Capricorn Full Moon & Pluto

 

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Full Moon in Capricorn

The Full Moon in Capricorn on July 8 is applying tightly to a union with Pluto, dredging up more intensity from interior realms than is the norm for a Full Moon.  Invisible to the naked eye, Pluto rules the celestial underworld of the Kuiper belt.  Though we may at times ignore or deny the guidance offered by Pluto, any built up resistance ultimately floods our systems and forces us to make necessary changes.  The placement of Pluto in our birth chart reveals a theme we can become compulsively attached to for security, and so the Full Moon aligned with Pluto will illuminate what old attachments and projections need to be now shed and washed away.  The surrounding aspects to the Full Moon suggest a decay and decomposition of past ambitions at the same time that fresh desires for growth emerge.

The Full Moon in Capricorn is not only a key moment in the current retrograde phase of Pluto, it also provides penetrating insight into our experience of the current transit of Jupiter in Libra.  The Moon in Capricorn at the peak moment of fullness is transferring the light of Jupiter to Pluto, separating from a catalytic square with Jupiter.  As the Moon begins to wane in light, it will next form another square with Uranus in Aries.  The t-square forming between Jupiter, Uranus, and Pluto is the volatile source of astrological intensity that has been building and will break open in August as we enter a season of eclipses in Aquarius and Leo.  In collective events, for example, we can see the correlation of the Full Moon with these aspects in the form of the recent G20 Summit in Hamburg that featured combative protests from the public as well as tense conflicts amongst world leaders that revealed the incredibly divisive nature within political power structures.

Pluto has been in Capricorn for the past nine and a half years and will make its first ingress into Aquarius six years from now.  The Full Moon in Capricorn is the perfect moment this year to review and reflect upon all of the changes wrought by Pluto’s slow passage through Capricorn since 2008, as well as how you want to respond to the death and creation found in the present moment.  Any feelings we have been clinging to desperately despite nothing in our current reality supporting our attachment to them need to be now released resolutely, for there is incredible potential available to seize within current transits to facilitate bold and dramatic shifts in direction.

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Enki / Ea

Jason Holley gave a talk at the 2017 Northwest Astrological Conference (NORWAC) on Capricorn that linked the sign of the Sea Goat with the ancient Babylonian deity Enki or Ea.  Known as the antelope of the deep waters, Enki in myth has been described as a crafty and wise problem solver who is the sole initiator of civilization and the molder of matter for every possible use.  Enki discovers rules and order for everything, divining the organizing principles and plans that underlie all of civilized life.  Irrigation of course was instrumental in the development of agricultural civilizations, and Holley further made the point that humans also dug canals so that gods could live on Earth.  Holley in his talk used the metaphor of opening up channels of fresh water irrigation to the importance of Capricorn replenishing and nourishing itself with the endlessly fertile, deeply subterranean waters of the subconscious.

The message Jason Holley transmitted regarding Capricorn is vital to take to heart at this stage of Pluto’s transit through Capricorn.  Instead of severing connection to the fresh waters of our inner desires due to fear that these impulses go against societal norms and could be dangerous and disruptive, we open ourselves to our subterranean waters and craft the order of our daily life accordingly.  Instead of living by consensus cultural “shoulds” and “oughts,” we step into a presence in which playfulness is embedded in our daily work in a process of constant creation and regeneration.

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As previously mentioned in past lunation forecasts, we are in the middle of an underworld season of Mars in which the red planet is being consumed in combustion by the purifying and regenerating rays of our Solar Light.  One question for this Full Moon in Capricorn is thus, what is the universe asking for you to release and let go of in terms of the willful force of Mars in your life?  You may in the past week or so have noticed a lack of motivation, ambition, or drive in certain areas of your life you are accustomed to investing more easily with energy.  At the same time, you may have been noticing desires for new areas of development that do not yet have completely stable foundations to support.  It is vital to realize that Mars will continue to be in combustion throughout the waning half of the upcoming lunar cycle and will not enter the heart of the Sun to be completely regenerated until July 26 following the subsequent New Moon in Leo.  I do not mean to avoid embarking on new ventures in the weeks ahead, only to have awareness that due to the current dark, clearing phase of Mars that it’s phase more readily supports release and reseeding rather than peak moments of drive.

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Paul Klee (1921) Suspended Fruit

Within the surrounding tumultuous aspects of the astrological landscape at the Full Moon in Capricorn, the inner planets Mercury and Venus are forming the vivaciously pleasing sextile.  Mercury in Leo is visible as the Sun sets as an Evening Star, while Venus is brightly visible in Gemini as a Morning Star.  Thus when awaking from dreams in the morning we will be greeted by Venus in the actively curious and intellectually stimulating sign of Gemini.  Venus can therefore guide our daily journey into reception of new perspectives and information as well as creatively activating conversations and connections within our wider community.  Mercury in contrast will become visible in the twilight of our Sun’s descent into night, helping us to digest and assimilate the various exchanges and expressions of our day.  Mercury in Leo is also an active and creatively stimulating placement, and so in tandem Mercury and Venus are in ideal positions to support new directions in creativity and pleasure.

