Searching for Soft Spaces - Astrology & Horoscopes for Full Moon in Capricorn - June 27th, 2018
Arriving a week after the summer solstice, June’s full moon in Capricorn arrives with the full, yearly expression of light and dark. The longest day in the Northern Hemisphere and the longest night in the Southern Hemisphere have just passed. The planetary polarity presses our bodies into extreme experiences, or the height of the warm and cold seasons. This opposition of Summer/Winter, light/dark, cold/hot, points our awareness toward the symbolic opposition of our own internalized dualities.
Wherever the Sun is shining, our consciousness expands. When the Sun is in Cancer awareness gathers around its themes: family, familiarity, who belongs and who doesn’t, mothers and mothering, nurturing, care-giving, feeding, bonding, attachment, safety, home. Wherever the Moon is, our emotions and subjectivity get illuminated and exposed. When the moon is in Capricorn, our feelings trend towards boundaries, striations, the need to know who, or what, is in control, fathers, fathering, rulers, ruling, ambition, and calculated risk.
This is a full moon that fuels fires of parental wounds. The times, places and people in your infancy and childhood who were not nurturing –who did not provide safety, sustenance, or acceptance – will now be realized in your adult relationships and the subconscious beliefs you have surrounding your own belonging. Doubts about your own agency, feelings of futility, anxiety, and issues with authority will be at the forefront of awareness. Remember how you were 'mothered' and 'fathered.' Regardless of gender or biology, these were the people who taught you to trust (or not) your sense of place in the world. These were the people who taught you to attend (or not) to your goodness and accountability. These were the people who showed you (or not) your potential and path...
Social attachment anxieties might be high this week. Sensations of displacement fill our collective atmosphere.. how could they not? Witnessing the extreme violence of human rejection should be a reflection for all of us. Children separated from their parents, and families fleeing violence only to end up in indefinite internment can only point us towards our own experiences of having soft spaces to land (or not), friends and family who receive and accept us (or not), and the basic experience of being a human being worthy of being a human (or not.)
The day before the full moon, Mars turns retrograde in Aquarius. Mars is the planet of action, desire, and war. It is masculinity and maleness. It rules testosterone, lust, and aggression. Aquarius symbolizes societies and social orders, interweaving systems, the Central Nervous System, fascia and connectivity. It is the ways things connect and interconnect. It is idealism and fundamentalism. It is the space where thoughts become embodied as behavior. It is groups and the group-mind. As Mars turns retrograde it will make a conjunction to the South Node, a point that describes processes of shedding, releasing, and letting go of the old.
Through the end of August (Mars is Rx through August 27) we will be asked to reflect upon systemic patterns, rewire nervous system habits as they pertain to experiences of individuals and groups, and renegotiate social contracts and group order. Mars Retrograde’s Shadow extends from May 12 through October 8th. Any actions undertaken in this time are subject to revision. Rather than start things new, use this period to dismantle the ways you’ve internalized a group-mind-state, bought into systemic oppression, and absorbed cultures of toxic masculinity.
If you notice yourself chewing obsessively on old bones of discontent, feelings of otherness, or aggressive defensiveness… you are not alone. Chances are, we’re all there with you. Put the bones down. Relax your jaw. Stop your mind from stewing. Seek out human connection. Look people in the eyes. Breathe in their humanity, their suffering, their capacity for goodness. Venus in Leo close to the North Node reminds us that love takes courage, and expressions of transparency, honesty, and tenderness will ultimately lead us to wisdom.
Explore these ideas more fully with me in this month’s full moon podcast. I talk about the moon’s conjunction to Saturn, the significance of both Saturn and Pluto in Capricorn (shout outs to those of you 30-ish and 60-ish year olds who just started your Saturn Return), and more of the themes I’ve outlined above. Listen here.
The guided meditation for this moon is called Decolonize Yourself. It’s a simple exploration of freedom and an energetic rejection of imposed identity. Practice with me here.
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Your audio horoscopes are below. These horoscopes are for the full moon phase, June 27 - July 12, 2018. Listen for your sun to understand something about your inherent nature and ego, listen for your rising sign to understand more about what's going on in your life right now, listen to your moon sign to understand more about your relationships and emotional landscape. Horoscopes are poetic pieces of mystical suggestion. Take what works and leave the rest. Use the affirmations throughout the new moon cycle as questions, metaphors, and reminders.
I take responsibility for who I am. I assert my own authority and recognize myself as the author of my own story. I am deliberate and careful. I am also powerful and effective. I take the time I need and take steps that are well thought out.
The true teachers will always test me. I will be brought to my knees, stripped of my pretenses, and reduced to my essence. I bow to the teachers and the teachings. I bow to the learning and the knowing. I recognize and bow to my inner wisdom.
I turn towards my own shadows and insecurities and I find that I am unafraid. So I create healthy boundaries. I listen to my own intuition. I ask for what I need. I build foundations of trust in my relationships.
My relationships support my empowerment. They show me where I have been unsupported, weak, unknown to myself. They show me how to stand up for myself, how to assert my needs, how to give generously, how to grow. I clarify my intent for present and future relationships. I commit to showing up for myself, and what I know I need, in them.
To be happy is to be devoted. To be empowered is to be of service. To be healthy is to have integrity. I align myself to what I know to be true. I attend to my intent, thoughts, words, actions–so that the energy I exude into the world is healing and useful. I discern which ways of being are in alignment with my deepest truth. With clear discernment I am the most effective.
I listen deeply to my heart and joy. I hear the calling of my spirit, to express in the ways that only I can express. I weed out the voices of others’ opinions and expectations. I weed out the voices of my egoism, insecurities, and narcissism. I express what is true. It radiates from me as courage, warmth, friendship, love.
I untangle myself from toxic entanglements. I forgive my ancestors, and I am freed and forgiven. I clean my karma. My root system is healthy. I am at home in the world. I know myself enough, that no matter where I am, or who I am with, I feel familiarity and ease. My foundation is strong.
I listen through the judgements, insecurities, doubts, pettiness. I listen with empathy, compassion, and above all, presence. I listen through the layers of my ego and constantly churning thoughts, and I hear that there is nothing to gain, nothing to prove. I speak and share from this place of deep listening.
I invest in sustainability, resourcefulness, equanimity, prudence. My values grow from the wellspring of my own clarity. I am unpolluted by greed, competition, and stinginess. I trust that I have much to give, and I invest myself in giving. I trust that I have the right to receive, and I open my heart with gratitude.
Death and life are the same: all forms arise from chaos, and eventually will be destroyed... but form, as it exists, is exquisite.
I am the agent of my own becoming. What I affirm and focus on is strengthened. I honor and respect who I have been, who I am, and who I will be.
I create the boundaries of my psychic space. I have clear intent, and know what kinds of energy and information I am open to receive. I create the structure of my psychic space. I have clear intent, and know what kinds of energy and information I want to contribute to the world around me.
I steadily build the bridge to my future. Piece by piece, I envision who, and what, I will become. I call in the right relationships–the friends, the allies, the support systems. I call in the community. I trust the process. I plan the process. I commit to the process.