The Capricorn Full Moon on July 8/9 will unearth the Truth.
Whether you want to see it or not is your choice.
“Truth may hurt. It may sting. It may — indeed will — simplify. Much. The knowledge is profoundly empowering. It can temper us like steel, make us stronger and fierce and unbreakable — and all the more effective.
“That strength’s going to come in handy, immediately. We’re at an evolve or die moment. Or, more likely, passageway.”
“You'll be reaping during this Moon — the ending's already written. But, it's never too late to respond with intelligence and restraint. No matter what's lost or gained, you want to avoid the temptation to strike out or manipulate. If you gain power, use it wisely. Fortify your structure with maturity. If you lose power, consider it a necessary death.”
So, how will you embrace one of the most powerful Full Moons of the year? Here’s advice from astrologers around the web to get you started.
Capricorn Full Moon
The annual Capricorn Full Moon falls in late June or July. How we meet our emotional and material needs is always in the cosmic script at this time of the year; we approach our inner child vs. our adult responsibilities.
“A lot of what’s at stake involves matters that are rooted well below conscious thought. The Cancer/Capricorn axis is intrinsically connected to our fundamental sense of safety and security, emotionally and materially: home, tribal definitions, traditions, institutions.”
“Everything will feel intensely personal, since moody Cancer opposes this Moon. Feelings will be bruised, protectiveness will be triggered, needs will be ravenous.”
Pluto is in the spotlight this lunation; the July 8/9 Capricorn Full Moon is just one degree away from the Underworld lord. Though astronomers demoted Pluto to “dwarf planet” almost a decade ago, he’s still a potent force in the eyes – and hearts – of many astrologers. To the ancient Greeks, Pluto was a god of the Underworld’s wealth; the precious metals and gems dug out of the ground, even the bounty of the harvest grown from the soil.
“Pluto, the planet of power and intensity, transforms through destruction and renewal. This is as powerful as a Full Moon can get. Emotions are already high at a Full Moon but now they become all-powerful, all-consuming.
“Moon conjunct Pluto brings such deep and intense feelings to the surface that they can overwhelm you. You may become obsessed about your feelings and have trouble focusing on anything else. Dreams, visions, psychic impressions or intuitive insights may have a profound influence on your mood.”
“Moon conjunct Pluto is penetrating, provocative and plunges headlong into the dark sea of lunar emotions without fear. This Moon wants nothing less than to … profoundly transform their soul. The closer this Moon brushes with death and trauma, the more alive it feels. At this Full Moon, we may get obsessively involved with a project or person, but then suddenly swoop off alone to process the commotion we have created.”
“With Pluto, we can expect subterranean issues of power, compulsion, corruption or fear to be illuminated. Rules, tradition, authority, commitment and judgement (Capricorn themes) will be emphasized. … Pluto is about absolutes – all the power, all the control or the absolute ending. … As intimidating as this sounds, it's just business as usual with Pluto. You might as well take an unblinking look at what this Full Moon will reveal. The more you try to avoid it, the more relentless the exposure will be. And this Moon could deliver something favorable.”
A Full Moon is an opposition of Sun and Moon; these lights are separated by 180 degrees across the sky. As the Moon (and Pluto) rise together in the evening in the East, Mars and the Sun will set in the West.
Mars is the Warrior of the celestial neighborhood; wherever he goes, he goes boldly. Together, Sun and Mars are hot and hard charging.
“Moon opposite Mars creates a dynamo of energy that needs expression in some physical action. If other factors … place restrictions on this aspect, then the frustration can become dangerous to others or become self-destructive. At its worst, the rage with the opposition can turn very bitter and vindictive. Moon opposite Mars is less tempestuous if it is allowed freedom, and it cannot bear to be hemmed in.”
“All is super-charged, thanks to the honor guard accompanying this Full Moon. Mars, god of war and our drive, is standing with the Sun in Cancer, staring down Pluto, lord of death and rebirth, standing with the Moon in Capricorn. The gods of war and death are in a cosmic game of chicken, and neither is going to look away.
“The tension is escalating tempers, bullying, fury, paranoia, panic, violence and threats (perceived or real, but mostly perceived) to our possessions, security and very survival. ‘Us against them’ is in the air, with ‘us’ increasingly narrowly defined, and ‘them’ elevated to demon status. Some people are feeling under attack; some people are on a rampage, perhaps living the admonition that a good offense is the best defense.”
Astrologer Divine Harmony offers some advice for how to work with this potent pairing on a more personal level:
“This Full Moon is a POWERHOUSE of a lunation. The Full Moon is conjunct Pluto, the Lord of the Underworld, and opposite Mars, the will and ego. We just had the exact Mars/Pluto opposition on July 2, so think back to then and what has been unfolding in your life (personally but also collectively) since then to see what shadow has been coming to Light.
“Power control dynamics are one of the more negative manifestations of this aspect, [those in which] two people, parties, countries war against each other and try to get the upper hand. With the Full Moon in Capricorn our willingness to question the structures/traditions/expectations/old paradigms in our lives is so key. Pluto is seeking to transform these either by change and evolution OR by death and letting go of what no longer serves. If we work WITH this energy then we work with the energies of transformation. If we resist these energies and hold onto the old/the past/what is known in rigid ways, this kind of astrology can force our hand.
