This could be a very interesting 4th of July! This is the third and final Eclipse of the season, culminating in quite a Full Moon! We are undergoing a consciousness shift, the beginning of a new chapter, and whatever happens around this time will have implications for the next 6 months, until the next set of Eclipses in late November, early December. The Moon is full in Capricorn as well as Saturn, the ruler of Capricorn, also having slipped back into Capricorn. Indeed, we have the Moon, Jupiter, Saturn, Pluto and Pallas Athena all currently residing in the sign of government, authority, control, structure, achievement, discipline, parental and societal conditioning.The Moon lies directly opposite the Sun in Cancer, the sign of family, home, our roots, our nationhood and homeland, childhood, emotional security and patterns formed when we were young that follow us into our adult relationships. We are asked to find some balance between the energy of Cancer and Capricorn, rather than veering too far one way or the other. How can we find a greater sense of balance between our inner and outer lives?
The Full Moon could bring anything up that has been building up since the New Moon on 21 June, and in the case of Capricorn it could be repressed or suppressed grief. Capricorn is the part of us that tends to stuff our emotions down, trying to maintain a veneer of control, and this Moon could bring it all up to the surface for us to face and express. It may feel like a pipe bursting that has been blocked! Cancer energy helps us to show our more vulnerable side but can also make us a bit needy and insecure, whereas Capricorn encourages us to pull our socks up and get on with it, sometimes to our detriment. The Moon could bring up issues around conforming to the “rules” and around the theme of judgement. A Capricorn Moon could heighten any feelings of guilt we may have, possibly as a result of feeling judged by others. However sometimes we are our most severe judge! We could even experience feelings of futility, fear and even depression, as it could feel hard to see the light at the end of the tunnel. This is the sign that forces us to see things as they really are, but can also be prone to fearful or cautious thinking.
There is definitely a lot of focus on all things Capricorn right now, but we do have the Sun and Mercury Retrograde in Cancer. Mercury went retrograde in Cancer on 19 June until 12 July. This puts considerable mental focus on all things Cancer, such as home, family, roots, how we express our emotions, where home is, who our tribe is, where we belong. Mercury retrograde can bring people back into our lives who we have unresolved business with, or memories flooding back from long ago that may be of importance to us now. Cancer is known for being quite nostalgic, with a tendency to dwell on the past, while Retro Mercury can make us very retrospective and reflective. Retro Mercury asks us to look back and to go back over anything we might have missed in the preceding few weeks before 19 June, as it might have something to teach us. It is important to remember, while Mercury is retrograde, that miscommunication and misunderstandings are possible, especially in such an emotionally reactive sign as Cancer.Our minds could literally become overwhelmed with emotion at times, so that it is hard to think straight. Certainly there is a big focus on home, family and belonging during this time, and a need to go back over old ground somehow, clearing the way to move forward.
Chiron the Wounded Healer is very much involved in this Full Moon, as it is forming a challenging square to the Sun, Moon and Mercury, not to mention that we are moving towards a conjunction between Mars and Chiron that will be exact on 14 July. Chiron is in Aries at the moment, and was a big player at the beginning of this global process we are experiencing, as if it represents the “virus” itself but, more symbolically, a war. Chiron is often present during events that are of great historical importance, and is currently residing in Aries, the god of war. It feels like the next week or two could be important, as Mars, the ruler of Aries, joins Chiron in Aries. Will we be called to find our sacred masculine and stand up and act somehow? Will we experience the next phase of the war on humanity? Will people lash out in anger? Will force somehow be used either for or against us? Will the “virus”and all connected to it gain more momentum and force? Will we see an upsurge in violence, aggression or war-like activity? Will more people come to loggerheads over the situation we are in? Will we somehow be given an opportunity to heal wounds connected to sexuality, aggression, violence and the masculine? It will be interesting to see what happens between the Full Moon and the next Moon on 20 July, as this is a powerful combination.
This Moon involves Chiron squaring off against Mercury and the Sun, exact on 1 July but still very present during the Full Moon. Chiron will also be square the Moon in the day of the Full Moon, which could trigger some deep emotions and old grief. This could involve us receiving messages that are painful to hear and that could potentially bring up anger. We may find ourselves being triggered by the words and actions of others, so that we overreact and say things we don’t mean. Information could come to light on a global level that overwhelms us emotionally and makes us angry. Mars in Aries is also square Mercury during this Moon, exact Wednesday 8 July, causing people to speak in anger and blurt out things they might regret, but also helping us to get things out into the open and speak our truth. Whatever happens on 4 July, in the build-up to this Full Moon, could bring some painful realisations and potentially challenging and volatile communication. It will be interesting to see what happens in the world arena this weekend. There could be a lot of action and reaction from various camps!