In addition, Mercury will move across Leo to form a conjunction with the North Node of the Moon in the waning half of the lunar cycle ahead while Venus will be making its way toward an opposition with Saturn.  There results an interesting astrological phenomenon in which Mars is experiencing a cleansing purification at the same time that Mercury and Venus are in active, potent positions.   Both Venus and Mercury will be forming harmonious aspects with Jupiter in Libra, and so while Jupiter is under the weight of intense aspects at the Capricorn Full Moon, as the Moon wanes  in coming weeks there will be exciting interplay occurring between Mercury, Venus, and Jupiter that can help facilitate exciting and productive action.

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3 of Pentacles by Pamela Colman Smith

Capricorn 2 Decan

The full Moon falls in the second face of Capricorn associated with the Three of Pentacles card illustrated above by Pamela Colman Smith.  In the image of the Three of Pentacles we see a highly skilled sculptor in process of creating a divinely inspired masterwork.  There is a consultation taking place between the artisan and authorities associated with the institution, with carefully drawn plans for the masterpiece on display.  This is a fitting image for the second decan of Capricorn as it is a face in which great works can be created through collaboration, careful planning, and incredible effort.  The integral aspect of necessary effort and drive is supported by Mars being the ruler of this face.

Austin Coppock in his book 36 Faces ascribed the image of “The Pyramid” to the second decan of Capricorn, as it is a face in which the magnum opus is completed, sublime works of material manifestation whose perfect form almost appears inconceivable to create in hindsight.  Coppock wrote that as the focus of this face is on “structuring the territory itself,” there is a necessity for blueprints as well as hard work and discipline  in collaboration with numerous resources.  Coppock wrote that this face “binds one, or many, to the accomplishment of a daunting task” and so it is important to carefully discern what projects and relationships you are committing to as well as the consequences of your choice.  Fitting for the current combustion phase of Mars, Coppock also wrote that “ambition and hubris are not easily separated,” and so “Ambition must be distilled from hubris over and over again to achieve purity of purpose” (p. 217).

Regarding the second face of Capricorn, it is written in the Latin Picatrix that this is a decan “of seeking to do what cannot be done and to attain what cannot be.”  In contrast, Three Books of Occult Philosophy suggested this face signifies demanding “what is unable to happen, and searching for what cannot be known.”  In the Birhat Jakata, the image of “a woman, skilled in the arts, broad eyes like lotus petals, greenish and dark” emerges in this face, “searching all kinds of articles and wearing iron ear ornaments.”  Evocatively, the Liber Hermetis ascribed the image “of a bull on the body of a man dressed with the skin of a scarab” to this decan.  Clearly, the ancient images associated with the second decan of Capricorn suggest a face in which groundbreaking works of determination and grace can be created while dealing with whatever obstacles or tumult arises in the process of creation.  As the Capricorn Full Moon peaks and illuminates the depths of your desires, embrace the courage necessary to bring your inner visions into reality.

References

Coppock, Austin. (2014). 36 Faces: The History, Astrology and Magic of the Decans. Three Hands Press.

 

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Capricorn Full Moon

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The Sunflower (1920) by Edward Steichen

Full Moon in Capricorn

The Full Moon on July 19 being in Capricorn binds the lunation with Saturn.  Saturn rewards those who take responsibility for everything occurring and honors those who are accountable.  Saturn calls us to put in work and persevere through dark times, knowing that the suffering of today will become the soil from which future fulfillment will flower.  As current events have been unraveling in chaotic waves since the Cancer New Moon on July 4, it is worth paying attention to how the current lunation cycle is intimately bound with the first quarter square between Pluto in Capricorn and Uranus in Aries.  While the New Moon on July 4 was opposite Pluto, the Full Moon on July 19 is in square to Uranus.  In between the longstanding issue in the USA of police officers killing African Americans exploded with the shootings of Alton Sterling and Philandro Castile, followed by the killing of law enforcement officers and heated debate.  As the Moon continued to wax brighter as the Sun approached a square with Uranus, the traumatic terror of Nice, France was followed swiftly by an attempted coup in Turkey, a land that for ages has stood at the intersection of crusading conflicts among world powers.  With collective events spinning so wildly out of control, the Full Moon in Capricorn is a call to claim full responsibility for your own thought forms and your every action that impacts the world. On a personal level, issues have arisen to face that stem from the sweeping changes that came with the square between Uranus and Pluto that was most exact between 2011 and 2015.

The square between Uranus and the Full Moon illuminates not only the grief and pain felt over the losses and tragedies of the past,  but where in one’s life greater diligence is needed to build support to foster stability and security for oneself and others.  Many will become mobilized to organize direct action to increase awareness of personal and collective causes,  whereas others will find it necessary to attend to more personal wounds that need mending before worldly action can be taken successfully.  With Mars in Scorpio slowly beginning to generate forward momentum and also strongly aspected by the Full Moon, taking small steps that are saturated in mindful intent is favored more so than launching quickly into big plans that are truly in need of further refinement.  When dealing with heavy feelings or grief, like Psyche in her story of Eros all we can do is embrace the soul of our surroundings for sustenance and move forward on our journey step by step with full presence.  By claiming the inner integrity of acting from authentic desires that are not being corrupted by external influences, we begin to build support while also discovering elements of our environment that will bolster strength.

