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January New Moon & Full Moon

Written by Sorana Cancel

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Posted on January 09 2020

Dear readers, our January Full Moon is a watery eclipse in Cancer that highlights our emotions and needs, while the New Moon in Aquarius marks a moment of change and possibly upheaval, shaking things up in our lives. Let’s find out more!

Lunar Eclipse in Cancer: January 10

The first Full Moon of the year is an eclipse that highlights the charged axis of Cancer and Capricorn, two signs that we’ve been hearing a lot about in this past couple of years. This eclipse can be a constructive tension between our conscious desire for efficiency and achievement (Sun and Capricorn) and our deeper needs for nurturance, rest and regeneration (Cancer). Our inner industrious father and our inner child or mother are now learning to dance with each other once again. If you have planets around the 20th degree of Aries, Cancer, Libra or Capricorn, you’ll be feeling the effects of this Eclipse stronger than the rest of us.

The focus is on the Cancer Moon, so we should stay mindful of what new information, results or peak moments appear in our lives when it comes to our home, our family life, our tradition and heritage, our need for security and belonging, our intuition and feminine side. What, linked to these things, has started around the 2nd of July 2019, on the Solar Cancer Eclipse?

How has that come to fruition now? Since the Lunar Eclipse happens close to the North Node- dharma, our purpose, what we need to focus on right now- it’s a sign that whatever significant events happen at this time are meant to bring us closer to our higher self, further on our path. We’re learning, both individually and on a collective level, to be softer, more tender, more receptive instead of always pushing forward with our (and society’s) agenda.

This Eclipse comes with a powerful stellium in Capricorn: the Sun, Mercury, Saturn and Pluto all come with a focus on work, time management, organization and maturity. This is probably what our daily life is reflecting right now: efforts to reach our goals and to earn a living through effort, staying power and the ability to delay our gratification.

At the same time, we could be feeling pressure (Saturn) or we could be going through crises (Pluto) that push us to discover our strength and to rewire the way we assume responsibility for ourselves and for our mission in the world.  It’s a highly transformative, possibly difficult time, especially as Saturn meets Pluto in a rare conjunction on the 12th. Walls (limitations, abusive rules, judgment) are there to be seen, brought down and rebuilt from scratch, while the Cancer Moon reminds us to do it all with as much tenderness and acceptance as possible. 

New Moon in Aquarius: January 24

On the 24th, we get a new lease of life as the Moon conjuncts the Sun in innovative Aquarius. This is a small rebirth, an inner (and outer) rebellion against all the Capricorn heaviness that’s been going around lately, a moment to set intentions for a better future, letting our imagination roam free.

Aquarius rules friendships, groups, technology, astrology, science and hopes for the future. It’s a sign always ahead of its own time. What flashes of insight are being revealed to you on this New Moon? How can you get a glimpse of the future, shaking off the old paradigm at least for a bright, electrifying moment? 

Aquarius is ruled by Uranus, the planet of change, a kind of energy that can turn our lives upside down. Since this New Moon squares Uranus in Taurus, we’re likely to experience it as somewhat disruptive, especially if we’ve been hiding away parts of ourselves (perhaps a need for independence and exploration, a need to be ourselves even if we don’t conform to society’s expectations) for too long. We can have new insights, new approaches and attitudes to existing situations or we could feel an intense need for change in the area that Aquarius activates in our natal chart. Now is the moment to set our intentions! 

It’s always good to not take immediate action in the days before or after a New Moon, as this is a time of uncertainty, saved for reflection and planting seeds. Wait for a little while, but expect things to move forward quite fast after that period of waiting. Saturn, the traditional ruler of Aquarius, is in conjunction with transformative Pluto, so the changes that we’re going through can be intense, especially for those of us with planets around the 4th degree of Taurus, Leo, Scorpio or Aquarius.

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