Capricorn Full Moon: Raw Ambition

The moon is full at 17.09 degrees of Capricorn on Sunday, July 9 at 12:07 AM EST.

Nothing stops a Capricorn. Not the freezing rain and howling winds of January, or the pain of hard work, or an apparent obstacle to a goal. The sign of Capricorn is represented by the constellation the sea-goat, an impossible creature with a dubious mythological background, that couldn't feasibly survive in water or on land. Not that "impossible" is a word any Capricorn actually knows. Outside of the mythological, Capricorn is typically represented by the mountain goat, which is not actually a true goat, but a hybrid goat-antelope. Mountain goats live in harsh alpine climates. Capricorns are known for surviving the harshest of realities and turning survival into a triumph. They scale mountains of ambition, sacrificing everything that isn't strictly necessary on a single-minded quest toward their goals. And when they reach the top of that mountain, there is always a higher peak to climb. Raw ambition is the Capricorn's strength. This sometimes gets them stereotyped by their shadow side: the Scrooge, amassing great wealth but remaining impoverished in love. Of course, it's possible to achieve great worldly success and strong relationships at the same time. If anyone could win at that impossible game of "having it all", it's a Capricorn.

At the new moon in Cancer two weeks ago, I wrote about Capricorn's complementary sign, traditionally associated with the fourth house of home, family, and roots, and with the tarot card The Chariot. Cancer's primary concern is home, and a chariot is a kind of home away from home, providing safety and protection should the Crab ever have to venture too far. Capricorn is traditionally associated with the tenth house of career (or vocation) and public image. Growing from the roots, growing up, is Capricorn's primary concern. She may be invested in building a chariot, probably a very impressive, well-made chariot for the people she loves, but she is unlikely to stay there. She will leave home to go to work, unsheltered from the harsh conditions, focused only on whatever mountain she is climbing next.

This full moon is the time to venture out in the Chariot you built at the New Moon. It's not an easy moon. It's a moon that meets Pluto, Lord of the Underworld. Pluto in Capricorn is transforming things from the very bones. It's demolishing any flimsy structures and calling you to take a good look at what's under those foundations. It's unearthing skeletons you thought were long buried. You're left with the good bones of that particular "home" in your life. You'll need to rebuild. This has been happening for years, and will continue to happen slowly for years, but at this full moon you could notice something you missed before.

Now you need to re-assess the sturdiness of your chariot, the pitfalls in the terrain ahead. You may need to backtrack to find a better path toward your goal. You might just abandon the chariot when it's no longer useful and go on foot. Pluto transits to your chart, and lunations on Pluto, can feel like The End. It can feel like all is lost and the Chariot is no good, and the path is full of hellish dangers. That's when it's time to access the raw ambition that Capricorns are known for. Nothing is impossible. The only tools one needs for success are endurance and the unshakeable belief that eventually, one way or another, you will reach your goal.

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Cancer New Moon: Your Chariot

The moon is new at 2.47 degrees of Cancer at 10:31 PM EST on Friday, June 23rd.

I've been thinking about what it means for Cancer to be both a water sign and a Cardinal sign. Cardinal Signs are typically thought of as Yang; they initiate action. Water is typically considered Yin, it receives and reflects instead of initiating. This makes Cancer both yin and yang, active and reflective, outward and inward.

In the Tarot, the Chariot is considered the card corresponding to the sign of Cancer. It is, briefly, a card of assertion, control, the power of the will. The charioteer sits below a canopy of stars, with crescent moons on the shoulders of his armor. The sphinxes and the Hindu symbol represent the union of opposites. Behind him is a body of water and a city, perhaps a home.

Like the sign of Cancer, the Chariot is complex. On the surface it appears to be a card of yang: action, victory, the start of a journey. Look deeper, and you find that there are many symbols representing both yin and yang. This card is about balance. The Charioteer seeks control through balancing emotion and action, positive and negative. 

We celebrated the Summer Solstice this year at the time of the dark moon -- when the moon is waning to its disappearance, just before the complete darkness that we call the New Moon. The Summer Solstice is a day of the Sun at its highest power, bringing us the longest period of light we have all year. But it was hard for me to feel sunny yesterday, pulled as I was into the undertow of the dark moon, which asks us to rest and reflect before each new moon cycle. 

Cancer is sunlit, summertime, nurturing warmth, and moody, secretive, wild lunacy. Mars is in Cancer now, challenging us to merge yang with yin. We defend the home territory. We attend actively to our roots. We assert ourselves with emotional understanding and maturity. We're here, making peace with opposites, in the time of the Chariot. Your Chariot may be a place of security -- the armored lookout from which you defend your home. Your Chariot may be a vehicle of safety as you journey outward into the world. In the tarot card, the Charioteer doesn't look like he's moving. He has prepared for his journey. He is about to set out. He is still close to home. This is where you will be at the time of the new moon tomorrow: preparing your chariot.

Though we have the promising light of the solstice to guide us, all new beginnings happen first in the darkness. The seed is planted beneath the earth. At first, growth is invisible. New Moons are for the invisible beginning. You can set an intention, do a ritual, or take a moment of rest. You can take action as the moon waxes to fullness in Capricorn on July 9th. For now, nurture what needs nurturing. Prepare the chariot you need.