As we close out yet another year in which ‘the unthinkable’ and ‘the unexpected’ became nearly cliché and monotonous, you might be eager to leave 2017 behind and wipe your hands of it. Of course, the turn of the calendar is never exactly the clean break we often wish it were. This year, however, the New Year does begin with an energy peak — a Full Moon — with some surprisingly fitting themes that might help you to transition better.
This is the Cancer Full Moon, with the Moon in Cancer opposite the Sun in Capricorn, at 11+ degrees of their signs (properly known as 12 degrees). This Full Moon is exact at 9:24 pm EST on Jan. 1 (2:24 UTC Jan. 2). At the most basic level, moving toward a Full Moon is likely to amp up the emotional stakes on New Year’s Eve.
Many people (maybe you) pile a lot of expectation and meaning onto how and with whom they spend this particular holiday night. Remember empathy for others’ sensitivities, and to keep things light for yourself. This Full Moon could also feel like someone who’s all business facing off against someone who’s super-emotional and easily swayed by others’ moods. You might be inclined to get practical and solve problems, while a partner just wants to mother everybody (including you) whether they need it or not.
Neptune in Pisces making harmonious aspects to the Moon and Sun heightens the emotional and psychic sensitivity, and adds a good dose of creativity, idealism and a willingness to help others. Venus in Capricorn conjunct the Sun is another factor in the chart. This looks like a desire for strong emotional contact (especially in private) just prior to the Full Moon’s peak, which then gives way to a more easygoing vibe (especially in public) as the Moon moves on.
Yet, what’s really caught my eye is the cluster of lesser-known objects and points that are within one degree of the Sun and Moon in three of the four cardinal signs (Aries is ‘left out’). This is where the themes relating to transitioning from one year to the next, celebrating that shift, and setting intentions for the year to come speak most strongly. Rather than try too hard to fit them all into a specific narrative, I’m going to list them with some key phrases; I think you’ll see a cohesive theme begin to take shape.
In Cancer we have Kronos, which relates to authoritative positions; or, as Eric jokingly put it, “Act your age.” (It’s a slow-moving hypothetical planet that relates to one’s status in society, as well as to VIPs and, in some cases, agents of the government.)
We also find Hybris here; a literal interpretation would be the idea from Greek tragedy of “hubris,” or excessive pride. Martha Lang-Wescott also notes that it relates to expectations or limits that we’ve been conditioned to accept, or our limits as seen by others. Might it be time to challenge those in 2018?
Asteroid Memoria is also in Cancer, representing the need to remember or memorialize. As much as we might like to forget 2017, I suspect it’s crucial that we remember and honor its lessons, as well as the people and things we lost along the way.
In Libra we find Persephone, which relates to the cycle of life, death and rebirth, as well as how we handle separations, transitions and rites of passage. No elaboration needed, right?
Also in Libra is Atropos, which was the Fate who cut the thread of life. Atropos relates to completion and what is needed to conclude. In astrology, it’s not about death in a literal sense, but rather ending a phase of something in a conscious way. Think about this in Libra: what is it to have ‘right relationship’ with the idea of completion?
In Capricorn is Urania, named after the muse of astronomy and astrology, universal love, the Holy Spirit, and handling abstract principles. Sounds to me like a blessing of some sort on this Full Moon and the beginning of a New Year.
Amycus is a less well-known body that may relate to the proper way to treat people (and/or anomalies in systems). In Capricorn you might think of this as the ethical way to treat others in business or in any professional situation. We’ve seen a lot of its opposite in 2017’s governmental and industrial spheres; sad to think that proper treatment of other human beings might be an “anomaly in the system,” but even if it is, we can set the intention to make it the standard.
Finally, just a hair away from the Sun in Capricorn is Terpsichore: the Muse of the dance. Personally, I can think of few better ways to ring in a New Year than to dance it in.
That would also be a fitting warm-up for the conjunction between Mars and Jupiter, exact on Jan. 6-7 (depending on time zone). If you have a New Year’s resolution to exercise more, to express your sexual energy more, or to become more active in deepening your finances, Mars-Jupiter in Scorpio appears to signal getting off to a good start in the first week of 2018.
Prepare the way as you close out this year by making space in your life. Chances are you know how; just dance with some of these ideas for a little while.