No, I’m not voguing… pretty sure I’m talking about how crabs pull into themselves when they feel threatened…
Here Luigi’s listening to another astrology tidbit later in the interview…

June 30 I did my second astrology segment on the local public-access cable station, on a show called Friday PM hosted by my friend Luigi Scarcelli. You can watch the video heremy segment starts around the 37:30 mark (prior to that, Luigi interviews some local hip hop artists, including my good friend Nathan, on their latest project).

Since we’re just a few days before the Full Moon — which itself is the day before the 4th of July holiday here in the U.S., on a Tuesday this year (wonky!) — I wanted to be sure viewers have a useful roadmap to navigate the interesting energy of the weekend (which include some extra potential sparks and surprises thanks to a square between Venus in Leo and Uranus in Taurus, plus a freedom-and-travel-loving Sagittarius Moon).

A couple of days ago, a friend of mine posted to Facebook a Vogue magazine interview with well-known Belgian-American psychotherapist Esther Perel. Something she said really caught my attention:

“There is such an emphasis on the “self-care” aspect of [the mainstream conversation about mental health] that is actually making us more isolated and more alone, because the focus is just on the self. The focus is not about the mutuality of relationships—the reciprocity, the way that you weave fabric, you know, between people who are relying on each other.”

This idea kept echoing in my mind as I thought about the Capricorn Full Moon on July 3, which is exact at 7:39 am EDT.

The Sun and Mercury are close together in Cancer in that chart, describing strong themes of taking care, communicating emotions (albeit indirectly perhaps), sensitivity, and receptivity. The Moon — which rules Cancer — will be in Capricorn, opposite its home. A Capricorn Moon can be an ambitious and hard-working Moon, yet usually an emotionally reserved and self-protective Moon.

In other words, this Moon will be reflecting back the literal light of the Sun as well as all the fluid, tender squishiness of the sign Cancer — with Mercury throwing in some potentially soggy thinking. What happens when “care for the other” becomes too overwhelming, or the world’s pain threatens to flood our consciousness, or when another’s need for security and support reminds of how little we ourselves are receiving? What happens when the only solution appears to be compartmentalizing empathy and sensitivity?

How do we care for ourselves without cutting off from people? How do we care for others without neglecting our own needs?  

One of the things I realized about this Full Moon is that the two signs involved speak about interdependency in their healthier manifestations: receptivity to others and caring for them (Cancer), mixed with the kind of boundaries (Capricorn) that make relationships functional.

In my conversation with Luigi I touch on a few more ideas along these lines, many of which are useful well beyond holiday celebrations and any particular Full Moon. I hope you’ll give it a look.

With love,


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