Full Moons are the bringers of light. They are that small but powerful voice in our head that asks us what we’re going to do with our lives. If they could speak, we’d hear things like “Cut your losses,” “It’s now or never,” or “Failure is not an option.” They test our resolve.
This Full Moon puts us in a particularly potent scenario because it asks us to choose between or balance two very strong archetypes ~ The Moon in Cancer as Mother and the Sun in Capricorn as Father. The Sun has a powerful alliance with Saturn in this scenario, but the Moon holds royal dominion in her native sign of Cancer.
The Mother Archetype ~ The July 2010 Solar Eclipse in Cancer threw a spotlight on all the mother, home, nurturing issues in our lives. We were urged to fulfill the role of the mother ~ to give birth to and nurture something.
Six months have now passed. It’s time for review. How is the health of our young charge? We hear, “Honey, I’m home!,” and Dad is at the door.
The Father Archetype ~ Dad arrived with the January 4th New Moon and Solar Eclipse in Capricorn asking, What is the return on my investment so far? Have we put more into a project or relationship than we’ve received, or have our efforts been bountiful? Is our young charge healthy, glowing, and fit, or is it a runt? It’s time for an objective evaluation, and the future of our young charge is based on a performance review.
On one hand, this strong Full Moon has placed us squarely in the world of hearth and home. On the other hand, we must be highly functional and profitable in what we’ve come to know as a man’s world. Holding our balance between the two extremes will require ambidextrous skill.
Eclipse issues are big. We can plan on spending a year working on them. New Moon issues are short-term projects and we can devote about a month to working on those.
As the six-month marker of the Cancer Eclipse and the two-week marker of the Capricorn New Moon, this is the make-it or break-it point. We have to make a decision on what to do next based on whether we’ve done well or floundered so far. Success or failure is yet to come.
It’s Time to Cull the Herd