mother-child-botswana_3661_990x742As always, after the new moon, comes a full moon in the sign opposite to where the Sun is, therefore this lunation occurs in the angle Capricorn (Sun) and Cancer (Moon).

As with all the full moons, this one has it’s own message. It peaks at about 26° and it’s part of a T-square, which happens when a planet that is at a 90° angle from the planets opposing each other, in this case, the Sun and Moon. That planet in this particular case is Ceres, Goddess of Agriculture and Harvest. The symbol of Mother, named Demeter by the Greeks, who, together with her daughter Persephone, they are part of the myth of Hades (Pluto) one of the most important and relevant of Greek myths which has deep significance in our psyche. Ceres represents the archetype of Mother, the one who cares, feeds and protects us. The mother-daughter relationship, described in this myth, especially at such important period of our lives that is adolescence, when the daughter, falls in love and begins the process of separation from Mother. Although in the myth, Persephone, is raped and kidnapped by Pluto, is in the process of living in the Underworld, as Queen of the World of the Dead, who discovers her sexuality, her need for separation from Mother and her own power as a women, since for the first time she feels desired so this helps her understand her power over the masculine.

With the intervention of Zeus, Pluto (Hades) and Ceres, reach an agreement, whereby, Persephone, spends six months of the year with her mother “on the surface”, of Earth, which coincides with the Spring and Summer and the other 6, in the underworld as wife and Queen of the Great Below, which is the beginning of the Autumn and Winter. Although, nobody asks the young Persephone anything, for such an arrangement, she discovers that when she is with Mother, she is Daughter, therefore does not have any power, instead, when she is with Hades, she gains her full power as a woman, since she desired and Queen. Although the myth of Ceres has to do with the sign of Cancer, Persephone, adds the Scorpian energies to the story.

Next to Ceres, which is about 26° Libra, is also Vesta, Goddess of the Hearth and guardian of the divine fire (23°), and Mars,God of War (18º), therefore these three are the focal planets of this T-square, and from a distance, the Grand Cross is completed by Eris,which is at 21° of Aries. Mars at the same time forms an exact square to Venus that is in retrograde motion in Capricorn, which on February 2 will be n an almost exact conjunction to Pluto.

So we can safely say that the female element is powerful in this lunation, with the focus on issues having to do with the feminine and therefore with Nature and the Earth. It is a reminder of the importance of finding a (Ceres, Vesta and Mars in Libra) balance between the feminine and masculine in ourselves and in our society and the urgency of the return to the Goddess, that is to say, going back to respect natural cycles. What we sow, what we produce, what we get from the Earth, the food we eat each day, what we feed our children, and above all, how we care for each other, ourselves, our bodies and our land. A good reminder that it depends on all of us, the fate of our planet and of our lives. The Earth and piece of land left to us by our ancestors, also enters this symbolism of Ceres, disputes over borders and nationalism are therefore expected.

Cancer and Capricorn, represent the Archetypes of Mother and Father, respectively, and it is through our relationship with these two people who gave us life that we learn about the world of emotions, to love, to hate, to care, to protect and to know how to provide to ourselves in life. The cracks that exist in our relationship with these two figures, will manifest themselves in our relationship with others and above all with our partner. Therefore the relationship with any of these two people is illuminated at this full moon, which we can already feel strongly, since it re-enacts the Grand Cross, formed by Urano-Pluton-Jupiter and Mars in the signs Cardinal, as it was for the new moon of January 1.

If our parents are dead, this process occurs equally, because they live inside us forever. Our relationship with father and mother, continues, even when they are no longer in this world. If we have become adults, and we no longer feel “daughter/son, something that does not happen by “default”, but rather it requires a lot of work, the relationship continues nevertheless . Different, but equally real.

Just as the Full Moon peaks, Venus in Capricorn and Mars in Libra form an exact square. This will revive the theme of working together to find harmony in our personal relationships. Mars is located in the sign ruled by Venus, emphasizing collaboration over the fight. Diplomacy above war solutions is the sign of the time. I wonder if the Shias and the Sunnis, the Israelis and the Palestinians, the Catalans and Spaniards, will ever, come to accept each other and collaborate rather than compete with each other, to strengthen their region rather than weaken it.
Self-analysis is required, to find where our real power lies. this the subject of this lunation, how we care for and how we feed our loved ones, physically and emotionally. Cancer and Ceres, are symbols of Mother, therefore, it has much more to do with the mother and father in all of us, rather than with the actual parents. Search inside yourself and ask yourself who you really care for.

FULL MOON IN CÁNCER – DECEMBER 28-29, 2012

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Here we are in the last Full Moon of the year 2012, and it falls in the sign of Cancer, the first water sign of the Zodiac, and symbol of the Great Mother and the myth of Eleusis. Cancer, among other things, represents the myth of the mother and the daughter, and the eternal struggle and separation between these two sides of the same coin.

