8 Ways To Harness The Power Of The Full Moon (And End The Year On Your Terms)

Pass the tissues! There's a full moon in sensitive, heart-centered Cancer on December 25, 2015 — Christmas Day, for those who plan to celebrate. Since Cancer is naturally ruled by the moon, it’s a super-charged event that will bring out our highest, most intuitive selves —along with a whole range of emotions. Consider this a heaping holiday helping of warm-fuzzy family vibes, and cozy up with your clan on this oh-so domestic day.

Not only is this the year's final supermoon, it's also the first full moon to fall on Christmas Day since 1977. This year, the Cancer full moon will form a golden trine to compassionate Neptune, which will keep the emo vibes flowing even more. If you're not a touchy-feely or sentimental person, you could still find yourself getting misty-eyed over a classic Miracle on 34th Street viewing or moved by the presence of your loved ones.

Caveat: Trines open the floodgates, for better or worse. If there are unspoken grievances, hurt feelings or resentments in the air, the full moon could bring them all surging out. Hopefully the healing presence of the moon-Neptune trine will lead to quick resolutions and conscience-clearing talks that end in hugs and greater understanding.

Here are a few ways you can tap into the Cancer full moon. Check our our tips for creating new and full moon rituals here, too!

1. Honor thy mother.

Cancer rules the zodiac’s fourth house of motherhood and femininity.This week, get ready for a blast of feminine energy, and maybe even a few unexpected pregnancy announcements. The Cancer full moon puts us deeply in tune with our feelings. Today, pick up the phone or write a letter to your mom or a mother figure.

Set out a photo of a special female ancestor and light a candle to channel her divine wisdom. Post a picture and tribute to a special woman in your life. If you're a mother, do something to honor yourself. The Cancer full moon is the astrological Mother's Day. Spend extra time with kids who look up to you, or connecting with the people you call family — whether the bond is based on biology or chemistry.

2. Make compassion your engine.

Open your heart to other people everywhere you go. Make compassion your engine. We once heard Dr. Christiane Northrup say that the electromagnetic field of the heart can expand up to eight feet outside of the body. The power of love is no joke!

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3. Mind your moods.

On the flipside, research shows that bad moods are actually contagious! Psychologists have identified a three-step process called "emotional contagion" whereby a person's mood is transferred to someone else. So dodge the Debbie Downers, and make sure you're not being a Scrooge yourself!

4. Nourish yourself.

The Cancer full moon is the horoscope's helicopter parent, hovering about and demanding to know, “Did you eat?” Our appetites are large at the full moon, so honor yours. Find a healthy comfort food recipe or treat yourself to a great cookbook and indulge! (Sweet potato brownies, anyone?)

If you're kitchen-averse, have a friend come over and teach you how to whip up a simple recipe. Or, barter for his/her gourmet skills — if you’re great at crunching numbers, trade tax planning tips for a delicious demo on braising or blanching veggies, while keeping the flavor.

5. Set up a savings plan.

Cancer is ruled by the Crab, whose steely claws can hold tight to whatever they grip. Why not hang on to a little more of your money? Even if you're just putting $20 a week in savings, that adds up over the years. The point is to start the habit now.

The Cancer full moon spotlights financial security and a need to be prudent with our funds. It’s not only how much you make; It’s what you do with it. The Cancer full moon could inspire pleasurable lifestyle ideas that don’t break the bank. Gather friends and pool your resources around Cancerian needs, like potluck meals, vacation home swaps (instead of paying for hotels) and co-op childcare.

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6. Clear a corner of your home.

Do a walkthrough of your home and consider every corner. We get accustomed to the piled-up second bedrooms, cluttered shelves and tchochke overloads. Numb though we may be to it all, the visual cues we take in cause our brains to fire off subconscious signals, especially when they trigger memories (which then trigger feelings, which in turn trigger the release of certain chemicals).

This domestic goddess of a full moon reminds us that cleaning our homes can clear our minds. Start with one area and give it an extreme makeover. Clear everything away, then reset it with mindful care. Less is more, so be selective about the “collection” you display. Leaving some white space on those walls can give your brain a chance to breathe.

On the flip side, if your energy is lagging but your home is bare, how about painting a wall a bright, cheery hue, adding life-giving plants, setting up a crystal on the mantle, or hanging art and a chandelier? Whatever makes YOU feel good and happy is great, as long as you don’t overload your senses.

7. Steer yourself toward clean eating.

Nutrition falls under the domain of the Cancer full moon, and this sign is definitely a foodie! But with the influence of radical Uranus and extreme Pluto, the focus shifts to eliminating toxic substances from your diet, not baking another Julia Child-worthy spread that leaves you nibbling leftovers into the New Year.

How can you enjoy delicious food responsibly, this full moon asks? First, you might want to tackle one of your holiday season vices — the one you know is treading into addiction territory. Whether it's a rich and sugary coffee drink (perhaps made with mucus-producing soy or dairy… erm), gluten-heavy breads, chips, sweets, or some other fix, this full moon wants you to try banishing it from your diet.

The two weeks following a full moon are major manifesting time. What if you cut out this vice for fourteen days? You might even consider a cleanse right as the New Year begins. No, you might not live a lifetime without your coffee, cookies or sourdough rolls. But then again, you might lose your taste for them when you start integrating healthier, more natural options into your palate. Give it the two-week test and see. This full moon has faith in you!

8. Transform the role you play in your inner circle.

We easily fall into patterns with the ones we love, becoming The Responsible One, The Wild One, The Chauffeur, The Couch Potato. And once those patterns are in place, they can be hard to break. But who wants to be pigeonholed in such a limiting way? Granted, there can be benefits to playing these parts — especially if it means our families have given up on trying to force us to do the dishes or clean up after ourselves.

This full moon wants us to shake it up. For the over-givers out there, set some boundaries — even go on strike! The other people living under your roof or benefiting from your kindness need to step up. They probably won’t if you’ve spoiled them into submission. Lay down the mop and start making requests for support.

For the slackers out there, stop letting others pull your weight. Being a slug in one area of life does not happen in a vacuum. It affects every area of your life. Energy is kinetic, after all: the more you put in, the more you gain. Rise up off that recliner, put down the remote and get your whole life moving!

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