July’s Full Moon in Capricorn has several times at which you can observe it. However, since it occurs at 12:07 AM EST on July 9th, it means that it may be technically on the 8th for some readers. Personally, I recommend doing your Full Moon charge on the night of the 8th because of this. The Moon enters Capricorn at 1:45 PM EST on July 7th, then stays in Capricorn until 10:12 PM on the 9th when it goes void-of-course. In short, your charge can be done on the night of the 7th or the 8th of July, but not the 9th. This information is also list in my July 2017 Cosmic Concerns post.
About July’s Full Moon
There are multiple names for July’s Full Moon, but the most common is the Thunder Moon. Other names are the Blessing Moon and Full Buck Moon. Thunder Moon comes from the prevalence of thunderstorms this time of year, which is absolutely accurate to me. Full Buck Moon is from the antlers which are now growing on male deer. Blessing Moon is part of the pagan tradition, this is the Moon before Lammas, the first of three harvest festivals. The message of this Full Moon is one of reflecting on what has gone well this year, ‘counting your blessings’ so to speak, and preparing for the harvest ahead.
Full Moon in Capricorn
Capricorn is the tenth sign of the zodiac; a cardinal and Earth sign associated with winter. The sign is associated by my favorite mythological animal, the hippocampus. It’s the zodiac’s hard worker, ambitious and anxious for a project. They are goal-oriented to the point of stubbornness, and ruled by surly Saturn. Capricorns want to be at the top of the mountain, and this can make them domineering or egotistical, but they’d say that’s just the price you pay for being the best. They can be both patient, level-headed, fair dealing, and full of common sense. Yet, they can occasionally be unforgiving, and crave recognition for their work. This is a down-to-Earth sign that isn’t afraid of a little hard work, as a cardinal sign, Capricorn initiates action.
In December 2016 at the Capricorn New Moon I recommended setting a goal-oriented intention for the six month Capricorn cycle that ends with this Full Moon. My suggested tarot spreads were largely focused on finding out what 2017 has in store and what should be focused on. Now that the moon cycle has ended, it’s a good time to review your intentions and decide what you want to move forward with, and what you want to leave behind.
What is Full Moon Magick?
New Moons are used for setting intentions with a manifestation point at the next Full Moon and, way more importantly, a second, larger manifestation at the Full Moon at the six month mark (for this Full Moon it was the New Moon in Capricorn on December 29th 2016). Full Moons are an excellent time for cleansing, charging, protection, reflection, and spell work.
A Full Moon is a great time to cleanse your space and magickal tools using your preferred method. My post about the basics of cleansing a space can be found here, for those new to cleansing. I recommend cleansing your living space, altar, work space, car, and magickal tools (crystals, tarot cards, jewelry, cauldron, wand, etc.) on the Full Moon. Magickal tools of all sorts can then be charged overnight to absorb the Full Moon energy.
When I think Full Moon, I think charging. My number one favorite activity to do at the Full Moon is charge my crystals. For your crystals and all of your magickal tools that you use on a regular basis, it’s good to give them a Full Moon charge. This includes crystal grids, magickal jewelry, cauldrons, tarot cards, scrying mirrors, candles, pocket rocks, and pretty much anything you can think of that needs a little boost. Working magickally with things over the course of a month can take the energy out of them, the Full Moon fills them back up.
While I recommend cleansing pocket rocks every day (running them under water is fine since pocket rocks are almost always tumbled stones) they should also be charged under the Full Moon. This imbues them with energy, like recharging a battery. While many people argue that crystals never need charging, I do believe that constant magickal use does “drain” them. For me, charging magickal tools under the Full Moon is like getting their chi realigned. It’s something that I can’t do by myself and is important for their magickal workings, like getting the oil changed in your car. You don’t have to change your oil, but your car isn’t going to be the better for it, and will eventually give out. Anyone who has had sturdy pocket rocks break in half for no good reason knows the consequences of never cleansing or charging your crystals.
For a Capricorn Full Moon I suggest charging and working Azurite, Bloodstone, Carnelian, Fluorite, Malachite, Clear Quartz, or Smoky Quartz, all of which are associated with Capricorn. If you’re working with the ‘get it done’ aspects of Capricorn I recommend Fluorite, which has the nickname ‘the genius stone’ because of its organizational properties.
I always journal on the Full Moon, reflecting on my Grimoire (Book of Shadows) entry from the corresponding New Moon, discussing the results of the divination, and seeing how the intentions that I set manifested. It’s also good to look at the intentions from the recent New Moon, in this case, the June 23rd 2017 New Moon in Cancer. Your Book of Shadows is the perfect place to write your gratitude list if you don’t use a gratitude jar. I always try to set the evening of the Full Moon aside for ‘me time,’ no matter what’s going on in the rest of my life. It doesn’t always work, but it’s important to try.
Capricorn is associated with working hard to achieve a goal. This spell should be done after reflecting on the progress you’ve made on the goal you started at December 2016’s Capricorn New Moon. If you didn’t get a goal intention you can use a New Year’s Resolution instead. Even if you didn’t write any down this year, it’s a pretty prevalent tradition, so you likely had some in mind even if you didn’t formally record anything. This spell can be done when the Moon is in Capricorn on the evening of 7th, 8th, 9th for best results. When working with candles remember to always practice fire safety! A fluorite of some kind – octahedron, point, sphere, tower, tumble stone, wand – is recommended for ‘goals’. This spell also uses a orange candle to represent working toward and achieving your goals, but a white candle could be used in its place. The spell below is written in a more formal ‘recipe’ style so that it can easily be transcribed into a personal book of shadows/grimoire.
Book of Shadows (optional)
Lighter or matches
Orange candle (small)
Writing utensil (optional)
Before You Begin:
The optional first step is to reflect on either New Year’s Resolution or Moon cycle goal in journal or BoS. Ask: How has it gone? What further steps need to be taken? Do I still want to move toward this goal? Once these questions are answered, proceed with the directions below.
To begin, ground and cast a circle to keep unwanted energy away. Write or carve into the orange candle what should be worked toward. This can be a next step or a final goal. Light the candle and take several deep breaths. Visualize what that goal or next step would look like; if you cannot visualize, write it down in your journal or BoS. After you are done place the fluorite next to the candle to absorb the action energy. Say (in your head or aloud):
“As the candle burns down,
The energy grows,
This fluorite crystals,
Is where the energy goes.”
Unwind the circle, allow the candle to burn down completely, then charge the fluorite under the Capricorn Full Moon. Use the fluorite to power your goal and as a reminder to stay on track.
I hope you all found this guide helpful, I’ll be back at the next Full Moon and we can go on our journey together again. I would love to know how you commemorate the Full Moon and if you have any ideas for magickal workings. Please feel to share any (positive/constructive) thoughts that you have in the comments. Have a beautiful lunar cycle my friends!
“Full Moon Names” on The Farmer’s Almanac
“Capricorn” in Llewellyn’s Complete Book of Correspondences
“Goals” in Llewellyn’s Complete Book of Correspondences
Plate from Urania’s Mirror by Sidney Hall, 1825, restored by Adam Cuerden