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The Buck Moon
July's Full Moon

by Celeste L. Walker


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July's full moon

In folklore, July's first full moon is named the Buck Moon. The Old Farmer's Almanac says that's because the long-ago Indian tribes noted this as the time when the new antlers of buck deer push out and begin to grow. It made them easier to distinguish from the females -- and this sign of masculine potency, like so many, was deemed significant.

In Astrology, this Moon can be either the Capricorn Moon opposing the Sun in Cancer, or the Aquarius Moon opposing the Leo Sun. The Capricorn / Cancer combination will appear sometime in the first 2/3 of July, so there's a 2:1 chance this is where the Full Moon falls.


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Home vs. profession

It so, it invites you to notice the tensions showing up now between the responsibilities and features of your private life, including your own strong focus on home-and-family issues ... and perhaps your growing role and involvements there ... and the corresponding responsibilities and commitments in your public / professional world ... which may interfere with them substantially.

You may be trying to deal with two full-time jobs in two competing life areas. In theory, there is a strong connection between home and family, heritage and the past ... and your concern with professional achievement, reputation and status, and your communal contributions.

In fact, though, these two often compete for time, attention, priority and support. Dedicating yourself wholeheartedly to one inevitably shortchanges the other. It's the common story of stress between home and office, work and family. Each has a claim on you, and each deems his "the most important." Time-sharing is the only answer, yet it rarely works.


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Or personal glory vs. selfless altruism

If instead, July's full Moon falls in the last third of the month, it brings an Aquarius / Leo conflict ... with very different lessons. This one invites you to balance your need for self-promotion and progress on your creative efforts -- and your equally strong need to work quietly, even anonymously for the betterment of society.

If you don't get enough credit for your special contributions, does your ego feel bruised and cheated? If you're always blowing your own horn (besides annoying the crap out of everyone), do you have to wonder how that influences the quality of your work?

Does it all become less about the excellence of what you do ... and more about how well it reflects on you as a swell and marvelous person? Why do you do any of it in the first place? The answers can be uncomfortable. Are your intentions really about bettering the lot of humanity ... or are they about polishing your ego? On the other hand, how much of yourself can you really give away before you start to feel resentful and taken for granted. A look into those questions could be interesting.


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Finding your own balance

Everyone's limits are different. So is everyone's balance point. The theme here is to think about yours and decide where they are. You can always adjust them, but going all in on one side invites serious trouble. It can't be done and you're better off not to try.

Setting your limits and finding your way may feel awkward at first, but they'll improve with practice. Meanwhile, you're building a more balanced life from conscious choices, and that's a good thing. You can hear the wisdom just reading the words. It's time to find your center again.

The Buck Moon is also called the Thunder Moon since it accompanies frequent summer rainstorms. Other names include the Full Hay Moon, the Salmon Moon and the Ripe Corn Moon. Honor it by seeking a more equitable, conscious lifestyle. Come home to yourself again.


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The Strawberry Moon -- June's Full Moon ---> The Full Moon in June -- In folklore, the first full moon in June is named the Strawberry Moon. The Old Farmer's Almanac says that's because the Algonquin Indian tribes used this as the signal it was time to start gathering ripe fruit. Strawberries are among the first berries to ripen, but they are also fragile ... and must be harvested quickly before they spoil.

The Moon in General -- Your Inner Self of Feelings, Emotions and Intuition ---> Welcome to your inner world -- In Astrology, The Moon represents our inner feelings, our emotions ... and our deep security needs. It reflects our basic habits, instincts and automatic reactions.

The New Moon -- A Milestone Celestial Event ---> When The Moon joins The Sun in the sky -- In astrology, the celestial phenomenon known as the New Moon occurs at the exact moment the Sun and the Moon occupy precisely the same point in the sky-map of the Zodiac -- the same degree and minute of arc in a particular sign. This alignment is known as a conjunction.

