How To Harness The Transformative Energy Of Tonight's Supermoon
New Year's hug, anyone? The first full moon of 2018 illuminates the skies in caring Cancer at 9:24 p.m. EST on January 1. This lunation is especially potent, as it's the first of TWO full moons to fall in the same month. Both full moons are powerful supermoons, meaning la luna will appear about 30 percent larger and brighter than usual.
According to the Farmer's Almanac, the full moon in January is known by some Native American tribes as the Full Wolf Moon, since it falls during the darkest part of winter when hungry wolves could be heard howling outside of villages. In other cultures, this full moon is also known as the Old Moon, Ice Moon, Snow Moon, and the Moon that follows Yule.
Think of the Cancer full moon as the astrological Mother's Day.
The Full Wolf Moon in Cancer could also help to heal some of the rifts that have divided people over recent months. Since sensitive Cancer is the 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. Below are six ways you can tap into the feminine power of the Full Wolf Moon in Cancer:
1. Honor the (divine) mother.
The star sign of Cancer is represented by divine feminine energy and is naturally ruled by the moon. The Cancer full supermoon is a charged event that will spotlight intuition. This matriarchal lunation might make for a family-friendly affair. Cancer wants everyone to feel safe and secure, but that doesn't mean building walls and locking ourselves away in our homes, either! These maternal moonbeams sound the call to come together and connect on a more personal level.
Cancer governs the zodiac’s fourth house of motherhood and femininity. The Cancer supermoon puts us deeply in tune with our feelings. 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. Think of the Cancer full moon as the astrological Mother's Day. Spend extra time with kids who look up to you, or with the people you call family—whether the bond is based on biology or chemistry.
2. Mind your moods.
The emotional floodgates are bound to open today, for better or worse. If there are unspoken hurt feelings or lingering resentments, the Cancer supermoon could bring an outpouring of grievances. Open your heart to other people as best you can. As the saying goes, you can get bitter or you can get better.
Keep in mind that 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 spreading the grouchy vibes yourself.
3. Nourish your mind, body, and soul.
Nutrition falls under the domain of the Cancer full moon, and this sign is definitely a foodie! But shift your focus to eliminating unhealthy substances from your diet, not baking another Julia Childs-worthy spread that leaves you nibbling the leftovers for days. How can you enjoy delicious food mindfully? this full moon asks. First, you might want to tackle one of your vices, the one you know is treading into the addiction territory. Whether it's a rich and sugary coffee drink (perhaps made with mucus-producing soy or dairy…erm), gluten-y 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 14 days? You might even consider a short detox 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!
Cancer is the horoscope's helicopter parent, hovering around and demanding to know, "Did you eat?" Find a healthy comfort food recipe or treat yourself to a great cookbook and indulge! If you're kitchen-averse, have a friend come over and teach you how to whip up a simple recipe. Or barter for their gourmet skills—if you’re great at crunching numbers, trade tax planning tips for a delicious demo on braising or blanching veggies that keeps the flavor in.
4. Set up a savings plan...and stick to it.
The Crab's steely claws have quite a grip. Why not hang on to a little more of your money? Even if you're just putting $20 a week in savings, that can add up over the months. 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. Today could inspire pleasurable lifestyle ideas that don’t break the bank. Pool your resources with friends around Cancerian needs, like potluck meals, vacation home swaps, and co-op child care.
5. Declutter your space.
With the full moon in homey Cancer, how about a New Year's interior design refresh? Do a walk-through of your home and consider every corner. We get accustomed to the piled-up second bedrooms, cluttered shelves, and knickknack overload. The visual cues we take in cause our brains to fire off signals, especially when they trigger memories (which then trigger thoughts and feelings, which in turn trigger our brains to flood our bodies with 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 curated 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, how about painting a wall a cheery hue (yellows and reds are trending in 2018), adding oxygenating plants, or hanging new art? Whatever makes YOU feel good and happy is great, as long as you don’t overload your senses.
6. Role play.
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? 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. Start making unapologetic and direct 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 routine too. Energy is kinetic, after all: The more you put in, the more you gain. Rise up off the sofa and get your whole life moving.