Full Moon in Cancer, December 2023:
Smooth, Grounded Growth
Full Moon in Cancer: The Full Moon in Cancer occurs at 4º on December 26, 2023. Full Moons are relational in nature, and therefore climactic and confrontational. Yet, this Full Moon features otherwise harmonious aspects. Therefore, we may actually experience positive resolutions.
Full Moon in Cancer: Comfort versus Hard Work
The December Full Moon in nurturing Cancer is opposite the Sun in responsible Capricorn. As always, these two signs form the axis of self-connection versus public recognition and validation. Additionally, Cancer and Capricorn split us between nurturing and discipline, home versus work, family versus career, emotional validation versus tough love and boundaries. Since oppositions are particularly difficult for the human mind to integrate, we will likely identify more with one archetype and project the other one onto someone else.
If we find ourselves identifying more with Cancer, we may be stuck in our feelings and our hurt. In some cases, we may have trouble leaving the comfort of our safe personal sphere to experience hardship and discomfort out in the world. Additionally, we may feel hurt by workaholism, social climbing and concern about external appearances, and emotional coldness in others. Alternatively, if we identify more naturally with Capricorn, we may be more aligned with ambition, hard work, and denying our feelings for the sake of achieving our goals. Also, we feel irritated by bottomless emotion, “weakness,” immaturity, and dependency in others.
Full Moon in Cancer: Learning Gentle Boundaries
This December Full Moon features a supportive trine to Saturn in Pisces. Luckily, Saturn in Pisces seeks to introduce boundaries in a flexible, soft, and compassionate manner. Since Saturn is the ruler of Capricorn, Pisces softens Saturn’s somewhat cold and unyielding nature, aligning it more closely to the sensitivity of Cancer. Also, it forms a sextile to the Sun in Capricorn. With Saturn in Pisces’ help, we can relax into our boundaries, and locate them intuitively rather than logically.
Saturn in Pisces may also hold the key to our ambivalence towards ambition. Saturn in Pisces desires to achieve something that is aligned with our spiritual values. Therefore, it doesn’t want fame for the sake of fame, or success for the sake of success. On the contrary, it is in one of the least materialistic signs of the zodiac. As such, Saturn in Pisces teaches us that there is no success that is not aligned with our life’s deeper values. Thus, we can re-work our goals and dreams according to this inner guidance.
Full Moon in Cancer: Practical, Grounded Optimism
The Full Moon in Cancer also features a supportive sextile to Jupiter in Taurus. Jupiter in Taurus is a fertile, wild influence, encouraging growth, deservingness and abundance. In sensual Taurus, Jupiterian optimism and faith arise from a grounded sense of self-worth and practical understanding of life’s possibilities and universal laws.
Jupiter in Taurus allows us to grow and dream in a supportive, grounded, secure manner. Typically, Cancer can’t connect easily to Jupiterian enthusiasm, seeing it as unstable, impersonal and overblown. However, in Taurus, Jupiter’s warm, earthy attitude towards growth appeals to this Cancer Moon. Actually, Jupiter in Taurus’ penchant for growth springs out of Taurus’ deep self worth and connection to self. This satisfies Cancer’s need for connection to self, while also satisfying Capricorn’s need for earthy growth and expansion.
Full Moons are moments of polarity and confrontation, as lived through interpersonal interactions. During the December Full Moon in Cancer, we can realign our goals and our careers with a deeper level of understanding by centering with our deeper emotional and spiritual truths. Furthermore, we can bring a deeper sense of integrity to our mission in the world, blending it with a recognition that we are all one: all living beings, non-living beings, and our entire planet. Finally, we can bring maturity and grounding to our emotional experience. With gentle and compassionate boundaries, structure, and practical confidence, we can guide our emotional life to a less turbulent place.
This is a good time for us to contemplate the integration of Cancer and Capricorn. For example, we can ask ourselves the following questions: How can we balance between the need for comfort and the need for challenge? How can we maintain ambition and pursue our goals without becoming too emotionally detached? What can we do to align our career paths with our deeper spiritual values? How can being grounded enable us to have a better relationship to our own emotions?
Understanding the Full Moon’s impact on your Natal Chart
incredibly useful for help in managing
our interpersonal crises and internal conflicts.
To learn how this month’s Full Moon in Cancer
aspects your chart and how to use it to understand yourself more,
contact Pandora Astrology for a Natal and Transits Reading.
Does the December Full Moon Affect Me?
If you have a planet in your chart placed at 29º of a Mutable sign, you will feel this Moon. If you have anything at 0º to 9º of a Cardinal sign, you will also feel this Moon.
This is also true if your birthday falls in any of the following date spans:
March 18 to 29
June 19 to 30
September 21 to Oct 1
December 20 to Dec 30
If you are curious to learn more, a professional reading is the best way to get tailored information to your chart. To learn how this November Full Moon functions in your chart and how to use the lunar cycle to your advantage, contact Pandora Astrology for a Natal and Transits Reading.
Or try casting your own chart and looking at it yourself.