From Jun 2002*
This opposition, which happens once every year, highlights the tug-of-war between the responsibilities you have to your private life, family members, and home situation -- and the emotional yearning for fame, acclaim, recognition, and accomplishment in your professional field and career.
For the next several weeks ... until the New Moon in Cancer (on July 10th) gathers everything into a realignment in favor of home and family ... you may find yourself dealing with the discomforts of this classic situation of ambivalence and divided loyalties.
The aspect of the Sun opposing the Moon is the classic phenomenon the rest of the world calls the Full Moon. The Full Moon symbolically highlights a state of tension between two conflicting desires, ambitions, requirements, or sets of values -- each a respected and necessary part of life, and each somehow problematic for the other.
In this situation, as in all oppositions, a compromise of some sort is necessary to satisfy the requirements of both elements -- in this case, ego desires on the one hand and emotional loyalties and possibly firmly ingrained habits on the other.
The balancing act, especially in this configuration, is often not an easy one ... since it places two different systems, personal desires, of inner parts of you in conflict with one another, requiring that some kind of new arrangements be found and new bargains struck with yourself about the conduct of your life.
Usually, however, the energy of oppositions will play out in the form of interpersonal conflicts, problems in your relationships, disagreements between you ... and a partner, or at the very least, quarrels and clashes between you and someone else in which neither side is right, neither side is wrong, but both sides are willing to go to extremes to get their own way in the matter at hand -- and both sides display the most unattractive features of their various energies during the "negotiations" between them.
The Sun under stress depicts conduct and attitudes that are notoriously arrogant, self-centered, haughty, demanding, and imperious. It inclines you (and everyone!!) to "give orders and want them followed" ... and shows a deep investment in one point of view to the exclusion of others. The opposing Moon in a Full Moon configuration, however, insists in ways that cannot be ignored that its contradictory agenda and values be taken into account!!!
The Moon under stress depicts conducts and attitudes that are complaining, anxious, fretful, "worried," blaming, victimized, and hypersensitive. Already you can see the battle lines taking shape. Afflicted Moon energy feels oppressed, scared, mistreated, helpless, and depressed. Neither of the "inner selves" these two energies describe are in a good position to take care of themselves ... or champion their own viewpoints productively.
With the afflicted Cancer Sun, in addition to problems already described, the prevalent energy affecting you (and everyone else!) is moody, resentful, overwrought, insecure, self-pitying, and often highly upset about conditions "at home," connected somehow to the state of your physical dwelling, or to problems within the family circle -- which consciously or not, you feel reflect badly on you or which fail to give the kind of support and emotional protection you believe you need and deserve.
With the afflicted Capricorn Moon, in addition to problems already described, the prevalent energy affecting you and everyone else is frustrated, inflexible, discouraged, "rule bound," status-conscious, lonely, stingy, and mean-spirited. In extreme cases, it can be extraordinarily cold and vindictive.
Both these energies are highly concerned with matters of status -- both at home and in your public life. How you appear, what others think of you, how your authority and control is respected, the comfort of your surrounding conditions, what these say about your achievements and personal worth ... all these are under heavy scrutiny -- and the verdict is rarely one that pleases you. You may be extremely discontented with the status quo ... and yet feel blocked from making any changes that will produce satisfying results.
Shepherding this energy through to "better conditions at home" is the challenge of your personal life -- and of your inner work to achieve psychological reintegration -- over the next couple of weeks.
To give you more specific information on how this tension may play out in your own life, here are the effects you may find yourself coping with as the time between now and July 10 unwinds:
If your Sun, Moon or Ascendant is in Aries: The tension is playing out very directly between conditions at home and conditions in your public life and professional involvements. A desire for a home base and family relationships that are more pleasant, more supportive, more pleasing, more comfortable, more "worthy of you" conflicts sharply with emotional concerns about your career direction, the psychological investment you have in your public image, your need to be impressive to those in a position to pass judgment on you, and your desire for a certain measure of "fame" to call your own.
If your Sun, Moon or Ascendant is in Taurus: The tension is between a specific set of your ideas and beliefs ... which may be deeply rooted in tradition, habit, and "the past" ... and conflicting ideas (probably being presented by other people) which feel critical, judgmental, prejudiced, and unfeeling. You may feel pressure to bring your ideas into closer alignment with "prevailing social norms" ... or defend your opinions vigorously enough to persuade others to your way of thinking.
If your Sun, Moon or Ascendant is in Gemini: The tension is between your personal interest in the financial structures of your life, your management and acquisition of income, your ability to spend as you please on possessions and purchases that are directly "meaningful" to you ... and the requirements of partners who have some claim on your wealth and can influence how it is used. You may feel "selfish" if you insist on spending your money in your own way ... and coerced by conflicts or responsibilities involving "other people" that you structure your spending to take care of them ... or at the very least, of "mutual needs."
