• The Full Moon on 16th July in the serious, ambitious sign of Capricorn has the flavour of the 4th-10th house axis (Cancer-Capricorn), the intimate versus the public, home versus work/career, fluidity versus rigidity etc.

    The Full Moon is also the time to reap rewards for past endeavours, things undertaken at the last New Moon. It signals the climax of a cycle when our energy is at its peak and when the time is ripe for the harvest.

    However, with the Sun in Cancer separating from North Node and Venus and all three opposing the stellium composed of Saturn, South Node, Pluto and Moon in Capricorn things may seem to be at a standstill, stuck in some weird time warp and unable to reap the rewards of past labours. The battle between private and public, home and career needs to find a way out of this tug-of-war as change is necessary and impellent although probably daunting. Perhaps we should try to find a compromise so that Saturn might give some support to the more caring side of our nature instead of suppressing it.

    Raven Kaldera in his book “Moon Phase Astrology” calls this moon the “Grandmother’s Moon”. The Grandmother is the head of her family, clan or tribe and she rules all blood relatives and cares for them intensely.

    Under this Moon we may feel older, wiser and a little more rigid, it’s the destiny of Capricorn to embody maturity and this Full Moon is the archetype of the Elder in all her fullness.

    So, under this Moon we may honour our family elders (both living and dead) and our focus will turn to our close relatives. It’s a time to get organized and to take responsibility also at an emotional level.

    But this is also a partial lunar eclipse.

    The last lunar eclipse at 24° Capricorn was on July 16th 2000.

    Whilst Solar eclipses manifest as external events in our lives, Lunar eclipses indicate more intimate, emotional changes which could of course still manifest as external events if the brooding that accompanies our innermost vicissitudes causes changes to our behaviour at an individual level. Such events are in fact brought about by our own thoughts and feelings.

    Personally, I consider only the conjunction and opposition aspects (the square only if the Sun or Moon is affected in your chart) and orbs should be less than 2°, 5° if the Lights are involved.

    The Sabian symbol for the Moon at 25° Capricorn: “A store filled with precious oriental rugs.” Indicating the use of cultural and artistic processes as a means to enhance personal comfort and appreciation. (antisicion 5°56’ Sagittarius)

    For the Sun at 25° Cancer: “A will-full man is overshadowed by a descent of superior power.” Indicating the response of spiritual forces to the integration of personality through positive will-full endeavours. (antiscion 5°56’ Gemini)

    “To say you have no choice is to relieve yourself of responsibility.”  Patrick Ness, Monsters of Men

    Thoughts regarding your own chart on this Full Moon with the partial Lunar Eclipse?


    Kaldera R. (2011) “Moon Phase Astrology” pp. 220-223, Destiny Books, Rochester, Vermont. USA

    Rudhyar D. (1974) “An Astrological Mandala: the cycles of transformations and its 360 symbolic phases”. pp 127 and 244, Vintage Books Edition, Random House Inc., New York, USA


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    Image: Luna Piena in Capricorno, nature photo