Ready, steady, build. The July 19, 2016, Capricorn full moon lends structure to our ambitions as it illuminates astrology's sign of long-term goals and plans.
Remember those New Year's resolutions you made back in January? Maybe…or maybe not! But this Tuesday, July 19, you could hit a few of those milestones under the light of the annual Capricorn full moon. Capricorn is ruled by stern Saturn, who's all about paying dues and mapping out a sustainable future—one built on a firm foundation. Celebrate success, then plot out your next coordinates. Under such an ambitious lunation, mountains can be moved—especially in the days leading up to the next corresponding new moon on August 2.
Scroll back to January 9, which was the date of the corresponding new moon in Capricorn. What goals were in your crosshairs at the dawning of 2016? If you got distracted from these missions, Tuesday's moonbeams may motivate you to pick up the ball and run with it again. It's never too late to start over or course-correct along the way. And while adhering to traditional methodologies is a must during a Capricorn full moon, there's also a call to modernize…and futurize!
Have you put in the sweat equity to reap the rewards for your hard work? This full moon will tell all. The Capricorn full moon shines its inspector's high beams on your life, revealing where you may have cut corners or skipped steps.
In the meantime, forward-thinking Uranus in radical Aries will also square the full moon, throwing la Luna a challenge. Dream outside the box and use technology as part of the game plan. Uranus also governs community, so teamwork can definitely make the dream work this week—provided we collaborate with competent, qualified people.
The full moon in Capricorn can affect banks, governments, and the economy, while Uranus in Aries can bring uprisings from "the people." We're keeping our eye on the world stage (and staying cool for potential fluctuations in the market) especially given the wildly unpredictable climate 2016 has brought in thus far.
Are you ready to unlock your destiny and live to your fullest potential? Here are nine star-powered tips to help you activate 2016's ambitious Capricorn full moon:
1. Be the architect of your dreams.
Be honest: Do your biggest desires fall in the "pipe dream" realm, or are you taking concrete steps to actualize them? No, you don't need to have everything planned down to the detail, but all strong structures begin with a blueprint. Go back to your drafting board and sketch out some action items. Identify milestones to mark progress. If you're serious about starting or expanding a venture, you might invest in a Silver Lining Action Plan (SLAP)—a very clean, one-year structure for your business that we've implemented with great success. If it's true love you want, pick up Katherine Woodward Thomas's book, Calling in "The One": 7 Weeks to Attract the Love of Your Life.
We're all for creative visualization and the Law of Attraction. However, the fine art of "manifesting" pairs well with personal responsibility.
The Capricorn full moon says, do the work and you'll reap the rewards in due time.
2. Grow a pair...of antlers.
This year's Capricorn full moon is also called the Full Buck Moon because it comes at a time when young male deer grow antlers, transforming from Bambis into bucks. Capricorn is ruled by Saturn, the planet that rules maturity and the wisdom of time. Step into a more grounded and responsible role. (Just promise us you won't start using the world's most annoying action verb—"adulting"—to describe what you're doing.)
3. Know when to self-edit.
Earthy, stoic Capricorn is not a braggart. This sign lets its accomplishments speak for themselves. At today's full moon, practice the forgotten art of restraint. Yes, we live in an era of self-promotion, when barely anything is left to the imagination—from your colleague's kale salad to the Valencia-filtered weekend of the century that (yep) you missed out on.
Does anyone else out there want to say, "Enough already"? In business negotiations, the less you say, the more you gain. At the Capricorn full moon, be discriminating about what you share. The power of mystique is mighty. For a fascinating treatise on the power of introverts, check out this TED talk by best-selling author Susan Cain, head of The Quiet Revolution.
4. Honor thy father.
Capricorn rules the zodiac's fatherhood house. Father's Day might have been a month ago, but it's not too late to pay tribute to your dad. If that's a complicated relationship, perhaps you just want to get some illumination on the thornier dynamics that might still haunt you. (Recommended reading for that: Radical Forgiveness by Colin Tipping, which is one of our go-to healing guides.) Get in touch with your masculine energy. We are all a balance of the feminine/masculine polarities, regardless of sex. How can you express this—or bring it into harmony—within yourself?
5. Embrace structure as your path to liberation.
Yeah, it may sound like the boring stuff, but remember, without structure, there really can't be any creativity or freedom for the long haul. It's one of those universal paradoxes we wish wasn't so. Without teeth-gritting discipline and persistence—two hallmarks of Capricorn-dom—the Sistine Chapel would never have been painted. The album would never drop. The manuscript would languish half-finished because you couldn't figure out how to resolve a plot contradiction. Those moments of block that inevitably follow each flash of creative genius? Those are when Capricorn hustle and muscle make the difference.
6. Identify where you've quit…and start over.
So you stopped doing yoga every morning. You were tired. Hung over. You meant to go and swore you'd go tomorrow. You didn't. A week passed. Then why bother? It was too late, right?
Well, the Capricorn full moon doesn't think so. It says, forgive yourself. Set a new goal. Start again. Begin where you left off. Or, go back two spaces on the Monopoly board if you must. But Capricorn energy is also about steps. Cap's symbol is the mountain goat, taking careful steps up the rocky trail. If you focus on the top of the mountain, it seems daunting. But if you just take the first step, and the one after that, soon enough, you'll look up and you're halfway to the summit.
7. Understand your resistance to change.
This brings us to the next piece of your Capricorn full moon transformation work. Ask yourself: "What am I resisting?" Put on your big-person pants and be brutally honest here. Capricorn is a stubborn goat. It's the flip side of being tenacious and loyal—you've gotta be able to dig your heels in and stick to a position. That's fine up to a point. There comes a juncture when we become our own worst enemies, and stubbornness turns into self-sabotage.
But instead of seeing resistance as "bad," let's view it as energy and acknowledge it. There's some innate wisdom under the surface. As human beings, we are a species trying to survive, stay safe, and avoid pain. So, what's the embedded emotion hiding behind your refusal to eat your vegetables, get the mammogram, stop giving your dad the silent treatment, or quit your abusive job?
A lot of the time, it's fear. When we're scared, we go into a self-protective fight-or-flight mode.
8. Then name your resistance and give it a personality.
At the Capricorn full moon, you might do a free-write exercise about your resistance. Personify it. What color is it? What's its name? What does it look like? How do you feel when you think about it? That may sound corny, but it can help you view your resistance more objectively.
Capricorn is the sign of repression, and to "misbehave" (read: be less than perfect), this sign can sometimes create a second persona. Many Capricorns are even famous for their alter egos—like David "Ziggy Stardust" Bowie and Marilyn Manson. Sometimes, it takes creating one of those to bust through a block.
9. Create a hero (or heroine) for yourself.
Capricorn is the zodiac's hero sign, the noble protector and soldier. So to counter your "resister," you'll need a hero—a being of light who believes in your gifts and encourages you. That could be another made-up persona or an actual person. Capricorn is the sign of mentors and guides. This Capricorn full moon is an excellent time to tap a wise and experienced person to formally show you the way. You never know unless you ask!