FULL MOON IN CANCER – Plus a peek at 2016 according to astrology and numerology (December 25, 2015)

Astrology-New-Moon-Full-MoonAs I do at the beginning of each year, I will cover (1) the current Moon Update, (2) an overview of any major events that are coming up astrologically in 2016, and (3) the year 2016 from a numerological perspective.

I hope that 2016 is a year filled with peace, love, and laughter for all of us! Happy New Year!!

Full Moon in Cancer

In the Pacific Time Zone, the Moon will be full at 3:11 a.m. on Friday, December 25. With this Full Moon, the Sun in Capricorn will be in opposition (180°) to the Moon in Cancer. To further clarify how this Full Moon will impact you on a personal level, locate 4° of Capricorn and 4° of Cancer in your birth/natal chart. The issues associated with those two houses are going to be most impacted by this Full Moon’s presence.

Whenever the Sun and Moon reach their monthly opposition (180°), we are being asked to look at the issues of both signs and evaluate if we need to establish a better balance between them. What makes Full Moons uncomfortable is that often this “evaluation” comes in the form of contrast and conflict. In order to move forward, we need to honor and respect the needs of both ends of this teeter-totter.

With this Full Moon, our attention is drawn to the signs of Cancer and Capricorn. Cancer is all about our internal world, family, home, nurturance, sensitivity, and emotions. Capricorn’s focus is on our external world, responsibilities, accomplishments, discipline, patience, hard work, autonomy, and maturity. Both parts of our life are important, and now is the time to ask if we have been emphasizing one over the other. Helpful questions to ask ourselves include: Are we doing what we really want to do? Are we taking care of others at the expense of taking care of ourselves (or vice versa)? Are we with those who nurture our souls? Are we doing what brings our life purpose and meaning?

The signs of Cancer and Capricorn are actually very connected. Cancer is about our relationship with ourselves and with those who nourish us. If we have a good foundation in our lives, our inner life force energy shines brightly. Eventually, we want to shine that inner light in the external world, which is the realm of Capricorn. But after shining our light for a while, we always have to go “home” in order to refill our proverbial “well,” so Cancer continues to be important.

Because Neptune is trining (120°) the Moon and is sextile (60°) the Sun, we may find that we more easily remember the good times and forget the bad. Therefore, some of us will feel ready to “forgive and forget” and “let bygones be bygone.” We may be ready to release old resentments and anger, especially on the day of the Full Moon (Christmas Day, December 25). Compassion for ourselves and others will be readily available, if we choose to access it. Due to a supportive trine (120°) between Mercury and Jupiter the same day, we should all focus on enjoying ourselves, especially through great conversations with family, friends, and loved ones.

However, it is important to understand that this Full Moon in Cancer carries a special wallop. On the day of the Full Moon (Friday, December 25), Uranus stops moving in retrograde and begins moving direct again. On the days right before and after a planet changes direction, its power is intensified. So although some may not feel its impact for a few days or even a couple of weeks, many of us already know that change is definitely in the air! And given Uranus is in Aries, we are being encouraged to take actions that are brave, bold, and independent of the influence of others. We may be ready to break the rules that we have set for ourselves and try something completely different. As a reminder, whenever Uranus is active in our lives, it is important to not resist change. For example, if we insist on holding onto a job, relationships, or situations that we have outgrown, the Uranus energy will likely bring us unexpected events that will force change upon us (i.e., “change or be changed”). Therefore, it is better to flow with the changing tides than fight against them.


  • Uranus began its annual retrograde motion back on July 26, 2015. If you look back at the events occurring in the weeks before and after this date, you may find clues about the areas of your life where you are ready to take a quantum leap forward.
  • For those who have access to their natal chart, you can gain further understanding of the areas of your life that might be most influenced by this change in direction by locating the house in which Uranus is located (17° of Aries).

Because this Full Moon happens on Christmas Day, it probably is important to mention something that happens the day before on Thursday, December 24. A sextile (60°) between Venus and Jupiter is often a very gentle and positive influence that brings joy to our relationships. However, it can also mean that we can be easily drawn into overspending, especially if we visit stores because they often have last minute sales the day before Christmas. The first part of the day is particularly vulnerable to this influence. Instead of shopping and regretting our purchases later, why not go have lunch with a friend. Or use the energy of the Full Moon in Cancer to gather the family together and have a wonderfully nostalgic conversation about good times from the past.

We may feel like we are being pulled in two directions energetically on Tuesday, December 29. A sweet sextile (60°) between the Sun and Neptune will leave us feeling grounded and calm. Our intuition will be heightened, and we may feel like we are “in the right place at the right time” if we are willing to follow our hunches. However, a square (90°) between Mercury and Mars the same day could leave us also feeling mentally on edge. We need to be careful not to get into arguments today because words could be said impulsively, leaving us feeling regretful tomorrow.

During the last 2 days of this year (Wednesday, December 30 & Thursday, December 31), a series of aspects occur that will be summarized here in order to shorted this long missive. As New Year’s Eve approaches, we may become self-critical or judgmental due to unmet goals and/or an unfulfilled desire for self-improvement. It’s important to remember that this discontent is meant to steer us toward some of those changes that are being ushered in by Uranus’s direct movement. Although many people celebrate with others as the year draws to a close and a new year begins, we all will benefit from finding some time to be alone, reflect on the last year, and set our intentions for 2016. But given that there is so much Uranus energy swirling around us right now, it’s best to not make definite plans. Instead, we should set realistic and reasonable goals but remain open to possible “course corrections” as the new year unfolds.

