Astrology: Full Moon in Cancer January 17, 2022

Galileo Galilei, ‘Sketches of the Moon’, ink on paper, 1609. Image: Museo Galileo

The first Full Moon of 2022 arrives on January 17 at 23:48 UT (18:48 EST, 15:48 PT).  It’s a busy time – Mercury is retrograde, Venus is retrograde, Uranus moves direct on January 18th, and the Sun enters Aquarius on the 19th.  This Full Moon chart is dominated by the tight opposition from the Moon to the Sun/Pluto conjunction in Capricorn, the Mercury/Saturn conjunction in Aquarius squaring off with tetchy Uranus, and a quiet but pervasive square between Venus and Chiron adding a touch of melancholy to the air as people grapple with things that seem unfixable. Mars adds smoky fire to communications, leaving open to debate what’s true and what’s fantasy.

Pluto’s presence in this Full Moon configuration brings current issues to a core level for all, and people feel compelled to expose their emotions, even if talking feels hard going (Mercury/Saturn). Pressures exerted from society at large are causing even the most placid to feel anger and frustration.  We look around to see that more than ever before the actions of total strangers affect our personal lives in very direct ways.  Patience and good humor have worn down as we are faced with ongoing restrictions, increased security and powerful monitoring measures that are unavoidable for even the most mundane actions.  Going to the grocery store, seeking personal fitness goals, international travel, working with other people, sending our kids to school – all of these things, once commonplace are now subject to officiated governmental scrutiny and societal commentary in a way that hasn’t been seen since WWII.  While this time feels heavy, the stricture is currently as pronounced as it will be this year, so bear with it and do the shadow work that needs doing.  Energies will shift as we move into the Spring Equinox  – it will still be an intense year, mind you – but won’t feel quite so bleak.  Right now, though, the overbearing powers of Saturn, Uranus and Pluto are knocking hard, requiring everyone to manage global issues on a personal level.

However, there is a silver lining to all this gloomy cloud cover. It is through the pressure of universal energies that we gain greater understanding of the world around us. What we have happening here, folks, is evolution in action.  It’s been easy for people to retreat into their respective shells over the last few decades, as the spread of internet technology, social media and virtual reality (Uranus and Neptune’s influence) has allowed people to block out the world and carry on as if what we do on an individual basis doesn’t matter. The events that grip our planet at this time speak otherwise, and the message that is being brought to bear overall is strongly this: we are all One, we all impact each other, no matter where we are, and to move forward personally and collectively in health and well-being, we need to open our hearts, release fear and be willing to learn, to grow and to be more than we are as individuals.  Allow the light of this Full Moon to shine on what you need to see most – and don’t be afraid, we are all in this together.

“The world is evolving from imperfection to perfection, it needs all love and sympathy. Great tenderness and watchfulness is required from each one of us.

Hazrat Inayat Khan

Current planetary events:

Sun ingress to Aquarius January 19, 2022 21:39 EST (January 20, 2022 2:39 UT)

Mercury Retrograde until February 2, 2022, exits shadow on February 2, 2022

Venus Retrograde until January 29, 2022

Uranus Direct January 18, 2022 until August 24, 2022

Next Full Moon February 16, 2022 16:58 UT, 11:58 EST, Leo 29º

Forecasts for the month:

Aries: Home/work balance is under the spotlight this Full Moon, as surprising shifts in your values make existing social scenes and alliances feel sombre, with much reflection on what came before. Inspiration is calling – be who you want Aries, when was that ever a problem for you? Settle down a bit and meditate on it (really, do it!).  You’ll find what emerges most fruitful. Write it down when it comes.

Taurus: You feel inspired by beauty and called to find your deepest truth, and you want to talk about it, though it feels more emotional than usual.  Sex and money feel energized but elusive, so seductive, pushing you to the chase.  Light is available to heal your oldest wounds, though it may take some serious thinking on the career front to get you there.

Gemini:  The spotlight this full moon is on money – yours vs theirs.  What do you value, and how strong is your value structure when put upon by the wishes and pressures of the outside world?  There’s an underlying seriousness to you these days as you seek to gain lessons, and that may spell opportunity in career. Don’t let sniping undermine you.  You may have a foot-in-mouth moment.  Be careful what you say! 

Cancer:  Your emotions are on your sleeve, and partnerships feel intense as deep levels are being plumbed.  Watch for power plays that compromise self-identity. The heavy stuff – sex, death, commitment – feels serious, however, details remain to be clarified on the work front which raise questions on the ethical front. Career feels a bit Sisyphean but don’t fret, surprises and inspirations come through networking.

Leo:  Don’t let compulsions and old habits be your self-undoing.  Now’s the time to look at self-undermining behaviour, particularly in how you approach relationships, work and how you treat your body.  The heavy stuff inspires and creativity is energized – let it out, it’s gold.  Career could offer breakthrough over the next month, be open to your subconscious mind for inspiration.

Virgo: The spotlight right now for you Virgo is learning to have fun again.  What does pleasure mean to you?  Do you have people you can share yourself with, or have you been holed up? Reach out, allow romance back into your heart, and don’t be afraid to shake things up. Open up to new philosophies and dreams, and you’ll find new friends knocking at your door.

