July is the month of the Full Buck Moon. At this time, a Buck’s antlers are in growth mode. This full moon was also known as the Thunder Moon because thunderstorms are so frequent during this month.
I’m still trying to figure out what happened to June. I couldn’t write about last full moon because I was wandering in the Himalayan mountain range for more than two weeks during and after full moon. The reason behind that is a tarot card I pulled during the last full moon at La Luna Gathering. (I will soon post some pictures write more about it.)
Life is happening, but I often find myself stopping to check in:
Am I spending my time on the right things?Am I making sure to take time to something for myself? Am I listening to what my body needs?
As soon as the Sun slipped into Cancer back on June 21, I felt a profound shift. I was pulled out of the busy, agile energy of Gemini and dropped straight into Cancer’s womb. “Stay here,” it said. “Let yourself rest a little.”
Ever since, I’ve been taking extra-long breaks from my schedule. Cancer season has always been like this for me. For years I’ve struggled to keep my routine. I feel slower. Quieter. My dreams intensify.
I can’t fight it, so I do my best not to. (Though, as a fire sign, it’s not always easy. Relaxing is not really part of my roster.) But Cancer nurtures. It comforts. It awakens us to the feelings that we’ve been neglecting. It cradles us in order to slow us down and help us to see what we’ve been neglecting for too long.
Mars, the warrior, is still in Cancer. The planet that helps us access our drive and willpower is softening, too.
It’s time to breathe a little. I’ve been thinking a lot about how this all plays into the Capricorn Full Moon on Sunday. Capricorn is ambitious and industrious. I’ve often joked that if you want to get something done…ask your Capricorn friends to help. It can be a highly spiritual sign that feels connected to a mission. Capricorn must accomplish. But accomplishment often requires rigidity. Ruled by Saturn, Capricorn creates structure and boundaries. It likes schedules and routines. It likes to know what to expect. It operates for results and efficiency.
How does this energy work within Cancer’s gentle nature? Full Moon energy can be illuminating. It can also offer a powerful opening through which you can give something back to the universe.
And when I think about this upcoming Full Moon, which arrives at 09:36am IST (check your local time to find out when it’s full for you) on Sunday, July 9, everything in my body whispers, “Release.”
I don’t know about you, but I have been especially sensitive lately to the things I take no pleasure in. I also am starting to really resent the amount of screen time that has crept into my life. Sure, many of us have spent years now staring into our smartphones and computers. But as Cancer season urges me to wind down, I feel an extra dose of resentment when I find myself reaching for my phone to check in, or to scroll through Instagram or Facebook even when I don’t particularly want to, and especially when I don’t need to.
What am I looking for? What am I expecting to find? I have no idea. Don’t get me wrong: I love the connectivity that technology gives us. I love that I can meet you and talk to you in so many different ways.
I am a productive hippie. I live to make things happen. But I also know about burnout. And I know that the pace in which many of us live is not sustainable. We cannot always be on. We cannot always be productive. We cannot always be the same. We cannot, and we should not.
The pace of the world is frenetic, but it’s not always in alignment with our seasons, or our souls. We constantly move through ebbs and flows, but live under expectations where things must be automated, perfected, and monetized.
Capricorn has a tendency to put the pressure on, to push towards the finish line. And sometimes, that extra push is exactly what we need. But does it feel right for you at this time? Do you need to push, or pull back?
Pay attention to your resentments this week. Pay attention to what you want to say no to – and what you know you need to stop doing. Even if it’s just to take a break. Or to clear your head. Or to shove a distraction out of the way.
This Full Moon in Capricorn offers an opportunity to release any tendencies you have to hustle too hard. It offers an opportunity to let go of anything that eats at your energy and depletes your efficiency. It asks you to examine any unnecessary pressure you put on yourself to perform or compete at levels that are feeling unhealthy for you.
Look at whether you have a tendency to over-extend yourself, and whether there are lessons you still need to learn about why it’s become a pattern. Practice saying no so that you can say yes to something else.
Look, too, at responsibilities or situations that are putting pressure on in ways that don’t feel right for you anymore. If it’s making you sick or keeping you stuck, set an intention to let it go. You don’t have to know how or when it will happen, or what will come next. Just let the universe know you’re ready for change.
Use this Full Moon to release any shame or judgment that you might put on yourself for wanting to take a break, to ease up, to rest, to experience life differently.
It is also the element of water, which is Cancer. Capricorn is earth. We need water to nurture the soil.
Keep that in mind as you pay attention to what you need leading up to this weekend’s Full Moon. Whatever you release, whatever steps you take to give yourself a break, will only help you to grow down the road.
Soak up the inspiration, and let it allow you to grow, just like the flowers and trees grow after a thunderstorm. It won’t take anything away from your progress or your path because it will help make you stronger, better, and clearer.
You can transcend your own challenging emotions and behavior through meditation and self analysis to understand your own feelings.
As we go through these energetic shifts, we are going to feel like we are being pulled in million different directions. I know, it’s a lot to handle. But if we remember to make practical and rational decisions then we will come out on top of this powerful phase.
If it helps, here’s a mantra to work with for the month ahead:
Self-care is the path to success. Ask these question to yourself.
1. Where do I have to be easier on myself at this time?
2. What can I release in order to create more flow in my life?
3. Where am I putting too much pressure on myself?
4. What can I stop doing altogether?
This full moon is a time of incredible opportunity, filled with positive energy, if you use it correctly. But like most things, it depends on your energy and intent.
This full moon can either help you tremendously, or it can wreak havoc on your emotions.
Since the full moon pours an intense amount of energy down upon us, we must be in a calm state of mind to receive it’s positive effects.
Remember, whatever is going on in your body, mind and spirit will be amplified and increased.
And while we’re on the topic of downtime… I will be taking some time off this monsoon. I might not write regularly but I think I will be able to take out some time to write about my recent trip to Himalayas.
Till then, Namaste.