Astrology Of August 2017 – Eclipse Season, The Sky Is Calling

The month of August will turn our lives upside down. Fasten your seat belts, you’re in for a crazy ride.

Not only we have two dramatic eclipses, the lunar eclipse in Aquarius and the Total Solar Eclipse in Leo. We also have one of the most important transits of the year, Jupiter square Pluto. Mid-August Mercury turns retrograde, asking us to revisit and review those thoughts and beliefs that are holding us back from our Purpose.

Saturn the great teacher turns direct later in August. If you’ve been feeling held back in the areas of your life transited by Saturn, at the time Saturn is stationary you will finally understand what Saturn has been trying to teach you in the last months. You are now better equipped to deal with any fears or doubts so you can go full steam ahead in anything it is that you want to manifest.

But the most important planet this month is Uranus. Uranus is extremely powerful in August – in the first week Uranus is stationary retrograde and later it trines Venus, Sun and the Solar Eclipse in Leo. Uranus is the most significant planet of the Eclipse thanks to the very close applying degree. You can expect a lot of surprises and turns of events.

We also have a lot of Nodal action in August. Not only the eclipses, which by definition are conjunct the Nodes, but also Sun and Mars activate these very sensitive points in the sky. The Nodes represent our purpose in this lifetime. When they are active, they ask us stop playing small, stop living in a lie. If you’ve been in denial about your purpose, about your role in the grand scheme of things, about your contribution to the world, the month of August will be an wake up call to live in alignment with your true calling, now or never.

If we look at the elemental makeup of August we notice a lot of planets in Fire, but almost no air, so the way we will experience this energy is like an implosion. We will feel compelled to act, but because the air is missing we will not be able to fire our flames. This energy can feel frustrating at times, especially in the first two thirds of the month. In the last week of August the sky calms down. Time for some much needed rest after such an eventful month.

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Let’s have a look at the most important aspects of the month:

On August 2nd Uranus turns retrograde. Where do you feel stuck in your life? Uranus stationary retrograde is an Uranus on steroids, which means that everything Uranus stands for, unpredictability, sudden insight, freedom, rebelling against authority, will be experienced tenfold. You will have an aha moment. Now is the time to break the chains of whatever is no longer serving you, to cut through hypocrisy, to speak your truth. Uranus is the awakener!

If you have planets or angles at 28° Aries or Libra the area of your life ruled by that planet will be completely transformed. The change will be sudden and nothing you expected. If you don’t have any personal planets at 28° Aries, still check where in your natal chart you have 28° Aries to see which area of your life will experience a reboot.

On August 4th Jupiter in Libra squares Pluto in Capricorn. This is the last square in a series of 3 and will deliver the final outcome of this very important transit which lasted for almost one year. Jupiter square Pluto stands for our attitudes, beliefs and mindset. What you expect is what you get. By now, at least some of your beliefs must have undergone a complete transformation.

Jupiter square Pluto initially brings a crisis of faith by asking the big, uncomfortable questions about life. What is more important to you, family or success in your career? What is your attitude towards race? What do you really believe about sexual monogamy? Although there are no right or wrong answers, this transit is forcing us to ask ourselves these questions and answer them honestly.

The transit has also brought to our awareness which are those things we can compromise and which ones we cannot. By now, you should have more clarity about what defines you and your views of the world. After this transit, you may find that some of your beliefs are really not that important (for example, your political views) while others have stood the test of Jupiter square Pluto and stand even stronger than before (for example, your views about family).

Jupiter square Pluto is also about money, success and abundance. During this transit, our desire to succeed is stronger than usual. This final Jupiter square Pluto transit is your last chance to go for that big project or endeavor. Don’t shy away from turning your wildest financial dreams into reality. You will feel this transit stronger if you are a Libra or Capricorn born in the middle of the sign or if you have planets at 17° in Libra or Capricorn.

On August 7th we have the Lunar Eclipse at 15° Aquarius. The Lunar Eclipse is about who you really are vs. who you think you should be.

