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Capricorn Full Moon: The Midwife, the General and Mr. Wolf

“I’m not here to say please. I’m here to tell you what to do.”
~ Mr. Wolf (Harvey Keitel),
Pulp Fiction

wolf-300Jules and Vincent, professional hitmen, have a mess on their hands. They’ve accidentally shot someone in the backseat of Jules’ car, and they need to get rid of the evidence fast. They retreat to the nearby suburban home of their friend Jimmy, who anticipates the imminent arrival of his volatile wife, Bonnie. With the clock ticking, Jules contacts his boss, who immediately dispatches Mr. Winston Wolf to the scene to manage the situation.

Poised and impeccable in a suit and tie despite the early hour, Mr. Wolf assesses the situation and quickly lays out a course of action: get some towels, clean the car, camouflage the gore with quilts. “Boys, get to work,” he finishes.

“A ‘please’ would be nice,” protests Vincent. Mr. Wolf’s smooth, professional façade turns sharp and bristly. “I’m not here to say please,” he retorts. “I’m here to tell you what to do. If self-preservation is an instinct you possess, you better f—ing do it, and do it quick.”

Mr. Wolf could only be a Capricorn. Smooth, civilized, professional – but just beneath the genteel surface is someone even a hitman wouldn’t want to mess with. After all, Mars, the planet of war and knife-play, is exalted in this sign. In restrained, tactical Capricorn, the savage Mars warrior becomes a general, and the butcher, a surgeon.

Capricorn’s genius is his ability to size up a situation quickly, formulate a practical, effective response, and deliver orders that others instinctively obey. Capricorn is the most refined of the cardinal signs, combining the quickness of Aries with Cancer’s intuition and Libra’s veneer of civility. Above all, Capricorn is resourceful; its symbol, the goat, will eat anything to stay alive. When failure is not an option—and for Capricorn, it never isyou will do whatever is needed, however unpleasant, to get the job done.

The Full Moon is the time each month when you stand at the mountain’s summit, with a panoramic view of all the roads below – the one that led you to this point, the ones you didn’t take, and all the paths available for your return to the lowlands. When you embarked on this journey at the Cancer New Moon, you asked, “What do I wish to bring forth, what is it I care about, what is the shape of my soul?” At the Full Moon in Capricorn, the question has become, “What will I need to midwife the birth, and to make sure everyone gets out all right?”

Here’s a scenario you’ll recognize from countless movies and TV shows. A pregnant woman goes into labor at an inconvenient moment, and the most ill-prepared, unlikely character is charged with delivering her baby. He panics, protesting that he doesn’t know what to do. Then, as the expectant mother begins to wail in fear and pain, he pulls himself together. Calmly, he summons the wisdom encoded in his DNA (or perhaps born of decades of television viewing) and starts barking orders to bystanders: “Boil water! Tear up those sheets!” Then, however clumsily, he steels himself and figures out how to pull an infant from its mother’s loins.

Capricorn is that kind of guy: the one you’d want by your side if you went into labor while stuck in a traffic jam, or in a stalled elevator, or with Sherman’s army descending on your town with lighted torches. He might not do it with a lot of skill or tenderness—he might, like Mr. Wolf, deliver his orders a bit curtly—but he’ll figure out how to get that baby out of there.

With the Sun moving through Cancer, you’ve been expecting a blessed event; and before you know it, the Sun will move into Leo, and you’ll have a baby on your hands. This Full Moon in Capricorn is the transitional moment of this cycle, of the pregnancy, of the year. It brings a direct response to the call of your New Year’s resolutions, set forth near the Capricorn New Moon. Everything you’ve been waiting for can be yours, but first comes the difficult, scary part – the part where you deliver the baby with your bare hands and cut the umbilical cord with your pocket knife.

