full moon“Time is the measure of things that come to an end, but where time itself ends, eternity begins…. In the end, there is no end. The ends of time are near the roots of eternity, and the ends of the Earth touch on the other world or the world behind the world.” – Michael Meade, The Ends of Time

The Full Moon — when feelings rise to the surface and demand attention — is a point of revelation, culmination and breakthrough. Today’s Full Moon in Capricorn (11:40 pm PDT) brings to light issues of integrity, responsibility, authority, commitment, boundaries, long-term goals and success. The emotion associated with Capricorn is fear — a widely available frequency — and this Full Moon offers the opportunity to recognize, release and heal the fears that block you from moving forward.

The Sun is in watery Cancer — the sign of feelings, the subconscious, nurturing, the maternal feminine, home, family and foundation. The Moon’s opposition to the Sun at the Full Moon animates the Cancer-Capricorn polarity, the balance and integration of your inner and outer worlds.

Do you have the foundation you need to take on power and fulfill your destiny? Does your external world accurately reflect who you feel yourself to be? Do you have systems, structures and boundaries in place that support you in being vulnerable, bonding deeply with others, and taking care of yourself, your home and family?

capricornTime — ruled by Capricorn and Saturn (Capricorn’s planetary ruler) — is another theme activated by this Full Moon. Capricorn’s dual rulership of time and commitment says that how you spend our time reveals what you’re actually committed to. What do you postpone out of fear, while telling yourself you have “no time”? How can you reclaim your power in relation to time?

“Not enough time” is the toxic mimic of “no time” or timelessness. Feeling trapped by “not enough time” is a signal that you’ve lost touch with the eternal. Entering more fully into the present moment you regain your power, and can access the truth of who you are — infinitely wise and capable creator gods and goddesses.

If you want to get more specific about what this Full Moon means for you, find the house in your birth chart that contains 22 degrees Capricorn. The areas of life represented by that house are where you’re being called to face your fears, come into greater integrity, deepen commitment, set boundaries, and/or reclaim your authority.

Regenerating Natural Time

pluto“We’re living by artificial time. It separates us from nature, it separates us from our own souls…. The more alienated from nature we become, the easier it is to deplete the resources and use them for our own good to make money…. That’s a truck without brakes heading for a brick wall.” – José Argüelles, interview on CMN

Feeling victimized by time in our personal lives is one manifestation of the larger collective story that time is running out, that we’ve reached the End Times or the end of time. You can choose your favorite end-of-the-world scenario from various religious, scientific or New Age sources — Judgment Day apocalypse, 2012 cataclysm, global warming and mass extinction, or comet Elenin/Nibiru/Planet X heading toward the Earth to destroy us all.

We are, no doubt, living through a period of decay, destruction and dissolution — the end of a cycle. From the perspective of linear time, this means The End. In natural time, death is part of a cyclical process, inevitably preceding a rebirth. As Demetra George writes in Mysteries of the Dark Moon: “When life is understood as cyclic, the closure phase is known as the transition to renewal…. when the continuing life impulse, under the cover of darkness, goes underground to cleanse, revitalize, and regenerate its form and content.”

Pluto, Lord of the Underworld — demoted from planetary status by a culture that denies what it represents — rules this process of death and rebirth. In pre-Hellenic stories, the deity of the Underworld was always feminine — the Dark Goddess, Kali, Hecate — who destroys not to annihilate, but to clear space for new growth, to regenerate and transform.

In a culture that fears, misunderstands and denies death, we lose connection with both elders (ruled by Capricorn) and ancestors (ruled by Cancer). Old people remind us of our own inevitable demise and have to be locked away (or made to look younger), and are assumed to become increasingly useless the older they get. Ancestors are irrelevant, since death is final and there is no afterlife.

In indigenous cultures, grounded in natural, cyclical time, elders and ancestors are the primary repositories of wisdom, providing essential guidance for the community. In his memoir, Of Water and the Spirit, Malidoma Somé explains:

The ancestors have an intimate and absolutely vital connection with the world of the living. They are always available to guide, to teach, and to nurture. They represent one of the pathways between the knowledge of this world and the next. Most importantly — and paradoxically — they embody the guidelines for successful living — all that is most valuable about life.”

earthPluto in Capricorn (2008-2024) calls for the death and rebirth of all Capricorn-ruled areas, including time. While the shadow expression — the End Times — is propagated by the dominant culture, a more ideal expression is the transformation of time itself — the end of clock-based, mechanized, linear time and a return to natural time.

Shamanic astrologer Daniel Giamario reveals that the original meaning of Capricorn is the Council of Grandmothers — the wise elders who make decisions for the culture based on what’s best for the next seven generations. Pluto in Capricorn wants to transform the current model of power — which manipulates people through artificial time — into a wise, sustainable, compassionate model of power, that draws on the wisdom of the elders and the wisdom of the feminine, and cooperates with the natural rhythms of the Earth.

We can participate in this transformation by freeing ourselves from the trance of time — “a Temporarily Induced Mind Experiment” (Christine Page). We reclaim our authority from artificial time by cultivating relationships with our elders and ancestors, practicing being in the eternal now and entering fully into each moment, and reconnecting with the natural rhythms of our own bodies, the Earth and the greater cosmic cycles.

– Emily Trinkaus