Make like a tree…and get grounded! On June 28, 2018, at 12:53AM EST, the Capricorn full moon helps us put down roots for our grandest long-term plans. You can harness the potency of these grounded moonbeams with an alchemical full moon ritual.
Earthy Capricorn is the eldest of the three earth signs, and under the light of the full Strawberry Moon, we are reminded to honor the wisdom that comes with time and experience. Nothing happens overnight with this persevering and process-driven sign. Instead, Capricorn shifts our focus toward longevity and legacies. Forget about short codes and life hacks! Playing the long game is the way to win under these ambitious moonbeams.
Ritual: Tree Time
While goal-obsessed Capricorn can be all about leaning in, we’re actually going to lean back for this ritual—against a tree, that is. Those towering trunks are a solid representation of Capricorn’s grounding force and the wonder of what can be created with time and patience.
For this exercise, you’re going to tune in to nature and find a tree that calls your name. For example, our Managing Editor and Capricorn South Node, Andrea Rice (pictured above), recently communed with the pine trees in the Green Mountains of Vermont during the Wanderlust Festival there, just a few days prior to this earthy lunation. While the idea of connecting to trees might seem like a bizarre concept to the city dwellers among you (it sure did to us when we first tried this!), trust that if you suspend your judgment, those trees will indeed start “talking” to you! You might wander around a park or down a nature trail until you find one that looks relaxing and inviting to rest against. This should be a mature tree—one that’s tall, with a thick trunk that you can really recline against. It might be one in your own backyard. Capricorn is the father sign, so hey if you get that “Who’s your daddy?” vibe from a mighty oak or Weeping Willow, by all means settle down there.
Bring an outdoor cushion and a yoga mat in case the tree you pick doesn’t have a comfy seating area at its base. Once you’ve found your tree, settle down and literally lean against it for a minimum of ten minutes (do stay longer if you can!). Consciously tune in to the feeling of the trunk against your back and the leaves overhead. Allow yourself to feel safe, supported and stabilized by the strength of the tree trunk. See if you can feel the tree’s actual energy. This is a living organism, after all. You might even repeat a mantra like, “I am at one with the cycles of nature” or “I am safe and protected.”
In Tali’s shamanic training, she and her classmates actually talked to trees and asked them for answers. She got some fascinating downloads that way, so feel free to give it a try. Total hippie moment, we realize—but hey, what have you got to lose?
When you’re ready to leave, silently thank the tree for providing you with a moment of solid support. Consider leaving a little gift for the tree, like a small crystal, at its base (this should be a natural object). And hey, if you totally bonded with that timber, come back and visit it regularly.
- Capricorn rules the skin and teeth: Book a facial or body scrub—and a dental check-up!
- Meet friends for a farm-to-table meal, or wander through a farmer’s market and pick up ingredients for a fabulous dinner party.
- Make mid-year resolutions: the goal-oriented Capricorn full moon fall close to 2018’s halfway point. Recommit to your New Year’s resolutions or revise them to fit with the path you wound up taking.
- Plant something, be it a second crop of kale for your garden or some bright blooms for your window box. This earthy full moon loves all things green!
Photo by Ali Kaukas for Wanderlust Festival