Capricorn Full Moon

January seems such a long time ago. All that hope of the new year bundled into the resolutions that everyone says that they don’t make. Speaking of which, that always amazes me – so many people I speak to say they don’t make resolutions, yet still, it’s a thing. Who would have thought it?

Anyways, if you did set resolutions or goals or intentions or whatever you want to call them back in January, the Capricorn Full Moon is the halfway point – like a mid-year performance review, in corporate speak.

The thing about full moons is that we can see more than what we could at the new moon – more has been exposed. That’s both a good and a bad thing. We can see how far we’ve come – and how far we’ve still to go. We can also see where our plan needs to be tweaked and stretched. It’s a time for taking stock.

Given that Saturn is right beside this full moon, it’s also time to get serious – if you haven’t been up until now. That means taking a good hard look at yourself and what you’ve been doing – or not doing – and accept ownership and the consequences of those actions…or inactions.

Saturn and I have had these conversations before. They usually end with Saturn reminding me that I can control my reactions and actions. We’ve just finished one of these discussions – Saturn and me.

I set myself some pretty steep targets this year and so far am a way off them. Of course, I’m blaming the day job. After all, I can only manage to do two things – write novels and work – in amongst the usual family and life responsibilities.

Quit whining, Saturn says. You need your day job – where else is the money going to come from? It will come from book sales, I say. Well, it won’t while ever you do nothing about marketing, he says. I don’t have time to market, write and work, I wail in response.

Saturn knows that wishful thinking isn’t enough. He knows that I need a clear plan, a practical plan that involves determination and willpower. He thinks I can do more by working smarter. He thinks I’m scattering my energies and that I’m not using my resources effectively. I suspect that he’s probably right. Sure, I have a busy day job, but really, how much do I want to make my living as a writer? That much, I tell him.

Well then, says Saturn. Do something about it. Did you really need to watch that re-run of Midsomer Murders last night when you could have been writing? Did you really need to loll about in bed on Sunday morning when you could have been out for a walk? I thought you said you wanted to get healthy this year. Healthy heart, isn’t that what you said? Then Saturn looks at me and says your decisions, your consequences.

As much as I like to think I can slip through the holes in the net, Saturn sees right through me – and he sees right through you too…although maybe you’ve been more responsible than I have. I like to think that you have.

The Capricorn Full Moon each year is your annual reminder to look at just how effectively you’re managing your resources and how you’re really working towards what it is that you want. It’s a perfect time to ask questions such as:

  • What has to give at home for career ambitions to be realized?
  • What balance do you have between the public you and the private you?
  • Have you put the same effort into both parts of your life, or does one eclipse the other?
  • Have you effectively managed your available resources? What about your emotional resources?
  • Who is supporting you? Do you really need to do it all?
  • Have you been prioritizing work over self-care?
  • Have you been serious about your vocation and what you want to achieve?
  • Are there goals that you’ve fallen short on, goals you haven’t stretched yourself enough on, goals you’ve given up on, goals that aren’t really authentically you, goals that don’t make your heart sing?
  • Are the sacrifices out-weighing the perceived rewards?
  • Are the goals you’re working towards yours, or are they someone else’s?
  • Is the need for public respect outweighing your need for self-respect?
  • Are you comfort eating (or drinking) and using that as an excuse not to pursue your goals?

Be honest – there are no right or wrong answers here, and no judgement – we all have different values and make our decisions based on these.

If you want, treat this Full Moon as a personal performance review – you should check-in on your goals regularly – but only if you’re prepared to do something to change those results and only if you mean it. This isn’t so much about being hard on yourself as giving yourself a little tough love – the for your own good type of tough love.

Another thing, Jupiter is trine the Sun and Uranus the Moon in this Full Moon chart. Don’t be too hard on yourself at this mid-year review, but do check in on whether you’re stretching yourself enough (Jupiter) and also whether you’re being true to yourself (Uranus). These guys are there to help you out, so use them.

Doing it for yourself…

By now you should know the drill – if not, check out this post for a refresher.

The point you’re looking for is 6 Capricorn 28’…or thereabouts.

If you’re not sure where this is for you, simply use the solar guide below, and refer back to Series 1 of the Toolbox for pointers on what each of the houses means.

What do I mean when I tell you to look to the opposite house for balance? The Full Moon is about looking at where you’re compromising or over-compensating. Consider how you’re balancing your personal resources, ambitions, goals in that part of your life.

