The Full Moon in the 5th degree of Cancer – 1:33am UTC 27th December 2023
I Am The Resurrection
“Only after disaster can we be resurrected.”
― Chuck Palahniuk, Fight Club
Once again she approaches the borderlands and sees the guardians of the Full Moon ahead. A gate, set in a high wall and flanked with towers on either side, prevents any sight of the land beyond, and she wonders what lies there. The Full Moon in the first decan of Cancer marks a peak in the current cycle, a heightened sense of awareness together with a flood of feeling and an awareness that nothing will ever be the same again.
As she draws closer, she gains a better view of the gatekeepers. On the left is a man disfigured by leprosy, his hands crooked and malformed, his face partially covered by a silver mask that hides where his beautiful features have been eaten away. He is clothed in a green robe of sewn fig leaves, a magical antidote for the debilitating disease, and he puzzles her approach with a compassion and stillness born from an acceptance of his mortality. On the other side of the gateway is a young man barely out of adolescence, holding a tall thin papyrus reed in one hand and a hoopoe bird in the other. The unlikely figures make an interesting pair, the one so young and full of promises, and the other wise to the ways of the world, filled with the knowledge of all that he has seen, and ready to dispense his wisdom to his young follower.
Keeping to the ritual, she requests the permission to pass, waiting patiently for the required advice from the daemons. The leper with the silver mask tells her to remember the soul’s path will always lead through dark places and how the challenges she meets will force her to use skills she never knew she possessed. He also reminds her of the folly of fighting against the prevailing tides, to learn to swim with rough waters and that going with the flow is sometimes the only way to survive.
Looking at the boy with the hoopoe in his hand, she waits patiently for his words, but he doesn’t seem to have many; they have not yet formed…suddenly shy and awkward, his youth becomes evident, as does the fact that he is the son of the man she has already listened to. The leper’s words may well have been for him too, and she sees the adoration and love in the eyes of the grown child and the pain of his father reflected deep within them. She learns from that look, an unspoken teaching about the generational impacts of loss and pain, but also of the hope that carries life forwards, death and life, contraction and expansion, breaking the moulds of the past.
Leaving the father and son behind in the gathering dusk, she steps through the huge gateway and beyond the high stone wall. The land opens its arms in the temperate evening and the Moon is already rising beyond the low hills. Cicadas sing from the olive trees and the babble of water trickles into her ears, coming from a nearby river. She turns that way, towards the sound of the water, and a soft singing voice that follows after the sounds of the water, carried on the wandering breeze.
The Full Moon this month falls in the 5th degree of Cancer, described by Dane Rudhyar as “At a railroad crossing, an automobile is wrecked by a train”. He goes on to explain it as “The tragic results which are likely to occur when the individual’s will pits itself carelessly against the power of the collective will of society.”
These are powerful images which tell of the difficulties incurred when we challenge the collective will without due consideration. This can lead to tragic results on both personal and societal levels and the consequences can be profound. Swimming against the tide of established norms can bring a sense of
isolation and alienation, legal consequences may even be incurred and family and friends may distance themselves causing a breakdown in relationships. The loss of support systems and meaningful connections can have a profound emotional and psychological effect and the individual may grapple with internal conflict, questioning their choices and beliefs in the face of societal opposition. Individuals or lone organisations who dare to stand against popular narratives may bear the burden of social stigma and discrimination, making it difficult to find acceptance, hindering personal and professional growth; in truth, those who go against the collective belief system can indeed become treated like lepers.
This lunation contains favourable aspects to Jupiter from the luminaries, so does contain some measure of hope, especially as Jupiter turns direct again on December 31st after a long retrograde spell. However, Mercury’s continuing retrograde, which conjoins Mars following the Full Moon is likely to be the most noticeable aspect, with themes of collapsing deals or a breakdown of communication likely. Mercury stations direct close to the degree of the New Moon on Dec 12th, so a resurgence of themes or stories from around that time are likely. With the emphasis on Cancer Capricorn, we might also expect a spotlight on global shipping themes, as these two signs are associated with the sea, ports and shipping trade. Already, there are signs of this occurring, even as I write this, hundreds of ships are being diverted because of the threats to shipping in the Red Sea from rebels in Yemen and according to some sources in Israel, no ships have arrived at their Red Sea ports for the last two weeks and they expect the same for the month ahead.
This Full Moon also highlights ruler Venus in the national chart of Israel, and Jupiter in the national chart of the US (Sibly version) so we might expect diplomatic efforts being ramped up to reflect the pressure being applied by other countries in respect of the current situation in Palestine.
On a more personal level, themes of change abound, as is pertinent at this time of year. Take this opportunity to examine the wounds that may not be healed, no matter how much we may desire a cure. Some wounds are so deep that we may never escape them, but in time, we can learn to live with them, finding peace amongst the ruins. In learning to live with our own imperfections, and releasing our inherited burdens, we grant freedom to those who come after us, releasing our children from the need to carry useless traditions any further. In this way, our life’s purpose is reborn in those who follow us, inspiring a wiser and more joyful tradition.
Sources of inspiration:
Dane Rudhyar’s Sabian Symbols.
PHASE 95 (CANCER 5°): AT A RAILROAD CROSSING, AN AUTOMOBILE IS WRECKED BY A TRAIN.
The tragic results which are likely to occur when the individual’s will pits itself carelessly against the power of the collective will of society.
Decan images from The Picatrix
The Sun in the First Face of Capricorn:
A man holding a reed in his right hand and a hoopoe in his left. This is the face of joyfulness, rejoicing and dissolving businesses, as well as laziness, weakness and poor process.
The Moon in the First Face of Cancer:
A man with crooked hands and a bent over head. His body is like a horse, he has white feet and fig leaves cover his body. This is a face of instruction, knowledge, love, subtlety and craft. .
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