A New Year of Inclusiveness and the Wise Use of Power: Full Moon Astrology Jan 1st 2018

Article Window:  Jan 1 – Jan 16
• The Full Moon is Sunday, Jan 1, 6:24 PM PST
• Sun is 12° Capricorn, Moon is 12° Capricorn
• Next New Moon: Jan 16
• Current New Moon Theme (Dec 17 – Jan 16): Purposeful Work & New Beginnings

The Full Moon illuminates and activates new awareness, especially corresponding to whatever was released with the manifesting wave of New Moon energy two weeks ago. In the coming two weeks look for ways to celebrate and take inspired action, especially from whatever you have embraced or experienced since the New Moon. Be patient with challenges that emerge in the coming days, recognizing that they are also a necessary part of your expansion.

Astrology Article: A New Year of Inclusiveness and the Wise Use of Power

by Steven Shroyer
co-author Elizabeth Schermer

Our New Year Full Moon astrology presents a beautiful and powerful Kite pattern with which to usher in the new year. The Kite pattern within the Cancer Moon signifies the possibility of launching our year with a signature of unified harmony that can be organized toward positive fulfillment for all.

The chart for the January 1st Full Moon shows that this is a year in which power structures can change for the betterment of all. We have countless examples in the world today where power is concentrated at the top to benefit the few, and where abundance and privilege are reserved for those who hold positions of power.

The specific Kite pattern within our Full Moon chart emphasizes the possibility for a global shift in power structures through a strong working relationship between our understanding of the meaning of inclusiveness (Cancer Moon), and the ability to use power wisely for the larger good (Capricorn Sun). This sets in motion the larger realization that a wise use of personal and collective power holds the key for our successful transition in the new age of Aquarius (see Solar Eclipse article, August 2017).

On a practical and personal level, with the Full Moon falling on New Year’s Day, 2018 has the signature of a new beginning, especially if we are able to engage in purposeful work, which is the (current New Moon theme). In this case, “purposeful work” describes all forms of intentional activity in the world that each individual does that helps to make things better and more inclusive for all.

It’s important to remember this year that your “purposeful work” isn’t necessarily your career or job. Rather, it’s all forms of contribution and creative efforts that work toward making the world a better place.

The Cancer Energy Signature of the Full Moon

The energy of the Cancer Moon can have a direct impact on how we’re each able to launch our New Year. This starts with our larger understanding of inclusiveness and our ability to identify with ourselves as members of a global family.

As we’re talking about inclusion, it’s important to ask, “Who does “us” include?” The inclusive nature of Cancer is commonly associated with the traditional ideas of home and family, however from a spiritual perspective, to limit our experience of inclusiveness to our immediate home and family of origin is stopping short of what’s possible. Spiritually speaking, our collective identity is the entire world. We are all global citizens and this is what is ultimately meant by home and family within the Cancer archetype.

In short, Cancer’s signature of home and family is all about each of us finding “our place in the world.” We see abundant evidence that we are evolving as a human family and that our collective concept of home is expanding to include a global perspective.

What’s necessary and important in order for us to evolve together is that our structures of power also expand to include a global perspective that is inclusive for all.

The Wise Use of Power

The influence of Capricorn in our Full Moon Kite implies a new possibility for the wise use of power for the benefit of all.

One of the more potentially disruptive aspects of the signature of the Full Moon chart is the way it opens the door to new revelations regarding the abuse of power within current systems of authority and control. These new revelations, however shocking they may be, have the potential to shape our world in ways that will forever change our perspectives.

There is every indication that by the end of 2018 we, as global citizens, will have a much clearer picture of the ways in which major abuses of power have shaped our reality and our thinking. In the most positive sense, these revelations will lead to further dismantling of patterns of abuse. They will also lead to new understandings of what is possible and what the wise use of power might actually look like.

The coming year is full of both hope and contrast, including the possibility for shocking revelations that will unfold throughout the year. As the months unfold, hold onto the larger context and potential, with the personal commitment of how you can expand your own perspectives in order to be more inclusive in your perspectives of what is possible.

In this way you will receive new insights into what each of us can do to end the current patterns of limiting control, especially those marked by authority that has abused power to maintain control.

Astrology Pattern

Jan 1st Full Moon ChartOur Full Moon Kite pattern represents something major that is about to occur on our planet.

Let me be clear about the significance of this particular Kite pattern by simply saying that this isn’t an ordinary Kite! In addition to the significance of the Full Moon Kite occurring on New Year’s Day, there is an unusual aspect to the pattern itself which involves all ten planets in a very significant way.

We’ll start with the tail of the Kite formed by the Cancer Full Moon. The Cancer Moon at the tail of the Kite signifies a type of unified harmony that can be organized to launch our year with a signature of positive fulfillment. This signature is inclusive in its very nature and it illustrates the need for us all to work together, founded in the understanding that we are all connected.

While the tail (Moon) signifies the point of harmony, it’s the head of the Kite (Saturn, Venus, Sun, and Pluto) that signifies how this harmony needs to be organized in order to unfold with its highest potential.

The four planets at the head of the Kite are all working together as one energy through the Capricorn archetype. The highest use of Capricorn energy is for the mobilization of power for the collective good. The kite signature implies this highest expression of Capricorn, which is the wise use of power for the benefit of all.

The full description of the working relationship of these four planets is complex and beyond the scope of this article. Suffice it to say that the buildup of balsamic energies to Pluto in Capricorn won’t allow for the continued abuse of power to operate. This is not just personal power but at the highest levels of power structures throughout our world.

Forming the sides of the Kite and offering supporting roles flanked on either side of the Kite are Neptune, illustrating the truth of what’s been hidden, and the Mars/Jupiter conjunction, managing the resulting conflicts for the betterment of all.

When we put it all together the pattern points to a unified effort that includes Uranus and Mercury, which are working together to break it all open so that everyone can see and talk about what is being revealed. The Full Moon’s key position at the tail represents the illumination of this new information, including what each of us can do individually to adjust and adapt as we realize the extent of what’s been hidden from us.


This coming year points to a turning point within our world in which a global consciousness of inclusiveness begins to take hold. At the same time, abuses of power will come to light in a way that each of us can see, feel, understand what has been hidden. We’ll have new awareness of where these paths of darkness have led and how to create new avenues of change moving forward.

With the Full Moon falling on New Year’s Day, 2018 has the signature of a new beginning, especially if we are able to engage in purposeful work. In this case, “purposeful work” describes all forms of intentional activity in the world. This is work that each individual does to make things better and more inclusive for all.  We will each have an opportunity this year to contribute our creative efforts to work together toward a better world for us all.

The year truly represents a new beginning in which each us can work in our own unique way to help make a course correction. Expect the coming year to be a time of positive change as the new Age of Aquarius continues to unfold.

Happy New Year and Happy Full Moon

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