Last Full Moon of 2020 in Cancer

I invoke the spirit within me to nurture the deeply rooted emotions that lie in my body.
I am ready to break through all remaining barriers to make room for healing that is pouring into my life.
I am connected to compassion.

~@TheMoonTarot

Astrology

"This last Full Moon of 2020 is ruled by the energy of Cancer, directing our attention inward to our emotions and our intuition. Ruled by the Moon herself, Cancer reminds us to slow down, pause, and nourish ourselves. This Full Moon occurs at the end of a tumultuous year, which impacted our sense of security, groundedness, and faith in the future. This Moon is an opportunity to restore our energy and heal our hearts as we getready for a new year.

Cancer is a water sign, and like all water signs, this energy encourages us to feel. It heightens our emotions and asks us to become vulnerable enough to explore our deeper waters. Cancer classically is the sign of the crab and reminds us that we each have a unique shell. This shell protects us from the outside world while keeping our feelings close to our hearts. It serves the essential function of containing our subjective world until we are ready to share it with others. Shells serve as boundaries for us but also restrict us. Every so often, we need to break our old shell and grow into a new one. The Cancer Full Moon is the time to leave your old shell behind and form a new one, capable of holding space to evolve into higher frequencies.

Throughout this Full Moon, give yourself space to feel. Take a break in your daily life and slow down to invite your feelings into your conscious awareness. Full Moons provide a time for reflection. With this one coming at the end of the year, it has an even more reflective tone. Look back on your journey of this year. Give space to emotions you may have suppressed or were unable to process. Allow the past twelve months to complete themselves on this day, both energetically and emotionally, by holding space for unresolved feelings to show themselves. Do not forget to be aware of your joy, love, and gratitude, as these feelings also deserve acknowledgment.

As you go through the emotions of the past year, cleanse the ones you no longer want, affecting your vibration, and hold onto the ones you do. Spend time journaling and reflecting, knowing that you are healing. This honest look at your emotional body may feel uncomfortable and even scary. Raw emotions are not always easy to digest, but this Moon is the time to heal them with an open heart. It is time to be kind to yourself as you explore your emotional body. We often suppress our feelings or distract ourselves from them in some manner. Recognize the ways you might prevent your emotions from fully emerging, and instead soften your approach. Sit with yourself in compassion as you go through the processof unraveling each layer. Listen to what your heart has to say, without judgment, and let it show you the way to your healing.

You can also speak to your emotions, directly acknowledging them and letting them know they are heard. For instance, if fear arises, have a conversation with it. Tell it you are aware of its presence, thank it for showing up to teach you something. Then let it know you are shifting it into something else. As you sit with some of your deepest feelings, know they are temporary. As you bring awareness to them, they will naturally shift, making you feel energetically lighter. They will also open the doorway to your intuition. If we suppress our feelings, we become unable to access our intuition. We then get lost in a sea of logic and practicalities, forgetting the answers we seek lie just beneath the emotions we are trying to avoid.

Our intuition is the prize for the uncomfortableness of feeling at our deepest level. Our intuition is pivotal in creating the life we want to live. It gives us answers and helps direct the flow of our energy. It shows us where we need healing and guides us, calling in the energies we need to manifest the life of our intentions. As we work with the vibrations of this Full Moon, feel how they connect you to your inner guidance and how that connection comes from your willingness to feel. Also, allow your intuition to guide you in restoring your energy this day and even week.

Instead of following your plan for the day, let your heart and intuition lead you in regenerating your spirit. Be open to changes and allow your intuition to steer you instead of your to-do list. This Full Moon is a time to recharge your energy and bring you home to yourself. This kind of work doesn’t come from the logical mind. It comes from feeling. Give yourself what you need to restore your spirit and heal your soul as we prepare for another year." ~@SpiritDaughter

Crystals for a fresh start

Smoky Quartz or Obsidian | Release Fear and Anger. Let Go of Negative Habits/Emotions/Thoughts. Balancing, Grounding, and Strengthening. Urges the Opening of New Horizons and Exploration of the Unknown.


Clear Quartz | Set and Magnify Intentions. Purify, Energize and Amplify Energy. Protect Against Negative Energy. Attune to Your Higher Self. Balance Mental, Physical, Emotional and Spiritual Planes.

