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 June will occur on the 17th of this month at 25 degrees and 53 minutes in the sign of Sagittarius; in my Eastern Standard Time zone it will happen at 4:31 am. 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 comprise 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 and fading and preparing for a new cycle.
Each month has a certain type of Full Moon; June’s Moon is the Strawberry Moon. In the northern hemisphere, this name reflects the harvest time for strawberries. This Moon has other names: the Rose Moon, Hot Moon, and Mead 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 Sagittarius – Harvesting Beliefs
This Full Moon will take place late in the degree of Sagittarius and ingress into Capricorn 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 Sagittarius, which has to do with belief, travel, learned knowledge, and wisdom will give way to Capricorn, which has to do with achievement, responsibility, and prosperity.
This Full Moon energizes us to look at our beliefs and where we want to “travel” with our hearts. With the energy occurring so deep (25 degrees) into Sagittarius and touching on the first degrees of Capricorn soon after, we can feel the need to set goals and test ourselves (Capricorn) by putting these beliefs (Sagittarius) into action, through work, professional development, and investments (Capricorn). We may realize it is time to evaluate if we are living by our beliefs if something has happened internally or externally to change our beliefs; or, more practically, we may feel a strong urge to travel somewhere, for a chance to expand our wisdom. If you know you must strengthen your beliefs, study something with greater intensity, or “spread the word about something you know”, this Full Moon will amplify the energy and help you “harvest” the results if you act during this time (6/16/2019 to 6/18/2019).
With this Full Moon at 25d53m it is the Sabian Symbol 26 Sagittarius, “a flag bearer”. Jones says, “This is a symbol of the enduring significance which tends to overshadow the more immediate interests or wholly selfish concerns of man, and the emphasis is on the natural supremacy of common ideals over mere individual ambitions.” (207). The key word is NOBILITY. This Full Moon will be about “needs of the many outweighing the needs of the few, or the one”.
Even if you do not have a common cause you want to lead, you may find yourself asked to participate in one. This energy is dependent on your circumstances, so it might not be about your beliefs, but “harvesting” the strength to deal with someone else’s beliefs. 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.
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 get to experience a Grand Trine. This Moon will trine my Sun in Aries, which is at 23 degrees and my Jupiter in Leo, which is at 25 degrees. There will be a tremendous amount of creative energy flowing in a complete triangular circuit through my Earth Houses (resources, skills, career).
Actively, I can use this energy to “get a lot done” and it could be a very good Full Moon for me to update my website, make an investment in software or materials to enhance my business, and even purchase stocks, bonds, or mutual funds. Reactively, I may get an opportunity during this time to do some kind of presentation that could have a wide audience, or get an invite to travel somewhere that would prove good for my professional development or networking for the work I do.
As this Full Moon approaches, think about what you want to “harvest” regarding your beliefs, somewhere you might want to travel (especially for spiritual purposes), what you have worked or studied hard to be the expert or wise man/woman about, and how the beliefs in the world around you are impacting you.