Full Moon in Cancer and the Winter Solstice Ritual
The days have become shorter and the nights longer. For those of us living in the northern part of the world this mean colder weather and lots of darkness. I never minded the cold or dark in the past; growing up in Seattle, I used to find some comfort in grey, cozy weather, but 2018 has been different. This has been one of the most challenging years I can remember. Not only do we see heartbreaking stories on a daily basis, some happening in our own backyard, we are also hearing the Universe ask us to do some introspection on our own stories.
My astrologer, Anne Ortlee, probably could have looked at my chart and explained what made me go silent, but I just intuitively felt, as the autumn began, I needed some free space in my life and in my mind. I sought space to get quiet, to spend time alone and to allow the Universe to guide me, space to just live simply. After spending so much time working my way back to a semi-functional life, I felt the need to go quiet and be with myself. It’s been very rewarding to just live in the moment without feeling the need to write. I also cut way down on social media - which has been wonderful. I started to cook more, becoming conscious of what foods helped heal me and which ones could cause a flare-up. I have noticed rituals naturally occurring in my life; small and simple things that allow for real changes, such as fresh celery juice in the morning, five miles of walking a day, reading. As I said, small changes.
As we approach this Full Moon Winter Solstice, I find myself excited to release this year and all the hard lessons it brought; releasing what I do not want to bring into 2019. I look forward to letting go of the long nights in favor of shorter ones, and dumping some unhealthy practices in favor of a life where my health is the center of my world. Release, release, release.
But also I anticipate pulling in; bringing care into my daily life; care for myself, care for others, care for the planet, care for humanity, and care for the creative spirit – in me and others.
Part of my journey into this quiet space allowed the birth of new projects for the coming year. I have meditated, walked and mulled over what I could physically handle. I know I am still working from a fragile place, but the Universe has slowly been giving me my marching orders for being more creative. I am looking forward to being more involved in my community, living a more health-conscious life, spending more time in self-care, doing more exploring, and being more loving of myself and others. I will be sharing these projects with everyone starting in the new year. I am still in a creative development mode though I have received positive and encouraging feedback on this new direction in my life.
What are you ready to let go of? What small messages have you been receiving this year that are ready to take shape? Where are you ready to expand your heart and help others? Where are you ready to grow?
With this Winter Solstice, we become ready to let go. We are ready to start embracing life as a loving mother would. There’s a shift to feed, nurture and take care of our communities, ourselves, our loved ones and our food systems. Where in your life could you use this loving Cancer energy to help guide you into this new shift?
Ritual for the Winter Solstice and Cancer Full Moon
Cancer is a sign of water but we also want to use the energy and light of fire for this Ritual.
Find or buy a beautiful candle that you will dedicate to this ritual. IF you can, carve into it three things you would like to manifest. I recommend using an old pen that is ready to be thrown away or if you can’t carve into the candle, write the intentions on a piece of paper and place it near the candle. It doesn’t have to be three intentions but let’s try and not make it more. I highly recommend putting the candle into a shallow bowl of water and keeping it filled while you burn the candle. This connects with the Water energy of Cancer and helps ease any fears you may have over a lighted candle.
While the candle is burning, take your journal and write down everything you are ready to let go of. Write down all the pains and frustrations of 2018. Write down the fears that keep you blocked, the situations that trigger your anxiety, or the parts of life you can’t control. Let it all out. When you need a break, stop and focus on the candle. Focus on the light and how it is burning. Focus on how this candle holds energy of the Winter Solstice and the return of the Sun.
When you are ready to release, take the pages from your journal and burn them. You can do this outside, near water to activate the water energy of this full moon in Cancer or in an ashtray, saving the ashes to pour down the sink or flush down the toilet. We want to release into water all of our fears, all the blocks and negative energy we carry.
Come back to your candle and the energy of the three things you are ready to manifest and speak your gratitude to the candle. Thank it for bringing light during the longest night. Thank it for releasing your wishes into the world. Thank the candle for helping to make your home a cozy place to be. Give thanks to the Universe for the lessons of 2018 and let the Universe know that you are ready to help bring healing energy back into world.
One thing to remember, there will also be a New Year’s Ritual to do before the New Moon of 2019 where we will focus on 2019 and the energy you want to call in. So take time over the next week or two and notice places where you are feeling genuine joy. It could be as simple as cooking breakfast for family members, sitting on the couch and reading a really good book, grabbing a coffee and writing in your journal alone for 30 minutes. We want to notice these places where Joy and Peace can be felt. They will help guide us into 2019.