The Full Moon in Capricorn occurs July 8th, 2017 at 17°09’ of Cancer.
Try checking what area of your birth chart is ruled by Capricorn or the house where your natal Saturn is found for more insight.
If you are new or new-ish to astrology, this post is a good place to start for generating your birth chart and checking out which part of your chart is being touched by this lunation.
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Full Moon in Capricorn – July 8th, 2017
“Let everything happen to you/beauty and terror/just keep going/no feeling is final”
– Rainer Maria Rilke
Give up the Goat
Pluto, some say, is transformational.
But Pluto is to transformation as bones are to battery acid, the same way a tornado might ‘transform’ one’s home (I’d like to see that on HGTV).
Transformational? Sure. A comfortable ride? Absolutely not.
Pluto is a brutal master. He is unrivaled in his ability to break down structured existence, which is what most folks mean to say when they invoke that holiest of terms, ‘transformation.’ If Uranus breaks and Neptune dissolves, Pluto destroys; he is an atomic bomb to Neptune’s mists and Uranus’ lightning bolts.
Most of us have parts of ourselves where the dark stuff lies, that inner compost pile where we send the unpretty thoughts to lie still and be quiet. If no one knows about this stuff, we tell ourselves, they won’t really know us – and there’s safety in that. Better to repress than to reveal, because revealing risks rejection.
The Full Moon in Capricorn, however, is walking right into Pluto’s arms, carrying bags of the unpretty material for processing. Part of that processing is going to require a bit of revealing, whether we like it or not.
I’m going to get more personal than usual – a reveal, of sorts – in hopes that it can articulate the nebulous feelings that may be constellating at the corners of your consciousness.
Many months ago, or I suppose, many Moons ago, I experienced a tussle between my Moon and Pluto that I won’t soon forget. In short: I lost sight of the shore.
Each day brought a new wave of feeling, an unexpected surge of emotional matter that humbled me. Everything blurred together. I felt like a fruit being juiced, some unknown pressure from outside, wringing me dry from the inside.
The moments of emotional purging were elastic-fantastic, and I lost several days and innumerable hours, usually without taking much notice, in this manner. I was hyper-emotional and numb, liquid and frozen. I lived within a non-reality of space and time that I struggle to put into words, even with the benefit of hindsight.
I was and was not myself; I both experienced the raw, slicing manner of Pluto’s emanations viscerally, and at times, stood completely outside of myself, looking in, wondering – how much more can the subject withstand? – not unlike a doctor, clipboard in hand, observing their patient.
This is what the Moon and Pluto in tandem can do; they’re capable of distorting one’s experience of reality to such a degree that if you couldn’t hear your own breathing you’d start to doubt whether or not you still existed at all.
There’s a sense at this Full Moon that maybe we’ve been fighting for some needs, emotional or otherwise (Mars in Cancer) which have been routinely met with resistance by a rather ruthless administer of reality (Pluto in Capricorn). I wonder if there’s a part of us that hates asking for this particular thing we need and if we might even feel ashamed of ourselves for needing it (Moon in Capricorn). This tension may have been building since the end of December 2016; squares from Jupiter may be increasing the tension or keeping us too proud to meet the issue head-on.
The Moon is always slightly uneasy when in Capricorn, a sign where it’s isolated from its creature comforts. Capricorn wants clean, easy, objective reality, and the Moon’s internal landscapes are entirely subjective; Capricorn wants to feel in control of reality, and the Moon feels what it feels, independent of reality. Capricorn despises dependency, yet the Moon not only needs but encourages us to find forms of emotional interdependence.
Another potential complication is Pluto’s requirement for complete and abject surrender as he whittles away at our innards, while Capricorn hates, to use a phrase, ‘to give up the ghost.’
The only way to walk with Pluto is to hand over everything you have. Like magma rising from below, Pluto will burn through everything within you, scrubbing your soul from the inside out with his special brand of chthonic firepower, leaving only the essentials.
If you’re carrying anything unnecessary, particularly anything that’s unnecessarily Capricornian (traditions, responsibility, burdens, emotional austerity, torturous goals, achievement needs, authority complexes) it may be time for a psychic yard sale.
Perhaps what we need is to ‘give up the goat’, then…and if that’s not enough, we can try and give up the ghosts, too. The shadowy apparitions of ourselves and others, who we are and who we wish we were instead, like old habits, die hard – but die, they must. Pluto demands it.
Letting go of all of this (dare I say it) could be rather…transformational.
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THE FULL MOON IN CAPRICORN CHART
July 8th, 2017, Capricorn 17°09′