Thursday, July 6, 2017

The Cosmic Story: Capricorn Full Moon July 8-9, 2017

The Cosmic Story: Capricorn Full Moon 2017
Finding our Ancestral Roots/Healing Our World

This weekend’s Capricorn Full Moon illuminates what we need to do to realize the gifts of the Summer Solstice, when we celebrated the union of Heaven and Earth. It’s a powerful Full Moon which can give rise to intense, disruptive feelings of fear about our security or it can bring us the wisdom we need to heal our lives and our world. Our personal needs meet up with political realities and we might not be very happy about it. That’s why we have to take charge of our own freedom.
The Capricorn Full Moon occurs this weekend on July 8-9: at 9:06pm PDT on July 8th and on July 9th at 12:06am EDT and 4:06am GMT.

The Sabian symbol for the Sun at 18*Cancer is: A Hen scratching the ground to find nourishment for her progeny. Just as a mother hen works to feed her chicks, we too have to find our grounding so we can nourish future generations. We have to take responsibility for our world. 
The Sabian symbol for the Moon at 18* Capricorn is: The Union Jack flag flies from a British warship. This symbol speaks to imperialist political power. How can we break the mold of patriarchal warmongering and domination?

Taken together, the symbols of this Full Moon asks us, What do we need to do to secure our future in the face of a dominating political power or ideology which works against life itself? The answers lie in the revolutionary energy of the waning Pluto/Uranus square which is accelerated by Jupiter in Libra joining the fray. As well as a missing ingredient. The Mother Love of Cancer.

Cancer is the sign of the missing leg of this year’s potent Cardinal T-square between Uranus/Eris in Aries, Jupiter in Libra and Pluto in Capricorn. Something is terribly wrong with our society—we are killing ourselves and our world and Pluto in Capricorn is exposing just how rotten things are. The rich and powerful are in charge and no longer hiding behind their false patriotism.

Vice President Henry Wallace said in 1944:
'They [the super-wealthy] claim to be super-patriots, but they would destroy every liberty guaranteed by the Constitution. They demand free enterprise, but are the spokesmen for monopoly and vested interest. Their final objective toward which all their deceit is directed is to capture political power so that, using the power of the state and the power of the market simultaneously, they may keep the common man in eternal subjection.'
President Jimmy Carter said that America, in large part because of Supreme Court decisions like Citizens United, has become 'just an oligarchy, with unlimited political bribery.'
Jupiter in Libra desires justice for all as we see the corruption in the political and corporate state. And so Uranus and Eris are demanding that we couragously take action and follow the dictates of our hearts. But we first need to be grounded within ourselves, in our emotional bodies. 
That’s where the energy of Cancer comes into play. Cancer poses the questions: What really makes us feel safe and secure? What ancient knowledge does our family lineage and soul wisdom have to say about what’s happening in the world? How do we own both our inner freedom and our political freedom?

With this Full Moon’s connection to the Pluto opposition to Mars, we can engage in power struggles or we can use this energy to transform our own lives. Mars is conjunct the Cancer Sun, giving us courage to search our souls and find our truths. Pluto’s conjunction to the Capricorn Moon can break up patriarchy’s hold on us – all those rules we’re been trained to live by such as ‘a good wife must put her needs aside for her husband and family’ or ‘a man is the head of the family’ (in reality, Mom is!) or ‘you’re a sinner/loser if you don’t have money, but saved/good if you do’. 
Our society’s rules, our religions’ rules are buried deep within us to control our behavior. But since patriarchy refuses to give equal importance to the feminine gifts of life, these old rules are killing our joy in life, our reverence for life and our belief in life. This Full Moon gives us the opportunity to throw off the chains of patriarchal control so we can find our balance with others. The fire trine between Uranus & Eris in Aries, the North Node in Leo and Saturn in Sagittarius can give us the courage to follow our passion and creativity to the next part of our lives. It’s time for a new story.

So to help you find that courage, I’m going to tell you a story.  This is where the Neptune in Pisces trine to the Cancer Sun comes in.   It’s a story I didn’t know about until a week ago when my son from Dubai was visiting me and got me to watch it. This movie tells the story of this Cancer/Capricorn Full Moon. You might have already seen it. It’s called Moana.

Moana is a Polynesian girl who’s destined to become her island’s next chief (Capricorn). But she is also called and chosen by the Sea (Cancer) and longs to go beyond the barrier reef. Her father, Chief Tui, refuses to allow her those dreams because he is afraid of going beyond their island, Mata Nui. He struggles to get her to stay put and take care of her own people rather than dream of exploring the vast ocean of life. All the Cancer elements are here: the Ocean, family, security and nourishment, along with the struggle between doing what is expected (Capricorn) and wanting to follow her soul’s urges (Cancer).

