Date of Full Moon: July 19th, 2016
Helios’ Astrological Angle on the Full Moon in Capricorn: “There is a face beneath this mask, but it isn’t me. I’m no more that face than I am the muscles beneath it, or the bones beneath that.” -Steve Moore
At the time of this posting we will still have the New Moon in Cancer bearing down on us, and that is not something that I envy you for. Enjoy the precious moments you have before it hits. Looking beyond that, however, the events that transpire for the New Moon will directly influence the setup for this Thunder Moon. Now, I can’t tell each and every one of you how your specific situation will play out (without booking a consult with myself or Artemis, that is!) but I can tell you that what gets started on the New Moon will be brought to a swift and sure conclusion on this Full Moon.
Artemis Tarot Take on the Full Moon in Capricorn: “The State is the altar of political freedom and, like the religious altar, it is maintained for the purpose of human sacrifice.” – Emma Goldman.
Blessings. You’re all going to need them. Blessings upon blessings upon blessings. As I write this, the voidful, quiet hush of this New Moon Cancer swelling in the collective unconscious is only reminding me how much rage is squirming beneath our skin. Raise your glasses, it’s the Thunder Moon in the devil Capricorn, and the second full moon under the Sun in Cancer. If you aren’t familiar with the dialogue between Cancer and Capricorn, it is the tribal/familial vs Large Structures (aka, government, corporations, bureaucracies, etc). As the moon compels the ocean into waves, this Capricorn full moon is going to stir the people tribe (Cancer) into seeing the cultural disease all around us. The government may try and throw policy at all the restlessness going on in our nation, but they are merely placing band-aids on the skin. The rot is deep, and the Thundermoon demands action. Ironically, the full moon is also midway into the Republican National Convention. As above so below, you can also see these themes in your personal life. Power struggles will become evident, not only in your relationships with friends, family, and lovers, but also between the different parts of your mind. Who is going to win out? There is only one pathway out of this, and it comes smack dab in the middle of these colliding forces; the middle way. Integration is the only way out. See all the cogs spinning now? When we learn to join forces with our Dark Side, like we should have begun figuring out in the alchmical New Moon in Cancer, we can ascend.
H: The Sun/Moon, Mars, Chiron, and Uranus– This is a very philosophical moon, moreso than it has any right to be- mainly because of the asteroid Nemesis, who is like a living embodiment of Karma. Now don’t panic at seeing that. A TNO Watch is coming for her, but for now take her like this: She will punish those who deserve it and reward the deserving as well- She is also extremely introspective and demands that you take responsibility for your Shadow, all that you seek to hide. This moon will drag it all out into the light- And you can already feel it happening. The thing is, the mask you wear to the world has moved too far away from what you have grown into, like a skin that a snake has shed- Yet you still try and hide behind it, like an obese man trying to hide behind a flagpole. Obviously it will not work. This moon will force you to be honest with yourself, all faces of yourself, and truly bring them into cohesion. This is a long process, and you have been at it for so long, but now it is truly in sight. Once you actually pull it off, however? That’s when the challenges begin. Most people do not want to deal with someone at their fullest, it is physically uncomfortable for them- because it forces them to realize how far they have to go and how dishonest they are being to themselves. It is jarring for them. Some, however, will be inspired by your example, no matter which way you show them- Positive or negative, evolved or ignorant, petty or mature; Either you will be a light to follow or a cautionary tale. It all depends on what you present to the world right now, and who you truly want to become. This is also your best chance to change your path, like a last-ditch course correction- If you don’t take this opportunity now, then you might not get another before it is too late. But then you may not want to change your path! If you have been doing the work, and trying your damndest, then this option is just a distraction, trying to get you to bail on your goals by taking the easy way out. Only you can make that call.
A: The Sun (10 of Swords), The Moon (Emperor), Mars (King of Wands), Chiron (The Star), Uranus (Justice)- It’s not going to be fucking easy. You’re hurt, so fucking let it out. How do you do that? Listen everyone. We have this wonderful device called the internet and it lets us all connect and share our hurt. You need to start rallying the troops and letting the ridiculous ones go. You only have so much energy, and you have been wasting it fighting battles that don’t even matter, when you could be building a connected tribe that can rattle change together. It’s going to suck for those of you with big hearts, but the world isn’t a nice and cuddly place. Reality check: Contrary to what the White Lighters tell you, Mother Nature is violent. They always forget to talk about Mama’s dark side. She will eat entire islands with volcanic rain, swallow coasts in her rage, and she wont be there handing you a chalice full of water in the middle of the desert if you are not prepared for your journey. She doesn’t give a fuck about us, but she will provide if we learn to work with her. We must learn to give and take symbioticly, or there will be restless rage to deal with. There is your lesson. And just like mother nature, there comes a point when anything will turn on you if abused enough. There are adjustments coming, and just like any change (my Aquarian siblings know this well) it is always initially unsettling. It might be harsh for you. If you have had problems with control or have been suppressing a part of yourself, it will emerge during this time. It would be best for you to start dealing with these things during the Cancer New Moon before they become full blown dragon fights during the full moon. What is the essence I get from this full moon? It feels like an uprising. The things suppressed inside of you, the people you may suppress in your life, or the various tribes suppressed by a larger government, are going to begin their escape. The tribes are rising, and your dance with your dark side is beginning again (something akin to what happened in the collective about a year and a half ago).
