Full Moon in Capricorn and Partial Solar Eclipse: Digging Up the Dirt to Climb into Your Highest Truth

Image by Anja Coco Parisienne

Image by Anja Coco Parisienne

Let’s talk about what’s up (literally… up in the sky) right now. I’ve been getting so many emails and messages from people asking me if anything is going on astrologically right now because their lives and the lives of the people around them have been crazy. So if you’re also asking that question, the answer is: YES. There is a TON going on right now. And I will tell you all about it, starting with this full moon.

This full moon falls on 16 July in the sign of Capricorn, which is an earth sign.It is represented by the mountain goat, and rightfully so: We go up the mountain, and we come down the mountain. And we go up the mountain, and we come down the mountain.This is about extremes. About working towards your highest self. About falling back a few steps before being able to move forward.

So that’s happening.

Additionally, this full moon is not merely a full moon, but also a partial lunar eclipse. This is the second eclipse of the month, as the first one fell on the new moon in Cancer on the 2ndwith a total solar eclipse. 

Eclipse season is so important, as it helps us to be able togain new perspective, and to push through to actually begin to implement the changes that we have been wanting to make in our lives.It’s like an extra push forward. 

With this specific cycle, we had the new moon eclipse to kick us off (which also may have sent recall to whatever you were working through in January at the last new moon eclipse), we have this full moon eclipse, and then the month ends with a black moon. In this, we have book ends. A full story to begin a new chapter. This is really. huge. work.

Let’s dig into this:

The new moon and solar eclipse in the beginning of the month in the watery sign of Cancer was there to help us to flow into our deepest knowledge of self;of path; of purpose. We were pushed- like the white waters over the edge of the waterfall- to take the next big step into our truest selves

This full moon is here to help us to navigate those waters; to find our next steps after that first one, no matter how unsure or how wavering or how drastic.This is also about trusting your intuition. The mountain goat knows exactly where to step to keep climbing. It sets its hooves down with authority, never fearing that it will falter or stumble down the mountain. This is about trusting your footing: You know where you are, and you know where you’re going, even if it doesn’t feel like you do. 

However, in addition to that surety, Capricorn- like I said- is all about the ups and downs. So there might be a wee bit of emotional turmoil with this full moon,especially with what we have going on with the planets right now (calm yourself, I’ll talk about that, soon). Much of this might look like shedding the last bits of the things that you have been moving past, or things that you are needing to let go of in order to fully flow into the new practises or that you committed to. It’s almost like a large check-in point for you to see how far you’ve come since the new moonand solar eclipse, as well as an energetic spaceholder to help you move through what you need toin order to continue flowing forward.

At the end of the month we have the other book end- the black moon in Leo. The black moon is one of my favourite astrological events, as it is like a beautiful breath.It’s funny, because as I was typing that, I wanted to say “breath of…”, but it’s not a breath of anything; it’s just, simply a breath. A pause. An allowance for release, integration, and newness. In-breath out, and outbreath in.A black moon is when there are two new moons in one month. This specific black moon is only occurring in this month of July for people west of GMT, and for people east of GMT it will occur in August.

So: New moon eclipse helped us to take the first step forward. Full moon eclipse is helping us to release and renew and check in and continue forward. Black moon is helping us to take pause, reflect, and potentially even redo things that we didn’t feel we did correctly when taking steps in this new direction. 

Now- for the planets (and asteroid) majorly effecting us, currently:

At this point in time, we have 5 planets and an asteroid in retrograde. Retrograde is when a planet appears to be moving backwards and more slowly as seen from the earth. The effect of this is that we experience the essence of the characteristics of these planets more fully. We are asked to slow down, to listen, and to take a look at ourselves, our power, and our shortcomings.

Here’s what’s effectively retrograde right now:

Jupiter:Relationship with money, career path, living your purpose, working with hierarchical structures and authority figures (retrograde 10 April- 11 August

Pluto: Delving into your personal “underworld”- big time shadow work (retrograde 24 April- 2 October)

Saturn:Learning (or relearning) important lessons, cleaning out our emotional and spiritual closets, and facing fears (retrograde 29 April- 18 September)

Chiron: Healing ourselves, seeing how and where our ego enters when trying to help others, learning that only others can heal themselves (we cannot heal anyone but ourselves), becoming aware of the ways in which we might compromise our own power or energy for the sake of making others feel “better” (i.e. saying yes to activities that don’t resonate with you, letting others go ahead of you in line when you’re in a hurry, quieting yourself down instead of speaking your truth in situations that irk you, allowing others to shut you down or abuse you verbally/emotionally/physically/sexually, etc.), and returning to old memories of abuse or your own subservience to better understand what happened and forgive yourself for enduring or instilling the abuse (retrograde 8 July-12 December)

Neptune: Seeing truth behind illusion, the psychic world (including but not limited to: adding, subtracting, or strengthening of abilities; working through psychic abuse as an abuser, a current victim, or a survivor; experiencing psychic attack; becoming aware of the reality of the psychic/energy world), confusion or greater understanding around the time-space continuum, what is a dream vs. what is reality

(retrograde 21 June- 27 November)

Mercury: Working on better listening and communication skills, speaking with intention, working through passive aggression, allowing yourself more time to complete projects or get to appointments, feeling okay with the idea of slowing down and getting things done on your own time, working around frustrations with technology or unseen complications in daily life (retrograde 7-31 July… yup, another bookend: This guy goes direct on the same day as our fresh-start black moon!! *geeking out over here*)

Universe has pulled out the big guns to help hold us down until we get it this time.Between these retrograde cycles and the current eclipse season, we are asked to do nothing but to change, and to trustEven if life feels horrible and hard and painful right now, know that it is all happening to get to greener pastures:perhaps at the top of the mountain, there’s a peaceful stream and an onion patch. Yes, that is a “Holes” reference, and rightfully so: there is a great possibility you are working on karmic patterns or even ancestral trauma at the moment. You can choose to perpetuate the cycle, or you can choose to be the end of the trauma line. 

Ultimately, it is your choice. But I will tell you that if you choose to do the work, these retrograde cycles will be much easier for you to get through. Listen to your gut. Trust your footing. It is said that we only use 10% of our brains, and maybe in what we are conscious of, that is true. But the fact of the matter is that subconsciously, we are still using the other 90% all of the time. Somewhere in that matter, you have access to the “future” of your life, and you already know exactly what is going to happen; you know where you are going. Trust that. Know that. And know that you are safe, and held, and powerful, and loved.


About the Author

Rachel Leah Gerson is a Metaphysical Practitioner and Psychic Educator, and the creatrix of Doorway to Self, LLC. A graduate of the University of Michigan in English and Creative Writing and a current master’s student of Clinical Mental Health Counselling at Western Michigan University, Gerson is determined to help people understand the intersection of mental health and psychic abilities, because “If you’re human, you’re psychic”.

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