So pull yourself together, and take a look around. Begin to gather what you think you might need – scissors, clean sheets, boiling water. Something is coming, and others will be looking to you for leadership. You mustn’t show fear, and there’s no time to be polite. You’re the midwife, the general, and Mr. Wolf, all rolled up in one formidable package. At this Full Moon in Capricorn, you’re not here to say “please.” You’re here to tell people what to do.

© 2011, 2016 April Elliott Kent

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15 comments to " Capricorn Full Moon: The Midwife, the General and Mr. Wolf "

  • Oh my gosh… this was so good.
    Aaaand I love Harvey.

    • Carol Ann Russell

      April, your essays are always wonderful! Pithy, inspired, informative. Thank you so much for the significant work you do on behalf of people like me!

  • Holy moley! I totally felt this birthing energy when I peered into some colors today! It definitely feels like a good push to get that screaming baby outta ya! WOW you nailed the visuals for this energy! Bless me, I’m ready!

  • Brilliant, April! Great writing and advice. “Above all, Capricorn is resourceful; its symbol, the goat, will eat anything to stay alive.” YES! Captures Capricorn perfectly. Am feeling this cycle greatly – very on point. Thank you!

  • Helen Alksnys

    hi, i can so relate to Capricorn Moon time as work time to push and really get things done, push push push go go go get all that stuff on the to-do list done…. yet, on this full moon, i feel totally pancaked out…. am i the one who’s been birthed? like i just slid out into a new life?… like i just got “done” – can’t even explain it.. [ ps did not see the movie, but boy have i ever done those clean up jobs.. ugh – no not a cappie.. just mars in scorpio – yeah where are those cappies when you need them.. would have loved one of those!, thanks April xoxo]

  • I need Mr. Wolf to kick my ass into gear on a thing or two. I suspect that will happen tomorrow. Thanks, April! 😀

  • Jill Estensen

    Thank you for a wonderfully understandable look at the Capricorn full moon!!!

  • luana

    Great writing as always, April. Just great.

  • Clairessense

    Well April you always deliver … and this time so pulp fiction thank you. I’ve not seen a more apt description and as usual with the depth of humour that puts a smile that is hard to remove. As I literally lay on my back with my neck in a brace for support allowing the pain to seep out of my body, I feel my birthing taking place once again. My own personal Cap moon is welcoming this, my new self with delight and acceptance. The work has been applied with direct focus and the process of being delivered is under way. Your words bring a clarity that is undeniably profound for me. With joy and surrender I am getting the job done of being reborn. Wow! What a gift!! Bless you my sister I love the service you provide 🙂 ♡☆

  • Karen

    Bravo April! So creatively well said! Thank you 🙂

  • Liliana

    Wow, well said. I can so relate to Mr. Wolf. mars in cap at top of my chart square mercury in libra; My friends say, “When you need something done, call Lily, she will get it done”. And mars sextiles saturn in skorpio….need I say more? You so nailed it!
    Love your essays. Thank you.

  • Hi
    Iv got a Capricorn moon and so has my daughter which is fun sometimes, wev been fighting burrocracy for 6 or so months and unbelievable hushed up neglect in care homes for 5 or so years the later had reached an end and the neglect exposed, but the first one finally broke through today it’s yet to happen, it’s a relief but I’m so pleased with myself,lv slept more or less for two days.
    What astrological links are there to care homes, neglect local government, I know now where are persistence comes from.
    It’s not improved my spelling.

  • Jean Merritt

    Yes!! Great Article! I have Mars in Capricorn and I am most definitely Mr Wolf!

  • fern

    This was wonderful April! You hit the ball out of the park:) Don’t know why I’m using sports metaphors as I’m not at all sporty-but there you have it…loved this piece and Mr. Wolf as Capricorn-PERFECT! xoxoxoxo

  • Christine

    Wonderful, thank you April! This moon was right on my Sun and a couple of days ago I was falling apart at the seams. Then the sun came out (literally) and I rolled my sleeves up and got on with the outside paintwork that needed doing on my house. Turned out to be the best full moon of the year. Work will save you, lol.

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