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The Freedom to Feel: July 2020's Full Moon Lunar Eclipse in Capricorn

On Sunday, July 5th, at 12:44 AM EST (that's shortly after midnight on the 4th of July if you're an American!) we will have a Full Moon / Lunar Eclipse at 13'37 degrees Capricorn. Here's what you can expect.

By Kaitlyn MauraPublished 4 years ago 6 min read
“Waiting for the Rain,” by Jim Warren

On Sunday, July 5th, at 12:44 AM EST (that's shortly after midnight on the 4th of July if you're an American!) we will have a Full Moon / Lunar Eclipse at 13'37 degrees Capricorn. Here's what you can expect.

This eclipse will be visible from South America, North America (particularly Central America, Southern Mexico & East Coast of the United States), West Africa & parts of Europe (particularly southern Spain) affecting these areas the most.

What is a Lunar Eclipse?

A Lunar Eclipse happens when the Earth stands between the Moon and the Sun, blocking off sunlight from the Moon. Since the Moon has no light of its own, a Lunar Eclipse will look to us as if the Moon has disappeared. While a Solar Eclipse coincides with the New Moon, a Lunar Eclipse always coincides with the Full Moon.

A Full Moon occurs when the Sun and the Moon are in opposition to one another. A Full Moon represents the peak or climax of the lunar cycle. A Lunar Eclipse has the same energy of a typical Full Moon, but even stronger. While the effects of a regular Full Moon last from about two to four weeks, the effects of a Lunar Eclipse can last up to six months.

Since the Moon rules emotions, there is a heavy emotional aspect to a Lunar Eclipse. Lunar Eclipses tend to bring out our darkest, most heavy, emotions. Feelings we've kept long buried will come rising out to the surface, often in ways we weren't expecting. Lunar Eclipses are said to draw out the shadow side—of both ourselves and of others. If we're willing to be honest with ourselves, and accept ourselves for who we are—both the good and the bad—a Lunar Eclipse can be a wonderful time for healing and transformation, helping us yield insights and revelations about both ourselves and the people around us.

It's always important to note that eclipses always occur when the Sun is near the orbit of one of the two nodes. The North Node and South Node are lunar points representing our karma. They are always in opposite signs from one another. The North Node represents where we are going, our purpose, what we came here to master. The South Node represents our karma and past lives, what we're familiar with and need to let go of. This is what makes an eclipse such a crucial time for evolution and spiritual growth.

Full Moon in Capricorn

July 2020's Lunar Eclipse in Capricorn

The Moon is at it’s detriment in Capricorn, sign of the goat. While the Moon is concerned with the emotional needs of our deepest selves, Capricorn energy is more concerned with who we are on the public stage. As an Earth sign, Capricorn deals with the realm of the seen, valuing tangible results over feelings & intentions. As a cardinal sign, Capricorn is a leader and businessmen, needing to be in control at all times. By their very nature, however, the emotional nature of the Moon makes us feel out of control. As the sign of the mountain goat, Capricorn Moon has a deep-seated need to achieve things & be somebody. Capricorn placements often have a deep-seated desire for status, money & recognition. At its worst, Capricorn Moon energy can be materialistic & limiting, ignoring or even outright denying the essence of what makes us human in order to maintain order. For these reasons and more, Capricorn rules over government, corporations, religious institutions & all powerful organizations. The Moon, however, is eclipsed by The Sun in the emotional sign of Cancer; the crab. The Moon is at home in Cancer, a vulnerable sign known for being a powerhouse of deep emotions.

I believe the Capricorn Full Moon will shed some light on how restricted we all feel, while the Sun in Cancer points to a desire for emotional freedom. We often feel the need to put on a face and ignore our own needs and desires for purpose of fitting in, and gaining a place in society. But right now, our feelings will be hard to ignore. There is a need to be honest with ourselves & each other about what we really feel rather than how we “should,” feel, at the risk of losing our place on the social hierarchy. The personal is favored, at this time, over societal norms.

Breaking Free

The Sun is also conjunct Mercury Retrograde at 7’26 degrees. This conjunction could trigger certain insights; a deeper reflection of past situations could help us to see things in a new way and give us clarity as a result. It’s not unlikely that many of us will be receiving some significant message at this time, as well, particularly from someone from our past, perhaps someone who we haven’t heard from in a long time. It’s important for us to get in touch with what we feel & express it into words. If not by actually telling another person, then through writing.

The Moon’s opposition to Mercury suggests that there may be some trouble making sense of our emotions at this time. This may be due to a conflict between what we actually feel in our hearts & what we think we “should,” feel. While we may even deep down desire to be vulnerable, there is still an internal pressure to be “strong,” and productive that prevents us from acknowledging the truth of our emotions. Writing down how we feel through journaling or poetry can help bring us a deeper sense of clarity.

The Full Moon’s trine to Uranus at 10 degrees Taurus brings feelings of freedom, excitement and positive rebellion. We feel more free to express ourselves and our emotions in all their fullness in a way we hadn’t before. This aspect brings us the freedom to be vulnerable without the fear of judgment or abandonment.

The Lunar Eclipse will correspond with a Jupiter and Pluto at 24 degrees Capricorn. This aspect will transform societal structure, expanding the control of the powers that be, only so they can get exposed for the greedy and corrupt demons they are.

The Lunar Eclipse will also correspond with a section between Mars at 4 degrees Aries & Venus at 7 degrees Gemini. This aspect is minor but positive for romance as well as virtually any type of social interaction.


Eclipses are known to affect everybody. They are known to influence events that happen on a mass scale, particularly in the areas in the world where it is visible. On an individual level, eclipses are often known to coincide with big events such as a marriage, a promotion, or a baby being born. Since this is a Lunar Eclipse, it will especially bring about events that are of a personal, and/or emotional nature, and strongly affect our relationships. Check your natal chart to see if you have any placements between 8 and 18 degrees of the cardinal signs (Aries, Cancer; Libra, Capricorn) for people with these placements will be especially affected. Don't necessarily expect the events brought on by the eclipse to happen right away, however, because energies surrounding an eclipse are generally effective for up to six months.

It may help to think back to whatever intentions you set around the time of the New Moon Solar Eclipse in Cancer for they should be coming into fruition at this time, as well as six months back to the New Moon in Capricorn. Because eclipses come in cycles, themes related to the last Lunar Eclipse in Sagittarius may also be repeating themselves. Intentions you set now will likely manifest themselves by the time of the New Moon in Cancer on July 20th.

Overall, this Lunar Eclipse in Capricorn represents the struggle to freely and honesty express in our emotions in a society that tells us that emotions are a weakness. It’s okay to have feelings - that’s what makes us human - and feelings in a way are their own source of power. To be vulnerable is to be strong.


About the Creator

Kaitlyn Maura

My name’s Kait. I would define myself mainly as a truth seeker. I write about a lot of things, primarily astrology, religion & spirituality, relationships and social issues.

Website: https://www.astrologybykait.com/

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