The last full moon of the year is almost here – set to peak in brightness in the early hours of tomorrow morning.
In astrological terms, full moons only appear for a split second, when the moon is 180 degrees from the sun with Earth in between.
December’s full moon is often referred to as the Cold Moon and while there are usually only 12 full moons a year, this marks the 13th one due to the extra Blue Moon in October.
Those interested in astrology will know that the full moon represents completion and new beginnings – something which is very fitting with 2021 just days away.
So, two astrologers explain how tonight’s full moon could help with our resolutions and goals.
A good time to let things go
‘I think that this full moon is an opportunity to reflect on the hard lessons of 2020 and actually feel them,’ astrologer Francesca Oddie tells Metro.co.uk.
‘With this full moon and a view to 2021, it’s a great time to let things go, throw things out and get past some of the old burdens of this year. But to take the wisdom from them.’
There’s no doubt 2020 has come with a lot of hardship for everyone, but now is the time to start thinking about a fresh start and to learn from the pain we may have endured this year.
Francesca adds: ‘Eventually after a breakup, or a job loss or any challenge to our heart, we improve and mend our broken hearts. Life becomes sweeter when we are over the heartache and it’s only because of our bruises and pain that we have become wiser, kinder and more compassionate. We can’t teach these things without experiencing them.’
A focus on others too
Francesca adds that we should take it as an opportunity to not only think what we want for ourselves, but what we want for each other, too.
She says: ‘Going into 2021, our goals might be less inward looking. Saturn Jupiter in Aquarius (the great conjunction that happened on the 21st of December) is ushering in a more community-focussed backdrop to society.
‘Full moons are always about relationships and this year can we cultivate stable boundaries so that we allow people to independently grow without smothering them. Understand that we exist beyond our family unit and as part of a wider community.
‘Perhaps this year’s New Year’s resolutions won’t be totally self focussed? How does your improvement and your healing help everyone? At a certain point we realise that our relationships and lives can’t thrive unless everyone is doing well.
‘So make your resolutions but think why that will benefit others, too. Put yourself in the context of the community, rooted in the wisdom of lessons learned in 2020. That will ensure that 2021 really does start off on a new footing.’
It might explain why emotions are running high
Astrologer Natalie Delahaye says that with the winter full moon in the home sign of Cancer tonight, it’s time to nourish and nurture our goals and visions – and it’s OK if it all feels a little overwhelming.
She says: ‘Emotions run high at full moons, especially during a full moon in Cancer, when the Moon is in its home sign. This is a homely “hermity” full moon when you will crave your creature comforts and familiarity.
‘There is always a kind of balancing act going on at a full moon – they are times of creating more equilibrium in our lives.
‘The themes of the Cancerian full moon are security, nurturing, protection and safety and the emotional power which can be found when finding strength in our vulnerabilities.’
It’s especially important for Cancers and Capricorns
‘All the zodiac signs will be feeling this full moon but it is an especially significant full moon for Cancerians, who will be going into the New Year with a strong awareness of how 2021 is truly a new era in their lives, whatever their age. The realm of relationships and finances are illuminated for them this year,’ adds Natalie.
‘It is a potent full moon for Capricorns, too. One that illuminates the importance of committing to a long-term goal and purpose and most of all, the importance of effective communication.’
This makes it interesting that New Year happens to be around the same time as a powerful full moon.
‘Full moons are times of letting go, releasing that which is no longer needed from the last year. So there will be that sense of going through the door of one year into another, feeling more ready than ever to say goodbye to 2020 and to welcome in 2021,’ she says.
The full moon will help keep things realistic
So, it seems there’s never been a better time to think rationally and set goals.
Natalie explains: ‘Mercury planet of communication is aligned to the Sun, in the signature aspect for tonight’s full moon and signifies the importance of communication, and balance between emotional intelligence, intuition and clear, rational thinking.
‘The Cosmic messenger Mercury – currently in practical Capricorn – is great for New Year goal setting, as it helps us to be realistic and methodical.
‘We can achieve our New Year goals, by focusing on a one step at a time approach, rather than racing ahead to the finishing line.’
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