The need to be accepted, to be part of a group, is so strong in our DNA that many times completely overpowers our expression as an individual with unique traits, with unique talents, with unique needs and wants. The Moon Eclipse in Aquarius will expose the conflict between being true to our self, shining our light, vs. being a good citizen, fitting in, paying taxes, working towards a common goal that does not necessarily fit our own needs and desires .

We will now have to make a decision about what is truly important to us. Because the North Node is in Leo, the message is to put ourselves first. When we shine our own light, we give the permission to the others to shine theirs!

The Lunar Eclipse in Aquarius can also ask us to live behind some friendships, or to leave a group or a community that no longer fulfills our purpose, or that drags us down in a way or another. If you are a fixed sign (Taurus, Leo, Scorpio, Aquarius) born in the middle of the sign or if you have other personal planets or angles around 15° in the fixed signs you are going to feel this energy very strongly.

On August 11th Venus in Cancer is trine Neptune in Pisces. This is a sweet, escapist transit, after an intense Lunar Eclipse full of Yang, masculine energy. Both Venus and Neptune are in water, feminine signs and together they come to restore our sense of oneness. Remember when as a child you hurt yourself and your mother came to hug you and all the pain melted away? This is how the Venus trine Neptune transit is going to feel like.

This is a good time to spend at home with the close ones or in a quiet place where you can take care of yourself or let the others pamper you . This time is the Water signs (Cancer, Scorpio, Pisces) that are going to benefit the most from this transit.

On August 12th Mercury goes retrograde at 11° Virgo. This retrograde cycle is very significant because it coincides with the Eclipse season, and also because Mercury activates the Solar Eclipse degree. This is a longer retrograde of Mercury and will last for 23 days.

What is interesting is that Mercury will turn stationary direct on September 4th at 28° Leo, which is exactly the 21st of August Solar Eclipse degree. Some things related to the Solar Eclipse will come to light around September 4th.

This Mercury retrograde has a cleansing quality and will help us break uncomfortable mental and emotional patters which no longer serve us. Mercury retrograde takes place at the same time with the Eclipse. As we know, eclipses are the karmic resets of our soul clock. Whatever it is that keeps you stuck in the past needs to be purged now.

Our mind will be cleansed of outdated beliefs, negative thoughts or any prejudices that hinder our growth. Which ideas, preconceptions, habits you need to change? This Mercury cycle will give you great insights into what it is that keeps you away from the path of your purpose.

On August 13th Sun in Leo is trine Saturn in Sagittarius. Your determination and hard work are not in vain, and Sun trine Saturn is a reminder that with every little step you do get closer to your goal. This is a beneficial aspect for all of us, and especially if you are born on August 13th or August 14th  or if you have the ascendant around 21° Leo, this aspect will give you the chance to create something on solid foundations. Whatever you build now, it will last.

On August 15th Venus in Cancer is opposite Pluto in Capricorn. Women can be more seductive during this transit, especially if they have natal Venus in Cancer or Capricorn, and especially if Venus is located around 17° in Cancer or Capricorn. This transit brings increased magnetism and passion, and a desire to go to “the next level” of growth and authenticity in relationships.

 “If a love relationship does not lead me to me, if a love relationship does lead another person to themselves, this love, even if it seems to be the most secure and ecstatic attachment, is not true love. For real love is dedicated to continual becoming.”

On August 16th / August 17th Venus is square Jupiter, and Sun is conjunct the North Node of the Moon. The two transits speak about embracing your purpose with enthusiasm, courage and optimism.

Venus and Jupiter have to do with our values and beliefs, are about what we like, what we enjoy doing. The square is an action transit so it will ask you to “do something” about the things you love. What matters to you most? Go for whatever this thing is, and enjoy the process.

Venus and Jupiter square transit fits pretty well with Sun conjunct the North Node of Purpose. Sun conjunct North Node transit takes place only once in a year so this is the best day in the year to ask yourself: “What is my purpose, what is my life path?” Notice the first answer that comes to you.