With numerous collective issues reaching a critical boiling point, there is a need for open communication and listening to other perspectives.  Yet the element missing from the Capricorn Full Moon is the Air element (with nothing significant in Air signs except Vesta and the true, oscillating position of Black Moon Lilith), and so the Full Moon does not foster mediation through objectifying issues or using clear communication to increase awareness.  There will be a flooding of emotions and heat from enflamed passions, but this Full Moon supports earthy solutions that come from self-absorbed perspectives.  Steam will be rising from the interplay of so much Fire and Water, and so there is potential for compassionately feeling the emotions and experiences of others to gain understanding.  Extra effort will need to be made at this Full Moon for greater clarity in communicating and listening.  The Full Moon being in the home of Saturn while in square to Uranus is a catalyst for moving beyond personal hangups to taking responsibility for one’s place within the global collective.  This includes the places we hold privileges as well as the places we face oppression and the way we respond.  It is also imperative to vigilantly witness attempts by those entrenched in power to take advantage of chaotic events to further increase their own interests out of greed.

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Paul Klee (1922) Mural from the Temple of Longing

Saturn retrograde in Sagittarius rules the Full Moon while being in square to both the transiting lunar nodes as well as Neptune in Pisces.  In fact, the Full Moon is fairly close to the midpoint between the Saturn and Neptune square.  The slow retrograde pull of Saturn brings gravity to the act of fully being responsible for one’s personal karma and past actions.  Saturn demands this accountability in order to create healthy relationships in the present and to be able to effectively impact the collective.  This is not a time to escape into privileged isolation, but to find the areas of the world in which you can take direct action to help others.  Yet,  we must at the same time attend to our own needs while using the boundaries of Saturn to seal one’s inner vessel from toxic contamination.  Not easy work, but Saturn in square to Neptune and the lunar nodes has nothing to do with ease.

The Full Moon occurs in Capricorn at the same degree that Mars is exalted, and Mars in Scorpio also forms a sextile with the Full Moon.  In addition, Mars in Scorpio is in a Grand Water Trine with Chiron in Pisces and the Sun in Cancer.  While Mars has at least finally gotten beyond the degree it stationed direct at, it is still moving very slowly on its destined path of aligning again with Saturn and the fixed star Antares in August.  The exaltation of Mars in Capricorn, binding the force of Mars with the discipline of Saturn, is the magical access point to these aspects.  Mars in Scorpio is dredging up deep cathartic material that can be so overwhelmingly painful that those out of balance can become overcome by hateful anger and violence.  To make use of these powerful aspects surrounding Mars, there is a need to accept the pain of loss and transmute the voracious emotions through tears and sweat, through appropriate outlets such as exercise and creative action.  There is so much Fire and Water interacting in this Full Moon that healing can come from going into feelings intensely in order to release them into transfigured form, similar to the alchemical steam that arises from water catalyzed by fire into air.

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Figure of a Woman “The Sphinx” by Auguste Rodin

Fittingly, Venus is the glamorous star of the Full Moon, deftly supported by her co-star Mercury in order to amplify her dramatic and comedic effect.  Those looking for a positive omen need only gaze at the western horizon during twilight, as both Venus and Mercury have finally emerged as Evening Stars.  We have not been able to see Venus since April when she was a Morning Star, and we have not been able to see her as an Evening Star since last August 2015 when Venus was retrograde in Leo.  Venus in Leo conjoining Mercury in Leo as they have emerged from under the beams of the Sun together is a burning symbol of hope for living from deeper levels of embodied passion.

Mercury is separating from a trine with Saturn at the time of the Full Moon, while Venus is applying closely to a trine with Saturn.  On the one hand, the fire from Venus and Mercury could be used for greed and avarice by those consumed with their own narcissistic self-interest.  On the other hand, the radiance of Venus and Mercury beautifying twilight is an apt symbol for the potential available to replenish our personal system and structures with more creativity, harmony, joy, and pleasure.  The trine from Venus and Mercury to Saturn is a powerful aspect for making strong commitments.  There is also a quincunx formed between Venus and Mercury with the Neptune conjunction to the South Node of the Moon in Pisces, suggesting old illusions and beliefs could be getting in the way of opening to the creative actualization of Mercury and Venus joined together in Leo.  Being alone in solitude out of romantic partnership is not something to curse for missing out on enjoying this aspect with a lover, but instead a situation to seize for the individuating flowering that becomes available when out of relationship in a place to know oneself more deeply.

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4 of Pentacles by Pamela Colman Smith

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The third face of Capricorn is associated with the Four of Pentacles card illustrated above by Pamela Colman Smith.  In the image we see a crowned figure seated on a throne that places him above two Pentacles placed under each of his feet, as well as below a Pentacle placed on top of his crown.  The fourth Pentacle is cradled at heart level, with the arms wrapped around the Pentacle in a manner suggesting the potential to spin the Pentacle like a Wheel of Fortune.  While this could be interpreted as being in flow with abundance, the Pentacle also appears to be tightly gripped suggesting an attitude of needing to control or be possessive of material resources.  The figure towers in the foreground, overshadowing castles and towers in the background, suggesting someone in charge of their surroundings, perhaps at the expense of being a co-participant who is fully aware of their environment outside of how it impacts their goals.  The Four of Pentacles signifies taking control and structuring boundaries so as to bring a sense of greater security within the chaotic world, including gaining greater material security.