Shadows in the Moonlight -- The Full Moon and its Testy Temper ---> The Sun Opposing The Moon -- Who you are now vs. who you used to be The aspect of the Sun opposing the Moon is the classic celestial show the rest of the world calls The Full Moon. In Astrology, The Full Moon highlights tension between two conflicting desires, ambitions, requirements, or sets of values -- each a necessary part of life, and each somehow a problem for the other.

Fractiousness and Fracture Lines: The Full Moon -- The crisis is predictable. It happens every month. ---> One of life's great divides -- All Full Moons involve some kind of conflict. Usually, as the Full Moon forms ... and for several nights following, you feel pulled in two directions at once, required to try and serve two masters ... no matter how impossible you know that is -- logically. Life's demands in two opposing / competing areas become equally insistent and intense.

The Luminaries in Astrology -- The Sun and The Moon -- What are they ... and what's the difference? ---> The Light-givers -- The Luminaries -- This term refers to The Sun and The Moon in a horoscope -- distinguishing them from the other common elements ... the eight known planets, excluding the Earth. The term luminary suggests The Sun and The Moon are both sources of light, and it's true they are both the brightest objects in the sky and two of the most commanding points of information in a horoscope.

Moon Lore ---> In ancient times, Moon phases, Moon cycles, were the readily visible, incontrovertible calendar people depended on to mark the passage of time. The appearance of the Full or New Moon in the company of certain well-known and predictable constellations signaled the arrival of specific important moments in the year.

Moon Magic ---> The Moon has a mystique all its own. It is often associated with secrecy and mystery ... and is associated with strange, uncanny powers. It evokes a peculiar range of responses in cultures everywhere, from curiosity and wonder, to romance and affection, to awe and dread. In legend (and the lore of police and hospital personnel), the Full Moon brings forth weird behaviors, extreme reactions, and over-the-top emotional outbursts associated with no other time on the calendar.

Just What IS the Void-of-Course Moon? -- When life's action slows to a stop ---> What's this all about? -- The Moon circles through all twelve signs of the Zodiac about every 28 days, spending about 2 1/2 days in each sign. As it moves through each sign, the Moon forms angles -- called aspects -- with the Sun and planets. These lunar aspects and the changes they mark describe the ebb and flow of moods and attitudes throughout the day.

What is the Dark of the Moon? -- When the Night's Moon Fades to Black ---> When the night brings no moonlight at all -- The Dark of the Moon refers to that phase in the Moon's monthly cycle when the Sun and Moon are so closely aligned there is no reflected light from the Sun available to shine from the Moon's surface.

Put Dark Moon Magic to Work -- For YOU!! ---> A time to restore and strengthen your spirit -- The Dark of the Moon is considered an especially mysterious, fruitful, and flexible time of "molding" the creative experiences that will come forth in the weeks immediately ahead.

So what IS a Black Moon? ---> Sure most people have heard of a "blue moon" ... as in "once in a blue moon." Not so many can give you even one of the several definitions for that, though. They know it means a long time -- except for those who think it means something that never comes along at all.

The Dark of the Moon -- A time of magic and creation ---> The Dark of the Moon is considered an especially mysterious, fruitful, and flexible time of "molding" the creative experiences that will come forth in the weeks immediately ahead. -- It is said that wishes made as the last sliver of the Moon's light fades on the left, and affirmed through the Dark of the Moon period until the first sliver of new light appears again on the right, have special support -- special empowerment -- to come true. Affirming them again at the moment of the New Moon itself gives extra push to their nourishment and initiative.

Full Moon Conflicts -- Full Moon Tension through the Signs ---> Full Moon Conflicts -- Aries Sun / Libra Moon = My ambitions, my drive for self-definition, my need to assert myself and my independence vs. my need to take other people into account, my desire for meaningful partnerships, my habitual efforts to compromise, keep the peace, and get along. When stressed, the attitude of the Aries Sun is aggressive, bossy, and self-centered, and that of the Libra Moon is manipulative and pouting.


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