Fortunately, the first moon of 2017 is the full moon in Cancer, bringing the focus back to our issues around feeling safe and secure. How safe we feel depends on our beliefs. When we come from the perspective that ‘Home is where the heart is,’ and place our safety and security in our hearts, then, wherever we are in the world, we will always feel loved and protected, and can see all the blessings that are in our lives. We can also flow more easily with changing circumstances because when we rely on what is within us, it can never be taken away.
This emotional and volatile moon cycle may make you feel antsy and nervous, but not know why. It illuminates our hidden dark fears and anxieties that we have been suppressing, giving us a clearer understanding of our beliefs, and whether they are serving us or not, both individually and collectively.
Here are my top 7 tips to successfully surf this cancer full moon wave
Home is where the heart is.
During this moon, feel gratitude for wherever you are in the world, and whatever your ‘home’ has become right now. Even if you are not where you would like to be, stop fighting reality, and accept where you are, so you can begin seeing the blessings that are all around you. When we come from a place of abundance, we can manifest more of it. When we remain a victim of our situation, we manifest more of the same. If you have manifested your perfect environment and are feeling safe and secure, remember to send a prayer of gratitude every day for all the blessings that are in your life, and take a moment to send compassion to all those on the planet who are not as fortunate as you.
Symbolised by the crab, the Cancer moon reminds us that sometimes we have to go sideways in order to go forwards. Life is a constant flow and never goes in a straight line. When we let go of trying to force life in the direction we want it to go, and surrender to the direction we are naturally going in, we can start to see how it is always in our favour. Let go of the fight and trust the path you are walking is taking you to your destination, even if it doesn’t feel like it’s the right way. There are limitless possibilities and maybe you are needing to go sideways to get there.
Use the shell
We can become very sensitive and vulnerable over a Cancer full moon so become more like the crab and harden your outer shell if you are feeling energetically attacked or misunderstood. Protect yourself from other peoples negative energy by keeping a positive mental attitude and reminding yourself, and them, of all the blessings that are around us. The crab also has a soft underbelly so don’t shut out those who care and love you. Know when to protect yourself, and when to open yourself up and be vulnerable.
Meditate every morning to bring yourself back to your ‘centre’, and focus your energy for the day, especially if you are feeling overwhelmed and fearful. Sit on a cushion opposite your alter, or make a sacred space and relax your body, and bring your awareness back to the present moment. Once you are feeling calm and relaxed focus on your breath, as it comes in, and as it goes out. Breath in Love, and breath out Gratitude. Start bringing yourself into a meditative state. Become the observer of your thoughts, rather than letting any of them filter into this state of harmony, letting them flow through and out of you. Focus on your heart and feel it expanding with all the love and goodwill you have for your loved ones, and yourself. Send out that love to all who need it and feel it returning back to you. Visualise how you want your day to flow, and see it happening effortlessly. When we take time out in silence every day we block out the negative voice in our heads and reconnect to the peace and stillness of our hearts that is always in faith and trust.
Follow your Intuition
Our intuition is heightened over a Cancer full moon, because its ruling planet is the Moon. Use this time to strengthen your intuition by following it throughout the next two weeks. Our intuition is what connects us to humanity on a heart level and often expresses itself as those seemingly random thoughts that pop into the mind telling us to do something, that may seem totally irrational or crazy, but when we do them we realise how important they are. When we act on them without questioning, we increase our inner knowing until we naturally follow our intuition without realising it. Remember that any message that comes from the intuition is always for the greatest good of all. Only your ego can harm others, your heart is always in harmony with the collective unconscious.
This watery full moon can bring up past disappointments and regrets, even the ones we think we have got over. If this happens, recognise it as is just another opportunity to let go of what has happened and make a commitment not to make the same mistake again. The moon can often test us to see if we are clear of old baggage, which can be painful. But when we fully forgive ourselves for losses and things that have happened we can move forward with more freedom.
Flow with the Tides
The crab teaches us how to flow with the tides. Use this moon cycle to recognise the tides that are flowing in and out of your life. Where is the energy flowing, and where are you feeling stuck? What areas of your life can you move forward with, and what areas are still in hibernation? When we accept the flow, and not fighting it, we are always in the right place at the right time. Stop trying to work out rationally what to do next, there are always too many variables that our limited minds can never predict the future. When we follow our intuition we automatically flow with the tides and things happen effortlessly and easily.
I will end this Lunascope with the wise words of Barbara De Angelis-
“Living with integrity means: Not settling for less than what you know you deserve in your relationships. Asking for what you want and need from others. Speaking your truth, even though it might create conflict or tension. Behaving in ways that are in harmony with your personal values. Making choices based on what you believe, and not what others believe.”