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.