The Cancer Full Moon Has An Emotional Message As 2023 Ends

On December 26, the last full moon of 2023 glows in warm, caring Cancer. Tap into your nostalgic side and let your feelings flow.

As the holiday season starts to wind down, the quiet and comfort of the year’s second Cancer full moon brings a much-need moment to chill. The Cancer full moon arrives the day after Christmas, at 7:33 PM EST on Tuesday, December 26. (The first Cancer full moon was on January 6, 2023!)

Let your softer side peek through as this year-ending full moon arrives in nurturing Cancer.


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What To Do At The December Full Moon In Cancer

Connect. If you wake up thinking about a loved one, reach out. With the warm-fuzzies in high gear, use the day to catch up with close friends and trade notes on your holiday celebrations.

Have tissues handy. Emotions will be close to the surface, so don’t be surprised if a sentimental exchange brings on the waterworks.

Do something kind. Even the smallest caring gesture can lift someone’s spirits.

Catch some Zs. Or maybe you just need a long winter’s nap after all the holly jolly hooplah.

Reclaim your space. Ease into your cozy space or spend some time feathering your nest to turn it back into your sanctuary (not a gift- wrapping station). Ready to change something about your living situation? Whether you’re changing your bedding or your address, this full moon accelerates plans.

Anticipate some adulting. Since this full moon gets a boost from systematic Saturn, get ready to make some adult decisions in your personal life. A relative might need extra support in the weeks ahead. Or, you may need to fund some repair work.

If you’re feeling taxed, don’t forget that the “lean on me” thing goes both ways!

In Love, The Cancer Full Moon Softens Hearts

In love, the lunar light of a Cancer full moon softens hearts and draws out everyone’s sentimental side.

Cozy up under the cashmere throw with your favorite plus-one (or just by yourself). Binge a new series, cook something simple and nourishing, and talk about your feelings. Yes, really!

Feelings aren’t just flowing, they’re spilling out of every pore. If you’re feeling nurtured and secure in love, this could be a wonderful day of intimacy and bonding. But if not—look out! Stormy dynamics threaten to drown out any goodwill.

If you’ve been hiding unhappiness, this full moon cracks the shell. While it’s great to get your truth out into the open, there’s a risk of wounding tender hearts (and egos). As the saying goes, “Hurt people hurt people.” Better to nurse any wounds with the support of friends and family than to inflict pain in an endless back and forth.

On a happy note, plans involving cohabitation, meeting the parents or growing a family could become more than just lip service. Couples could get cozy and secure by working on their 2024 savings plan. Spreadsheets, anyone?

Your Horoscope For The Cancer Full Moon

The December 26 Cancer full moon occurs during Capricorn season. Your Cancer full moon horoscope has all the details about how you can get the most of this fruitful moon. 

Remember, your scope isn’t just for the day of the full moon, but for the two weeks following. You have time to manifest before activating at the following moon (a new moon in Capricorn on January 11.) And remember, we’re still in a Mercury retrograde! Follow your daily horoscopes at to never miss a detail!

Embrace the energy of the season with one of our many Cancer full moon ritual ideas, too!

Aries (March 21-April 19)

Toss another Yule log on the fire. Cozytime keeps on rolling as 2023’s second Cancer full moon spreads warmth into your domestic zone. This lunation could highlight issues that need to be sorted out with your family (biological or chosen), but avoid having conversations when you’re feeling prickly or sensitive. First you may need to devote some of your downtime to self-care. Read more Aries horoscopes.

Taurus (April 20-May 20)

Who’s on Team Toro? The full moon in tender, caring Cancer illuminates eye-opening realities about your social circle. A BFF you’ve counted on for years may be too preoccupied with a new relationship, kids, life and all the things to devote the same level of attention to you right now. Find compassion—for both of you! While you don’t have to fault your friend, you can open up space for another connection to grow closer. This full moon could bring kindred spirits out of the woodwork, including a few old acquaintances who are ready for a membership upgrade to “inner circle” status. Read more Taurus horoscopes.

Gemini (May 21-June 20)

Visions of cashmere throws and fleece slippers may be dancing through your head as the full moon in homespun Cancer tosses a Yule log into your comfort-loving second house. This lunar lift is as sensual as it is sensible, so before you add every sale item to your cart—or blow a paycheck on an outfit for NYE—get clear about what and who you owe. Then you can indulge without guilt. Follow the urge to organize the “hidden” spaces in your house. In addition to some forgotten fashion finds, you could rediscover some sentimental objects or photos. Read more Gemini horoscopes.

Cancer (June 21-July 22)

You get to play Santa, to yourself! With 2023’s second Cancer full moon jingling in your house of self-love, extend the giving spirit to your own life. As the zodiac’s nurturer, you’d hand someone the intarsia-knit sweater off your back. But you don’t have to shiver in the cold to be generous. This full moon helps you gracefully bow out of obligations that don’t feed your soul. Use the time that opens up to relax (with a spa treatment, maybe?) and shop for a special outfit for NYE. Read more Cancer horoscopes.

