The phases of the moon are one of the most fascinating astronomical behaviors we can observe with the naked eye and a deeply rich source of thought and interpretation for Astrology. Among the 8 phases – New, Waxing Crescent, 1st Quarter Half, Waxing Gibbous, Full, Waning Gibbous, Last Quarter Half, and Waning Crescent – the New and Full Moons capture most of the attention. This article will look at the current Full Moon and talk about the kind of “harvest” you should bring in emotionally during this full moon.
Full Moon – Reap What You Have Sown!
The Full Moon for July will occur on the 16th of this month at 24 degrees and 04 minutes in the sign of Capricorn; in my Eastern Standard Time zone, it will happen at 5:38 pm. It takes 29.5 days from one Full Moon to the next, spending approximately 2 and ½ days in a sign. The day before and the day after comprising what would be the peak time of the Full Moon energy. The Full Moon is the time of “the harvest” when what began with the New Moon reaches full potential before waning, fading and preparing for a new cycle.
Each month has a certain type of Full Moon; July’s Moon is the Buck Moon. In the northern hemisphere, this name reflects the time when male deer begin to get their antlers. This Moon has other names: the Hay Moon, Wort Moon, and Thunder Moon. There are also several special types of Full Moons: the Blood Moon, which happens during a total lunar eclipse; a Supermoon, which happens when the Moon is full and closest to the Earth; and the Blue Moon (“once in a blue moon”), which is a second Full Moon in a calendar month (occurring once every 2 and ½ years). The previous Blue Moon was March 31, 2018, and the next one will be October 31, 2020.
The final type of Full Moon that really defines the general energy of the Full Moon event is the Harvest Moon, which is the name of the Full Moon for September/October, when, before electricity, farmers used the light of this Full Moon to harvest their crops when the harvest was generally the largest. So, each time a Full Moon occurs in the calendar month, we are to consider what we are supposed to harvest.
Full Moon in Capricorn – Harvesting Achievements
This Full Moon will take place late in the degree of Capricorn and ingress into Aquarius the next day. Using the day before, day of, and the day after as the Full Moon total event, this Full Moon will complete the ingress, which is when a point moves from one sign to another. Ingress means that the influence of one sign is giving way to the influence of another. In this case, the influence of Capricorn, which has to do with achievement, responsibility, and prosperity, will give way to Aquarius, which has to do with community, revolution, and authenticity.
This Full Moon energizes us to look at our goals and where we want to “succeed” in our hearts. With the energy occurring so deep (24 degrees) into Capricorn and touching on the first degrees of Aquarius soon after, we can feel the need to help our community (Aquarius) by putting our achievements (Capricorn) into social action, through work, professional development, and investments (Capricorn). We may realize it is time to reassess our goals, take a measure of our accomplishments, and decide how best to use our skills, resources, and investments for further gain. Depending on your level of wealth, it can be an excellent time (7/15 to 7/17) to meet with a financial advisor, request a raise, or seek a promotion.
With this Full Moon at 24d04m it is the Sabian Symbol 25 Capricorn, “an oriental rug dealer”. Jones says, “This is a symbol of irrevocability of man’s obligation to the reality of which he is part, with the emphasis on his accumulated knowledge or acquired skills as an indication of his enduring competency on the more immediate or practical side” (The Sabian Symbols in Astrology, 207). The key word is CONSIGNMENT. This Full Moon will be about “making your ‘to-do’ list and getting it done”.
Even if you do not have a community concern you want to address, you may find yourself asked to help out. This energy is dependent on your level of status in society; some of you reading might be students in college while others well into your retirement. In other words, the energy can “come at you” as much as it can “emerge from within you”. While the New Moon is designed to start something, the Full Moon is designed to bring things already started into fruition, depending on individual circumstance.
The Full Moon in Your Chart
The Full Moon will occur in a specific location of your chart and in special relationship with various points in your chart if you have points near the same degree in the same sign, at the opposing degree (180 degrees away from a point in your chart), three signs before or after the Full Moon degree and sign (90 degrees away), or five signs before or after the Full Moon degree and sign (150 degrees away). Respectively these would be a conjunction (the Full Moon merging with a point in your chart), an opposition (the Full Moon seeking balance with a point in your chart), a square (the Full Moon challenging a point in your chart), and an inconjunct/quincunx (a point disquieting a point in your chart). It is possible that the degree and sign of the Full Moon may not form any of these relationships and its effect, for this or another time, would be minimal or difficult to observe.
In my case, there are two significant impacts. One is consistent with all Full Moons because I was born during a Full Moon. So, I feel pretty much every Full Moon in some significant way. If you learn your birth Moon phase you will likely discover that same phase each month has a strong impact on your emotional state. With this Full Moon, I will experience a “separating” square with my natal Sun and Moon, meaning that the Full Moon will occur past, rather than leading up to (approaching), the degrees of my points (Sun at 23d Aries and Moon at 21 d Libra). There will be a tremendous emotional push to assess what my current business goals are and how well I am achieving them, as well as understand my role in my community.
Actively, I can use this energy to “get a lot done” and it could be a very good Full Moon for me to think about my role as a citizen and what I can do to help my community thrive. Reactively, I may get an opportunity or invitation to engage in some form of community service or to help address a community issue.
As this Full Moon approaches, think about what you want to “harvest” regarding your goals, what you are doing to improve your status at your job and in your community, and what achievements you are most proud of.