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It is the first week of Summer with a Full Moon headed our way. Though the Sun is at it’s height, it is the sign of the Moon that welcomes Summer; Cancer, the mysterious realm of inner life.
Just as the Moon can expand and contract, so can inner life. Expanding to meet something of significance, and contracting when bored.
Full Moons have a way of jump-starting this feeling of expansion. They catch your eye on a normal night and make you say- ooh, look at that!
A Full Moon in the Season of the Moon always falls in the sign of Capricorn, which represents reality. If it is true what philosopher Gaston Bachelard said, that we are all born poets, then reality would find us better when our inner life is expanded, and things are taken less for granted. The poet always is saying- ohh look at that! Just as a child does.
More kids are around too as Summer has begun. They will help us remember this great gift of expansion.
Mercury in Gemini moves direct on Tuesday after being retrograde for about 3 weeks. Something heady likely has been untangled a bit and now it’s time to stride forward with a bit more knowledge.
Venus in her last week of Cancer, finding beauty in things that anchor you in a place of home. Trining Neptune, don’t forget to enlarge your reality of home to a comfortable cosmic coziness.
Mars in the early degrees of Leo and approaching an opposition to Saturn. There is a stirring up of sunshine, that is a stirring up of pure being that will help answer all of these serious existential questions that linger with Saturn in Aquarius. What stirs up your pure being? What puts you in touch with your own sunshine?
Squaring both of those planets is Uranus in Taurus, a slow and steady reawakening of something substantial. Something certain. Something to count on. Something to build on. What is this for you?
Jupiter in Pisces just went retrograde on Sunday the 20th. This week the planet of faith pivots and turns back in the early waters of dreams. It found something here, something to put faith in, and is now turning back to secure it. Even if you don’t know what this is it doesn’t matter. Pisces is vague, but strong with emotional power. Maybe it is a feeling that’s been found. Whatever it is, it’s special, and worthy of spirited protection.
The Moon will begin the week waxing gibbous in Scorpio, the sign of the profound. During moon season this is the ability of the shell to amplify it’s ambient sound, and heighten feelings to a richer intensity. Not your ordinary Monday!
Tuesday and Wednesday host a very big Sagittarius Moon, and this sign loves bigness. Go big or go home, but in the Season of the Moon the two need not cancel each other out! The galaxy within is of an adequate immensity.
Thursday is our glorious Full Strawberry Moon, as the Algonquins named it, to signify the relatively short season for harvesting strawberries in the northeastern U.S. It also often appears reddish, as it shines through more atmosphere now than other times of the year.
As mentioned before, this Capricorn Full Moon represents the reality that comes forth with an expanded inner life. The Beatles sing about Strawberry fields where nothing is real, but there is something very real in this non reality. John Lennon’s childhood had some tragedy, most of all the death of his mother by a speeding car when he was only 17. Strawberry Field was a girls orphanage with a foreboding feel to it on the outside. But the young Lennon would climb the wall to find that on the inside it was full of wildflowers and secretive gardens. Through the poetic expanse of this reality came one of the best songs ever recorded. This is how an expanded inner life makes reality more real. If nothing else on this night, give that song a listen, maybe with a ripe box of strawberries!
The day after the Full Moon, Neptune will go retrograde for 5 months! Dreams and ideals will be retracing their proverbial swim tracks until the beginning of December, in search of targets that are realer than real.
An Aquarius Moon begins to wane gibbous throughout the weekend. Aquarius is the water bearer, in other words, one who is aware of having an inner life. Aquarius is evolution, a process that strives and grows through striving. Cast a wide net this weekend-see what significance your inner life wants to explore. Summer is here with quantum fireflies galore!
As always, happy astro pondering!
Astro art by Johnnie Day Durand