Full Moon in Cancer and the Cross


Full Moon

January 4th brings us the first lunation of 2015: a Full Moon at 14 degrees Cancer.

This one will be all about the Uranus/Pluto square and the transiting Nodes. The Sun will conjunct Pluto (at 13 degrees Capricorn) and square Uranus (at 12 degrees Aries). Pluto is approaching a square (exact on January 15th) to the South Node in Aries/North Node in Libra, and Uranus is approaching a conjunction to the South Node/opposition to the North Node (exact on January 20th). The Sun/Moon opposition will square the Nodes at 14 degrees, although technically the Sun's square will not be exact until January 5th.

This creates a Grand Cardinal Cross that combines Uranus/Pluto and the Nodal themes, in one convenient package. Yes, even though the current Uranus/Pluto square is separating, and the contacts to the Nodes are still growing in strength.

In a nutshell, here's what's involved:

  • Uranus/Pluto square: excavating old rules/foundations (Pluto in Capricorn) while blasting a new path to the future (Uranus in Aries)
  • Transiting Nodes: wrapping up issues that involve assertiveness, action, anger (SN in Aries) and developing issues that involve relationships, compromise, balance, projection (NN in Libra)

When these themes collide, you'll get a sudden release/completion of South Node stuff, courtesy of Uranus (at 12-14 degrees Aries, in your chart). Watch for abrupt endings, arguments or breaks for freedom. The feeling of a Uranus/South Node contact is "enough's enough." Of course, whatever crosses the South Node opposes the North Node, which is an opportunity to move towards it (at 12-14 degrees Libra in your chart). You'll have no excuses, because the South Node will be done.

And Pluto will be squaring the whole works, creating tension (at 12-14 degrees Capricorn, in your chart). The tension will make things so uncomfortable, an existing situation will have to change. It could involve anything from changes to the status quo, an increase/decrease in authority, a reveal of what lies beneath the facade of respectability...it depends on your chart.

The Full Moon will be the trigger that sets it all in motion. Cancer (in your chart) will be where the deciding event comes from, but the entire issue has been building for a while. It shouldn't be too much of a surprise (if you've been paying attention).

What do we know about a Grand Cardinal Cross? Well, there was one back in April 22-23rd, 2014.  That Cross hit 13 degrees, so this Cross is likely to stir up similar events. Think back to what happened in April; the same areas of your chart will be hit. This Full Moon may actually be the culmination of April's events. Note that this Moon will be very close to where transiting Jupiter in Cancer (in April's Cross) sat, suggesting that emotions (Cancer) will run high. Since any square to the Nodes is an issue that needs resolution before you can complete the South Node/move towards the Node Node, watch for crucial Cancer themes. These may include family, nurturing and childhood. Opposed by Pluto and the Sun in Capricorn, this may involve needs being met/undermined, helplessness/personal power, neediness/independence. The adult (Capricorn)/child (Cancer) axis is the tipping point for this cross.

As was the case with April's cross, this influence will be about accelerated change. It doesn't have to hit you like a ton of bricks. The Cardinal signs respond to forward movement, so if you've already been working with the Uranus/Pluto square and the transiting Nodes, this Full Moon may simply be the confirmation that you're doing ok. But if you've been denying the inevitable, you won't be able to deny it after this.

Mercury enters Aquarius on January 4th as well. This should help, because detached Aquarius will enable communication/ideas (Mercury) that are chill. With all the emotion this Cross is packing, you should be able to step back (mentally) and look at the bigger picture. Mercury will be close to Venus (at 1 degree Aquarius) which bodes well for friendly (or at least polite) discussions.

Don't get me wrong, the Cross and the Full Moon will dominate. But if you're looking for help, Mercury in Aquarius is your guy. If things get overwhelming, channel that Aquarius energy: future-focused, rational, detached from outcomes. Aquarius is able to remain friendly (under most circumstances) because everything and everyone is part of the bigger picture, and nothing has more importance than anything else. Except for freedom, of course. Plus, Aquarius is ruled by Uranus (which will be triggering that South Node). So as much as you may want to roll around in your feelings, a bit of detachment will be enormously helpful. I know that's not easy, and I'm not suggesting that what you may feel is invalid. The Moon will be trining Wounded Healer Chiron (at 13 degrees Pisces) after all, so you'll be encouraged  to stay with your feelings, to acknowledge what is happening, because that's how you'll process them. A trine from Chiron enables movement through the spectrum of your emotions.

But there's a difference between acknowledging your feelings and moving forward, versus wallowing in your feelings. There's a time to wallow, but this Full Moon will not be it. 

If you have natal or Progressed planets/angles/Nodes from:

  • 11 to 15 degrees of the Cardinal signs, you'll feel this Full Moon and all associated influences most strongly
  • 12 to 14 degrees of the Water signs will feel the trine to Chiron