Tonight, the full moon is in the sign of Cancer.  It is also the first full moon for 2012.  Ever since last year’s Super Moon, I have been paying more attention to the lunar cycles (and it helps that my own cycle is in alignment with the lunar cycle).  I read that this moon brings on a time for reflection and after all the holiday stress, it is the perfect time for a Full Moon cleansing ritual (taking a bath in sea salt, Olive Oil, & Lemon Juice).  I am not sure if the ritual really cleansed me of all my negativity but I definitely feel good.  My skin is really soft from the olive oil.  I feel very relaxed.  So whether you believe in the effects of the moon or astrology, tonight is a really good night for a nice long soak in the bathtub before the work week starts.

But if you are interested in learning more about the full moon in Cancer, according to astrologer Rhea Wolf:

With the Full Moon in Cancer on January 8th, the focus is on the inner landscape of emotions. Cancer is ruled by the Moon and beckons us to our hearts. Cancer’s symbol, the Crab, may be covered with a hard shell to protect its soft flesh within, but its purpose is to love and trust without fear. Cancer does need its barriers, but it also has to be willing to open its defenses. Only by connecting with our hearts and sharing these feelings with others, we can grow into fullness.

During this Full Moon, the call is to be responsive to your feelings. You may feel more sentimental and moody. Remember this when you or loved ones get overly nostalgic– or fly off the handle about some small irritation. Don’t ignore how you feel, but don’t let yourself get carried away by these feelings either.

Giving yourself the time to look within will help you balance all the responsibilities of your life. This is a good time to take a look at how your home life is functioning. Are you giving yourself time to rest and nourish your body and soul? Take a cue from the changing Moon and find ways to appreciate the mysterious cycles of your own inner world.