Libra:  Career vs home feel intense as you seek to manifest your deepest desires. Compulsions are surprising and add tension to pleasure, but on the other hand, you want to be serious about what excites right now. You might come across as aggressive at the wrong moment – say what’s on your mind truthfully, it will be easier on everyone. Have a spa day soon, it will be of greater than usual benefit. Beauty heals.

Scorpio:  Deep change pushes you to walk your talk, and embody your highest ideals. Romance is inspiring, and you look with a critical eye on long-term changes in the home.  Watch your health this month as old issues may come home to roost, requiring a stepped-up plan of action. Money talks – go for that brass ring now, but don’t be prodigal.

Sagittarius: You feel the Force as your values are overhauled, and your persona is energized and powerful.  The spotlight is on why you do what you do and who you do it with.  You are able to cut to the chase and isolate details that have been tripping you up for a while.  Home life comforts and inspires.  Even the most valiant knights need respite sometimes – don’t be afraid to slow down.

Capricorn:  This Full Moon allows you to expose your underbelly, Capricorn. You’ll want to talk seriously about your tender spots, as subconscious material pushes to the surface requiring an outlet.  You have lots of support, be willing to reach out and touch base, you’ll be surprised at how conversation flows.  Let work lie and pay attention to the foundational core stuff, even if it’s hard going.

Aquarius:  This Full Moon feels very businesslike for you, Aquarius, as you focus on how to bring what is hidden to the fore.  Deep subconscious material stirs up dreams, and mediation allows for core problem solving.  Don’t let old insecurities nip at your heels, identify them and put them in their place. Watch for surprises and accidents on the home front – keep any potential hazards under control.

Pisces:  This Full Moon feels romantic and inspired, Pisces.  What gives you joy? Where do you find romance and pleasure – or do you anymore?  Let yourself be inspired by the beauty of the world, and let your dreams unfurl. Communications can be surprising, and your subconscious wants to be heard.  Impressions of the day can surface at night – keep your notebook handy and pay attention.

Born on this day – January 17: Benjamin Franklin (1706); Anne Brontë (1820); Konstantin Stanislavski (1863); Al Capone (1899); Betty White (1922); Eartha Kitt (1927); Vidal Sassoon (1928); James Earl Jones (1931); Maury Povich (1939); Muhammed Ali (1942); Ryuichi Sakamoto (1952); Jim Carrey (1962); Michelle Obama (1964); Kid Rock (1971); Zooey Deschanel (1980); Jake Paul (1997)

Sadly, January 17 would have been Betty White’s 100th birthday. Happy Birthday Betty, blessings to you as you travel on your journeys.

January 17, 2022 Full Moon 23:48 UT, Greenwich, UK. Chart courtesy of

Astrology: Full Moon in Cancer, December 29/30, 2020

(I don’t know where this image came from but it’s beautiful – kudos to the creator and I hope it’s ok for me to use it here.)

The last Full Moon of the year is upon us, and is exact on December 30 at 8º53’ Cancer, 3:28 UT (22:28 December 29 EST). This opposition involves the Sun/Mercury conjunction in Capricorn, sextiles Uranus and trines Neptune widely, so potential for inspiration, communication and innovation are all there to be utilized. We also have a rather tense Mars maintaining its square to Pluto, Jupiter and Saturn, so not all is rosy, but definite executive energy abounds. This Full Moon is all about home and our deepest associations with security, health, nurturing, and “Mother”, as well as ideas of protection, obsession, and emotional control – of self or otherwise. Sometimes, when the Moon is airy, we rationalize in order to understand these motivations, but this Moon is in Cancer, and she is most at home here in her domicile. This time, it’s purely emotional. Beware of emotional things spilling out where they don’t belong, and watch out for the irrational and uncanny at this time. This Moon wants us to feel deeply, to examine our hearts and explore what the word “Mother” means to us – this includes both the overriding societal assumptions of “Mother”, as well as the individual woman who gave us our lives. There is also a need to consider issues of power, transformation, sexuality and what it is that we give and take in our closest relationships. Do we find power nurturing or oppressive? Do we use sexuality to control, or does it help us grow past preconceived notions and boundaries? Do we give or take more in relationships? And just what does “Mother” have to do with all of this? Further – what do we do to “mother” ourselves and those around us, and how can we improve these methods?

Issues of power and its abuse have been a key theme throughout this year, and as we see the potency of the travelling Capricorn stellium break up and pass on to different areas, we are left with considerations of where that cosmic dust has fallen. This year has seen humanity brought to heel, and this continues to be our shared reality as during what is the most festive time of year for many, we are ordered to stay apart, sequestered. Everyone, everywhere – rich or poor – has had to comply with these requirements of the collective, passed down on high by “the man”, and while some flaunt their privilege in deciding to ignore the rules, this only serves to further delineate existing class struggles Tactics of coercion and disinformation abound, and will continue to do so – stay safe and sane people! Collective issues have completely transformed how we live our lives on a most basic level – how we care for ourselves, our health, our families and communities. Consider some of the events of this year, and how these might have impacted you – for a full list, see here, it’s quite astonishing: Suffice it to say, this is not easy stuff we have been working with! Remember most of all to be kind now, because chances are the person you are talking to is having a very real struggle that you just don’t know about. This year has negatively affected the whole planet, one way or another.

