Has the World Changed, Or Have I Changed? ~ Full Moon in Capricorn – July 19th, 2016

The Full Moon in Capricorn on July 19th, 2016 will bring into definition visions of some great feats of accomplishment, while also revealing to you some of the harder edges of reality. No matter how harsh these realizations may seem, this is a necessary learning experience for any person who wishes to rule their own life. 

I don’t bless them

Farewell to this land’s cheerless marshes

Hemmed in like a boar between archers

Thus, whatever lament you may have with the world and your place in it, this Full Moon in Capricorn offers a treasured moment to assess your capacity to be your own person, to live life according to reasons and motives that are guided by your own moral compass.

Oh, has the world changed, or have I changed?

The season of Cancer has very likely given you a sense of history which has imbued you with an impressive repertoire of symphonic emotions. Within the thundering of tom toms, you can feel that you are meant to have authority over your own life. But where do you derive these beliefs from?

Fool’s Cap Map of the World (1590)

Fool’s Cap – Map of the World (1590)

The last five centuries in the Western world has been an historical period devoted to knowing the Self through the realization of Individualism. Historically speaking, from the Renaissance until late-capitalism, the changes in social structures, economic life, and cultural expectations have predominantly been in motion towards enriching and exploiting these ideas of the Self.

This devotion to individuality inherently leads to the desire for sovereignty, autonomy, and inalienable rights. With this ideal embedded as a fundamental belief, a life of personal conflict with authority is ensured.

Though the perfect society which offers every human the chance to realize their ambitions has yet to be seen, this Full Moon in Capricorn will touch on the ideals and the insecurities which have been born from your Self-Consciousness of individuality. In other words, you will deeply consider what it means to be a Western subject.

This season’s Full Moon in Capricorn will offer you some profound insights into the manipulation and distortion from external forces that seek to rob you of your sense of purpose and autonomy.

Oh has the world changed, or have I changed?

In an opposition between the Sun in Cancer and the Moon in Capricorn, the truth is that some innocence must be sacrificed for experience, but that act is never wasted on the path towards wisdom. This Full Moon represents the first flowering of the intentions that you initiated at the New Moon in Cancer.

What kind of environment are you blooming in?

Since the New Moon, how has your perception of your own place and time been altered?

Head of a woman by Leonardo Da Vinci

Oh has the world changed, or have I changed?

The axis between Cancer and Capricorn is especially poignant since Cancer represents the Moon’s sign of rulership and Capricorn represents the Moon’s sign of detriment. Thus, the most primal part of your psyche will be gently embraced and then cast aside to find bare subsistence upon the cold hard earth. It suddenly feels like the best of times and the worst of times.

We can go for a walk where it’s quiet and dry

And talk about precious things

Like love and law and poverty

Oh, these are the things that kill me

Head of a Woman by Leonardo DaVinci

It is best to try to hit that ground running, for as the Moon in Capricorn reflects the light of the Sun in Cancer, your consciousness will be moved by an unknown force of motivation to make a great impact on the world! Wherever Capricorn is found in your natal chart is where you have an especially firm resolve to discover a way to do so!

Both the Sun and the Moon will be in aspect to Mars in Scorpio, making power, corruption and lies the obsession of the evening. The Moon in a sextile to Mars in Scorpio will incite some ambitions to become more influential. The weakness lies in the emotional volatility this entails, so you may react in anger more easily and take on some tyrannical personality traits.

Anne Boleyn by Édouard Cibot (1711)

The Sun will be trined to Mars, bringing some obstacles to your empowerment to the forefront of your mind. You may more readily categorize people as enemies, making more rash assessments of where conflicts of interest lie. Too much contemplation may burn you with rage as you agonize in the tape-loop visions of modern life.

Some nine-year-old tough who peddles drugs,

I swear to god, I swear I never even knew what drugs were!

Under this lunar influence, daydreams will become strategies and your mind will assert its mastery over the body. On this night, your self-motivation will be able to strike a rare balance between softness and rigidity.

