Full Moon in Cancer, December 22, 2018: Self- Soothing & Security

December 18, 2018 0 Comments

Full Moon in Cancer, December 22, 2018: Self- Soothing & Security

Astrology by Rebecca Farrar of Wild Witch of the West
Collage by Janeva Zentz


Saturday, December 22
 9:49 a.m. PDT/12:49 p.m. EDT/5:49 p.m. UTC
  • Sextile Uranus
  • Square Chiron


Keywords & Themes: security, attachment wounds, safety, mother, moods, rhythms, needs and nurturing, family, ancestry, receptivity, home, caregiver, comfort, roots, emotional attunement


Collective Energies:

Nothing says “all the feels” or emotional rollercoaster quite like a Cancer full moon. This peak/pique of the lunar cycle may bring up a bit more lunacy and continues the Capricorn new moon themes of honoring your own rhythms and cycles of going inward and cultivating an inner sense of security. 

Moon-ruled Cancer offers the gifts of intuition and nurturing while the shadow side may bring up insecurity or moodiness. Other major themes of Cancer include emotional connections to others and us as well as relationship to our caretaker, or attachment and emotional attunement. Many of us didn't grow up with caretakers who were responsive and attuned to our needs or emotions. These differing responses culminate in various attachment styles that become the building blocks of how we build relationships and cultivate intimacy with ourselves and others. In psychology, the term "emotional attunement" refers to our ability to be present with someone else's experience and our own. 

The full moon is often a time when these unconscious patterns of attachments wounds may come up, while the square to Chiron indicates a healing in the pain. Key things to notice the days leading up to and after this full moon would be the healthy and unhealthy ways we self-soothe. Chiron often has a sense of being abandoned or feeling left out and Moon in Cancer nurtures, the two of them together provide comfort to our achy parts.

Cancer’s desire for stability may get disheveled by Uranus in sextile. Though this supportive sextile indicates changes or awakenings that are digestible. When the moon meets Uranus, we can also usually notice a new insight or way of viewing things in relation to our emotions or needs. Pay attention to flashes of inspiration and intuition as a beautiful expression of how Uranus and the Moon can work together.

This full moon emotions and attachment needs may be running high, though that isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Honoring the inner child by taking time to cry and validating your own feelings may lessen this sensitivity. Share emotions and hurt feelings more openly and be gentle with any neediness that arises, as a new way of awakening your ability to care give and heal yourself.


Everyday Ritual Recommendations

DO // Create a ritual honoring your own inner child or children. The Full Moon, Fertility, and Nursery Cleansing kits all offer unique ways to come into alignment with the lunar energies.

BE // Meditation on witnessing emotions and naming them as they come up or releasing them through expression.

EAT // Comfort foods such as soup, oatmeal, French fries, though beware the desire for comfort foods may come from avoided or suppressed old wounds/emotions.

READ // Attachment theory or parenting books, such as Attached by Amir Levine and Rachel Heller or Fourth Trimester by Kimberly Johnson





Rebecca Farrar of Wild Witch of the West has her B.A. Journalism, her M.A. in Philosophy, Cosmology, and Consciousness, and has worked with many renowned astrologists and cosmologists. Read more on her here, and catch more work of hers on her site, wild Witch of the West.


Read more on astrology, horoscopes, occultism, magick & ritual on our blog, Esoteric Insights!

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