“The key with the Mars/Pluto energies is to get the lower ego-centered will (Mars) to be in service to the Higher Will (Pluto). If we are trying to dominate and control things as a means to resist change, expect some shocking events that will show who really is in charge (hint: it’s not the ego).”
Jupiter the Peacemaker
Caught at the midpoint halfway between Sun-Mars and Moon-Pluto is Jupiter holding Libra’s scales of balance. Negotiation between polarized antagonists is never easy, especially when they seem to relish escalating the fight. But Jupiter at least offers the possibility of finding a middle way, that saner heads prevail when we release all-or-nothing thinking.
Empowerment Unlimited’s Kathy Biehl sees the key to resolution in examining our relationships:
“Something’s gotta give. The stress point is relationships: specific connections, agreements, how we deal with each other in general. The Full Moon, amped by Mars and Pluto, is bearing down on Jupiter in Libra, and forcing evolutionary change in our connections. …
“This has the effect of forcing a bud on relationship developments that have been brewing. Some might not make it, that’s true, but the ones that fall off you’ve been seeing coming. (And could be a relief, given the emotional roller coaster of the last week.)
“Now, it’s possible that you may be immune from such an extreme calculus, personally. (Keep popcorn on hand for what you see around you and on the news, though.) Even so, this Moon is honing your personal bottom line. See if you don’t have moments of absolute, uncluttered clarity about your priorities (fewer and fewer, aren’t they?) — and your negotiables (ditto?). You know what matters to you, and no longer have time to waste on situations that do not.”
The word “consideration” derives from a Latin root meaning with, or according to, the stars. And we always have a few extra things to consider to add a little nuance to our astrological understandings.
This Capricorn Full Moon falls near the fixed star Sheliak. Marina Macario of Darkstar Astrology elaborates:
“Full Moon on Sheliak in Lyra ‘In connection with the Moon… a tendency for occult and mysticism may be given.’ The Moon adds more shadow, introspection and intuition to Lyra. The claw stars of the vulture here highlight forgery and faking it, which could bring some unsavory characters out of the woodwork. For your average person however, this imaginative Full Moon will definitely need to purge out its dark side through some art form or vent its spleen playing a musical instrument. The Full Moon might bring some public disgrace to a bully who has had this exposure coming for a long time.”
The ancient Egyptians divided their calendar into 36 10-day “weeks,” which were incorporated into astrology as the system of decans. Each Zodiac sign features three decans, the beginning, middle, and end of a sign.
Again, Marina Macario explains:
“The Full Moon falls in Capricorn decan 2, which is a tough placement such a sensitive body. Instead of home comforts, the seeds sown at the New Moon are expected to grow in a fairly Spartan environment. The land here is hard and dry, so it will take some toil to make it fertile. Much depends on carefully organizing structures in order to yield the best results from this Full Moon. This month will probably be one of hard knocks and deferred gratification then. It will be hard for anyone touched by this Full Moon to be empathetic to anyone who might be lagging behind due to domestic problems. With the intense planetary aspects too, they will have to maintain a ‘pull yourself up by your bootstraps’ approach.”
In the early 20th Century, astrologer Marc Edmond Jones and psychic Elsie Wheeler met in Balboa Park, San Diego. There, Elsie channeled images for each of the Zodiac signs, while Marc took notes. Their system would later become known as the Sabian Symbols.
The Symbol for this Capricorn Full Moon? “The Union Jack flag flies from a British warship.”
In his commentary on the Sabian Symbols, Dane Rudhyar explores the meaning of this image:
“Power is required to maintain social order and relatively peaceful interpersonal and international relationships. Alas this power can be easily misused under the pretense of “law and order.” Justice and compassion must balance social power, and especially the power of privileged groups. Where this symbol appears, the need for protection may be in evidence — or it may be a warning against using power for selfish advantage.”
Before solar calendars, humans told time by the movement of the Moon. And hence, a 28-sign lunar zodiac was established long before our more familiar 12-sign solar one. In Western astrology, the lunar zodiac is known as the Mansions of the Moon.
The Capricorn Full Moon falls in one of the most difficult of the mansions. Lunar mansion 23 was called Al sa’ad al bula by the Arab astrologers. I nicknamed it the Jackal, an allusion to the Egyptian underworld god Anubis.
It’s most productive use is to help you to destroy what imprisons you. It may mean some scorched earth, but in the end, you’ll create more fertile soil for what’s to come.
Summing It Up
This Capricorn Full Moon is a potent time for purging what no longer serves. Your challenge is to cling to what’s true and authentic, rather than allowing yourself to get so worked up you destroy what’s good along with the dross.
Last Moon Phase: New Moon in Cancer
Next Moon Phase: New Moon in Leo
Capricorn Full Moon Dates and Times
San Francisco: Saturday, July 8, 9:07 p.m. PDT
New York: Sunday, July 9, 12:07 a.m. EDT
São Paulo: Sunday, July 9, 1:07 a.m. BRDT
London: Sunday, July 9, 5:07 a.m. BST
Istanbul: Sunday, July 9, 7:07 a.m. TRT
Mumbai: Sunday, July 9, 9:37 a.m. IST
Tokyo: Sunday, July 9, 1:07 p.m. JST
Sydney: Sunday, July 9, 2:07 p.m. AEST