Above the tower — a lone, twice-sized moon.
On the cold river passing night-filled homes,
It scatters restless gold across the waves.
On mats, it shines richer than silken gauze.
Empty peaks, silence: among sparse stars,
Not yet flawed, it drifts. Pine and cinnamon
Spreading in my old garden . . . All light,
All ten thousand miles at once in its light!Full Moon in January as the Wolf Moon or an Old Moon. This is, indeed, a magical Moon for it will be its fullest and brightest, yet the weather is at its coldest. And, while it occurs in the middle of the cold winter months, the season of death and desolation, it is also a time of both beginnings and endings for, under the Wolf Moon, the January moon, life and death come full circle. Our ancestors called this the Wolf Moon because the extreme cold and deep snows drove the wolves into the villages in search of food.
This Full Moon is in Cancer which symbolizes the emotional self, family, emotional security and nurturing amongst other things. This Moon also rules areas of people, dreams and karmic memories. The Moon in Cancer need for inner security is pitted against the Sun in Capricorn and its urge for recognition. Full Moons offer us a chance for full awareness, or full illumination. We tend to see things more clearly at the Full Moon , and our emotions may make us feel a bit more sensitive...especially with this Full Moon in Cancer. Cancer is the sign of the mother, of home and family and we might find ourselves seeking comfort from food, old pictures, and memories. This is a time for taking care of oneself and others.
The Full Moon is also a time of release, symbolically heightening the urge towards completely letting go. This Full Moon falls on the last degree of Cancer while the Sun is in the last degree of Capricorn; this indicates an opportunity for endings and completions. Hence, this may be an ideal time for us to symbolically release old resentments and wounds from our past or to forgive someone....especially from our familial past. You might feel the need to connect with someone from your past...or, perhaps you will experience a strong memory of someone or something from your past.
See if there is anything that you now need to let go of in order to move forward with your life. Look inwards and take stock of your physical and emotional needs. The emotional reality of a situation may come to light and it’s a good time for release and healing. If you need to cry, then cry. Get it out of your system and then let it go.
Water delicately flows over and around obstacles. It quenches the thirst of parched land and hearts. Listen within the stillness. Nourish that which is in need.’ ~ Dipali