Feelings… nothing more than feelings? Don't underestimate the power of emotions this week. On Thursday, January 12, the full wolf moon in Cancer arrives, bringing forth our sensitive, sentimental selves.
The star sign of Cancer is represented by divine feminine energy and is naturally ruled by the moon, so the Cancer full moon is a super-charged event that will shine the spotlight on our intuition. The full moon in January is also known by some Native American tribes as the "Full Wolf Moon," since it falls during the darkest part of winter when, historically, wolves could be heard howling with hunger outside of their villages. According to the Farmer's Almanac, the full moon in January is also more traditionally known as the "Old Moon."
Domestic affairs and homeland security might very well be the issues that top this week's agenda.
This annual matriarchal lunation would normally be a family-friendly affair. But alas, things aren't quite so cozy this time around. (Fortunately, the rest of 2017's new and full moons will be a lot gentler, so stay tuned!) A trio of hotheaded planets—expansive Jupiter, power-monger Pluto and rabble-rouser Uranus—will marshal themselves into a Grand Cardinal Cross formation with la luna. Like a four-way tug of war in the skies, this rare cosmic alignment forces us to rebalance the load and make some inevitable shifts.
Domestic affairs and homeland security might very well be the issues that top this week's agenda. Cancer wants everyone to feel safe and secure...but building walls and locking ourselves away in our homes is no way to live! These maternal Cancer moonbeams could sound the call to come together and tune in to our hearts—remembering the Golden Rule: to treat our neighbors with TLC.
The full wolf moon in Cancer could also help to heal some of the rifts that have divided people over the past few months. Since Cancer is the maternal nurturer of the zodiac, we are reminded that the wisdom of our hearts can be far more potent than any ego-driven games of proverbial chess. As women's rights activists have long said, "The personal is the political." Don't underestimate the power of making changes in your home, family, workplace—or even your corner of the world.
Caveat: The emotional floodgates are bound to open; for better or worse. If there are unspoken hurt feelings or lingering resentments, the full wolf moon in Cancer could bring an outpouring of grievances. However, with la luna forming a healing trine to ethereal Neptune, hopefully we will all be led to some resolutions and conscience-clearing talks that end in heartfelt hugs.
Below are eight ways you can tap into the feminine power of the full wolf moon in Cancer.