The Low-Down on the Far-Out

Full Moon in Capricorn, July 2016

Chart for the Full Moon in Capricorn
Chart for the Full Moon in Capricorn

A simple life is not seeing how little we can get by with—that’s poverty—but how efficiently we can put first things first. . . . When you’re clear about your purpose and your priorities, you can painlessly discard whatever does not support these, whether it’s clutter in your cabinets or commitments on your calendar.
~ Victoria Moran, Lit From Within: Tending Your Soul For Lifelong Beauty

Jul.19 – FULL MOON in CAPRICORN (27:40 of Capricorn)

Capricorn energy is like a bulldozer. Either you drive it or it might drive over you.

There's no fooling around with this sign. Rules are rules, you know.

It's not that Capricorn has no sense of humour or lacks a heart. It's just that things work more efficiently and effectively when you prioritize and do the most important, often serious things first.

But Capricorn doesn't engage in this labour simply for the sake of work. It is building something. It has plans for something beyond what is here now. And even a system that is already up and running still needs to be oiled and maintained in order to keep it running smoothly.

At the end of the day, it's all about priorities.

The Moon and Sun are in opposition (180°) across the Capricorn/Cancer axis. The Sun's light shines out from Cancer's warmth, tenderness and need for safety and security. This becomes the Moon's reflected light through Capricorn's stability, realism and structure.

This Full Moon in Capricorn has no shortage of things to prioritize! The Sun-Moon opposition (180°) makes aspect patterns with a few different planets.

An adult life...is a slowly emerging design,
with shifting components, occasional dramatic disruptions, and fresh creative arrangements.
~ Jill Ker Conway

Uranus forms a T-square aspect pattern, being in square aspect (90°) to the Sun and Moon. Cancer's need for support and Capricorn's agenda for stability are interrupted by Uranus' call for disruption of the status quo in the name of liberation and freedom.

T-square aspect pattern: Sun, Moon, Uranus

This can be a vicious circle, where so much upheaval can lead to the compulsion to batten down the hatches even more in order to keep things from becoming completely unglued. And yet, this creates an even greater need to shake things up in order to avoid becoming so rigid and stuck that healthy growth becomes impossible.

At its worst, the fear generated by this dynamic can tighten like a knot of wet rope that becomes impossible to undo without doing permanent damage to the ties that bind. At its best, Uranus can remind us that nothing grows without the freedom to move and change, and that if we will call on our strength in the face of fear we can get through the turmoil.

Rage — whether in reaction to social injustice, or to our leaders’ insanity, or to those who threaten or harm us — is a powerful energy that, with diligent practice, can be transformed into fierce compassion.
~ Bonnie Myotai Treace

Mars forms a Wedge aspect pattern, being sextile to the Moon (60°) and trine to the Sun (120°). This means Mars is a resource for the Cancer/Capricorn challenge. At its best, Mars is about taking action and keeping things moving, so this can help the Full Moon avoid becoming too stuck. Mars is not usually content to sit back and suffer passively, but is driven to do something about the problem.

Wedge aspect pattern: Sun, Moon, Mars

However, Mars can also be action and movement that is aggressive, impulsive, reckless and, since Mars is currently in Scorpio, intense. And if Mars feels the path for effective action is hopelessly blocked, it can regress into depression, resentment, cynicism and paranoia.

The best way to use this Scorpio Mars Wedge is probably to use fear and hostility as a turning point to transform automatic reactions into realistic responses. In other words, next time you're angry and want to fire back in impulsive anger, take a breath. Consider a different response that won't raise your blood pressure and won't simply evoke an equally hostile response from the other person.

In other words, take a step back from the vicious circle and ask yourself what your highest, most enlightened response could be. Probe deep inside your awareness and discover what your ego wants to do (it will serve to make you feel reassured, important or right while dismissing whatever might contradict that). Then check in with your most noble self and see if it has a better idea of what to do (it might be the harder route and not as sexy or dramatic or exciting, but it's probably the more mature way to respond).

Life has no meaning. Each of us has meaning and we bring it to life. It is a waste to be asking the question when you are the answer.
~ Joseph Campbell

Neptune forms a Hard Wedge aspect pattern, since it is semi-square to the Moon (45°) and sesqui-quadrate to the Sun (135°). This is a stressful aspect pattern that could accentuate the natural contrast between Capricorn's pragmatism and Neptune's idealism. In addition, it may amplify the difference between Cancer's need to feel secure and supported within the world versus Neptune's paradoxical promise of being cradled by the Universe if we but let go of our need for it.

