The Full Moon is exact at 6:34am EST on January 12th in the 23rd degree of Cancer. The Moon being in its' Rulership, the Cardinal Water sign, means emotions are ratcheted up along with subconscious instincts and a need to nurture and/or feel nurtured. There is no logic involved in how one responds to life under the watery influence of the Crab, only the emotions.
Adding to the intense sensitivity of this Full Moon cycle is a grand cross in Cardinal signs. That is the Sun in Capricorn (Cardinal Earth), opposed to the Moon in Cancer (Cardinal Water), and Jupiter in Libra (Cardinal Air), opposite Uranus in Aries (Cardinal Fire). The Cardinal axis is where we can take action and with two oppositions and four squares, you can see where some conflict(s) could arise. The Sun here wants to be in charge; the Moon wants to just go home and cook or eat something; Jupiter wants to keep everybody happy and Uranus just wants to shake things up for a new start!!
Also in the chart for the Full Moon, we see Venus aligning with Neptune and Mars, all in Pisces, thus adding to the vulnerability quotient. Pay attention to your intuition, listen to your gut and whatever you do, don't over-react and cause yourself or someone else any emotional wounds. People are usually sentimental under a Cancer Moon, yet fairly easy-going. If you feel like staying at home and hibernating while making a pot of chili or a batch of cookies, do it... and remember to share some with family or friends!
If you can keep your focus on who and what matters to you, you ought to be able to navigate these sensitive few days around the Full Moon with a minimum of angst. We are building up our foundations for balance and harmony and this will require our innate faith in ourselves and others, so that we don't lose sight of the direction we want to move in as we navigate new and sometimes unforeseen waters.
Remember to keep your head in the stars, your feet on the ground and your hand at the tiller while watching the tides and the wind. Wishing us all smooth sailing in the weeks leading up to the next New Moon.