In my chart, this falls in the 11th house. For me it’s about balancing my hopes, dreams and future rewards for the work I do (11th house stuff) against creativity, play and identity security issues (5thhouse). The 11th is also friends and networks.

From an aspect viewpoint, this Full Moon is sextile my Mercury (6 Pisces). Although most of the action (for want of a better term) this time around will be in the 11thhouse, given that the Moon natally rules the 5thfor me, and Mercury rules the 4thand the 7ththis is where the outcomes will be. I’m knee deep in the middle of procrastinating in the first draft of book 6. I’ve looked at my writing schedule for the rest of the year and am getting serious.

Get the idea? Why not try it for yourself…

The Full Moon at 6 Capricorn 28’ will fall on June 28…or very late on June 27…depending on where you live.

  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Cancer, this Full Moon falls in your 7th house. Look to the 1st for balance.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Leo, this Full Moon falls in your 6th house. Look to the 12th for balance.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Virgo, this Full Moon falls in your 5th house. Look to the 11th for balance.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Libra, this Full Moon falls in your 4th house. Look to the 10th for balance.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Scorpio, this Full Moon falls in your 3rd house. Look to the 9th for balance.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Sagittarius, this Full Moon falls in your 2nd house. Look to the 8th for balance.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Capricorn, this Full Moon falls in your 1st house. Look to the 7th for balance.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Aquarius, this Full Moon falls in your 12th house. Look to the 6th for balance.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Pisces, this Full Moon falls in your 11th house. Look to the 5th for balance.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Aries, this Full Moon falls in your 10th house. Look to the 4th for balance.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Taurus, this Full Moon falls in your 9th house. Look to the 3rd for balance.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Gemini this Full Moon falls in your 8th house. Look to the 2nd for balance.

Capricorn New Moon

Capricorn New Moon

26 Capricorn 54’

17/1/18 1.17pm (Sydney time AEDT)

Capricorn New Moons are always about goals. I tend to think there’s a bit of a coincidence that they appear at the time of the year that you’re setting new goals and intentions…conspiracy theory anyone? (She asks, waggling her eyebrows in a rather creepy way).

Capricorn New Moons are also always about patience and hope. Yes, you read that right too. After all, what is a goal other than a hope or a dream with a little structure and reality worked into it? A hope or a dream that you’re prepared to wait for, to work for?

Capricorn is also about resources- your personal ones and those that are at your disposal. Think about your energy levels and how and where you are employing them and how you might be depleting them. Where have you been so focused on achieving and measuring up that you’ve forgotten how to relax?

If you’re the type who is into intentions rather than goals, avoid stating what you don’t want, or what you want to lose – at this time of the year, the Universe is especially busy multi-tasking and doesn’t have time to sit around waiting to hear all the little words. It’s a little like when I say to my dog:

‘Hi Kali, after I finish editing this chapter, if the weather holds, we’ll go for a walk.’

She hears:

‘Blah Kali, blah blah blah blah walk.’

Using this logic, ‘I want to lose 20 kgs,’ could be construed as ‘blah 20 kgs.’

I took my time this year coming up with my word of the year, my writing goals, and my resolutions. Last year felt like there was a lot of hard work for very little (financial) reward. I suppose that’s to be expected from a Saturn year. This year I’m hoping to capitalise on that work – the fields that have already been ploughed and planted…so to speak.

Doing it for yourself…

You should, if you’ve been reading along, know how to find where the New Moon is happening in your chart. If you’re new to this site, duck across and check out this post before you go any further. Now, let’s set our intentions. Think about the area of life you’re focusing on and set small achievable targets. The types of targets you can check in on each month when the Moon is in Capricorn. The types of targets that you can look back on this time next year and pat yourself on the back for. Make sure that you do at least one thing towards this goal this month.

If you’re unsure where to start, check out this post.

  • How do the concerns of this house make you feel?
  • How would you like to feel about them?
  • What positive steps can you take over the next four weeks to minimise the gap between how you feel about this are and how you’d like to feel?

*****Write it down!!!!!!!!!!******

If you don’t have any idea about your birth time, or can’t be faffed working it out, you can follow the solar guide:

  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Capricorn, this New Moon falls in your 1st house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Aquarius, this New Moon falls in your 12th house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Pisces, this New Moon falls in your 11th house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Aries, this New Moon falls in your 10th house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Taurus, this New Moon falls in your 9th house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Gemini, this New Moon falls in your 8th house.
  • If your Sun of Ascendant is in Cancer, this New Moon falls in your 7th house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Leo, this New Moon falls in your 6th house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Virgo, this New Moon falls in your 5th house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Libra, this New Moon falls in your 4th house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Scorpio, this New Moon falls in your 3rd house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Sagittarius, this New Moon falls in your 2nd house.