On the first day of 2016 (Friday, January 1), Mercury leaves disciplined Capricorn and moves into the sign of endless possibilities, Aquarius. This definitely brings a hunger for knowledge and an openness to new ideas. But due to a square (90°) between Mercury and Mars that same day, we may feel irritable and cranky on Friday.

This is, however, a very short visit to Aquarius because Mercury begins its first retrograde phase of 2016 on Tuesday, January 5, and will retreat back into Capricorn on Friday, January 8. So this quick “howdy-do” with Aquarius is simply giving us a taste of what is to come when Mercury moves back into Aquarius in mid-February. Till then, the Capricorn influence will mean that our thinking will be methodical, logical, organized, and practical, which will be helpful while Mercury is traveling retrograde. And just a reminder that when Mercury is in retrograde, it is a time when our communication turns inward. We will likely be reviewing, revamping, revising, and reorienting ourselves. These Mercury retrograde periods are very important times during the year, but they can result in challenges with written or oral communication, travel plans, and anything involving details. If possible, try to put off any serious conversations or decisions until after Mercury turns direct again on January 24.

Mars moves into the sign of Scorpio on Sunday, January 3, where it will remain until March 5. Our actions will become very focused during this time, to the point of being driven. We may feel ready to approach very important issues that we’ve been avoiding. Mars in Scorpio gives us the perseverance to face our challenges and see them through to completion; but because Scorpio is a water sign, we may be feeling things more intensely and passionately.

This focus and perseverance could be reinforced on Tuesday, January 5, when the Sun conjoins (0°) Pluto. This alignment, though, could be positive or not-so-positive. On the positive side, we could feel empowered to gain control over our lives. We may begin to see a possible strategy, but we may not be ready to share our insights with others quite yet, especially given Mercury turns retrograde today. However, we could also feel overwhelmed rather than empowered. If this happens, we need to take a “time out” to get in touch with ourselves and to do an honest self-appraisal. Self-discovery is the name of the game with this aspect.

Overall, the days around this Full Moon’s in Cancer will be times when many of us will feel drawn to be with family and participating in nostalgic conversations. It could be a very sentimental time. Even if we aren’t with others, we can make choices that create a special, meaningful time. But because Uranus turns direct on the day of the Full Moon, most of us will be asked to “change or be changed” in one or more areas of our life in the coming weeks. And given this is occurring right before the start of the new Gregorian calendar year, it’s a good time to set intentions for the coming year. Remember to find quiet moments during this time of change. As Martha Beck said, “Your first daily priority should be stillness, attention to what you really know and what you really feel.”

Major astrological events of 2016

Two important astrological events in 2016 are (1) the on-going squares (90°) between Saturn and Neptune and (2) Jupiter entering Libra.

  • During November and December 2015, we experienced the influence of the first of three squares (90°) between Saturn and Neptune. The other squares will impact us during June and September 2016. In order to shorten this blog post, please refer to the following Moon Update that describes the Saturn-Neptune square: FULL MOON IN GEMINI – A square between Saturn and Neptune could provide us with an important wake-up call. These are important squares and many of us have already experienced powerful events that are changing our lives in profound ways.
  • It may seem like it’s way off in the distance, but it’s worth noting that Jupiter will be entering Libra in September. I rarely talk about politics, but Jupiter’s transit into Libra is particularly important in the USA due to the timing of the presidential elections in November. Jupiter in Libra is often associated with the desire for justice, equality, and fairness. We will want to achieve balance in all our partnerships, and Jupiter (the planet of luck and expansion) will support our endeavors to make this happen. We will become more open-minded, objective, and willing to learn new things when Jupiter is in Libra. We want beauty and harmony around us during this year-long stay in Libra. So as you can see, this could provide a very positive influence on the presidential elections in November 2016.

Numerology in the year 2016

For those interested in numerology, 2016 is a 9 Universal Year (i.e., 2016 = 2 + 0 + 1 + 6 = 9). Everyone on the planet is influenced by the energy of the Universal Year number, so it is a subtle, collective experience. In numerology the influence of the Universal Year number is believed to fade during the last three months of the year. So by January 1, 2016, many of us may have already started to experience elements of the 9 Universal Year.

9 Universal Years often are described as “endings that lead to new beginnings.” Other words that are often used to describe 9 Universal Years are closure, confirmations, and release. In order to begin something new, we often have to end something else. 9 Universal Years are about individual, societal, and global transitions that are designed to make room for the new beginnings that often come with 1 Universal Years (i.e., 2017).

However, part of the endings that are experienced may involve reflecting back in order to gather any grains of wisdom before we move forward. Many of us will be pondering the past and mining it for lessons that will enlighten our future. Another aspect of 9 Universal Years is humanitarianism. Many will feel more charitable and ready to help individuals or larger groups.

This is also a year when many will feel more energized than usual, and it’s important to find ways to use that energy in productive ways (e.g., exercise, sports, endeavors). If the energy isn’t used in some way, arguments could ensue because emotions tend to be heightened during 9 Universal Years.

So we need to use this 9 Universal Year wisely. Vent any excess emotions or energy so we can release anything that no longer serves us. It’s a great time to purge, clean, organize, and prepare, which will support the next 9-year cycle (2017-2025) being even better than the last (2008-2016).


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  • New Moons and Full Moons often influence us for the 3 days before and 3 days after the actual event.


Full Moon at 4° of Cancer

  • Friday, December 25, 3:11 a.m. PST
  • Friday, December 25, 6:11 a.m. EST
  • Friday, December 25, 11:11 a.m. GMT

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