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Cancer Full Moon (with Lunar Eclipse): Emotional, Intuitive, Introspective

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We experience a Full Moon in Cancer on Friday, January 10th at approximately 2:21 PM EDT – this is the first Full Moon of 2020, and it is accompanied by a Lunar Eclipse, making it even more powerful and significant. The energy of the Cancer zodiac highlights emotions and intuition, and also promotes introspection. A Lunar Eclipse is a period for going within and taking a look at the ‘shadow self’ – the part of us that is often overlooked or brushed aside. As with all Full Moons, this is a time for pausing, appreciating, slowing down, and being present.

 

Lunar Eclipse Significance

A Lunar Eclipse always accompanies a Full Moon – this occurrence takes place when the Moon appears darkened, as it passes into the Earth’s shadow. This points us toward the ‘shadow self’, or the part or parts of us that may seem unloved, unworthy, or broken, generally overlooked or cast aside. The Moon reminds us here that this part of us is deserving of our love and attention, and that without the ‘shadow’, we cannot be whole and complete beings. Lunar Eclipses also promote breakthroughs, releasing limitations, pushing past barriers (real or perceived), and overall encourage an energy of release and letting go.

 

Emotional, Intuitive, Introspective

As stated in the intro, the Caner zodiac highlights emotions and intuition, calling for a period of introspection (this introspection is accentuated even more so with the Lunar Eclipse). The Moon also governs the Cancer zodiac, and just as a Full Moon generally heightens emotions, Cancer also encourages emotions; so it won’t be surprising if we find ourselves a bit more emotional and in touch with our feelings during this Full Moon. This is a good thing! Being deeply connected and in touch with our emotions actually promotes release, if we truly allow ourselves to feel. And since this Lunar Eclipse is calling for release, we are assisted by this Full Moon in Cancer to do just that with the help of our emotions. Being present with what we are feeling and what is coming up is greatly encouraged by this Full Moon, giving us an opportunity to let go of any energy within us that feels stuck or dense.

This is also an ideal time to really go within and listen to what our inner being is guiding us toward, supported by deeper intuition and inner knowing. The Full Moon also calls us to pause and appreciate, and with it being a New Year, many of us likely have been ridding ourselves recently of old energies, focusing our attention on new intentions, perspectives, and ways of being that we want to embody – so this is a time to take a moment to stop and appreciate all of the recent changes we have already made, along with the shift in our focus, as we have released that which is not serving us, so that we may continue to move into this period of deeper and more complete release with this first Full Moon of the year. As we allow our intuition to guide us into greater alignment with what we are called to do and how we want to be, what we no longer need will more naturally and easily fall away as we move into this alignment.

As pictured above, the Cancer zodiac is represented by the crab, which tends to be a hermit by nature. This Full Moon is giving us permission to embody our own hermit, as we create space, slow down, and go within to face our shadow selves, and more deeeply connect with our emotions and intuition, using them as guides for what is ready to be released, as well as what is ready to be realized and embodied. This is a period for nurturing ourselves and listening to what is calling to us from the inside. Resting and retreating serves us with release, and if we can honor this period, we are likely to emerge with fresh perspectives, new insights, and a deeper sense of freedom as we move ahead in this New Year!

Wishing all of you abundant Full Moon blessings!

 

You must train your intuition. You must trust the small voice inside you which tells
you exactly what to say, what to decide. -Ingrid Bergman

Zodiac artwork: @nicoledebarber (Instagram) – Also consider checking out her website, nicoledebarber.bigcartel.com – This artwork has been commissioned by the author of this blog and all images are subject to copyright law.

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Capricorn New Moon (with Solar Eclipse): Determination, Focus, Growth

FullSizeRenderThe New Moon in Capricorn takes place this Thursday, December 26th at 12:12 AM EDT – this marks the beginning of the lunar cycle that will transition us from this year into the New Year (as well as into the new decade). This New Moon is also accompanied by a Solar Eclipse, accentuating the energy of a fresh start, new beginning, and bold change. The energy of Capricorn highlights the qualities of determination, focus, and growth, with an emphasis on the big picture moving forward. This is a significant and powerful New Moon during a time of transition, calling us into aligned action and conscious determination.

Solar Eclipse Significance

The Solar Eclipse that accompanies this New Moon enhances energy that is already one of starting anew, as the New Moon each month symbolizes. A Solar Eclipse brings with it the possibility for upheaval, but also offers an opportunity for major growth, bold beginnings, and a new path (don’t be surprised if this is an unexpected path)!

Determination, Focus, Growth

Capricorn energy calls us into determination – for many of us, determination may feel like resistance, incredible strength, and maybe even stubbornness (which it can be); however, if we flip our perspective with this and get to the root of the word – ‘determine’ – and think ‘I determine…’, it takes on a more empowering energy. ‘I determine where I am going.’ – ‘I determine what I believe.’ – ‘I determine what is best for me.’ Thinking of the word in this way provides more ease with the energy of determination and assists us to use it more consciously.

