Full Moon in Capricorn and Here Comes the Leo Sun!

Pregnant Luna reaches fullness on July 19th at 3:57 pm PDT in the steady and hardworking sign of Capricorn. 

Her ripeness in Capricorn symbolizes the collective need to “get to work.”  What needs to be done?  This can mean finishing up lingering projects and crossing off the to-do list.  It can mean tuning in to your pragmatic side, the part of you that is willing to take things step-by-step as well as give things the final push.  It can also mean setting aside time to go within and look at the “bigger picture” of your existence.

If you believe in soul-contracts (agreements our souls make before taking birth), you might feel a sense of purpose bubbling up for you with this Full Moon.  You might even feel like your higher self is demanding that you show up and pay attention.  Old patterns and ways of being that don’t work are simply unsustainable now.  Capricorn is represented by the Goat, and she is concerned with functionality and practicality.  She is cardinal earth, which means she takes initiative to create grounded and tangible change.  She is here to weed out the behaviors and thought patterns that are stumbling blocks or traps.  She is high-functioning and helps us keep a steady pace on the path of life.  She is ruled by Saturn, the disciplinarian, which gives her major willpower and the ability to focus.

Luna’s exact fullness marks a void period until she enters Aquarius at 8:10 pm PDT.  The void Moon is a time to reflect, go within and listen.  Find the pause in the wheel of life; find perspective.

This Full Moon is also the celebration of Guru Purnima, a sacred festival originating from India and Nepal in which the teacher or guru is honored.  The Sanskrit word “guru” can be defined simply as “the darkness destroyer” (gu = darkness, ru = destroyer).  It is a great gift to experience a teacher who lights our path and brings us into greater awareness, understanding, respect and love.

It is beautiful to take some time with this Moon to offer thanks for those teachers and gurus who have guided us and supported us, who have challenged us and accepted us and loved us.  The true teacher is here to reflect the light within the student.  It is a blessing both ways.

During the Full Moon, the Sun lies directly opposite Luna.  The Sun is finishing up his stay in the waters of Cancer, and he is preparing to enter the domain of Leo this Friday (July 22nd) at 2:30 am PDT. 

The Sun illuminates the house in your chart that is ruled by the sign in which he is traveling.  We all have the entire zodiac within us, in different ways.  Each sign represents an “aspect” of being.  Leo is all about self-expression.  He is noble, courageous and charming.  He can come across as ego-centric or even selfish when his energy is out of balance.  In truth, Leo understands that self-love and self-expression are key components of spreading joy in the world.

The Sun will be joining Venus and Mercury in Leo, who entered the Lion’s Den last week, setting the stage for the pinnacle of Summer.  Leo values art, romance, creativity, family, love and performance.  Leo can be indulgent, like the ripe Summer harvest.  So: the self (Sun), the mind (Mercury) and feminine love energy (Venus) are all in the Lion’s Den together again – and the sign of fixed fire is igniting everyone’s sense of self.  The ego can also get ignited under this fire sign, and when too many aggrandized egos start crowding a room – well, we all know it ain’t pretty.

Hop off the ego train and use the fire of Leo to light up your purpose and your path. 

Your wellness, your brightness, your talent and your heart are much needed in the world.  This planet is in so much pain, so much confusion, and the wheel of karma is plowing forward at tremendous speed.  Can we respond with quiet kindness?  Can we offer the alchemy that is necessary to turn apathy into caring, hate into forgiveness and fear into love?

What we have considered “self” is the biggest lie that we have been feeding ourselves for centuries upon centuries.

Small self is a shadow of the truth of What Is. 

When small self thinks it is in charge, it feeds the creation of a false paradigm in which many small selves are competing for attention and power.  This has manifested as a world full of conflict, poverty, violence, abuse, pain and disease.

However, the Universe is self-correcting.  She may just self-correct humans out of existence if we can’t get our act together.

On another note, as La Luna wanes from her fullness into Crone and back into the darkness of new beginnings, Mars will be retracing his steps in Scorpio back into Sagittarius.  He has regained his usual speed after stationing direct, so any mire we may have been feeling from June 19th – July 12th should be clearing up or at least MOVING in a new direction by now.  This can also speak to desires coming to fruition, romance taking off (or falling apart), and inner conflict sorting itself out.

Mars energy is HOT, and he is currently heating up the final degrees of Scorpio (again).  Scorpio encourages shadow work and deep exploration of emotions and our sensual/sexual nature.  Scorpio is anything but superficial and she doesn’t care about societal norms, which is why she is so often shrouded in mystery.

For those of you who are geeky like me, you might find it useful to know that from now until our next New Moon, Mars will be retracing the same territory he was in from:

May 27th – June 12th

February 22nd – March 7th

Mars energy is powerful, and this past Mars retrograde certainly threw me for a loop, so I wanted to share these dates for the sake of reflection.

Mars will re-enter Sagittarius on August 2nd on the day of the New Moon.

This is potent energy available to us, dear ones!

I wish you magickal transformation and radical self-love.

xo

Misfit Mystic

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Full Moon photo by the talented Michael Ludwig.  Find his writings and more photos at 5edges.wordpress.com

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Full Moon in Leo, Venus in Capricorn

La Luna enters Leo today at 10:21am PST, and she is exact in her fullness at 5:46pm.  Moon in Leo is courageous, innocent, brave and flashy.  The beauty is in tapping into our loveliness.  The challenge is in seeing our loveliness reflected all around us.  We are bright and so are they!  We are not brighter, and they are not brighter.  In truth, we are each far brighter than our own ability to comprehend.  The influence of a Moon transit is a mood and it passes quickly (2 days), but when the full Moon (emotional self) dances with the Lion (expressive, emotive, courageous self) there is something RIGHTEOUS about how we feel, something we can trust.

