Full Moon in Cancer

Full Moon in Cancer

Full Moon Meaning

The Full Moon is a powerful time to release and let go of all that no longer serves you, in order to welcome in a new lunar cycle aligned with your higher self. Full Moon’s are a potent time, and on a deeper level they activate us to merge with our full potential. They also help us to see things in a new full light, it reveals what has been hidden from us, which calls for introspection and encourages change and resolution where needed.

The first full moon of the new year, January’s full moon is called “The Wolf Moon”

It’s thought that January’s full Moon came to be known as the Wolf Moon because wolves were more likely to be heard howling at this time (for several reasons).

This Full Moon is in its ruling sign Cancer, also on it’s ruling day Mo(o)nday!

With the Moon in Cancer, a quiet and nurturing emotional nature manifests. Today you and everyone around you are likely feeling extraordinarily receptive and sensitive. Moodiness may be felt, and a need to retreat into your inner shell may be a stronger need. 

Emotional and family security takes on added significance today. You will be feeling protective of those closest to you, and also protective of yourself. 

This is also a wonderful day to use your enhanced imagination, intuition, and receptivity in a creative or enterprising manner. 

This full moon in Cancer is highlighting our needs for security, who or what makes us feel secure and loved, and how we are caring for others, and most importantly how we are caring for ourselves. How has the maintenance of our own internal world, or the home within us been? What needs to be cleansed and released from our soul’s home in order to feel more secure, nurtured, and at peace?

Aspects with this Full Moon:

Sun Opposition Moon:

This aspect creates a tense and confrontational environment. Personal conflict and crises may drain your energy. To overcome any opposition or tests of character, you must draw on your emotional strength and instincts to overcome these challenges to your ego. We may feel more defensive of our personal lives (especially with family members), or be struggling to balance our needs and responsibilities.

Moon Opposition Pluto:

This aspect can bring up a lot of inner turmoil. Your feelings can intensify to such an extreme level, be mindful of controlling your reactions and behaviors. It may be best to retreat into introspection and periods of rest. However if you wish to share your feelings outside of introspective journaling with yourself, find trusted friends, or seek psychological counselling. 

Pluto reveals all that has been hidden in darkness within us, and acts as a catalyst for deep soul level transformation to heal these issues. Pluto is pushing us to release what we’re holding onto that is no longer our truth, in order to truly empower ourselves.

Moon Opposition Mercury:

This aspect can make it harder to understand your feelings and to share them. Scrambled or polarized thinking can make it difficult to find an inner balance and relax. It can also make it harder to make sense of everyday problems.

Extra care needs to be taken with negotiations, important decisions, and sensitive discussion topics. Spending some quiet time in reflection may help you understand your feelings and also help you relax. 

Moon Trine Neptune:

This aspect sensitizes your emotions, imagination and creativity.

Creative and artistic work such as music, composition, and film are favored. You may receive inspiration to make a breakthrough in a project which has caused frustration. 

Your intuition could be especially strong now so you should pay extra attention to any psychic impressions. This would be a good time to schedule a Tarot or psychic reading, even a visit to a psychologist.

Moon Trine Chiron:

With the Moon trine or sextile Chiron there is cooperation between emotions and deep healing. Everyone can more easily tune into their deeper issues today and might react to where they have suffered trauma from long-buried past events. Profound healing is eventually possible, but it must begin with acceptance of what is there. We are asked to embrace vulnerability here. 

It’s important during this time to let yourself feel, and you need to recognize that energies must flow if you’re going to be healthy, which means that emotions must flow. You need to nurture your heart, and focus on healing any pain of rejection or abandonment you might have felt when very young. These transits can feel a bit like time travel, as your inner child often comes up to express their needs.


This is a very intense first full moon of 2022. The energy of Pluto is especially acting as a powerful catalyst to reveal all that has been hidden within our own shadows, asking us now to acknowledge what we’re holding onto that does not represent truth, and therefore must be released. 

This can of course, feel very overwhelming. Use the Cancer Full Moon Energy to come back to yourself and give yourself the time, space and healing needed to understand the transformations you’re going through. We’re feeling the need to retreat into our crab shells to evaluate how we feel more and understand the energies around us.

With the added influences of the Mercury and Venus Retrogrades, we are receiving a lot of information during these transits about the transformations we’re going through, we’re being called to spend a lot of introspective time with our inner selves. 

Sometimes too much time by ourselves can leave us with a lot more questions than answers, and cause anxieties. When this happens, we can use the nurturing Cancer energies of this Full Moon to return back to ourselves, nurture ourselves from within, and find what makes us feel like we are “at home” with ourselves. 

This introspective time will be followed by Uranus going direct on January 18th, which brings forth necessary changes and evolutions. However Uranus deals with unexpected and sporadic changes, as it is the planet  that pushes us to continue innovating and progressing to avoid stagnation and complacency. A LOT of powerful transformations are happening right now! Use this introspective time to really nurture yourself, connect with your home within you, do many cleansing and releasing practices to empower yourself by releasing what is no longer your truth. Practice embracing surrender and vulnerability, by doing so you are placing trust in yourself and the universe that you will be aligned with all that is needed to support your higher self, this is especially important since we’re going to continue transiting through many powerful transformations. We must remember to have faith that it is all for our highest goods, and find security and faith within ourselves during times of uncertainty and anxieties.


Reflections and Suggested Activities:

  • Where do you go to support yourself, are you aligned with regular spiritual self care practices? How are you maintaining the home of your own soul?
  • What do your loved ones need most at this time? What is important to help you balance your needs and responsibilities?
  • Cry. Release. Tears enable the body to release any suppressed emotions that the body now needs clearing of, to avoid it crystallizing and physically manifesting as illnesses in our bodies.
  • Use your vulnerability as a service to others. If there’s people you trust enough to connect with and if you can empathize with each other to nurture and uplift each other, now is an ideal time.
  • Cleanse. Cleanse. Cleanse. Cancer energy represents our physical homes, and the internal homes within us. Smudging rituals to cleanse your home, your own aura, and especially any of your spiritual tools like your crystals would be especially beneficial at this time. As well as getting rid of energetic or physical clutter.
  • Journal. Meditate. Any activities that help you connect with yourself. Creative expression can be an especially beneficial outlet as well. 
  • Consult and connect with your intuition, whether it be through with a tarot / oracle reader, or connecting with cards of your own, it would be very ideal to open yourself to receiving higher guidance at this time. 

- Alexandra Blaauw, Astrologer. 


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