This is the first time we have the Sun North Node conjunction while the North Node transits Leo so if you were not sure what the North Node in Leo is all about, this is the day you can tap into the energy of the Leo North Node. This transit is even more important is it precedes the Total Solar Eclipse on August 21st. Get the answer to that question right so you are well prepared for when the Eclipse hits you. What is your life purpose?

The wind of change starts blowing on August 20th as Sun trines Uranus. Just before the Solar Eclipse, Sun is in perfect alignment to Uranus. The key word for any Uranus transit is “surprise”. Uranus wants you to break free from the bondage of the ego so you can express yourself in an authentic way.

If your true self says “no more, I had enough”, listen to the flashes of intuitive insights brought by Uranus. Don’t hold on to the familiar, don’t hold on to those things you’re used to. Embrace the change. If something is not your true calling, now is the time to take a risk and make the necessarily changes.

On August 21st the Total Solar Eclipse in Leo, the most expected astrological event of the year, takes place at 28° Leo. The Eclipse will be visible in most of the US and will be a dramatic event which will shake our lives to the core. Because the closest aspect to the Eclipse is a trine to Uranus, the Solar Eclipse will be very unpredictable. Nothing that you expect to happen will happen.

Things will change for sure, because Mars, the planet of action, also takes a central role in this Solar Eclipse. There is no secret that United States is in the spotlight of the Eclipse so if you live in the US or if you are in the US at this time, then the Eclipse will affect you stronger.

Normal Eclipses have a time span of 6 months, so their effects set the tone and affect your life for about 6 months after the Eclipse. But because this is a Total Eclipse of the Sun, the effects last longer. In ancient astrology every minute of darkness corresponds to 1 year of influence. Because this Eclipse will last for almost 3 minutes, its influence will last for almost 3 years.

If you have the Sun, the Moon, the North Node or the ascendant at 28° Leo or Aquarius your life will undergo a complete change. Irrespective if you have a planet at the Eclipse point, the Solar Eclipse in Leo will affect every single one of us. Look in which house in your natal chart the Eclipse takes place (look in which house you have 28° Leo) so you can get clues about how the Solar Eclipse is going to affect you.

On August 22nd Sun enters Virgo and Mars is trine Saturn. The two astrological events are very practical and bring common sense after a tumultuous Leo Eclipse.  Sun in Virgo and Mars with Saturn bring endurance, and promise long lasting results. You now want to do what is right.

These after-eclipse transits are very practical, traditional and in a way exactly the opposite of the Solar Eclipse. After a very intense week, August 22nd will be like “what a magnificent experience. ok, now let’s go back to work”. And because Sun also conjuncts the fixed star Regulus, this is a time to reap what you have sown.

People born in the first days of the Earth signs (Taurus, Virgo, Capricorn) will benefit from this earthy, common sense, practical energy. This is not a fairytale, Venus Neptune transit, nor a happy go lucky Jupiter Uranus transit. The transits today are a reminder that you can get what you want if you put the effort, mind and work into it.

On August 24th Venus is square Uranus. During this transit you can experience sudden emotional changes. Unusual encounters and experiences are possible today and Uranus wants you to  embrace them fully. No more “I’m not sure”, no more fake relationships. Be authentic and real.

Cardinal signs are again in spotlight, so if you are born in the last days of Aries, Cancer, Libra or Capricorn, or if you have personal planets or angles at 28° in Cardinal signs, you are going to feel this energy big time.

On August 25th Venus enters Leo and Saturn turns direct. Both Venus and Saturn rule material, concrete things, and while Venus speaks more about the things we love, the things we get pleasure from with our senses, Saturn rules the practical things we need in order to improve our life. If Venus is the beautiful table sitting in your living room, Saturn is the screws that keep the elements of the table together and make it a table. Venus is the outer beauty, Saturn is the inner beauty.

Both Leo and Sagittarius (where Saturn resides) are fire signs so during this transit we will want to turn our creativity into something practical, something we can benefit from. Saturn stationary direct is good news in general, but because stationary planets are stronger than normally, we can feel an infusion of Saturnine energy which is not of everyone’s liking, especially for people younger than 29 who have not experienced yet their Saturn return and don’t know how to handle Saturn.  So August 25th can be pretty mixed but it is a good day to start a creative project with a concrete, material manifestation.