Can we allow the innocence of the Lion to further our creative expression?  Like a baby making all kinds of faces and jerky movements, can we simply be as we ARE, without apology or embarrassment or self-criticism?  Just BE THAT WHICH YOU ARE and know that everyone else is doing the same, in their own perfectly human way.  Smooth, awkward, rough, raw, subtle – we are that which we are at any given time.

Venus, the sublime planet of beauty and love, enters Capricorn today at 12:31pm.  Capricorn is the Goat, and she is better known for being steadfast than sexy, unlike the luminous goddess Venus.  Although Venus supports every sign she passes through, she is tamed in Capricorn.  As Capricorn is ruled by Saturn, there is restriction here, there is definition, containment and rules.  Venus is wearing her reading glasses now and an unsexy sweater, while sipping coffee and compartmentalizing her life.  She might feel the urge to go outside and put her bare hands in the dirt, reconnecting herself to the Earth.  She honors her roots, specifically those she has created with her own blood, sweat and tears.

Capricorn is all about straight-forward action and hard work, but she also represents transformation: her glyph is part Goat/part Fish.  She is taking-care-of-business, that is what she knows.  But she is also preparing us for the wild transition into Aquarius, the Water-Bearer.  Aquarius is transformational energy, like electricity.  Our Sun is now in Aquarius, as of this past Wednesday morning, and the rebel in all of us is doing a little dance.  Aquarius seeks the greater good, and he is not afraid of destruction and dissolution to create positive change.

I think it is auspicious that much of our country’s legislative sessions are occurring at this time, with the Aquarian Sun to shepherd our political leaders toward choices that promote equality and expansion.

Adding to the mix, Mercury remains retrograde in Capricorn until this Monday 1/25, when it will station direct at 1:50pm.  Mercury is mentality, wit, communication and perception.  How we PERCEIVE Mercury’s retrograde motion affects how we PERCEIVE the way things are “working out” in the realms of the mind.  I appreciate planetary retrogrades because of the deepening effect they have as they carve their imprint back and forth upon the sign they are transiting.  Mercury is taking its time with Capricorn, digging into its experience with the Goat from 12/11/15-2/14/16 (aside from its brief dip into Aquarius from 1/3-1/9/16).

Mercury in Capricorn means that the mind needs to focus now, the mind needs to produce, ask questions and create solutions.  Capricorn is so earthy and tamed that Mercury can’t exactly get wild or out of control – it’s more like nose to the grindstone.  Great time to work on taxes for business owners.  But as it slows to station retrograde or station direct, Mercury likes to stir up some clouds and many things are likely to seem uncertain.  Wait to finalize big decisions until later next week, ESPECIALLY if you feel as strong affinity with the planet Mercury.

The best way to understand your personal astrology is to receive an astrological reading, beginning with a natal chart reading.  The entire zodiac exists within you, for each sign influences a “house” in your natal chart.  The houses represent specific areas of our lives.  For example, Capricorn – steadfast, structured, driven, linear – happens to rule my 8th house of sex, death and transformation!  So the Venus and Mercury transits occurring in Capricorn right now happen to be fairly exciting for me.  Where is Aquarius in your chart, illuminated by the Sun?  That could be an area that is being given a boost of energy and nudging you out of your comfort zone in order to give voice to a certain type of needed social change.

If you are seeking an astrologer at this time, I can refer you to 2 amazing astrologers/intuitives in the Seattle area:

*Megan Skinner (www.meganskinner.com)

*Stephanie Gailing (www.planetaryapothecary.com)

Or online, I continue to learn so much from:

*Chani Nicholas (www.chaninicholas.com)

*Ainslie Faust (www.astroainslie.com)

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Full Moon photo credit: Michael Ludwig (captured 5:15pm PST on 1/22/16)

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Big, peaceful Full Moon blessings to you and yours, lovely ones.

Namaste.

 

 

 

 

 

New Moon in Capricorn

The Capricorn New Moon is exact today at 5:31 pm PST.  I like that Sun, Moon and Mercury will all be rooted in the disciplined sign of Capricorn at this time – along with Pluto, whose long rendezvous with the Goat will last a total of 16 years, from January 2008 to January 2024!

This is a lot of focused energy in Capricorn’s sensible terrain.  Sun is our identity, karma and purpose.  Moon is inner-awareness and emotions.  Mercury (who is retrograde) is the mind, curiosity, scrutiny and communication.  Finally, we have Pluto – representing desires and soul-contracts.

New Moon is about intention setting.  Capricorn says less talk, more action.  She gives us drive and stamina.  She is ruled by Saturn, our planet of structure, focus and hard work.  Universally, Capricorn rules the 10th House of career, status and reputation.  However, to see where all this Capricorn energy is affecting you personally, you must look at the area of your natal chart that is ruled by the Goat – tracking planetary transits in our own lives is fascinating and eye opening.

We are being asked to remember what we came here for.

New Moon in Capricorn is fabulous for planning and creating order in our lives.  It is an auspicious time to begin new projects that are long-term and require commitment.  It might feel easier, or even unavoidable, to cut through bullshit today – yours or someone else’s.

La Luna will go void-of-course tomorrow morning at 9:39 am, but not for long.  She will enter Aquarius at 12:23 pm, which will shift the energy toward freedom and creative expression.  Aquarius is the wild child, he shakes things ups and he demands liberation for all beings.

Today we root, we go within.  Tomorrow we fly.

Namaste!