January 4—Full Moon: Illuminating. This Full Moon is asking us to sit up and pay attention. The illumination of the Full Moon comes from the Sun, of course, but energetically the illumination of this Moon phase comes from the fact that the Sun and Moon are in direct opposition to each other. The Moon today is in Cancer, which is opposite Capricorn. We’ve all experienced oppositions in one form or another. Some oppositions feel like a struggle of wills. Other oppositions bring the clarity of seeing something full on. And still other oppositions feel like two sides of a coin that show us different sides to a similar issue. Oppositions are a dynamic stage in a cycle. They represent an extreme moment of differentiation that can bring sudden shifts in understanding. This Full Moon has the potential to be dramatic and important in all these ways.
Monday, January 5. Imagine circles of nurturance extending around you. Heart gifts are magnified by the care we give first to ourselves. This may feel like the first normal day after the New Year. Don’t be surprised if you are feeling a little tender and overwhelmed by it all. The Cancer Moon may be asking us to slow down and replenish. Mercury in Aquarius is supported by Saturn in Sagittarius. This connection can help us get more clarity about next steps. The future seems wide open for change and innovation and we feel good about being realistic about those steps. Mercury also enters the shadow zone today. This means that soon (January 21) Mercury will station retrograde and will eventually station direct when it reaches this same degree where it is today. This is the first of three passes that Mercury will make over this zone of the zodiac. With Saturn’s help, we can set valuable intention for the entire retrograde period that ends on March 3. Pay attention to communication, learning, technology, and travel.
January 9—Disseminating Moon: Sharing. The Capricorn lunar cycle has us looking at systems and structures, making resolutions for improvements, and committing to hard work. This earth-focused intention is bolstered and challenged by this next phase of the Moon. The Moon in Virgo could encourage extreme criticism. We are in the mood to evaluate everything and if we are stuck in the negative sides of Capricorn or Virgo, nothing will be good enough. If you find yourself here, then this is a moment of choice. It isn’t about not having any standards or not wanting improvement, but it is about whether we want to infuse our structures and systems with the poison of shame. I will say it again, because I say it often: It isn’t about being perfect. This phase of the Moon encourages us to share wisdom. What is the wisdom of imperfection?