Full Moon in Cancer

Full Moon in Cancer

K. Kalynovych, World of Glass, dry point etching (colored), 2018

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. [1] 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.

Full Moon in Cancer

Kalynovych, Hunting for Summer

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.

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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.


References:

Ptolemy, Tetrabiblos

Brady, Bernadette, Star and Planet Combinations

Etchings by K. Kalynovych.


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Sun Square Moon

Sun Square Moon

Max Ernst, War of Two Roses, 1955, oil on panel

Sun Square Moon

The Sun Square Moon in the Natal or Birth Chart

Natives with the Sun-Moon square (90° angle) configuration in the natal chart are born under a half-Moon, with Luna either waxing or waning.

Although a dynamic aspect, the Sun-Moon square does suggest tension and conflict between the ego and the emotions. Unresolved issues surge between what one wishes to project (the outer expression of the self) and what one requires on a fundamentary level (the inner self, including one’s intimate sense of security). Often, this behavioral pattern parallels environmental conditions present in the native’s early life. First impressions of one’s immediate environment were witnessed as a series of disparate perspectives, usually between parental figures.

Sun-Moon square natives can become enveloped in overly argumentative and defensive relationships, echoing life’s early environment, where relating, compromising, and understanding was challenging amongst adults. While the tendency is to blame past experiences for present conditions and setbacks, this mindset must be relinquished in order to progress beyond the Sun-Moon square. Although challenging, the objective is to release the past and commit to the improvement of the present and future.

Usually, the individual is split into two personalities, where the conscious, willful aspect of the self is one which becomes readily identifiable to the native. However, the more subconscious personality, indicative of the Moon, is more often than not, more easily perceived by the outer world. In other words, self-identification tends to be processed through the lens of the ego (or Sun). The Sun-Moon square, as a result, is expressed by frustration, irritability, and emotional excess, until the full spectrum of the personality is adequately integrated in a manner that is conscious to the native.

Working with Sun-Moon square natives, one notable pattern is that, often, separation or divorce between parents occurs during the native’s childhood or adolescence. Parental figures possess entirely disparate world-views and approaches to life, a fractal that is subconsciously interpreted by the child and, if not mindful, is cyclically re-enacted throughout adulthood.

Sun Square Moon

Max Ernst, Configuration No.16, 1955

The Square Configuration or Aspect in the Natal Chart

The square is a 90° angle with a 6° orb range. Planets in a square aspect share modalities (cardinal, mutable, fixed).

The square aspect is considered dynamically challenging, since its difficulties propel significant work on the issues indicated by the planets involved. Planets in the square aspect are at cross-purposes: their tension can produce frustration, although diligent labor and perseverance can foster triumph. The level of resolution over the square aspect is the result of successful integration of two disparate principles (here, the Sun, our will, and the Moon, our emotional cores). Because this aspect is considered to be traditionally challenging, we look to the signs and places/ houses involved in order to understand where adjustments, integration, and patient application must be employed. Again, with the square aspect, growth is always the result of incessant laboriousness, but this should not suggest that its limitations are without resolve. For the purposes of this article, it is also helpful to understand sect, in order to understand a chart’s diurnal or nocturnal components, and further understand the significance of the planets involved.

* Note: Single aspects should neither be isolated nor fixated upon in interpretation, as the overall chart can demonstrate mitigating or contradictory factors. Instead, a thorough chart analysis will bring the necessary clarity and cohesion of celestial influences.

Meaning of the Sun in Astrology

The Sun represents the visible intelligence and perception of the soul. The solar orb is, in essence, the all-bountiful fire that supports the existence of life. Therefore, the Sun indicates the central, physical vitality and conservation of each human organism. The Sun oversees the ego and moral principles, as indicated by self-esteem and conscientiousness.

The Sun Correspondences in Astrology

The Sun, (Helios in Greek, called amongst poets and historians as Sol, Titan, Ilios, Phoebus, Apollo, Pean, Osiris, Diespiter) is hot and dry, of choleric temperament (considered more temperate than Mars), masculine, and the luminary of the diurnal sect. Placed in the center of all planets, he passes through all twelve zodiacal signs once per year. His mean notion is 59 minutes and 8 seconds, yet his diurnal motion is sometimes 57 minutes and 16 seconds (sometimes more, but never exceeding 61 minutes and 6 seconds). The Sun always moves in the ecliptic and is void of latitude. [1] In Hellenistic astrology, the Sun finds his joy in the ninth place.

