February 5, 2023
On February 5, we have a full Moon in Cancer in the nakshatra of Ashlesha. The full Moon will be aspected by Jupiter, giving us hope and optimism for what’s ahead. The Moon will also be impacted by Pluto in Capricorn indicating this renewal will come through hard work and transformation.
As the natural fourth sign of the zodiac, Cancer is action oriented, driven by emotions and expressive. It is a movable water sign, represented by the crab with a hard shell on the outside to protect its sensitive nature. Cancer embodies our mother, sense of security and home. The Moon in Cancer absorbs the energy of others and is uber sensitive to its environment.
The circular illusion of the Moon creates the ebbs and flows of beginnings and endings, as they are both sides of the same coin. Full moons are about endings, and this full moon in Cancer will make you feel intensely and deeply and may not always make sense. Do not try to rationalize why you are feeling the way you are feeling, as Cancer is not driven by logic, so this is the time to honor your emotions and intuition. It is only by building a solid emotional foundation that we can truly feel stabilized in our surroundings. The full Moon will remind us that transformation and hard work comes through self awareness and a heart to heart talk with ourselves more than another.
The nakshatra Ashlesha is ruled by Mercury, which is at the end of its transit in Sagittarius. Mercury in Sagittarius makes us speak the truth, so a full Moon in Ashlesha can create heated and intense emotions. Furthermore, Ashlesha is symbolized by a coiled serpent. If we think of coiled energy, it wraps itself around something, creating a sense of claustrophobia, clinginess and neediness. The Moon’s influence creates sensitivity and vulnerability, in which an individual has a persistent need for attention and appears obsessed, insecure and suffocating. A person can cling not only to another person, but also struggle to let go of old foundations, as they are scared to encounter new territory alone.
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