Here we are, the final Full Moon of 2020 – and I am tired. It’s why I am finally writing a post about the Cancer Full Moon less than an hour before it happens. I’ve also been emotionally drained, which is very typical for this transit. If you found yourself in tears over the course of the last 24 hours, you are in good company. Full Moons are the culmination of effort and the closure of a cycle. For this year’s final Full Moon to take place only a couple days before the end of a globally painful year, there’s extra resonance and poignancy.
Because it’s so late, and because I don’t have the mental or emotional energy to write a long post about the Cancer Full Moon, instead I offer you some ideas and questions to consider:
What has unfolded for you over the past six months that has provided an opportunity for growth?
If you were to write a six-word description of your experience of 2020, what would that be?
What needs to be brought to a conclusion in your life before 11:59 pm on December 31, 2020?
What will you carry forward into 2021?
May the last few days of 2020 be kind and gentle to you, and may the year ahead be full of blessings.
We close out the final eclipse season of 2020 with a solar eclipse in Sagittarius. This high-octane new moon ushers in big changes and new beginnings – in some cases, those changes may be quite dramatic. Where we see these changes & new beginnings depends on where the eclipse occurs in our natal chart.
In 2020, we had eclipses in Gemini and Sagittarius and in Cancer and Capricorn:
June 5, 2020 – Lunar Eclipse at 15 degrees Sagittarius
June 21, 2020 – Solar Eclipse at 0 degrees Cancer
July 5, 2020 – Lunar Eclipse at 13 degrees Capricorn
November 30, 2020 – Lunar Eclipse at 8 degrees Gemini
December 14, 2020 – Solar Eclipse at 23 degrees Sagittarius
Along the Cancer-Capricorn axis, we see themes related to building solid foundations whether at home (Cancer) or in career (Capricorn). For the Gemini-Sagittarius axis, the themes are about knowledge and how we use it: are we gathering lots of information for later study and reference (Gemini) or are we synthesizing all that we’ve learned to bring about change (Sagittarius)?
With this solar eclipse in Sagittarius, we’re looking at the big picture and discovering the areas where we want to bring about change. We’re taking all that information we’ve gathered since the June 5 Lunar Eclipse and piecing it together, letting the Sagittarius Moon inspire our process.
Sagittarius is a mutable fire sign, meaning that it exhibits the energetic, adventurous qualities found in the fire element, but is more changeable and unpredictable. Mutable signs rule the time of year when the seasons are shifting: when the Sun is in Sagittarius in the Northern Hemisphere, it’s not quite autumn anymore, but it’s not quite winter, either.
It’s fitting, then, that the sign of Sagittarius is represented by the centaur: he’s half-man, half-horse. His interests & skills cover everything from studying philosophy and religion to going on adventures all over the world. He’s skilled in archery – hence the arrow glyph for the sign – yet also has a warm, generous side.
Ruled by Jupiter, the planet of luck and optimism, Sagittarius has a reputation of being a party sign. They dream big, think big, and play big. If you’ve ever known a Sagittarius, you’ve probably seen their expansive, gregarious nature at work. The Sagittarians I know personally are very intelligent people in search of big, deep truths – and also well-crafted cocktails.
Jeff Bridges is a Sagittarius and one of his best known roles was as The Dude in The Big Lebowski – the quintessential Sagittarian in his love of a white Russian cocktail and being at peace with everything in his life, even when things get tough.
Miley Cyrus’s song “Midnight Sky” captures her own Sagittarian mindset: the desire for freedom and the need to aim high.
Moon in Sagittarius
When the Moon is in Sagittarius, it embraces a more ebullient nature: it’s cheerful and optimistic, and feels best when it’s going out and exploring the world. Because the Moon is influenced by the mutable energy of Sagittarius, it will adapt to whatever comes its way, but if it feels constricted or bound to routines, it will escape – whether literal or figurative.
If you have your Sun, Moon, or Rising in Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius and Pisces, these last couple of days may have been particularly challenging, especially as many areas in the United States are enforcing new restrictions in order to stop the spread of COVID-19. But if we channel that adaptability of the Sagittarius Moon, we can find escape through studying something new (like astrology, world religions, or philosophy) or watching documentaries on topics we are passionate about: climate change, immigration reform, LGBTQ rights, dismantling systemic racism.
If you know your rising sign, here’s a rundown of what aspects of your life the Solar Eclipse in Sagittarius will be affecting:
Aries Rising – personal philosophy, spirituality and beliefs; higher education
Taurus Rising – regeneration, transformation, death
Gemini Rising – relationships and partnerships (romantic, business, platonic)
Cancer Rising – work and work environment, service, health
Leo Rising – creativity & creative pursuits, children, where you find & seek pleasure
Virgo Rising – home, family life, your past, ancestors
Libra Rising – communication skills & tools for communicating with others, sibling relationships, short trips
Scorpio Rising – finances, material possessions, self-esteem
Aquarius Rising – friends and social groups, hopes, goals
Pisces Rising – career, fame, reputation
You can also read that list for your Sun sign, which would also be impacted, though maybe not as strongly. (Not sure about your rising sign? Visit https://chart.chaninicholas.com/ to generate your natal chart for free.)