Hard Wedge aspect pattern: Sun, Moon, Neptune

Capricorn believes in working hard for what we want to achieve, whereas Neptune tells us to let go, focus our intention and then allow things to unfold naturally, trusting that the Universe will align all the ducks into the necessary row.

In this case, Neptune is likely to challenge us to remember that it's not enough for everything to conform to the rules and expectations. Even if we do everything correctly, the result also needs to connect to something beyond itself. It needs to speak to a greater sense of meaning and potential if it is to avoid being merely utilitarian and mundane.

To inspire you to keep this balance of pragmatism and idealism, try listening to exquisite music while washing the dishes. Change your work computer's desktop image to something delightful and inspiring. Find beautiful things in nature to photograph, like flowers, sunsets, cloud formations or a close-up of the intricacies of tree bark.

Seek freedom and become captive of your desires.
Seek discipline and find your liberty.
~ Frank Herbert, Chapterhouse: Dune

Saturn, as the planetary ruler and cosmic ambassador of Capricorn, plays a special role in the Full Moon chart. He's pretty busy too. He continues his square to Neptune, which echoes the same dynamics as the Neptune Hard Wedge (above).

We are in a long-term process of resolving contradictions in our lives: how to manifest our ideals in practical ways. We strive to uplift our lives, not just to talk the talk but also to walk the walk of our ideals. In doing so, each step needs to be taken with the highest potential of our human spirit in mind, as well as with the most effective functionality to ensure that we survive and thrive.

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The stressful square aspect (90°) between them points to how difficult this balance can be. At its worst, Neptune's inclination toward illusion, projection and "slippery slope" thinking can trick us into believing that mirage of water on the sand dunes of the desert is absolutely real—and worse, that it represents our only hope for salvation and redemption from the spiritual drought that haunts us.

However, the square aspect also inspires action and resolution, since it tends to make things so uncomfortable that we can't just passively ignore it. Therefore, the better potential is that it can compel us to find a better solution to the problems and challenges that are causing our discomfort. Before you get stuck in complaining that life seems to be kicking you while you're down, try treating this as an invitation to try something different. This is a time when you could dare to do something that speaks to the highest potential of what is important to you.

The danger lies in going to one extreme or the other. If you go so far with Neptune idealism that you lose sight of the practical realities of Saturn, then you may have some heavy consequences to deal with later. On the other hand, if you stay with the status quo so rigidly that that it loses its flavour and beauty then it could start to fall apart because it will become a stone not fit for human consumption.

The question becomes: what is missing and what can allow the situation to grow? Saturn is the known, Neptune is the unknown. It's up to you to decide what is the best balance of the two. Perhaps the devil you know is better than the devil you don't, as long as you ensure that the devil you know is willing to make some changes. Or perhaps it's better to lean toward the devil you don't know, since the one you already know has worn out its welcome and even a risky change is better than risking the "same old same old."

Whatever you decide, remember that this is the Full Moon in Capricorn – a time of manifestation on many levels. Whatever you decide, make sure you're prepared to live with the choice and where it takes you.

You have to participate relentlessly in the manifestation of your own blessings.
~ Elizabeth Gilbert

Jul.20 – Venus trine Saturn (10:13 of Leo/Sagittarius)

Stability in relationships and finances characterises this transit. You have increased ability to be disciplined about spending and to invest the hard work to maximise your earnings. Your ability to grasp the solid, realistic facts will help you choose wisely in your investments of both money and interaction with others. Commitment and structure are easier to achieve and embrace than change or taking risks. Self-worth can benefit now because you are less inclined to give in to mood swings. However, if you are prone to depression, you might want to be careful you don't become so grounded and stable that you lose touch with your sense of hope and potential. It is a good time to make concrete progress in matters involving beauty, love, harmony and balance. Keep your pleasures simple and humble for maximum benefit.