On August 26th Sun and Mercury meet for an inferior conjunction so we have a new Mercury cycle starting at 4° Virgo. This is a good time to start a project or an activity you need to do on a quarterly basis. Mercury cycles last between 3 and 4 months so at the beginning of the cycle is a good idea to start something you would need 3 to 4 months to complete.

Mercury cycles take longer than lunar cycles, but shorter than Solar cycles. Anything if between is favored now, especially if it has to do with acquiring a new skill, or learning something new. Another good news is that this Mercury cycle starts in the sign of its domicile, Virgo, which is a very good place for Mercury. Because Mercury is retrograde, anything that has to do with introspection, for example journaling, is favored.

On August 27th Mars is conjunct North Node in Leo. The desire to act upon our own desires and express our royal nature is stronger than ever. Any action you take right now can receive support from the Universe because it is serving your life purpose. Leos born in the 3rd decan of the sign will especially benefit from this energy.

On August 31st Mercury retrograde moves back into Leo giving you the chance to revisit some of the themes you experienced at the end of July. So if you’ve been waiting for news about a project you started around July 26th you can now get more information about it. Mercury’s retrograde ingress into Leo is also linked to the Solar Eclipse because it triggers the last degrees of Leo, so August 31st and the following week can bring more information about what Solar Eclipse in Leo is about.

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New Moon In Leo at 0°– Cut Through The Bull$hit

The New Moon in Leo on July 23rd is going to be dramatic, surprising and unexpected. Sizzling with passion, the New Moon is a wake up call to roar like a lion, strike a lightning, and cut though any B$ and lies you’ve been telling yourself.

The desire to break free from ‘concrete maze’ we’ve built around ourselves is now so consuming, that we cannot ignore it any longer. To say that the energy of this New Moon is intense is an understatement. Remember the electricity in the air before a thunderstorm? The restlessness, the anticipation, the impatience it brings? This is what the energy of the New Moon in Leo will feel like.

What makes your heart spark? What is the difference between what you’ve been told you are supposed to be and what your soul truly wants? What makes you feel fully alive, vibrant, aligned with your heart’s desires? The New Moon is an invitation to light the fire of our soul and shine.

This powerful New Moon will be the teaser and a stage-setter  for the coming Leo Solar Eclipse on August 21st.

The July 2017 New Moon will take place in the very beginning of the sign of Leo (0° to be exact!). Then, next month, on August 21st, we will have the 2nd New Moon in Leo which is also the Solar Eclipse we are all waiting for.

The New Moon on July 23rd is tightly conjunct hot-blooded Mars and squares unpredictable Uranus at 28° Aries. The Solar Eclipse on August 21st is also in Leo, is also conjunct Mars, what is different is that the Eclipse is trining Uranus. Every time we have two New Moons in the same sign, the Universe wants to make sure we “get” the energy of that specific sign, that’s why is giving us two chances to master this energy.

To make sure you harvest what the Solar Eclipse in August has to offer you have to firstly deal with this New Moon. Your strength, your will are being tested right now. The New Moon on July 23rd will ask you to break something so you can move forward.

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The New Moon in Leo is the official start of the Eclipse season. It is time for MAJOR new beginnings. New Moons in general are great times for new beginnings, but this New Moon is the definition of new beginnings because it occurs at the , which is the degree of new beginnings.

And is also conjunct Mars, the most brave, action oriented, assertive planet in our solar system. What else do you need? We have absolutely no excuses not to act now.

At 0° Leo and in conjunction with Mars, the planet of action and initiation, and square Uranus, the planet of the authentic self, this lunar cycle will ask you to get out of your comfort zone. Sun, Moon and Mars are square Uranus! You have to “make it” or “break it”, now or never.

With two New Moons in Leo, with the North Node in Leo, we all need to learn how to be like a lion, how to shine, how to be the king of our castle.

If you’re trying to get something started, this is your New Moon – is boiling with initiative and confidence.

