July Full Moon
I’ve been reading some things about the Venus-Jupiter conjunction that sound blissful. Almost like advice in the book The Secret, thinking and visualizing our way to love, wealth and eternal bliss! Too bad it’s nonsense. (In fact, research shows that pessimists achieve their goals at a higher rate than do optimists, and the depressed assess their ability to influence outcomes more realistically than do happy people).
Score a point for Eeyore.
I can see the reason for the hype--when the planet of love and money (Venus) aligns with the planet of luck (Jupiter), it’s got to be good, right? What if I told you that Venus is also appetite, and Jupiter is excess? It’s probably been a good few days for junk-food vendors. Venus and Jupiter aren’t the only planets in the sky (astrology--and astronomy, would be so much simpler if they were), and we have to take account of what else is happening.
What else is happening is a big old turbulent Full Moon. See the Sun opposite the Moon (circled in red)? See how the Sun is aligned with Mars (god of war), and the Moon is aligned with Pluto (god of death, i.e. troubled endings?). This is a Moon that says gain and loss are all tied up with passion, love, territoriality, jealousy. (Thank the stars “love” made the cut, or we’d really see some fireworks).
Venus-Jupiter align in the sign of Leo, the Sun rules the sign of Leo, so it all ties together. This is a Full Moon about resources--what’s mine, what’s yours, and who owes what to whom. Fun stuff. Ultimately, it’s a Moon that will “illuminate” our value system. There are people who can afford a fancy sports car, but buy a less expensive model and send the difference to charity. That’s a value system. There are people who silently steam when they see someone using a welfare card in the grocery store--that too, is an indication of a value system. There are people who share and never count the cost, people who keep a tally, and people who think sharing is a plot thought up by left-wing liberal hippies. It’s all value systems, and it’ll “show” under this Full Moon. The Supreme Court just ruled that marriage (love) licenses must be given with equality to any pair of consenting adults who want to marry and that’s a show of this Moon in action.
If this Full Moon impacts our chart (on or near 9 degrees of Cancer-Capricorn or 21 degrees of Leo will do it) a “turbulent ending” may bring us gain; gain may cause a turbulent ending, we’re counting the cost or not counting the cost of gain, loss, and passion. Yes it sounds like a mess but there’s an out: art and creativity are highly favored under this Moon. Get out your crayons and have at it.