Whoever walks the earth looks up at the sky. And the nearest, dearest, and most important object in the night sky is the moon. The moon is a comforting presence in the dark of the night, it influences the oceans and the water in our bodies, and it is the ancient way of measuring time. A lunar month lasts 28 days – as long as the moon takes for one round through the zodiac. That’s a very human, plannable time span, further divided in two halves marked by the new and full moon.
Now you see her, now you don’t
The new moon works like a cosmic re-set button. It’s the conjunction of moon and sun, when the moon is entirely dark and invisible from earth. It’s a time of starting over afresh each month, setting new intentions. The full moon, 14 days later, puts a highlight on whatever it is that has started in the dark of the moon, and now becomes clearer, sometimes reaching also an emotional culmination, crisis or release. Moon and sun are in exact opposition to each other, there is tension and sometimes conflict between the solar, rational side of us and the lunar, dreamy, unknown.
The position of the moon, the sun and the planets at each new and full moon is a symbol of what will unfold over the next two weeks. Being aware of the moon’s cycle is a way to connect with the rhythms of nature to which we are naturally attuned, but which is mostly overruled by our lack of rest, high level of stress, and artificial adaptation to the schedule of machines and office hours. Even if we don’t pay attention, our body responds to the pull of the moon. The ocean in us is moving…
Full Moon July 2nd, 2015
The full moon occurs at 9 degrees Capricorn. Pluto is currently at 14 degrees of the sign, so the moon is technically in conjunction with the Lord of the Underworld. This brings intensity, power, and the possibility to use losses and endings for deep and lasting transformation. The sun in Cancer, on the other side, travels close to warrior planet Mars. Mars opposition Pluto is a potentially dangerous match of power that can indicate pushing things and people to a breaking point or beyond. But whenever Pluto is involved, there is the potential for using the breakdowns for breakthroughs… at any rate, the energies will be intense around the full moon.
The moon is placed on an important fixed star, Facies in the archer. That star gives people who are born with it prominent in their charts a penetrating stare. It’s the eyes of the shooter focusing on the arrow’s trajectory. The moon brings this quality to the next two weeks – so this is an excellent time to focus on your aims, and to shoot them high up in the sky!! Don’t take your eyes off what you want and make it happen. Just pay attention not to force your plans on anyone, or to antagonize others with your plans with Mars/Pluto in the background.
Aims and conflicts could play out along the home/work balance. The moon is the ruler of cancer – a family oriented, caring energy, protective and emotional, looking after others like a good mother, not only cooking but also listening to troubles and cares and giving comfort... Capricorn on the other hand symbolizes the sphere of business and profession, of caring for loved ones by providing. This full moon, placed in matter-of-fact Capricorn, could shake up traditional gender stereotypes and roles. All of a sudden, mom is going to work and daddy is staying at home, cooking and caring… You might feel an internal contradiction that is nagging you, asking you to make changes in your work-life-balance. Families and couples could have fights for money, time and who takes care of what. Don’t get too emotional, passive-aggressive or whiny (Cancer), and don’t play punishment games by getting all cold and distant (Capricorn). What this moon asks for is to find workable ways to share responsibility and to clear structures up. Responsibility is actually what both Cancer and Capricorn want and love, only that they use different means to achieve it.
THE MESSENGER, THE BENEFACTOR, THE REVOLUTIONARY AND THE QUEEN
There is actually a very nice, and very rare, aspect in effect for the full moon that can give love and care the necessary punch, a minor grand trine in Fire and Air signs. Uranus in Aries is in positive exchange with Jupiter and Venus in Leo, and all three in turn communicate with Messenger Mercury, strong in its home sign Gemini. This can mean finding ways to really talk in a loving and productive way and to find innovative solutions for long-standing problems. It can also mean falling in love – wonderful parties and exchanges – and surprisingly profitable communications, contacts and networking possibilities.
HIGHER LOVE… IT’S MEANT TO BE…
At last, there’s a harmonious aspect to Neptune of both the sun and the moon. Neptune is in Pisces – his home sign as well – and can serve to add a much needed cooling, oceany feel to this hot full moon in the midst of summer. Neptune’s presence suggests that we should remember the interconnectedness of all, and drop ego battles in favor of “the happiness of all beings”. This includes you, too, though… you don’t need to sacrifice yourself for others, just zoom out of narrow interests if you get caught up in a fight around this full moon and during the next two weeks. A holiday by the sea or at least going to the lake on the weekend will work to change perspectives, too… Whatever actions we take feel very fated as Mars forms a direct square to the lunar north node to boot. So, happy high summer season and may all beings find happiness…