Look at the Sun! The Sun is inevitable. We can always count on it to rise each morning – even after the darkest night the Sun is a promise that this too shall pass. The Sun is the promise of the Universe that we can – and we should – shine our true nature without fear.

And the question the New Moon in Leo is raising is: “Are you truly living in harmony with your inner sun?”. The New Moon is an invitation to get in touch with your inner child, an invitation to open up to the endless and infinite possibilities of who you are.

But maybe the most important message of this New Moon has to do with understanding and embracing our masculine side, our animus, our yang.

With Sun and Mars, the most masculine planets in our solar system joining in the first degrees of Leo, we are all being asked to “be a man” and “act like a man” irrespective of our gender. Women or men, we all have masculine energy.

The New Moon is going to ask every single one of us the dreaded question  “Are you a real man?”. And because Uranus is squaring the New Moon we will have to cut through any B$ and get real. Those who have been faking it will get a big slap in the face. Uranus wants us to wake up to the reality of who we really are.

If you need external proofs to feel worthy, if you think you need a great job title, a sport car, a trophy partner, you are not expressing your real, authentic masculine qualities, irrespective of your gender. You are dependent on external validations, trying to be in a certain way because you think that’s the only way people will accept you.

You are a real man when you stop trying to “prove yourself”. When you don’t measure your self-worth by how much money you have in the bank, if you have “manager” in your job title, if you fly business class.  When what matters is whether the voice you are listening to is the voice of your inner Truth.

Being a man does not mean you should do what you want and stop caring about others. You are a real man when you are able not only to take care of others, but also deal with failure and embrace criticism. This is what it means to be brave and courageous like a lion. This is when every battle you lose will get you one step closer to victory. This is what the leonine courage and pride is about.

The New Moon in Leo will teach all of us to passionately roar the truth of who we are, loudly and proudly. Without fear. The time has come to put yourself out there and shine your true light. Somewhere deep within, you know what you have to free yourself from. Sun and Mars will help you tap into your fearless side so you can shine your truth with pride and dignity.

Uranus will bring a sense of urgency in the process, pushing you to move forward with courage and authenticity. You cannot compromise who you are any longer. Let your inner light shine brightly, cutting though the bull$hit, melting any resistance, blinding the eyes from illusion, blinding any fear or doubt that is left.  There is no shadow within this light.

Growth and self-fulfillment are rarely found within your comfort zone. And to truly live, you must be one with your inner sun. If you chose not to, you are wasting your life. The New Moon in Leo is the much needed wake up call to say “I had enough” and make the necessary changes so you can live a life of pride and dignity.

The New Moon is also supported by a beautiful Grand Fire Trine with Mercury and North Node in Leo, Saturn in Sagittarius and Uranus in Aries. The only aspect that clouds the fiery sky is Venus opposite Saturn across the Gemini/Sagittarius  axis, signifying a crisis of faith.

Some beliefs need to go if you want to build your life on a new foundation. Embracing the new-found knowledge openly and with awareness can allow you to effectively move into the new direction.

“Doubt yourself and you doubt everything you see. Judge yourself and you see judges everywhere. But if you listen to the sound of your own voice, you can rise above doubt and judgment. And you can see forever.”

The New Moon will affect you greatly if you have planets or angles around 0° in Leo, Aquarius, Taurus, Scorpio or if you have Leo ascendant.

Look in which house you have 0° Leo to understand which area of your life needs to be reclaimed.

Last Quarter Moon In Aries – The Missing Piece Of The Puzzle

On Sunday, July 16th we have the Last Quarter Moon in Aries. The Last Quarter Moon is dynamic and unpredictable and will reveal something we’ve been missing. This “missing element” will take us completely by surprise, given that Uranus and Mars are in a very close aspect to this lunation.

Last Quarter Moons are always dynamic because there are essentially a square between the most important celestial bodies, the Sun and the Moon. This particular Quarter Moon will be even more so, because it triggers the Mars Uranus square in the Cardinal signs Aries and Cancer.

