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Tuesday, July 16 at 2.30 pm PST
Photo: Jimmy Westlake
Happy full moon! Happy lunar eclipse! The Algonquins call the July full moon the Buck Moon as it coincides with new antler growth on young male deer. It is also called the Thunder Moon for summertime storms. The moon will rise at sunset, peak at midnight and set at sunrise, and this is true all over the world, no matter your time zone.
Sun and moon take their respective stance in Cancer and Capricorn at this lunar eclipse. The Cancer solar cycle is an inward journey. On this watery quest, the full moon rises like a tidal wave over the heart. Though this full moon represents Luna’s peak in many ways, she is actually in her “detriment” in Capricorn, the sign opposite the one she rules, which would be Cancer. When a planet is in detriment, its energies are weak and strained. In other words, you may feel especially moody or sensitive.
The Cancer-Capricorn polarity is – roughly – between the heart and the head. We all have a psychic membrane protecting us from the external world. For Cancer the crab, this membrane is thin and porous. And yet, her absorbent heart is her primary directorate. Too much Cancer energy makes us cling and worry. This is where Capricorn comes in, helping the crab employ more logic and emotional discipline, and thereby fortify her heart.
The crab and goat seek relationships/environments which promise longevity and security. They both love art, food, cats, sleep and relaxation. These creatures yearn to put down roots and get settled early in life, physically or emotionally. A stable partner is usually a priority element in what it means to be settled. But really this full moon is about home and what makes us feel at home. It’s about (self) love and commitment (to self).
Eclipses can be full or partial. The earth’s shadow consists of two parts: the shadow cast directly behind the earth is called the umbra, and the fainter, fan-like shadow surrounding the umbra is the penumbra. This full moon is a partial (or penumbral) eclipse – in fact, we won’t have another total lunar eclipse until May 2021. Most of the world will be able to view this partial eclipse, but unfortunately we won’t see it in North America – moon gazers in Africa and the Middle East will have the best view. Part of my spirit will be sitting next to you in the desert on the other side of our glittering globe. We will all feel it, no matter where we breathe.
This lunar eclipse will be conjunct Pluto Retrograde in Capricorn – holy shit y’all, this is going to be intense. It sounds so cliché to say that but it really is true – every month when the moon is conjunct Pluto, I feel it in my marrow. Pluto is the ultimate evolutionary force in the solar system and he does NOT fuck around – whatever you are working on emotionally (especially in a relationship) is about to be supremely amplified. Something deep and scary is brought to the surface, perhaps after many years of being suppressed. It is so important to let go and not give in to the impulse to control, manipulate or engage in obsessive-compulsive behavior. If it’s not meant to be, it’s not meant to be – and we must heal ourselves before we heal others <3
Cancer’s mantra is “I feel.” Let it all out, whatever it is. Cry or sing or walk until your feet throb. Or lay in bed with your hands on your heart and breathe…breathe…breathe.
Full moons are high energy and felt not just the day of, but for days before and after. This is especially true given that this is a lunar eclipse! Full moon lunar eclipses heighten emotions and intuition, such as women experience before menstruation. During this time, we are more likely to overreact. It is our duty to remain calm and non-reactive no matter what.
Affirmation: I trust