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Full Moon in Capricorn — July 12, 2014, 11:25 UT

Saturday, July 12th, 2014

”You are the queen and king combining everything
Intertwining like a ring around the finger of a girl
I’m just a singer, you’re the world
All I can bring ya
Is the language of a lover
Bella luna, my beautiful, beautiful moon
How you swoon me like no other”

– Bella Luna, Jason Mraz

Today is the Full Moon. This is a supermoon in Capricorn, and if you happen to be looking at the horizon just when the Moon is rising above it, you may get a spectacular view of the Moon looking super big and bright. We are also in the midst of the times, when unpredictable events may occur, as the Moon is in conjunction with the centaur planet Crantor, a co-orbital of Uranus.

Astronomers call the supermoon phenomenon “perigee moon.” The Moon’s orbit around the Earth is elliptical, and as a consequence the apparent size of the Moon varies. Now the Moon is near to the Earth at its perigee, and the Earth, the Moon and the Sun are all in a line. Also the two following Full Moons (Aug. 10 and Sept. 9) will be supermoons.

In the Full Moon chart cast for Kotka, Finland (my home town), the Libra ascendant is placed right in the middle of a grouping consisting of Mars, Ceres, Vesta and the North node of the Moon. The Sun and the Moon are squaring this grouping. In Aries, Eris is opposing it, so we are actually witnessing a grand cross formed by these planets.

Just a few days ago (on July 5) we were able to see in the sky another super event worth mentioning, a close conjunction of Ceres and Vesta. Not since their discovery more than 200 years ago had anyone been able to observe those two asteroids to appear so close together. Ceres (discovered in 1801) is the biggest asteroid of the main belt, whereas Vesta (discovered in 1807) is the brightest. They will remain near one another for the next few weeks.

Astrologically Ceres symbolizes the need to nurture others. Vesta has affinities with Saturn, the ruler of the current Moon sign Capricorn. Vesta can represent dedication and commitment to work. Mars pushes us into action. When these three are combined, we can easily get absorbed in our duties and forget to relax. So, take time for yourself tonight and watch the Bella Luna!