Our current full moon is at its peak in the wee hours of Saturday morning, 27 February 2021 and it forms an exact quincunx with Saturn.
Have a beautiful full moon.
This is a great time to look at your habits and routines, coping mechanisms, and ongoing commitments and see how well they still serve you. How well do they fit into your life now? Are they aligned with how you want to live and who you want to be now?
We often start doing things for good reasons, but over time we continue them on auto pilot or out of habit or some self-imposed sense of obligation. This is a great time to take inventory and let go of that which doesn’t support you.
These kinds of habits can be subtle drains on our energy by keeping us hooked into things that are not nurturing or satisfying. It’s like looking at your credit card bill and noticing that you have a recurring payment for something you don’t even use anymore. Once you see that, it’s a no brainer to cancel that subscription and stop paying for it.
So it is with how we invest our time and emotional energy. Changing or letting go doesn’t mean you were wrong before. It just means you’re tuning into the natural rhythms of your life.
Today is December 29th the sun is in Capricorn and our last full moon of 2020 is happening tonight in Cancer. The moon rules Cancer so she is completely in her element.
So are you.
This is a great time to honor the guardrails that you’ve built that make you you safe and release any you don’t need any more.
When I was little, I rode a tricycle and then moved up to a two wheeler with training wheels. I loved that bike and I felt kind of like one of the big kids on it.
I noticed that first day though that the training wheels didn’t both touch the ground at the same time. It seemed like one of them only touched when I leaned a little bit and I wondered if I even needed them.
It turns out I didn’t and so we quickly moved to that moment when my dad had me get on, he took a few quick steps with me holding on then and let go and I was cruising on my own.
It felt amazing. It was like my world opened up. I could ride farther and faster and I was doing it all on my own. I was doing it. I didn’t look at it as losing training wheels, I felt like I was gaining freedom.
This is the opportunity I’m offering you.
It’s important to have supportive boundaries in life. We thrive when we feel safe and aren’t worrying if we will be hurt. The thing is some of those boundaries have a shelf life and are only meant to be temporary. They get us to the moment in time when we realize we don’t actually need them and if we hold on to them past that point, they become limitations.
This is an incredible time to release something you’ve out grown. Maybe you’ve recently done this and are just now noticing that you did. Congratulations.
Maybe doing this has crossed your mind recently, but you think you’ll hold on a little longer. As with all things, you do what’s best for you. My message to you today though is that you get to choose how you look at release. You can see it as a loss, like losing something that holds you up or you can see it as a gain, like gaining freedom, confidence, opportunities.
So you decide, is there some belief, habit, behavior, choice that is starting to feel more self-limiting than self-supporting? I bet there is and this is the perfect time to let it go.
It served its purpose and without it you are going to go farther, feel more deeply, and experience more fulfillment in your life. You can do this.
You aren’t losing anything. The release opens up a space for more of what nurtures you. You’ve got this.
I like to talk about the lunar cycle as a continuing story, because each one connects to the next. So as we move into the full moon Sunday night, we continue this cycle of deep transformation.
By now you may be asking yourself, how much more do I have to release? How spiritually evolved do I really need to be, because this is wearing me out.
Jon Kabat-Zinn wrote, you can’t stop the waves, but you can learn how to surf.
For all of you emotionally surfing through this with me, we’re going to catch a break. I invite you to float through this full moon. In October we were invited to let go of what doesn’t work for us. November’s new moon asked us to be honest with ourselves about the source of our pain, and the Venus transits all month have challenged us to be honest about what matters most to us.
The transformational release we are getting now is the butterfly coming out of its chrysalis and beginning to fly. It’s about allowing ourselves to feel lighter, stronger and having a renewed faith in ourselves. Embrace it. Yes, there is still awful stuff in the world and you still have more work ahead, but seize this moment to lighten up.
Allow yourself to float on the faith that life has a way of working out. Let yourself try something new or to take a detached break from something that weighs on you. Notice when and how you may take yourself a bit too seriously and try easing up on yourself and others. On a deeper level, we are being asked to lighten up, because we often spend way too much energy on small stuff. We need to conserve our energy for the big stuff.
