FULL MOON IN CAPRICORN-Solstice, Mercury Retrograde, and great energy for foundation building and creating dreams (June 23, 2013)

In the Pacific Time Zone (PST), the Moon will be full at 4:33 a.m. on Sunday, June 23.  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 3° of Cancer and 3° 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.

As is true with all Full Moons, balance is the name of the game.  Our challenge this time is to find a balance between the qualities of Cancer and Capricorn.  Cancer is all about our inner world of home/family, security needs, sensitivities, and emotions.  Capricorn is all about our outer world of responsibility, leadership, goals, and recognition.  These seemingly opposite ways of being in the world require equal attention at the time of this Full Moon.

Cancer often wants to retreat into its inner subjective world, especially when feeling threatened.  Capricorn, on the other hand, avoids emotions by focusing on obtaining recognition from others.  One of our challenges now is that Cancer needs to learn how to receive and Capricorn needs to learn how to give back.  Cancer is often associated with the Divine Feminine, while Capricorn is often associated with the Divine Masculine.  Another challenge that is often present with a Full Moon in Capricorn is to find balance between the feminine and masculine, the yin and the yang, cooperation and assertion, emotion and logic. 

At the time of this Full Moon, Jupiter is conjunct (0°) the Sun.  This is a wonderful alignment that will increase vitality, enthusiasm, optimism, and desire for social contacts.  You may hunger for recognition and respect, and this may come, but only through being generous and benevolent.  Your interests may broaden, and you may find yourself craving educational experiences and self-improvement.  We are being supported in releasing any outdated ideas or beliefs so we can incorporate new ones.  And this is the second of three SuperMoons in a row where the Moon is at its closest to the Earth and in alignment with the Sun.  This intensifies the Full Moon’s effects. 

This Full Moon in Capricorn can also provide us with the discipline and willingness to work hard to overcome emotional issues because Capricorn allows us to toughen up in the face of Cancer’s uncertainty.  Luckily, emotional balance is readily available to us due to Capricorn’s ruling planet Saturn being in sextile (60°) to the Moon and trine (120°) to the Sun.  This supportive configuration will provide us with the emotional maturity to work through difficult situations and assist us in establishing a firm foundation of purpose and persistence.  This will all be particularly helpful when Jupiter moves into Cancer on Tuesday, June 25 (see later discussion), because it will support us in assimilating expanding emotional experiences. 

Additionally, just 30 minutes after the Full Moon is exact, the Moon will be in sextile (60°) to Saturn and trine (120°) to Neptune.  This configuration shows us that we need to find more than just a balance between the outer world (Capricorn) and inner world (Cancer).  Due to the sweet presence of Neptune, we are being supported in finding connections between the realms of matter (Saturn) and spirit (Neptune).

This is also a particularly powerful Full Moon due to its proximity to the Solstice on Thursday, June 20 (10:03 p.m. PST).  At this time, the Sun appears to stop for a period of about 3 days before and after the Solstice.  This provides us with an enormous energy gateway.  It’s a time when our DNA can be reprogrammed, we can more easily receive downloads of information from other realms/dimensions, and our evolution as a species can accelerate.  You can facilitate this process by spending time meditating, being in nature, or attending spiritual gatherings. 

The Solstice occurs when the Sun moves into the sign of Cancer, which usually marks the beginning of a month in which we reorient ourselves toward building family and enterprises.  Additionally, Cancer is a very intuitive sign, so this energy often helps us more easily “know,” at an intuitive level, how to create a clearer path toward our dreams.  However, we may find ourselves feeling particularly protective.  Old wounds may surface in order to heal; and if we fail to face our inner emotional needs, we may regress and seek the illusion of safety in shutting out the outside world.  But we are just as likely to find ourselves renewing commitments to the people who we consider our family. 

