Today’s Capricorn Full Moon is colored by the new Venus/Jupiter conjunction– a theme that will evolve through the summer of 2015. Venus is currently moving through Leo and bumped into giant Jupiter early this morning (which may have been visible to those with clear skies.) They will continue to dance throughout the next few months; Venus turns retrograde  on July 25, backs up toward Jupiter again in August, and then moves forward again for one last conjunction in September.

A Full Moon is a moment of clarity (sometimes a tense or strange clarity) where emotions can be at a high tide. The ‘clarity’ comes from the idea that the Moon is reflecting back the light of the Sun from an opposite sign– 180 degrees across the zodiac. The Sun and Moon are at opposite points, so there is a balance, a yin/yang quality of complementary characteristics that pull the disparate forces together into a whole.

Today’s Full Moon, with the Moon in Capricorn and Sun in Cancer, tends to highlight what we need for security and comfort versus what we want to accomplish or be known for. Cancer is the inner mother that nurtures and provides a safe environment to support growth, while Capricorn is the ambitious father who establishes rules and lessons to promote accomplishment. Together, the two zodiacal archetypes are symbolic of the foundation of a healthy inner and outer life– when one is neglected, the other becomes a burden or a trap. People who are obsessed with their careers are presumed cold and callous, those who avoid their personal goals and sacrifice all to caretaking and parenting may seem unfulfilled. There’s a balance between the two, and this Full Moon often brings with it a clear sense of what is out of balance in this area of our lives.

Now bring in the Venus/Jupiter combo in Leo, which increases the bravado and enthusiasm of our personal egos into the mix. Leo is a fire sign full of powerful self-expression, proud of its sense of entitlement. Venus represents what we value, what we’re attracted to; it describes how we flirt and what we are charmed by, how we get along and find the good in other people and things. Venus and Jupiter coming together in the fun-loving and brilliant sign of Leo turn up the tendency to be more self-indulgent and demanding of self-gratification. But there’s also a generous and magnanimous love of joy and good times that help encourage everyone to join in the fun.

There’s something to be said for authenticity in this lively atmosphere. When the volume gets turned up loudly, as it often does in a party, things can get carried away. People become too loud, selfish, obnoxious, and destructive. The Venus/Jupiter conjunction can help us feel out where we need to enjoy our lives more, where we need to indulge in beauty and laughter. But it is also a reminder that more is not necessarily better– there is a question of quality and value. Being joyful without infringing on someone else’s peace is a key to doing it right. Today’s Full Moon is an astrological signal to begin this summer season with the goal of simple enjoyment.

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