The Full Moon at 3’ Cancer 19 on Dec 25th 2015 – Some brief notes by Margaret Gray

Your task is not to seek for Love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it – Rumi

The Core Theme for this Christmas Full Moon = Self Nurturing


A Full Moon on Christmas Day is a fairly rare occurrence. The last one was in 1977 with previous ones in 1920 and 1901 and the next ones will be in 2034 and 2053. One of the interesting things about all of these is that they have occurred in the sign of Cancer, which rules the Moon and is traditionally associated with nurturing, family, children, creativity and home. For anyone born before 1977, it may be interesting to consider what Dec 25th 1977 was like for you. If you were not born yet, it’s worth exploring what it was like for your family.

With the Sun lighting up the Moon, from his placement in the opposite earthy sign of Capricorn, he reminds us during this Full Moon, that we are all bound to the linear earthbound concept of time as well as to Karma. I am interpreting the term Karma to mean that we are all inextricably bound to experiencing the consequences of our human choices and behaviours.

Although traditionally both Cancer and Capricorn are considered to be feminine signs, archetypally Cancer represents the universal archetype of Mother and all that is ascribed to our internalized Mothering qualities. Capricorn represents the archetype of Father and all that is ascribed to our internalized Fathering qualities. With this Full Moon falling on one of the most ritualized ‘family’ days in the Western calendar, it is worth exploring these core archetypes a little more.  archetype_circle_father

The parental archetypes for all of us relate to our journey of individuation on this planet. Fulfilling their initial roles of seeding our existence and birthing us into the world, ideally the next parenting function[i] is one of nurturing, containing and supporting our development in an unconditionally loving and expansive manner. This enables the successful and happy internalization of a ‘good enough’ maternal and paternal archetype. The greater our success in internalizing positive role models in our childhood, the less likely we are to desperately seek them in our adult relationships.

So what is ‘good enough’ mothering as coined by Donald Winnicott? Although the basics which include unconditional love, empathy, safety, respect, communication, compassion, patience and nurturing are similar for all of us; our individual variation of these needs is largely described by the Sign and Aspects to the Moon in our Birth Chart. For e.g. Natal Moon in Gemini is likely to find verbal communication more nurturing when in need of comfort than Natal Moon in Taurus who probably prefers physical reassurance! With good enough mothering, we develop an awareness of how to meet our emotional needs for self-nurturing.

In terms of ‘good enough’ fathering, aside from the basics which are similar to the basics of mothering, our individual variation of these is largely described by our Sun Sign and aspects to it in our Birth Chart. Hence the Sun in Aquarius usually values individual freedom, whereas the Sun in Cancer thrives on close connections. With good enough ‘fathering’ we learn how to shine our light brightly in the world and fulfil what we came here to do on a soul level. Ultimately the integration of both our Moon and Sun is necessary to create a strong sense of self which enables us to self-nurture and play our role in the world in a strong and consistent way. The key problematic areas for most of us related to these archetypes stem back to ‘abandonment’ or ‘engulfing’ by either or both parents.

This Full Moon invites us to explore these core internal archetypes. Hence it is an ideal time to make a list of the qualities of your ideal internalized parents. Looking at your Moon sign and aspects in your Birth Chart it may be helpful to brainstorm words that meet the nurturing needs of your Moon. It is worth doing the same for your Sun by sign and aspect. Some questions to explore might include: How do these qualities apply to my sense of self? What other words can I add to these? For example the Sun in Capricorn is likely to feel a strong sense of self through manifesting something concrete and with integrity in the world of matter. The Sun in Taurus on the other hand is more likely to develop its sense of self through recognising its intrinsic value, regardless of what it achieves externally.

Once you have your lists you might find it helpful to ask yourself the following questions: What nurtures me?

  • How able am I to genuinely nurture myself and others?
  • What are the gaps in my childhood nurturing?
  • What is my sense of self currently based on?
  • What are the core issues that repeat in my relationships and in my daily life in the world – for example at work?
  • What do they stem back to when I track them all the way back in my life?
  • What can I do during this Full Moon to start healing the gaps?

The Sun in Capricorn offers a helpful container for this process at this time, inviting us to be truthful and honest with ourselves. The key is to not be self-judgemental! If you find yourself doing this, it’s worth going back to asking – what might a ‘good’ parent do/say!