This Full Moon in Capricorn will not go gentle into that good night. Remember, that Capricorn is at one with the wilderness, nourished by primordial instincts of unflinching ferocity. The wisdom of survival demands that our precious feelings and sentiments be transmuted into animal instincts complete with claws, teeth, and (if you’re lucky) wit!  

I said Charles, don’t you ever crave

To appear on the front of the Daily Mail

Dressed in your Mother’s bridal veil?

This Full Moon in Capricorn is here to inspire you to rule your own life. Consider what symbols of authority overshadow this instinct. Whatever ideas, symbols, propagandas, or figureheads emerge from this contemplation, can now be overcome by your indomitable spirit.


The Queen Mother

A fulfilling life requires that you endeavor to be responsible for your own narrative and claim creative participation in your own place and time. Sometimes that requires the development of humor and irony.

And so, I checked all the registered historical facts

And I was shocked into shame to discover

How I’m the 18th pale descendant

Of some old queen or other

Consider the historical picture of England in the mid-1980’s when The Smiths released their album, The Queen is Dead. (During Cancer season by the way) The titular song on the album, The Queen is Dead, ranks up there with some of the Smiths’ finest moments.

The Clash

In the 1980’s, the tongue-in-cheek Village Green Preservation Society was nowhere to be found. During this period, England was facing catastrophic levels of unemployment, unions losing power, and a society where minimum-wage labor had replaced former job security. An all too familiar scene if you ask me…

Tomb of Lionel and Joan- Waterton Church, Methley

With lyrical and orchestral radiance, The Queen is Dead is an eccentric requiem for England, making keen observations regarding the country’s corrupted power structures which destroy individual autonomy.

Past the pub who saps your body

And the church who’ll snatch your money

The Queen is dead, boys

There is poise in this pain. The lyrics to this song are a beautiful example of the tenacious Moon in Capricorn reflecting on the Sun in Cancer’s sentimental sense of security.

William Blake, depicted Newton as a misguided hero whose mind was directed only at sterile geometrical diagrams

William Blake depicted Newton as a misguided hero whose mind was directed only at sterile geometrical diagrams

In an historical sense, The Queen Is Dead, evokes William Blake’s England of dark Satanic mills: an apt symbol of the Industrial era. From the perspective of modern pop-culture, this song makes an absurdist artform out of explicitly insulting the royal family while implicitly disparaging other similar institutions of power.

Her very Lowness with her head in a sling

I’m truly sorry but it sounds like a wonderful thing

The Queen is Dead mocks and indicts the rulers of England for their ignorance and dysfunction. In the song, Morrissey daydreams about the Queen’s head getting chopped off and he mocks Prince Charles for harboring pathological castration anxiety.

We can go for a walk where it’s quiet and dry

And talk about precious things

But when you’re tied to your Mother’s apron

No-one talks about castration

Thanks to the Enlightenment-era values which supported the establishment of free speech, the only consequences for these statements were a wildly successful album and iconic status in the music industry.

John Milton’s Areopagitica

Past the pub who saps your body

And the church who’ll snatch your money

The Queen is dead, boys

And it’s so lonely on a limb

Morrissey acknowledges in the song that expressing his outrage at the political climate of his time is still going out on a limb. But, this is exactly the kind of courage that is housed in the heart of Capricorn, for the sea-goat can survive anywhere, especially out on a limb! In Capricorn, Cancer’s gentleness has evolved into a hardened resolve, capable of overthrowing the “mind-forged manacles” which keep people in chains.

The Queen is dead, boys

And it’s so lonely on a limb

At this Full Moon in Capricorn, may you see the presence of obstacles in your life as inspiration to steel your resolve. The truly self-directed individual that fights to exercise free-will has known what it feels like to have been hindered, limited, and ruled. Thus, it is only through adversity that you will find the strength to free yourself from enslavement.

Curse, bless, me now with your fierce tears, I pray.”

– Dylan Thomas