Full Moon in Cancer – Atonement

Originally published on Heretical Oracles under the pen name Artemis.

“And here, shipmates, is true and faithful repentance; not clamorous for pardon, but grateful for punishment.”
 –Herman Melville, Moby-Dick

Effective Date:  January 12th, 2017

“Forgive me, Father, for I have sinned.”  Good Lord, this full moon is brimming with big Cancerean tears and begging to be forgiven for something.  The awkward emo of the zodiac has turned viscous, nailing us to the heavens via “cardinal cross.”  The absolution will not come until the confessions are made, Heretics. The confessions will come in many forms, and most will seem almost out of the blue (this moon is volatile)… yet not so much.  You were expecting these things, weren’t you?  You had them stewing at the pit of your stomach; a sickness rising like smoke to strangle your heart.  These are the things that have been following you like shadows that now have taken on substance and must be reconciled with.  This moon is about atonement, Heretics, but not with the gods.  Oh no.  We must atone with each other.

The Sun (The Chariot), Moon (Queen of Wands), Jupiter (The Lovers), Saturn (6 of Swords), and Uranus (9 of Wands)- Cancer is fretful by nature, and avoidance just makes that anxiety swell during this time.  This moon demands that you carry through with your ideals and make some moves.  Things can happen rapidly surround the full moon, and you will get washed under the tides just as quickly as you believe you have made it to safely to shore.  Swift justice must be dealt as Jupiter squares the Moon and the Sun during this transit – opposing Uranus and Eris.  You cannot wait any longer to do what you need to do – to make the connections or cut the cords.  Words of advice: you must accept the consequences of your actions this year and step forward to receive all that is necessary because of them.  If you shy away from this or wish to be forgiven once again for your mistakes, you will not go through the incredibly necessary emotional transformation that is required for you to digest your Tower Year.  The confessions of the Gemini Full Moon in December will solidify here, and we will seek to make amends and follow new paths.  This Moon demands change, and it doesn’t give a shit if we are already tired.  We must confess.  We must move on.  We must become better.  I know, there is a lot of apprehension in the air and we have all been boxed into a corner, but you know how to do this.  You have been training since the Cardinal Crisis in June, and now it’s time to swing full force and not let up.  Cancer’s shell protects the tenderness they hold inside; their pincers hacking away at enemies who dare to defile that tenderness.  Do not destroy that tenderness inside of you.  You built your fortress in order to protect that that emotional gold.  Do not forget this.  

Mercury (6 of Wands)- We have been avoiding to remedy some very important things that Mercury in Retrograde hopefully shook out of us.  People think of Mercury Retro as a time of mis-connections when in fact it is Mercury hot wiringquicker connections.  Your world will get shocked and you’ll come face to face with things you have been desperately avoiding (reasons people hate Mercury retrograde).  Mercury will be going direct only days before this Full Moon, remaining in shadow during the lunation.  So yeah, everything is out in the open, and we are left dealing with the emotional gunk of 2016’s wreckage before descending into the utter chaos that is 2017 (oh yeah, pressure cooker style year – and the heat is being turned on NOW).  This is heart gunk, guys, and Cancer will not let you sleep until the heart is sanctified.  If you can manage to deal with what Mercury has sent your way, this will be the victory that begins your momentum for 2017.  Even if you met your Mercury Retrograde challenge, the 6 of Wands reminds us that all victories are ephemeral and a bigger battle is on the way…

Venus (Queen of Pentacles) and Neptune (Queen of Swords)- This moon is highly psychic.  If you sit quietly enough, I’m sure you could just about hear the thoughts of others around you. We are setting out on a new year, and although we are tired, it will be far easier to understand each other now, so make sure you use this chance to atone.  There will be a Venus/Neptune conjunction happening during this full moon (and a fantastic trine between the moon/Mars/Chiron), so you will feel a lot more bravery than usual to confront situations head on.  Seriously, use this energy before shit starts descending into chaos later (remember, we have a Venus Retrograde in Aries coming soon – 40 days and 40 nights of temptation right around the corner).  The cards are telling me to make sure that although emotions are raging, you stay grounded and keep your eye on the prize.  Whatever it is that your heart truly desires, make sure that you stay keen on that.  This is a “rose colored glasses” warning, so make sure you do what you set out to do before you get swept back into the ocean of Maya.  Other than the doom and gloom, this will be a tremendously nurturing time for all of us if we allow it – even if the emotions we end up dealing with are “difficult.”  If we push through and act with integrity and bravery, we will lay exceptional groundwork for the rest of 2017 and have at least some stability going in.  Neptune says “stab through the illusion” that you have participated in weaving around yourself, and reach for the realness that exists below it.  Do not be afraid to shatter fantasies, for we need to solidify ourselves in what we really feel before we can ascend the mountain of this year.  Capricorn sun demands for the fantasies of these two planets in Pisces to create the “great art,” but to remember the difference – art and fantasy can illuminate a truth or it can take us far far away from truth.  Your choice, Heretics.  Do you want the truth of it or do you want a fantasy that will surely crumble in the near future?  Remember Tower Year.  All Towers Fall.  Make your choice wisely.

Mars (Ace of Pentacles) and Pluto (Knight of Wands)- Networked Revolution.  Don’t you forget that term, because that will be the theme of this year.  Although Mars will be in illusive Pisces, he will be super powering this moon with his presence.  He has been diving through the waters of illusion looking for something soft to plant the seeds of intent into.  That softness, Heretics, is your raw heart.  Here is where we plant the intentions of our year, and they must come from your deepest desires.  Set things out in motion here, but do not fret if they do not unfold immediately.  Whatever intentions you cast during this time must be nursed throughout 2017, but remember that they will surely unfold as your life progresses through these months.  You may feel stuck since the last full moon, struggling to figure out exactly where the fuck you should go (all this Pisces energy surely isn’t helping with that), but you have to remember that the past month hasn’t been about going anywhere.  It has been about digging deep within yourself and seeing exactly who you are and what you are made of.  Now you must muster that bravery and actually act with it – actually make the transformations inside of yourself that are necessary for you.  Do not dismay, Heretics.  We are warriors, and we must find stability and peace within the fight.  You have a warning here.  Although you are eager to move ahead and actually get shit going – essentially being pushed by the Sun and Pluto in Capricorn in opposition to this moon – you will be slugging through a lot of planets in water signs.  This means that you are going to be forced to reconcile with emotional roadblocks – with the things that have been transpiring since June 2016 – and you will finally have to put a lid on Tower Year’s emotional challenges.  Have fun with that.  But remember, once you atone for whatever it is that is holding you back from “becoming,” you will be set in motion so quickly it will be like a blaze of fire.  June-Dec 2016 showed you exactly what you needed to see.  Now that you are down to your foundations, there is nowhere for you to go but toward the flickering star of hope in the future.

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