cancer is ruled by the Moon, so the Moon shines in its element on this night, big and full for all of us to see. As the Moon returns to its favorite spot in our sky, it is able to express its powers to the fullest.
The Moon represents our emotions, but also what makes us feel safe and secure. It represents our ability to nurture ourselves and to take care of our emotional needs.
So much of our safety and security has been up for evaluation this year, but the Moon reminds us that all is not lost. It reminds us that we always have the power to create safety, comfort, love, and warmth right within this bodily vessel we call home.
We are being called within. We are being called to nurture the home of our soul.
Take time to listen to the needs of your body, heart, and soul. There has been much attention, and even fear, placed on the state of our health this year, so take pause to honor, nourish, and attend to your own well-being.
If you remember all the way back to the start of the year, on January 10, 2020, we also had a Cancer Full Moon, however, this Full Moon was a Lunar Eclipse and its energy was much stronger.
It is interesting that we opened the year with a Cancer Full Moon and we are now closing the year with a Cancer Full Moon. The difference between then and now however, is that things have softened, the energies are not as strong, there is this sense that we can rest.
Cancer is the 4th sign of the zodiac, and 2020 was also a number 4 year in numerology. The number 4 represents the home. It represents the heart of who we are and feeling at home within ourselves.
Most of us have spent so much more time at home this year. What has this shown us? What have we discovered along the way?
Chiron, the wounded healer, is also very active under this Full Moon. It supports this idea of allowing the murky water to settle, rather than trying to interfere or “fix” things.
Under this final Full Moon of 2020, Chiron works with the energies to remind us that we don’t need to prove ourselves to anyone.
We don’t need to hold the weight of the world on our shoulders. We don’t need to try, we can just be.
Where are you over-extending or overreaching in your life? Where are you burning the candle too fast or strong? Where are you trying too hard?
These areas of our lives can indicate our insecurities. Where we care too much can indicate something deeper that may be worthwhile exploring under the illuminating light of the Moon.
The Cancer Full Moon is also in a harmonious angle to Uranus, indicating that we may receive some rewards or culmination of our efforts. Perhaps these come by way of a tangible gift, but perhaps they also come in an intangible way too.
Perhaps our true gift is realizing how much we have achieved, how much we have grown, and how much love we have poured into the world.
We very often measure our productivity based on the concrete things we have achieved, but why not measure it on how much we have loved, shown gratitude, and practiced kindness.
The Cancer Full Moon will light the path for the new year. It calls for us to let go of all that is weighing us down and all that feels heavy.
It asks for us to let go of anything we no longer wish to bring with us into this new chapter we are about to begin. It calls for us to let it go, not through struggle or effort but through allowing ourselves to just be.
Allow the waves to crash and fall around you. Allow the waves of your emotions to be washed away back out to sea.
Let the vibrations of the Cancer Full Moon soothe you and free you. Allow the energies of the Moon to guide you to your inner home, where all is safe and all is well.