Fluorite | Focus/Clarity of Thought. Cleanse Yourself of the Past. Create Harmony and Renew 'the Flow'. Release Negativity. Boosts Self-Confidence and Decisiveness. Encourages Positivity.



A Quiet + Contemplative New Year's Eve

“How we spend our days is how we spend our lives.”

~Annie Dillard

"It doesn’t have to be
the blue iris, it could be
weeds in a vacant lot, or a few
small stones; just
pay attention, then patch

a few words together and don’t try
to make them elaborate, this isn’t
a contest but the doorway

into thanks, and a silence in which
another voice may speak."

~Mary Oliver

New Year's Eve 2014...It was a cold, snowy day in the high, pine forested mountains of Arizona. I was visiting a dear friend at her cabin and we had been housebound for days. Our only entertainments were playing the piano + guitar, singing, drawing, loud enthusiastic midnight dancing, and creating time-consuming, elaborate vegetarian meals. Although we were isolated, it was a magical time, full of poetry and music and all the things I love about life.

I am reminded of this time every year, because this visit was the last time I got to spend with my friend before she passed away unexpectedly at age 23--and I am constantly learning how precious she was to me and how much her friendship added and continues to add to my life. What was once loss has transformed into an endlessly deep well of love and inspiration...There is always more love and more energy that comes from our friendship and the lessons I am continually learning (re-learning?) because of it.

She introduced me to a New Year's tradition which I would like to share with you: on New Year's Eve we each took a large piece of paper from an oversized sketchbook, and whatever colored markers we could lay our hands on. We each cast our minds back over the events of the past year, and contemplated what we'd learned, what we had gained and lost, what we dreamed and wished and hoped for in the coming year. Then, we each wrote a letter to our future self, to be opened the following New Year's Eve.

In the letter, you can write whatever you want. Maybe you will tell yourself about all the challenges you overcame in the past few months, or an unexpected joy you experienced. Maybe you will describe this year in 3 words, or perhaps you will focus on the future and everything you hope for in the year to come. When you have written your letter and sealed it, put it away somewhere safe. Next year, before you write another letter, you can read the old one and see how far you've come, the things that have changed in your life, and the ways you've grown and changed.

Every time I write my New Year's letter I remember how important it is to be awake, to pay attention to life as it slips by--To spend my time and energy trying to focus and appreciate all that I have, and gather all the inspiration and tools that can help me do so. I invite you to join me in this tradition taught to me by someone whose idealistic and hopeful nature, brilliant artistic and musical mind, and incredible creative dancing fire continue to inspire me every day.

New Years' blessings

EWF

On a practical note, it can help to have some questions to start out with. Even if you only answer one or two, it is a good way to get the creative juices flowing. My friend always asked fascinating, fruitful questions that could bring even the shyest strangers out of their shells. Here are some simple ones to get you going:

  1. What was the single best thing that happened this past year?
  2. What was the single most challenging thing that happened?
  3. What was an unexpected joy this past year?
  4. What was an unexpected obstacle?
  5. In what way(s) did you grow emotionally?
  6. In what way(s) did you grow spiritually?
  7. In what way(s) did you grow physically?
  8. What was the most enjoyable part of your work (both professionally and at home)?
  9. What was the most challenging part of your work (both professionally and at home)?
  10. What advice would you like to give yourself as you begin the New Year?
  11. At the end of the year, how would you like your life to be transformed?
  12. How would you like to deeply improve your relationship with yourself this year?
  13. In what ways will you channel your creativity and express yourself?
  14. In what ways would you be willing to bring more enjoyment into your life?
  15. What would your ideal career be if you could do anything?
  16. What is one undeveloped talent you are willing to explore?
  17. What do you want to learn more of?
  18. Describe your ideal day--how would you most like to spend your time?
  19. What is your life really about? What is your purpose?
  20. What would you most like to be acknowledged for so far in your life?
  21. What risk are you willing to take this year?
  22. What would you like your impact on your community to be?
  23. How can you change your current habitat to fully support who you’re becoming?
  24. If you were not scared, what would you do?
  25. What are you pretending not to know? What truth do you need to know?
  26. If your life were exclusively oriented toward your values, what would that be like?
  27. What is your favorite thing to do and how can you make more time to do it?

"20 Questions for New Year’s Eve," by Tsh Oxenreider at TheArtOfSimple.com

"100 Reflection Questions to Help Guide Your New Year's Resolutions," by Carly Sullens for Holidappy.com

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