I’ve just got back from a summer mini-break. We’ve had friends over from New Zealand for Christmas and took them for a 3-night stay to Fraser Island. A world heritage site, it’s the largest sand island in the world and it’s just a few hours and a barge ride north of us. I’ll be blogging something about it on my personal site over the next few days, but if you’re ever in this part of the world, it’s absolutely a worthwhile trip to make.
For the first time in I have no idea how long I didn’t take my laptop with me. As a result, it was 3 whole days without access to emails, without me grabbing 10 minutes here or there or sitting up in bed to get work done. Instead, I spent the whole time lying by (or in) the pool or relaxing with a book. In fact, it was longer than that – I haven’t picked up my laptop to work on it since Christmas Eve. That’s a tad unheard of for me.
It was a few days of self-care that were probably important and needed – it was also a few days of complete self-indulgence that I didn’t need. The time-out was necessary for my sanity and to clear the clutter in my brain to plan the year ahead, but the over-indulgence did me no good at all – except perhaps in the guilt department.
That’s the thing about self-care and self-nurturing, it doesn’t necessarily follow that it’s the right thing for you – or that it’s good for you. Sometimes true self-care is doing that thing that you know you have to do, but soooo don’t want to. It’s the tough love thing, the “boring” practical stuff that you won’t see the benefit of until you really need it. True self-care is about adulting. Have a read of this article to see what I’m talking about.
That’s also the thing about Cancer – while it’s about mothering or parenting and nurturing, very often we mistake that with doing what feels good. Parenting and nurturing – whether it’s yourself or your business, your child, your relationship, your hobby, whatever – is very often about making the hard decisions and saying no…for your own good.
At the Cancer Full Moon, that’s the sort of questions you’ll be asking yourself. Sure, the most obvious manifestation of this is in regards to work-life balance – after all, Capricorn is associated with work, career and public life, while Cancer is very much aligned with home, family and private life. So yes, those themes are absolutely there at this full Moon. More than that though is the balance between “self-care” and true self-care.
It’s back to work for me from tomorrow. I was tempted to take just one more day on the basis that I really need to set up my business for the year and document my goals yadda yadda yadda. I know, though, that instead of that I’d spend the day faffing about on the pool lounge again, reading another book, and indulging myself in the name of “self-care” when I know that the adult thing to do is to go back to work to earn some money so I can continue to do what it is that I want to do. The whole idea of a break is that it’s meant to be just that – a break, not real life. Tough love.
Oh, one last thing about the Cancer Full Moon – this one is a Super Moon, so relatively close to the Earth. Here on the coast, that means also higher than normal high tides. It might mean much the same for us emotionally.
If you do have one of “those” moments at this Full Moon, once the storm has settled and the colours and light are somehow clearer, step back and ponder what’s really going on for you…it mightn’t be what you’ve just had your outburst/fight/emotional downpour over.
Doing it for yourself…
Ok, by now you should know the drill – here at Jo Tracey Astrology, we’re about giving you the tools to do it yourself. If, however, you’re new to this site, check out this post.
I’ve popped a solar guide below to keep things simple, but if you know where 11 Cancer 38’ falls in your chart, check that out.
This is 5th and 11th house stuff for me. The decisions I’m making at the moment are around how I can balance my love of creating with attaining my long-term goals. My focus in 2018 is turning my creativity into something that produces real income – and gets me closer to where I want to be. This year is about turning my creativity into my business. I’ll tell you more about that when I post about my goals.
As for what you can expect? By now you should also know what the general themes of each house are about, but if not- or if you’re new to this site (and welcome- it’s lovely to see you here)- you can always check out this post.
Under a Full Moon the house where the Sun currently is – your Capricorn house – will be where your ego is most interested, and the house where the Moon is – your Cancer house – will be what your heart is concerned about. It’s these parts of life where balance or adjustment may be required, however, bear in mind that if the ego will usually try to have dominance – where the Moon is shining is where you should focus.
Have a look at where this Full Moon falls in your chart, and then look at the opposite house. Eg if the Moon falls in your 6th house, check out your routines. Are they still healthy? Are your habits (6th house) bringing you undone (12th house)? Do you need some time away or alone time (12th house) to replenish your reserves? What about the opposite eg if the Full Moon is in your 12th house and you’re sabotaging yourself, it’s a sign to look at your 6th house routines and do the tough love thing. Get it?
Check out the chart for this Full Moon. It’s a beautiful kite pattern with a grand trine between the Moon, Neptune, and Mars/Jupiter. A watery grand trine is always going to be about an easy flow of emotional sensitivity and inspiration, so listen to your deeper instincts, and go with your gut. With Pluto, the Sun, Venus and Saturn sitting at the point of the kite, there’ll be plenty of pressure to overlook what you’re feeling at a soul level and take the practical and data-driven view, but to listen just to that side would be to miss a very vital part of what is going on right now.
Finally, Uranus stations direct today at 24 Aries 34’. If you have planets or chart points at 24 Aries, Libra, Capricorn or Cancer, you’d probably already know this. Here’s a link to a post I wrote a few years ago, but essentially, now is the time to revisit any urges for radical change that have been bubbling away beneath the surface. And by revisit, I don’t necessarily mean act…not yet. Just keep this in mind as you ponder on where you need to be balancing or rebalancing.
- If your Sun or Ascendant is in Cancer, this Full Moon falls in your 1st house- look also to the 7th house for balance.
- If your Sun or Ascendant is in Leo, this Full Moon falls in your 12th house- look also to the 6th house for balance.
- If your Sun or Ascendant is in Virgo, this Full Moon falls in your 11th house- look also to the 5th house for balance.
- If your Sun or Ascendant is in Libra, this Full Moon falls in your 10th house- look also to the 4th house for balance.
- If your Sun or Ascendant is in Scorpio, this Full Moon falls in your 9th house- look also to the 3rd house for balance.
- If your Sun or Ascendant is in Sagittarius, this Full Moon falls in your 8th house- look also to the 2nd house for balance.
- If your Sun or Ascendant is in Capricorn, this Full Moon falls in your 7th house- look also to the 1st house for balance.
- If your Sun or Ascendant is in Aquarius, this Full Moon falls in your 6th house- look also to the 12th house for balance.
- If your Sun or Ascendant is in Pisces, this Full Moon falls in your 5th house- look also to the 11th house for balance.
- If your Sun or Ascendant is in Aries, this Full Moon falls in your 4th house- look also to the 10th house for balance.
- If your Sun or Ascendant is in Taurus, this Full Moon falls in your 3rd house- look also to the 9th house for balance.
- If your Sun or Ascendant is in Gemini, this Full Moon falls in your 2nd house- look also to the 8th house for balance.