The Full Moon in Capricorn will happen at 3:56 PM Pacific today, however, when the Moon rises up in the sky at 8:35 PM this evening, it will have just entered Aquarius. Just 2 weeks ago, we had a New Moon in which we saw 4 Planets (Mercury, Mars, Venus, Sun) in Cancer opposing Pluto. Now the Moon has moved directly opposite the Sun, showing the Sun’s “Full” reflection. Prominently placed is Mars who has been garnishing our attention for some time now. Mars is “sextiling” or stimulating this Full Moon, asking us to not forget what is truly driving us. Why do we really get out of bed in the morning? What is it about our fears and insecurities that needs to be released so we can put forth our truest selves? Mars is still asking us to align with our deepest will and imprinting. We can call forward what is working or carve new paths. The choice is ours, especially when we have the “rabble rouser” Uranus making some headway. In the bold and courageous energy of Aries, Uranus may be delivering a message that has the potential to shock us or shatter the ways we have responded to our primal instincts. We sure don’t like jolts to the system, however, if we can break away from a survival instinct that no longer serves us, we may open to a better way to engage our “inner warrior”. With a grand water trinity being formed by Sun, Mars, and Chiron, we can let the emotions run out of us, squeezing and purging the watery self in the spirit of healing release. This breakthrough energy that wants to be so real can feel liberating and call us to action. Due to the quickness of the energy, we don’t want to throw caution to the wind as this can feel impulsive. If we can stay rooted in our emotional bodies, we can handle the pace most effectively in trying to integrate what we are feeling. Full Moons foster emotional and passionate intensity and in the Capricorn archetype, we find the essence of trying to crack our noble and stoic selves allowing the soft underbelly to come out and feel. As the drops of emotional inspiration flood the surface, pour forth your being and honor the caring, loving, and magnificent Mother Moon.
Venus Rises ~ The Evening Star!
For the recent New Moon, we found Venus and Mercury in Cancer pointing the emotional compass to our feelings. As Cancer is the first water sign in the Zodiac, we are talking primal emotion, the kind that relates to our childhoods, the part of us that knows to cry when we are sad, and to smile when we experience joy. If you have felt a wringing out of your heart, a purging of your watery self to envelope the raw bits, you have been in touch with the cosmos and your heart space. We are leaving all that Cancer and entering into Leo with the Sun joining in next week.
Yesterday Venus moved into the sign of Leo, the Lion. This evening Venus emerges for the first time since her initiation in the Underworld and is visible tonight in the night sky. Venus relates to our values, what we find pleasurable, and how we relate and connect. With Venus traversing the land of the ‘unseen’, we have had some time to go inside, explore that which lies within, invisible to the eye. When we remove our façade and the image we show to the world created by our Venus, the archetypal symbol that looks like a mirror, what do we see? Do our adornments and ways we present ourselves “reflect” our truest sense of self? We have had an opportunity to remove our masks and look at ourselves to see if we are in alignment with our innermost being. Mars, Venus’ neighbor has been also facilitating a rectification with our truths and through looking at the darker places that we may have chosen to ignore or keep at bay, pushed us towards the healing process, no matter how hard things may have been to look at. This has not been easy. In honoring our shadows, not shaming them, embracing and choosing to let them transform into something or fall away, we show where we are now and how we see ourselves today. Mars is still tying up the threads from whence it came, however it is to moving out of peering so deeply into oneself and more outwards.
The playfulness and fun found in Leo land can feel quite invigorating as we emerge from the emotional waters into the frolicking fires of creation. Leo beams out and acts upon its world, entering the realm of imagination and inspiration. Fire is passionate and intense lighting up the sparks within. Embrace your burning desires and “play”, expressing yourself. Welcome in the beautiful, loving Venus in the sky, rising and setting just after the Sun!
