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Moon of Compassion: Full Moon in Cancer on Christmas Day

Christmas has its own unique magick, and this year the light of the Full Moon shines upon Christmas Day. This unusual synchronicity brings forward the many sacred qualities of this season.

The Sun entered the sign of Capricorn on the Winter Solstice. Ruled by Saturn, Capricorn embodies the qualities of discipline, structure, and reason. Protective, cautious, resourceful and prudent, Capricorn represents the Father of the Zodiac. Capricorn sits opposite Cancer, ruled by the Moon, represents the divine feminine's magickal qualities of nurturance, dreams and psychic mastery. The Full Moon in Cancer shines down the Great Mother's divine love, ever-renewing and unconditional, at a moment when much of the world is trying to hold a vision of peace, compassion and generosity that is at the heart of Christmas.

The story of the Nativity is familiar to many of us. Certainly I grew up with the retelling of the tale every year—a tale of mystery and promise, of quests and magic stars. When I began to study magick and witchcraft, the similarities with other myths was striking: the solar god, born during the time of the longest night, the child of at least one supernatural parent, his conception a miracle. The Christ child's birth symbolizes the triumph of hope, kindness and generosity in even the darkest times, much like the descent into the longest night ends with the rebirth of the Sun.


Tonight, the snow is softly falling, but the light of the Moon glows through, coloring the fields and trees electric blue. The night is quiet, full of soft light and sleepy contentedness. Sitting at my altar, the pearly light of the snowfall radiates compassion, love and acceptance all over me, and I recall the deep compassion of the Blessed Virgin as well as lush mysteries the lunar Goddess.

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Leni Hester is a Witch and writer from Denver, Colorado. Her work appears in the Immanion anthologies "Pop Culture Grimoire," "Women's Voices in Magick" and "Manifesting Prosperity". She is a frequent contributor to Witches and Pagans and Sagewoman Magazines.


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