9 Star-Powered Ways To Activate Your Ambition Under The Year's Only Capricorn Full Moon

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Ready, steady, build! On July 9, 2017, the year's only Capricorn full moon lends some structure to our ambitions, as it electrifies the star sign of long-term goals and plans.

Remember those New Year's resolutions you started mapping out in late December of last year? Maybe...and then again maybe not! But this Sunday, July 9, you may hit a few of those milestones under the light of the Capricorn full moon. Have you put in the sweat equity to reap the rewards for your hard work?

As the star sign symbolized by the persistent and steady Goat, the Capricorn full moon shines its inspector’s high beams on your life, revealing where you may have cut corners or skipped steps. If you got distracted from your mission, these Capricorn moonbeams may motivate you to pick up the ball and run with it again. It’s never too late to start over! The full moon in July is called the Thunder Moon since this time of year has the most thunderstorms according to The Farmers' Almanac. Traditionally, this moon is also known as the Full Buck Moon because it falls at a time when a buck’s antlers have reached their fullest potential, transforming from Bambis into Bucks. Doesn't get any more Capricorn than that, now does it?

Ask yourself this: Are your goals manifesting in a way that brings you joy? Or could they use some midyear tweaks…or a full-on course correction?

Maybe a peak has turned into a valley or a distracting detour; perhaps you just reached the finish line and are not sure where to turn next. Pause to plug in new GPS coordinates and get yourself back on track. If you're coasting along happily, the ambitious Capricorn full moon lays down the gauntlet. What's the next challenging milestone you want to tackle? Humans can only settle in stasis for so long before that urge to grow kicks in.

But first, how about celebrating what HAS been accomplished since 2017 began? If you look back over the past six-plus months, you're sure to see evolution, even if it's come with a painful lesson or two. Give yourself props for being a survivor even if you don't have a tangible success story to tick off quite yet. To refill your tanks, write out a gratitude list: Appreciation paves the road to abundance!

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Are you ready to unlock your destiny and live your fullest potential? Here are nine star-powered tips to help you activate your ambition at the Capricorn full moon:

1. Design 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’ 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. Or, as the saying goes: Luck is where preparation and opportunity meet. The Capricorn full moon says do the work and you'll reap the rewards in due time.

2. Grab life by the horns.

Since the Capricorn full moon is also called the Full Buck Moon, it's time to step into a more grounded and responsible role. Capricorn is ruled by Saturn, the planet that governs maturity and the wisdom of time. Caveat: As you step into your power, just please promise us you won't start using the world's most annoying action verb—"adulting"—to describe whatever it is that you're doing.

3. Adapt modesty as your best policy.

Earthy, stoic Capricorn is not a braggart. This sign lets its accomplishments speak for themselves. At the Capricorn full moon, practice the forgotten art of restraint. Yes, we live in an era of self-promotion, where 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 figure.

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, too. We are all a balance of the feminine and masculine polarities, regardless of sex. How can you express this—or bring it into harmony—within yourself?

5. Embrace a structured path.

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 the Capricorn realm—the Sistine Chapel would never have been painted. The award-winning album would never drop. The best-selling 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? That's when Capricorn hustle and muscle makes all the difference.

6. Start again.

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—and set a new goal. Begin again, right where you left off. Or go back two spaces on the Monopoly board if you must. But Capricorn energy is also about 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. Let your resistance guide you.

This brings us to the next piece of your Capricorn full moon transformation work. Ask yourself: "What am I resisting?" Be brave and brutally honest here. Capricorn is a stubborn Goat, after all! 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—which is fine up to a point. There comes a juncture where 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 probably some innate wisdom underneath 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 just fear. When we’re scared, we go into a self-protective fight-or-flight mode. Ask yourself: What am I protecting myself from by not taking action?

8. Personify your resistance.

At the Capricorn full moon, you might try free-writing about your resistance. Identify 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. Since Capricorn is the sign of repression, and in order 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. Seek guidance from a mentor.

Capricorn is the sign of mentors and guides. To help further combat your resistance, sometimes you need to hear from someone who's "been there, done that." This Capricorn full moon is an excellent time to tap a wise and experienced person to formally show you the way. They can reassure you that everything will be OK if and when you freak out. And they can act as valuable sounding boards as you navigate tough decisions. Reach out to a person you admire and see if they'd be willing to share their experiences and insights. You never know unless you ask!

Want more insights on how to level up your life? Check out your July horoscope, then find out why holding on to past relationships is the worst thing you can do for yourself.