The Full Moon in Cancer follows a beautiful conjunction of the Moon to Jupiter that aligned around 1 am Eastern on January 15th. Lunar transits are quick and generally not powerful, but the expansion of the Moon by Jupiter just before the Full Moon adds power and majesty to the experience of this Full Moon.
The Moon rules Cancer, and is happiest in that sign where emotions can find their most immediate expression. In the Full Moon the Sun opposes the Moon, and here we see the Capricorn Sun, with its focus on the practical and responsible along with the need to establish structures that create THINGS, in opposition to the Cancerian need to allow emotions and feelings their freedom to create moods and whims and find their own way to Truth. The Cancer/Capricorn polarity reflects divisions between the strength of the inner world of feelings versus the outer world of doing and materiality.
With the Moon in Cancer questions of nurturing come to the forefront and these questions are particularly powerful during this Full Moon with Venus (love and relationships) conjunct Pluto (power and Truth). Venus is retrograde, encouraging us to look back and heal past relationships and strengthen our current ones. Questions that come up now include: How can we take care of others and still care for ourselves? Are we taking care of others just so we ourselves can be nurtured? How can we find balance between the needs of our emotions that rise and fall like the tides, and the harmony that we require in our relationships with others? These are typically Cancerian issues that are magnified right now under the influence of Venus/Pluto.
Mars is also weighing in since it is in a square to that Venus/Pluto combination. Mars is self-directed and driven by individual needs, suggesting that a forceful expression of our own needs are necesssary right now but they may throw off the delicate emotional dance under the Cancerian Full Moon.
Whenever we have complex astrological signatures like this at work there is a need for a conscious integration of the polarities so that a new sense of inner balance can be achieved. In this Full Moon we can find a way to open our hearts completely and allow our feelings to flow unimpeded, strengthening our relationships with truth and healing while maintaining our own integrity and sense of Self. The Moon will do her work, all we need to do is stay open to the flow of the planetary energies.