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Cancer Full Moon January 10-11 2009

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Happy New Year!

Welcome to 2009, a 2-year that will see us cooperating more and looking to find partners to collaborate with and bring more love into our lives.

We also welcome in the first of 5 SuperMoons on January 10-11, with the Cancer Full Moon. SuperMoons occur when the Moon is closest to the Earth as well as when the Sun, Earth and Moon align. Look for intense gravitational forces that pull in stronger tides, wilder weather and deeper psychic intuitions.

Full moons occur when the Sun and Moon are in opposite signs and this month those signs are Capricorn and Cancer, the 'parental' signs of the zodiac. Cancer/the Moon represents the Mother while Capricorn/Saturn represents the Father. At this full Moon, the Moon sextiles Saturn, so these two ruling planets are working well together like loving parents, provoking new insights into what needs to grow and change, both in our lives and in our society. Growth needs Love. Change takes Will and Discipline.

Cancer is ruled by the Moon, and we can see the full power of the Moon's ebb and flow. The sign that rules the feminine luminary of our heavens speaks to us of constant change that comes through the need for nurturing and the need to release. It is the living power of the cycle of birth, growth, decay and death, followed by rebirth. The moon rules our emotional, intellectual and spiritual responses to the circumstances of our lives.

Depending on what sign your Moon is in, it represents the unique needs that ground you in the world and make you feel secure. Cancer moon is a cardinal water sign, and you'll find it urging you to relax and take a bath, or it will have you cooking soup for your depressed friend. Cancer actively supports creativity – yours, mine or ours. She's the best mom in the world! Which means she sets up rules so you grow right.

With Pluto's entrance into Capricorn, we can finally be certain that the old King ... the rule of the 'fathers' ... the old corporate structures ... the deadening social corruption ... is dying. Will this old king hang onto his privileges as our world turns into a wasteland, or will he sacrifice himself (as is his duty) on the Summer Tree for his people and the land? Or will others come along willing to offer themselves for the renewal of the land, and in doing so, become a channel for spiritual evolution? The next 16 years will show us how we intend to evolve our vision of society and our responsibility to it. Will we create a more peaceful, just and loving world or will we continue to create war and death for the benefit of the few? This is Capricorn's spiritual purpose. Pluto wants to renew it.

The deep power of the Cancer Moon is needed this full Moon. The Moon in Cancer reaches out to Capricorn as a loving mother and says, do not be afraid! Death is nothing to fear. True freedom comes with change. That's the way life here on Earth is meant to be lived. The Seasons mark the basic rhythms and patterns of life. The Star Patterns tell us about the spiritual vision we are here to manifest through those life patterns. The Sun gives us the will, courage and strength to manifest our spiritual destiny. And the Moon gives us the ability to reflect on our lives and make choices based on our instincts, our intuitions and our feelings.

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Cathy Pagano is a spiritual advisor and Jungian psychotherapist, storyteller, author and teacher. She is the author of a book on the return of the Goddess, "Wisdom's Daughters: How Women Can Change the World". Cathy trained at the C. (more...)

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