There is love in your body but you can't hold it in,
It pours from your eyes and spills from your skin,
Tenderest touch leaves the darkest of marks,
And the kindest of kisses break the hardest of hearts
~Florence and the Machine ‘Hardest of Hearts’
New Moon in Cancer is at 4:01 AM on the “4th of July” or Independence Day. With 4 Planets in Cancer- Moon, Sun, Mercury and Venus, it is bound to bring up emotions and offer heartfelt connections with family or those in our lives we feel a primal connection to through our heartlines. With the archetypes of the Mother and the Healer, Cancer knows that all healing comes through the emotional body when we are safe, supported, nurtured, and loved. Cancer has great sensitivity and receptivity as the ability to feel is paramount for the first water sign in the zodiac. Ruled by the Moon, this New Moon feels right at home, ready to “birth” a new beginning. In the global sense, we associate Cancer with our tribe, our clan, our extended modern family. As we allow ourselves to care, we become vulnerable. This sense of vulnerability can lead to feelings of wanting to protect what we hold dear in our hearts. Like a Mama Bear with her cubs, we ally ourselves with our loved ones and often will do anything to keep them out of harm’s way. The sensitivity is absolutely precious as it is can embody the purest form of love. Love and caring implies allowing ourselves be vulnerable to our feelings, yet not too protective or possessive. Like the crab that has a hard shell or exoskeleton, functioning as a supportive and protective barrier, the shell must also act as a filter, knowing what to let in and what to keep out. This exoskeleton is not permanent, for as the crab grows, it sheds the exoskeleton and produces another larger one in which it will eventually fill up and shed again. This process describes how we can grow emotionally when we allow ourselves to “feel”, our hearts to expand, letting go of the old, calcified or hardened parts, and opening the space for love to thrive. Should we refuse or get “stuck’, not allowing this natural process of shedding our layers, like the crab, we can suffocate in our own shells. Studies have found a correlation with a mothers’ nurturing and the size of a child’s hippocampus. The hippocampus is involved in learning, memory and stress tolerance. Infants who experience loving connection to their caregivers, just do better, we need love and nurturing.
Now as adults, we have an opportunity to care for ourselves, and to foster our ‘little child within’. As they say, “it’s an inside job”, so as we choose to support and love ourselves, and extend that love out to others. With Pluto in Capricorn opposing the Cancer gathering, we are asked to take it a step deeper and face the shadows, the areas we may feel powerless or wounded and reclaim ourselves. Neptune is aiding in our healing by offering compassion. Venus is finishing up the deep dive of initiation into the unseen worlds, disappearing in the night sky to return soon on July 13th, when visible again as the Evening Star, setting after the Sun. This allows us to “drop in” a little more with that which we value and really pleases our hearts.
To set intentions around this New Moon, find 12 degrees of Cancer in your birth chart. Based on the house placement, we can find more specific areas of our lives where we can soften. Then through using our instincts, write down ways we can nurture any parts of us that would benefit from some tenderness. We can have compassion for ourselves, tending to our sore spots, and loving ourselves up! Happy New Moon! Love and blessings to one and all.
We have just ended the cycle of Mars retrograde that began around April 19th which took us down into the depths of our desires to get clear with what truly drives us. We may have had to consider “the good, the bad and the ugly” in our push to reclaim that which may have been lost, and purge that which may no longer serve our evolution. In the land of Scorpio, we get a glimpse into our unconscious and what lies below our facades, to shed anything that is holding us back, anything that needs to be released. We don’t necessarily enjoy this process of looking at the shadow self, where old remnants may not be “pretty”, but that is the exactly the point. To see all that you are, in bare naked acceptance, letting down the defenses to allow for the purification process of transformation. Like the mythological Phoenix who dives into the flames only to shed the impurities and rise above the ashes restored, renewed, and reborn. For as we shed the shadow, we draw in more light and allow for our truest desires to emerge. As Mars turned direct a few days ago, we may be experiencing the ability to put one step in front of the other and make things happen a little easier now. However, Mars did begin this journey backwards at around 8 degrees Sagittarius, so we will not return to the starting point until Aug 21st. The Phoenix has started to dust off its wings and rise, but the direction may still be unfolding. It is not until August that will Saturn also be direct, really allowing for us to manifest our desires after this time of deep truth and release.