On July 16, 2019 (2:38 PM PDT and 5:38 PM EDT), the moon glows in the earthy and practical sign of Capricorn. The sign that is wired for hard work, understands the need for discipline, feels joy in productivity and is inspired by accomplishment. I’ll also add that she’s not easily distracted, craves solitude like no other, values integrity above all else and when she’s functioning at her highest- she carries the archetype of the wise elder. At her worst, she becomes rigid, demanding, and controlling. If she ever turns to approval from others, it’s likely that she’ll begin to lose clarity about herself and there’s a good chance that she’ll end up a prisoner even in her success. If this happens, then no matter what she does, nothing will ever quite seem like it’s enough.
Of course this isn’t a regular Full Moon either, since it also happens to be a partial lunar eclipse. In case you’re wondering, a lunar eclipse only occurs during a Full Moon. It happens when the moon passes entirely behind the Earth and into its shadow.If you’re in North America, you won’t be able to see this partial lunar eclipse, but anywhere else in the world and you should be in luck.
So what’s the personal significance of a lunar eclipse? Well, there’s a good chance that it’s linked to an ending, a breakthrough, or some type of resolutionregarding an issue or situation that’s been lingering in the background for a little while now. Specifically, think back to the seeds you planted on January 5thof this year when the New Moon solar eclipse occurred in Capricorn. If nothing in particular comes to mind, don’t worry we still have two more eclipses that occur in Capricorn before this part of the story comes to a close. I’ll also add thatan eclipse is a time when the moon goes into the shadows, sowe might find that our hidden emotions and rejected aspects of our self become more known at this time.This can be an uncomfortable process as shadow material (Think: everything in your psyche that you want to hide from others including yourself) has the potential to become more potent during an eclipse.
In other words, it’s time to make the unconscious conscious. You can do thisby placing a spotlight on what’s been ruling your life from within.Hint: sometimes it’s not a what, but a who – Think: abandoned child, controller, protector, teenager, victim, worrier, or savior to name a few. Sometimes these different aspects of the self take over and it’s important to know which voices are the loudest in your psyche. If you’re struggling to see who the players are then focus on the themes and patterns that keep playing out in your life and notice how you continue to feed them.
During this lunar eclipse Full Moon we also need to pay attention to Pluto, who is making a strong appearance during this lunation. Pluto is the planet associated with the death and rebirth cycle and is ultimately about transformation.Of course, this planet can be quite intense and it can feel rather destructive if we aren’t willing to look in the mirror to see what or who is looking back at us. We should note that Saturn and the South Node are not that far away. With this energy combined the emphasis is on facing the truth from our past.Don’t be surprised if old karmic lessons resurface right now. As I mentioned earlier, the trick isn’t to push them down or away, but to uncover the pattern or theme that keeps pulling you in circles. Once you can identify the trap that keeps you stuck you ‘ll find that have all you need to clear the path in front of you. Keep in mind that it’s easy to fall back into old beliefs and patterns, but you must turn to the Sun and North Node in Cancer and show compassion and tenderness for where you are in your life right now. Not where you want to be. Not where you used to be. But right where you are right now.This requires patience. This requires compassion. This requires acceptance.
So just to reiterate, with Pluto cozied up close to this Full Moon something in your life is calling for a transformation and this Capricorn energy channeled through Pluto, Saturn, and the South Node is asking you to face the consequences of your past actions. You might feel the heaviness or possibly some restrictions placed on you. If you do, the key is to remember that this is all part of the process.
Remember with Full Moons we feel a tug of war and this one is between our need tonurture our self and others and what it takes to stand firm in our place in the world.The key is to remember that it’s not about one winning over the other, but about integrating the two. It’s about getting clear about how your vulnerability of who you really are is what gives you your true authority and place in the world. So practice kindness and compassion and remember it’s not so much about being nice as it is about being true to your SELF. So do your best to let go of control and lean into the people and places that bring out your best self.
Lastly, Venus is cozied up close to the North Node and is opposing Saturn. Translation: relationships, the things we value, money, and our talents are being brought to the forefront right now. Don’t be surprised if doubt tries to creep in through some of these areas to highlight some of the imbalances in your life. This would be an excellent time to assess your boundaries. It’s certainly important to know your edges, and it’s equally important to know when and how to soften them.
While we all might feel pulled during this Full Moon to face the patterns from our past, we will all experience this lunar energy differently depending on where Capricorn is located in your chart or if you have a natal planet associated with it. If you would like a more personalized reading, I’d love to set up a session with you.
[*Note* The ABOVE contains a personification of the sign Capricorn. The sign is not gendered and the SHE could just as easily be used as HE.