Full Moon Lunar Eclipse in Capricorn, July 16, 2019

There is no getting around the serious tone of this Full Moon Lunar Eclipse at 24° 04′ Capricorn on 16 July 2019, 02:39 PM PDT. After all, Pluto conjoins the Moon which is an effective reminder we need to tend to business, no matter how unpleasant. Plus stern Saturn, Capricorn’s ruler, opposes sensitive Venus in Cancer, always a sobering influence.

Pluto conjoining the Capricorn Moon is simply not a light and cheerful aspect. Pluto brings issues of control, jealousy and obsessiveness to the forefront, and because this is a lunar eclipse those may be forcefully shoved in our faces. This is the perfect opportunity to strive for neutrality rather than being drawn into deep, possibly irresolvable conflicts. If possible, use this awareness to look within and work on accepting our dark sides.

If there is a saving grace on this lunation it is the harmonious aspects to both Saturn and Venus from Neptune in Pisces. Saturn usually squelches Venus’s lighter side, taking all the fun out of love and romance. Neptune gently re-introduces the possibility of a romantic impulse or two. However it is always better to take the high road and be kind, forgiving and compassionate in our interactions with loved ones. We can look to Jupiter in Sagittarius (semi-sextile Saturn and inconjunct Venus) to add a note of discontent . . . all the more reason to practice kindness, moderation and tolerance.

Another more familiar source of angst has to do with Mars and retrograde Mercury in Leo squaring Uranus in Taurus. Even though the orbs are wide, we may still see the unsettling effects swirling around. Mars conjoined Mercury on July 8 and squared Uranus on July 10, so what surfaces now will likely relate back to what happened last week. Though we might not be able to act immediately on what we learn, thanks to Mercury still traveling in reverse, we can still take notes and use the information to plan our next moves.

When it comes to living with Saturn, often the simplest, most direct solutions work out the best. There is almost always hard, consistent effort involved with no shortcuts. Saturn/Capricorn specializes in delayed gratification and encourages Cancer to practice tough love when it comes to family matters. This Full Moon Lunar Eclipse in Capricorn is a good time to work on long range plans with plenty of short and intermediate term goals to inspire us to maintain momentum. Mercury retrogrades are usually better for making necessary revisions than forging ahead, and Mercury won’t station direct until July 31. Now is the time to be present, practice patience and get our ducks in a row. Peace to all.

Note: Timing is averaged for EDT to PDT.

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