“People who shut their eyes to reality simply invite their own destruction.” James Baldwin
Effective Date: July 9th, 2017
Helios’ Astrological Angle on the Full Moon in Capricorn– AHHHHRRRRRROOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!! This astro is something else, Heretics- It’s the type that makes you want to just let out a primal, feral scream because that’s all that really makes sense anymore. This is the buildup to the eclipses, you guys- They are coming. This moon aims to get you ready for the true magic of some truly major eclipses, ones unlike anything we have really seen before. You are in for an intensely Shamanic ride this time, and you are going to need to do battle with your darkness and your light, all to get back your soul.
Artemis’ Tarot Take on the Full Moon in Capricorn- Are you scared of where you’re going? Do you have no faith, sailor, in following the stars? This full moon is the turbulent waters before the storm – when the wind is whipping at your sails and your crew is growing anxious. Will this storm take us off course, or will we bear it and harness it and move through it? This one is going to require a lot of will power and a decisive choice concerning where you want to go next – moves toward vitality and an end to this mopey, depressive slump. You are molting, Heretics, and it’s time to push out of your old carcass and be born anew.
The Sun, Moon, and Pluto– So, what do we have this time? Well, Cap Moons are always difficult, as the Moon is in the sign of its detriment, but a Full Moon, with Pluto? Lordt, if there was ever an Ayahuasca Moon, this would be it…. This does lend itself one very interesting gift, however- Emotional detachment. As the vast majority of people I have heard from have been struggling with a deluge of emotion, not being able to pull their head up above water, this can be exactly what is needed. Unfortunately, it’s never quite that simple- When you move into the detachment mode, you are going to need to process everything that you have been running from: All your loss, your pain, your failures, your wounded egos, your rage and the darkness you try to keep locked away that threatens to swallow you whole. All of it will come up now, the very second that you are able to detach and let your soul breathe. The most crucial thing you need to remember is not to run from it, not this time. This time, I want you to stand your ground, but don’t fight it; Hold fast and let it all overtake you. Allow it to win. Notice how I chose my words, not saying give up- that’s because this is only part of the process, part of the magic. When you allow it to saturate you, seeping into you, truly feeling it and giving it what it needs, only then can it be released- and the shit that you carry doesn’t just need released, it need expunged! We’re talking full-tilt, Linda Blair in the Exorcist style. When you do this, you will be raw. You will feel empty. Do not seek to fill the void in you with the poison you just went through hell to get rid of. Walking into these eclipses empty is right, and it’s better to go light than weighed down with your baggage.
(Minor Planets used: Deucalion, Ceto, Psyche, Arachne, Hidalgo, Niobe, Ophelia)
The Sun (The Star), Moon (2 of Swords), and Pluto (3 of Swords)- Idiots are happier people. I mean, it’s true, right? The more you know, the more you are destroyed a little inside. So why are we so obsessed with seeking? Why are we so against living in a state of ignorant bliss in the primal sea of life? Why do we constantly choose to go into the cycles once again?
Obviously, if you are reading what I am writing right now, you are a seeker. We are pioneers. We are compelled to look instead of remain; grow instead of decay. We have instincts that call to us. In your instincts lies the knowledge of billions of years of life on this planet. Here is where trust comes in. You have to have trust that it is going somewhere. That is the only thing that will get you out of this depressive area. This is Cancer season talk- shaman talk – ayahuasca energy, as Helios said. You have to consolidate the opposing energies of Cancer and Capricorn during this time, where Capricorn ferociously will demand to know (always the depressives, the Capricorns), while Cancer will demand trust in the universal plan – follow the waves (though somehow they are also depressives xD). Capricorn does not like the waves. Capricorn will create schematics for a machine to blow a hole through the ocean so they can walk across to their destination uninterrupted. Capricorn is the architect while Cancer is the primordial waters. The Mother and the Father. Two opposing poles that we have to somehow dance between. This archetype is being played up even more during this time, flavored by Mars and Pluto. So expect that something will happen, more specifically a situation where you will clearly see the split between your mind and emotions and how you are constantly a slave to one or the other. You must combine the two, and this Full Moon will make sure you figure that out, because these two guys never leave without causing some kind of disruption in our lives. I mean, it’s the god of the underworld and the god of war flavoring this lunation, so this will be some tough love. A lot of people can’t handle an aggressive parenting style, and may go a bit mad at this time. The rest of us are going to be left with the duty of holding other people up through this transit. Be a good friend – these times are going to be very tough for all of us.