Use this Full Moon in Cancer to really deeply consider how you take care of yourself, and those around you, and what you really need to feel more whole. Consider not just the hard stuff, but think about the good things too – what do you do well, and what makes you happy? Do you have skills that you can use to help others? Would it make you feel better to help others, or would that be too much? How can it get better? The light of the Full Moon is here to shine into those dark, murky places, those tender spots that we like to keep hidden and protected. While communicating about this stuff may feel difficult, the channels are open, so share your feelings at this time – share with your friends, your family, your loved ones. If you find yourself alone, have courage dear friend! Know that things will improve, and don’t lock up; reach out or go within, but know you are going to be ok. This is a time for all of us to to let this stuff out, collectively and individually – feel it, see it, and tell it – because in the telling, it becomes valid and real, and this becomes a starting point from which we can move forward on a better path. Even though it doesn’t always feel like it, we are all united on a heart level, and when we show ourselves, we grow. Love blooms and spreads, and it is love which will keep us afloat during these times of difficult and unusual change. Moving forward, the coming year will continue to present us with difficulties, but if we go forward in a spirit of togetherness, knowing that our hearts are united and that our circumstances are shared by our brother and sisters around the globe, we can take on these challenges with all success. Open up and share! Don’t be afraid. Let yourself feel it all deeply now, grab a bit of energy, set your house in order, and walk into the New Year with the awareness of preparation.

Aries: What does “home” mean to you, and how does that affect your career and your communications? Your social structure is rapidly transforming, and you feel more inspired than ever to connect with your tribe. Power struggles could emerge in your work life as you flex your ego. Keep it real.

Taurus: How you communicate takes on new meaning as you incorporate higher ideals. Deep changes occur as you feel empowered to take on a new public persona – you want to feel a new sense of power in how you are perceived. Move with it. Trouble rises when subconscious aggression clashes with your highest ideals; watch for nasty slips that cause some moral guilt.

Gemini: This time feels especially potent as what is most important to you becomes clearer. Trust your gut and talk it through. You are learning more each day, and it gives you a new sense of gravitas. Friends with benefits could try some power moves; keep yourself above the fray. Just keep talking.

Cancer: Who do you want to be? Who do you think you are? How are your relationships adding to your self image? What you share with others requires deep considerations, as new responsibilities arise. Tensions smolder in your public relations, and upheaval is a threat. Stay calm and discuss with the right people.

Leo: A good time to look at your subconscious motivations and any habits which may be obvious to others, but no so much to you. Open up to what lies just beyond your immediate grasp. Work allows a channel of communication with this stuff, and relationships bring a new sense of tension, which while initially uncomfortable, lend you a weightiness previously unfound. Philosophical exploration of power issues enlighten.

Virgo: Friendships and your connections with society are highlighted now, as you seek to find new routines and structures in your daily life. Issues of sexuality, and core beliefs about creativity, pleasure and productivity are undergoing renovation. Remember, sexuality doesn’t necessarily mean “doing it” – how do you live in your body, and where is your animal nature at? Don’t be afraid to roar.

Libra: Career issues are highlighted and the need to discuss your work at home focuses on how your creativity needs a new sense of purpose and seriousness. Home as a seat of power and command, and a not so subtle kick from partnerships lead to transformations in your understanding of pleasure and joy. Run with it.

Scorpio: You can feel more deeply in touch with your ideals, and more than willing to communicate this inspiration with those closest to you. A new sense of productivity and honor emerges on the home front, though you may feel intense pressure from established routine to find the best ways to rationalize these changes. Follow your heart!

Sagittarius: Shared resources are highlighted as you are willing to communicate your values with your closest partners. You find new depths in belonging, and you are at a point where you realize that your daily environment needs some deep restructuring. How you choose to find pleasure may not jive with what your value structure needs from you; a good time for re-evaluation of what is most important.

Capricorn: Close relationships are in the spotlight, as you find new modes of being and you want to discuss with those most important to you. Core values are up for restructuring, and a new sense of purpose must be considered. What you feel is most important to your sense of self meets tension on the home front, and it feels very personal. Look to shared values for insight.

Aquarius: All your little personal habits and routines are subject to review now. Look to what might be tripping you up subconsciously; tune into imagination and dreams for clues on how to progress. The very foundation of how you present yourself to the world is undergoing revision, so don’t be afraid to dig deep and keep what is most meaningful, and toss the rest. Lighten the load now!

Pisces: What gives you joy, and how you find pleasure is now highlighted. You feel the urge to create; don’t be afraid to reach out for feedback and support, your peeps are there for you and are willing to talk about it. Deep unconscious material will occupy your thoughts for some time to come. Don’t be afraid to realign yourself to reflect what really matters most to you. Go for it!

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