Get ready to ring in the New Year with something far more illuminating than fireworks in the night’s sky. On January 1st, 2018 at 6:23 PM (PST) there will be a Full Moon in Cancer. Use this time converter to find the time of this lunation in your time zone.
What’s very special about this Full Moon is that the moon will be very close to the earth, making the moon appear larger than normal. In astronomy, this is called a perigee syzygy, and in astrology we call this a SuperMoon.
The perigee (which means near earth), will occur hours before the Full Moon, at just 356,565 kilometers away from earth making it the closest perigee and SuperMoon of 2018. What a way to kick off the New Year on this first day! What's more is that this Moon is also called, the "Wolf Moon" which is really making a howl right from the start. This is very auspicious as we will soon enter the Chinese New Year of the Earth Dog and we know that all dogs are descendants of the wolf.
We also know that January 1st is the seed level of the entire year so what is this telling us?
Well, we need to look at the archetypes at play.
First, when we take the number 356,565 (which is the number of kilometers the moon will be from earth) and break it down, we get the number 3, which is all about creativity, abundance, multiplication, and increase. We use kilometers because NASA does.
The number 3 rules the planet Venus, and when we look at the chart of the SuperMoon we find that Venus will be conjunct the Sun as well as opposite the Moon. This actually raises mother issues for all, and as we all have a mother, we need to be aware of the challenges that could come to light now and for the rest of the year. It’s about holding onto chaos or celebrating freedom. I know this is a lot to process, but we have a year to work with this energy arising. We will want to resolve mother issues, either being a mother or with our actual mother.
This is, of course, only one interpretation. On the abstract level, we are being creatively challenged with how we perceive and handle our world. It is our task to really find harmony in change more than ever. As a society, we are so geared to reading about the latest advancements in science and technology, and even line up to get the latest iPhone every year, but how well do we welcome change in our own life? It’s really about changing that which we think should remain the unchanged. We are all being confronted with an area we are unaware of that will ask us to change it.
If, on the other hand, are on a spiritual path, meaning mindful, open, and honest, then we probably already have a good idea of the changes we need to make to align with harmony. Remember, harmony will always prevail over the ego and it’s comfort zones, etc. Let’s try to be proactive in this respect. In dash Astrology, we want to always remain ahead of the curve to transcend the astrological effects as they are arising. So I want to mention that maybe you have been preparing for this in the preceding weeks, and now you know why.
This SuperMoon will occur in Cancer. Cancer is ruled by The Chariot archetype which is the vehicle of the divine expressing itself through us. It symbolizes our body, our home, and the physical manifestation of the essential self in a unique and perfect way. Biologically speaking, Cancer rules over speech, the stomach, the breasts and chest as well as the disease, Cancer. So we have a very healing Full Moon on New Year’s Day.
There could be scientific advancements, or maybe even the cure to Cancer could be revealed and accepted.
Astrologically speaking, Cancer teaches us how to integrate all the archetypal energies, and put them into action. It is able to do this because of its sensitivity and ability to act out these energies in motion, aka EMOTION. With Cancer, we need to be careful of feeling overwhelmed and hosting negative energies. It teaches us how to cleanse negativity and nurture ourselves as well as others into being centered.
The co-ruler of this SuperMoon is Pluto, who is currently transiting Capricorn. This tells us there is a huge emphasis on leveling up! Pluto is the planet of judgement and resurrection. It judges us to the degree we have judged others. However, Pluto is also the planet of transformation and upgrade. Pluto wants to wake us up from “The Matrix” as it has the power to move us from a place of darkness into a place of light.
Considering all of the above, we can heal our darkness during the largest SuperMoon of the 2018. We will need the extra light illuminated on New Year’s Day so that we may direct it wherever needed.
Depending on where this is happening in your birth chart will already give you an idea of where the light will go on its own, without conscious meditation and direction.
Given that perigees are often time of earth shattering and tidal waving phenomena, and given that Cancer rules the coastlines and shores of the earth, I ask for all of us to pray for mercy to avoid any natural disasters, storms or coastal, tidal surges. If we can help others, we will unlock the celebratory, joyful and fulfilling energy of this SuperMoon in Cancer.
January will have the honor of hosting 2 Full Moons this year: the first on the 1st and the second on the 31st. Be sure to check out my Astrological Guide on the first 12 days of January to create your New Year!