Astrology by Mathilde

Deciphering the Stars

Full Moon 22 degrees Cancer ~ 12th Jan 2017

Cancer Full Moon/ Grand Cross transforming us!


Something big has been building up for weeks and it’s coming to a head with this Cancer full Moon.

It’s an intensely charged and volatile full Moon. Heated reactions may be triggered. It’s a testing time. Our emotions are heightened and we may feel rebellious or reactive. Our best learning and insights will come through encounters with others.

The other challenge is to balance opposing energies. The part of us that needs material & emotional security,and the part that needs to challenge ourselves and include more adventure and freedom.



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Full Moon is when the moon is opposite the sun , in this case Cancer and Capricorn . These two signs represent the primal archetype of father (Capricorn) and mother (Cancer). Capricorn represents our public life, our profession and cancer represents our personal life, family and home, emotional needs. Are these two areas in harmony in our life or are they at cross purposes? This will be highlighted at this time.

Cancer is about our sense of belonging to our family, our heritage and our ancestors. It favours preserving our family ties. Cancer is ruled by the Moon which represents our emotional attachments, our ability to be receptive and sensitive. It is important to be aware of our deepest needs at this time.

Capricorn is ambitious with a strong drive to succeed, and like the mountain goat, it’s symbol, resourceful and persistent. Here are some other qualities associated with capricorn: productive, diligent, cautious, self- sufficient, practical, protective, like to be in control, competitive, loyal and responsible.

This full Moon is part of a Grand Cross formation. Consisting of two oppositions (180 degrees) and involves five planets. Like all full Moons, the Sun and Moon are opposite with Pluto conjunct the Sun. The other opposition is Uranus at 20 degrees Aries opposite Jupiter at 22 degrees Libra.

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The grand cross signifies obstacles on our path, things just don’t flow, sometimes it feels like we are being pulled in different directions. It can exaggerate the imbalances in our lives. This configuration of planets are revving up a lot of energy. This has been building up since December.

This grand cross is in cardinal signs, Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn. These are the first signs of each season. (spring, summer, autumn and winter)
Each of the signs involved are in a different element (fire,water,air and earth) but they do have some similar qualities. They have a pioneering spirit and are proactive.

Status quo vs expansion & growth

Pluto conjunct Sun opposite Moon will put the pressure on and generally intensify things. This is a potent time to deal with unfinished business from our past. Unexpressed emotions have ways of coming up, it will be very difficult to keep a lid on them. We are being coerced to release and transform stuck emotions. They can block us from experiencing more joy in our lives.

So it’s essential to deal with unfinished family issues. Have a close look at what you are very attached to. It maybe an idea of how things ‘should’ be. Or how those close to you ‘should’ be.

Cancer Méridienne de S Maria degli Angeli

Cancer Méridienne de S Maria degli Angeli


Do you want to be liberated?

Jupiter & Uranus play a prominent part, they are both freedom loving planets, associated with the desire to break free of restrictions. Uranus in Aries, just recently direct, will be picking up steam now. It embodies the urge to be innovative and original. It’s known as the great awakener. It’s in Aries, known for it’s courage and pioneering spirit. Expect big breakthroughs in science this year.

Jupiter in Libra is helping us understand our relationships in a more expansive way. This includes all partnerships, business and personal. Libra is an air sign. So we are being encouraged to be more mentally adventurous. Think outside the square, expand our vision of what’s possible, in life and in relationships.

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Imagine being able to co-operate more, balance our needs with those of others. Imagine more justice, harmony and peace in the world. It starts with our everyday encounters.

Embracing Jupiter in Libra can help us make harmonious mutually beneficial connections with others. Uranus in Aries can stimulate us to be in our integrity and authenticity.

Jupiter is enticing us to learn the Libran arts of diplomacy and compromise. The world can do with a big dose of this!

Even though there is a lot of uncomfortableness in all these testing aspects, it can be very rewarding. There is plenty of resourceful energy available. It’s up to us as to whether we use it constructively or destructively. Consciously or unconsciously.



Saturn in Sagittarius is the key to assimilating these unsettling energies. It is the ruler of Capricorn, where the Sun and Pluto are. It makes two harmonious aspects  (sextile & trine) to Jupiter and Uranus. We can funnel some of the high energy through grounded Saturn to steady ourselves. Sagittarius Saturn can encourage us to be more tolerant and inclusive in our views.

Let’s make use of some good old Saturn wisdom to be self reflective, be accountable and to respect healthy boundaries.

The other good news is that all the planets are direct from 8th January till 6th of  February. This is uncommon and should help things to flow more easily.


There is no doubt that is time for a change. It’s time to take action, make sure it’s innovative, adventurous, considered and structured.

The full moon is requiring us to go into things deeply (pluto/ sun) to balance our personal needs with the commitments we have made in the outer world. Lets be resolved to deal with our fears so we can consolidate our personal power by living from our highest integrity. This is the stuff of character making!!!


Happy Cancer full Moon.


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Categories: Full Moon, Grand Cross, Jupiter, Moon, Saturn, Uranus

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