Because of these squares, Sunday and Monday will be very intense, in contrast to the rest of the week, which has been rather uneventful. After the powerful Full Moon in Capricorn we had some well-deserved time to chill out, reflect and regain our strength and clarity.

The Last Quarter Moon in Aries will be explosive and unexpected, like an alarm clock waking us up from a dream. Mars is pairing with the Sun while the Moon is pairing with Uranus. Sun and Mars in the sign of Cancer will seek the safe harbor, the familiar territory, while Uranus with the Moon in the individualistic sign of Aries will look for freedom and seek to rewire (Uranus) our patterns of behavior (Moon).

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Mars and Uranus are the most intense, active and alert planets so expect a lot of inner tension. We cannot have emotional freedom and play it safe in the same time. This is the message of this turbo-charged Last Quarter Moon. If you want predictability, you might miss all the fun. It is either, or.

Don’t try to fight the restlessness you’re experiencing because it is in the uneasiness of the conflict where you will find the way out.

Look at the moon right now. It is exactly half illuminated. Half light, half dark.  You are now at the crossroads, looking how far you’ve come and how much further you can get. It is a time of transition, transformation, of evolution.  Something is about to happen, something is about to change.

The message may not be so easy to decode as it is internal, so don’t expect something to just “happen” in the outside. You are the one who needs to make up your mind and make the necessary decisions.

Like with any decision, a part of us wants to move forwards, and a part of us resists change. This is not the time to make life changing decisions, this is a time for readjustment. It is a time to see what is not working, look at the cracks, see what exactly what needs to be changed, so you can prepare for something better.

The changes we make at the Last Quarter Moon are not so obvious, “in your face” like the changes we make at the First Quarter Moon.  If during the First Quarter we are motivated to build, to manifest in the outside world, during the Last quarter we are motivated to “de-construct”, to find a new direction.

The changes we make now require some sort of mental adjustments, a shift in our thinking, in our beliefs. They are very much internal and sometimes unconscious. Last Quarter Moons can be uneventful, but are uneventful only from the outside. Inside, things are changing.

Don’t try to resist them, go with the flow.  Just like the moon, we need to go thought the cycle of growing and disseminating, so we can grow again.

On Sunday especially, but also during the whole next week when the Moon is disseminating, let go of anything that needs to be let go of: projects, beliefs, attitudes, habits and behaviors, people, places, dreams, whatever it is that is holding you back.

Now is time to bring your life in line with what you deeply know to be true.

You are affected by this transit especially if you have planets or angles between 24°-29° in Cardinal signs (Aries, Cancer, Libra, Capricorn). Look in which house you have Aries to get more clues about how the energy will manifest in your life.

Things to do during the Last Quarter Moon:

Contemplate – Last Quarter Moons are those time in the lunar cycle when is actually beneficial to look back, evaluate and contemplate, while keeping the focus on the big picture. What have you learned from the moment of the New Moon until now? Last Quarter Moons are also a good time to look ahead, not necessarily with big dreams and hopes, but with wisdom and reflection:  what are you going to do different next time?  This is a time of change, to reflect on the consequences of your past actions as well as decide what you should keep on doing, and what not.  Ponder on why you have not achieved some of your objectives. And make sure next time, at the next lunar cycle, you avoid doing the same mistakes.

Make decisions – Write down all the projects you are working on but you did not have the chance to complete. Take a honest look at each single one of them. Which one is worth pursuing and which one is not? What do you need to eliminate so you can move forward? Circle the top projects and activities and make a commitment to do something about them, and plan the next steps to make sure you complete them. The Last Quarter Moon is your last chance to make changes and restructure your plans. And then cross out all the remaining  projects and objectives. Make the conscious commitment to release them.

Break bad habits – If you want to kick a bad habit, you might find it is easier to break it at a Last Quarter Moon phase than at a New Moon phase. This is because at a New Moon, when the Moon is invisible, we can feel quite confused, without a compass and we are generally low in energy. Use instead the active energy of the Last Quarter Moon square to end a habit you wish to quit.