Baby Moana at the Ocean

Little Moana, however, is enchanted by her grandmother Tala’s stories of an ancient demi-god, Maui, who stole the stone Heart from the goddess Te Fiti, wanting her life-giving power for himself (Capricorn!) But when he steals the stone, the islands begin to crumble and die, and death and destruction slowly seep across the ocean’s islands (a perfect example of Eris in Aries – discord: ‘going against the heart’ because of his own hubris). Maui is exiled and his magical hook is lost. But there is a legend that one day the Chosen One will find Maui and help him find his magical hook so he can restore the Heart to Te Fiti and heal the world. 
Gramma Tala, who is definitely an Ocean priestess and a self-proclaimed ‘crazy lady’ knows that Moana is the chosen one, but her son’s fear won’t allow the girl to go beyond ‘the field they know’. Moana learns how to be a leader to her people, but when crops and fisheries fail and the island begins to die, Moana determines to go find Maui and get him to restore the Heart. 
That’s when her grandmother shows her the secret cave where their ancestors hid the sailing ships they came in. For her ancestors were journeyers, traveling the ocean currents to discover new lands. Through the years, though, death crept over the ocean, and they hid the boats and forgot they were journeyers, settling into a life of ease and security on their island. (Just like we have lost our founders’ revolutionary courage.) When Moana discovers the boats, she reclaims her ancestral wisdom (Mars and Sun in Cancer) and taking one of the ships, leaves the island as her grandmother dies so she can send her manta ray spirit to guide Moana over the reef and into the unknown.

Tala and her Manta Rays

This Cancer Sun/Mars opposite the Capricorn Moon/Pluto story also includes the energies of the Aries Uranus/Eris opposition to our Libra Jupiter. Moana sails by herself (Uranus in Aries) until the ocean brings her to the island where Maui is exiled. Maui is such a stereotype of the masculine ego that he’s funny (Pluto in Capricorn bringing on the ridicule). He’s a shape-shifter, con-artist, macho-warrior who thinks he’s the hero of mankind. (Sound familiar? This movie came out in 2016—I love synchronicity.) It’s all about him and his exploits. All he can think about is himself and at every turn, he tries to leave Moana behind, but she is never stopped by his betrayals.  She couragously follows him to the underwater hideout of the giant crab Tomatoa, (another Cancer motif), whose shell is covered with gold and jewels and Maui’s magical hook – another aspect of the Cancer-Capricorn axis: hold onto what you’ve got to stay secure.

Moana keeps thinking that Maui is the one who has to restore the Heart to Te Fiti – that old patriarchal belief that man is the hero who will make all things right. But she is the couragous one, for while Maui deserts her, she believes in completing her mission – a very Jupiter kind of thing to do.  When it comes time for him to fight the lava demon and return the stone, Maui is afraid, afraid to face the Goddess. And in the end, it is Moana who recognizes the Goddess behind the evil lava demon Ti Ka, and restores the Heart to the Goddess and the healing of the world begins.

When Moana returns to Mata Nui, she helps her people reclaim their ancestors’ wisdom of the waters, and they set sail on those ancient ships to a new land.

Great Sailing Ships

This story touches the heart – everyone I’ve mentioned it to has the same reaction – they love it. If you haven’t seen it yet, it’s available on Netflix and other outlets. Good stories feed the soul and that’s what Cancer is all about. When our souls are nurtured, we gain the emotional security we need to face anything our world can throw at us. 
It’s a beautiful story for this powerful Capricorn Full Moon. We need to find our courage (Aries) to leave behind the death and destruction that our governments and patriarchal rules glory in (Capricorn) so we can nurture ourselves and our people (Cancer) and bring about a new, more balanced world (Libra).

To swimming in the ocean of life!

East Coker V (excerpt) -- T. S. Eliot

Home is where one starts from. As we grow older
The world becomes stranger, the pattern more complicated
Of dead and living. Not the intense moment
Isolated, with no before and after,
But a lifetime burning in every moment
And not the lifetime of one man only
But of old stones that cannot be deciphered.
There is a time for the evening under starlight,
A time for the evening under lamplight
(The evening with the photograph album).
Love is most nearly itself
When here and now cease to matter.
Old men ought to be explorers
Here or there does not matter
We must be still and still moving
Into another intensity
For a further union, a deeper communion
Through the dark cold and the empty desolation,
The wave cry, the wind cry, the vast waters
Of the petrel and the porpoise. In my end is my beginning.

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