A Balancing of Accounts: Full Moon Astrology Jan 2017
• Article Window: Jan 12 to Jan 27
• The Full Moon is Thursday, Jan 12, 3:34 AM PST
• Sun is 23° Capricorn, Moon is 23° Cancer
• Next New Moon: Jan 29
• Current New Moon Theme (Dec 28 – Jan 27): A Call to Action
Current Lunar Cycle
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 Balancing of Accounts
Our Full Moon astrology has an unusual emphasis this month based on the natural conflict between the energies of Capricorn (Sun) and Cancer (Moon). When these two powerful zodiac energies collide, there is often a showdown between what’s best for the individual, and what’s best for the established order. This is the case with our current Cancer Full Moon.
The specific showdown this month is especially related to systems of political power within the establishment. What the individual needs for success in the world can oftentimes be at odds with those who make the rules, especially if those rules are for political gain and not the greater good. This is the classic conflict between the individual and collective, specifically that portion of the collective with agendas set by a ruling elite that isn’t in alignment with the greater good. When goals and agendas collide, the individual’s power can be squashed with the power of a co-opted collective.
The Dance of the Individual and the Collective
There is a natural and healthy push-pull relationship between the individual and the collective. Sometimes it is necessary that their needs collide, but each also holds a fundamental responsibility for the good of the other. The individual has a responsibility to support the collective with uniqueness, creativity, and new solutions that promote healthy growth and evolution of the group. The collective has a responsibility to provide resources, opportunities, and rewards, especially to those individuals who fulfill their responsibility to contribute to the greater good.
A balancing of accounts is necessary when either the individual or the collective becomes out of harmony within this dance between the two. Our current Full Moon is offering new awareness of what is out of balance, as well as realizations that will enable you to move forward and contribute in positive ways.
The Nature of These Colliding Forces
In our current astrological pattern, we find the Sun conjunct Pluto with the Full Moon in direct opposition. Pluto’s energy is considered by many astrologers as the most powerful planet in our solar system. This is because its natural force has the potential to completely transform whatever it contacts. The outcome and determining factor of this transformation is dependent on the intentions behind the actions, specifically whether they are centered around control or empowerment. To understand the significance of Pluto’s activation in our current chart, it is helpful to review the Sabian Archetype for Pluto’s position at 18° degrees Capricorn.
♇ — 18° CAPRICORN — THE UNION JACK FLAG FLIES FROM A BRITISH WARSHIP
THEME: POLITICAL POWER
ARCHETYPE: The protection afforded to individuals and groups by powerful institutions in charge of maintaining order.
COMMENTARY: Institutional power can be used to control groups or individuals, especially when it is required to maintain a specific outcome of social order or social relationships. This ultimate expression of power needs to be balanced by justice and compassion, rather than elitism justifying authority through abuse of power.
Pluto’s energy is contributing this month to the opportunity for a balancing of accounts, especially where there are situations of unchecked power. The current energies are supporting a relationship of trust that’s balanced by justice and compassion, without elite groups or individuals attempting to justify their own authority, especially when that authority is used to justify abuse of power.
In short, Pluto is contributing to our Full Moon in Cancer by empowering the individual to clearly see the larger needs of the collective, including areas of injustice and imbalance. In the coming days you can expect to experience a heightened awareness of the need for greater justice against abuses of power. This will be true within your personal own circumstances as well as the world at large. In all areas the desire for a greater level of accountability will predominate.
How to Work with the Full Moon this Month
The Full Moon this month has the potential to be challenging. In addition to the Pluto/Sun conjunction, we are experiencing a grand square with the additional energies of a Jupiter/Uranus opposition. Jupiter will give you an objective voice, while Uranus provides for a potential shift in social power, including imbalances in current power structures.
What this all means is that it’s time to look objectively at expectations, responsibilities, and potential rewards that are offered and exchanged between you the individual and the collective. Your collective can be personal and immediate as well as global. It’s time to see things clearly and make an objective evaluation of where you fit in this equation.
The key this month is to be willing to face these opposing energies and then integrate them in such a way as to provide a clear pathway for personal forward progress.
Be mindful of a tendency to be concerned about rule-breaking. With the Moon in Cancer, there is a sub-theme that’s operating in the background related to the need to be successful within the established rules of order. This Moon is requiring you be mindful of what happens when those rules aren’t fairly or justly applied to everyone. It is this unjust relationship of power that’s precisely the dilemma we face at this time.
The Full Moon is always associated with new understanding. This year’s Cancer Full Moon is offering a new realization that will help you move forward in a positive way, not just in your own life but in your understandings of how you can contribute to positive and necessary changes within the systems at large. When it’s appropriate, demand a balancing of accounts in your life, both of yourself and of others. Call into question the abuse of power where it appears, while continuing to bring your uniqueness, creativity, and new solutions to the world.