The Full Moon in Cancer arrives on December 29th 10.28 pm ET / December 30th 4.28 am CET. The Full Moon will be at 8 degrees Cancer.
This is the first time in three years that the Full Moon in Cancer isn’t opposed by Saturn. Saturn entered Capricorn in December 2017. Saturn left Capricorn and moved into Aquarius earlier this month. Thus, this is the first Full Moon in Cancer in three years that isn’t opposed by Saturn. Which is really nice! Also; eclipse season is finished and this is the first Full Moon in a while that isn’t shadowed. Which is really nice too!
The Moon is at home in Cancer. The Moon rules the sign Cancer. A Full Moon in Cancer is, in general, a powerful Full Moon. It’s the Moon shining in all her glory on the stage in her own theatre. An opposition with Saturn is the hardest aspect a luminary (the Sun and Moon) or a planet can make with Saturn. Saturn restricts. When Saturn opposes the Moon, he restricts the Moon. The Moon is connected to the body and to emotions. When Saturn contacts the Moon, either in a natal chart, in a personal transit or in mundane astrology, he places restrictions on the body and the emotional life. This can translate in feeling unsafe, cold, under nourished, anxious, and the like. Ideally, a Full Moon in Cancer supports us in connecting with our emotional life and our bodies, in feeling at home and feeling safe, and in celebrating the intimate and emotional connections with the important people in our life. In the past three years, the Full Moon in Cancer felt restrained by Saturn. Now, she’s finally free.
There are three Goddesses in Greek mythology that are connected to the Moon. Artemis is connected to the New Moon and the waxing cresent phase following the New Moon. Selene is connected to the Full Moon and the phases before and after the Full Moon. Hekate is connected to the waning cresent phase of Moon cycle, when the Moon is thinnest just before the New Moon starts. Selene is the primary Moon Goddess. Selene is a personification of the Moon itself, while Artemis and Hekate are not. This Full Moon in Cancer is Selene at home, free from the boundaries that Saturn placed upon her in the past years. At the top of this article you see a painting of Selene. I think it captures the fullness of this Moon and the freedom of the Moon, the freedom that Selene experiences, perfectly.
The Full Moon is connected by sextile with Uranus in Taurus and the Moon is applying to an opposition with Mercury in Capricorn. In other words, this Full Moon might come with some (unexpected) revelations (look at the houses in your chart that contain Cancer and Capricorn for clues to what topics these revelations might be about).
On the day of the Full Moon, December 30th, Venus in Sagittarius squares Neptune in Pisces. On the day just after the Full Moon, December 31st, Venus conjuncts the South Node in Sagittarius. Matters of love, and relating in general, might be a little challenging around the Full Moon. Venus square Neptune makes it hard to have a clear perspective on relationships. While Venus conjunct the South Node might bring on feelings or situations of lack and loss. Venus square Neptune and Venus conjunct the South Node challenges us to take off our pink glasses; we won’t want to but we’ll need to… For some these Venus transits will be about ‘finally seeing the red flags instead of red roses and accepting this just isn’t meant to be’; for others it will be ‘last minute cancellations on fun New Year’s Eve plans’; for yet another it may be ‘dreaming about prince charming, while the love is unrequited’; for most of us it’s about ‘lockdowns preventing New Year’s hugs and kisses flowing around’. Venus will get a reality check and she will experience a sense of loss. These transits are quick. Venus moves quickly. She rebounds quickly too. It’s just a bummer that these transits happen on New Year’s. Or maybe not, maybe it’s fitting. As above so below: the journey of Venus reflects the journey of the human collective when it comes to relationships. This New Year’s Eve will not be as warm, pleasurable, fun, celebratory and filled with hugs and kisses as we usually make it to be. The Venus transits don’t cause our New Year’s celebrations to be small gatherings instead of big parties. The planets above don’t cause happenings below. The planets above reflect the happenings below.
I want to wish you all a Happy New Year and the best to come for 2021! The next year will be challenging. It will come with ups and downs. I can promise the human collective, that it will be better than 2020 has been. We’ve survived 2020. That’s worth a celebration!
Summary forecast for January and February
I want to start this forecast with a general forecast for the next two months. Because, in the next two months there will be a buildup of fixed energy. This buildup is already taking place. Fixed signs are Taurus, Leo, Scorpio and Aquarius. Cardinal signs direct energy, fixed signs contain and stabilize energy and mutable signs spread energy. Mid December 2020, Saturn and Jupiter moved from Capricorn into Aquarius. These two planets are slow moving planets. Saturn will remain in Aquarius until March 2023. Jupiter will remain in Aquarius for a big part of 2021. At this moment Uranus, an even slower moving planet, is in Taurus. In the next few weeks, Mars will move into Taurus and Mercury, the Sun and Venus will move into Aquarius. All personal planets, except for Mars, will be in Aquarius (Uranus, Neptune and Pluto are not personal planets but generational planets). There will be an emphasis on the fixed signs in the next two months.
The biggest emphasis is on Aquarius, with so many planets in Aquarius. Mars and Uranus in Taurus will square the planets in Aquarius. Aquarius is an air sign that detaches; especially with Saturn’s presence, Aquarius builds structures and thus also boundaries. Uranus breaks boundaries. Mars ignites and creates friction. Uranus and Mars will ‘upset’ the planets in Aquarius (and the other way around). The next two months will not be easy. (Oh, by the way, there’s also a Mercury retrograde in Aquarius coming up.)
For the human collective this may mean several things. Aquarius contains air, it builds walls that capture air. When I think of Aquarius I actually think of cold, almost frozen, air, that’s separated by glass walls or windows. Windows put people on the inside and outside. Walls create structure, structure in the mind. Aquarius is an air sign, air signs are the social signs and they are focused on the intellect and communication. Social distancing is very much an Aquarius thing. Rules and regulations are also very much an Aquarius thing. Laying out structures is very much an Aquarius thing. In the time period when so many planets are in the fixed signs, things in the world will be fixed; in a bad sense ‘stuck’ in a good sense ‘solidified’. However, Uranus and Mars in Taurus will uproot things; both in Taurus and in Aquarius. Protests and or challenging circumstances considering Aquarius topics (human rights) and/or Taurus topics (food, money, safety). Other than that, things will be fixed (which doesn’t mean that time doesn’t move forward or nothing will happen, obviously; it means that things will stay in course, remain moving in the same direction). For example, considering pandemic regulations, there might be some changes in regulations, but no sudden freedom. With Uranus squaring planets in Aquarius, I do however suspect new technological stuff emerging / unexpected or innovative changes in rules and regulations considering the pandemic or in politics in general / or something the like. I don’t know what to expect exactly. That’s the thing with Uranus; he always brings the unexpected. Thus, there will be ‘unexpected Taurus and Aquarius things’. But there won’t be more freedom. There will be a lot of Aquarius energy; which can be interpreted as ‘being stuck in Zoom rooms’. When the Sun, Venus and Mercury move on into Pisces (and Mars into Gemini), there will be free more flowing energy and movement (but not going back to normal yet, if we will ever…).
What does this mean for you personally? In the next two months there will be a major emphasis on the part of your chart that contains Aquarius. Thus, you can expect that you will have to focus on the topics that fall under the house that Aquarius is on in your chart. The focus will start to intensify mid January and will be most intense in February. There will also be a strong focus on the part of your chart that contains Taurus.
The focus on Aquarius and Taurus is major in these two upcoming months. Next to that, as long as Saturn is in Aquarius (until 2023), you’re asked to restructure the parts of your life that are ruled by Aquarius. At the same time, Uranus asks you to break free in another part of your life. These demands are in conflict. I offer a workshop to support you in dealing with these two conflicting demands; so you can revolutionize your life and free yourself from constrictions, while building the solid structures that are necessary for you to live a fulfilling and meaningful life. The workshop will be on the 17th of January and this is an online workshop. I’ll also offer a workshop on the 11th of February. This is a New Moon workshop to support you in setting intentions regarding ‘all the Aquarius stuff’ in your chart. I will support you to navigate through the cold Aquarian air, helping you to clear out the clutter and so you can focus on what truly demands your attention. This way you’ll get a head start at building the structures that you’ll need to build between now and March 2023. Click here for more information on the workshops.
Transits between the Full Moon in Cancer and the New Moon in Capricorn
January 4th / January 5th Mercury conjunct Pluto
Mercury rides into the underworld to meet Pluto. The underworld isn’t a place one can easily attend. Most gods and goddesses can’t just travel to the underworld. Mercury, however, is able to do so. In mythology, Mercury isn’t as uncomfortable in the underworld as other gods and goddesses are; that’s because Mercury is always able to leave the underworld. Mercury travels between the light and the dark. Mercury is comfortable in shadows and in hidden places. However, this astrological transit might reflect some discomfort. Mercury is related to the intellect, and when Mercury meets Pluto we will sink into the dark realms of our psyche. Mercury conjunct Pluto can signify the uncovering of secrets, your own and those of others. Mercury is also a planet of communication and Pluto often relates to power. This conjunction, thus, can also refer to challenging talks with people in power, battles of words, and power struggles in letters, emails or via the phone.