The Sun has his domicile in Leo, is exalted at 19° Aries, in adversity/ detriment in Aquarius, and receives his depression/ fall at 19° Libra. By day, the Sun governs the fiery triplicity (Aries, Leo, and Sagittarius, respectively). The Sun is always direct, and although his pace in movement can oscillate, he is never retrograde. His day is Sunday, overseeing the first and eighth hours. He befriends all planetary bodies, aside from his energetic resistance, Saturn.

Sun Square Moon

Max Ernst, After Me My Only Sleep, 1958

Correspondences of the Moon in Traditional Astrology 

The Moon’s nature is cold and wet. She is feminine, principally phlegmatic, and of nocturnal sect. Luna is the traditional, domicile lord/ ruler of Cancer, exalted in Taurus (degree of exaltation: 3° Taurus), in adversity/ ‘detriment’ in Capricorn, and in depression/ ‘fall’ in Scorpio. In traditional astrology, the Moon finds her Joy in the 3rd place. Along with the Sun, she is considered a luminary, and will have more or less significance in one’s chart relative to sect. Her taste is salty and governs silver and glass substances.

The Moon’s General Meaning and Natal Significance

Luna, or the Moon, is a receptive, mirroring luminary that usually absorbs the qualities or characteristics of other planets. The Moon is associated with the body, the mother or maternal guardian in the native’s early life, sensitivity, and intuition. She is oscillating and unstable, referred to as ‘wandering’ in traditional astrology. The Moon is our emotional core, indicative of our needs, in contrast to our desires.

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Cancer Ascendant

“To know the character of the native’s mind, look at the Lord of the Ascendant and Mercury (who is the significator of the intellective power, speech and oration). These signify the matters of the soul, and the morals of the native, just as the Moon and the Ascendant signify the body.” (Abu’Ali Al-Khayatt, The Judgment of Nativities)

The Natal Ascendant: A Chart’s Profile

The Ascendant is simply the zodiacal degree rising over the eastern horizon at the exact time and location of birth. Known as ‘the Helm’ in Hellenistic astrology, the Ascendant expresses the native’s navigational strategy, a metaphorical grappling of the steering-oar of life. Because it reveals one’s interaction with the external environment, unfurling the native’s vitality, health, character, temperament, and corporeal constitution, the Ascendant is a critical feature of the natal chart. As the first house does not fully surface above the horizon, it remains both visible and concealed. Akin to the flight of fleet-footed Hermes, the Ascendant symbolizes the oscillation between the diurnal and nocturnal realms of spirit and matter. In essence, it is the merging point between the macrocosmic and microcosmic hemispheres of the natal chart: as above, so below.

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Cancer: The Crab

Cancer Ascendant: The Moon as Chart Ruler

The feminine, watery, movable (cardinal) Cancer Ascendant embodies the oscillating, phlegmatic expression of the nocturnal luminary, the Moon. With Cancer rising, the oscillating nature of the emotions is at the forefront of the native, significantly impacted by the monthly lunar transits. As the nocturnal luminary waxes and wanes, so does the emotional disposition of the native. The appearance is said to mirror the Moon’s profile: a pallid complexion, rounded face, pronounced chin, large watery eyes, and thin, sparse hair. The native is fuller in constitution, with a tendency to retain liquid. Cancer Ascendants navigate their environment via instinct and sensitivity. Akin to the reflectivity of the Moon, Cancer Ascendants can often mirror the impressions of their surroundings.

Of lunar natives, Lilly notes:

‘She by reason of her swiftness, varies her shape very often, but in the general, she personifies one having a round visage and full faced, in whose complexion you may perceive a mixture of white and red, but paleness overcomes…’

The placement and condition of the Moon in the natal chart signals a key focal point in the native’s life, and the manner in which it is actualized. The body and personality is influenced by transits through the Ascendant, the natal Moon, including first place, and Moon profection years. The house ruler of the Moon also directs the expression of the Cancer Ascendant. For example, if the Moon occupies a sign polarizing its essential nature, such as Capricorn, the native may not approach life as a typical Cancer Ascendant. Planets occupying the first house can significantly alter the personality of the Ascendant. Again, for example, Saturn occupying the first house of a Cancer Ascendant will significantly alter the appearance and personality. The chart’s sect will further punctuate the potency of the Moon in the natal chart.

Ascendant descriptions are intended as general, isolated references, and are but one component of the natal chart.

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