Full Moon in Cancer

January 6, 2023 (Epiphany)

The first Full Moon of 2023 happens to be on Epiphany Day.

January 6 concludes the festive season, an ‘in-between-time’, during the 12 days of Christmas that mark the annual turning point of the year.

The meaning of ‘Epiphany’ is ‘revelation’. According to the Christian story, January 6 is the day when the three wise men arrived in Bethlehem to pay homage to Jesus, when the infant was revealed to them

In our modern religious calendar, it is the day when the holiday season winds down after the feast. Christmas is over, the new year is here, and we are beginning a new cycle. Any remaining edible Christmas decorations are now consumed, or special cakes are baked just for this occasion. Echoing the pre-Christmas tide of carol singing, the children are out singing again. Dressed up as the 3 wise men, they go from house to house ‘wassailing’.

On January 6, we take one more reflective pause before the new year rolls up its sleeves and gets down to business. The festive season is over. But if we pay attention, we notice that every passing day is a smidgen longer than the last.

This year, the Full Moon falls on Epiphany Day – but Mercury is still retrograde and closely conjunct with the Sun. Mercury retrograde can be really frustrating. A mischievous rascal, he throws all kinds of obstacles in our path.

But for some, it might just reflect the slow pace at the beginning of the year and the backlog of work that inevitably piles up during the holidays.

Starting the year in lower gear can also be a great opportunity for reflection. Taking the time to think about intentions, dreams, goals, and ambitions, and to lay out a game plan, takes quiet time.

Capricorn is all about strategy and planning. But the Moon is in Cancer, so let feeling, empathy, and intuition be your guide.

Making plans that are in tune with what the universe has in store for you requires sensitivity. Consider not only what increases status and reputation, but also what nourishes your body, and nurtures your soul.

Uranus trine Sun/Mercury, sextile Moon

Uranus in favourable aspects with the Sun and Moon suggests an innovative if unconventional bend to the Full Moon’s theme. It challenges us to think creatively and deal with unforeseen circumstances.

Neptune sextile Sun, Mercury, and Pluto

Neptune trine Moon

Neptune in Pisces reverse mirrors Uranus’ aspects. But more planets are drawn into the configuration. Neptune is an ambiguous planet. It can be wishy-washy, delusional, bombastic, or addicted to glamour and fame or deeply spiritual, ascetic, and ephemeral, and can open the third eye, and open our hearts.

When compassion joins ambition, great things can be achieved and suffering reduced. Whichever way your plans are shaping up, remember to set your intentions not just for yourself, but for the good of the world.

Venus sextile Jupiter

Jupiter has moved back into Aries for the home run, before he enters Taurus on May 16, 2023. There is a tremendous determination to move forward with whatever you set your mind to. Vision, optimism, and joy are the fuel that propels you forward.

Venus trine Mars

This aspect promotes persuasive rhetoric. Understanding our opponent’s motivation and point of view enables us to fine-tune our messaging. Mars and Venus are in air signs, which are very much concerned with communication and the world of ideas. Using rhetoric effectively means evoking deep feelings through the skilful and refined use of words.


Saturn does not have much of an impact on this horoscope, which means, that the Nay-sayers are out of the loop.

Seize the moment! Onwards and upwards!