Monday, January 1, 2018

Full Moon in Cancer + New Year's Forecast!

“Ring out the false, ring in the true.” 
~ Alfred Lord Tennyson

Full Moon in Cancer: January 1 ~ Be Gentle with Yourself

Just after midnight on New Year’s Day, the Moon shifted from buzzy Gemini into nurturing, self-caring Cancer. While we may have been zipping about during the holidays, socializing, perhaps overdoing it a bit with the bubbly, right as 2018 begins, we are illumined with a Full Moon in a sensitive water sign that requires us to keep the focus on ourselves, our souls and our tender hearts.

Culturally, there’s often  pressure to push our way into a new year. If we’re inclined to set goals or resolutions, we would do well to remember the motto, "Progress not Perfection." Otherwise, a slip straight out of the gate could make us feel worse. I prefer to think about holding intentions - lightly! - for the coming year. Intentions feel a lot more spacious and forgiving. 

Make New Mistakes!
In preparing for this mini-forecast, I found this passage by the British short fiction and comic book author Neil Gaiman:
“I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes. Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world. You're doing things you've never done before, and more importantly, you're Doing Something. So that's my wish for you, and all of us, and my wish for myself. Make New Mistakes. Make glorious, amazing mistakes. Make mistakes nobody's ever made before. Don't freeze, don't stop, don't worry that it isn't good enough, or it isn't perfect, whatever it is: art, or love, or work or family or life. Whatever it is you're scared of doing, Do it. Make your mistakes, next year and forever.” 

Full Moon New Year Forecast

In the spirit of offering you a New Year's mini-horoscope at this time of Full Moon in Cancer, here are a few astro-thoughts to get the wheels spinning in the right direction. Be sure to read for your Sun, Moon and Rising Sign for best results!

Aries: Connect to your intuition, fiery Ram! Take time to sit on your meditation cushion, under a tree, or flat on your back on your yoga mat or bed, and go deep inside to listen. You are such a courageous, motivated Ram - sometimes you forget that your answers lie within. Use your determination and strong will to discipline yourself to take 20 minutes to tune in. You must create space to be alone in order to do this.

Taurus: Create professional or career magic this year! You have all of the tools, talent, and tenacity to bring your visions to life. All you need to do is seize the moment. You don’t have to know exactly how it’s all going to play out. All you need to do, is begin! One step leads to another. Stop questioning whether you finally have everything you need to make it happen. Your time to accomplish is now. The more magical and visionary your aim, the better.

Gemini: Wow, are you in need of a rebirth.  Likely, you’ve needed a life overhaul for a while now, and finally the Universe is coming along to give it to you. At the end of 2018, a major part of your life will be over, and you will barely recognize this phase. The great thing is that you barely have to lift a finger to make this happen. Your guides and allied energies are already moving the pieces and players into place. Trust the process and see how Life is moving you into position, effortlessly.

Cancer: Get grounded this year, Cancer, and stay grounded. How do you connect to the earth element? Through cooking your own wholesome meals? Through walking a dog, or practicing yoga asana? Perhaps you need to do less in the external world and stay at home more. Bring the people you love closer to your world instead of running around visiting everyone and driving everywhere. Less is more. Your mind will be much healthier if you relax into a simple body-oriented year.

Leo: Party, party, party. Woohoo! Fun times ahead for Leo! I know you like that. It’s social year, once again, for the fun-loving Lion. Your friends will host events for you to make grand appearances at. You’ll dance, laugh, play the night away. Stop working so hard all the time. You need to get back into tune with what you enjoy – friends and theater and concerts and house parties and camping trips and magical excursions right and left. What a great year on the way!

Virgo: There is no room for shame in your life, dear Virgo. You must release all harsh judgment of self. An exceptional level of total self-love and compassionate acceptance is necessary if you want to change habits or behaviors. Punitive self-talk is going to cause you to tighten up and act from fear or low self-worth. Start by letting go of the belief that you have to behave any certain way in order to be lovable and acceptable. In the eyes of Existence, you are perfect just the way you are. Love yourself into better health or life circumstances, not through judgement.

Libra: It looks like a teaching year for you! You are going to be in a position where you’ll be required to share your knowledge and skills with others. You may also be the student yourself. You may be in a position to learn from your elders, or those who’ve gone much further down the path than you. If a mentoring situation arises, be sure to say yes.  You’ll need this “passing the baton” approach in 2018 in order to feel connected to humanity. It will nourish your loving heart to do so.

Scorpio: Any situation in your life where you’ve felt in bondage in some way is going to come to an end. You, Serpent Eagle, must be free to fly and soar in your spirit. You must be willing to sacrifice any illusion of comfort or security and simply leap off the cliff. Don’t worry, you will be taken care of. The price you’ve been paying to play small or be constricted is simply too great. This is the year to let go and trust.

Sagittarius: You are going to be challenged to speak up this year, dear Archer, for the things that matter to your heart and soul. Some individuals in your family, community, or political construct are simply trying to take advantage of you or the situation, and it’s your job to say “no!” in a clear manner. You, Sag, are a part of the evolution of consciousness, and your great vision and courage are needed this year. Watch for outdated forms of behaving and face them head on. Watch for ways that people abuse power subtly and speak up for yourself and others. We need your fiery heart!

Capricorn: Your ruling planet Saturn’s recent entry into your own sign assures that you’re going to need to roll up your sleeves this year, Capricorn. Get brutally honest about what needs changing, facing, addressing this year. You won’t get any free passes in 2018, I have to say. You must act in a mature, thoughtful manner, even when it’s a drag or you feel like it’s just too hard and you want to go to sleep and check out. You are not a victim. You can make positive changes but first you have to let go of blaming others for your circumstances. You have the key to a better life and it’s called willingness to change yourself.

Aquarius: Relax. Breathe. Chill out, Water Bearer. You’ve been busting your behind for so long that I think you’ve forgotten how to just be a simple, enjoying human on the planet. It’s a year to replenish yourself, get out of your head and let life flow again. You need more music, poetry, art, movies, sunsets, and lovemaking. Simple as that. You get to receive new inspiration from the moon, the stars, the rains and the mystical realms. If you keep working so hard out of habit or cultural superego, you will miss the miracle. Life is short. Enjoy the magic.

Pisces: Solitary creative work is going to be a real help for you this year, Fish. You need to play with your art supplies, your craft tools, your tarot cards, and get into your own zone. Try not to think of what you are accomplishing. The simple act of picking up a colored pen or a pair of scissors is going to lead you on a journey and help you connect to your own divinity. It is important that you take regular introspective time to connect to the heartbeat of Mother Earth through your hands. The result will be serenity, wisdom, and mindful clarity of which action to take next. 

Happy New Year, Everyone!

“And now we welcome the new year. Full of things that have never been.” 
~ Rainer Maria Rilke
Erin Reese is an author, spiritual teacher, counselor, and modern psychic reader based in the San Francisco Bay Area. She works with clients all over the world. For readings and spiritual counseling by Skype, phone or email, contact her directly:

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