full moon / january


Wolf Moon
Monday, January 1st, Cancer, 6:24 pm PST

We are so lucky to get a huge supermoon on the first day of the new year. Full moons hold a lot of energy and power. Let its brightness illuminate the year ahead. There is something about this moon that will really activate our hearts. I see its image full and bright and radiant being held right in the space of the heart. With this moon in the watery sign of Cancer it will be easy to feel whatever it is you need to feel. A Full Moon in the sign of Cancer is the Moon's Moon. It's really the mother of all moons, and in its energy it does hold the great nurturing power of the universal mother. It's a very female energy we are stepping into this new year with, which is so exciting. 

I talk very openly with friends about being a woman in my late(ish;) 30's and the pressure and comments I feel and hear about being a mother and having children. People are well meaning and kind, but often don't see that a lot of the way they see and understand a woman stepping into her power, purpose, greatness, becoming a Woman with a capital "W" is through the right of passage of becoming a mother. There is much more to say about this, but I wanted to point it out that when I talk about this Cancer moon and her feminine, nurturing energy I don't mean to imply that the only way to embody or express that is to be a mother. Or that the only people who can embody, hold, or express this are mothers. I think we are all capable of nurturing and loving in this way - no age or gender can define our capacity to love deeply.

One of my favorite writers and thinkers on this subject (and others as well) is Rebecca Solnit. In her incredible book, The Mother of All Questions she writes, “One of the reasons people lock onto motherhood as a key to feminine identity is the belief that children are the way to fulfill your capacity to love. But there are so many things to love besides one's own offspring, so many things that need love, so much other work love has to do in the world.” I love this quote so much, especially where she says there is "... so much other work love has to do in the world." To me that is the message of this moon. Calling us to discover how we might love in a bigger way. How might we move through the world loving? What does that look like? What other work does our love want to do in the world? What a wonderful question to start the year with. 

Love can look like so many things. It can be fierce, healing, embracing, forgiving, it can even be in the word no. I hope this year is one full of discovering all the ways there is to love, all the things that need your love.

I encourage you to not start the year with a list. With ideas of manifestation. No intentions, please. Just let all of that go. Because ultimately all of that is being formed by the mind, which is so limited in what it knows. It's narrowing. And often when we are looking for something specific we miss something that is better and more aligned with our soul. I ask you to step into this new year like you would step out into a dark landscape. Senses heightened. An excitement that borders on fear. Looking into the darkness, the void, where anything and everything is possible. And take the first step. Feel your way with your heart and not with your eyes. And see what there is to discover.

May we be grateful for the many unknown blessings already on their way. 

Happy 2018
Thank you for being here.

Paul Outerbridge Jr. "Hand, shell, and leg", 1938


  1. Happy New Year!!!
    And as always, thank you so so much for the pearls of love you spread.
    Warmest wishes to you Lauren. 💓

    1. Thank you Ceara! for being here and always being such a support of everything that happens here!
      Happy new year! xo

  2. heppy new year !
    and thank you for these words !

  3. thank YOU for being here right along with us. your words evoke stillness & movement and I truly appreciate all the time you put into them.

  4. Came to your site tonight after being dumbstruck by the supermoon on my commute home. This post hit home on every point.

    As a Gemini-Virgo-Cancer combo, I struggle with analysis-paralysis 24/7. I love the idea of approaching life as if approaching a darkness where everything is possible. Think I'll go meditate on that right now. ;)

    thank you!

  5. Dear Lauren, Happy New Year. I never left any comment on your posts, but now it’s definitely time for it. I follow you already years and I’m always looking forward for your next post. Your wise and personal words are a company in my everyday life. Thank you so much. There is so much to think about, over what you say.
    Only love can save us, but there are indeed many ways to express it.
    Wish you a year full of new discoveries.

    1. thank you for this, and for being here with these moon posts for so many years! i am happy that you connect with them!
      wishing you a wonderful year ahead.