Do some recycling or small DIY projects – If you are not a DIY person yourself, you can instead go and shop for any type of item that has been recycled, reprocessed or reused, for example reclaimed wood, or for anything that has to do with energy saving, for example energy efficient appliances, energy efficient light bulbs, energy efficient windows.

Reclaim your job – Last Quarter Moons have a Capricorn vibe because Capricorn is the last Cardinal sign, connected to Aries (the Sun’ equivalent of the New Moon) with a square by sign. That’s why during Last Quarter Moon any type of adjustments related to your status, to your career, anything that has to do with reclaiming your status and authority is favored now.

Do gardening – if  you have a garden, now is time to harvest or weed the garden, and prune dormant fruit trees. The Last Quarter Moons in general are also a great time to start building a new compost heap.

Take care of the details – this is a great time to deal with those “odds and ends” you’ve been neglecting, dig into the details, and finish the work you’ve been procrastinating. Either if it is finishing some paperwork, paying the bills, cleaning out the cupboard or reinventing the existing space in your room, now is time to organize, streamline, clean up, throw away whatever is impractical, useless, or toxic (those decades’ old jars in the fridge or the empty spray bottles for example), and in general to toss out the old stuff to make space for the new.

Move! Let’s not forget that the last quarter Moon is a square, and if you feel a rush of energy and don’t know what to do about it, yoga, martial arts or any type of movement that  aims to align the body with the mind are very beneficial right now.

Full Moon In Capricorn – All Or Nothing

There’s an extremely powerful Full Moon in Capricorn coming up on July 8th, cutting across the Cancer/Capricorn axis at 17°.

The Full Moon is conjunct Pluto, opposite Mars and square Jupiter, forming a T-square in Cardinal signs. The message of this Plutonic Full Moon is very powerful and will touch every single one of us: dig as deep as you can until you find the passion that fuels your soul. Stick to the truth and nothing but the truth. Settle for nothing less than what your soul craves for. And purge what no longer serves you.

The Full Moon in Capricorn is undoubtedly the most intense Full Moon of the year, and will give us an unique opportunity to make radical changes in our lives. The Full Moon in Capricorn will subject us to our greatest fear. It is only when we can face our greatest fear that we can fully tap into the truth of our soul. And this truth is always scary, because it contains all the shame, all the darkness, everything we are to too scared to embrace in ourselves.

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There is no mountain high enough, no ditch too steep for the goat to climb. The Full Moon in Capricorn will expose that dark part of our soul who wants to win, who wants to reach the summit, who will devour anyone or anything that keeps us from reaching our goal.

Traditionally the Moon is not very strong in Capricorn. Its nurturing qualities cannot be easily expressed in the hard working, ambitious and dutiful sing of the Goat. But deep in our soul, beyond comfort, we all have a mountain to climb, a purpose we know it’s worth living and fighting for.

The Full Moon in Capricorn will ask you to break through your comfort zone (Cancer) and honor your ambitions and passions so you can make it to the top. The Full Moon is a great opportunity to take responsibility for what you really want. Propelled by Pluto, you can now climb higher than ever.

You are not alone in your quest to Everest. Your ally is not your ego, nor our physical strength (both Sun and Mars are now in comfort-seeking Cancer and their primary concern is preservation; they are not interested at all in risking their life for what they call “foolish” endeavors). Your ally is Pluto, this infinite energy and passion hidden very deep inside your soul. Pluto wants only one thing: to change you.

Pluto will either take you to the top of the mountain if you chose to adapt and evolve OR to the bottom of the underworld if you resist change. Either way, you will HAVE TO let go of what no longer serves you. With Pluto there is no negotiation, there are no compromises.

Fighting a battle you’re not in control of? Give away your control to Pluto and let him fight the battle for you. The only way to deal with Pluto is to hand him over everything you have. If you try to dominate something in your life by resisting change, the Full Moon in Capricorn will beam light on your ego-driven pursuits and expose your humanly limitations.

Even if Mars is currently weak in Cancer (Mars is also invisible as it approaches a conjunction to the Sun, and an invisible planet is thought to be weaker) still it does not mean it will not add up to the general tension that accompanies this Full Moon.

