FULL MOON IN CAPRICORN – A boat is safe in the harbor, but this is not the purpose of a boat (July 12, 2014)

Astrology New Moon Full MoonIn the Pacific Time Zone, the Moon will be full at 4:24 a.m. on Saturday, July 12. With this Full Moon, the Sun in Cancer will be in opposition (180°) to the Moon in Capricorn. To further clarify how this Full Moon will impact you on a personal level, locate 21° of Cancer and 21° of Capricorn in your birth/natal chart. The issues associated with those two houses are going to be most impacted by this Full Moon’s presence.

WHEW! July is a very busy astrological month, with several planets changing sign and direction and lots of different aspects between planets making it a very stimulating time. I’ll do my best to break down the next two weeks into understandable chunks.

We’ll start off with a complex Full Moon in Capricorn. One way to view this Full Moon is the importance of finding a balance between our masculine side (Capricorn) and our feminine side (Cancer). Regardless of our gender, we both have masculine and feminine qualities, and both need to be in balance in order for us to be happy and healthy:

  • Capricorn is all about developing our own internalized sense of authority and responsibility for others. It’s about being pragmatic, objective, systematic, and business-like. A healthy masculine side allows us to be assertive, focused, and self-directed.
  • Cancer is all about learning to recognize and fulfill our personal needs by being responsible to ourselves and those we define as “family.” It’s about being sensitive, nurturing, and mothering. A healthy feminine side allows us to be supportive, passionate, and compassionate.

As with all Full Moons, this Full Moon in Capricorn reminds us that both sides of this polarity are equally as important. Finding a healthy balance allows us to be both powerful and kind, both discerning and intuitive.

But during this Full Moon, we may feel torn between taking care of others and taking care of ourselves. We need to find ways to set healthy boundaries when we’ve reached our limit and also recognize that our external responsibilities can give our life purpose, meaning, structure, and a sense of accomplishment. Neither is “bad,” and in fact, both are very important!

Another way to view this Full Moon is that security-seeking Cancer may not want us to take risks and may cling to the old ways of doing something, whereas outward-focused Capricorn would like us to take risks and try new things, especially if taking a risk might lead to making a good public impression. However, trying to escape into old patterns may be difficult now due to several planets in aspect to both the Sun and Moon. The Sun is in a wide conjunction (0°) to Jupiter, which means our increased self-confidence may prompt us to grow and expand. Additionally, the Moon is in a wide conjunction (0°) to Pluto, which will push us to look deep within our psyches to find what is emotionally blocking us from shining our light in the world.

The additional push toward taking risks and not getting stuck in old, familiar patterns comes from Uranus, which is squaring (90°) both Sun/Jupiter and Moon/Pluto. This is forming a right triangle (t-square) in the sky above us. T-squares always mean that there is tension that needs to be resolved . . . it’s like an itch that needs to be scratched. They push us forward on our soul’s evolutionary path. And the planet that is squared within a t-square (i.e., Uranus this time) provides hints to resolving the conflicts presented by the planets that are in opposition (i.e., Sun/Jupiter and Moon/Pluto this time). So as has been true for most of the year, Uranus is a key player! We are being pushed to flexibly adapt to the changes that are being presented by revolutionary Uranus, especially in the areas mentioned above (e.g., masculine versus feminine energy, the needs of self versus others, holding onto the old versus taking risks). Rather than hold on tightly, it’s important now to ride the waves of change. Given that all the planets are in cardinal signs, action will probably be required, and it is likely that our problems will remain until we are willing to make the necessary changes.

However, later in the day, going too far is possible because the Moon does form a quick square (90°) to Mars and an opposition (180°) to Jupiter. Being cautious in our pursuit of bold goals is an appropriate marriage of Cancer and Capricorn. Both signs actually seek control; Cancer seeks it inwardly and Capricorn seeks it externally. So if we push too far or move too fast, then we can begin to feel out of control; and this means that both Cancer and Capricorn will not be happy campers. The moral of the story is make responsible changes but “slow and steady wins the race”!

Luckily, a supportive sextile (60°) between the Moon and Saturn and a free-flowing trine (120°) between the Sun and Saturn will help guide us safely through these turbulent times. The former will help support us in making long-term changes that sustain future growth, and the latter will help us all feel grounded and stable as we make those slow and steady changes. Given the strong presence of Cancer, this may be a good time to reflect back on previous challenges that you’ve encountered, which will remind you that you will survive . . . and even thrive. This backward look may also reveal unrecognized lessons that will help you turn any challenges to your advantage.

This entire month is filled with lots of new energy entering our lives. It began with Mercury moving out of retrograde on Tuesday, July 1. Whenever Mercury begins moving direct again, it usually takes some time to begin to see changes occurring, so it is likely we are all beginning to see some things coming to fruition that we have been thinking about since mid-June.

