In a year that promises to be one of radical change and social upheaval, 2020 starts the year off in January with a lunar boom – not just a Full Moon, but a lunar eclipse; what’s more, a lunar eclipse in Cancer.
What does this mean? A Full Moon in Cancer is a powerful Full Moon in itself – Full Moons traditionally represent times of harvest and reaching the peak of something (hence why manifestation is so popular during this time). But a lunar eclipse is when the Moon is full, yet its light is blocked by the shadow of the earth.
Hence, a lunar eclipse’s entire meaning differs from an ordinary Full Moon. A lunar eclipse is like the shadow of the shadow – the Moon itself is often viewed as a symbol of what is hidden and the subconscious (especially in the Tarot cards) but a lunar eclipse goes even deeper into that subconscious, finding things that we did not even know were there. Think of entering a cave, only to find a cave hidden within that cave. That sums up a lunar eclipse in a nutshell.
This lunar eclipse is in Cancer which makes it even more potent. The Moon rules Cancer so it feels most at home here – this is where sensitivity and the imagination are at their most powerful. A person with Moon in Cancer in their natal chart will possess these qualities, but can also be moody and ‘crabby’.
So, what does this lunar eclipse on January 10th, 2020 bring?
It will be a far more sensitive and even vulnerable time for us all. We may feel more prone to mood swings and we may be forced to confront aspects of ourselves and our relationships that are currently hidden. The lunar eclipse in Cancer brings with it a greater sense of nurturing, but also paves the way for us to clearly see the consequences of our actions. No more pretenses or falsities – this is the time when everything is brought into the open. It can be a challenging time, but it is also a powerful time for transformation.
We can prepare ourselves by doing a Tarot card reading designed to help us during this mystical time. Check your daily Tarot online for added insight and try the spread below to help guide you during this eclipse. As this is a time, a reading focusing on the direction our life is taking at this time and what we need to focus on is most helpful during this eclipse. Hidden things may be revealed to us, but in the long-term, it will be for the better.
4-Card Tarot Spread: Full Moon Lunar Eclipse in Cancer
Question: What is this lunar eclipse trying to tell me?
- Card 1: What requires my focus in 2020
- Card 2: What is hidden at this time
- Card 3: How should I deal with the hidden aspect
- Card 4: The outcome, if I face it
Below is an example reading so you can see how it is done:
Card 1: 9 of Cups
This is usually a jolly and happy card but we have to remember that we are reading it in the context of the lunar eclipse in Cancer. The 9 of Cups stands for satisfaction and joy, but it also stands for indulgence and smugness. It can also point to a drinking problem! This card tells me I may be over-indulging – whether it is in food, drink or something else – and it requires attention.
Card 2: The High Priestess
This card would suggest the problem in Card 1 is hidden deep within my subconsciousness and I am getting the feeling there is denial involved. The High Priestess is the card of the subconscious, very much in tune with the Moon herself. This indulgence may be so great that I may have told myself it isn’t really there!
Card 3: The Sun
A powerful card in the advice section! The Sun is all about exposure and bringing things to the light. It is also a strong card for honesty. In this case, the honesty is with myself. I need to face this issue of indulgence that I have and admit it is there. Only by drawing it into the light and admitting it exists can I then begin to work on it.
Card 4: Queen of Pentacles
A beautiful card to receive in the outcome. The Queen of Pentacles is grounded and very much connected to the earth. She represents everything in the physical world, including health and wealth. In this context and in relation to the other cards, I would say she represents good health. This indicates to me that if I choose to tackle my indulgence issues, I will become the Queen of Pentacles by the end. A very positive outcome.
The lunar eclipse in Cancer is indicative of the great change that looks set to sweep across the world in 2020, but this change must start from within. Combine the powerful forces of the Tarot with the potent lunar rays and see how you can be part of this sweeping change.
Change is not always easy, but very often it is necessary to pave the way for better things.
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