The Full Moon in Cancer on January 10th, 2020, is also a penumbral lunar eclipse. This kind of lunar eclipse occurs when the Moon passes through the Earth’s partial shadow, or penumbra. During this type of eclipse, the Moon will darken slightly, but not completely.
The Moon traditionally rules the water sign of Cancer. So, it feels at home there and it influences us with more power than usual. This day, all of us become emotionally intense. So, we need to deal with powerful feelings.
If you have positive feelings (like joy, gratitude, kindness, hope), cherish them with the ones you love! If, on the other hand, someone upsets you, it is important to keep yourself down. The Zen story bellow show us why you don’t need to reply.
Zen Story for the Full Moon in Cancer – Best Way to Respond to an Insult
There once lived a great warrior. Though quite old, he still was able to defeat any challenger. His reputation extended far and wide throughout the land and many students gathered to study under him.
One day an infamous young warrior arrived at the village. He was determined to be the first man to defeat the great master. Along with his strength, he had an uncanny ability to spot and exploit any weakness in an opponent. He would wait for his opponent to make the first move, thus revealing a weakness, and then would strike with merciless force and lightning speed. No one had ever lasted with him in a match beyond the first move.
Much against the advice of his concerned students, the old master gladly accepted the young warrior’s challenge. As the two squared off for battle, the young warrior began to hurl insults at the old master. He threw dirt and spit in his face. For hours he verbally assaulted him with every curse and insult known to mankind. But the old warrior merely stood there motionless and calm. Finally, the young warrior exhausted himself. Knowing he was defeated, he left feeling shamed.
Somewhat disappointed that he did not fight the insolent youth, the students gathered around the old master and questioned him. “How could you endure such an indignity? How did you drive him away?”
“If someone comes to give you a gift and you do not receive it,” the master replied, “to whom does the gift belong?”
Full Moon Calendar
This is the first lunar eclipse in 2020. The other three occur on 5th/6th June, on 4th/5th July and on 29th/30th November.
The January Full Moon was known by early Native American tribes as the Full Wolf Moon, because this was the time of year when hungry wolf packs howled outside their camps. This is the name attested in Farmers’ Almanac. However, in Beard’s 1918 book, this was the name given to the December Full Moon. Other names for this full moon were Old Moon, Ice Moon, the Moon After Yule, Difficulty Moon and Black Smoke Moon.
The next Full Moon occurs on February 9th – a Full Moon in Leo (Sun in Aquarius opposite Moon in Leo).
Until then, there is a New Moon in Aquarius (Sun conjunct Moon in Aquarius), on January 24th. .
The next Full Moon in Cancer occurs on December 30th 2020.