Remember…

If you haven’t been doing so, why not try journaling your lunar journey- you’ll be surprised how, in hindsight, more has been going on than you might have thought.

Mercury in Capricorn

Mercury is poised to move into Capricorn and my attention has turned to matters of business – or rather business results and business planning. That makes sense – Capricorn is 11th house stuff for me, so it’s at this time of the year that I start putting some structure behind and around and under my goals. I gather the results from last year, analyse the problem and set some strategies. It’s line in the sand time.

Having Saturn in Sagittarius over the past couple of years in my work zone and squaring my Ascendant, Sun and Moon has taught me a lot about what I want – and more about what I don’t want. It’s also made me more aware of how I need to focus in 2018 on those activities that will bring me closer to my goals. It’s these things that I considered when I did my business planning for this year.

Anyways, I’m sure you don’t want to hear about that right now – I’ll bore you with those outcomes closer to the New Moon. Besides, as practical as Mercury in Capricorn is, I’m aware that talking about finances, planning, business and cost/value propositions isn’t at all new-agey – it is, however necessary.

Back to Mercury in Capricorn, here’s a link to a post from a few years ago that could help you understand this placement more. If you have Mercury in Capricorn or Mercury conjunct Saturn, give it a read.

In other news, it’s my parent’s wedding anniversary today. Fifty-four years ago – when Mercury was also in Capricorn – they said I do. A Scorpio-Aquarius match. Just saying…

Doing it for yourself…

While Mercury is in Capricorn, we can take a little of this energy now to put our own lines in the sand and put some frameworks in place within which strategies can flourish, risks are mitigated, resources are managed, and targets achieved.

Anyways, this influence will, of course, be best utilised in the part of life that Capricorn rules for you. If it’s your 10th house, have a think about what strategies you need to put in place to further your career or get the job you want. If it’s in the 7th, think about your relationships and relating. Naturally, you won’t have a spreadsheet on this (although maybe you might…?) but what plans could be put in place to bring you closer together (if you’re in an existing relationship) or help you find your way into a new one. Perhaps you might plan to join an online dating agency or enrol in evening classes or even set targets to get out and about…just putting some ideas out there, but I’m sure that you get it.

The point is,  every part of life can be subject to the Mercury in Capricorn treatment.

If you don’t have your chart, read this post on how to get one.

If you don’t know what the houses mean, check out series 1 of the Toolbox or this post.

If you don’t have any idea about your birth time, or can’t be faffed working it out, you can follow the solar guide:

  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Capricorn, Mercury will be transiting your 1st house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Aquarius, Mercury will be transiting your 12th house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Pisces, Mercury will be transiting your 11th house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Aries, Mercury will be transiting your 10th house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Taurus, Mercury will be transiting your 9th house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Gemini, Mercury will be transiting your 8th house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Cancer, Mercury will be transiting your 7th house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Leo, Mercury will be transiting your 6th house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Virgo Mercury will be transiting your 5th house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Libra, Mercury will be transiting your 4th house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Scorpio, Mercury will be transiting your 3rd house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Sagittarius, Mercury will be transiting your 2nd house.

Mercury will be in Capricorn until 31/1/18.

Happy Birthday Capricorn

I’ve been giving a lot of thought of late to plans, productivity, and goals for 2018. It’s one of those things that I do at this time each year. I also wrap my year up at this time – you’ll find the post over on the author page.

The one thing I’m trying not to do is beat myself up too much over what I didn’t do – and trust me, my “didn’t do” list is extensive. I’m also trying very hard not to compare myself to anyone else – or feel envious of the success or apparent success of other authors. One thing I’ve learnt this year is that you can make your life look whatever you want it to look like on the outside while on the inside it’s anything but. It’s all about what the world sees, not what it really is. That’s such a Capricorn concept – and one that I’d wager many of us are guilty of.

As an aside, I’ve learnt a lot of other things too this year – as indeed I should during a Saturn year. I’ve written about them in my wrap-up post too. There’s more I didn’t say there about focussing on income producing tasks and building a proper business strategy – but we’ll save that for the goals post.

