The Full Moon in Cancer May Have You in Your Feelings About the Past—Here’s What Your Sign Can Expect

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The full moon in Cancer, happening on January 6 at 6:08 p.m., ET, is generally a positive transit to bookmark. With this transit, moon is at its happiest in its domicile, as the moon is the planetary ruler of Cancer. During this specific full moon in Cancer, the sun moves through hardworking Capricorn, bringing energy to New Year’s resolutions. But with the moon in emotionally guarded Cancer—the sign of the mother, the therapist, and the archivist—there is tension between appearing strong and feeling soft, which highlights the need to be reflective of the past.

Mercury, the planet of thoughts and communication, is conjunct with the sun during the full moon in Cancer, which adds to the opposing astrological energy of thinking versus feeling. And with Mercury stationed retrograde through January 18, its influence to slow mind power finds common ground with the reflective moon. Furthermore, even our actions are slowed down by our thoughts during the full moon, thanks to Mars's retrograde station in in Mercury-ruled Gemini until January 12.

The overarching message of the full moon in Cancer is that hard work can’t construct the ideal outcome if the emotional foundation isn’t stable.

The overarching message of the full moon in Cancer is that hard work can’t construct the ideal outcome if the emotional foundation isn’t stable. Now is a time is for reflecting on memories and allowing a safe space for emotional expression. The courage to feel will bring about ideas on the best ways to build. The progress that’s already underway will be more apparent later in January when the retrograde planets station direct.

Read on for your rising, sun, and moon signs for more insight on how this full moon will activate your birth chart. Then, get a bespoke self-care tip for your sign to make the most of the energy.

What the full moon in Cancer means for your zodiac sign


The full moon in Cancer lands in your fourth house of home, security, and belonging, and it's specifically teaching you that your place of belonging is where you choose. No matter where you are on the physical plane, you can nurture a sense of belonging by welcoming yourself to be who you are.

Your full moon self-care practice: Make a list of the places you’ve called home or where you've felt at home. Pull out the photos and, if you can, visit a place that was once special to you. What were the characteristics of your most homey environments, and how can you create those for yourself today?


The full moon in Cancer activates your third house of communication, education, and neighborhoods. The intentions you made midsummer are now fully realized. Your mindset has expanded since then, and the way you present your ideas is not the same as it was a year ago.

Your full moon self-care practice: Before you get inventive about all you’re going to do in 2023, take some time to document how far you’ve come. Think about your interactions with your community, siblings, or colleagues. What’s one thing that went really well that you’d like to celebrate?


The full moon in Cancer moves through your second house of values, money, and appearance. Consider what the connection is between your inner and outer worth. This moon illuminates your relationship with your inner critic, which can be the most rewarding of dialogues when you take the time to nurture it.

Your full moon self-care practice: Consider what you value and what you desire, and if you can, spend some time in nature. Try to find the root of your desires. For example, if you want to advance in your career, consider whether the desire is driven by budgetary concerns or a need for appreciation of your talents? Once you’re clear on your core need, you’ll see what aligned action is best suited for it.


It’s “me” time! This full moon in Cancer brings focus to identity and autonomy. Consider how your habits and routines nurturing a sense of self? When we value relationships, we can find ourselves adopting the likes and dislikes of the people we spend the most time with. Sometimes, a gentle push is needed in order to reconnect with your own affinities.

Your full moon self-care practice: Choose an activity you’ve always wanted to do, and do it solo. Be keenly aware of the thoughts and feelings that come up as you move through space as an individual, whether you’ve gone alone to a busy restaurant or for a quiet hike. The preferences you choose for yourself when nobody is there to please may surprise you.


The full moon in Cancer lands in your 12th house of mystery, dreams, and subconscious. Your inner world is protected right now, a place full of ideas, possibilities, and questions. The most brilliant breakthroughs need time to germinate before being shared. You’re being urged to preserve boundaries around your inner world, but in time, your ideas will be of service to humanity.

Your full moon self-care practice: Make space for the mystical to come through. Before you go to sleep, say, “I will remember my dreams” aloud in order to prompt your subconscious. In the morning, write down any symbols or visuals that you remember from dreams, or that come to mind just as you’re waking up. Explore them with dream interpretation methods or reflect on your own takeaways of what your subconscious wants you to know.