Uranus is also forming a harmonious aspect to the Sun, Moon and Mercury, which brings the potential for some kind of wake-up call that could bring new information to light and helps us to shift somehow. Uranus and Mercury helps us to see outside of the box and can bring profound realisations, insights and epiphanies and help us to see an alternative point of view. Uranus is the harbinger of change, helping to release us from our “programming” and old conditioning so that we are free to think for ourselves and see beyond the consensus narrative. We may find that our minds are blown somehow and the information could come to light that is very liberating and enlightening indeed. We might be asked to be quite flexible and open-minded, as Uranus encourages us to step back and view things from a different perspective.
Uranus is currently in Taurus, which is important to note, as it will have an influence on this Moon. Taurus is the sign of finance, Mother Earth and our sense of security on a physical and material level. Uranus is the sign of change, revolution and innovation and can definitely upset the apple cart when it comes to survival issues! Uranus in Taurus can bring a revolution of our financial system, forcing us to think outside the box when it comes to the way we make a living and to change our way of thinking around the financial system itself. Is there a way forward that is more fair, just and equal, that takes the focus away from “possession” and what is “mine” and “yours”? How might we move forward with a lighter footprint, harnessing natural resources such as wind and sun rather than raping and pillaging the earth herself? How can we turn this situation around and create a world that is healthier and more abundant for all who live on the planet? There is plenty to go around - we just have to change our approach, our mindset and our conditioning in this area of ecology, survival and economy. This Moon could bring up some of these issues to contemplate, as it certainly seems that things cannot go on as they have done. The system as we know it is collapsing. What will take its place?
The conjunction between Jupiter, Pluto and Pallas Athena in Capricorn is still very prevalent during this Moon and will be for the next month or so. It coincided with the peak of the fear and pandemonium back in early April and it seems that there is a resurgence now as well. Jupiter in Capricorn certainly can magnify and exaggerate the Plutonian fear around death and our mortality! It is very important for us to be mindful of the way we express our beliefs, as this combination can cause people to want to convince and convert others to their point of view and to be quite intolerant of opposing beliefs. We are all entitled to our point of view and should still be able to remain friends despite a difference of opinion. There are many strong beliefs being espoused right now, with so many people on their soap box being very judgemental indeed, so it is very important to be mindful, tolerant and aware of when we are being judgemental. It is also important to listen to our body’s wisdom. We all have the gift of intuition and a “sixth sense” and never has it been more important to use and learn to trust it. Our bodies know the truth.
Something else that Jupiter and Pluto in Capricorn can bring is a messianic complex on the part of those who have too much power and authority for their own good. This can be governments, corporations or even individuals who believe somehow that they are the “saviour” of mankind and have the capacity or tools to solve or “fix” the problems we are facing. While one can certainly help to solve the problems we face, it is very dangerous and deluded to think that one has the power to “save” the whole world. The higher potential of Jupiter and Pluto is for us to experience a profound transformation of our belief system, as we purge any old, outworn, toxic beliefs about ourselves and the world we live in. It is very important to keep an open mind during this time and also to do some detective work and research , digging deep under the surface for the truth. Just because we are told something is true, it doesn’t mean that it is! Indeed, it is so very hard to know where the truth lies right now, which is why it is so important to trust our inner wisdom.
The Sabian Symbol for the Moon, at 14° Capricorn, is” An ancient bas-relief carved in granite remains a witness to a long-forgotten culture”, which Dane Rudyar describes as “The will to unearth, in our culture as well as in any culture, what has permanent value, and to let go of nonessentials.
At a time when in nearly every land men are questioning and challenging the validity of traditional beliefs and customary attitudes, it becomes necessary to separate permanent values and great principles or symbols from the many individual habits and the socio-political developments which more often than not have perverted or even negated the original ideals of the culture. We must strive to free these ideals from the wild growth of personal and class selfishness, from the greed and ambition so prevalent in human nature, and learn to appreciate the excellence of what is the immortal seed-foundations, as well as the spiritual harvest, of any culture – and by extension of every sustained and complete work produced by a man’s indomitable effort to achieve creative perfection.
In this symbol we are shown the procedure which enables us to gain a deep and thorough appreciation of sociocultural processes in their most enduring forms. What is needed is a penetrating and courageous insight founded upon a valid HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVE. This applies to the past of an individual’s life as well as to the history of a nation or a group.”
This is an interesting symbol in the light of current events, and also considering the planetary energy of this Moon! It is so important to learn from history. We have an opportunity to remember what is truly important and to let go of anything that is flawed, or outworn, or corrupt or “perverted”, as Rudyar says. This feels like an historical moment that has the potential to shape the future of mankind and this planet. The next couple of weeks feel important, as does the next 6 months, until the next set of Eclipses. In the meantime, we can try to harness a few of Capricorn’s highest qualities, the first being maturity. How can we act in a way in which we take responsibility for our actions and reactions and harness our inner adult? How might we need to become more accountable? How can we make sure that we are the biggest person we can be? How can we honour other instead of judging them? One of Capricorn’s greatest gifts is integrity, which involves always doing the right thing even if it involves doing things the hard way. It is so very important to always do what we feel is right, regardless of how it might affect us. Never has this been more important than now.
Picture: Ancient Carved Bas Relief - Unknown