January 2012 Full Moon in Cancer & New Moon in Aquarius
January 2012 comes with a full moon in Cancer, the sign that naturally rules emotions and is ruled by the Moon, so our emotions are heightened with this full moon. There is also a new moon in Aquarius, sign of the different and future. Aquarius is more detached emotionally, so this gives us a chance to unwind.
A full moon occurs when the transit (moving) Sun and Moon are exactly opposing one another in the zodiac. It tends to signal a time of endings, culminations, and things coming to fruition. A new moon occurs when the transit Sun and Moon are in the exact same spot in the zodiac, called a conjunction. It tends to signal a time of new opportunities, growth, and optimism.
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January 9th 2012 Full Moon in Cancer
A full moon occurs on January 9th at 2:30AM ET at 18 degrees 25 minutes of Cancer. Cancer rules the home and family. This is a good Moon to finish projects at home that have been taking some time or you've started but put off finishing. Dust off the hammer and get some of those projects finished!
Resolve any issues with the family at this time, and get things off your chest with them. If you need to cut ties, you can cut them now, but you can work to improve them first. You may also want to be more supportive, and this can help.
A full moon in a water sign is more emotional, so we'll all be feeling a little more moody and touchy than normal. You know the joke that everyone's a little crazier during full moons? Watch your grumpy tone, and don't take other people's grumpiness to heart.
Those with a Cancer Sun or Moon between 16 and 20 degrees or Cancer rising will likely feel the effects of this Moon most.
January 23rd 2012 New Moon in Aquarius
A new moon occurs on January 23rd at 2:39AM ET at 2 degrees 41 minutes of Aquarius. This is the perfect time to do something on a whim that's totally different from what you'd normally do. Aquarius loves making a big change to flip things upside-down.
This is a good Moon to get involved in causes, so do something for charity. You can also join a group during this Moon, as Aquarius rules group activities.
This Moon squares a retrograding Jupiter, so we may not be feeling as optimistic as normal (or, we may be feeling *too* optimistic). This Moon also sextiles Uranus, the ruler of Aquarius, so it's a Moon at home with itself, and it's a great time to really play up what it rules.
Those with an Aquarius Sun or Moon between 0 and 4 degrees or a late Capricorn/early Aquarius rising will likely feel the effects of this Moon most.
Suggested Reading: The New & Full Moons page for general interpretations