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A Full Moon in Cancer Tarot Spread

By Tina Gong


Possibly the most emotional of all members of the Zodiac, Cancer stands as a figure capable of giving more love than any single person can receive. Caring and nurturing, they offer a kind word to everyone, a pat on the back, a supportive gesture, or even a helping hand. This comes from the fact that Cancer, governed by the Water element, is deeply empathic, sometimes too much so, to the point of being capable of literally feeling the pain of others. They also tend to be quite intuitive and receptive of energies beyond the understanding of contemporary science.

What the Full Moon in Cancer Will Be About

Being under the rule of the Moon, Cancer's emotions and intuition deepen under its direct influence. With the Full Moon shining bright through this constellation, these traits become even more pronounced and inspire a feeling of emotional patterns that are beyond our control. Only the Capricorn brings some counterbalance and creates a more rational atmosphere. Still, this section of the lunar cycle brings heightened sensitivity to the needs of others as well as very pronounced susceptibility to energies from higher planes.

Guided by emotion and the heart, the Cancer thus becomes the ideal carer and nurturer but also puts itself at risk of being left drained and exhausted from attempting to mother and save everyone. Encapsulating all three aspects of the Triple Goddess - the Maiden, the Mother, and the Crone - the feminine energy, governed by the element of Water, brings borderline psychic powers into the mix. With the Full Moon at its peak, our intuitive powers may get amplified beyond our expectations, adding a whole new level of sensitivity and receptiveness to our already heightened senses. Your third eye is likely to pop open like never before.

The Lessons of Vulnerability and Sensitivity during the Cancer Full Moon

An example of a tarot reading using the Cancer Full Moon Spread

This Full Moon dares us to embrace our inner Cancer of the zodiac, to be vulnerable, feel the pain of others, feel their anguish as our own and try to help them ease it. This may be an unpleasant experience but can, at the same time, be a very liberating one. With such compassion, the crab of the starry sky comes out of its shell and shares the truth of its heart. We can do the same and realize that through vulnerability we may finally find our biggest inner strength. Expressing what our hearts cannot deny can help us and those around us be closer to our true selves.

This advice stretches to cover our feelings and sensations that may not always be in sync with what is (falsely) deemed "reality". A hunch, a strong premonition, a moment of full on clairvoyance may be something that the people around you will claim to be nonsense. The Cancer advises you to ignore them and not to try to quiet down that voice within you. Something you can hear so clearly may just be right about whatever it is trying to tell you. It is a blessing offered to few and a gift given to you to help you along the way, and allow you to help others too. Embrace it.

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Full Moon in Cancer Tarot Spread

To start off, we’re going to go through our decks and find the Chariot card, which is the corresponding card in the tarot to the Cancer zodiac sign. We’re going to use this as a significator of sorts, to help us focus our thoughts on this Cancer Full moon.

Shuffle the cards as usual, draw and lay them out as pictured.

  1. What is my current emotional state? - What is the predominant emotion that surrounds me during this cycle?
  2. How can I develop my sense of  security? - What makes me feel secure? How can I feel more safe in my own skin?
  3. What can my vulnerability teach me? - How can my vulnerability help me grow and develop as a human being?
  4. Where is my sensitivity heightened this cycle? - In what area of my life am I particularly sensitive?

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