Lunar Eclipse In Capricorn: Letting Go

We are having a partial Lunar Eclipse in Capricorn which will occur July 16th in the West and early on the 17th in the Eastern part of the world. It will be visible in most countries except for Greenland, the Northern parts of Scandinavia, Eastern Russia, and the majority of North America other than small portions of the furthest Southern and Eastern parts of the continent.

However, even when an eclipse is not visible in your location, it still has astrological significance. They reflect changes and can sometimes be a bit of a wildcard. The energies of a Lunar Eclipse can begin a month prior and also influence the following 3 months. Prior to this we had a Solar Eclipse in Cancer on July 2nd, which also affects this period and the following 5-6 months.

As mentioned in previous articles, this series of Eclipses in the Cancer-Capricorn axis began when it transitioned in mid-2018 and will transition out in late 2020. Therefore, some of the themes mentioned in this article (and my previous one) are actually playing out over a 2-year period with different eclipses triggering it in different ways and areas of your personal astrology chart.

However, this specific eclipse season of Summer 2019 will probably be the most impactful of this series when we consider that the Solar Eclipse was ‘Total’ and near the North Node, while this Lunar Eclipse is aligned with Pluto and Saturn at the South Node.

Lunar Eclipse In Capricorn Conjunct Pluto and Saturn Near South Node

This is a South Node Lunar Eclipse, which means that the changes and developments that it reflects lean more towards something that needs to decrease. In some cases, it can even bring significant endings or some sort of release. This ultimately will help us with what the North Node is pointing towards, which is currently in Cancer. See my previous eclipse article here to learn more about that.

Capricorn is associated with structures, ambitions, career, strategy, business, and mastery. It strives for excellence and attaining goals, as it is symbolically represented by the Mountain Goat climbing to the peak. Capricorn energy can also be cold, too caught up in social status, overly conservative, serious, controlling, can seek power over others,  and be excessively focused on work and/or materialism while creating an imbalance with personal life and emotional needs.

This Eclipse is in a close conjunction to Pluto with Saturn (the ruler of Capricorn) close by at the South Node. All of this emphasizes what was written above as Pluto is associated with purging, death, & transformation.

This can reflect the need to make changes around other Pluto themes as well. This planet is associated with fears, obsessions, compulsive behavior, shadows, dark drives, manipulation, desires, deeply repressed feelings, jealousy, the underworld, and destruction. It shares some themes with Capricorn such as power and control.

This is a period in which we need to reflect on which aspects of Capricorn (and perhaps Pluto) energy we need to reduce in order to help us evolve and move forward in other ways. The events and circumstances around this time may help to push this on us.

Saturn will be near the South Node over the next 3 months, which also emphasizes what has already been written. It makes its final conjunction with it in September and early October, which is when we can experience the next strong wave of this energy after this Eclipse period. For many people there will be some concluding factor at that time in relation to what is currently playing out in our lives.

Venus At North Node While Opposing Saturn/Pluto & Trine Neptune, Mercury Retrograde Reaching its Peak

Venus is currently in Cancer at the North Node while in opposition with Saturn at the South Node. We may feel a push/pull between our relationships, love, values, money and pleasures and at odds with responsibilities, limitations, work or restrictive behavior. However, some relationship developments that occur now and over the following weeks may be highly beneficial for our evolution even if it comes with, or is faced with, complications.

Venus is also in a trine with Neptune, which can help to soften any challenges or conflicts in our relationships. This energy will be strongest on July 18th. Compassion, empathy, oneness, and harmony are themes reflected by this. For some people it can be magical, romantic, or spiritually potent. It may also stimulate creativity and inspiration.

From July 20th-21st, Venus will then be opposing Pluto, which can be a bit challenging and trigger the themes of this eclipse. In relationships (friends or lovers), it can reflect power struggles, intensity and possessiveness, but it could also trigger deep feelings and passion. Issues around hidden matters may come up as well. This can also help us make needed changes in our values or relations. Complications with financial matters can manifest more easily at this time and would be good to be cautious around compulsive spending.

Around the same time as the Venus-Pluto energy mentioned above, Mercury (which is currently retrograde) will be returning to the Sun, which is known as the ‘Inferior Conjunction’. This is the halfway point of Mercury Retrograde–a time in which we can have important insights.

It’s good to pay attention to what the universe is trying to show you at that time. It can be a period in which new ideas, thoughts, or perspectives are seeded that may develop over the coming months. Depending on what you are doing, it can also amplify the potential complications that these retrogrades are known for, which may or may not be connected to the insights you are getting. You can read more about this Mercury Retrograde here.

Things To Consider

What do you need to decrease or completely release from? What is getting in the way of emotional fulfillment? Do you need to find a new balance between different aspects of your life? Do you feel the need to let go of certain attachments, obsessions, or personal shadows? What aspects of your ambitions, duties, or structures are not serving you anymore?

These are just some examples of what to reflect on. It’s good to pay attention to how you feel during this eclipse or even during the hours and days surrounding it. It is also possible that things going on at that time can be symbolic for you. Keep in mind that this energy is part of a process that will continue to play out over the coming 2.5 months, and we may experience concluding developments leading up to early Fall. Some of these themes can even extend into later next year, but probably in different ways due to how the upcoming eclipses interact with your personal astrology chart based on your exact birth time.

The partial eclipse will begin at 8:02pm and will peak at 9:31pm (Universal Time). The Full Moon will begin to wane after 9:38pm. You can click here to see when the peak is in your time zone.