We came face to face with a lot of (shadow) Capricorn energy this year when we sold up to move north. There were a number of people who expressed surprise at the idea that by selling out of the Sydney market we were somehow stepping away from the ambition we apparently should have. People actually said, “what will other people think?” My answer? I don’t care. Others said, “but surely you should be aiming to use your equity in an investment portfolio?” My answer? Seriously? Someone else said “if you have real estate in the Sydney market you’ve made it. You know you’ll never get back in?” My answer? Yep, I’m aware of that and I don’t care. “You can earn so much more in a corporate job in the city and have so much more respect” So What? “What about a Plan B?” What about having faith?

What this year proved to me is that I don’t really care what others think. I genuinely don’t care. I have no inclination to keep up with anyone else’s idea of what I should be doing, thinking, accumulating, aiming for, working at. I don’t need to have the right house in the right suburb in the right city and drive the right car. I just want to be the best that I can be on my own terms. It’s taken me 50 years, but I’m now truly at that point. And it’s a grown-up don’t care, not a rebellious I can’t have it so I’m going to pretend that I don’t care and that I want the opposite when deep down I really do want what you have.

That doesn’t mean that I don’t respect your right to want these things – if, indeed you do. It means that finally, I’m where I want to be. I’ve made it. I enjoy hearing about other people’s holidays, experiences, success, whatever because I truly am happy for them. At some point, they’ve put in the work, made the choices, accepted the sacrifices and I respect that even if sometimes I question the motivation – even though I try my best not to.

Anyways, I’ll step off my soapbox for a bit now before I start on my anti-elitist bandwagon…trust me, you don’t want to be around for that!

Oh, if you want to know about Capricorn, the link to an old post is here. You’ll also find some keywords here.

Doing it for yourself…

We all have Capricorn somewhere in our chart. It’s in this part of life that we need to approach with practicality, respect, and resourcefulness. Are you making enough of your experience? Are you applying your resources where they are most effective? Are you wasting energy trying to compete against others? Are you working hard but not producing anything?

Check out where Capricorn is in your chart – that’s where you’re getting the warmth of the Sun’s energy right now – why not use it to do a health check on this part of your life? Are you applying sufficient focus to this part of life?

Not sure where Capricorn is in your chart? Check out this post or follow the solar guide below. Don’t know what the houses mean? Check out this post. If you’re new to this site (or new to astrology) start at the beginning with the Toolbox lessons.

  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Capricorn, the Sun is shining in in your 1st house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Aquarius, the Sun is shining in in your 12th house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Pisces, the Sun is shining in in your 11th house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Aries, the Sun is shining in in your 10th house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Taurus, the Sun is shining in in your 9th house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Gemini the Sun is shining in in your 8th house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Cancer, the Sun is shining in in your 7th house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Leo, the Sun is shining in in your 6th house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Virgo, the Sun is shining in in your 5th house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Libra, the Sun is shining in in your 4th house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Scorpio, the Sun is shining in in your 3rd house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Sagittarius, the Sun is shining in in your 2nd house.

 

 

Saturn in Capricorn

Saturn is just a smidgeon away from moving into Capricorn. Usually, when Saturn changes signs my email inbox starts to fill up with concerns and fears. This was especially the case in the few weeks before Saturn moved into Scorpio. Then there was the person who feared that with Saturn in Sagittarius whe’d fail her exams, and another who said she’d never fly again. True stories.

The thing is, Saturn doesn’t necessarily stop us from doing anything. If anything, he can tempt us to do that which we know we shouldn’t do. ‘Go ahead,’ he says, ‘do what you will, but just be aware  of the consequences.’

 

There’s no coincidence that the Devil, or Temptation, card in Tarot is associated with Capricorn and Saturn. Look at the card. The devil is half goat and the temptations can result in a bondage of some description – whether that’s the ties that bind through responsibility, or the chains of fear. Even when we’ve attached those chains ourselves, the Devil is who we blame for our troubles – much like we often blame Saturn…not that I ever would…of course.

The thing is, I haven’t so far received any of the usual ‘Saturn is about to move into Capricorn and will conjunct my Sun and that means that life will be miserable for the next 2 1/2 years.’  Saturn in Capricorn is an entirely different scenario. Saturn is the ruler of Capricorn. He’s comfortable in Capricorn. He’s coming home. Their natures are similar. Saturn in Capricorn is acting from a position of power – but it’s also born from experience, wisdom, practicality, integrity, and resourcefulness.

At the risk of sounding lazy – something that Saturn absolutely has no time for – I’d direct you to this fabulous article by Capricornian Steven Forrest. With a number of planets in Capricorn, Forrest gets this sign – and Saturn.