As this Capricorn New Moon is accompanied by a Solar Eclipse, we may be called into adjusting our current focus (remember the potential for some upheaval). This doesn’t mean we have to abandon everything that interests us and focus entirely on one thing, however, we may be at a crossroads and need to decide where we are going to focus the bulk of our energy and attention, espeically as we are moving into a New Year. We are being asked to focus on what we are truly wanting to cultivate and nurture, with an awareness of the big picture in mind. Capricorn really invites us into an awareness of the grander scheme of things, focusing our energy with it mind, so that we remember why we are doing what we are doing and where we are truly heading, not getting too bogged down with the little things, moving ahead with ‘aligned action’, and not wasting energy unnecessarily on things that don’t really benefit us or add to what we are creating.

With this shift in both awareness and focus, we invite in the potential for major growth, especially if we provide ourselves with the right amount of structure and discipline – not becoming too rigid or caught up in the details – establishing a solid foundation upon which to build and expand. Capricorn is about taking the non-tangible and making it tangible, manifesting through conscious creation, aligned action, and awareness of the path. This truly is a powerful time with a lot of energy available to assist us as we move through this time of transition!

Wishing all of you abundant New Moon blessings and a wonderful New Year!


 

“Alignment is about finding the feeling inside of the things we want and then deliberately choosing to create those feelings.” -Christie Inge

If you are interested in diving deeper into the energy of this New Moon, consider purchasing my New & Full Moon E-Workbook for this lunar cycle, highlighting this New Moon in Capricorn, as well as the Full Moon in Cancer on January 10th. For more details and to order visit the MOON WORKBOOKS section of this site.

Zodiac artwork: Nicole DeBarber – You may find her on Instagram: @nicoledebarber or visit her website: nicoledebarber.bigcartel.com This artwork has been commissioned by the author of this blog and all images are subject to copyright law.

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Gemini Full Moon: Curious, Observant, Communicative

IMG_9443The Full Moon in Gemini takes place on Thursday, December 12th at approximately 12:12 AM EDT – this marks the final Full Moon of the current calendar year, the last Full Moon we will experience, not only in this year, but also in this decade! The energy of Gemini is one of curiosity, observance, and communication. Gemini also has the potential to be quite unpredictable, and this Full Moon is providing us the perfect opportunity to review this entire past year, really observe and take in all of the changes and growth we have experienced, and find a meaningful way to communicate anything that we learn from doing so.

Curious, Observant, Communicative

There is a very curious energy that is associated with Gemini – a knack for being ‘in the know’, moving about easily and effortlessly, taking in new information and new perspectives at every turn. With the Full Moon presenting here later this week, this is an ideal period to really get curious about everything that is going on around and within us, especially as it relates to this past year, since as stated above, this is the final Full Moon of this year. The Full Moon is a time for pause and reflection, generally, so if we tune in to the energy of curiosity during a time of pause and reflection, we have the opportunity to receive clarity through the curiousity, reflecting back upon and reviewing where we have been over this past year, or even this past decade, determining where we are now, and using this energy to be excited about moving forward in the coming New Year (and new decade).

This Full Moon calls us to be observant, to let go of what we think we know or what we believe to be true, stepping outside of that for a little bit, in order to really take in what is. If we use the energy of presence that the Full Moon provides, we will have an easier time really taking in what is actually happening instead of what we believe is happening. This gives us access to new and different perspectives so that we may open up to new information and ways of being, enhancing the clarity that is available to us during this time.

Gemini is also the master communicator of the zodiac. Not only is there a knack for gathering and taking in new information, ideas, and perspectives, but there is a propensity for being able to share all of it in an open and meaningful way. Perhaps we create some space to journal about all that we have experienced over this past year, grounding it down through the act of writing – doing so may bring in new insights or ideas which we may be called to communicate and share with others. Even if we don’t feel the call to share what we discover now, it may be beneficial to use this information in the future. It’s even likely we may feel a desire to communicate in a way that we don’t normally do so or have an easier time communicating in general. If we pay attention to this, we may find that a lot opens up for us during this Full Moon, and there is ease in bringing the past, present, and future together.

Wishing all of you many Full Moon blessings during this final Full Moon of the year!

“Your curiosity is your growth point. Always.” -Danielle LaPorte

Zodiac artwork: @sunbeamprints (Instagram) – Also check out her Etsy shop: www.etsy.com/shop/sunbeamprints

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Sagittarius New Moon: Optimism, Expansion, Truth

The New Moon in Sagittarius takes place on Tuesday, November 26th at approximately 10:05 AM EDT, marking the final FULL lunar cycle of 2019 (there will be one last New Moon for the year, late in December, but that lunar cycle will carry into the New Year). The energy of Sagittarius is one of optimism, expansion, and truth. This new lunar cycle is calling us into a space of looking ahead with optimism, pushing past any perceived limitations, and seeking truth (especially seeking to know and live our personal truth). This New Moon presents us with a final opportunity with what remains in this year to really reach for new dreams and exponential growth.

