Full Moon in Capricorn


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Full Moon in Capricorn

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Full Moon Greetings!

This month’s full moon culminates on August 11th 6:35 pm PDT in the sign of Capricorn.  In India this month is called Sravana, a month that’s dedicated to the worship of Lord Shiva.  There are elaborate rituals that can be done, though common ones include fasting on Mondays and pilgrimage to holy sites of Shiva.

The simple Shiva mantra of Om Namah Shivāya or the longer Mahā Mritunjaya mantra can be chanted.  The Mritunjaya mantra is especially beneficial for health problems.   Pandit Sanjay Rath writes a thorough article with details of chanting and practice here for anyone wanting to look deeper into this.  

According to the North Indian calendar the month completes on the 11th, but in the South Indian calendar there are still two more Mondays one can do these practices for Lord Shiva, as their Sravana month will end on the next New Moon 15 days from now.  This is a deeper and more advanced topic that is taught in my classes but not suitable for a newsletter!  So just know if you still feel called to do some ritual for Shiva you have time.

Though Full Moons are typically seen as supportive since the moon represents nurture and support, this one is in Capricorn and in close degrees with Saturn.  Being near Saturn and in a Saturn ruled sign can make the Moon (or our minds) tend towards negativity, sadness and even depression.  

Also, the Sun opposite this Saturn and Moon conjunction can give a feeling of a lack of self worth, and a generally less positive attitude. 

The astrological way to work with this would be to accept the heavy feelings and not try to push them away or ignore them.  If we can just let them be they will wash over us more quickly and softly.  The Sun is only opposite Saturn until the 16th night, so this feeling will improve when Sun goes into Leo.  The first few degrees of the sign are still considered unsteady, so it is more like the 20th before we can feel the Leo-like sense of purpose and confidence in full.  As always, how deeply we will feel the strength of the Sun depends on the Sun in our own birth charts.

On that note, Leo season for the Vedic Calendar has not begun!  Not that Leo Season is even a concept in the Vedic system anyway, neither is this ‘Lion’s Gate’.  Though the Lion’s Gate seems to have roots in Egyptian culture, it has been popularized by Western Astrologers, so you’ll have to turn towards your favorite Western astrologer for information on that!.  

The Sun does enter Leo on the night of August 16th, so if you want to celebrate Vedic Leo season, it’s mid August to mid September :) The day the Sun switches signs is called Sankranti, also known as the Vedic ‘day at the beach’.  Sankranti is considered to be a repeat day, whatever we do on that day will have to be done again, so best not to do much on the 16th and take a holiday if you can.

This full moon is also celebrated as Rakhi Purnima, which is symbolic of the love and connection between siblings.  Sisters will tie a string around the wrist of their brothers and say prayers for their long life, and the brothers in turn promise to protect their sisters.  We could take this full moon to appreciate our siblings, internally or externally.

If I can help you in any way do reach out for a session,
Love and Blessings,
Mrinmoyee

www.mrinmoyeeastrology.com

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