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On July 16, 2019 we experienced a partial lunar eclipse coinciding the start of a full moon phase in the zodiac sign of Capricorn. This cosmic event is also occurring while five planets are in retrograde, one of which being Saturn, who rules Capricorn.
This is the last eclipse of the year and will amplify the energy surrounding the full moon. Eclipses are known for eclipsing things out of our lives. With the ruler of karma, Saturn, in retrograde in its home sign, the practical hard working, Capricorn, exits will be bringing in much needed balance and calling due on karmic debts. What you have been putting out into the collective consciousness, will be coming back to roost.
Saturn also controls the archetype of the father and who has power, authority or control over us. A shift in who we perceive as authority and what has authority over our lives will be a focus.
Where have you been limiting yourself? What power or control are you freely giving away that is rightfully yours? Who old lies are you telling yourself as to why you cannot achieve your goals? What is keeping you chained and bound?
Capricorn energy is very straight forward and direct. As the oldest earth sign, Cappies are well grounded in practicality. You’ll be seeing where it’s time to turn off the nonsense and get real and honest with yourself and aspects of your life that are holding you back or need revisiting.
A heavy focus on career and your presentation to the world will come into focus. Am I doing what brings me joy? Are my efforts better served elsewhere? How I am contributing?
This energy will likely illuminate the areas where more work is needed and where you are stuck. It will also illuminate what it’s time to give up and let go of. Eclipse energy can often be sudden and unexpected. Relationships end. Lives pass on to the next plane. You may find you’ve totally lost interest in people, places, or things that you once greatly enjoyed. Capricorn energy is one of the most honest it the zodiac.
The endings that may be experienced are fated. It’s what you need to let go of, even if you may not feel ready to.
On June 17, 2019 in the early morning we will enter a full moon phase in the zodiac sign of Sagittarius. This moon was called the “Thunder Moon” by some native Americans. Like any full moon, the moon will be at its brightest point in its transit. It is a symbol of harvest and culmination of our efforts. With the sun in the late part of its time in Gemini, Jupiter retrograding squaring Neptune in Pisces, and Mars in Cancer opposing Saturn, this will be a moon of big plans, focus on self, expansion, vulnerability, heavy pondering, and conversation.
Sagittarius is a mutable fire sign ruled by Jupiter that is about adventure and looking past what is just beyond into the unknown. The archetype of this sign is the archer. He can change course to follow his prey, but has the dedication to track it for execution. He can be blunt and direct. Sagittarius can see the bigger picture, but can also have many highs and many lows. He can be quick tempered, yet methodical and wise. He can be spontaneous, but reliable.
Mutable signs are changeable and adaptable. Fire signs are passionate and head full force towards what thrills them in the moment. Jupiter is the planet of luck, growth, and expansion. He brings a deeper understanding to help ground the fiery limitless thrill seeker of Sagittarius. With Jupiter retrograding, there will be a full circle energy surrounding certain areas of life. There be a feeling of needed change and how to make that possible. Change may come without our doing, but it brings a sense of coming full circle.
Neptune will be in its home sign of Pisces during this moon squaring Jupiter retrograding in Sagittarius. Pisces is a very dreamy sign and can be prone to illusion and as a water sign, has deep emotions. Neptune symbolizes dreams, illusion, and spiritual enlightenment. However, Neptune can represent deceit, trickery, and naivety, which are also characteristics of un-evolved Pisces. This square can make us dream big and shoot for what seems impossible. This square can also make us unrealistic and prone to fantasy. You may feel more drawn to spiritual practice around this time. This energy also can act as a removal energy. Something needs to go to actually attain these dreams.
Mars will be in Cancer opposing Saturn during this full moon. Mars is a planet about action and aggression. It adds restlessness. Mars wants to drive forward. Cancer is a water sign that is highly sensitive, highly connected to family and very loyal. Mars in Cancer likely can create disruption in the family dynamic or leaving us feeling extremely vulnerable and sensitive in connection to familial relationships. Saturn represents the father in astrology. Saturn also represents boundaries and established order. Saturn gives us structure. This opposition and these aspects, there may be a dispute arising out of day to day life or even among governing bodies. There may be a challenge of accepted authority. There may be a major shift in a relationship with a family member or where you lack boundaries and need more order. It may be time to quick a habit that is impacting important parts of your life. There may be an area you need more discipline.
Between the moon’s time in Sagittarius and it’s transit into Capricorn, it will be considered “Void of Course.” Being void of course there will be a big shift between seeing this big picture and dreaming big and pushing you into acting on those realizations. There will be a momentum building during this moon.
This Thunder moon is the precipice of major change. It is the rumble before the lightning strike. Something likely come full circle and a deeper realization may be obtained when it comes to self and family relationships. Some new individual truths will be realized.
The sun is in the later part of Gemini, but is mostly not attached to any one sign this moon. It is going to be Peregrine, put simply, it is not heavily aspected. The sun represents self, so a self centered focus may be prevalent around this moon. This can bring a heavy sense of independence and feeling ungrounded. You may feel more focused on self improvement or what needs changing in your day to day habits. How do you fit into the grander scheme of things? You may be just a little selfish too and hungry for the spotlight.
