Cancer Full Moon ~ Friday, December 25, 2015 @ 3:11 am PST
I am writing this on the winter solstice, December 21st, four days before the Cancer full moon. Winter solstice is the beginning of the winter season for the northern hemisphere, but it also marks the opening of the solar new year. After the longest night, slowly, our face of the earth turns toward the sun. Even though it may get colder, wetter, icier, the light is, literally, now on our side.
This year’s solar return is heightened by the waxing and nearly full moon, and on Friday, December 25th, Christmas day to those who celebrate, the sun, moon, other stars and planets in our universe are shining brightly towards Gaia, and us all.
Cancer is the maternal side of Capricorn, the stern, Saturn-ruled, father-time like energy that ushers in winter and the new season. Capricorn asks us to get clear on our path for the year ahead, to set a foundation, formulate a plan. Cancer reminds us to be where we are and to love it. Cancer encourages us to come home.
I’m a military kid, so home is a funny concept for a me, and I know many others who struggle with the idea. What is a home? What makes one? Is it love? Is it a mortgage? Is it the people? Especially in a time where we hear more and more about refugees fleeing their “homes,” and animals losing their natural habitats to disaster and global warming, it can be a word that brings grief, fear or anger. We also have the traditional vibe of “home for the holidays” going this time of year, and this, too, is an occurrence of both sorrow and joy as we face changes in our beliefs, lives, birth/death in families, feuds and all the other dynamics that happen between us humans as we explore our sense of place and of belonging.
Last summer I began a graduate program in Ecopsychology. Most people have zero clue what that means. They ask what I am studying, and when I tell them, they smile and nod… and then, realizing they no idea what I just said, they add, “what’s that?” I could spend quite a long time explaining my educational focus, but the thing I often share is simply the translation of the word. Eco means “home.” Psyche is the “soul”. Ology is “to study.” Ecopsychology is the study of the soul at home.
Cancer is the only sign ruled by the moon, she is at home in the lunar light. She asks us to settle into the home of our soul. This can be as simple as taking time to actually acknowledge your body, where the spirit resides, or to tune into nature, the home we all share. And yes, Cancer also encourages the nourishment of familial origins, ancestry (especially female ancestors), and the welcoming of the comforts of season and memory.
Symbolized as the crab, Cancer’s moon shadow can easily eclipse our new light if we allow ourselves to withdraw too deeply into old comforts and forget the power of finding a home in the present with all that is contained in this moment.
I suppose my Solstice/full moon intention is to allow a Cancerian awareness to wash over me – one of being at home, totally present in my Self and my current situation, and fully reverent of this sacred mama planet of ours. May we all find our home in the glow of the full moon, the coldness of the wintry earth, the slowly growing solar light.
I spend a lot of time in the past or future, wanting to be ahead just a little, somewhere more than what is right now. There is nothing wrong with goals, and as we will see in the Capricorn new moon, it is important to have them, to have a plan of where we want to go in the year ahead. But first, we must find the home we have, exactly where we are, now.
Embrace it, thank it, love it, soak it in. Cancer is like the ocean, the biggest force on earth. When we swim against her current, we are exhausted. The moon pulls the tides and this is a powerful phase to go with the flow. Let yourself be held and carried by what makes your soul feel at home right here and now. As the light begins to strengthen, may it shine on each of us and our sweet soul-stice home.
About Bekah Finch Turner
Bekah Finch Turner is also a regular contributor to chakraboosters.com, home of Chakra Boosters Healing Tattoos™. She is a yoga teacher, shamanic practitioner and moon devotee. For more information on her work and writing please visit www.sacredwayyoga.com.