When Mars applies an opposition to another planet, he wants to show he’s the boss. An opposition is a very confrontational aspect and when you have the God of War involved you can definitely expect battles of will. Unfortunately for Mars, he is not only opposing the soft& sweet Moon, he is also opposing Pluto, who is very strong in Capricorn.

Pluto is the higher octave of Mars, so we will have ego-centered will vs. higher will. There is no question who is going to win this battle.

However, we should not forget about what Cancer stands for. In isolation, comfort and security (Cancer) will not take us too far (Capricorn) but we cannot get too far (Capricorn) if we don’t have a solid identity and if we don’t take proper care of ourselves (Cancer).

Mars and Sun are also in quincunx to Saturn showing us again our boundaries and asking us to find creative solutions to express ourselves in a constrained environment, and in the same time acknowledge the possible consequences of our actions.

Jupiter is mid-way in this epic battle of wills. Jupiter is the release point of the Full Moon, the point of balance. If you feel completely overpowered by the energy of the Full Moon, what will help is to come back to the basic meaning of Jupiter in Libra: fair-mindedness, balance and mediation.

But Jupiter is also a very straightforward planet, “what you see is what you get”. Applying a square both to the Sun and Mars, and to the Moon and Pluto, his aim is to reveal and to expose. Jupiter magnifies and exaggerates, and when he reveals a secret, he also calls the paparazzi. Exposure is indeed a major theme of this Full Moon – so better be honest with yourself and make peace with the “dark side”, otherwise the Full Moon’s light will reach into the depths of your secret and let everyone else know about it.

There is an all or nothing quality about this Full Moon. Although Pluto will paralyze us with fear, and Mars and Sun in Cancer will make us want to play it safe, there will be an overwhelming desire to give our soul what it craves for, no matter the consequences. It will become impossible to ignore and deny our soul’s longing and this urge to satisfy it will propel us from the inside to do whatever is needed.

…but at which cost? The powerful Full Moon in Capricorn will raise questions about how much one can withstand. Just like a volcano, Pluto will burn through everything, leaving only the essentials.

The Full Moon in Capricorn reminds me of Ernest Hemingway’s novel “The old man and the sea”.

The main character of the novel, Santiago is an old, experienced fisherman who hasn’t caught a fish in months. On the 85th day of this dry spell, he heads far out into the Gulf of Mexico where after several struggles he manages to hook a giant marlin. Unable to pull the fish into his boat, because of the giant size of the fish, Santiago holds onto the line for three days before killing it with a harpoon. 80% of the book is in fact a description of Santiago’s struggle to bring the fish to the shore.  But on his way home on the sea, the sharks reduce the fish to bones, and the old man returns to port only with the skeleton of the giant fish.

All this struggle for nothing…or maybe not. The “Old man and the sea” is a story about what really matters, about values such as pride, respect, and tenacity. While challenges and setbacks can strip someone of all the outward signs of success, still their spirit can remain undefeated.

Or, as Hemmingway puts it, a man is not made for defeat.

A man can be destroyed, but not defeated.

If you are brave about the changes you need to make in your life then the Full Moon will transform the core of your being and help you take your personal power back. During the process, you may discover you don’t need much. Only the essentials. That truth worth fighting for.

The sabian symbol for 18° Capricorn is “The Union Jack flag flies from a British warship”. The symbol points to the concepts of power and institutions. Power is required to maintain social order but this power can easily be misused under the pretext of preserving “law and order”. Justice and compassion (Jupiter in Libra) must balance this institutional power to make sure is not being used for selfish advantages.

The transformative quality of this Full Moon in Capricorn has also been acknowledged in the native American tradition, where the Full Moon of July was called the Buck Moon, pointing to the time of the year when the bucks grow new antlers.

If you have Capricorn ascendant, if you are born around January 8th, or you have other personal planets or angles around 17° in Cardinal signs (Aries, Cancer, Libra, Capricorn) you are going to be especially affected by this Full Moon.  Check which house in your natal chart is ruled by Capricorn for more insight.