Leo (July 23-August 22) 

What do you want to send UP the chimney and out of your life, Leo? The Cancer full moon on December 26 illuminates your twelfth house, emphasizing closure and healing. Saying goodbye to something you’ve outgrown could be the gift that keeps on giving—especially if you’ve been pouring energy into someone who has proven to be a bottomless pit of need. ‘Tis the season to give to the needy, not the greedy! Burn the sage wand and remove any objects that have a negative charge. While you’re at it, how about creating an area for journaling and meditation? Read more Leo horoscopes.

Virgo (August 23-September 22)

Even as you’re lingering in celebration mode, you may be struck by flashes of genius as the full moon sets off sparks in Cancer and your innovative eleventh house. Does someone need to step in and play social director for the rest of 2023? Even if NYE plans are locked and loaded, how about the accompanying entertainment? Celebrations will be sweeter with one of your famous playlists, special place settings or a slideshow of 2023 in review!  Read more Virgo horoscopes.

Libra (September 23-October 22)

Revel in the joy of seasonal customs! With the Cancer full moon working its magic in your traditional tenth house, keep on bonding with your brood—and providing a warm and comfortable atmosphere for your inner circle. But wait, Libra, are you behind schedule on things like packing for a trip or getting plans sorted for NYE?

This full moon helps you prioritize. If you’ve taken on too much, you’ll have to be hands-OFF and start delegating. Sure, that means sacrificing a smidge of perfectionism. But find the joy in the process instead of fixating on the end result. Have you been hustling all year? Word of a holiday bonus or another professional milestone could come within two weeks. Read more Libra horoscopes.

Scorpio (October 23-November 21)

Forget cuddling on the couch or staring at snowdrifts, the year’s second Cancer full moon cranks up your wanderlust beginning December 26. Beeline to your laptop and scour for supersaver fares and standby flights! (Just take all the Mercury-retrograde precautions of booking with legit sources, of course.) Who knows? You could be ringing in 2024 from a tropical resort—or flying there tomorrow. Let spontaneity be your guide, even while close to home. Explore a new boutique district for NYE outfits or join friends for a short road trip. Read more Scorpio horoscopes.

Sagittarius (November 22-December 21)

On, Vixen! The Cancer full moon gallops through your erotic eighth house. Spend some one-on-one time with the person who makes your heart beat at a supersonic rate. Don’t know anyone who fits that category? You could meet them in the two weeks to follow, so start right-swiping…selectively. Or ask friends to invite their hot single friends along on hangouts because there could be a karmic click.

Some Archers may want to be alone to work on an inspiring project, catch up on your reading and just tune in to your own deep thoughts. Craving company? Make sure they understand the definition of comfortable silence. Read more Sagittarius horoscopes.

Capricorn (December 22-January 19)

How about a little unstructured playtime, Capricorn? You probably can’t scrap your ENTIRE itinerary to be spontaneous, but note: The Cancer full moon lights up your decadent and romantic seventh house. This could bring some heart-thumping developments. You might get a proposal within two weeks—the kind that arrives on company letterhead or in a black velvet box. Single Caps could meet someone who has lasting potential. Get out and mingle because this person could pop up through the introduction of mutual friends. As someone who likes to invest for the long haul, this is happy news. Don’t forget: Opposites attract!   Read more Capricorn horoscopes.

Aquarius (January 20-February 18) 

Step away from the gingerbread house and bundle up for a stroll through the snowdrifts. The Cancer full moon activates your sixth house of healthy living. Denying yourself decadence simply won’t work at this time of year. But add some greens to your plate with each meal and make a point of being active on a daily basis.

You’ll enjoy being of service to others. A volunteer shift makes your humanitarian heart sing, so carve out time to pass out coats or serve a meal at a shelter. Since news about a work opportunity could come within two weeks of the full moon, have your resume polished and ready to send off! Read more Aquarius horoscopes.

Pisces (February 19-March 20)

The loving feelings start flowing in as the Cancer full moon electrifies your festive, flamboyant fifth house. Don a piece from the “glam apparel” category and sneak away for a post-holiday soiree or fancy cocktails with friends (or a date!). Over the coming two weeks, there could be major developments in the love department. Single Fish should start swiping liberally or putting out the word to friends that you’re back on the market. Is it time to exchange keys or start picking out baby names, Pisces? Even if nothing THAT momentous is on your agenda, do something meaningful to express your adoration. Read more Pisces horoscopes.

When is the next full moon?

The next full moon is in Leo on January 25, 2024.

Cancer moon dates: When is the moon in Cancer next?

• The next new moon in Cancer is on July 5, 2024
• The next full moon in Cancer is on January 13, 2025! There are no Cancer full moons in 2024 (2023 had two!)

Read even more about full moons

Full moons mark the halfway point of monthlong lunar cycles. These are harvest times, when we reap the results of the seeds we planted six months earlier under a corresponding new moon. Learn more about full moons in astrology here and about all the 2024 Full Moons here!

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