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Full Moon In Cancer: Mercury Retrograde; The Divine Feminine

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Full Moon In Cancer: Mercury Retrograde; The Divine Feminine

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by Matthew John,
Contributing writer,

Full Moon In Cancer

Happy Full Moon in Cancer! This Full Moon at approximately 16 degrees of Cancer becomes exact at 6:07 PM New York time (23:07 GMT) on Friday, January 6.


Cancer is the sign of the Divine Feminine, and the ruler of the 4th House—the House of Home. It is ruled by the moon—the celestial body that is in charge of emotions, the tides, and menses. It is a cardinal water sign, being the sign that initiates summer.

Cancer’s glyph is a crab. The crab represents the home, safety, and the womb. The crab is naturally introverted—it carries its home to retreat to, its shell, with it at all times.

During this Cancer Full Moon cycle, we strongly desire to be nurtured–and to nurture others. It is the time to connect with the feminine/lunar aspects of life in all ways, and with water.

The moon also is the celestial body that rules over intuition. The Full Moon trines Neptune—the planet of dreams, psychism, and imagination (at home in Pisces)–so the next 28 days can be a very intuitive time! I would encourage you to keep a dream and intuition journal during this time—as you might be able to get really wonderful insights over the next few weeks.

Every Full Moon in an opposition between the sun and the moon. When the Full Moon is in Cancer or Capricorn, it is always an opportunity for us to balance the feminine and masculine aspects within, as the moon/Cancer is very feminine/yin; while Saturn/Capricorn is very masculine/yang. Cancer represents the mother, while Capricorn represents the father.

We may naturally feel more emotional during this Cancer Full Moon cycle. As human beings, we are here to experience a whole range of emotions. All emotions are valid; it’s just that each emotion is at a different frequency. Our soul puts us here to experience the whole range of emotions here in the third dimension. Let this Full Moon serve as a reminder to honor all of your emotions—even the uncomfortable ones.


This Cancer Full Moon is a great time to ask yourself the question, what does home mean for you?


Cancer, which is the fourth sign of the Zodiac Wheel (and also the ruler of the Fourth House), is associated with the home—including your living environment, the people you live with, and your family of origin. Four is the number of the home, in numerology. We feel a natural call during the Cancer Full Moon cycle to come home in all ways that that may be.

Some people may feel called to travel to or reconnect with their family of origin. Some may put effort into improving the look and feel of their physical home. Others may go camping or hiking in the woods in order to re-establish the feeling of being home with Mother Earth. Or you might find yourself doing all three!

Ask yourself:

  • Is your current home environment providing you what you need to grow and expand? (Or is it holding you back?) Are the people you are spending the most time with supporting your highest evolution? (Or are they holding you back?)
  • If you don’t feel like your current home environment is providing you with what you need to grow, then what kind of home environment do you really desire? Who is there with you in this ideally (or are you alone)? What does the scenery look like? How does it feel?
  • Journal on what your perfect home would look like, if you feel called to.
  • Home also has to do with the home that is your body and mind. What would it feel like to surrender completely to the experiencing of being in your body, even if you are in chronic physical discomfort like so many Lightworkers are on this journey?
  • What would it feel like if your mind was a source of comfort and peace rather than distraction, worry or confusion? How could you do a better job of making yourself feel safe regardless of what is going on in the outside world?

Take whatever steps you can over the next 28 days to bring greater balance to your body, and to make mental peace and clarity a priority. Meditation, breathwork, yoga, tai chi, tapping (Emotional Freedom Technique), and nature walks/swims are all really good ways to give your nervous system a feeling of safety.

The right supplements and nutrition for the brain are crucial if you are not experiencing peace in the mind, however, meditation is truly irreplaceable. It would be of tremendous benefit to all Lightworkers to incorporate at least five minutes of daily meditation into their routines (ideally more!). The meditation can be any type you’d like—simply deep breathing, doing a visualization, meditating on a candle, etc.


