July Full Moon

When I first ran Monday’s Full Moon chart I noticed a few interesting points about dignity and reception that are worth some discussion. This is good practice and it’s fun, so let’s take a look.

The chart, set for my location, appears below.  


Notice that the Sun, Moon, and Venus are all at 0 degrees of their signs, very early in each case. The Sun is just five minutes of arc into its own domain of Leo and very high in the sky. This is one highly dignified Sun: it could only be stronger right at the Midheaven! Moon at 0 Aquarius has just left its detriment. It’s peregrine, but that’s an improvement. Lord Ascendant Venus is newly in fall with a long and miserable road ahead at 0 Virgo. In this degree, though, it’s conjunct Regulus: ‘greatness of soul’, so handling the situation bravely. Traveling at 1 degree 12 minutes per day in real time, Venus will reach the promised land of Libra in less than a month.


There’s some intensity in the Sun-Moon opposition here: it’s from within fixed signs, with the Moon bearing malice towards the Sun by reception as well. Moon’s next contact is a square with Saturn, its dispositor; but when this perfects, Saturn takes Moon into fall. Ouch!


Saturn is an enemy of Venus, too. When they come to sextile in five degrees, Saturn will take Venus into detriment. As Venus is already in fall, this is insult added to injury.


Another point of interest is the conjunction of Jupiter and Mars, now separating. Mars harms because he's in fall, but also receives harm because Jupiter loathes him. Both are focused on the Moon, who couldn’t care less about either of them.


And when we calculate the antiscia we see that Venus is conjunct Fortuna by antiscion at the Descendant, secretly afflicting the seventh house.


If you know horary and want to play with this some more, take any question—just making one up, or borrowing from a website or textbook—and judge that question using this chart. Relationship questions (e.g., “Does he love me?”) are especially good practice because of their inherent complexity.


The photo above is my own.