In the article, he speaks a lot about collective morality and integrity and how that changes definition over the years. But when it comes to Saturn and your chart, we can also talk about personal morality and integrity – whatever that happens to be or mean for you. Wherever Saturn is transiting your chart is where those concepts are being examined.

If, like me, Saturn is transiting your 11th house, not only do you have an opportunity to put plans and structures under your dreams to turn them into goals, but you’ll also be asked to consider whether these goals are morally right for you. Are you compromising your own standards in order to achieve something that’s personally rewarding but has an entirely different cost? Are you using your networks and contacts in a way that gets what you want, but possibly infringes on their goals?

What about if Saturn is in the 10th? Are you getting ahead at the expense of someone else? Are you acting contrary to your own morals for the sake of the “business”? We’ve all heard that excuse before – ‘it was a business decision…and even if it’s wrong that makes it right’. No, it doesn’t, and when Saturn is in Capricorn, issues like this could come up. Actually, issues like this might always come up, but while Saturn is in Capricorn there could be a price to pay for them.

I’d urge you to read the whole article, but if you don’t Forrest made seven comments about areas of individual focus for each of us:

  • Admit it: you are bored with yourself. Where transiting Saturn-in-Capricorn hits your personal chart defines an area of your life which you have simply outgrown. What is the next stage of life for you in terms of work, love, money, education – whatever houses or planets Saturn is contacting?
  • Deep down inside, you are hungry to really get your teeth into something, to do your best. Saturn-in-Capricorn is challenging you. It is saying, “All right, show me what you’ve got. Give me your best shot. It’s time to write your masterpiece.
  • To succeed, you will need focus, persistence, patience, and self-discipline. You can’t fake this one. You cannot cut corners.
  • There are likely to be moral or ethical issues underlying these efforts. Do the right thing – but make sure that the definition of “the right thing” is your own, with no taint of anyone else’s sermons about “sin” or “duty.”
  • You have a right to define your own responsibilities. You have a right to refuse responsibilities that do not fit you.
  • If you get this right, you will be tired! But if you turn away from the effort, you will be stuck in a deadening past. Inevitably, you will then be depressed. Which do you prefer, exhaustion or depression?
  • Whatever happens, understand that it is your own karma ripening.

Have a think about this.

Doing it for yourself

Every transit by Saturn will have something to do with your personal Saturn story. Go back to the Saturn lesson in the Toolbox for some hints regarding this.

Another thing is, every single transit by Saturn to key points in your chart will not only be felt in that part of your chart but also have an outcome in the area of life ruled by Saturn. This will be the part of your chart containing Capricorn and Aquarius – remembering that Saturn is the traditional ruler of Aquarius. Every single time.

For this reason, it’s worth going back to see if there are any common themes in, say, previous transits of your Sun (or Moon or Ascendant or other points or personal planets) by Saturn.

I’ll be back next week with something about Saturn – Sun transits, but if you want to get a start on what Saturn could mean for you, jump over and have a look at the Saturn page. I’ve updated it with step-by-step guides on how to intentionally approach your Saturn transits – including a solar guide as to where this might be happening for you. Remember, I use whole houses, so if you don’t and you know the house that Saturn is transiting, feel free to ignore this part of the page.

There’s also a timing guide there to give you an idea as to when Saturn in Capricorn could be impacting your chart. This will be especially important if you’re a Capricorn Sun and have already started worrying about what could happen when Saturn meets up with your Sun – although as a Capricorn Sun I’m sure that you’d know better than to worry needlessly. Just saying.

Depending on the degree, some of you will get 3 chances at the transit – when Saturn first goes across the planet being transited, when it retrogrades back across that point, and when it turns direct. Check out this post for more information regarding that.

Finally, pay special attention to the stationing degrees. If Saturn stations direct or retrograde at a degree which aspects something important in your chart, make a note of it. As an example, Saturn will station retrograde at 20 Capricorn, this is an exact sextile to my Sun. In 2020 the station retrograde is at 25 Capricorn, exactly sextile my Chiron, and less than a degree from an exact opposition to my Jupiter. I’ll be absolutely paying attention.

Capricorn New Moon

Capricorn New Moon

7 Capricorn 59’

29/12/16 4:53pm (Sydney time)

Capricorn New Moons are always about goals. I tend to think there’s a bit of a coincidence that they appear at the time of the year that you’re setting new goals and intentions…conspiracy theory anyone? (She asks, waggling her eyebrows in a rather creepy way).