Optimism, Expansion, Truth

As we move into the final days of this year, this New Moon is moving us toward embracing radical optimism from the influence of Sagittarius, using lessons learned and experiences from this past year to assist us to energetically build upon what has went well, what has pleasantly surprised us, and what we have enjoyed this year. Through review and reflection over these things, focusing on the energy of optimism, we then have the capacity to carry this sense of optimism with us as we wind down this current year and prepare for the New Year just ahead!

Sagittarius is also about expansion (and so is the Moon), moving past any perceived or actual limitations, through focus on what is going well and what is working currently along our path. As we focus on how we feel and what we are passionate about and what is going well, we continue to build an energy that expands (rather than contracts). This expansion serves to open us up to new ideas, potentials, and possibilities, which is fun and exciting to think about as we are about to make a transition from one year to the next and are rounding out this year with the final lunar cycle which starts in Sagittarius.

And lastly, we are being called into deeper truth, especially our personal truth, as the Moon reminds us that what is true for one, isn’t necessarily true for all. This New Moon is especially asking us to move deeper into our intuition (our own inner knowing), as our intuition is strongly and intricately tied to our personal truth. As we discover more about what is true for us through going inward, we then have the capacity to really live this truth and embody it, living it from the inside out. Doing so assists us to finish off this year with a strong sense of embodiment and empowerment, knowing that we can carry this energy with us, not only as we move on from this year, but into the New Year!

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“Optimism with some experience behind it is much more energizing than plain old experience with a certain degree of cynicism.” -Twyla Tharp

Zodiac artwork: @sunbeamprints – Also check out her Etsy site by visiting: www.etsy.com/shop/sunbeamprints

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Taurus Full Moon: Grounding, Nurturing, Sensuous

IMG_9036The Full Moon in Taurus takes place on Tuesday, November 12th at approximately 8:34 AM EDT, ushering in grounding, nurturing, and sensuous energy! This Full Moon calls us to slow down, to take in, to appreciate, and to be. Full Moons, in general, are periods for pausing and appreciating, but this one especially, presenting in Taurus, asks us to do so! As we are also nearing the end of this year, taking this time to slow down, to reflect, and to appreciate all that has transpired and manifested seems even more appropriate.

 

Grounding, Nurturing, Sensuous

Taurus is an Earth sign, one that supports connection with the physical senses and plane.  A Full Moon presenting in Taurus encourages a deep sense of grounding and tuning into physical feelings, senses, and pleasures, slowing down to really be present with our physical experience in every aspect. This energy is one of nurturing, both body and soul, and through this ‘down to Earth’ energy, we have the opportunity to lean into the simple pleasures of life and cultivate a sense of comfort and enjoyment, appreciating our experience fully and connecting with everything and everyone that feels like home.

Taking time to pause and reflect on this past year is also very appropriate during this Full Moon, and through this reflection, using the Moon’s illumination, truly appreciating all that has taken place, all that has been learned, as well as every experience and manifestation. This requires slowing down, being, and intentionally reviewing this year, espeically all that has come to fruition over the past six months when the New Moon took place in the zodiac of Taurus. With this reflection, we may ask ourselves, ‘What am I currently enjoying that I wasn’t experiencing only six months ago?’ And ‘What have I created for myself over this past year that I intentionally set about to cultivate and experience?’ With these questions, we should pay attention to how we feel emotionally and energetically when we answer them and focus on any feelings that create joy, warmth, and satisfaction from within ourselves, to fully benefit from the energy of this Taurus Full Moon!

As stated previously, Taurus fosters tuning into the sensuous side of our experience – physical feelings and pleasures. By doing so, we have the capacity to more deeply connect with ourselves, with others, and with the Earth. This Full Moon is calling us to greater presence through our physical senses, really taking in and being with every feeling and physical experience, fully appreciating each moment in a mindful way. During this time, it’s beneficial to focus on enjoying the comforts of our home environment and those we share it with, as well as being with and enjoying time with those we are closest to, nurturing those deep connections. As long as we intentionally place our focus on what we are enjoying and what feels good, it’s likely we will receive the optimum benefits from this Full Moon!

Wishing you abundant Full Moon blessings!

“Practice presence – embrace the place where life happens.” -Eckhart Tolle 

Zodiac artwork: @sunbeamprints (Instagram) – Also be sure to check out her Etsy shop: www.etsy.com/shop/sunbeamprints

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