General Planetary Context:

This Full Moon links in with the Saturn/Neptune square through a trine to Neptune.[ii] This connects us to the deeper layer of emotions within ourselves and the collective unconscious. Hence we may feel waves of sadness as well as waves of joy throughout Christmas day. The creative arts and spirituality can help us to ride these waves in a playful manner. The abuse of substances as avoidance or as an attempt to create temporary bliss, is unlikely to create the desired result at this time. Self-expression through singing, dancing, cooking, painting and writing are more likely to support us through our emotions today.

With a predominance of planets in Earth and Water and only Mars in Air, our ability to mentally detach from situations may be a little inconsistent! However, our most reliable feedback is likely to come from our body and our emotions, so it is worth checking in to both often and spending some time in nature, if at all possible.

With four planets – Mercury, Mars, Venus and Jupiter, as well as the Nodes, all connected to each other because of their position between 22’ and 24’, there is a strong emphasis on communication. With Mercury in Capricorn sextile Venus in Scorpio it may be well worth considering the following before we say anything: Is it true, is it kind, is it necessary, is it honest and is it fair? Laughing at ourselves is also likely to help a lot today, as Capricorn has a fabulous sense of humour!

Jupiter conjunct the North Node in Virgo emphasises our need to pay attention to detail during the Full Moon. It is an ideal time to be of service in an efficient discerning manner. We are also likely to do a lot of self-analyses, with the potential to go into victim mode if we fall back into the South Node in Pisces. Saturn within 6’ of a Trine to Uranus, encourages us to plant new expansive and innovative seeds as we prepare to move forward into 2016 in a way that is of practical and emotional help to ourselves and others.

In summary – the core key aspects that dominate in the sky at the moment and over the coming year are: Saturn square Neptune who is encouraging us to let go of rigid truths and manifest our dreams. Uranus square Pluto who comes within a degree again by the end of this month, continues to be present. Its ongoing invitation is to transform inauthentic structures in our life, including old thought patterns.

The Sabian symbol for this Full Moon is: ‘A cat arguing with a mouse’. One possible meaning is that there is communication; albeit an argument of some sort, with a part of ourselves that we usually try to destroy. It may be worth considering – what is the ‘mouse’ inside me? What is the argument about? What resolution might we reach? 

On a Global Level:
The outcome of the recent Paris Climate Change Convention, offers some hope of an increasing awareness and willingness by the majority of nations to take better care of the environment. In view of the drastic smog that has overcome Beijing over the past few weeks and the unusually mild winter in parts of Europe, including here in Ireland as well as on the East coast of the USA, denial re climate change is no longer possible.

One of the most hopeful outcomes of the Climate Convention is that richer nations have agreed to subsidize changes in poorer countries. Thanks to Uranus in Aries who stations Direct on the 26th, the awareness that in order to create true equality, different levels of support have to be offered depending on circumstances, appears to be finally happening on a global level.

It has also been encouraging to watch a large number of Arab nations connect and take a stance together against terrorism in the name of their Religion. It is a very hopeful outcome of Saturn squaring Neptune. The issue of mass displacement of whole populations continues, with most of the world foundering re finding a real solution that will prevent more deaths. The welcome that was extended by Canada to refugees recently was a heart-warming role model on how to open our hearts. This is the most expansive way forward with Neptune in Pisces.

Who is most likely to resonate with these energies?
If your Sun, Moon and/or angles are between 1’ and 5’ of Cancer, Capricorn, Libra and or Aries, you are likely to feel these Full Moon energy more powerfully.

I leave you with this lovely quote by Margo Anand: ‘Loving yourself…does not mean being self-absorbed or narcissistic, or disregarding others. Rather it means welcoming yourself as the most honoured guest in your own heart, a guest worthy of respect, a lovable companion’.

Many thanks for reading my Full Moon blogs. Wishing you all a very peaceful and joyful holiday time and a wonderful 2016 – Warmest wishes Margaret

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Bio – Margaret Gray/Agent Amor MSW D. Psych. Astrology

Margaret offers psychological astrology Birth Chart readings to individuals, couples and children internationally in person and on skype. Currently based in Dublin, Ireland with a foot in Hawaii, Margaret can be contacted via her email address Her website is Margaret also teaches Psychological Astrology online and in person. She is a member of the ISAR board of directors.

[i] The role of the parental archetypes applies regardless of the gender of our ‘parents’ and whether they are our birth parents or not.

[ii] Feel free to peruse my blog on the Saturn/Neptune square on my website at

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