Waxing to Full

Water sign Cancer is ruled by the Moon, which is to say that it has a strong affinity with lunar energies. Both the sign Cancer and the astrological Moon correlate with the inner, subjective realm– the quiet space within our mind that involves emotions and spirituality, the part of us that sometimes wonders who the hell is at the helm steering this ship of personality.

As the Moon continues to grow larger over the next week, the Sun is in the midst of its transit of Cancer in the zodiac, which serves to deepen the emotional pool. Rather than putting personal needs aside, we’re entering into an atmosphere where each individual is immersed in the complexity of their own feelings. And because those parts of us are typically submerged well below the surface of our style, it can be challenging to act and interact. Decision-making faculties are immersed in this emotional water, and intuition is stronger than rational thought.DSC01734 (2)

Of course we can’t all go and sit in meditation for the next seven days. This is the big holiday week, the height of summer in America. Mars in Cancer will be exactly opposite Pluto in Capricorn on Sunday, July 2, followed later next week by the Capricorn Full Moon conjoining Pluto and squaring Uranus in Aries. That equates to a high-intensity backdrop where defenses are prone to erupt. Considering the volatility of the trends in our world today, it’s a wise idea for each of us to be dealing with our own darkness as it comes up.

Listen to your gut reactions without judgment. Our own emotional instincts can be a teacher during this Cancer-themed astrology, where we can only improve our situation by making sure we’re healthy first. Too often we become stagnant and entrenched in the role we’ve built for ourselves. We resist change despite being detached or dissatisfied because ego wins over our heart. The Moon, symbolic of the primal Mother energy, reminds us that we’re here on earth to be happy, and the route to that happiness needs to be attended to as it changes with time.

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Full Moon Stretch

The Sagittarius Moon is in full phase, and will be exactly opposite the Gemini Sun at 9:10 Friday morning. Restlessness and anticipation are keywords to be watching for because our instinct to grow is activated– and this leaves us on the brink of leaping forward in some area of life.

Jupiter, the ruling planet of Sagittarius, is at an astrological “standstill” in the sky, ending its retrograde phase which began back in early February. When a planet is retrograde, the energy it represents is directed more internally, toward introspection and personal contemplation. And with Jupiter’s expansive and future-oriented outlook focused on our inner value system, there’s been a sense of spinning our wheels without traction in the outer world as we revamp our quality control. The question may have come in the vague shape of, “What’s in it for me?”

harvest-moon-2016-134.jpgNow Jupiter is turning direct again, which will light a fire to fuel our intentions. It may be time to start implementing some of those bright ideas, especially if your gut is telling you to expand your horizons. Where have you been selling yourself short? Momentum is growing, igniting the start of warm days and the peak of daylight hours in the northern hemisphere. A summer ahead…  a symbol of life in fullness. This Full Moon energy is supportive of creating our own joy.

In aiming for the high road, there’s the hope that this Sagittarius Full Moon instills in us the trust in our own worth and the courage to take a running leap off the diving board. As always, be aware of that excitement getting out of hand and becoming selfishly exaggerated and overblown, the common shadow side of fiery Sagittarius. Finding the balance between assertive self-expression and conscious receptivity is the task of the weekend’s astrology.