Happy Cancer Full Moon! This lunation came in strong. Planets transiting the sign of Cancer often give us an opportunity to dig deeper into our ancestry and family history.
For me, this Cancer full moon showed up with many messages from my ancestral matriarchs, and my departed grandmothers and aunties were on my mind extra this week. My favorite aspect of matriarch energy is its ability to remind us of our self-worth. Many of our foremothers & other ancestors endured way more than they should have in their lifetime, and they protect us in spirit by reminding us that times have changed, and that it is safe to benefit from the “walking” they did on Earth so we could “fly”. In other words, it is okay to not endure the bullshit they had to and set our visions higher than they were able to.
This lunation also highlighted for me the many gifts (and some challenges) which I have inherited from the women who came before me, which has served as great inspiration for reflection. One of those gifts is the gift of crying. When my ancestral matriarchs come through, there are always so many tears. This past week has illuminated a new level of acceptance for me– maybe I am a crying ass woman because I come from crying ass women. And maybe that is perfectly okay since tears are potions of release. Sometimes I wonder if I cry so much because I am also crying tears that some of my matriarchs could not cry, because they could not find anywhere safe to do so. What I do know is: It is a privilege to have somewhere safe to cry.
Some questions I have been working through are: What gifts and talents have I inherited from the women who came before me? How can I use my inherited gifts & talents to continue the positive legacy of my foremothers? What were the dominant challenges in the lives of my foremothers, and how do those challenges show up in my life?
What tools do I have access to for solving these challenges that my foremothers did not? Are there any tools my foremothers used to work through these challenges that I can still use today? How does what I know about my foremothers shape my relationship to my body?
Many of our foremothers & other ancestors endured way more than they should have in their lifetime, and they protect us in spirit by reminding us that times have changed
The full moon certainly hit me hard emotionally, but I’m grateful for the clarity with which it came and for all the beautiful guidance I’ve received from beyond. Special thanks to my honorable and elevated ancestors who sit beside the Creator in heaven. It is well.
Photo: EBBO EGBE by Monben, acrylic on canvas — This painting is available for purchase here.
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