Blessings to one and all on one of my favorite Full Moons of the year! She has been called the Thunder Moon, the Hay Moon, the Buck Moon, the Black Cherries Moon, and the Blessing Moon.
When we have the Full Moon of Capricorn, that means the Sun is in the opposite sign – my own Sun sign of Cancer.
I also love Her because the Capricorn/Cancer duality feels like home for me. My mom was a Capricorn, and my dad (the OWL, whose daughter I am) is a triple Cancer. So on a bone deep level, I grok the complimentary nature of this combination, as well as the conflicts between the two.
As usual, there are many wonderful astrologers who can tell you more of the particulars about this Full Moon. For instance, She is the first of three Supermoons we’ll be navigating this Summer.
If you’d like to explore the astrological implications, I recommend my brilliant friend Lynn Hayes, the wonderful Elisabeth Grace, the gorgeous perspective of Lorna Bevan, and of course, for ritual and deep Moon wisdom, the exquisite Mooncircles website is in a class by itself.
Having read these interpretations of this Full Moon, I was prompted to share with you a more direct meditation on Her great potential for love and illumination. May your rites be blessed.
July 12 – Making Love with Life
by Caitlín Matthews
The Celtic Spirit: Daily Meditations for the Turning Year
How can we make love?
It is making us —
~ Carole Bruce, The Beloved Sequence
Life embraces living in a playful, creative process in which we are not the controlling agency, but rather a beloved partner. Once we glimpse the action of love in our lives, we can never again live with disrespect, complaint, or displeasure.
The yeast of love bubbles up through our hardening crust, leaving little holes filled with life-giving air, escape routes to the heart of ecstasy.
The British mystic and poet, Thomas Traherne wrote “Place yourself in the midst of the world as if you were alone, and meditate upon all the services which it doth unto you.”
This is a good place from which to experience the world as lover.
It helps us turn round our self-centered view of life and shows us receptive areas wherein we engage most deeply with life.
If we make a practice of coming from this place — from the sense of world as lover — our core instincts will be kindled and we will know how to respond to our lover without rehearsal or preparation.
Making love with life is a revolutionary way of living, because it involves our loving reciprocation rather than our defensive, self-shielding mechanisms.
We must abandon those mechanisms, letting go of our personal control and defensiveness when we are with the lover so that love’s creative and liberating influence can be free to work.
Although this is a playful way of living, it is also seriously intent, insightful, and intuitive.
How does life make love with you? How do you make love with life?
ps: I was just now finishing this up, when I learned of the sudden death of a good friend as well as one of our area’s most beloved spiritual guides and leaders. To say I am shocked and grieved is an understatement.
But he was certainly one of Life’s truest, most ecstatic lovers. May his journey be blessed and may all who are suffering from his loss find solace in this Moon’s silver light. In loving memory of Arthur.