Category Archives: New Moon

Setting Intentions for Full Moon Capricorn and New Moon Cancer

Full Moon in Capricorn: July 1st, 2015 at 10:20 pm EST
9º 55’ Capricorn

New Moon in Cancer: July 15th, 2015 at 9:24 pm EST
23 º 14’ Cancer

Full Moon Aquarius: July 31st, 2015 at 6:43 am EST
7 º 56’ Aquarius

The Full Moon and New Moon typically alternate between opposing zodiac signs.  The parts of life ruled by the pair mirror one another, as the different ends of a polarity.  This month they fall along the Cancer and Capricorn axis, which represents the balance between the outer and inner life.  Capricorn rules the structures of our body, life and society, while Cancer represents the home, childhood, and our connection to family.

capricorncancer(Early 19th century engravings of the constellations Capricornus and Cancer from Urania’s Mirror by Sidney Hall.  Image Source: Public domain, Wikimedia Commons.)

While the Sun and Moon are in opposing signs during the Full Moon, they are in the same sign during the New Moon.  This means each month we move from exploring both sides of a polarity towards examining one end of it.  This time we will shift our focus from the outer (Capricorn Full Moon) to the inner (Cancer New Moon).  In approximately six months, the Full Moon will be in Cancer and the New Moon in Capricorn instead, giving us the opportunity to adjust ourselves in the opposite direction.

After the New Moon, the Sun and Moon align themselves along a new zodiac axis.  This month it is Leo and Aquarius, which signifies the polarity of the individual self vs. the collective group. zodiacaxis

An overview of the zodiac lunar cycle:

1:  As the Moon waxes, increases in light until the Full Moon, the Sun and Moon align themselves along two different poles of a specific zodiac axis: Aries and Libra, Taurus and Scorpio, Gemini and Sagittarius, Cancer and Capricorn, Leo and Aquarius, or Virgo and Pisces.

2:  As the Moon wanes, increases in darkness until the New Moon, the Sun and Moon come together at one end of that axis.

3:  Approximately six months later, the Sun and Moon align along the same axis but reverse their positions and highlight the other end instead.

4:  Because there can be thirteen Full Moons or New Moons in a year but only twelve zodiac signs, a particular zodiac moon may be repeated.  For example, we started this year with two different New Moons in Aquarius.

While setting intentions on the New Moon and Full Moon is a popular practice, it can be fine tuned by incorporating the relevant zodiac component.  Different signs are better suited for different types of intentions.

fullmooncapricorn1(A representation of the Full Moon in Capricorn, with the Sun in Cancer, on a late 14th century CE illumination of the zodiac wheel.  Image Source: Public domain, Wikimedia Commons.)

Full Moon Capricorn:  During the Full Moon, the Sun and Moon are 180 degrees apart, in zodiac sign completely opposite one another in the sky. This angle is called an opposition in astrology and represents a polarity of energies. There can be tension between the two planets or an attempt to reconcile their differences. For example, while Capricorn is an earth sign and Cancer a water sign, they are both cardinal signs, associated with the beginning of a season. All four cardinal signs like to initiate action but approach the problem from a different perspective, as represented by their elements.

capricorn(An early 16th century CE woodcut of the constellation Capricorn by Johannes Müller von Konigsberg .  Image Source: Public domain, Wikimedia Commons.)

Astrological Correspondences for the Capricorn Moon:

  • Capricorn represents the foundational structures of our culture, from business, government, to organized religion.
  • It rules body parts that give us structure or may remain after death, like bones, connective tissues, and joints, or are found at the ends of the body like fingernails, hair, and teeth.
  • Contemporary astrology associates Capricorn with the 10th house which signifies your most public persona like your reputation, career, and contributions to society.

You can further strengthen your meditation or ceremony by working with gemstones attributed to Capricorn.  Although the lists of stones vary greatly in both contemporary and traditional sources, zodiac gemstones tend to reflect either the planetary ruler of the sign or the season when the Sun passes through it.

  • Dark Colored Stones: Saturn is the ruler of Capricorn.  Because the planet is associated with dark colors like black and brown, sometimes dark green and blue, many stones attributed to Capricorn are likewise dark like lapis lazuli, sapphire, turquoise, onyx, jet, and malachite.
  • Stones Signifying the Return of Light:  The start of Capricorn is the December Solstice, the beginning of winter in the Northern Hemisphere.  Because it is the shortest day of the year, many stones attributed to Capricorn represent light, warmth, or fire like ruby, garnet, citrine, and topaz.

newmooncancer(A representation of the New Moon in Cancer on a late 14th century CE illumination of the zodiac wheel.  Image Source: Public domain, Wikimedia Commons.)

New Moon Cancer: During the New Moon, the Sun and Moon are 0 degrees apart.  This means the New Moon happens in the same zodiac sign as the Sun.  This angle is called a conjunction in astrology and represents a merging of energies.  While an opposition can be inherently challenging, a conjunction is considered more neutral.

cancer(An early 16th century CE woodcut of the constellation Cancer by Johannes Müller von Konigsberg .  Image Source: Public domain, Wikimedia Commons.)

  •  Cancer represents our emotions, inner life, and the less visible but potent parts of our personality like the unconscious.
  • It rules body parts associated with providing and digesting food, like the breasts and stomach, and motherhood like the womb.
  • Contemporary astrology associates Cancer with the 4th house which represents motherhood and childhood, the home, and our ancestral roots.

You can further strengthen your meditation or ceremony by working with gemstones attributed to Cancer. Although the lists of stones vary greatly in both contemporary and traditional sources, zodiac gemstones tend to reflect either the planetary ruler of the sign or the season when the Sun passes through it.

  • White and Opalescent Stones: The Moon is the ruler of Cancer. Because the planet is associated with white, clear, and opalescent colors, many of the stones attributed to Cancer are similar like pearl, moonstone, selenite, rock crystal, white chalcedony, and opal.
  •  Stones of Green Goodness: The start of Cancer is the June Solstice, the beginning of summer in the Northern Hemisphere. Many stones attributed to Cancer represent the green growth of the season like emerald, chrysoprase, and jade.

fullmoonaquarius(A representation of the Full Moon in Aquarius, with the Sun in Leo, on a late 14th century CE illumination of the zodiac wheel.  Image Source: Public domain, Wikimedia Commons.)

Full Moon Aquarius: 
 After the New Moon, both celestial bodies typically enter new signs.  While the Sun advances one position, the Moon moves forward five, ending up opposite the Sun once again. Zodiac signs adjacent to one another are 30 degrees apart, an aspect known as a semisextile (Latin “half of one sixth”), and those five signs away from each other are 150 apart, an aspect known as a quincunx (Latin, “five twelfths”). Unlike the opposition and conjunction, signs involved in a semisextile or quincunx have nothing in common. They have different elements, modalities, and polarities.

Because of this lack of relationship, the New Moon represents the beginning of a cycle, as both the Sun and Moon shift to new signs balanced along the different poles of a zodiac axis. Next month we will explore the Leo and Aquarius axis of the zodiac.

aquarius(An early 16th century CE woodcut of the constellation Aquarius by Johannes Müller von Konigsberg .  Image Source: Public domain, Wikimedia Commons.)