The Full Buck Moon 2020

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The phases of the moon are among the most fascinating astronomical behaviors we can observe with the naked eye and deeply rich sources of thought and interpretation in Astrology. Among the 9 phases – New, Waxing Crescent, 1st Quarter Half, Waxing Gibbous, Full, Waning Gibbous, Last Quarter Half, Waning Crescent, and Balsamic – the New and Full Moons capture most of the attention. This article will look at the current Full Moon and talk about the kind of “harvest” you should bring in emotionally during this full moon.

Full Moon – Reap What You Have Sown!

The Full Moon for July will occur on the 5th of this month at 13 degrees and 37 minutes in the sign of Capricorn; in my Eastern Standard Time zone, it will happen at 12:44 am. It takes 29.5 days from one Full Moon to the next, spending approximately 2 and ½ days in a sign. The day before and the day after comprise what would be the peak time of the Full Moon energy.  The Full Moon is the time of “the harvest” when what began with the New Moon reaches full potential before waning and fading and preparing for a new cycle.

Each month has a certain type of Full Moon; July’s Moon is the Buck Moon.  In the northern hemisphere, this name reflects the time when male deer begin to get their antlers.  This Moon has other names: the Hay Moon, Wort Moon, and Thunder Moon.

There are also several special types of Full Moons: the Blood Moon, which happens during a total lunar eclipse; a Supermoon, which happens when the Moon is full and closest to the Earth; and the Blue Moon (“once in a blue moon”), which is a second Full Moon in a calendar month (occurring once every 2 and ½ years).  The previous Blue Moon was March 31, 2018, and the next one will be October 31, 2020.

Full Moon in Capricorn – Harvesting Achievements

This Full Moon will take place in the 2nd Decan (middle 10 degrees) of Capricorn, making it a Capricorn/Taurus Full Moon.  The planetary influences involve Saturn as the ruler for Capricorn and Venus as the ruler for Taurus.  Thus, this Full Moon will be about how we get our achievements to last.  The question to consider is, “what is going to be my legacy?”

This Full Moon energizes us to look at our goals and where we want to “succeed” in our hearts.  With the energy occurring in the middle (13 degrees) of Capricorn, we can feel the need to achieve more security (Taurus) at this time.  What do we need to have as skills, goals, and ambitions that will provide us with financial stability?  What actions have we taken, regarding finances, to ensure our stability going into an uncertain future?

With this Full Moon at 13d37m, the Sabian Symbol is 14 Capricorn, “an ancient bas-relief carved in granite”.  Jones says, “This is a symbol of the immeasurable potentiality of the present moment as a recurrent manifestation of all that ever has been or that ever can be, and of the ability of people to capitalize on opportunities thus brought to focus in themselves and their world at large again and again.” (The Sabian Symbols, 253) The keyword is FOUNDATION.

What are the basic needs we must secure to feel safe?  And how do we take actions that provide us with more than what we need so we have resources for future times of struggle or difficulty?  Is your foundation solid; if not, what do you need to do to make it solid?

The Numbers of This Full Moon

This Full Moon will occur on 07/05/2020, so the number for this day is 16, which reduces to a 7.  7 is the number for spirituality, so this Full Moon encourages us to think about the spiritual nature of achievement, which we seek for the growth of our soul as well as the safety reaching goals can bring us in the material world.

The time of this Full Moon is 12:44, which is 11, a master number, which reduces to a 2.  11/2 indicates the intersubjective dynamic between individuals, specifically in partnership.  11 is the “best self” or authentic self and 2 is a partnership.  Thus, this Full Moon also encourages us to look at our many relationships and see if we are presenting our best selves and getting the best selves from others.  If not, we need to make some changes, to ourselves and who we spend time with.

The Full Moon in Your Chart

The Full Moon will occur in a specific location of your chart and in a special relationship with various points in your chart if you have points near the same degree in the same sign, at the opposing degree (180 degrees away from a point in your chart), three signs before or after the Full Moon degree and sign (90 degrees away), or four signs before or after the Full Moon degree and sign (120 degrees away).

Respectively these would be a conjunction (the Full Moon merging with a point in your chart), an opposition (the Full Moon seeking balance with a point in your chart), a square (the Full Moon challenging a point in your chart), and a trine (a point supporting a point in your chart).  It is possible that the degree and sign of the Full Moon may not form any of these relationships and its effect, for this time, would be minimal or difficult to observe.

In my case, there are two impacts.  One is consistent with all Full Moons because I was born during a Full Moon. So, I feel pretty much every Full Moon in some significant way.  If you learn your birth Moon phase you will likely discover that the same phase each month has a strong impact on your emotional state.

With this Full Moon, I get the impact of its energy in my 3rd House of Communication and Understanding, so this Full Moon will energize me to act on the goals that will align with my understanding of what it takes to succeed in the world right now.  I have no points in this house, but I have my Sun, North Node, Saturn, Venus, Mercury, and Chiron in Aries, so this Full Moon will square all these points, creating a tension that will make me impatient to “get things done”.

As this Full Moon approaches, think about what you want to “harvest” from your goals, within the limits of your current situation (Saturn’s influence), and so you can provide for yourself and others in all the areas of life under the rulership of the sign of Capricorn.

Philip Young, PhD

I am a spiritual adviser located in Cary, North Carolina. I earned my PhD in English from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in 1996 and had a career in academics until 2007, when I retired to become a stay-at-home father. In 2013 I “hung out my shingle” starting my business Black Unykorn Enterprises, LLC. I provide spiritual guidance using different tools: astrology, tarot/oracle cards, numerology, and past life regression (using muscle testing). With a home office, Zoom, WeChat, and WhatsApp, I work with local clients in person and distance clients from around the world. You can read about my practice and contact me through my website:

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