The Capricorn full moon is upon us. In the natal chart, its one of the most mis-understood placements of the moon. People with Capricorn moon in their chart have incarnated to take on and learn about responsibility. Quite often they’re taxed with a parent that projects their lack of success or their own patterning of fear of failure onto their children. In many cases love becomes a material exchange between the parent and the child. If the child excels and succeeds, the parent will respond with love. This is not uncommon in the parent/child relationship, but with the Cap moon, it becomes the standard operating system. Unconditional love has a price to pay.
The Capricorn moon is usually seen as the mother, classically, it is the archetypal stage mom. However in the latter part of the 20th Century, with changing sex roles, it can also be the stay-at-home father, and this would raise a very different specter of the Cap moon.
Sometimes though, the Cap moon in the natal chart is simply a function of ones economic lot in life as well. One example would be being born into a family that has little resources, where both parents work, so the child with the Capricorn moon is forced into some form of contribution to the family early on. If they are one of the older children in a family with multiple kids, they’ll be the surrogate mom (or dad). Often Cap moon people work early in their lives and have paper routes, do baby sitting or keep the books for the family business. In many cases, the Cap moon individual has a truncated childhood. While their friends are out and about, splashing in puddles and exploring their worlds with the exuberance of innocence, the Cap moon child is practicing the violin, being shuttled back and forth to some practice or recital or changing a dirty diaper. How does this affect the Cap moon adult?
In the adult life of the Cap moon individual, feelings are often remote and there is an unspoken accounting for all emotional transactions. If there aren’t other aspects in the chart that can soften the Cap moon and allow for the individual to develop a sense of empathy and compassion, it can be more than just cool, it can be cruel and calculating, since the individual has become entrained with the notion of emotional reward based on some form of emotional achievement. As a result, there can be a sense of developing relationships based solely for their ability to move the individual with the Cap moon forward, both professionally and socially. The Cap moon individual creates a social hierarchy of who they will “invest” their time and energy with. Deep down though, these people want to be loved and liberated from their need to achieve to receive.
The plus side of the Cap moon manifests in the middle and later passages of the individuals life. If they’ve followed their moon, they’re usually in pretty good place financially by their forties and fifties, which means they are more inclined to retire early and begin to catch up on the childhood they lost. Slowly, they begin to shed layers of their conditioning and emotional armor. While life has beaten down many of their contemporaries, the individual with the Cap moon is just getting started. They discover the wonder of life and since Cap is an earth sign, they are very attuned to nature and find deep emotional resonance in the wild, alone or with others. Beneath the cool facade, Cap moon people are passionate and
earthy lovers. Once the ice melts, they can revel in the senses and enjoy long and extended sessions of love making. Its not uncommon for Cap moon people to marry older people in their youth and find younger lovers in their silver years.
Capricorn is also very connected to shamanic mystery traditions and if the person with the Cap moon has any interest in indigenous wisdom and healing, they would be willing students and given their penchant for preparation, fine teachers and translators of these traditions. The one thing that the Cap moon parent must watch out for is repeating the cycle of conditional love with their children. If they can wait a bit until they have achieved something of note for themselves, they can be very good parents that can provide for their children without sacrificing feeling.
People with Saturn either conjuncting or squaring the Moon can often exhibit the same challenges/transformations of the individual with the Cap moon.
As a collective, emotional resonator of this Cap moon, people are likely taking stock of their emotional and physical reserves. There’s a sense of lucidity in the air and not taking things for granted. Opposing the nurturing Sun in Cancer, we have the reverse of the alchemical marriage as the solar agency of will is in the feminine expression of Cancer, while the emotional component of the Moon is in the most masculine of the earth signs, Cap.
The inner dialog would include a lengthy conversation of how prepared are you to take care of those that you love, in almost any social condition? There would also be a look at how much the individual itself has to successfully navigate the latter years of their lives. Getting work done now is highlighted so that people can relax a bit and enjoy the 4th of July mid-week celebration.
On a meta-level, we’re staring down the dynamic of the US and the creeping corporate consciousness of US INC., versus the nostalgic image of America as a place where lives and dreams are nurtured and families indulge in the unquestioned hope of legacy. That’s not a given anymore. The nation as a whole is likely meditating on a future that looks a lot more like 1984 than 1954.
Take advantage of this Moon and take stock of your life, count your blessings and give thanks. Saddle up and learn how to extract water from a cactus, the wagon train is heading westward into the deep of unknown psychic territories.
On a bit of a side note, the Hadron Super Collider at CERN has apparently found the God particle. Well, the good news is, is that it might silence all those atheist scientists that have denied the existence of God. The bad news is, is that they now think they are God. In many ways, its a very Capricornian experience by using science and the apex of technological achievement in an attempt to name and harness the mystery of creation. God help us with that one.