Mercury and Venus– I remember, years ago when I was doing an abysmal play called the Crucible (2 hours of drudgery in which I was the only comic relief)- I’ve blocked most of it out by now, but there was one part of the writing that I didn’t understand, the word base in reference to human nature. I had never come across the phrase before, and it tripped me up because I didn’t know what it meant. I was out of touch with my own base nature, and quite a bit of the cognitive dissonance you are currently experiencing is from you being out of touch with yours as well. These two are the civilized planets, diplomacy and compromise, thought and peace… But in this moon, they turn savage, wild. Venus has her roots in the oldest magic there ever was- fertility; Mercury knows that there is a wisdom to the wild nature that is all it’s own. What is asked of you is to shed your skin as a thinking being, and remember that we are wild creatures- screaming monkeys tricked into thinking we are civilized, and separate from our nature. Well, now it’s time for you to get back to it. There is a vitality to this moon, but it is raw and untamed. To work with it, you need to shape-shift, and reclaim your wild heart.
Mercury (Page of Swords) and Venus (Queen of Wands)- These two cards have a similarity to these two planets. The Page of swords, like Mercury, has a lot to say, and it is all coming from it’s head. The Queen of Wands is a sexual being, made of magick and lust and burning feminine power. The other important detail about this combination- the Page of Swords makes Mercury come across as a bombastic ego maniac with too much too say; that philosophy student that is also in debate and science club, may wear a fedora. Mercury being in Leo will make this all the more dramatic and bombastic. Don’t immediately trust what you see, because a lot of people are good yet stuck in an ideology – try and feel it out instead. Mercury is going to be hard to deal with – your brain is overrun with anxiety and over-thought, but you’ve got to get into the body and the earth right now to make it through this lunation. Set your facebook debates aside.
As for Venus, you need to remember that there are many ways to understand if people are good for you – if they are draining your energy or replenishing it. We need our energy in order to do our work, so feel these people out at the gut level and sever the cord between you. This Venus will have aspects to Chiron, you are being forced to painfully submit to healing. It’s like swallowing nasty tasting medicine to kill a parasite. Get those blood suckers out of your life, because you are literally flipping your future self off by keeping vitality wasters in your life.
Venus in Gemini is playful, she likes to spar with you but she is also friendly. She is a sapiosexual, and body and mind are connected for her. Dig deep into your sacral chakra during this time, and the third eye – connect mind and body/heart. This is very Sekhmet energy. Your hungry, animal nature will lead the way to destroying the mental demons that are plaguing you. Go do something that gets you in touch with your body, and do it immediately.
Mars and Saturn– So in case you haven’t noticed, not only is this a dry run for the Eclipses that we are about to run into, we need to also consider this a warm-up for something else that is coming: Saturn in Capricorn. You guys, this transit is going to change EVERYTHING and it will be on us quicker than you have any concept of. Not only will Saturn be in Capricorn, but Jupiter and Pluto will be there as well, leading us to the Mother (or should I say Daddy?) of all Saturn moments. But that is not today’s problem- today we have Mars and Saturn. So they are both at the end of their runs through the signs, the old soldier weighed down with the burden of what he has done, and the general who made him do it. Of course, both are characters in your own psyche, so you have this back and forth going on with yourself. You are taking yourself to task for the mistakes that you have made, and I won’t lie to you- Some of them are bad. Some of them you will have to own up to. But what good is it to rake yourself over the coals for something that you can’t do anything about? I speak from experience, as I have been anything but forgiving to myself lately over my own missteps- But it isn’t helping. Look, taking yourself to task and constantly berating yourself over your ineptitude is easy, it can be done automatically- At some point though, if you want to move forward, you have to stop and actually forgive yourself. I unfortunately do not have any advice beyond the theory here, as I am still crucifying myself over mistakes I made when I was five years old.
My point is, stop playing the martyr. Come down off of your cross, there’s work to be done.
