Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Full Moon in Cancer

Full Moon
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!
by Tu Fu

The  Native American often calls the first 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 needsThe 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


  1. Oh how I love a good cry. Sometimes it's a better physical release than an orgasm : )

  2. My strong memory today was of the old Valentine Boxes our teachers made for our grade school years to hold all our valentines til that special day. :0)
    How beautiful they were done up by our teachers and are now a thing of the past. sigh!

  3. ~bright full moon blessings mary...i think these posts are of my favorite...always nourishing words to gather and carry with us...much love and light upon you and yours~

  4. This is a very nourishing post, as Faerwillow has shared...and has been felt monumentally by me the past few days. I was recalling things last evening in meditation, that I quickly cut the silver cords to...I no longer need them, one of which was a yucky memory of my father.
    I long have loved this January Full Moon as it coincides with my birthday each year and have been fortunate enough in past years to lay in its moonbeams, which felt so healing.
    I wish for you a day of Sunbeams and Moonbeams Mary...and moving through the Waters. Blessings Dear Sister! :)

  5. thankyou - this will help my daughter xoxo
    I find it so hard to cry.. so, so hard.

  6. Happy Full Wolf Moon.

    Lovely entry.

    Lovely wolf photo.

    Btw, thought of you today, when the NYC bomb scare news came. "Poor Mary!" was the first thing I thought. -sigh- You certainly didn't need to hear such news.

    But, enough of that stuff.......

    Hugs & ♥'s,
    Cause Valentine's Day is coming!

  7. Maybe this is why all of the emotions. I finished the book, so inspiring. Going to pass it around to the kids. Thanks so much, my friend.