Moonletter July 2022

By Ben Belinsky

Welcome to the Moonletter for the forthcoming mooncycle beginning on 29 June 2022 with the new moon in Cancer, and spanning the full moon in Capricorn on 13 July 2022.


New Moon in Cancer – 29 June


Cancer cares and protects, responding emotionally to every situation. The moon is at home in this sign, looking after family, home, environment. In other words, our sense of belonging to a place and to group – what we mean when we say ‘us’. But this can mean different things. Is ‘us’ my immediate family, my extended family, my circle of friends, my neighbourhood, my city, my region, my tribe, my race, my country, humanity? How wide or narrow, how open or closed do you feel a sense of ‘us’?

In the new moon chart, there is a tense aspect from Jupiter in Aries to the sun and moon, challenging how we define ourselves in relation to where we belong. Jupiter in Aries is never one to be bothered with the Cancerian feeling for tradition. Rather it is described as spontaneous, impulsive and freedom-loving. Never really caring about ‘this is how we’ve always done it’. Never really wanting to buckle down and get on with the job. Relying instead on serendipity and good luck to get by. This has its risks.

But lying underneath this is a strong confrontational aspect between Mars and Pluto. Intense feelings and beliefs in a cause. Those who choose to follow the path of activism (and I make no judgement here) need to remember that not everyone feels as passionately about the cause as they do.



Full Moon in Capricorn – 13 July


At the full moon, things are still pretty emotionally intense, but confrontation has become negotiation, Mars having moved on from its head to head aspect with Pluto. What we have instead is a moon Pluto conjunction in Capricorn opposing a conjunction of sun and Mercury in Cancer. The issues are strongly emotional and personal, dealing with who people are and the sense of emotional belonging. They could be to do with family, particularly if you are involved in business activities with them. While the solutions may need Capricorn’s more practical ‘rules based’ approach. And we’re not looking at a superficial ‘quick fix’, rather Pluto presents the opportunity to sort out deep seated issues.

The whole deal is focused by a tense aspect from Chiron in Aries giving the possibility of unkind words but also the ultimate possibility of healing by clearing the air. The balance point of this configuration is in Libra, so compromise and seeing the other person’s point of view is the way through.

There is help also from Uranus allowing space for original practical solutions. Neptune can be an ally as well, giving sensitivity and the ability to listen. While Saturn in an easy angle to Venus keeps things polite at least.

My only other concern is that at the time of the full moon, Mars in Taurus doesn’t connect with anything else in the chart. This could lead to Mars determined to push ahead when it’s time to pause and reflect. So, if you can, allow yourself down-time in the middle of all this.

Pluto Changes Signs


Full disk of planet Pluto globe from space. Elements of this image furnished by NASA.

Actually not until March 2023 but we’re already feeling the effects now. Taking 248 years to do an orbit of the sun, Pluto is the slowest moving of the classical planets (actually demoted to the status of dwarf planet in 2006 but that does nothing to diminish it’s astrological effect). So the last time it moved from Capricorn into Aquarius was around the time of the American and French revolutions at the end of the 18th century. So you could say that we’re revisiting that period in a way but another step up the spiral.

Capricorn is to do with political and business structures. These changed radically at the end of the 18th century and they’re changing now. Added to that, the United States is going through its first Pluto return and we’re already seeing a massive shake-up there.

Leaving Capricorn means entering Aquarius and Pluto will do that in March 2023, before slipping back into Capricorn in June of that year, then finally taking up residence in Aquarius in November 2024 where it will stay until 2044.

But I’m getting ahead of myself here. The next couple of years look like they’re going to be dramatic in the political realm (yes, even more dramatic).  We’re already seeing the last hurrah of the old guard trying to reverse the advances in human rights that have been gained since the 1960s. Aquarius is about human rights and when Pluto eventually settles into that sign, the power of the old guard with its bureaucratic top-down power structures will be greatly diminished leading to a return to community cooperation and the further growth of the sharing economy. Not without a struggle of course. But the powerful undercurrent of Pluto in Aquarius will support the re-establishment of those rights.

Meanwhile as Pluto enters the last degrees of Capricorn, we’re living through the final stages of opposition to progress before the inevitable transformation. For Pluto, lord of the underworld, rules transformation.

(Thanks to EP for the insights)

Go well and stay well


Key Dates this month:

28-JunNeptune turns retrograde in Pisces
29-JunNew Moon in Cancer02:53
9 – 13 JulyMoslems celebrate Eid al-Adha
13-JulFull Moon in Capricorn16:37
22-JulSun enters Leo20;08
26-JulUranus conjunct Moon’s north node in Taurus
28-JulNew Moon in Leo17:56
Jupiter turns retrograde in Aries

All Key Date times are GMT



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