Jul.22 – Sun enters Leo (until Aug.22)  (Jul.21 in HAST)

Happy Solar Return to all Leos! Today the Sun moves into its own sign, so its radiant energy is extra bright during this time. Leo's focus is on identity, individuality, self-esteem, creativity, self-expression and fun. You can benefit by rejuvenating, revitalising and rekindling the fiery spirit of who you are. Celebrate your existence! Do something that reminds you about who you are. Recharge your batteries and do things that help you return to the centre of the orbiting circumstances in your life – not spinning around at the edges where you feel at the mercy of everything around you. What are you doing (or what do you want to do) in your life that express the passions that move you? What is the focus of your sense of purpose in life, and what is your next step in moving toward that? If you've been feeling like you're stuck or have lost your sense of purpose, do something that uplifts you. If you could do anything with your life that you wanted to, what would it be? And what one thing (even just a small thing) can you do to take a step toward that goal? Rejuvenate your sense of self and do things that help you to just BE who you are. Hang out with children and watch how they play and are spontaneously free. Find ways to connect to your joyful Inner Child. Celebrate your existence!

Jul.27 – Mercury trine Uranus (24:30 of Leo/Aries)  (Jul.26 in HAST, AKDT)

Unusual ideas, flashes of insight and seeing unexpected possibilities are all part of this transit. You may find it easier to be open-minded right now, especially about insights that have eluded you. Your ability to see beyond your usual horizon of perception can bring visionary brainwaves, as well as a fun sense of humour. You might be inspired to experiment with something new or do something out of character. You might have an impulse to break free of old habits or constraints. This can be a very liberating transit that opens your mind to new possibilities and ideas. However, be careful that you don't become so liberated and spontaneous that you become erratic, hyper or reckless. Words may come tumbling out of your mouth before you've had a chance to consider their wisdom, or you might find yourself talking non-stop and interrupting, creating a bit of awkwardness in those around you. On the other hand, you might also find the clarity and vision that gives you the words to speak your truth with new conviction. It's a great time to do some writing or other form of self-expression, especially if it's spontaneous or involving technology.

Jul.29 – Mercury square Mars (29:36 of Leo/Scorpio)  (Jul.30 in AU)

Fiery speech, argument and hot debate characterise this transit. This could come in the form of conflict, or it might be stimulating and challenging – or both! One thing to watch out for is that you may have a short fuse for a temper, and the same may be true for others around you. It can be a time when you blurt out things you later regret, or you might finally find the courage to do something that's long overdue. The problem is that one can easily look like the other, and what feels like courage in the moment might look more like reckless haste in retrospect. Harsh words can't always be taken back, so keep a grip on your objectivity and better judgment while you're verbally fighting the dragons. Use this energy to stoke your motivational fires, and use your ideas to generate positive action. It can help to pace your mental energy like racing a horse, which can harness abundant energy to fuel your decisions, courage and resolve.

Jul.29 – Uranus Stationary Retrograde (24:30 of Aries; until Dec.29)  (Jul.30 in AU)  ("What's a Station?"  "What does Retrograde mean?"  Read more about Retrograde planets.)

Uranus now appears to go backwards (retrograde) against the backdrop of the stars. This is often a turning point in situations involving issues of spontaneity, freedom, breaking free of old patterns, rebellion and expressing your personal uniqueness. It could feel a bit chaotic or erratic—or perhaps just spontaneous and exciting—for up to a week before and after this date. However, Uranus' ultimate agenda is to clear the way for your true spirit to manifest in your life. You may experience unexpected changes, flashes of insight, or disruption of established situations that aren't working well (which might include computers, Internet, mass media, groups, friends or future plans). This can be the awakening of a new perspective, to be brought into a clearer focus through open-mindedness and being willing to try new things. If you are going through major transits from Uranus to your natal chart, you are more likely to feel the energy of this station.

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Jul.30 – Mercury enters Virgo (until Oct.07)  (Jul.31 in AU)

Mercury moves into its own sign of Virgo, where it brings an awareness of health, healing, work and service. This is a good time to be analytical, methodical and focused on improvement. But be careful not to get so lost in details or perfectionism that you can't see the forest for the trees. This energy is well spent by finding ways to make your work and the pursuit of your goals more efficient and effective. Try organising your activities better and prioritizing them according to what works well and what needs improvement and how. This is especially true for any health issues that keep getting pushed to the back burner. Whatever your plans, this transit can help you organise an effective strategy to move you forward.