The full moon in Cancer is activating your 11th house of friendships, groups, and technology. Your meticulous intellect and public-speaking abilities have brought you to a place in the spotlight, but the necessary balance lies in learning how your role fits into the greater whole. Don't worry about making perfect plans during this slow January, and instead allow yourself to just be with people. Your intuition comes in stronger when you’ve quieted your mind.

Your full moon self-care practice: Look for an opportunity to volunteer your time or energy. In doing so, you’ll gain learnings about the human experience, and by giving back, you’ll get a boost of self-worth.


The full moon in Cancer lands in your 10th house of career, legacy, and reputation. When it comes to our work, it's common to follow a linear path to move up the ladder of seniority. But this moon could illuminate a more intuitive choice for you, something that doesn’t necessarily make sense logically but feels right nonetheless. Allow hindsight to guide you, and resurface memories of when you’ve made a similar gut-driven move.

Your full moon self-care practice: It takes bravery to expose your inner knowing, especially when you don’t know how others will react. The willingness to speak up can provide greater security for yourself and invite others to voice their perspectives, too. Consider your family, friends, and romantic relationships, and choose one area that’s in need of expression.


The full moon in Cancer brings attention to your ninth house of travel, philosophy, and learning. Sometimes we aren’t able to process our own emotions until we’ve seen them mirrored to us by the great philosophers and poets of past or present. You’ve always felt things deeply, and this full moon illuminates the ways your feelings are universal. Acknowledging this helps you accept where you are in your journey.

Your full moon self-care practice: Your curiosity right now is for awe and wonder, not just information. Listen to a podcast or start a new book that appeals to you intuitively and might be outside the realm of your usual media habits. A little push to broaden your horizons will support your need to find meaning in the world.


It's not just your imagination if you're feeling extra sparkly right now, Sag. The full moon in Cancer is lighting up your eighth house of intimacy, magic, and taboo. The polarity is with your second house of material values, so your challenge is to not let your thinking mind keep you in the physical realm. Whatever holds intangible worth has a lot to offer you right now.

Your full moon self-care practice: You’re in a portal of magnetism. Get out your crystals, tarot, or oracle cards. If you’re seeking clarity, a spiritual practice like channel writing may help divine messages to come through. If you’ve been manifesting, keep the faith. Watch for signs and angel numbers that will guide you to your next step.


The full moon in Cancer activates your seventh house of partnership and contracts. It’s natural to feel hesitation around relationships, whether they are new or old right now. The crux is often how deep you let someone in (even if we’re talking business contacts). Not deep enough, and there aren’t roots for the partnership to take hold, but too deep, too soon can leave you feeling exposed. With the current planetary retrogrades in play, allow yourself some patience.

Your full moon self-care practice: This moon is reflecting back to you how you use relationships as a way of feeling safe (even when they’ve outlived their utility). Do an inventory of the significant relationships in your life, including relationships with places, brands, or organizations. Highlight those that allow you to feel most like yourself. You may start to see your choices in a new light.


The full moon in Cancer lands in your sixth house of health and routine. Given that we're at the start of a new year, it’s a good time to reassess what you want in your daily life. You’re reflecting on which habits serve you well, and which ones to let drop. You need a certain amount of originality, so don’t hold yourself too tightly to a schedule.

Your full moon self-care practice: Your physical body needs some extra love and attention with this full moon. Getting a massage would be the ideal, but you can also swap in taking a bubble bath, using an all-over exfoliating body scrub, yoga, or something else that soothes deeper than the skin.


The full moon in Cancer brings your focus to creativity, playfulness, and love. For you, the days around the full moon are more potent for getting into a flow state and bringing form to your creative ideas. This transit could also prove to be a good time to let your deepest emotions drive your creative work, because the act of making art has a healing effect.

Your full moon self-care practice: Set a date with your inner child. This could mean picking up a playful hobby your younger self enjoyed, like singing or crafting. You can also try a meditative practice where you visualize yourself time-traveling back to visit a childhood version of you at a particularly difficult moment, and offering comfort and support.

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