full moon in Cancer
be real about how you feel
What would change if you accepted how you feel, instead of fighting it?
Full moons have a reputation for bringing out werewolves and primal howls, strange antics and wild emotional swings.
Our language reveals this association, in words like lunatic and lunacy — both come from the root luna, the moon.
We live in a world that is resistant to human emotion and uncomfortable with its expression.
You don’t need to take my word for it. Just reflect back on your own memories.
Consider how many times you’ve heard or said the following:
- Don’t cry.
- You’re too emotional.
- There’s nothing to cry/be upset/be angry about.
- You don’t need to yell.
- Control your emotions.
These types of messages instill in us beliefs about what emotions are acceptable and which ones are not.
The consequence of those beliefs is that many of us learn to suppress — or depress — our emotions.
Many of us were conditioned to believe that crying is weak. That anger is bad. That our emotions need a reason. And that controlling our emotions by holding them inside is a virtue.
A core wounding of childhood is when parents dismiss a child’s emotions.
This is how we learn it’s not safe to feel or express.
The full moon in Cancer helps illuminate where we are repressing and suppressing emotions.
Cancer is the sign of family, home, and our origins. It is the cardinal water sign, representing the water in which we incubate before being birthed into this world.
Cancer is also the moon’s home sign. The moon feels safe to do it’s thing here, and it’s thing is to be the embodiment of all the emotions.
This full moon invites us to be in the waters of our emotions, to feel what wants to be felt, to hold space for all parts of ourselves, and by so doing, to heal those parts of ourselves that we have pushed into the shadow.
You have to feel it to heal it.
The Cancer full moon helps us do just that.