Aug.01 – Venus trine Uranus (24:30 of Leo/Aries)  (Jul.31 in HAST, AKDT, PDT, MDT, CDT)

Spontaneity and liberation burst into your relationships, finances, resources and pleasures. You might feel compelled to try something completely different that shakes up the "same-old-same-old" routines you're used to. The upside is that you have the opportunity to break free of some old habits and breathe some fresh air into your life. But the downside could come in the form of impulse spending beyond your budget, or recklessness in your interactions and relationships. Strive to break free of what holds you back from being your true self, without destroying the structure of order in your life.

Aug.01 – Sun trine Saturn (09:53 of Leo/Sagittarius)  (Aug.02 in AU)

This is a great time to apply yourself to serious work. You may feel especially self-sufficient and independent, with a strong and clear sense of self and purpose. There is support for your ambitions as long as you stay grounded and practical in how you approach them, which should come easily right now. Your ability to cooperate and feel comfortable with authority figures is likely to be high, along with your capacity to embrace your own authority and make solid decisions. This is a time when you are more likely to feel grounded and deal with problems in a practical, decisive way. Your energy may be more serious than "party animal," but even if you are in "party mode" it will be easier to realistically know your limits and not overdo it. If you've been waiting for the right time to move forward with or manifest a project or plan that you've been putting together (or wanting to), this could be the time when that happens. The final launch or manifestation may or may not happen now, but you will probably be able to at least move forward in some important steps.

Aug.02 – Mars enters Sagittarius (until Sep.27)  (Aug.03 in AU)

This energy flies! You might feel inspired to defend a righteous cause, or to lead others in taking a stand about something. Or you might strive to move heaven and earth to reach toward a dream. You might be motivated to learn something new, or to share your knowledge with others. Inspiration, confidence and optimism can run high during this transit, which may be experienced as a release of optimism, freedom and spontaneous elation. However, it could also be a bit too much of a good thing, launching you or others into arrogance, confrontation or intolerance, especially if challenged by strong opinions. Expanded courage could make it easier to take risks or try new adventures, which will probably work best if you're balanced with realism or common sense. This is a time to act from your highest intention of morality, philosophy, spirituality, compassion and understanding.

Aug.01 – Venus trine Uranus (24:30 of Leo/Aries)  (Jul.31 in HAST, AKDT, PDT, MDT, CDT)

Spontaneity and liberation burst into your relationships, finances, resources and pleasures. You might feel compelled to try something completely different that shakes up the "same-old-same-old" routines you're used to. The upside is that you have the opportunity to break free of some old habits and breathe some fresh air into your life. But the downside could come in the form of impulse spending beyond your budget, or recklessness in your interactions and relationships. Strive to break free of what holds you back from being your true self, without destroying the structure of order in your life.

Aug.01 – Sun trine Saturn (09:53 of Leo/Sagittarius)  (Aug.02 in AU)

This is a great time to apply yourself to serious work. You may feel especially self-sufficient and independent, with a strong and clear sense of self and purpose. There is support for your ambitions as long as you stay grounded and practical in how you approach them, which should come easily right now. Your ability to cooperate and feel comfortable with authority figures is likely to be high, along with your capacity to embrace your own authority and make solid decisions. This is a time when you are more likely to feel grounded and deal with problems in a practical, decisive way. Your energy may be more serious than "party animal," but even if you are in "party mode" it will be easier to realistically know your limits and not overdo it. If you've been waiting for the right time to move forward with or manifest a project or plan that you've been putting together (or wanting to), this could be the time when that happens. The final launch or manifestation may or may not happen now, but you will probably be able to at least move forward in some important steps.

Aug.02 – Mars enters Sagittarius (until Sep.27)  (Aug.03 in AU)

This energy flies! You might feel inspired to defend a righteous cause, or to lead others in taking a stand about something. Or you might strive to move heaven and earth to reach toward a dream. You might be motivated to learn something new, or to share your knowledge with others. Inspiration, confidence and optimism can run high during this transit, which may be experienced as a release of optimism, freedom and spontaneous elation. However, it could also be a bit too much of a good thing, launching you or others into arrogance, confrontation or intolerance, especially if challenged by strong opinions. Expanded courage could make it easier to take risks or try new adventures, which will probably work best if you're balanced with realism or common sense. This is a time to act from your highest intention of morality, philosophy, spirituality, compassion and understanding.

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