Capricorn New Moons are also always about patience and hope. Yes, you read that right too. After all, what is a goal other than a hope or a dream with a little structure and reality worked into it? A hope or a dream that you’re prepared to wait for, to work for?

Capricorn is also about resources- your personal ones and those that are at your disposal. Think about your energy levels and how and where you are employing them and depleting them. Where have you been so focused on achieving and measuring up that you’ve forgotten how to relax?

If you’re the type who is into intentions rather than goals, avoid stating what you don’t want, or what you want to lose- at this time of the year, the Universe is especially busy multi-tasking and doesn’t have time to sit around waiting to hear all the little words. It’s a little like when I say to my dog:

‘Hi Kali, after I finish editing this chapter, if the weather holds, we’ll go for a walk.’

She hears:

‘Blah Kali, blah blah blah blah walk.’

Using this logic, ‘I want to lose 20 kgs,’ could be construed as ‘blah 20 kgs.’

I’m in the process of setting my 2017 intentions now. I’ll post the ones relating to this site tomorrow, and my personal goals over the next day or so on and anyways.

This year has been so tough that I spent more time closing out the old and trying to understand the lessons before I felt ready to set new goals and dream new dreams.

Doing it for yourself…

You should, if you’ve been reading along, know how to find where the New Moon is happening in your chart. If you’re new to this site, duck across and check out this post before you go any further. Now, let’s set our intentions. Think about the area of life you’re focusing on and set small achievable targets. The types of targets you can check in on each month when the Moon is in Capricorn. The types of targets that you can look back on this time next year and pat yourself on the back for. Make sure that you do at least one thing towards this goal this month.

If you’re unsure where to start, check out this post.

  • How do the concerns of this house make you feel?
  • How would you like to feel about them?
  • What positive steps can you take over the next four weeks to minimise the gap between how you feel about this are and how you’d like to feel?

*****Write it down!!!!!!!!!!******

If you don’t have any idea about your birth time, or can’t be faffed working it out, you can follow the solar guide:

  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Capricorn, this New Moon falls in your 1st house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Aquarius, this New Moon falls in your 12th house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Pisces, this New Moon falls in your 11th house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Aries, this New Moon falls in your 10th house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Taurus, this New Moon falls in your 9th house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Gemini, this New Moon falls in your 8th house.
  • If your Sun of Ascendant is in Cancer, this New Moon falls in your 7th house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Leo, this New Moon falls in your 6th house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Virgo, this New Moon falls in your 5th house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Libra, this New Moon falls in your 4th house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Scorpio, this New Moon falls in your 3rd house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Sagittarius, this New Moon falls in your 2nd house.

Remember…

Often times absolutely nothing will happen…or seem to happen…even if you are receiving a direct contact. When it comes to the moon, the effects are usually quite subtle.

If you haven’t been doing so, why not try journaling your lunar journey- you’ll be surprised how, in hindsight, more has been going on than you might have thought.

Mars in Capricorn: Taking Care of Business

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Before I started writing this post, I did what I always do whenever a planet changes signs: I go looking for what I’ve written before. After all, why re-invent the wheel if it’s still doing what it should be doing.

You know what I found? Nothing…well, next to nothing. How have I never written anything about Mars in Capricorn?

So, just as I did the other day with my Libra post, I’ve turned to the small screen- and to the man who represents Mars in Capricorn better than I could ever explain.

Allow me to introduce you to Harvey Specter from the TV show Suits.

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A persona disclaimer from me at this point: as attractive as he is, Harvey leaves me cold. Anyways, like him or loathe him (and plenty of women I know seem to love him), Harvey Specter is a corporate warrior. Harvey treats the world of business as if it’s a battlefield. Every deal, every negotiation is a war to be won. His isn’t a flashy, spangly gold-plated armour, it’s under-stated and quietly, expensively, luxurious- only the best brands will do for Harvey. You don’t need to see the logo to know that the suit he’s wearing cost $3000, and the shoes the same.

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Harvey knows what he wants, and he knows that he’s going to need to work- and compete- in order to get it. That’s ok- Harvey knows that any luck he has he’s made himself. He also knows that the only place success comes before work is in the dictionary. (In case you’re wondering, there are entire sites devoted to Harvey quote memes.)