All those with the Sun, the Moon or the Ascendant in Cancer live this eternal story of separation from Mother. In antiquity they only spoke of the mother and the daughter, when they referred to this myth, without giving a name to any of them. The archetype, was conceived as an only archetype consisting of two deities, they rarely made the difference if they were two gods or two goddesses, although everyone knew that it consisted of two female deities. Was Homer and before him, Pamphos, (according to Carl Kerenji) who first included the name of Persephone, as the name of the daughter, in a poem. Before that, when they referred to her, she was called the “Kore” or “the Maiden”. The name of Demeter (Ceres for the Romans), arose as well, as the “other” deity, older, therefore the image of the mother. The mother of the Earth, of the grain, of agriculture, of the daughter. The history of Eleusis, talks about a daughter who is “stolen” from her mother and then returned to her, only with a prior arrangement made between the God of the Underworld, Hades, (Pluto) and Demeter. The separation of the psyche of the mother, is the Fate of all Cancer, an inevitable journey for both Mother and Daughter.

This full moon, picks at about 7 ° of the angle Cancer-Capricorn, and therefore coincides with the Urano-Pluto square, since the Sun is in conjunction to Pluto which is now about 9 degrees of Capricorn and Juno, 3 ° of Cap. This constellation, including the Moon at 7 degrees of Cancer, form a T-square to Uranus, at about 4 degrees Aries 42′. Once again we find the theme of separation from the traditional. How to separate ourselves from that which gives us form and contains us? How to free ourselves from what we believe we need, to have some kind of order in our lives?. How do we separate or liberate ourselves of that, we worked so hard to maintain? Who will win, the strength of independence or tradition and the known order? How de we separate ourselves from mother? Perhaps the answer is a little in the middle. We only strive to make ourselves independent of what we believe different from us and maybe the solution lies in understanding that we are all one, and we can still operate independently of something bigger we belong to. That something that complements us, contain us, but without being absorbed by it, by that something which seems to want to govern us. we must respect the fact and the importance that both parties must exist for the maximum evolution for all parties. Whether the two parties are: mother-daughter, Republicans and Democrats, Spanish PP and PSOE, Professor and Students, Catalunya and Madrid, Big Companies and employees, etc.

We only have this illusion of the separation in order to learn faster, the different human possibilities. Everyone nourishes everyone. We all have something important and unique to contribute. We are ALL indispensable, and yet, nobody is. We are all the drops that form the ocean. No drops, no ocean, never mind how insignificant they seem to be.

With the asteroid Juno wrapped up in the full moon, by its conjunction to the Sun and Pluto, and opposition to the Moon, the theme of personal relationships, the power of the feminine, is a relevant topic for this lunation. Pallas Athena, at 26 degrees of PISCES, is also in a T-square to Mercury at 26º of Sagittarius, and Ceres to 24º of Gemini. By the way, if you go out to look at the sky now, you’ll see Jupiter, majestic next to the Moon, shining from Gemini. Vesta is located nearby, reminding us that the cry of the feminine, is heard deafening in human nature and we must respect it, to not awaken Lilith, or Medusa or Ereshkigal. The power of the dark side of the feminine is even more powerful and as in the case of Medusa, who turns to stone anyone who dares to look into her eyes. With only her own Reflection could her head be cut off, and avoid being petrified.

The mixture of these archetypes in a lunation and especially at the end of the year, a few days after the Solstice of winter and summer, reminds us that we must confron our own shadow, to grow, to recognize our own power, to be aware that there are things that should be changed, so that we can evolve, and let those the around us do their own evolution. Reclaiming our authority is another issue, as it is to learn to respect our chosen role, in the comedy/drama of our personal relationships. What role have we unconsciously accepted to play? are we getting tired of the role and calling for a change? We must accept that to make it happen, everything must change, not just a part. Nothing will be as it was and that’s OK. What does not change is destined to die.-In fact, everything is destined to die, including each one of us and we must also accept that. We must respect our own roles in our personal relationships, and understand that for the relationship to evolve, the roles of both parties must transform and evolve as well. While you are a mother, you’re mother and wife, or only mother, if you’re not with the father, but when the children leave, you’re not just mother any longer and that must also be respected.

Cancer, like most water signs, quickly learns that nothing remains the same for a long time, and if you’re one of those Cancer with much Leo in your chart or other fixed signs, then the fight for letting changes flow and keeping everything as it is, is exhausting. Change, always wins at the end and we must accept it or we are destined to die in life. We start to die, when change passes us by and we pretend that everything remains the same. Even if we don’t use Facebook or Twitter, we need to know what it is, or we have begun to die and disconnect from the changes that are happening. I give this example, only because that is very common. We cannot afford to ignore the changes and the advances of technology. But echoing this powerful Jupiter in Gemini, i feel we should be informed, to be able to continue to live life fully, instead of letting it pass us by.
Happy New Year to all of you from the bottom of my heart.