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Astrology Horoscope: Jan. Full MoonOn Tuesday, January 9, at 12:24 pm (PST), the Moon grows full in Cancer, opposing the Sun in Capricorn. This is the first Full Moon of the New Year, and is also a full lunar eclipse. Eclipses are times when there is a powerful focus of energy on the Earth, and intentions and prayers made at these times are stronger and more likely to come true. Imagine it like an archer aiming for his target. An eclipse is akin to a more powerful bow and arrow. If one aims well, the target is reached more easily. On the flip side, a strong bow and arrow can be aimed poorly or haphazardly and there is a greater chance for harm. That is why an eclipse is an especially important time to be aware, mindful and to have good intent.

Cancer, Nourishment and Love

Of all the signs in the zodiac, Cancer is the one most associated with nourishment. An image that comes to mind is of the Virgin Mary with the baby Jesus suckling at her breast. This image conveys the tremendous power of the mother, capable of nurturing and sustaining a young infant, helping him to grow strong and full. With the Moon in Cancer, this is a good time to nourish our loved ones and ourselves optimally.

At the core of nourishment is love. When we hug our friends, smile at our partners or play with our children, we are extending a healing presence to the world around us. Love helps us to grow strong, happy and confident. Without the sustaining foundation of love, most of the good intentions for our health such as eating right, exercising and taking healing herbs will have little effect. If you have been feeling cold and emotionally cut off, the Cancer Full Moon is a good time to extend yourself toward friends, family and community. By extending love and compassion, these qualities will return to you and help nourish your own health as well.


In medical astrology, Cancer rules the stomach and digestion. With the Full Moon in this sign, there can be a greater sensitivity in this area, and itís especially important to guard against digestive ailments. The holiday season can be a time of overindulgence in sweets, alcohol and fatty foods. This is a good time to return to healthier patterns of eating. If overeating has upset your digestion, try adding culinary herbs to your meals such as rosemary, thyme, oregano and mints. These will help reduce digestive discomfort and will help restore balance to your stomach.


Eclipses are powerful events that have awed our ancestors for thousands of years. Astrologically, they tend to have a profound effect for months and even years afterward. If any of your natal planets (especially your Sun and Moon) are near the eclipse at 19 degrees Capricorn or Cancer, you may feel the effect of the eclipse even more deeply. Eclipses can act as turning points in our lives, times when there is a tremendous possibility of transformation and growth. Often times, events will happen and people will come into our lives that have the ability to change our consciousness and alter how we perceive life. We can take advantage of these times by being especially aware of how we are living and who we are spending time with. When we have created a positive environment, wonderful opportunities often present themselves that can deeply strengthen and nourish our soul.

Cancer and Capricorn, Twin Poles

Cancer is related to our more private, deeply-felt emotions, and Capricorn is related to our foundation and our goals and path in life. Ultimately, this eclipse points to the need to balance these two sides of us. One side needs time for inner work, a space where we can feel quiet, introspective and allow powerful feelings to well up and be expressed. The other side needs time to direct energy toward our ambitions, to fulfill our hopes and dreams through disciplined and concerted action.

We can work to balance this polarity by finding time in our lives for both aspects. We can access the Cancer side of ourselves by expressing our feelings through talking with friends and family, making art, crying or writing in a journal. We can access our Capricorn energy through regular, disciplined effort such as a yoga practice, hiking in the mountains or working on a writing or building project. Freeing up deeply-held emotions allows for greater fluidity and energy when we direct ourselves outward with our Capricorn qualities. And regular directed energy helps to avoid any emotional ruts that Cancer can get stuck in. This is a wonderful time to balance both these parts and come into greater well-being and equilibrium. Good health to you!

Editorís note: The health information given in this article is not meant as a substitute for care from a qualified physician. This information is given for educational purposes only, and is not intended to diagnose or prescribe. is not responsible for any mishaps that occur as a result of using this information.



Jonathan Keyes, B.S., is an astrologer, herbalist and plant spirit medicine practitioner. His writing has appeared in The Mountain Astrologer and in numerous Llewellyn almanacs. Jon has written a book entitled 'Guide to Natural Health, The Horoscope as a key to Ancient Healing Practices'. Jon is available for readings and can be contacted at Go to Jon's web site at

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