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Harvey is the consummate professional. He’s efficient, smart and knows where to invest his resources where they will be of most use. He’s a climber, and isn’t afraid to stamp on the hands of those trying to climb behind him- if they get too close. Harvey knows that dreaming isn’t enough- if you want to make something happen, you have to make it happen.

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Saturn ruled Capricorn is cautious and disciplined, and Mars is how you assert yourself. Put this together and you have someone who can control his sexual energy. You also have someone who could use this to get what he wants. Harvey knows this.

Mars in a man’s chart also tells us how he might go about selling himself- or getting who and what he wants. Harvey, when he wants a woman, sells himself to her in terms of what he can provide her materially. Underneath though, we know that what’s really turning her on is all of that strong, and oh so earthy, sexual energy. Yes, I’ve watched a lot of episodes of Suits.

 

When it comes to women, Harvey plays it cool. He’s a tad detached and very inscrutable. Harvey doesn’t like to be rejected, and has been known to play it a teeny bit safe and not put himself out there with a woman until he’s pretty sure he won’t be rejected. Besides, who could possibly reject Harvey Specter. Harvey also likes to be respected for his experience- and he has plenty of that. Prowess and hard-won expertise such as his requires praise. Although he refuses to let emotions get in the way at work or in the way of a deal, they’re simmering away underneath. Simmering, I say. Remember those episodes where we saw Harvey lose a girlfriend because of a deal? It was a reminder to him that there needs to be that line between business and love.

Harvey Specter aside, what else can I say about Mars in Capricorn? Just that Mars is super-strong here. Remembering back to Toolbox no whatever about dignities, Mars is in the sign of his exaltation in Capricorn. Not just does he feel at home here, but he’s a favoured visitor- one who’s had the 1000 count sheets put on the bed and the special visitor biscuits brought out for.

We’ve talked a lot about Harvey Specter and men with Mars in Capricorn, but what about if you’re a woman with Mars in Capricorn? Well, you’ll probably have that same strong determination, that same ambition and earthy sexuality; and you’ll probably be attracted to men who are perhaps a little like Harvey. He might have the Sun, Moon or personal planets in Capricorn, or perhaps Mars conjunct, in close aspect to Saturn, or in the 10th house.

Doing it for yourself…

We all have Capricorn somewhere in our chart, and it’s this part of life that’s about to get an energy hit from Mars.

Pull your chart out and look for the symbol of Capricorn. It’s like a v with a flourish.

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If you don’t have your chart, read this post on how to get one.

If you don’t know what the houses mean, check out series 1 of the Toolbox or this post.

If you don’t have any idea about your birth time, or can’t be faffed working it out, you can follow the solar guide below.

Mars for me will transit from the 10th to the 11th house. The 11th is about goals, hopes, dreams, friends, networks, the reward from the work we do. While Mars is in this part of the chart and conjunct Pluto I’ll be releasing my new novel Wish You Were Here. I’m timing it to coincide with when the Sun and Mercury are conjunct my natal Mars in Scorpio. This book is getting the biggest burst of Martian energy that I can give it!

Over to you…

 

  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Capricorn, Mars will be transiting your 1st house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Aquarius Mars will be transiting your 12th house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Pisces, Mars will be transiting your 11th house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Aries, Mars will be transiting your 10th house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Taurus, Mars will be transiting your 9th house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Gemini Mars will be transiting your 8th house.
  • If your Sun of Ascendant is in Cancer Mars will be transiting your 7th house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Leo, Mars will be transiting your 6th house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Virgo, Mars will be transiting your 5th house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Libra, Mars will be transiting your 4th house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Scorpio, Mars will be transiting your 3rd house.

If your Sun or Ascendant is in Sagittarius, Mars will be transiting your 2nd house.

Capricorn Full Moon

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Up in Ubud in May we got talking to our driver, Kadek, about balance. So much of Balinese culture is about balance- I wrote about it here. Kadek laughed at how us Westerners come to Bali to relax our minds and our bodies after working so hard to save the money to come to Bali to relax our minds and our bodies. ‘And then you go back to work hard for the next holiday,’ he said.

It’s true, we do.

One of the things I did when we were in Mooloolaba last week was take a good, hard look at my priorities, what I wanted to achieve and what I was prepared to do to achieve it. Of course this was partly due to the fact that I’d recently finished at my job, but mostly it was because in finishing my job I’d understood just how very tired and strung out I was.

In the self-publishing or indie world, the model is write-publish-repeat so it’s vitally important to build a back-list. Any spare minute I have is spent doing that. Sure, I’m working towards my goals, but along the way I’d lost my balance. If you’re interested, I wrote a bit about my schedule and competing priorities here.

