Full Moon in Cancer, January 17, 2022

The potential for plenty of underground rumblings threatening to erupt is high on this Full Moon at 27° 51’ Cancer on 17 January 2022, 03:49 PM PST. The reason is Pluto in Capricorn conjoining the Sun and opposing the Cancer Moon. We’ll need to keep our wits about us to avoid getting sucked into turmoil surrounding security issues.

Each month we have a Full Moon, giving us an opportunity to review how the solar-lunar opposition affects the opposing houses the Full Moon falls in. Oppositions are always in complimentary signs that can usually work through their differences fairly easily. That is not the case on this Full Moon in Cancer because polarizing Pluto in Capricorn is conjoining the Sun and opposing the Cancer Moon. Pluto is more likely to aggravate differences in the interest of retaining control. Adding to the intensity is Mars in Sagittarius which is semi-sextile the Capricorn Sun and inconjunct the Cancer Moon. Mars in Sagittarius loves to champion causes, often with little thought as to the validity of said causes. The chance of people turning violent in the name of their “righteous” cause is higher than usual on this lunation. One thing we can do is not feed more energy into emerging situations, but rather step back and maintain as neutral a position as possible. Another is being willing to admit we made a mistake and learn from that. Not doing so may have fatal consequences. Projection is also a big issue on Full Moons, hence the need to own our personal failures. Be careful out there!

Saturn, Capricorn’s ruler, is widely conjunct newly retrograde Mercury in Aquarius and both are square to Uranus in Taurus, all fixed signs. In other words, the urge to hold tight to our opinions is going to be strong. Needless to say, this is a lousy time to pick an argument with your nearest and dearest, or anyone else for that matter. Since Mercury will be retrograde until February 4, the possibility of resolving our issues in the short term is not good. It might be a better idea to work alone if at all possible for the time being. If not, keeping one’s mouth shut will work.

The only bright spot in this lunation chart is the trine between retrograde Venus in Capricorn and Uranus in Taurus. Venus is also tightly semi-sextile Saturn in Aquarius, at not uncongenial aspect since Saturn rules Capricorn. Venus in Capricorn is not exactly lighthearted at best and is especially somber now. We’re in the midst of the process of re-evaluating what truly makes our lives better and what we’ve outgrown. The Venus-Uranus trine can shine a light in unexpected ways, revealing important new information.

Jupiter in Pisces as well as Neptune in Pisces are sitting this lunation out. Something we can be grateful for because adding a dose of messianic frenzy into the already tense atmosphere would not be good at all. Don’t worry, both planets will be in play in future lunations.

Tuning into our feelings is especially important on this Full Moon in sensitive Cancer. The more honest we are with ourselves and others the better chance we have of a positive outcome. Earth and water dominate the sky with a slight preponderance of cardinal signs. We can use this energy to start the process of making positive changes in our lives by taking small steps and always being gentle with our feelings and those of our loved ones. If we focus on being kind, thoughtful and considerate we may be able to avoid being drawn into obsessive, destructive behaviors. Peace and love to all.

Note: Timing is averaged for EDT to PDT.

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