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Full Moon In Capricorn: Realistic Considerations

We are having a Full Moon in Capricorn on June 27th/28th, depending on where you are located in the world. This marks the peak of the Lunar Cycle that began on June 13th with the New Moon in Gemini. The energies of a Full Moon may start to become noticeable in the days leading up to it and in the days following, however, it is strongest in the 12 hours before and after. Full Moons also influence how things play out over following two weeks.

Less than two days before this Full Moon, Mars began its retrograde and is still nearly stopped in the sky as it begins to slowly move backward. These retrogrades only occur every two years and last two months, with this one ending on August 27th.  This is a time in which Mars energy can get amplified in a way and we ultimately reorient ourselves in how we apply it in our lives. It rules assertion, action, willpower, desires, sex, anger, and aggression. I wrote a separate article about it which you can read here.

We are also on the verge of Eclipse season, with the next New Moon in two weeks being a Solar Eclipse in Cancer, followed by a Lunar Eclipse in Aquarius, and another Solar Eclipse happening in Leo. Mercury will also be going retrograde in a month from now. This will be a very eventful summer in which we will experience changes, new experiences, surprises, endings, frustrations, and complications. Ultimately this period will help to facilitate growth and needed adjustments in our lives.

I will be releasing more content about these Eclipses and Mercury Retrograde as we get closer to those dates. You can join my mailing list here to ensure that you are notified when I release my latest content.

Sun In Cancer Opposite Moon In Capricorn

At every Full Moon we experience a push-pull between two opposing signs, in this case it is the Sun in Cancer opposing the Moon in Capricorn. As always, Cancer season began on the Solstice on June 21st and will last until July 22nd. This is a Water sign associated with comforts, family, the home, nurturing, bonding, and security. It is emotional, sensitive, domestic, nostalgic, and instinctual. Negatively, it can also be clingy, vulnerable, and moody.

Capricorn is an Earth sign associated with ambition, achievement, duty, mastery, business, and structure. It is practical, realistic, productive, orderly, responsible, disciplined, authoritative, and a social climber. Negatively, it can be too serious, pessimistic, as well as lack warmth and affection.

Full Moon Conjunct Saturn, Square Chiron, and Trine Uranus

This Full Moon is also in a tight conjunction with Saturn. Interestingly, the Sun in Cancer is ruled by the Moon which is in Capricorn while Capricorn is ruled by Saturn. Therefore, Saturn is the most dominant planetary force during this time which really emphasizes the Capricorn themes mentioned above. It also brings in other themes which involve caution, boundaries, commitments, conservatism. This combined with Mars newly retrograde can also trigger some frustrations at this time.

This Full Moon is separating from a square with Chiron in Aries. Being a Mars-ruled sign, it may trigger some of the same themes as Mars retrograde. This could also be a time in which some of the Saturn/Capricorn themes being highlighted now could be somehow connected to challenges/issues around our wounds, blockages, negative patterns, or even trauma.

For some people, this can be time to get realistic or put effort towards working on or healing these shortcomings. In other cases, there could be wounds or issues come up associated around imbalances or negative expression of Capricorn and Cancer energies.

This Full Moon is also separating from a trine with Uranus in Taurus. It is not as dominant as the other energies mentioned, however, some of the Saturn/Capricorn themes may be connected to new or innovative developments, using technology in practical ways, different approaches or changes around money, resources, food, or sensual pleasures.

Full Moon Applying Sextile To Jupiter and Neptune, Jupiter Retrograde Ending Soon

Although there is a lot of restrictive, serious, and cautious Saturn/Capricorn energy at this time, the Moon is moving towards a sextile in Jupiter and Neptune both in water signs. This energy is more subtle, however, it can support growth, healing, spiritual and creative pursuits. It will be more apparent in the period between July 4th and July 8th when the Sun will trine both of these planets.

Jupiter is finishing up its retrograde in Scorpio which began on March 8th and will begin to move forward again on July 10th. Some of the themes that came up when it began may start to be resolved or move forward in a new way when the retrograde ends and in the weeks following. This could have anything to do with Jupiter ruled areas of education, beliefs, experiential pursuits, and travel. Business wise, it could have to do with marketing and publishing.

We could potentially experience a positive shift around the negative expressions of this planet which include overindulging, overdoing, judgement, and overlooking blind spots. Also, being in Scorpio, some of the Jupiter energies mentioned could be connected to investments, shared resources, deep understandings, sexuality, power, or transformation.  We may also begin to progress with new developments or growth in these areas.

However, we need to also keep in mind that Scorpio’s ruler Mars is retrograde, and there are other shifty and thwarting astrological conditions going on this summer like eclipses and Mercury Retrograde. Therefore once we get to late August and especially September, there will even be more of a forward momentum around these things and in other areas as well.

Things To Consider During This Period

In what ways do you need to be more realistic? What area of your life is calling for more discipline, focus, structure, orderliness, or restriction? How can you be more cautious yet innovative at the same time? What commitments require more of your attention? What blocks are getting in the way of any of this? What boundaries do you need to put in place? What do you need to change, implement, or release in order to ensure greater stability in the future? What has come up for you in recent days and how should you proceed based on any new revelations or circumstances?

These are just some examples of what may be coming up for you, however, there may be other variations of this energy playing out as well.  If you wish to do any sort of intentional release connected to what has come up at this Full Moon, it is best to do so anytime over the two weeks following, when it is waning. The exact moment of this Full Moon is on June 28th at 4:53 am Universal Time. You can click here to see what that is in your time zone.

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