If your Sun, Moon or Ascendant is in Cancer: The tension is between you and your personal presentation, the sovereignty you want to control yourself and your individual direction ... and your emotional links to partners and other family members. You may want more respect and authority in your own life ... while not wanting to offend others (especially family!!) who don't seem especially sympathetic to this cause. The pull to find some compromise so you don't feel used and put upon by caving in to the requirements of others ... and also so you don't feel guilty because you did your own thing and left others feeling neglected and unimportant ... can be excruciating!
If your Sun, Moon or Ascendant is in Leo: The tension is between your need to follow plans, give birth to some new creative vision you are concocting, attend to your spiritual center, and enjoy some quiet personal time ... and the emotional commitment you have to your work, to the chores and responsibilities you feel toward other people, and possibly to handling health matters that are already related to the stress levels in your life. On the one hand, you may want to pull back, recuperate a while, heal in peaceful, protective surroundings ... and recreate yourself. On the other hand, responsibilities to an unsympathetic family circle who require your labor for their own purposes can seem sadistically designed to deprive you of this.
If your Sun, Moon or Ascendant is in Virgo: The tension is between your interest in social activities ... and connections to your friends and "professional family," the formulation of your goals for the future, and your desire for more independent circumstances ... and your emotional investment in your children, in creative projects you've spent time building, and in activities specifically designed to highlight you and your unique talents. The stress here may involve how to achieve more freedom while still staying in the good graces of your social group ... and how to contribute to group goals while not hampering or inhibiting your own creative expression.
If your Sun, Moon or Ascendant is in Libra: The tension is between your responsibilities to, and ego identification with, your professional activities, your career obligations, and your need to "be somebody" in the world ... and your emotional commitment to your private life, your family members, your desire to retreat into the privacy of your physical dwelling and just be there in conditions you (and perhaps you alone) can control. The stress here involves "what the world expects you to be" ... versus who you know yourself to be "inside." There may also be a pull between your desire for power and autonomy as an individual ... and your need to stay involved (and safe) inside the protective, nurturing boundaries of "family."
If your Sun, Moon or Ascendant is in Scorpio: The tension is between your desire to expand your influence and the "sphere" of your family circle, especially your intellectual family circle, through the promotion of ideas and knowledge around which you can construct a new philosophy of life ... and accommodation of your "roots" inside accepted doctrines, views, opinions, and intellectual structures of "the past." The stress here centers on changing your mind to accommodate new and necessary, but possibly foreign, perspectives ... and bringing the important members of your personal and family circle into agreement with these different, more powerful -- but perhaps initially intimidating -- intellectual directions.
If your Sun, Moon or Ascendant is in Sagittarius: The tension is between your need for radical change, the requirement that you cope with transformations which may amount to crises, that you work through emergencies that may include symbolic (or in some cases, literal) deaths, endings, and permanent adjustments, and the need to align yourself and your assets with those of partners in order to survive ... and changing fortunes within your own financial structures, emotional investments you have in the independent management of your financial structures, and the need to use your capital to protect yourself, your household, and your family members. This can be an incredibly anxious and uncomfortable arrangement involving changes in joint financial ventures and your involvement with "other people's money" and assets ... and the necessary response within your own private economic conditions to changes that occur there.
If your Sun, Moon or Ascendant is in Capricorn: The tension is between your investment in close partnerships -- such as marriage, your need to take others into account in making choices and taking action, your desire for allies and the resulting need to consider other points of view, possibly by adjusting your own desires and directions ... and your often disguised need to be "maternal," emotional, protected -- and protective, and structure your life so that "family needs come first." The stress may come between your self-image and the roles you need to play as a spouse or partner ... and the roles you need to accommodate as a parent to your children or as a child to your parent figures.
If your Sun, Moon or Ascendant is in Aquarius: The tension is between your work -- including the job you do for money, the chores and responsibilities that make up the business of your daily life, the favors and tasks you perform -- mostly for the convenience and benefit of other people ... and the profound need for emotional seclusion and healing, possibly after a time of enormous stress in your outer life. The stress here may include feelings that you are unvalued and unappreciated, that something of profound emotional consequence to you may not be getting the proper honor and attention from others, that you desperately need some time for self-care and healing ... while others expect you to "keep on working like you always do." You yourself may also expect that. If you aren't careful ... this particular conflict can make you sick.
If your Sun, Moon or Ascendant is in Pisces: The tension is between your creative expressions, your involvement in some project that deals directly with your individual talents and interests, your connection to your children -- and brain children, and your need to kick back and enjoy yourself for a while ... and the commitment you may have to some ongoing professional or humanitarian goal, something which doesn't accommodate that kind of personal indulgence at this time, but which holds out the promise of more freedom and the fulfillment of some ideal in the future. The stress is likely between your personal pleasure (and something you love to do or someone you love to be with) and "what you need to do in the world" ... what you need to contribute to the betterment of others, possibly through your professional efforts.
* Articles in the extensive series "Things to Know About" are constructed from information originally published in Step-by-Step, our Premium Members several-times a week Astrology Ezine. This Ezine has been continuously published since late November 2001. The material is published here mostly for my convenience. It is not intended to be finished, organized, polished or even complete. Some of it may be notes that don't even make a lot of sense, but you're welcome to look at it.
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