December 2018 Full Moon in Cancer: The Churning Ocean’s Glint
As a celebratory effulgence, the Full Moon succeeds the departure of the lengthiest winter night. The waxing glint’s culmination occurs as Saturn’s two domiciles, Capricorn and Aquarius, oppose the domiciles of the luminaries. The Crab’s cascade of fluidic light cleanses the year’s darkest solstice, impregnating earth with the seed-essence of microcosmic spirit. Symbolic of the mother liquor or nutritive fluid from which all forms proceed, the full Moon in Cancer heralds the regenerative power of the unseen creative spirit.
In the first decan of the Crab, the spirit’s children, or Twins, are garbed in corporeal vessels. Referenced by Ptolemy, Cancer’s first decan witnesses “the head of the first and second Twins, and the posterior part of the first Twin and his hands…” At 0°49′ Cancer, barely clutching the first arc minutes of Luna’s domicile, The Crab’s first decan surveys the ascension of Castor and Pollux (the Twins’ constellation), alluding to the perceptual acuity and crafstmanship noted by Agrippa. Likewise, the crustacean’s amorous qualities are envisioned by Agrippa as “the form of a young Virgin, adorned with fine cloathes [clothes], and having a Crown on her head; it giveth acuteness of senses, subtilty [subtlety] of wit, and the love of men..” Picatrix’s description parallels Agrippa’s notation of critical perception and mercurial mastery, forged as the “face of teaching, knowledge, subtlety, and of skills.”
Combining Ptolemy’s description with Agrippa and the Picatrix, the children of spirit (Twins) newly emerge in Luna’s domicile, attired with material forms, corpuscles, or bodies. In Cancer, the productile home of the great mother, nature’s eternal recreative force merges spirit and matter.
The Full Moon in Cancer conjoins fixed star Betelgeuse, the potent star at the arm of Orion. Ptolemy attributes Betelgeuse, along with the remaining stars of and near Orion’s shoulders, to the qualities of Mars and Mercury. The position of Betelgeuse, in the right shoulder of the ‘god’, is said to be indicative of clarity and fortitude. Along with its companion stars of the Orion constellation, Betelgeuse begets success, and those influenced by it are considered effective, brilliant and successful.  Again, of the Orion constellation, the cluster is associated with martial honor by Robson, while Ebertin notes fortune and triumph. When conjoined with the Moon, this bright red star promotes humanitarian efforts, aspiring to improve the quality of people’s lives.
At 0’49° Cancer-Capricorn, the luminaries’ critical degrees are punctuated, as the angular Sun approaches Saturn, and situates upon the tenth. The Sun’s passage from Sagittarius to Capricorn is freshly forged, heralding Saturn’s stoic enthronement. The luminary opposition, Saturn’s traditional aspect, is a cautionary calibration between spirit and matter. Subterraneous Luna, concealed in the nethermost depths, precisely beholds the Saturnian Sun, as both luminaries polarize the cycles of impulse and intent.
Contrasting the prior two lunations, the Full Moon in Cancer is free from the Moon-Mars square. Luna begins to separate from her sextile to Uranus, translating experiences into ideas, as Saturn’s stoicism concretizes the technical structure for this transit’s fruition. In the backdrop, this lunation’s closest aspect is the Venus-Neptune trine, the origin of creative cultivation. The mind’s spatial liberty is accessible; cerebral composition of abstract concepts is afforded the freedom to tangibly originate.
The Full Moon in Cancer surveys the passage of the lengthiest winter night, bestowing her regenerative effulgence to the microcosmic spirit. Nearly cognizant of astrology’s impartial equilibrium, her silver orb symbolically mediates the solstice and, come December’s closure, the ingress of Mars into his diurnal domicile. While both benefics were simultaneously in their domiciles last month, this month’s terminal applies the same trajectory to the malefics. The Cancerian Full Moon, then, as the cleansing grace and maternal liquor of the creative essence, marries the hemispheres of spirit and matter.
Brady, Bernadette, Star and Planet Combinations
Etchings by K. Kalynovych.
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