Walking the beach each morning helped me realize just how out of whack I was. Rather than allocating my resources (energy in this case) into the areas where it would be most efficient, I’d been trying to do it all- and had spread myself way too thinly.

The thing is, it’s all very well to write, publish, repeat, but how do I get people to know I have product out there? How on earth would I fit developing a marketing strategy into an already overloaded schedule?

That’s when I realised I didn’t have to do it all. There was nothing wrong in asking for help. Although I had this insight a whole week before the Full Moon, a Full Moon insight it was.

The Capricorn Full Moon each year is your annual reminder to look at just how effectively you’re managing your resources. It’s a perfect time to ask questions such as:

  • What has to give at home for career ambitions to be realized?
  • What balance do you have between the public you and the private you?
  • Have you put the same effort into both parts of your life, or does one eclipse the other?
  • Have you effectively managed your available resources? What about your emotional resources?
  • Who is supporting you? Do you really need to do it all?
  • Have you been prioritizing work over self-care?
  • Have you been serious about your vocation and what you want to achieve?
  • Are there goals that you’ve fallen short on, goals you haven’t stretched yourself enough on, goals you’ve given up on, goals that aren’t really authentically you, goals that don’t make your heart sing?
  • Are the sacrifices out-weighing the perceived rewards?
  • Is the large house, private school, overseas holiday, prada bag…whatever…what you really want or what you think that you should be wanting?
  • Is the need for public respect outweighing your need for self-respect?
  • Are you comfort eating (or drinking) and using that as an excuse not to pursue your goals?

Be honest- there are no right or wrong answers here, and no judgement- we all have different values and make our decisions based on these. If my last job taught me anything, it was that.

If you want, treat this Full Moon as a personal performance review – you should check-in on your goals regularly- but only if you’re prepared to do something to change those results. In my example, up until now I’ve refused to look at my book sales because I know I’ll beat myself up about it- even though I haven’t set myself a target number or been in a position to do something about it.

Doing it for yourself…

By now you should know the drill- if not, check out this post for a refresher.

The point you’re looking for is 27 Capricorn 40’…or thereabouts.

If you’re not sure where this is for you, simply use the solar guide below, and refer back to Series 1 of the Toolbox for pointers on what each of the houses means.

What do I mean when I tell you to look to the opposite house for balance? The Full Moon is about looking at where you’re compromising or over-compensating. Consider how you’re balancing your personal resources, ambitions, goals in that part of your life.

In my chart, this falls in the 11th house. For me it’s about balancing my hopes, dreams and future rewards for the work I do (11th house stuff) against creativity, play and identity security issues (5th house). The 11th is also friends and networks.

From an aspect viewpoint, this Full Moon sextiles my Moon (27 Pisces). Although most of the action (for want of a better term) this time around will be in the 11th house, given that the Moon natally rules the 5th for me, this is where the outcomes will be.

While in Mooloolaba I connected with someone in my social media network who just happens to be a marketing consultant. How very 11th house. I’ll be outsourcing my marketing strategy to her, leaving me more time to write and play. How very 5th house. This will help me achieve my goals, measure my results and allocate my resources more efficiently- how very Capricorn- while supporting my emotional health and giving me back some family and friends time- how very Cancer.

Get the idea? Why not try it for yourself…

The Full Moon at 27 Capricorn 40’ will fall on July 20…or late on July 19…depending on where you live.

  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Cancer, this Full Moon falls in your 7th house. Look to the 1st for balance.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Leo, this Full Moon falls in your 6th house. Look to the 12th for balance.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Virgo, this Full Moon falls in your 5th house. Look to the 11th for balance.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Libra, this Full Moon falls in your 4th house. Look to the 10th for balance.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Scorpio, this Full Moon falls in your 3rd house. Look to the 9th for balance.
  • If your Sun of Ascendant is in Sagittarius, this Full Moon falls in your 2nd house. Look to the 8th for balance.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Capricorn, this Full Moon falls in your 1st house. Look to the 7th for balance.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Aquarius, this Full Moon falls in your 12th house. Look to the 6th for balance.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Pisces, this Full Moon falls in your 11th house. Look to the 5th for balance.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Aries, this Full Moon falls in your 10th house. Look to the 4th for balance.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Taurus, this Full Moon falls in your 9th house. Look to the 3rd for balance.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Gemini this Full Moon falls in your 8th house. Look to the 2nd for balance.