Austin Coppock in his book on the decans 36 Faces ascribed the image of “The Throne” to the third face of Capricorn, a fitting image given that the Sun rules the decan.  Coppock interpreted this face of Capricorn as being about governing and administering from a seat of power, “the struggle for control between an individual and their world” and “the struggle to attain great position in the created world” (p. 221-222).  Coppock cautioned that hubris can tempt those grasping for power in this face, and that each step toward achieving ambition requires tantamount levels of responsibility to meet the obligations found in the acquired position of power.  If not, Coppock warned that their accumulated material wealth “may end up crushing them,” and the glittering palace could become instead a restrictive prison.

Since the Sun rules the third decan of Capricorn, there is added emphasis to the square between the Sun and Uranus as well as the trine between the Sun, Mars, and Chiron.   While Venus and Mercury are already united in the home of the Sun, in the days following the Full Moon the Sun will join Venus and Mercury in Leo.  As a result, in the waning phase of this lunar cycle the astrological atmosphere will shift toward an emphasis on Fire and spirited action and expression, as Mars completes its final pass through the tumultuous waters of Scorpio.  There is no doubt that the numerous conflicts and crises circulating in the collective will continue to intensify, yet in the sphere one invests their inner energy into with responsible, dedicated effort there will be greater astrological support to bring matters into manifestation.

We play with dark forces that cannot be captured with the names we give them, like children playing with fire, and it seems for a moment as if all energy had rested dormant in all objects until now, until we arrived to apply it to our fleeting life and its requirements.  But, again and again throughout millennia, those forces shake off their names and rise like an oppressed class against their little masters, or not even against them- they simply rise and the various cultures slide off the shoulders of the earth, which is once again great and expansive and alone with its oceans, trees, and stars.

— Rainer Maria Rilke from Letters on Life translated by Ulrich Baer

 

References

Coppock, Austin. (2014). 36 Faces: The History, Astrology and Magic of the Decans. Three Hands Press.

 

Full Moon in Capricorn

Full Moon in Capricorn

Gold coin from India dated A.D. 1621–22, courtesy of the Metropolitan Museum of Art

Full Moon in Capricorn

Cancer and Capricorn are signs of solstices, peak times of birth and maturation, stages of intentional visioning and full illumination.   This Full Moon in Capricorn is the first full lunation since the solstice, and holds a thread to the previous season as it is square to the Libra Lunar Eclipse that happened on April 4, 2015, thus triggering all associated issues.  Cancer is connected to the living image of the crab, yet also associated with the child birthed from the womb of the mother.  Capricorn is the living image of the sea-goat, a creature who emerges from the oceanic source of life to climb onto the elevated heights of the material plane.  In the polarity from Cancer to Capricorn lit up in this Full Moon, we gain a sense of our personal identity that has emerged from the primordial oceanic matrix and the roles and responsibilities we are called to take on for the benefit of family, relationships, and community.  There is a compulsive quality to the urge we can feel to manifest our ambitions at this Full Moon, as the Moon is conjunct Pluto in Capricorn and the Sun is conjunct Mars in Cancer.

We bask in the glow of this Capricorn Full Moon in the aftermath of the glorious conjunction between Venus and Jupiter that has been captivating our attention in the night sky for weeks.  Not only is Venus separating from a conjunction with Jupiter at the time of the Full Moon, this Venus and Jupiter conjunction is also separating from a trine with Uranus in Aries.  Since Neptune in Pisces is also forming a sextile to the Full Moon and trine to the Sun and Mars, there is a clear transpersonal activation in this Full Moon to our most pressing issues on a soul level.  The expansive liberation that could have entered your life through Venus, Jupiter, and Uranus recently can be linked to the Sun and Mars in Cancer at this Full Moon through the symbolism of the crab and the molting of its crustacean shell.  Crabs create a new shell for themselves through re-absorbing elements of the old exoskeleton in order to separate the old shell from their skin, and in this symbol we can interpret the crab’s shell as being the personality formed around our soul.  Our soul likewise expands beyond our conditioned, personal identity in order to generate a new sense of self, reabsorbing some elements and shedding others, and this process is slow and in need of patience and nurturing.

The constriction and tension we could feel being compelled to expand beyond the limitations of belief conditioning our past can be seen in another aspect at this Full Moon, the square between Venus and Jupiter with Saturn in Scorpio.  Saturn in Scorpio is the ruler of this Full Moon and can help in the release of what needs to die and be let go, and the re-structuring of a new form for our personality to live from.   With the Full Moon conjunct Pluto, the aspect of Pluto taught by Jeff Green in his evolutionary astrology is important to keep in mind, as this shows that our personality will be emotionally bound to deep soul patterns we have been attached to.  Self-care may be necessary if we feel overwhelmed by compulsive fixation on anything currently out of reach.  The associated issues can vary from person to person, but the Full Moon being in Capricorn means in general a strong pull toward the role we desire to take responsibility for playing in our community.  Saturn in Scorpio and Pluto in Capricorn holds resonance together at this Full Moon through their capacity to regenerate a more fitting structure for our life and calling, and we can receive a message in how to reformulate plans along these lines.