Mars (Knight of Cups) and Saturn (Ace of Cups)- Cancer season is a mirror, and we have to look into the mirror right now and accept what we see. This sense of perfection that you cast down at yourself is going to suffocate you during Saturn in Capricorn, so your best bet is to leave it here at the doorstep of North Node in Leo eclipses. You need to have an honest as fuck conversation with yourself on what are your most vital needs, and you need to develop an internal army to gather those needs at any cost. This means your pride cannot waver. Your belief and optimism and life through the heart are the only way to get back into the flow of life. Rekindle a hunger for your best interests. There are no hopeless causes, only people who submit to hopelessness. There is always a way out if you move like water.
Jupiter and Neptune– No big moment ever happens in a vacuum– each is brought on by thousands of little moments, inconsequential choices at the time, all of which cascade back and lead to a wave that becomes a tsunami. So too, you find yourself in a position that you do not recognize, but if you track back all your decisions up til now, you can see the path unfolding behind you to get you here. That is all well and good, but how can you use that to extrapolate where you are going? Easy- You are in the ONLY position to do so. Take where you are, and identify your goals, where you want to be. Then honestly and without any kind of wooly-mindedness, identify the choices that you will need to make to get there. Your best shot at predicting the future is to create it, I swear to you. These assholes will try to make it difficult for you, but only if you refrain from taking an active role in your own life, allowing it to happen to you. If you stop trying to force it, yet relax into flow, you will find this easy. Go with the current.
Jupiter (6 of Swords) and Neptune (9 of Swords)- So you had some dreams smashed lately, but that’s okay. Remember, as bad as the heartache can be, there is always something waiting on the other side. The earth is boundless, and you need to adopt this philosophy if you are to grow in this world. I was gardening with my amazing Scorpio friend a few weeks ago and she said to me that they had to whip the trees in order to get them strong enough to grow. I looked at her with utter shock when she said this. Whip the trees? What in the fuck? But it was true. The pain made them yearn to reach, to grow thicker skin, to flourish. Otherwise, when a big storm kicked up, they would die. They wouldn’t be ready for a worse kind of pain… Your life has been shifting before your eyes, it’s time to accept the need for change and adjustment; to actually listen to the pain and learn from it instead.
Uranus and Chiron– Here we see the core of this moon, it’s primal beating heart. We have the oldest gods imaginable here, the truest needs we have, Centaurs, and the indescribable urge to just let it all loose- no matter who we hurt along the way. This is good. It tells us that although we are battered and bruised, and looking for someone to take our hurt out on, we are finally open enough to really heal. The hurt you feel is in stark comparison to the uncomfortable numbness and malaise we are used to. This is progress. More than that, this is your humanity that you feel again, after what feels like centuries of being a robot, a god, a rock- Hell, anything that makes it so that you don’t have to feel something. All the work that you have been doing? This is the reward! Yes, it is messy, yes it is uncomfortable, yes it might just destroy you to feel again. Too bad. You made this mess, you took on the work to actually fix it, now DO it. Not only that, you have built this knowledge up over a long period of time- You KNOW that this is how it goes. What, did you think that you were immune from the effects? That you were somehow different or special? No, sorry- this is how it goes for all of us. You have the knowledge, the experience, and the will; You have done the work to get to this point, and this is no place to stop. Prove to everyone that you are up to this challenge. Show the universe never to bet against you, and come back from the brink!
Uranus (10 of Cups) and Chiron (The Fool)- So your choices matter, Heretics. We can go anywhere from where we are now. When your ego is pummeled and you can’t seem to find joy in what is, then find joy in beginning again. We must be open to the death of timelines before us, and get far more serious about our life path. The ego needs to be rebuilt. It should not be smothered but used in the appropriate way. It is a tool to get you to where you need to go, like sails or oars on a ship. Now use these eclipses to move in healing ways that will make your solar plexus strong enough to get you to make decisive moves toward future selves. We all must have a sun/goals in life – now innovate a new way of healing for yourself so that you can finally move into a healthier, more vital version of yourself. Habits aren’t hard to form if you just decide, once and for all, to do something. Now truly, deeply, choose. What is keeping you from this far more positive choice? What is keeping you in your bad habits? Dig deep and choose joy instead. And howl out the pain of this decision, Heretics.