Welcome to the Full Moon in Capricorn which waxes at 5:38 pm. The Moon represents our emotional nature, inner self, dreams, subconscious, instincts, and habit patterns. The sign of Capricorn is practical and self discipline. Feminine cardinal earth, Capricorn is the harvest sign, where we reap that which we sow; ruled by the Roman god of sowing and reaping, Capricorn represents obstacles, limitations, and responsibilities. The Moon in Capricorn can manipulate energies and ideas and put same to good use. Emotions are seldom a priority which contradicts an unsettling emotional side to where the Sun sits at this transit. With 2nd house energies, good things always seem to just be there, needs and desires easily met which supports a healthy dose of faith in knowing that things always work out, which, in and of itself, makes all things possible.
Transiting this Full Moon is the opposition with the Sun, Mercury, and Venus, the conjunction with Saturn, and Pluto, and the sextile with Neptune, so most of the major add their energies to this powerful Buck Moon, so named for the new antlers that grow from the buck’s forehead in the summer. It is also a partial lunar eclipse which sort of turns up the volume on the energies of the Full Moon.
The Sun, representing our basic character, outer consciousness, and personality, sits in the sign of emotional and intuitive Cancer. At the opposition, the planets give us a tug of war feeling that is supposed to give an opportunity for growth and change as we try to balance our feelings. In this transit, the Sun takes on the typical role of the Moon, being sensitive and intuitive, which opens the door for those energies to be highly accessible, if we’re listening. Cancer’s good common sense gives the Sun a practicality that goes along with the Capricorn Moon, so even though our mother and father energies are at opposite sides, they take on more of a unified nature for this Full Moon.
Mercury, which went retrograde earlier this month, is the planet of intellect, mental activity, and communication. For me the retrograde has absolutely affected communications as wifi has gone wonky, and TV signals are fluctuating. The sign of Leo gives Mercury a sense of creativity and expressiveness. Pay attention to ideas that come along in this transit. Although I firmly believe the retrograde has been responsible for some of the issues going on around my house, I also think it gave me the gumption and inspiration to take the doors off my jeep by myself. With 8th house energies give our ideas depth that take root in the very psychology of our being as we learn that we have the power to do things we never imagined we could do on our own.
The opposition also includes the planet Venus which is the planet of love, happiness, beauty, and social graces. Venus in Cancer shines it’s energies on the home where it’s love of charm inspire us to decorate and make things pretty around us…a need to edge and properly trim the grass, tend the flowers in the garden, even polishing the floors.
The conjunction is a position of intense unification. Saturn is the planet of limitations and responsibilities and fully supports the overall feeling of Capricorn, where the Moon sits. Saturn points out areas where we need to take a stronger role in life.
The sextile is positive position, and Neptune is the planet of idealism and spirituality, and is at home in it’s ruling sign Pisces. Discipline from the Capricorn Moon gives us the focus for the daily rituals that support our lives, as well as what’s needed to feed and support our intuition, and the spiritual aspect of our lives that we utilize daily.
Pluto is the planet of extremes. In the sign of Capricorn, that means a rigid sense of practicality and sense of right and wrong.
Today in the Hebrew is the 15th day of the month of Tammuz. Tammuz is the sign of Cancer. Kabbalah teaches that people of the sign of Cancer have a tendency to go off balance. During the month of Tammuz, we all come under the influence of the sign and can become over-emotional and over-reactive. The Hebrew letter that rules the month of Tammuz is the letter Chet, which is sin. The story of the “sin” of the golden calf took place on the 17th of Tammuz, a parable of emotions getting out of hand and over-reaction to a mis-understood situation. The Cancer Sun needs the support of those strong opposing planets so as not to walk into its’ own destruction. The letter Chet is also the first letter of the word “chaim,” life putting sin and life inexplicably linked. Our previous research into the word, “sin,” expresses that the only true “sin” in life is separation from “God,” which amounts to a denial of what is inherently natural to mankind; our instincts, the spiritual power and psychic abilities that we all possess at birth. The church’s teaching that the “wages of sin is death,” really signifies that when we actively deny those spiritual gifts, they die, or go dormant, making it very difficult to reactivate when needed. Most of us that grow up in the secular world are typically taught to put those gifts aside in favor of being productive wage earning citizens. The result being a world out of balance, which is essentially what we have.
The letter Chet is the 8th letter in the alef-bet. 8 is known as the number of balance and harmony, and the current transit of this Capricorn Moon, is the window and the urging to correct what has gone off balance.
The letter Chet represents the 18th path of the Kabbalistic Tree of Life and the Chariot card in the Thoth Tarot. It’s no coincidence that the numeric value of the two sephiroth involved in the 18th path equals 8; the number 3 of Binah and the number 5 of Geburah.
The sephira of Binah is wisdom and imparts the energies we need to comprehend ourselves. It brings us logic, science, education, and discipline, as well as the concept of time and space that provide a structure in which to practice that discipline. The sephira of Gevurah is severity which translates in Hebrew to heroism and bravery. It is associated with Mars in our chart and highlights where you possess courage.
“The Issue of the Vulture, Two-in-One, conveyed; this is the Chariot of Power. TRINC: the last oracle!
In Egyptian mythology, the vulture was sacred to Maat, the goddess of justice and supreme balance. The vulture was said to conceive without mating. Its child immaculately conceived in a mysterious internal process that, for other creatures, requires contributions of from both male and female. The Issue of the Vulture is therefore the product (or child) of an internal marriage of two perfectly balanced things, or Two-in-One.