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Cancer silver coin from India dated A.D. 1622–23, courtesy of the Metropolitan Museum of Art

Mars in Cancer

This Capricorn Full Moon follows the previous New Moon in Gemini that was connected with a new cycle between the Sun and Mars, and Mars is holding a pivotal place in aspect at this Full Moon.  Mars in Cancer is conjunct the Sun and opposite the Capricorn Moon, and crucially is square to the lunar nodes just as the Full Moon is square to it’s own nodes.  While the Full Moon in Capricorn has a strong pull to resolve its significations with external goals through the North Node in Libra, Mars in Cancer seeks resolution through the South Node in Aries that is closely conjunct Vesta at the time of the Full Moon.  This connection between Mars in Cancer and the South Node of the Moon is further augmented by the fact that Mars is the  transiting ruler of the South Node. As Mars is combust the Sun at an early, more vulnerable feeling stage of its new cycle with the Sun, this potent aspect reveals choices that must be made between desires to satisfy our Self versus feeling compelled to satisfy the needs of the Other in relationships.

In traditional astrology we know Mars is considered to be in it’s “fall” in Cancer, which means among other things that the direct, blood-pumping drive of Mars does not find an easy fit in the sign of the compassionate, considerate Cancer.  The crab (Cancer) has a side-step motion in comparison to the signs of the charging ram (Aries) and venomous scorpion (Scorpio) that Mars favors.  Cancer is a cardinal sign of active initiation, yet significations of Cancer tend to be around creativity and the arts, and creature comforts of home and family, rather than traditionally martial activities.  Part of the conflict involving Mars at this Full Moon could center around wanting to simply relax in comfort and attend to emotional needs versus aggressively pursuing the drive toward goals associated with Capricorn.

Integrating the perspective of evolutionary astrology is helpful to sort out the meaning of Mars square the lunar nodes, as this system of astrology focuses more on the “why” of Mars being in Cancer rather than its “fall.” Jeff Green has taught that Mars in Cancer desires security and safety, and while we have the tendency to seek security through external structures such as career, salary, and validation from relationships, the core lesson to learn here is that to achieve true security we must feel it within without reliance on outside reinforcement.  Until Mars in Cancer develops this inner security, Mars can tend to use the psychic sensitivity and claws of the crab to attempt to control others and manipulate situations in order to achieve its security needs.  The Full Moon in Capricorn conjunct Pluto calls for an evolution of Mars in Cancer to take complete responsibility for our emotions and the actions that come out of our feelings.  Through secure self-determination, we can more full embody the best qualities Mars in Cancer has to offer in terms of being protective, nurturing, compassionate, and empowering toward others.

With Vesta closely conjunct the South Node of the Moon in Aries and square to Mars in Cancer, we may face challenges in being able to devote ourselves to independent self-focus on our own needs at this Full Moon.  Vesta here suggests that making the time to focus on our own deepest desires instead of attempting to accommodate others inauthentically in our relationships will increase our ability to achieve a genuine sense of inner security.  Connecting Vesta conjunct the South Node of the Moon in Aries to the fiery conjunction of Jupiter and Venus in Leo that is in trine to both Uranus in Aries and Pallas Athena in Sagittarius,  there is potential for true creative breakthroughs in our works of passion and artistry at this lunation if we consciously make the determined effort of focus.

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Boat in the Moonlight by Odilon Redon

There are also strong aspects in this Capricorn Full Moon to both Neptune and Chiron in Pisces, suggesting the symbolism of maintaining a workable structure for our boat that will carry us across the oceanic expanse before us.  The Cancer Sun is trine to Neptune in Pisces, and the Moon in Capricorn is sextile Neptune.  Furthermore, Pluto in Capricorn is also in range to a sextile with both Neptune and Chiron in Pisces.  All together this suggests striving forward at this full lunation with steps and actions to further develop skills and build forms to work toward manifesting deep dreams and visions.  In combination with the Jupiter conjunction with Venus separating from a trine with Uranus in Aries, these are additional signs of a dynamic leap forward in growth available.

The Venus and Jupiter conjunction in Leo is quincunx to Chiron in Pisces, and the adjustment necessary to bridge the differences between Leo and Pisces can be worked out well in the realm of creativity or the arts.  Now that Saturn has moved back into Scorpio, we also have a return to a trine between Saturn with Chiron in Pisces that can help bring in Uranus to our process through its trine to Jupiter and Venus.  Since Saturn in Scorpio is the ruler of this Full Moon, it opens up an opportunity for giving form to information and inspiration we are receiving from our environment or channeling through concentrated focus.

The importance of concentrated focus is further amplified by Mercury in Gemini applying to a square with Chiron in Pisces.  Mercury is moving direct in Gemini free of its earlier retrograde shadow zone and picking up speed each day.  Chiron is the master teacher in Pisces who can connect his knowledge of star patterns in the sky with the patterns of healing found in the green world, as well as instill discipline and skill building in the martial arts.  Mercury in Gemini is the willing student who can soak up learning and discern profound meaning in the interconnections of multiple disciplines of study.  This aspect is yet another sign of potent growth available by diving into whatever we are passionate about studying, exploring, and developing excellence in, all themes that this Full Moon in Capricorn supports.

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Illustrated by Pamela Colman Smith

Capricorn I Decan

The Full Moon in Capricorn falls in the first decan of Capricorn, associated with the 2 of Pentacles tarot card illustrated above by Pamela Colman Smith.  In the image we see a Mercurial juggler or magician playfully dancing while holding the motion of two pentacles in the form of an ouroboros or infinity symbol.  Behind the figure is an ocean in which ships are surging over large tidal waves.  The image expresses the perpetual motion and movement of matter, the procreative spirit contained within the material plane.  Interpretation of this card tends to focus on change and the adjustments required to attend to competing interests in changing circumstances, such as balancing relationship obligations with changing career concerns.  This angle on the card fits well with aspects of the Full Moon, in particular Mars conjunct the Sun in Cancer and square to the South Node of the Moon in Aries and North Node of the Moon in Libra.

Jupiter rules the first decan of Capricorn, which further increases the significance of the conjunction of Venus with Jupiter that is barely separating at the time of the Full Moon.  The visionary quality of Jupiter that helps us find meaning in our life on earth connects to the attributions Austin Coppock gave to the first decan of Capricorn in his book 36 Faces, including the descent of spirit into matter and the corresponding ability of our mind to descend through strata of the natural world (animal, plant, rock/mineral kingdoms) for deepening of understanding.  Coppock explained the changing circumstances of this decan revealed in the image of the 2 of Pentacles as “ultimately a matter of the spirit, floating free, selecting the section of the world in which the drama of its incarnation will take place, and then taking root according to the law of the soil chosen” (p. 211).

Coppock further showed this first face of Capricorn holds not only images of moving across matter, but moving the material plane itself by a”cattle prod” carried by a “bestial man” being Ibn Ezra’s image for the decan.  Coppock stated that while a cattle prod can be used “to drive great forces within the world, such as public opinion, or the direction of an institution,” in the end “the stubborn, heavy, powerful beast is ultimately a layer of self” (p. 211).  Thus this decan holds the complexity set in motion by our attempts to stimulate and manipulate material power, and the vital importance to not only “bring consciousness to these deeper strata” but also to “use the higher, logoic functions to guide them along their course” (p. 212).

The inspirational beauty and reverence for all forms of life you can feel staring at the illumination of Venus and Jupiter joined together in the night sky of this Full Moon is a good start in terms of the quality of consciousness best able to help you make plans and take action in accordance with your highest good.  We carry this beauty forward with us into astrological intensity building in the upcoming waning cycle of this lunation in the next two weeks, culminating with Mercury conjunct Mars in Cancer and opposite Pluto in Capricorn at the time of the Dark Moon transition to New Moon around July 15, 2015.

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References

Coppock, Austin. (2014). 36 Faces: The History, Astrology and Magic of the Decans. Three Hands Press.

Full Moon in Capricorn: Venus in a disseminating trine to Mars

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Shiva and Parvati (1820) Rajput painting

We experience yet another Full Moon carrying potent astrological aspects on July 12, 2014 with the Moon in Capricorn and the Sun in Cancer.  Most interesting to me is that the disseminating trine in the current cycle of Mars and Venus is ripening at the same time as the Full Moon, as I have been focusing on the Mars and Venus cycle in my writing this year beginning with the Venus retrograde in Capricorn that was followed by the  Mars retrograde in Libra we are now emerging from.  At this time of lunar illumination, we are well past the halfway point of our current Mars and Venus cycle which began on April 6, 2013 at 20 degrees of Aries and have arrived at the auspicious disseminating trine, a time in which we reach a fruition of the meaning of this cycle.  To get more specific to your chart you can track sequences of events which began in April of 2013, and can look in your chart at the aspects that 20 degrees of Aries impact.  However, even without getting into a complex analysis of your chart, there are certain insights we can all find in the fact that the disseminating trine of this cycle is occurring with Venus in Gemini and Mars in Libra at 24 degrees.

To be clear, the exact trine between Gemini Venus and Libra Mars will not occur on the same day as the Full Moon, but instead will occur less than twenty-four hours later on July 13, 2014.  Yet the aspect will be reaching fruition and illuminated by a Full Moon carrying numerous powerful aspects, especially in relation to Mars in Libra.  Venus being in Gemini for this trine of dissemination links strongly with the meaning of this current cycle being about deep Self-knowledge while facing environmental crisis:  this is true not only because the cycle began in Aries, but also because at the time of the first quarter square in their cycle, we experienced both a Venus retrograde cycle and a Mars retrograde cycle that took us into interior realms of our unconscious.  In fact, we had an incredibly drawn out initiation into the first quarter square phase to this cycle that lasted from September 28, 2013 until March 2, 2014 (09/28/13 Venus was at 20 Scorpio, Mars at 20 Leo; 01/16/14 Venus was retrograde at 19 Capricorn, Mars at 19 Libra; 03/02/14 Venus was at 28 Capricorn and Mars had just stationed retrograde at 28 Libra).  In the Dane Rudhyar school of viewing the cycle, it is in the first quarter square phase that we establish the root system for the seed of the cycle’s new vision, which can require us to build a structure or form for the vision while facing harsh elements of our environment that will test whether or not our new vision will be able to survive and flower.  Demetra George, drawing from Rudyhar in her classic Finding Our Way Through the Dark, connected the crises of the first quarter phase to the Greek word crino (to decide), and the necessity at this time of circumstances in our environment demanding us “to make a decision, to choose among alternatives, and to take action based on that decision” (p. 18).  While the series of Venus, then Mercury, then Mars retrograde cycles could have made our decision making appear more disorientating, they also created an opportunity for a fresh perspective to make a new decision liberated from past habitual thought patterns.

Whatever challenges, losses, and resiliency we experienced in pursuit of our Venus-Mars vision from October 2013 through March 2014, in the time following May 11, 2014 (when Venus at 10° Aries opposed Mars retrograde at 10º Libra) we would have experienced an epiphany of polarization, in which the full phase opposition occurred that illuminated the meaning of the entire cycle so far: some of us may have been realizing and manifesting more of the meaning of the vision, whereas other of us may have needed to re-formulate and re-new again a  vision based upon realizations from having destructive struggles during the first half of the cycle.  At this point today, however, we have been given all of the necessary realizations regarding how to manifest and express the desire of our Mars-Venus vision-  in this current disseminating phase, in this moment, it is time to integrate the lessons we have learned, assimilate the values we have developed for ourselves, and make a conscious intention to walk our talk, live life in accordance with our vision and out of our new philosophy, and to spread the meaning we have harvested from our experiences to others.  This is a time in which the fruit of our tree has ripened to be enjoyed, and we will want to take action to share our bounty with others in our environment.

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Woman picking fruit by Battista Franco (Italian, Venice ca. 1510–1561 Venice)

in astrology, some keywords associated with the disseminating phase are distributing, teaching, reaping, conveying, communicating, wisdom, and abundance.  We will want to become clear about what specific ideas we want to share and spread into a larger societal context, and the mode or vehicle of communication we will want to utilize in conveying our message.  If we have been flowing well with this cycle up until now we will have created a form to express our message to an audience that is responsive and interested in our ideas.  If we have struggled to find meaning in our life to express, or instead have faced many challenges in creating a vehicle to share our ideas, or feel like others around us lack interest in our ideas, we will need to be aware that we could fall into a bleak feeling of meaningless in life unless we make a conscious effort to re-vitalize our sense of purpose.  A further danger in the disseminating phase as taught by Demetra George, is in becoming fanatical about our message and believing that we have discovered an essential truth that everyone must learn about and agree with- fortunately, the combination of Venus in Gemini with Mars in Libra at this time can help us greatly in breaking free from dogmatic tendencies, as both combinations are interested in being exposed to diversity and accepting the individual realities of different people.

Since we will want to be sharing the meaning we have been developing for ourselves with others, we will become drawn into more and more group and collective activities and events at this time, creating the opportunity for what Demetra George calls a cross-pollination of the beliefs and ideas of others around us.  We will want to use Venus being in Gemini as the motivation behind the integration of our values at this time, and a Gemini Venus will help facilitate us evolving our consciousness to be more open, accepting, and inclusive of the viewpoints and perceptions of others.  Receiving new ideas from others around us will eventually help us to question the meaning and philosophy we have developed for ourself in this phase, which will take us into what Dane Rudhyar called the “crisis of consciousness” found in the Last Quarter square phase where we can discover what is ultimately essential to keep from the values we have developed at this time.  The last quarter square of this cycle between Mars and Venus will occur on August 27, 2014 with Venus in Leo and Mars in Scorpio at 19 degrees (and for those curious, the Balsamic Phase will occur around November 18, 2014 with Venus at 3º Sagittarius and Mars at 18º Capricorn; the next conjunction between Mars and Venus will be on February 22, 2015 at 2º Aries).

Venus in Gemini being our underlying motivation behind the values we are integrating to bring meaning to our life has an emphasized connection to self-knowledge in the school of evolutionary astrology taught by Jeffrey Wolf Green.  Green taught that Venus in Gemini evolves through expansion followed by contraction that leads to a conscious intention:  this expansion occurs through thoughts and questions posed inwardly, in which we are able to imagine how we would react to a multiplicity of scenarios and gain self-knowledge as a result.  During cycles of expansion, a Venus in Gemini will seek out a wide variety of information from diverse sources, investigating endless lines of research and resources; during cycles of contraction, they will pull back from becoming too fragmented in too many directions by integrating the essential self-knowledge learned into a conscious intention.  This ability of Venus in Gemini to ultimately focus on essential self-knowledge, discerning the meaning and values connecting to their authentic self, is melodiously harmonious with the Mars in Libra desire to also ultimately actualize soul intentions through initiating relationships with a diversity of people with different values and beliefs.  Venus in Gemini and Mars in Libra can be a powerful combination when given a mission of spreading a message into a wider societal network, as well as a supportive resource in being able to receive a cross-pollination of ideas from others in the process.

In synastry with the disseminating trine between Mars and Venus, we have also been experiencing in this past year the disseminating trine and phase between Jupiter and Saturn, with Jupiter in Cancer and Saturn in Scorpio.  This current Saturn-Jupiter cycle (which I will be posting about in more depth soon) goes all the way back to May of 2000, and its disseminating phase will continue until they eventually reach a last quarter square over a year from now in August 2015.  This disseminating phase between Jupiter and Saturn amplifies the societal aspect of the Mars-Venus disseminating phase and our call at this time to integrate our developing life philosophy and values into the greater collective surrounding us.  This Full Moon is also a culmination of Jupiter’s journey through Cancer that involved an opposition to Pluto for so long, with Jupiter at 29 degrees and widely conjunct the Sun while the Full Moon is widely conjunct Pluto.  As a result, we will have a lunar illumination of our experiences from Jupiter’s time in Cancer since June 27, 2013.

