For our final full moon of 2020 we welcome in the full moon in Cancer on December 30th. With this full moon taking place so close to the end of the calendar year we have a wonderful opportunity to really release and let go of all that no longer serves us and all that we don't wish to carry in to 2021. December's full moon is also called The Moon After Yule, The Cold Moon, The Long Night Moon and the Oak Moon.
Cancer is a feminine water sign ruled by the moon herself so expect to feel ALL the feels in the lead up to this Full Moon especially as this moon lands in that weird crimbo limbo time. Self care, rest and nourishment couldn't be more important at this time.
Cancer themes: home, nurture, care, nourish, motherhood, receiving, emotions, healing, belonging, intuition, the divine feminine, the lunar, the mysteries.
For this Full Moon, we have the Sun in Capricorn and the moon in the opposite sign of Cancer. Capricorn invites us to look at our soul purpose and the balance between our spiritual life and daily life - we'll explore this more with the New Moon in Capricorn. The full moon in cancer can help us to see how much emotional baggage is standing in the way of us achieving our spiritual goals. Spend some time really sitting with your emotions and whatever is coming up for you during the lead up to this final full moon of the year and journal about your feelings. What patterns can you find within your emotions? What narratives can you see are on repeat? How much of this is your stuff or stuff that has been passed down to you? Can you cut the cords? This Full Moon falls so close to the end of the calendar year, really ask yourself what you don't want to carry with you into the new year.
We can also ask ourselves if our attachment to safety and security is preventing us from moving forward and stepping into the unknown. Cancer is a very home orientated sign and the shadow side of this can be that this sign gets stuck out of fear.
A key theme associated with cancer is CARE - it's really important to achieve balance between the care that we give to others and then making sure we care for ourselves. How good are we at receiving care and support from others? Winter is a time to let ourselves receive - receive rest, nourishment and restoration. It's a time to hug our energy in and create boundaries that protect this important time for our self to process the events of the year and also to allow our self time and space to dream the new year ahead.
It's really important to re-establish our boundaries at the beginning of a new year. Reflect on your emotional boundaries at the moment, are they functioning? Do you need to assert new boundaries? Who and what is depleting your energy? Remember, if we want to achieve our soul purpose we need our energy to be directed in the most beneficial way.
It's important to remember, in the midst of everyone posting about "new year, new you" detox plans and exercise goals that we are in the depths of winter and will be for some time. In the old celtic calendar, the first signs of Spring are celebrated with Imbolc on Feb 1st but even then there's an awareness that this is a subtle shift and there's still plenty of Winter time to go. We still have to get through the frosts, fogs and potential snow of January, February and March. So, an invitation is to think carefully before packing away all of your Yule decorations. Home is an important theme for cancer (crab shell), moon in cancer days invite us to look at how nurtured we feel. Think about the home comforts that are going to keep you warm and nurtured over the coming winter months. Continue to adorn your living spaces with fairy lights, candles, and soft and luxurious throws and blankets.
“The ache for home lives in all of us. The safe place where we can go as we are and not be questioned.” - Maya Angelou
Cancer rules the chest, lungs, stomach, liver and gall bladder. The cold, damp weather can leave us susceptible to coughs, colds and chest infections so again self-care is key. We need more rest in winter so make sure you're getting early nights and sleeping more. Gentle yoga practices like yin, restorative and yoga nidra are wonderful at this time of year as well as emphasising breathing practices to help your lungs.
SUPPORT YOURSELF WITH ROSE ESSENTIAL OIL
Rose is like the mother of essential oils. She will support you, comfort you and help you to let go of painful emotions. You can work with Rose essential oil energetically by holding a bottle of rose essential oil whilst you meditate or you can apply topically. Rose is a very strong oil so just one drop in some carrier oil will be sufficient. Taking this across the heart space will help to soothe emotions and replenish your heart chakra.
One of the archetypes associated with Cancer is the Mother - this full moon turn your attention to how often you let yourself be mothered. How often do you receive help, guidance and motherly affection? There is so much going on right now in the world around us and in our own lives as we navigate our way through unknown territory. It's so important to allow our self space and time to heal and process the trauma of the last year. How could you open yourself up to receive? This is wonderful time to connect to Mother Goddesses, especially mother Goddesses associated with Yule and the season of Winter:
An Cailleach, The Deer Mother, Frau Holle, Elen of the Ways, Frigga.
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