Some questions to consider over the next couple of days:
Where do I want to see changes in my life?
What changes do I want to see in my community? What can I do to help with that process?
How have I changed over the last 6 months?
You may find it helpful to journal about these questions, or perhaps use them as a starting point for a Tarot or oracle card reading. If you are considering some ritual work during the solar eclipse, this article has some very helpful suggestions.
Here’s to being open and adaptable during this solar eclipse, and to discovering how we can embrace change on personal and global levels.
In much the same way that October ended with a powerful Full Moon in Taurus, November ends with a Lunar Eclipse in Gemini. Lunar eclipses occur when the Earth’s shadow blocks the Sun’s light. In astrological terms, a lunar eclipse is a Full Moon hopped up on caffeine & energy drinks. All the energy that we’ve come to expect during a Full Moon is amplified during a lunar eclipse.
Moon in Gemini
If you’ve been reading my lunar posts for the past few months, you’re well acquainted with the Moon’s rulership over emotions, intuition, instinct, and more receptive/yin energy. When the Moon is in the sign of Gemini, it is chatty, versatile and a tad flaky. It’s high energy and wants to keep busy. But because Gemini is interested in communicating, it’s way more interested in talking about feelings that come up – and not always about actually feeling them.
I want to emphasize, though, that Gemini isn’t a bad placement for the Moon. If we think of the Moon’s movement through the zodiac as a quest or hero’s journey, then its travels through Gemini are important because it becomes emotionally curious, trying on different feelings and experiences to see how they feel. Before the Moon stepped into Gemini, it was in Taurus, which you’ll remember is where the Moon is exalted. Personified, Moon in Taurus is all snuggled up in a blanket, sipping hot cocoa and watching baking shows. It’s all about creature comforts. In Gemini, the Moon throws off the blanket, turns off the TV and puts the mug in the sink and says, “Gosh, I’m bored. Let’s do something! What else is there to do? What would it feel like if…?” This emotional curiosity gets satisfied by the time the Moon enters Cancer, the sign it rules (also known as its dignity).
With this in mind, the Gemini lunar eclipse is our opportunity to look at what’s going on in our lives and examine all the possible emotional responses we can have. Our investigations take place in the house where the lunar eclipse falls.
Questions to Consider during the Gemini Lunar Eclipse
Since Gemini loves to ask questions, I’ve come up with questions for you to consider during the next few days. Look at your rising sign first, then your Sun sign. You may want to journal out your answer (which is a very Gemini Moon activity) or perhaps meditate on them.
How have my communication skills changed over the last 6 months?
Where do I need to express myself more clearly?
What has been a recent trip or journey that has offered me some clarity or insight?
How have my feelings of self-worth changed over the last 6 months?
Where have I been spending my money the most? The least?
What objects in my life have brought me the most satisfaction over the last 6 months?
How has my personality shifted over the last 6 months?
What aspects of my physical appearance do I wish to change?
Where have I experienced changes in how people perceive me?
How have I been addressing old wounds over the last 6 months?
Where have I drawn boundaries or limits with others?
What situations trigger a withdrawal response in me?
How have my friendships & social interactions shifted over the last 6 months?
Where do I want to see myself in the next 6 months?
What do I wish for myself and the world around me?
How has my career changed in the last 6 months?
Where do my current ambitions lie?
What do I most want to be known for?
How have my personal beliefs shifted over the last 6 months?
What are the big questions that compel me at this time?
Where do I long to go once I feel it’s safe to travel?
How have my intuitive abilities/gut instincts evolved over the last 6 months?
What areas of my life are ready for transformation?
Where has my personal power been centralized or challenged?
How have my personal and professional relationships changed in the last 6 months?
Where am I my own worst enemy?
What do my conflicts with others teach me about myself?
How has my health (physical, mental, emotional and spiritual) changed over the last 6 months?
Where do I find myself most drawn to being of service?
What work brings me the most personal satisfaction?
How has my creative process developed or shifted over the past 6 months?
What activities bring me the most pleasure or joy?
Where do I find it easiest to express myself?
How have my family relationships changed over the last 6 months?
Where in my home do I feel most/least comfortable?
What from my past needs further examination or study?
I hope your curiosity is satisfied during this lunar eclipse, and that you discover new ways to learn and grow as a result!
Sheesh, it’s been over six months since I last blogged. I’m way more mouthy and active over on the Facebook page and Twitter, but the long-form blogging well is dry. That’s a bit embarrassing.
What’s funny is that I have plenty to write about – I always do – it’s more about making the time to write something. And when I blog, I like to write well-crafted copy with references and links where appropriate. When you write for a living – well, I don’t write long-form content for my day job, but I still call myself a writer – there are certain standards you want to uphold. At least I do.
There were a few years when I did the NaBloPoMo challenge, but apparently that rode off into the sunset of the interwebs. It was taken over by BlogHer, which was acquired by SheKnows. They now have something called the BlogHer Writing Lab for getting writing prompts. They want to offer more flexibility, it seems. I don’t need flexibility with my blog posting. I need structure so I get more content on here on the regular.
Bah. No matter. I will look for some other challenges that maybe I can do in December to get this party back in gear.