The Hebrew letter associated with the Chariot is Cheth, which, when spelled in full, enumerates to 418, the same number as ABRAHADABRA, the magical word that expresses the formula of the marriage of the microcosm with the macrocosm”
The Chariot represents the zodiac sign of Cancer, whose symbol is a not-too-subtle glyph for a particular technique of tantric yoga in which male and female energies and essences are perfectly prepared, balanced, and exchanged to create the Two-in-One elixir of Life. The elixir is then conveyed in a particular manner to serve as a eucharistic talisman of unlimited creative potential.”
DuQuette, Lon Milo. Understanding Aleister Crowley’s Thoth Tarot Red Wheel Weiser. Kindle Edition.
— Sphere of Binah —
The Sphere of Destination is Binah, the Sanctifying Intelligence, known as Understanding.
The Hebrew Divine Name is Jehovah Elohim, the perfection of Creation and the Life of the World to Come.
The Archangel is Tzaphqiel, the Prince of the Spiritual Strife against Evil.
The Order of Angels is the Aralim, the Strong and Mighty Ones who are also called the Order of Thrones.
The element is water.
The musical note is “B.”
The stone is black opal or tourmaline.
The plants are comfrey, fern, hemlock, ivy, hemp, mulien and musk.
The color is dark brown or black.
The planet is Saturn.
The body part is the right side of the face.
The chakra is the Third Eye Center.
The corresponding gland is the pineal.
The magical image is a mature woman.
The mythological figures include the Christian Mary, the Greek Mara, Roman Mara, Egyptian Isis and all Mother-Goddesses.
The spiritual experience of Binah is a vision of Sorrow.
— Sphere of Geburah —
We commence our journey in the Sphere of Geburah, the Radical Intelligence, called Strength.
The Divine name is Elohim Gebor, the Mighty God.
The Archangel is Kamael, Prince of Strength and Courage.
The Order of Angels is the Seraphim or the Flaming Ones who are called the Order of Powers.
The element is fire.
Symbols are the pentagram, the pentagon, the sword, the horse, the wolf and the warrior driving his chariot.
The stone is ruby.
The musical note is “G.”
The mineral is iron.
Plants are absynth, rue and lambs tongue.
The incense is benzoin, sulphur or tobacco.
The planet is Mars.
The color is scarlet.
The body part is the right arm.
The chakra is the Throat Center.
The corresponding gland is the thyroid.
The magical image is a warrior in his chariot.
The mythological correspondences include all warrior Gods, among whom are Greek Athena, Roman Mars and Norse Thor.
The spiritual expression is a vision of power.
— 18th Path —
The 18th Path is called the House of Influence by the greatness of whose abundance the influx of good things upon created beings is increased; and from the midst of the investigation the hidden senses are drawn forth which dwell in its shade and which cling to it from the cause of all causes.
The Hebrew name is Cheth, which means a fence or enclosure.
The simple form of the letter means speech.
The Esoteric Title is the Child of the Powers of the Waters, the Lord of the Triumph of Light.
The color is red-orange.
The element is water.
The planet is the Moon.
The corresponding astrological sign is Cancer.
The incense is anise or camphor.
The metal is silver.
The gem is the emerald or the truquoise.
Plants or herbs are lotus, comfrey, honeysuckle and daisy.
Symbolic animals are the crab and the turtle.
The Tarot Major Arcanum card is the Chariot.
Areas the 18th Path will help you:
Learning to direct your attention inward toward self-knowledge through sensory deprivation
Learning that the absence of the physical is restful
Meditation; finding your inner still-point
Acknowledgement of your extrasensory perceptions
Acknowledgement that the real self is the “being” that lives within the “wall” of the physical self; discovery of the soul within
Discovering a greater reality; seeing your Self as a being separate from both the body and the mind, with the power of omniscience that occurs only when the seat of consciousness rises to Binah
Astral traveling into the higher realms
Understanding that you already possess all that you need
Understanding that you are part of a collective whole, and must work together to advance
Understanding that restriction or freedom is your own choice
Dealing with your impatience
Dealing with the limitations of time and space; understanding that time is an illusion; ability to astral travel beyond the limits of time and space
The “wall” you have created around you allows you to increase your energy toward a specific objective
Understanding that each person is made up of lifetimes of experience, unknown to others; the journey the soul is on through these lifetimes is known only to it; therefore, we have no right to judge others, nor do they have a right to judge us
Gaining objectivity and clarity concerning your life patterns and goals
Understanding that removing the “walls” you have constructed releases energy, and allows you to continue to grow; the ability to let go of what you have built
Understanding that the “walls” we create maintain our energy and the structure of our lives
Increased desire to grow beyond your own limitations
Increased desire to serve and help others, coming from a feeling of detached nurturance, not feelings of responsibility for them
Proficiency in dealing with physical plane matters
The ability to deal with people and situations that encroach upon your “boundaries”
Stimulation of the Third Eye Center
Stimulation of the Crown Center
Precognition increased as well as channeling ability
Ability to conserve your energy and organize your resources
Being able to call upon your past experience, from this and other lives, as well as previous paths
Understanding that “everything is as it should be”
Acceptance of responsibility
Conquering your fears of the unknown
Giving up your sorrow
In his book “Scrying the Tree of Life,” Chic Cicero writes:
Seekers on the Eighteenth Path must realize that the outer
form of the human being is, in reality, a container (Cheth) for the
spirit or divine essence. Since we are the vessels that the divine
spirit chooses to inhabit, it is important that we dedicate all
aspects of ourselves toward eventual reunification with our
eternal source. We must be receptive to the energies of the divine.
When this reunion is finally achieved, we will come to realize that
there was no true separation in the first place.
Path Symbol: Triple Enclosure
Path of Chet: