Welcome to the first full moon of the year in Cancer on January 17, 2022 AND Mercury Retrograde TODAY in Capricorn and Aquarius (Cue loud scream). Good Luck and May the odds be ever in your favor !
Our first Full Moon of the year on January 17 is where the rubber meets the road. The Cancer Full Moon has Powerful Pluto front and center. It’s not about good or bad. There are fifty shades of grey. It’s about what’s working and what’s not working. Powerful Pluto wants you to PURGE the stuff that’s holding you back. And no, it’s not an easy experience for you. Because it’s pulling up your DARK MATERIAL. Pluto rules the underworld. He rules the unconscious. What is hidden. The shadow side. We all have a shadow self. What is no longer serving you? What do you want this year?
The Moon in Cancer is about your emotional needs. We all have a sensitive side. How you nurture yourself. How do you LOVE yourself? How do you take care of yourself? Your emotional patterns in a relationship. Co-dependency issues that are holding you back from your growth. Your emotional self-sufficiency will be revealed. Cancer rules the fourth house of Your Personal Foundation. Your PERSONAL POWER. Emotional and financial security. The stronger your foundation the more you can achieve in the world. Do you have strong boundaries?
This Full Moon is going to expose the Truth. The Emotional Truth of both your strengths and weaknesses. Your strengths are those areas of your life that are working out. That is the good news. You will see clearly where you’re doing well.
These past few years (especially 2020, 2021, 2022) many of us have lost loved ones. People have lost a parent or partner. Good friends close to us. This grief needs to be purged. This is a deeply personal process. Everyone manages grief in their own way. There is no right or wrong or time limit. Be patient with yourself. Do what helps your RELEASE and FEEL LIGHTER.
Pluto-like Mars rules your POWER. You need to have personal power to be an effective person. Both rule the sign of Scorpio. The most POWERFUL sign of the zodiac. Because of their power to die and be reborn. Like the Phoenix Rising from the Ashes, you are being born anew.
This Full Moon is going to test you. You may find that your theory or idea is put to a practical test. “The differences between effective and ineffective teachers show up where the rubber meets the road, in the brains of the students”
January is a time to release and purge anything holding you back. You are changing. Your interests could be shifting. It could be time to look for a new vocation. Or you could change how you’re working to better suit your needs. What is complete for you?
Pluto is coupled with the Sun and opposing the Moon. This creates intense encounters with others. There could be a fight going on inside of you. There may be conflicts with other people. The power is always with the one who ACTS and does not react. Some people may be on a power trip. Demonstrating an abuse of power. The bully. The one who always has to be right.
This aspect brings out the darker nature in people. There could be jealousy and manipulation. People may use guilt to control you. Smother love or over possessiveness. These are not love. They are fear. We either come from LOVE or fear.
Don’t resist what’s happening. Flow with it. Step back if your buttons are being pushed and you’re quick to anger. You may have not all the facts Mercury is retrograde. And you don’t want to punish the people around you. Because you are frustrated or in pain. Take a beat. Wait until you have your composure back and then ask for what you need.
This too shall pass is a good mantra. This is a void of course, Full Moon. This means it’s not making any applying aspects until it changes signs. The message is to chill out. A few hours after the Full Moon the Moon enters Leo. Two days later the Sun enters Aquarius. These past few days may feel rocky but the road will be made clear. The good news is you will see clearly what is working in your life. Where you are being effective. And these are the areas you want to focus on in the weeks and months ahead.
The Cancer Full Moon is about YOUR TRANSFORMATION happening right now. Shedding the old skin to give birth to a NEW YOU. To a more fun part of you. So that we are not projecting our shadow out onto others. We own our pain so we can heal it. Being connected to your soul. The creative part of you. Who thrives on curiosity and the desire to learn. The continuous seeker of knowledge. Because knowledge is power. New doors will be opening for you. Use this time to heal yourself so you can BE READY to make your dreams come true.
As deeply emotional as this full moon may be, it is also filled to the brim with opportunities to help you sort through and release your emotional baggage and bring some serious deep-cleansing to your psyche. Self-care is your best ally to navigate through this super special full moon, Similar to all full moons, it is time to take a pause, turn inward and reflect. The monthly full moon is prime for contemplation, as often the days around it are robust with change, insights, epiphanies and decisions. Often, circumstances out of our control pop up during this time, triggering us to examine our own thoughts and feelings and their influence on the reality we exist in. To astrologers, the magic of a full moon lies not in the rise of water on the earth, but the rise in anything hidden that’s ready to be healed.
Pluto will be lending support to this Full Moon, amplifying its energy. Think of this like a now-or-never type of pressure to finally step into your power and shine! This will be especially true for those residing in the United States, as this full moon will be right on the country’s natal Pluto, which is going through a return in February. Power is a huge theme for the next few months because of this, and this full moon is sure to kick up that energy.
Lastly, with Mercury going retrograde just days before on January 14, don’t be surprised if some confusing circumstances or information comes up. Be sure to remember that a full moon is meant for reflection and stillness, less so for action. This is doubly true for this full moon, especially with mercury retrograde in the mix! Patience will be key, with yourself as much as with others.
This will be exceptionally true for people with planets close to 27 degrees of Aries, Cancer, Libra or Capricorn as this full moon will be especially potent for you. Even if you’re not one of the mentioned signs, this full moon can still be triggering, so remember to take your time, be gentle with yourself and be open to the universe pushing you into your power.
It is time to nurture yourself the way you’ve always wanted to be cared for.