The Full Moon occurs at 11:11 (UT) on Christmas day at 03°Can19′.
The Moon is at home in her own sign of Cancer so the traits of this sign and the Moon herself are strongly emphasised at this festive lunation. The Moon is our emotions, our feeling nature. She represents the inner child, our long history of emotional experiences, our habits, our gut instincts. She shows how we need to be nurtured and our nurturing style. The Moon is what we need and in Cancer, we need to be held and comforted.
This is the sign naturally associated with family and the archetype of Mother so at this time of year when family gatherings are uppermost in many people’s minds, this energy fits very well. Feelings are heightened, our sensitive side is showing. This is perfect for spending time with those we love but with the Moon opposite the Sun in Capricorn and bearing in mind Full Moons can be about crisis just as much as culmination, there is a suggestion that any fractures in family relations could be emphasised by this overly emotional Moon.
The Moon is trine to Neptune. It’s true that there is a lovely flow of feeling here. It’s generous, it’s compassionate, it’s overflowing, unconditional love. We may feel more than ready to give of ourselves as much as we give material things. It makes for long conversations into the night whilst tired kids, up since the crack of dawn, finally sleep. It’s perfect for listening to the stories of your parents, grandparents and others of Christmas past and bitter-sweet memories.
But for those of us without family, for those who are alone without choice, it will be important to monitor the flood of feeling that can arise at this time of year under this highly emotional Moon. Surrounded by glistening images of perfect family Christmases and besieged by romantic movies, it can be hard, Capricorn hard, to feel left out in the cold.
As a Pagan, my main spiritual celebration centres around Yule but I like the festival of Christmas and of course as a child, I loved it. I do get that magical sense with the twinkling lights. I love to give presents. I do like to sing Christmas carols, even though they come from a different religious tradition. And I still have that wish that one day I will have my own Christmas – with my own partner, their family and so on. Being alone never bothers me until it gets to this time of year.
The first Christmas I spent alone was when I still had my dog and cat so strangely, I didn’t feel alone – pet lovers will understand 🙂 . I made them special Christmas treats and we sat by the tree and ate dinner together. The second time I was truly alone and I cried the entire day. I couldn’t even bring myself to put up a single decoration. I never felt so utterly bereft and unwanted as I did that day. I still find Christmas hard but this year will be better as I am spending time with friends I love and thoroughly looking forward to some quality time. The aspects of this Full Moon are tugging at our heart strings and poignant moments are inevitable. If you’re alone, don’t do what I did – let that love flow back to yourself. If the holiday means something to you, give yourself Christmas – or give Christmas to someone else, Neptune loves charitable work.
Full Moon in Cancer December 2015 – Chart
With Cancer ruling nourishment and an enchanting but slippery slope trine to Neptune, it’s likely that we may find ourselves over-indulging which tends to be another tradition at this time of year. Plus Neptune is only too happy to get the wine/brandy/snowballs flowing. But as I mentioned above, fragile family relations could begin to crumble if tongues are loosened. Clashes between the young (Cancer) and the old (Capricorn) are possible, as are divides over the responsibilities we have and who spends time with whom. Neptune gives us a vision of that perfect moment, the kind that has soft focus, seasonal music playing in the background, a crackling fire and sickly sweet smiles all round. If your picture doesn’t match up, it could be tears before bedtime. This is a needy Moon.
The Sabian symbol of the Full Moon is :-
A Cat Arguing With A Mouse
In nature a cat and a mouse have specific roles. One is hunter, the other is prey yet in this symbol, these roles are being questioned. I cannot read this symbol without thinking of Tom and Jerry cartoons where Jerry endlessly outwits poor Tom.
There is the potential to bicker. Trying to switch established roles and rules within your family or friendship groups may end up more trouble than it’s worth. Whilst power dynamics are often a big issue in families that need to be addressed at some point, this may not be the time to do it. Mercury is square Mars in the Full Moon chart so conflicts are ill-advised, especially those that simply try to make a point.
But there’s no need to sink into a sozzled mess in the corner because this Moon does have much about it that is conducive to warm celebrations. It’s about accepting the roles as they are – even just for one day. It’s about showing unconditional love, even if your sister/friend/lover/in-law or child is driving you around the bend. It’s about remembering that we are all different (Uranus is about to station direct on Boxing day) and to keep communications positive with a Mercury trine to Jupiter perfecting just after Full Moon. It’s a time to forgive and forget, live and let live and nurture peace. Raise a glass with Neptune. Hug your loved ones or send out love to the universe. Call time out to Tom and Jerry and have a very happy Christmas!