On the same day as the Full Moon (Saturday, July 12), Mercury moves out of Gemini and back into the sign of Cancer. We become more concerned with the quality of the communication (Cancer) than the quantity of the communication (Gemini). Our thoughts and words will become more personal and will be colored by our emotions. This makes us more sensitive in our communications, which can be good if we need to have a conversation that requires emotional sensitivity and caring. But it can also make us hypersensitive to any perceived criticism.

On Wednesday, July 16, Jupiter moves out of Cancer and into Leo, where it will remain for a full year (until August 11, 2015). Although egos can become inflated when Jupiter is in Leo, it also brings increased enthusiasm, creativity, hope, joy, and love. We may find that our self-confidence improves during this year, and we are more able than usual to have a positive outlook. This may empower us to move toward our dreams. However, Leo’s energy can be very ego-based, so we need to make sure our dreams are supported by a reasonable plan and aren’t solely designed to “feed our ego.” The way to keep our egos in check is to focus on service, expressing our generous hearts with kindness, and making sure we recognize our truth . . . and allow others to express their truth, too. For those who have a Leo Ascendant or planets in Leo, you may find that this is a year in which you are ready to expand and enjoy some rewards for your previous efforts. Another group of people that will be particularly impacted by Jupiter’s movement through Leo are those born between approximately mid-June 1955 and early July 1956, because you have your natal Jupiter in Leo. During this year, you can more easily see what is blocking you from obtaining your deepest desires.

On Friday, July 18, Venus moves out of Virgo and into Cancer, where it will remain until August 13. The symbol for Cancer is the crab, and it has a hard outer shell and claws because it has a very soft inside that needs to be protected. When Venus is in Cancer, we tend to feel more self-protective, as well as more protective of whatever we love. We also may be more emotionally touchy in our relationships, and we may want to hunker down with those we love and not move too far outside our comfort zones.

And yet only two days later, on Sunday, July 20, Saturn ends its 5-month retrograde period, which began on March 2. This forward motion will likely temper any vulnerability felt from Venus’s move into Cancer. Saturn’s energy will urge us to be reasonable and responsible. And as Saturn picks up speed over the next few weeks, we will likely begin to see the results of all the inner restructuring that we’ve been doing. This will help everyone feel more ready to move forward with whatever has been under review or revision since early March. We all may feel better able to get things done now on the physical plane. This will be particularly true for those people who have natal planets in the later degrees of Scorpio (e.g., 16°-29°). Although all of us will benefit, these folks may find that they have an increased sense of discipline that helps overcome limitations and leads to a new cycle in life.

Then on Monday, July 21, Uranus begins is annual 5-month retrograde phase, which will be in effect through December 21. When Uranus moves in retrograde, some of our most important changes will be focused inward rather than outward. Given the intense energy occurring during the early part of 2014, this time period may finally provide us with some much-needed time to integrate about all the changes that have occurred during the early part of the year. But it won’t be solely a time of reflection on what has happened; it will also be a time when we dissect and dismantle whatever is within us that has been blocking us from moving forward.

Finally, on Tuesday, July 22, the Sun moves out of Cancer and into its home sign of Leo. This will support us in being courageous and creative, especially when we are involved in an activity in which we can express who we really are. Just two days later, on Thursday, July 24, the Sun will make its exact conjunction (0°) to Jupiter. There are potential pluses and pitfalls to this alignment. On the plus side, we will feel an increased sense of generosity, optimism, and creativity. We could even receive some good news or come up with some new and powerful dreams for the future. The downside of this alignment is that exaggeration and excess are possible, as are inflated egos. Later that same day, though, Mercury will square (90°) Uranus and trine (120°) Saturn. As is true of so many aspects during the last few months, if we can responsibly (Saturn) apply the changes brought on by Uranus, then the ideas brought on by the Sun’s conjunction with Jupiter will have a better chance of true success!

Overall, this Full Moon in Capricorn and the days following it are likely going to be filled with a lot of new energy. We are being asked to find a balance between our masculine and feminine energy and between our need to control our inner and outer worlds. The Full Moon and the many planetary changes in sign and direction are indicating change is very likely, but they are also urging us to make changes in a responsible, caring way. If we can move with and adapt to any changes, then we will move forward. If we resist, then we will become stuck and mired in our fears and insecurities . . . like the crab that pulls inward to protect itself but also makes itself more vulnerable because it cannot see what is going on around it. So remember, “A boat is safe in the harbor, but this is not the purpose of a boat.” (Unknown)


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  • The Mountain Astrologer (magazine)
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  • New Moons and Full Moons often influence us for the 3 days before and 3 days after the actual event.


  • Full Moon at 21° of Capricorn
  • Saturday, July 12, 2014, at 4:24 a.m. PDT
  • Saturday, July 12, 2014, at 7:24 a.m. EDT
  • Saturday, July 12, 2014, at 11:24 a.m. GMT