09 Jan AstroMagic Full Moon in Cancer January 12
The Full Moon in Cancer brings out emotional sensitivity more than any other moon. Both the Moon and Cancer conjure feminine qualities and archetypes such as the nurturing mother.
Both the Sun and Moon will square normally optimistic Jupiter today. This is not a good time to tempt fate, invest, or delve into legal affairs. Instead, lean into the Venus-Neptune conjunction to fall in love, plan a quirky date, or let your lovelight shine on someone you haven’t seen in awhile. Because of Neptune’s illusory qualities, be aware of the possibility falling in love with love itself as opposed to an actual person. Be sure to walk outside and look up: you might even be able to see lovely Venus shining in the sky tonight.
The Full Moon and Jupiter are also pinging Plutonic and Uraniun energies. These larger forces behind the scenes can play out in major political and personal upheavals and transformations that have been in the works since 2012.
The January 12th Full Moon is exact early in the morning, so you may wish to do any dinner parties, celebrations or rituals the night before as the energy is building in potency (instead of the night-of when the energy is waning).
The January moon has several nick names: the Wolf Moon, the Greetings Maker Moon, the Great Spirits Moon, the Moon of the Bear, the Cold Moon and the Snow Moon to name a few. According to the Farmer’s Almanac, the Wolf Moon was said to be named during colonial times when wolves could be heard howling outside the early settler’s townships.
Have you heard of the Moon Chakra? The Bindu Chakra, or Moon Chakra, is located at the back of the head. It is also called the 8th chakra and is considered to be a critical point for strength and longevity in various yogic traditions. It brings happiness and energy to your purpose and provides a sense of well-being and enthusiasm.
Cancer rules the stomach, breasts, and lymph system. You may wish to speak with an herbalist about adding any of these herbs to support Cancerian systems during this Moon, or you may wish to incorporate them into your cooking:
- Stomach: Black Pepper, Cardamon, Cumin, Fennel
- Breasts: Dandelion, Fennel, Fenugreek, Shatawari
- Lymphatic System: Bayberry, Echinacea, Yarrow, Yellow Dock
Celebrations & Rituals
The emotional Moon loves being in mothering Cancer. It’s a stellar placement for crafting, nesting, and taking care of your home-energy. Here are some fun ideas for the Cancer Full Moon:
- Host a home-making party!
- Read up on ideas in The Hip Girls Guide to Homemaking, or The Hip Girls Guide to the Kitchen by Kate Payne
- Do some canning or pickling.
- Mother your inner child.
- Heal mother-issues. Let the tears flow as needed.
- Nurture yourself with a steamy mineral bath.
- Set your crystals in a bowl of water under the Moon to clear and cleanse them.
- Nest with your partner.
When we think of eating during the Cancer Full Moon, we think of comfort food that is also nourishing and energizing to the body systems ruled by Cancer (stomach, breasts and lymphatic systems). Since Cancer rules the stomach, a simple tip during the Cancer Full Moon is to drink water between meals for better digestion. Drinking water during a meal dilutes/weakens stomach acid, making digestion more difficult.
Warming Winter Tea
2-3 cups water
½-inch piece fresh gingerroot, roughly chopped with skin on
½ teaspoon cumin seeds
½ teaspoon fennel seeds
½ teaspoon organic ground cinnamon
¼ teaspoon cardamom, or to taste
1-2 teaspoons raw, organic honey, to taste
Boil water in a small pan and add all ingredients. Simmer for 10-20 minutes, adding extra water as needed if the tea ‘boils out’. Strain the tea to remove the seeds and root. Serve warm with or after meals to aid digestion.
Salmon Cakes with Magic Moon Sauce
6 ounces sockeye salmon
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
juice of 1/2 organic lemon
1-2 tablespoons coconut oil
1 large egg
1/4 organic leek, finely chopped
1 teaspoon dijon mustard
Season salmon with salt and lemon juice then sear skin-side down in coconut oil over low-medium heat for 5-10 minutes. Flip the fish over and cook the other side an additional 5-10 minutes, until the fish has cooked through. Remove from heat and allow to cool enough to be able to handle comfortably.
Shred the cooked salmon into large flakes. Scramble the egg in a large mixing bowl and add the flaked salmon, finely chopped leek, dijon mustard and a little salt to taste as needed. Mix to combine ingredients thoroughly then form into patties.
Place patties on a preheated skillet. Allow the patties to brown on one side before flipping and browning the second side. Serve with our Magic Moon Sauce.
Magic Moon Sauce
1 cup packed parsley
2 cloves garlic, minced
juice of 1-2 limes
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup olive oil
1 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 cup pistachios
Pulse all ingredients except the pistachios in a food processor until blended into a smooth sauce. Add pistachios and pulse until desired consistency is reached. Serve over salmon cakes, or as a dip with sliced veggies.
Acorn Squash and Spinach Mash
2 acorn squash
1 10-ounce package frozen organic spinach
3-4 slices nitrate-free bacon, cooked crispy
1-2 green onions, chopped
1 cup cheese of choice (blue, cheddar, or parmesan all work well)
grass-fed butter, to taste
Preheat oven to 350. Cut each acorn squash in half, and remove seeds. Put a pat of butter inside each squash and bake for 45-55 minutes or until squash is tender.
While the squash is baking, steam the frozen spinach in a medium-sized saucepan with a little bit of water or cook according to package instructions.
Scoop out the flesh of the acorn squash into a large pot and mash with extra butter over medium heat. Add spinach, chopped green onion, crispy bacon pieces, and cheese. Mash until cheese has melted and serve warm.
Baked Molasses Apples
The fat (butter) in this simple recipe helps you absorb the sugars at a slower rate and is more nutrient dense than many of the applesauces on the market. You can serve it for breakfast or dessert, or you can blend it into tasty apple butter. We recommend making sure the apples are organic because they can be high in pesticides. Peel the skins off if you cannot get organic apples. You can substitute pears for the apples, or use a combination of them both.
- 5-7 organic apples, skins on
- 4 tablespoons organic grass fed butter (or ghee), softened
- 1/8 teaspoon Himalayan Sea Salt
- 2-3 tablespoons organic maple syrup
- 2-3 tablespoons organic molasses
- 1/2 – 1/4 cup water
- 2 tablespoons organic cinnamon, or to taste
- 2-4 tablespoons dried cranberries or apricots
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Wash apples and cut in half. Remove the seeds by making a v-shaped wedge.
- Lay the apples face down in a glass dish.
- Spread the butter over the top of each apple.
- Drizzle the maple syrup and molasses over the buttered apple tops.
- Sprinkle cinnamon, salt and dried fruit over the apples.
- Pour water in the bottom of the dish surrounding the apples.
- Bake for 20-30 minutes until the apples are soft and a syrup has formed at the bottom of the baking dish. Spoon the syrup over the top of the apples and serve warm.
Apple Butter Puree: Transform the baked apples into an apple butter puree by blending the apples and juices in a food processor on high until you reach desired consistency.
Why should you eat Molasses?
-High in manganese: supports thyroid and evens blood sugar levels.
-High in Iron: provides energy and helps transport oxygen to every cell.
-High in calcium: maintains bone strength and keeps colon clean by removing toxins