January 6th Mars enters Taurus
Mars finally leaves Aries! Mars spend half a year in Aries, way longer than he usually spends in a sign, due to a retrograde period. Mars now moves from his domicile to his detriment. Taurus is a fixed earth sign and ruled by Venus. Taurus is all about stability and thus can appear to move slow, while Mars likes to go fast. Taurus likes to build, Mars disrupts. Taurus is ruled by Venus and good at creating comfort, Mars brings the opposite. Mars has trouble in Venus her home; he can’t go to war with plants, silk sheets, crystal stones and massage oil. Though Mars is not particularly strong in Taurus, he will probably be more irritable than he usually is (because he’ll want to trade those flowers for swords; because Mars feels a bit incompetent at going to war in Venus her home). Mars in Taurus will square planets and luminaries in Aquarius. Mars in Taurus will also conjunct Uranus. Mars will give a boost to all the Aquarius stuff and Mars will put gasoline on Uranus his fire. This transit won’t be an easy one. Thus, even though I’m happy with Mars leaving Aries, I’m not fond of him entering Taurus.
January 8th Mercury enters Aquarius
Mercury enters Aquarius on January 8th and will stay in this sign for an extremely long period. Mercury stays in Aquarius till mid March. Between the 8th of January and the 30th of January Mercury travels all the way through Aquarius, to station retrograde on the 30th of January and to travel back into earlier degrees of the sign. Mercury will station direct on the 20th of February, after which he has another long journey through Aquarius ahead. Mercury will enter Pisces mid March.
Mercury in Aquarius supports thinking about boundaries, brainstorming about structures, learning about systems, understanding infrastructures, talking about social justice, getting vocal about rights, conversing in Zoom rooms, dispersing goods through fixed postal lines. Mercury in Aquarius can be detached and out there. Mercury in Aquarius can get lost in the clouds. It’s in those clouds, though, where Mercury becomes creative. Mercury in Aquarius supports our intelligence and is supportive of thinking outside the box.
January 8th Venus enters Capricorn
Venus enters Capricorn on January 8th. Venus in Capricorn shows her love with accountability. Venus in Capricorn shows up! Venus in Capricorn helps her lover out of messes. She shows her love by being on time and taking care of the other. Love is shown through practical thoughtful gestures. Venus in Capricorn expects the same in return. This goddess of love wants to feel respected and loves consistency in effort. Since Capricorn is an earth sign; Venus in Capricorn has a thing for the material too. Luxury goods are well appreciated, as is effort and care in the bedroom.
January 8th (US) / January 9th (Europe) Mercury square Mars
January 9th (US) / January 10th (Europe) Mercury conjunct Saturn
January 11th Mercury conjunct Jupiter
Mercury has a rough few days from January 8th – January 10th. Square Mars and conjunct Saturn, the messenger of the gods needs to struggle through a few degrees of Aquarius. Mercury square Mars can signify arguments, disagreements and heated conversations; saying things one might later regret. For some, Mercury square Mars is a helpful transit. Some of us need some encouragement to speak up for ourselves; Mars is there to give it to you. Mercury conjunct Saturn may relate to setting boundaries and to saying no; or the experience of someone else saying no to you. Mercury conjunct Saturn may also reflect thoughts of incompetence and anxiety. Remember, these are transits, most negative thoughts and arguments will pass on. As Mercury moves on from Mars and Saturn, the air will start to clear. In fact, on January 11th Mercury meets up with Jupiter. Jupiter will be there, waiting for Mercury, with healing balms and band aids. Mercury conjunct Jupiter supports optimistic thinking. This transit is also supportive for brainstorming, philosophical talks, chatting with friends and expanding your network. It’s also a good day for studies.
January 9th Venus trine Mars
Venus trine Mars is a helpful one. Venus supports Mars in doing some good and she might lessen his evil strikes. Venus supports Mars in using his testosterone for making love, instead of using it for making war. This transit may reflect increased passion and lust (as above so below). This transit is good for dating and sexual activities. Mark time in your calendar for a fun date, either with your lover or with your vibrator.
January 13th 12.00 am ET / 6.00 am CET New Moon in Capricorn at 23 degrees Capricorn
I’ll get back to you soon with updates on the New Moon.