Understanding the Capricorn Moon and Essential Dignities

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Io Saturnalia!

The Capricorn Moon gets a bad rap, but why?


I once spied an astrology post that said the Moon in Capricorn is "not good" because it is in detriment.


This is my Gemini meticulous semantics wordsmithing coming out, because I'm sure the astrologer was just paraphrasing, but I dismiss astrological insight labeling certain placements as "good" or "bad" or "not good" or whatever.


There is no such thing as a "bad" placement - we are not limited by our planets, whether or not they be in detriment or exaltation.


Everything in astrology indicates a *quality* of energy; a degree; a type. As I always say, the planets don't govern us like gods.


Your natal chart is your potential, and it all comes up to your level of consciousness and perspective, both of which can be shifted in an instant.


Hermetic Law says there is no "good" or "bad," just differences in degree. This applies here. Which degree of a sign is better? 11? 27? You can't even answer that.


Well, I'd say "11," but I'm biased. ;)


Essential Dignities


Depending on their placements by sign and degree, planets have essential dignities, which refer to the relative strength or weakness--or ESSENCE--of a planet.


Dignities of the planetary classifications include: rulership and detriment, exaltation and fall, triplicity, terms, and face.


I will blog more about these dignities in the future, but for today we're discussing planets in detriment.

A planet in detriment is actually strong, but it has to use their strength in ways that are actually appropriate.


I take umbrage with the statement about Moon in detriment in Capricorn being "not good" but that's because I personally have that Cap Moon placement and it is tremendously powerful.


Now, Saturn and Capricorn energy in general can be depressing and womp womp because Saturn is a curmudgeon with limits and restrictions. But everything is about perspective, and limits really create discipline, and structures are beneficial of you want to do anything productive in life.


As my fellow Capricorn Moon/Saturn-strong AstroTwin Colin of Queer Cosmos wrote about Capricorn energy:

"Capricorn resonance gives me security because it’s not a field of emotional landmines. Highly boundaried, disciplined, ritualistic, and blessed with impulse control - they don’t suffer fools. They’re not here for your comfort. They’re here to help you get over yourself. Unpopular but necessary for growth. Because when we realize our problems aren’t that precious or complicated, we remember we’re just like everyone else."
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The Moon: Detriment in Capricorn

"The Moon is the least logical, most fluid and changeable planet in astrology. The Moon relates to our emotions, our feelings, and our safety needs. The Moon is how we nurture ourselves and others, and how we experience and express our memory, our unconscious, and our souls.

Capricorn, is ruled by Saturn, the planet of structure, responsibility, limitations, and boundaries. The Moon in Capricorn has an entirely unfair and unjust reputation for being cold and unfeeling. In fact, the opposite is true. Individuals with the Moon in Capricorn experience their emotions with great power and depth.

Their challenge is that they worry about finding an appropriate, responsible, practical, structured way to express those emotions.

The Moon in Capricorn is not always a challenge...Sometimes, it is better to control our emotions and look for appropriate and responsible ways to express them!" Source: Kevin Burk's Blog at therealastrology.com




Detriment suggests a tendency toward worry, but that can be handled. The energy of the planet can be less strong, but is it always a bad thing? Is Mars in Fall in Cancer "bad," or does it save Mars from burning bridges and going on killing sprees?


Astrological placements, in general, are neutral, but the "goodness" or "badness" of ANY placement manifests differently depending on how grounded the ego is. It can go any way at any time - placements only signify potential.



Lower-vibing Cap Moon can be seen as emotionally closed off; selfish. A higher-vibing Cap Moon can be seen as emotionally responsible; tenacious.


We are the ones living and acting out the energy, so it's up to us how we're going to work with what we've got.




Where my Capricorn Moons at? Let me know your thoughts on our misunderstood Moon.