So give yourself a break. Be proud of yourself for having come as far as you have and take a minute to celebrate who you are, especially if you feel tempted to get frustrated over how far you think you have to go.
For this full moon, I invite you to call to mind an imagine of a butterfly. If it helps, do an image search of one and look at it. I want you to just take a minute, either with your eyes closed or while looking at your picture, and see yourself as the butterfly.
See yourself as a changed being. You are not the same person you were a week ago, a month ago, a year ago. Think of one way in which you have changed or one thing that you needed to let go of and you have let it go.
See yourself as the butterfly, touching lightly and moving on. Life is constant change and you have it within you to adapt, adjust and move on. Remember that.
Note: Full moon is exact on 30 November 2020 at 4:30am ET. Moon at 8 degrees of Gemini opposes the Sun in Sagittarius at 8 degrees. We are currently in a cycle for several months of the full moon happening at 8 degrees and the new moon at 23.
Full moons are a fantastic opportunity for you to release what is not in alignment with your highest good and this coming full moon is a particularly incredible opportunity to do this. The emphasis of this one is transformation and universal connection. It’s going to be epic.
Transits are always about what outside energy will or won’t do for you. Think of them as opportunities. They are never your only chance to do something, but they are opportunities where the universe is providing an extra energetic boost.
A full moon is when the sun and moon are exactly opposite each other. When they are in this state of reflection, it’s a particularly good time to take a good long look at yourself and see what is not working for you. It’s not about criticizing yourself. It’s about looking at who you are, what you need, and facing the truth about what in your life is supporting you to be your best self, and what is not.
On Saturday, 31 October 2020 at 10:49am ET, we’ll have the sun at 8 degrees of Scorpio exactly opposite the moon at 8 degrees of Taurus. Scorpio is in the sign most associated with transformation, and both sun and moon are at the degree most associated with transformation. If that wasn’t enough, the moon will be exactly conjunct Uranus at 8 degrees of Taurus. Uranus is a lightening bolt. It’s inspiration, realization, change that can seem sudden and universal connection.
One more thing, this full is also a blue moon. Next one will be in August 2023.
So what does all this really mean?
Given that the moon will be in Taurus, this feels like a time to transform your self-care. Venus enters Libra a few days before and will be making a quincunx with the moon before its exact opposition. It feels like we are being nudged to re-evaluate our priorities, to be honest with ourselves regarding how we allow others to impact our self-worth and to take responsibility for when we gravitate towards people that tell us what we want to hear.
The gentle loving bubble bath self-care is always of value, but the self-care here is much deeper. This full moon is an opportunity to dig deep into what serves you and to let go of what does not. There is a strong vibe of choice and trusting yourself with this full moon, both owning your choices and being willing to trust yourself to make bold new ones.
What you may choose could surprise you or others around you. I promise you though, it will not “come out of the blue.” Instead, this is a time to let yourself dig deep and bring to the surface the choices you’ve been wanting to make for a long time.
Let go of something big. Let go of something that drains you. Let go of something you don’t want regardless of who gave it to you, or what it cost you (financially or energetically). Let go of regret, of feeling powerless, of thinking you’re a victim, of feeling you can’t change. Absolutely let go of some old criticism you keep repeating to yourself.
How do you do make use of this cosmic gift?
Open your heart. Plug into the universal connection that is always available to you and make a conscious decision to be willing to see things differently. Some time before Saturday, take a shower and allow your mind and heart be open to what you need to release now. As the water runs over you, be open to knowing what you need to release. What you come to know could include taking some sort of action, or it may be more of an internal release of thoughts and feelings or both. Make a commitment to yourself that you will let go.
On or before Saturday, take some action, even a small one, to affirm your choice. It can be as simple as telling someone, doing something kind for yourself or actually getting rid of a physical object. The point is to take some action that is in alignment with this choice you have made.
Thoughts + action = real change.
Some suggestions if you work with affirmations:
I embrace change.
I release all that does not serve my highest good.