H: Mercury, Venus, Saturn and Neptune– This is a tough crowd, and each are part of an overarching process. Let’s break it down: Mercury shows that you are in the middle of a mental crisis, with Siwa providing the storm before the calm. This will lead to wisdom and insight, but for now you have to wade through the merde. You just want to avoid confrontation and taking responsibility (Altjira) but you cannot run forever. When you are forced into it, you will want to try to gloss over the rough parts of the situation that led you here (Panacea) but when that fails, your only recourse will be to come totally clean (Askalaphus). You will have to deal with the consequences of that truth, and they most probably won’t be pretty; on the other hand, being exposed for who you are might not end as badly as you have feared for so long. From there, we move to Venus; When you are finally able to come clean and show your truest self, you are freed from the responsibility of hiding yourself, stepping on your own toes and policing your thoughts and actions. Not to mention you are free of the fear (Terpsichore) and are free to live life more honestly and on your own terms (Tantalus). If others in your life don’t approve or lend you their support, fuck ’em- you don’t require it. You’ve moved past that stage and its time to show them that, and that’s where Saturn comes into play. With the demon of fear no longer on your back, everything changes. You go from being terrified of your own shadow to glowing in the dark. It is true liberation, and which leads us to Neptune. Now, we all know my struggle with all things Neptune or Pisces but this time, Neptune is the reward. Neptune at his very best is freedom from the pettiness, bliss and true joy. If you see this storm through, I swear to you that you will end up there. But it all starts with the storm, you in the thick of it and forced past your comfort zone, where you can control and manage everything in order to remain comfortable. Savage honesty will see you through.
A: Mercury (Knight of Swords), Venus (10 of Pentacles), Saturn (The Tower) and Neptune (The Moon)- The end of our Cancer summer molt will be coming to a close. My friend was telling me a story about a pet tarantula that died mid molt. Just because you are changing and deciding to change, it doesn’t mean that you can’t burn up in the process. We change because we must. At this point in our spiritual evolution, that is one of the laws we seem to have encountered. Speeding up of the cycles seems to be another constant. Mercury is definitely going to be speeding up. The transition between Mercury in Cancer and Mercury in Leo is a startling one. The emotions that you let out, the urgent things that need to be said that get said in Mercury Cancer, are going to come out as ROARS in Mercury Leo under this full moon Capricorn. If you go into the issues and ideas of the heart with bravery, you will be rewarded with newly honed communication skills. You will be able to use your insight to twirl and whirl your way through situations, and you will finally start to get into the rhythms of the social dance. But be warned, it is fast paced, and if you don’t lock onto your intuition and emotional flow during Cancer new Moon season, you will crash and burn. Your pride and sense of self will really be expanded during this time. You are going to need it in order to deal with all the loose ends coming undone during this time. The structures around us are crashing – both outside of us and inside of us. You are going to need to make peace with your dark side; with holy death and the ugly parts of reality. You’re going to have to make the hard decisions, the ugly decisions, and you are going to learn that not everyone makes it out. Do you want the Truth, or do you want the endless illusions you are being fed by parasites that never really gave a fuck about you? Wake up, my friends, we have been spoonfed lies and we have started to like it. What in the holy fuck is wrong with us? Go deep. Go to the darkest parts of you and shake hands. I know, that scoundrel in there is a fucking asshole, but fighting amongst yourselves is eternally going to keep you stagnant. Learn how to fight together.
H: Jupiter and Pluto– The two brothers are working in tandem, the last vestige of Super Sayian energy, and they are where the underlying themes of this moon are coming from. Their power bleeds through, so that you experience the foreshocks before the main event, like an earthquake (typically Neptune’s deal, but roll with it). Jupiter is the primary source of these, with Borasisi demanding authenticity and truth, the most powerful force in a world gone mad with insincerity and masks. This requires a committed and sustained effort, and a herculean level of strength. Luckily Heracles and Bienor are there to back your play and give you the strength you need to see this through. Note that all of what I said above, this is not a transitory thing- This is a new paradigm that you have to choose to commit to, every day from here on out. Or you can choose to allow the state of affairs to continue and you will wake up one day to realize there is nothing left behind that mask, after you have starved your soul, pruning it to to death to fit behind an old look rather than stepping up and tossing it aside- Pluto will see to that. Die or be reborn, there is no in-between with Pluto. But you know that already. You knew before you even opened this breakdown up that it was time. I’m only the messenger, the reminder ding on your iphone when you don’t immediately open your text. Let Pluto empower you and burn away the lies and half-truths you hide behind, rather than have him rot you from the inside out. Your call.
A: Jupiter (Strength) and Pluto (Ace of Swords)- Welp, now you know that both the dark and the light must join forces to create the ultimate warrior. We are in the battle now, and there is a very good chance of death in the midst of transformation. Pluto is going to be digging at our souls, forcing us to either change or die. He is sick of our bullshit, and he thinks it’s pretty pathetic how we think we can be happy living in the plastic fantasy land of cultural illusion. Yep, you’re being forced to reckon with your destiny. Remember, we are still in Pluto retrograde. This means that there is nothing you can fucking do; belief is not necessary (thanks Philly Abe for that gem), you are being forced to violently change and deal with the karma of your past right now. Yep, it’s not nice, but remember, the universe is not fucking nice. We are all here to help transform the collective. Wake up! What is your role in the revolution? Are you doing your part or are you getting in the way? Jupiter wants some attention now. The Strength card is a very cool card. In the Thoth tarot, it is titled “Lust” and has the image of the goddess Babylon. The strength we will need will come from giving of our energy to the collective. We must bring the storm, together. There is luck if we act. There is harsh judgement if we choose not to change. It’s time to dance with the devil inside of us, friends, so that we may be fit to battle the devils outside of us. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again; you will have your tribe fighting by your side. No matter how far away from each other we may be, this is the future… there are many ways to connect.