Full Moon Meditations: Cancer


Full Moon of Cancer

Cancer embodies the premier energy of family with all its aspects of procreation, nurturance, and protection.  Symbolized by the crab, Cancer carries its home “on its back” so-to-speak, a symbol of the shell.  The Cancer paradox is deep sensitivity with a thick shell – self-sufficiency with need to connect.  Within this shell, Cancer observes and unfolds, silently, secretly, providing the profound foundation for the physical/social world.


Welcome to the celebrations and attendant meditations of the Full Moon

All of the full moon celebrations are recognitions of the play of dynamic tension between two entities and two principles: the Sun and the Moon.  In full moon meditations, we, individually, and as the Earth inhabitants, join these celestial bodies in their established harmonic relationship, their vast solar dance.

The power of the moon is obvious.  If nothing else, it controls movement of the tides on earth.  This dynamic tension is essential for life.  In ancient traditions the moon was seen to symbolize the individual self or ego.

The power of the Sun is even more obvious.  Its gives us light and heat. It submerges us in important waves of energy, providing the foundations for life itself, of which photosynthesis is but one. The Sun holds the solar system in a vast balance and, in ancient traditions, symbolizes the so-called higher or eternal self.

Within the human being, we have a similar dynamic tension.  This tension would be between the Sun of our transcendent nature and the Moon of our personal proclivities.

The Full moon meditation period offers us resolution and stillness, at least for a moment, of internal and collective conflicts and allows us to transform them into clear dynamic tensions leading to yet greater harmonies.  In time, these harmonies can transform our personal lives and ripple out to affect the world.


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