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Heart-Centered Grounded Goals Beneath the Full Moon in Cancer

The Cancer Full Moon takes place on January 6, 2023 at ~6:07pm ET.


It’s Rachael here once more before I hand over our bi-monthly moonletter musings over to our lovely team member Valencia so that she can share her wisdom & writing with all of you while I focus on some exciting new creations I’m starting in 2023~ (the next Cycles Journal included, believe it or not!)


It might be my Cancer stellium with my sun, venus & mercury in the 8th house, but I have a soft spot for this time of year. While I am quite cold and trying to keep it all together with my s.a.d. lamp and thermal clothing, I am feeling so much, in a good way. Grief & gratitude, confusion & clarity.


As we all take a deep breath or a big sigh of relief with the closing of a year, what feels like a chapter, we are at the peak of a moon cycle and there is so much potential present. Many feelings are likely present too – and that’s okay.


With the pressure of New Year’s resolutions freshly looming – I invite you to focus more on intention and gentleness with yourself. It’s easier said than done and I’m right there with you on this – but where can we take off the pressure and simplify, go deeper into quality over quantity?


The Duality of Stability

In the depths of Capricorn season, the Cancer full moon comes shining bright to remind us to center our needs at the core of all we’re climbing mountains to achieve.

Cancer is the sign of intuition and nurturing – often called the mother of the zodiac and ruled by the moon. Symbolized by the crab, we explore themes around our shell of self-compassionate boundaries and protection balancing our inner openness and softness. The crab does not fear the ever-changing shorelines and watery depths, but also seeks grounding on the stable land – where its balancing opposite, the Capricorn mountain goat, finds stability through scaling rocky heights and finding trust in forming or continuing deep foundations.

In order to root down, the seed must soften, open and allow water in. In the darkness of the soil, the seeds sleep below frozen grounds and snow – allowing the stillness to deepen before action come spring.


Grounded, Heart-Centered Goals:

Here are some prompts to pull cards for or journal about (or both!) to help you root into where you’re feeling guided this year.


No matter how your personal astrology interacts with these signs, it’s a good time to reflect on these themes of goals, stability, and nurturing.


  1. What is at the essential core of my heart’s desires? 
  2. What area of my life is asking for deeper care?
  3. What existing or new goal(s) am I nurturing?
  4. How can I carve out the time and space this goal(s) deserves?
  5. How can I care for myself within all that I seek to achieve?
  6. What foundations can I lean on for support?

You can do 1 spread per goal, or pull one card per goal for questions #2+3 to clarify.

As always, take your time answering and reflecting upon these questions – you can revisit them throughout the year and beyond this full moon.

P.S. Don't forget to fill out pages 26-28 in your 2023 Cycles Journal: your letter of self-devotion, intentions and where you're starting. ❤️

If you haven’t already watched my recent workshop Creating a Ritual of Self-Devotion, I touch on these themes quite a bit and trust you might find it helpful if ritual, routine & goal-setting is an intimidating area you’re looking to rekindle more flow and less force into. you can watch the replay for any time in our Moonthly Meets Circle inside the Cyclical Community. It’s just $15 and you’ll also get access to all 12+ workshop replays, the next live session & more when you join!

Either way, I hope you’ll join us in sharing & connecting about these topics, our cyclical journeys and much more inside the always-free main Cyclical Community network. Community has been such a connective key and I’m glad to be beside you all in this.


In Gratitude,

Rachael Amber & Team Cycles Journal

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