A further collective impact from Jupiter in Cancer came recently by its square to the lunar nodes in Aries and Libra, uprooting many conflicts of belief in the collective going back far across time.  Along these lines, this Capricorn Full Moon is full of many astrological aspects connecting to a great collective crossroads we are facing at this time.  In the chart below set for Olympia, Washington in the USA, you will notice that Mars is exactly conjunct Ceres in Libra, as well as Vesta and the North Node of the Moon, while Eris (not visible in the chart below) is conjunct the South Node of the Moon in Aries. Furthermore, the Full Moon is squaring it’s own nodes of the Moon, as well as Eris, Mars, Ceres, and Vesta:

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As you can see, this Full Moon is dramatically stirring up the cardinal grand cross that happened in April of 2014.  Many people began to liberate themselves from past patterns at that time- if this fits your description, you will be gaining new insight at this time into how effectively you are maintaining your personal liberation to take you where you want to go in life.  Other issues that came up back in April may have been more of an unknown in exactly where they were taking us, and in these situations we should now be gaining some greater clarity into what is exactly happening in the scenario.  On the world-wide stage of current events, it is very clear that a lot of extraordinary conflict is escalating that connect back in one way or another to events from April when the cardinal grand cross first formed.

Mars in Libra is still in its retrograde shadow zone (we may gain an even stronger sense of direction after July 22 when Mars finally leaves the shadow zone), and clearly a collective force at this time with all of its intense aspects. There is an almost exact conjunction between Mars and Ceres at the time of the Full Moon, Mars is also closely conjunct the North Node of the Moon and Vesta, and this grouping in Libra around Mars is also in square to the Full Moon itself.  We need to be in our complete integrity at this time, using the harmonious trine from Venus in Gemini to help us integrate meaning into our life and express our message into our surrounding community.  If we can find healthy outlets for anger and struggles that could come up in conflicts with others in relationship, it will help us get the positive gift we can receive from Mars being conjunct Ceres, Vesta, and the North Node of the Moon.  All together, we have the potential to focus our will to nurture essential growth and significant creative production aligned with our authentic path.  There is tremendous dynamic potential for creation in this moment.

There is also a disseminating trine happening between Chiron in Pisces and Saturn in Scorpio which can help us integrate healing from challenges if we can have the discipline to consciously face whatever is occurring in our life with the intention that we can handle pain and loss through releasing the energy from destruction or deconstruction, and that ultimately we can resurrect a purified sense of Self more connected to our authentic nature than we were previously embodying.  We may experience some cathartic experiences that are at first painful but ultimately healing, and with Pallas Athene in Virgo involved with a sextile to Saturn and an opposition to Chiron, we will have the creative intelligence to discover the vital self-knowledge we can take from the experiences, to help us integrate into the same process involved in the disseminating trine between Venus in Gemini and Mars in Libra.  Especially in connection with the Mars/Ceres/North Node of the Moon opposition to Eris/South Node of the Moon, we want to remember that pain and suffering come from isolation and separation, and that supportive relationships and interconnection with the soul of the world around us help us to embrace whatever loss we are facing and engage in greater participation with life.

Meanwhile, I’m sure all the astrologers out there have not let you forget that we are still going through the first quarter square between Pluto in Capricorn and Uranus in Aries at this time.  Less often discussed, however, is that this Full Moon carries enormous insight into the long-term arc of the Uranus-Pluto cycle across ages of time, since the Full Moon in Capricorn will be conjunct the South Node of Pluto, and the Sun in Cancer will be conjunct the North Node of Pluto.  I find the nodes of all of the planets to be powerful in charts, and it is one of the main reasons I became initially interested in more deeply learning the work of Jeffrey Wolf Green, since he works with all of the planetary nodes.  Dane Rudhyar also found the planetary nodes to be so significant, he famously wrote that they may in fact be more significant than anything else in the chart, since they symbolize the entire journey and evolution of a planet’s motion and orbit, thereby providing insight into how the entire history of the archetype functions on both individual and collective levels.

Considering this, think of how illuminating this Full Moon can be not only into current events, but how our current moment sits inside moments of time, in fact the entire history of life on our planet stretching behind us and ahead of us.  As if this isn’t powerful enough, at the same time the Full Moon is aligning with the nodes of Pluto, the Full Moon is squaring it’s own nodes, as well as our personal planet Mars.  When we add in that for most of us the South Node of Saturn is also conjunct the Full Moon, while the North Node of Saturn is also conjunct the Sun, we seem to be at a huge crossroads in our collective that from a positive perspective could reveal what is out of alignment and in need of integration.  But to truly access the self-knowledge available, we will want to be very present in this actual moment of time.  Of course, a Venus transiting in Gemini while Mercury is culminating its transit through Gemini can have great fun imagining all of the possibilities indicated by the Full Moon being conjunct the entire history of the Pluto archetype behind us, with the Sun conjunct the entire history of the Pluto archetype unfolding ahead of us, all within the context of the seven squares in the cycle of Pluto and Uranus.  If twenty degrees or so of Cancer, Capricorn, the cardinal signs, the water signs, or the earth signs are significant in your chart, you may certainly realize something significant about yourself from analyzing your chart.  However, I feel the power of this Full Moon goes far beyond astrological analysis of a birth chart, and all of us will be impacted in one way or another.  Enjoying the full potency of our moment in time may be the most opportune method for accessing the Self-realization available.

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XVIII Moon arcanum from the Marseille tarot

References

George, Demetra.(1994). Finding Our Way through the Dark. AFA.

Green, Jeff. (2009). Pluto Volume II: the Soul’s Evolution through Relationships. Wessex.