FULL MOON IN CAPRICORN – Time to think about what is and isn’t your responsibility (June 27, 2018)

by Anne Reith, Ph.D.

Astrology-New-Moon-Full-MoonIn the Pacific Time Zone, the Moon will be full at 9:52 p.m. on Wednesday, June 27.  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 7° of Cancer and 7° 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.

Whenever we experience a Full Moon, it is a time when we need to reevaluate something in our lives with the goal of achieving a better balance between two areas of our lives.  This time, our home base (Cancer) and our public endeavors (Capricorn) are under the spotlight.  Watery Cancer is all about emotions, family, and our private, sensitive world.  Earthy Capricorn’s focus is on career, discipline, and practical actions in the world outside our family.  Both are concerned with responsibility, but Cancer is responsible for taking care of ourselves and those we call “family,” while Capricorn’s responsibility lies outside our home in the “public domain.”

The Moon is in a close conjunction (0°) with Saturn at the time of this Capricorn Full Moon, which gives extra emphasis to the sign of Capricorn because Saturn is the ruler of Capricorn.  Pluto is also in this sign at the present time.  Capricorn’s prominence could mean that this is a turning point in our lives because it is the sign often associated with completion, endings, and even Karma.  Many of us will likely be called to review our priorities to see if we need to end something in one area of our life to make room for something new.  We might want to ask ourselves, “Have I been expressing too much Capricorn energy by being over committed and giving away my energy to others?” or “Have I been expressing too much Cancer energy by avoiding important responsibilities or not sharing my gifts with the external world?”

The good news is that even if we do need to redistribute the balance between our private and public selves, we always have a choice.  But sometimes making that choice means having to say no to ourselves or to someone else, which can be difficult.  If we have committed too much of ourselves to the external world, we might have to set some boundaries and make some people unhappy.  Or if we have been too reclusive, we might need to sacrifice some alone time in order to meet our responsibilities head on.

However, if we do this right, healing will be the end result.  This is because the Full Moon opposition (180°) between Sun and the Moon/Saturn is squaring (90°) Chiron, forming a right triangle or t-square in the sky above us.  T-squares demand change.  Chiron, as the focal planet, shows us where our greatest potential for growth is located, but it isn’t called the Wounded Healer for nothing!  In order to heal, we will need to face our insecurities, fears, and wounded inner child.  But the outcome of facing our issues and finding a better balance between our private and public selves could be life changing!

Keep in mind, though, that we have a lot of planets in retrograde right now (i.e., Jupiter, Saturn, Neptune, Pluto).  Consequently, it is best to use the time of the Cap Full Moon to turn inward and do the assessment phase of this healing.  This is reinforced by Mars going retrograde the day before the Full Moon (Tuesday, June 26).  Therefore, focus on identifying the imbalance and start looking for possible solutions.  With Mars going retrograde, we may feel like our energy levels have suddenly dropped.  We may experience blocks or delays that slow us down.  Nothing will be happening quickly for the next few months.  Therefore, we may not initiate changes right away.  Or if we try, we may feel that our efforts are thwarted.  It’s important to remember that this retrograde season is meant to help us make sure that what we are doing is well thought out and well timed.  We are focused now on making the critical inner changes that will support the new actions that will be taken in the future.  With so much earthy Capricorn energy right now, focusing on practical things and wrapping up unfinished business will be very helpful.  Starting anything new might be challenging.

The time of the Cap Full Moon could also be an emotional time.  Mars in retrograde can feel frustrating, and it is in conjunction (0°) with the South Node, which represents our past.  Not only could we more easily fall back into old behavior patterns, but we may experience old hurts or anger re-surfacing.  With Chiron in a supportive trine (120°) to Mercury, healing will be aided by talking with compassionate people, journaling, and/or speaking our truth in a loving way.  Support is also provided by a trine (120°) between the Moon/Saturn to Uranus, helping us see new options for breaking free, trying something new, and expressing who we are as individuals.

The day after the Full Moon (Thursday, June 28), Mercury leaves emotional Cancer and moves into fiery Leo.  Mercury usually spends about three weeks in each sign.  However, this time, due to going retrograde from July 26-August 19, Mercury will be in Leo until September 7.  Our inner and external communication will be grand and dramatic.  We want to be noticed and receive acknowledgement and praise.  Just be forewarned that we aren’t very focused on details right now because we see the big picture and not the trees.  So we do need to be careful to not make silly detail-oriented mistakes or not listen carefully when important information is being given to us, especially once Mercury goes retrograde.  But this is an excellent placement for making a speech, telling a story, or being persuasive in our written or oral communication.

Then on what is Independence Day in the USA (Wednesday, July 4), Chiron joins the retrograde party.  Chiron is in retrograde basically for the rest of this year, so we have ample opportunity to benefit from its urgings to look deep into our psyches and bring up to the surface whatever needs to be healed in order to move forward on our spiritual journey.  We may feel more vulnerable than usual during this time, but we can make huge leaps forward in our healing progress.  Luckily, Chiron is in Aries, which will give us the courage (Aries) to go into the darkness and search for the light of healing that is waiting for each of us.

Overall, the heavy Capricorn emphasis of this Full Moon will likely make it a serious time.  We will be looking at where we have been avoiding taking responsibility or where we have been overly responsible.  We might need to stop procrastinating about something or set firm boundaries with ourselves or others.  With Saturn prominent in this Full Moon and it being in its retrograde phase, it’s likely a restructuring of some kind is happening in order to create a firmer foundation in our lives.  We are being asked to attain a better balance between our emotional life and what we are manifesting or creating in the external world.  Being overly focused on others or on ourselves can leave us out of balance energetically, and this Full Moon gives us an opportunity to create a new dynamic stability.  Therefore, our best use of this time period is to go inward, seek practical solutions, and gain clarity that will result in healing.


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Full Moon at 7° of Capricorn

  • Wednesday, June 27, 2018, 9:52 p.m. PDT
  • Thursday, June 28, 2018, 12:52 a.m. EDT
  • Thursday, June 28, 2018, 4:52 a.m. GMT

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