Just two days after the Full Moon (Tuesday, June 25), Jupiter follows the Sun and moves into the sign of Cancer.  Jupiter only changes signs once a year, so the last time it was in Cancer was 12 years ago (i.e., July 12, 2001 through August 1, 2002).  This time, Jupiter will remain in Cancer until July 16, 2014.  The time Jupiter spends in this sign will see our emotional experiences expanding, and many of us will want to connect more deeply with those we care about.  We will also feel motivated to seek out those things that nurture us.  Jupiter is the planet of wisdom and meaning, and when it is in the subjective waters of Cancer, we often find that the women in our lives take center stage and that we pursue “the truth” through an exploration of our feelings, our emotional attachments, and understanding our past.   

On Wednesday, June 26, Mercury (which is also in Cancer) begins its second retrograde period of the year, which ends on Saturday, July 20.  As with all retrograde periods, this is a good time to double- and triple-check all documents and travel plans.  It’s also very important to be patient with all forms of communication.  Remember, everyone is doing their best and sometimes misunderstandings happen during Mercury retrograde periods.  All the “re” words are an appropriate use of the retrograde energy.  For example, this is a good time to retrace our steps, reflect on recent conversations and plans, revisit information in order to identify any missing pieces, and reassess unfinished projects.  And because Mercury is retrograde in Cancer, it is likely our attention will turn inward toward honoring and communicating our feelings and needs. 

The same day (Wednesday, June 26), the Sun forms a harmonious water grand trine with Saturn and Neptune (i.e., equilateral triangle with trines [120°] between all 3).  For several days before and after this event, the spotlight will be on aligning our visions with our current reality.  And many of us will find that we are able to establish goals and make solid plans to reach them.  Self-trust is the key to tapping into the gifts of this mature and productive pattern.  Because of the trine between Saturn (realism) and Neptune (dreams), we are being given a chance to connect these two realms in magical ways.  Commitment and compassion will continue to work well together through Saturn and Neptune’s third and final trine on July 19; therefore, applying discipline to spiritual, artistic, creative, and charitable activities should be easier during the next three weeks. 

On Thursday, June 27, Venus moves into the sign of Leo, where it will remain until July 22.  This placement often coincides with seeking love, attention, and acknowledgement, and even a bit of drama.  Pride and passion are what we seek in all we do.  One of the best uses of this transit is to get your creative juices flowing (e.g., writing, music, art), which will help you avoid the extravagance that is sometimes seen with Venus in Leo.  

A rather major event occurs between Monday, July 1, and Wednesday, July 3, which will be felt for many days before and afterward.  A challenging cardinal t-square (i.e., a right triangle) is formed when the Sun is in opposition (180°) to Pluto and both the Sun and Pluto square (90°) Uranus.  With the Sun in Cancer, we may be seeking security, and this t-square can make us feel more mistrustful, rebellious, and resentful than usual.  Power struggles and recklessness can result.  However, our attention now is best directed toward a deep examination of our own relationship with power (Pluto) and toward using this t-square’s energy to think differently (Uranus).  If we can do that, then major internal breakthroughs are possible.  This will be particularly true for those who have made the drive for security more important than individual expression.  If this applies to you, then this t-square will likely provide the “wake up call” required to help you get moving in the right direction. 

Overall, this summer is preparing all of us for a potential quantum leap in consciousness that will likely come during the important water grand trine occurring in mid-July.  Use this Full Moon in Capricorn to find a better balance between the masculine (Capricorn) and feminine (Cancer) in your life.  Don’t allow yourself to become lost in the need for security and miss the opportunity to expand your horizons and shine your light unto the world!  On the other hand, don’t forget to recharge your batteries by returning “home” to the place and to those you consider “family.”  And use all the supportive trines and sextiles to create solid plans (Saturn) to pursue your dreams (Neptune).  Remember, “Only in growth, reform, and change, paradoxically enough, is true security to be found” (Anne Morrow Lindbergh).


  • New Moons and Full Moons often influence us for the 3 days before and 3 days after the actual event. 


  • Full Moon at 3° of Capricorn
  • Sunday, June 23, 2013, at 4:33 a.m. PDT
  • Sunday, June 23, 2013, at 7:33 a.m. EST
  • Sunday, June 23, 2013, at 11:33 a.m. GMT


  • The Mountain Astrologer (magazine)
  • Various online sources
  • Anne’s interpretations