We all have feminine and masculine aspects within, regardless of which sex or gender we are. As Cancer represents the feminine/yin/mother aspect, the next few weeks is a time to renegotiate our relationship with this ‘half’ of self.

Please, feel free to journal on (or just meditate on) the following questions:

  • Do I allow my emotions to flow? In what ways do I block my emotions? Which emotions am I uncomfortable expressing?
  • Do I feel nurtured by life? Do I feel nurtured by others? Do I feel nurtured by myself? Do I allow myself to nurture others (friends, family, partners, animals, plants)? Which parts of life allow me to feel safe and nurtured, as if I am in a womb?
  • Do I feel creative? Do I allow myself space for creativity? Do I allow myself space to ‘flow’? Which activities help me step into that flow?
  • Do I allow my intuition to come through? Which activities allow my right brain/creative side to come through?
  • What is my connection with water? How do I connect with water?


The Retrograde Uranus—the planet of hope, freedom, spontaneity, and friendship—trines the sun in Capricorn and sextiles the moon in Cancer on this Full Moon. This an optimistic, hopeful aspect that invites us to dream of a better future for this planet than what the past has shown us.

I think it would be a wonderful exercise to celebrate this Full Moon by journaling on and visualizing what the type of New Earth you’d like to see looks like and feels like. And also, ask yourself how you—and your Service Mission on this planet—fits into that dream New Earth you are imagining?

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Mercury—the planet of communication—has entered 2023 still Retrograde in Capricorn. It joins with the sun on this Full Moon chart, across the Zodiac Wheel from the moon. This has already been a doozy of a Mercury Retrograde! The Southwest Airlines fiasco during the Christmas holiday was a prime example of the real-world effects of Mercury Retrograde.

We can say that the sun really activates and amplifies this Mercury Retrograde with its conjunction on this Full Moon. The two weeks between this Full Moon and the days around Mercury’s Direct Station on January 18 will be a wonderful opportunity to practice our communication skills on all levels—and also to reconnect with people from our past!

Here are some tips for navigating this Mercury Retrograde period:

  • Make sure that all the ‘I’s are dotted’ and ‘all the T’s are crossed’ when signing any contracts. Consider Murphy’s Law during Mercury Retrograde: what can go wrong, will go wrong. Consider holding off on signing contracts until February, if it’s something that isn’t time-sensitive.
  • Be extra clear in your communication with others. Give others more leeway than usual. Inquire to clarify what someone means by something if you’re unsure—especially if it’s via text message or e-mail.
  • Avoid purchasing big-ticket items (e.g. a new car) until February, if possible
  • Back up all of your computer files and your smartphone!
  • Triple-check travel plans and appointment times. Verify times with others.
  • Release expectations of others, especially when it comes to people responding in a timely fashion. Give people the benefit of the doubt. Expectations of others may go unfulfilled.

As always, use Mercury Retrograde as a time to refine your communication, rather than to be afraid of miscommunications, or electronics breaking down, or travel plans getting interrupted.

Wishing you a peaceful, happy, and blessed Full Moon in Cancer!

With Love,

Matthew John

About the author: Matthew John is an internationally-known Spiritual Teacher, Spiritual Mentor, Writer, Speaker, Starseed Guide and Energy Healer. He offers inspirational and educational articles and videos on his website. He also offers powerful private sessions worldwide via phone, Zoom and Skype, including Angel Energy Healing and Soul Retrieval Sessions, Soul Plan Readings, Spiritual Mentoring (Awakening Coaching) Sessions, Starseed Discovery Sessions, Medical Intuitive Readings, Past Life Regressions, Future Self Progressions, and Chakra Scans.

You can check out his videos and articles and book readings and sessions at: Please note that the author is a contributing astrology writer to He does not necessarily endorse any information, views, or opinions expressed on (or any of the In5D social media platforms) other than those expressed in his articles.

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