The affect of Gemini will still play heavy with this moon. Gemini is ruled by mercury which is the planet of communication. You may feel “stuck in your head,” this moon having a back and forth conversation with yourself with the un-hinged sun. People may speak bigger and loftier than they really mean with the affect of Neptune. Words and thoughts can be a major trigger for change during this moon. There may be a lot of harsh and emotional communication. This is a good time to read between the lines of what others are communicating. Words are hard to take back once spoken.
There is a vision and idea we want to see realized by year’s end. This moon will give us the ideas to reach that goal, what needs to change, but it may seem difficult to be patient and put in the work until the moon moves into Capricorn. Write down your ideas. Focus on which goals are easily in your reach and go from there. Be realistic with yourself and others. This is also a time of finding out how we really feel and coming to terms with those emotions.
On May 18, 2019 we will enter a Full Moon phase in the zodiac sign of Scorpio. This moon is also known as the Buddha Moon and was called the Flower Moon by Native Americans. This moon will also be considered a “blue moon,” although only in name. The popular concept of a Blue Moon is when there are two full moons in one month. The traditional Blue Moon is the third of four moons in one season, which is occurring this month.
Scorpio is ruled by Pluto and is a sign about death and birth- the phoenix rising from the ashes. Scorpio is a water sign that feels deeply and can be quiet intense. Scorpio is also a fixed sign meaning they can be very stuck in their ways. Scorpio’s emotions fester and that water element has a tendency to come to a boil-needing to let out steam. A moon in this sign is usually about bringing what is hidden to the surface and highly emotional. What is at the point of boiling over? What latent emotion needs to come to the surface? What are you keeping inside that needs to be expressed?Full moons are about endings and culminations of our labor. This moon will be no different.
The namesake of the Buddha Moon is a nod to the death/rebirth of the Buddha when he gained enlightenment- leaving his role as a prince to seek something more. An old self dying and re-birthing the man we know as the Buddha. The Flower Moon is representative of Flowers blooming around this time. Flowers boom in place of what has passed on.
The sun will be conjunct Mercury and oppose the moon in Scorpio during this phase. Mercury rules communication and thought. This aspect will create a need to communicate and express ourselves. It will create a conversation between logic and emotion bubbling up. Combined with the heavy emotional energy of Scorpio, there may be an urge to communicate in an impulsive emotional way. However, the sun is still in Taurus, who is not a sign known for being impulsive (even though she can be a bit harsh in her delivery of truth). The aspect to Taurus will provide a softening energy to the Mercury aspect, bringing in a sense of observation and needing to gain perspective before speaking/acting. It will help ground and create stability with the emotion that may come up.
Coinciding this moon we currently have three planets in retrograde. Pluto and Saturn are currently retrograding in Capricorn and Jupiter is retrograde in Sagittarius. These energies have already caused a lot of shakeup in the astrology world, but will also affect the energy of this moon phase.
Pluto rules Scorpio and is a planet about the unseen, shadow, and subconscious. Pluto is about bringing the truth to the light- she is a keen investigator. She has been retrograde since April 24th. You may have already experienced an unearthing of what was buried-even what you didn’t even know was buried. With this retrograde in Capricorn, an earthy, practical, and hardworking sign, Pluto might expose the areas where you need more joy. What latent desires are not being fulfilled. Maybe you are focusing too much on work and being practical and not enough on play.
Saturn is also retrograding in Capricorn, which is her ruling sign. Saturn is the planet of karma. Saturn is also about the day to day obligations and responsibilities of life. When she is in retrograde, what you may have been neglecting in your life will come to forefront. The obligations you have been avoiding will start to nudge you to address them. You may experience an upheaval in your day-to-day routine and work-life. If you haven’t been treating others well and being dishonest, that energy will likely come to roost during a Saturn retrograde. Saturn will also highlight areas we are being oppressed or being oppressive. It can also expose problems in family dynamics and structure.
Jupiter is retrograding in his home sign-Sagittarius. Jupiter is the planet of luck, success, and wisdom. When she is retrograde there may be an urge to travel, learn something new, or seek new experiences. Sagittarius is all about fresh, new, and adventure. There may be an urge to make sudden changes due to a desire for something bigger and better. It may be best to take a step back and evaluate before making any new big moves. Once Jupiter goes direct you may not be so happy with any major life altering changes you made during the season.
Probably the biggest energy influence on this moon of the planets in retrograde will be Pluto in Retrograde, since Pluto rules Scorpio. Pluto is only one degree from Mercur. This energy will push us to go deeper on what needs to be seen and communicated. Hard conversations may come about around this moon.
There are a lot of intense energies around this moon. Trust that what may not be staying in your life, was not meant to be there. Be open to having the hard conversations-some long needed heart to hearts may be ignited. Be mindful of your emotional state and how that needs to be expressed and what needs to be addressed.