Our first full moon of the year will be one of our most emotionally powerful ones! The Cancer full moon gives us a cleansing reset to our inner worlds. It’s natural that we may be carrying some emotional baggage from 2021 into the new year. It’s hard to release disappointments or heavier emotions, especially when they are rooted from hurt. But there’s power in understanding the full range of your emotions! Cancer is a deeply intuitive water sign that’s highly sensitive to their feelings and of those around them. Our society does not value emotional understanding and processing, but Cancer understands that our emotions hold important lessons for us. This Full Moon will happen on January 17th, demanding that we get real with ourselves about our unresolved feelings in order to cleanse our energy!
Cancer is connected to the moon and the divine maternal energy within us all! Represented by the crab, Cancer fights fiercely for what it loves while also maintaining its sensitivity. With this full moon, acknowledge all of the emotions that will arise within you. Observe them, question them, and allow them to teach you about what it is you have been suppressing. Be willing to be honest with yourself about what you need to feel emotionally secure and release what no longer serves you! Don’t continue to hold onto things from the past that are hurting you just because they are familiar.
Cancer is a nurturing sign that takes care of everyone around them. They can be self-sacrificing, making sure the ones they love are safe and secure. With this full moon, remember to give that same care to yourself first. We cannot always give from an empty cup! It’s important to nurture and practice the same compassion we give to others with ourselves. Gentleness is the key word when doing heavy emotional processing. Do not be hard on yourself when releasing these feelings! Show grace and gratitude as you undergo this powerful transformation.
Here are some ways to support yourself during this Cancer Full Moon:
- Connect back to the water element! Cancer is connected to the Moon and the ocean. Run yourself a relaxing salt bath, listen to oceanic sounds, or take a trip to the nearby shoreline. Water is cleansing and also connects us to our divine feminine energy. These are powerful rituals to awaken the inner divine goddess within you!
- Don’t hold back your tears! We can all learn from Cancer how to allow emotions to flow naturally. Do not judge yourself when you need physical emotional release! The best way to cleanse is to not hold back when you need to cry, scream, or yell. Take time for yourself to sit with your emotions! Journal if need be about what’s coming up, and use soothing self talk!
- Reflect on the maternal energies in your life! Our connection to our mother figures are some of the most impactful relationships we will ever have. Review how these people helped mold you into who you are today. How were you nurtured growing up? And how would you like to be nurtured in the future? Being clear on what creates emotional security for you can be a game changer in your other relationships.
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Ellen Bowles is a creative, healer, and writer from Los Angeles, CA. Ellen is the co-author of ASTROLOGY SOS: An Astrological Survival Guide to Life, published by Hardie Grant UK and Chronicle Books. She has been featured in publications such as Well+Good, Bustle, PopSugar, and InStyle.