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No member of a crew is praised for the rugged individuality of his rowing. Ralph Waldo Emerson

Only the guy who isn’t rowing has time to rock the boat. Jean-Paul Sartre

. . . as one goes through life one learns that if you don’t paddle your own canoe, you don’t move. Katharine Hepburn

A canoe does not know who is king. When it turns over, everyone gets wet. Malagasy proverb

Plenty of folks are so contrary that if they should fall into the river, they would insist upon floating upstream. Josh Billings

Everyone must row with the oars he has. Proverb

We may have all come on different ships, but we’re in the same boat now. Martin Luther King, Jr.

If there is no wind, row. Latin proverb

We are not human beings on a spiritual journey. We are spiritual beings on a human journey. Stephen Covey

June’s Capricorn full Moon occurs on June 25 in Australia and June 24 in the United States. Coming after the recent rather full-on eclipse season, we have several retrogrades going on with Jupiter, Saturn and Pluto retrograde, with Neptune stationary retrograde.  Thankfully, Mercury is stationary direct, so that will help free up some of the energies that may feel rather stuck.

This is yet another enormously powerful full Moon. We have Venus and Pluto in exact opposition, and, in the hours leading up to the full Moon, Venus is on Cancer 27: A FURIOUS STORM IN A CANYON FILLED WITH VALUABLE HOMES. With Venus right opposite Pluto at the full Moon, we might find our emotions, events, outcomes, etc, rather fraught with the desire to fix, change, escape from or revolutionize some of our relationships, our attitudes towards money, etc. It’s likely to be a very meaningful time for many people with things changing – sometimes irrevocably.

The full Moon is in a lovely aspect with Jupiter, so, we may find ourselves wanting more movement, more freedom, more expansion, more rewards – all those things that Jupiter can represent. Jupiter is sextile the full Moon and trine the Sun, so, there can be breakthroughs in events, in understanding what’s going on, in wanting to see justice prevail in many situations. Whatever Jupiter is bringing to our lives, we can be sure that it is likely to bring about change on some level, and, some of these changes can come about through examining issues that have come out of the past. Letting go of the outworn is (again and still!) a good plan to help move towards the future (even as we’re in a rather strong retrograde season).

The idea of letting go is emphasized by the strong Saturn/Uranus square. We are being asked to really look at the outworn, to see where our freedoms are being compromised by people, events, ideas, emotions, conventions, etc. A need to really listen to our intuition is also very strong even as Saturn may have us second guessing ourselves. Saturn is on Aquarius 13: THE BAROMETER, so, we will do well to really pay attention to the messages we’re receiving – to hold a finger up perhaps to see which way the wind is really blowing.

In the days following the full Moon, Mars on Leo 13: CHERUB-LIKE, A HUMAN SOUL WHISPERS INTO EVERY RECEPTIVE EAR, SEEKING TO MANIFEST, will be opposing Uranus and squaring Saturn, so, for many, if we don’t budge we may find ourselves pushed from behind. It may be just what is needed, especially if we’ve been neglecting our personal needs and wants.

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The Sabian Symbol of June’s full Moon is Capricorn 4: A GROUP OF PEOPLE ENTERING A CANOE FOR A JOURNEY BY WATER – the following is my interpretation of this Symbol from my book The Sabian Oracle: 360 Degrees of Wisdom – 

Commentary: A ‘Group of People Entering a Canoe’ is a Symbol of people coming together to set off on a ‘Journey’. They may already know each other or they may come from many different places, or from overseas. Regardless of where they’ve come from, they are all ‘Entering’ this ‘Canoe’ for a ‘Journey By Water’.

Oracle: To embark on ‘a Journey By Water’ with a ‘Group of People’ is to embark on a ‘Journey’ of emotional discovery. People may have differing views of what’s going on and everyone has to fully agree with where they’re going. In a ‘Canoe’, some people put in the effort of “paddling” whilst others are passengers, enjoying the ride in their various ways. If every person participates to the success of this endeavor, the ‘Journey’ can be swift and strong. If all the effort is left to just a few, there can be an imbalance of energy that could lead to resentment and even the failure of the mission. Hence, there can be issues over “who does what”. Depending on the sharing of the responsibilities, some members may be fatigued by the process whereas others will remain fresh. This may not be fair, as some will have an advantage over others, which can lead to emotional problems, especially jealousy, impatience, bickering or dissatisfaction. However, with cooperation, there can be great success. If this is a personal ‘Journey’, then it is important that you remain balanced and don’t overexert yourself on the emotional or physical level. This may also be a time when divergent aspects of your personality come together to explore an emotional situation. Getting everybody “in the same boat” can be a challenge here, whether it’s real people, or the various parts of your own thought processes. Cooperation, compromise and common goals will win the day.

Keywords: Cohesive effort, cooperation and coordination. People coming together with a shared goal in sight. Being continually on the move. Feeling like one’s on a ‘Journey’ of destiny. People all pulling together. Canoes. Boats. Vehicles of discovery. Setting off on an adventure. Entering the unknown. Workshops. Unknown destinations. Setting sail. Observing the weather. Yacht races.

The Caution: Uncoordinated energies. Not going along with anybody. Rocking the boat. The urge to get off midstream. Being bored with close company. A lack of privacy or quiet time. Back seat drivers. No one navigating. Lack of a realistic itinerary.


This Symbol shows the need, or the ability, to be open and receptive to the messages of the world around you, following which there is an expansion into a new understanding and a new way of life. Writing is an excellent way for the “Soul” to “Seek Embodiment”. Also there can be issues to do with one’s body. There can be many times of quiet; of inner contemplation and outer observance. Regardless of your more immediate, physical circumstances, there is an evolution of understanding going on with this degree. Unbounded enthusiasm is likely to be around. It may be useful to keep a diary or to write things down. Extraordinary events can happen with this degree.

Keywords: Inner motivation leading to expansion. Jesus and his disciples. Being “born” quickly. Manifesting one’s desires without concern for consequences. Being “born again”. Feeling like a changed person. The need to drop into the body. Religious and spiritual rebirth. Reincarnation. The urge to create. Writers and writing.

The Caution: Denying the growth that’s beckoning in favor of social responsibility. Not leaving when perhaps one should. Having to seek permission to come through any “new gateway”. A loss of faith. Being obsessed about an ideal or idea. Feeling cast adrift from one’s reality.

The Quest Degree of this full Moon is Capricorn 5: INDIANS – SOME ROWING A CANOE WHILE OTHERS ARE DANCING A WAR DANCE

This degree shows the ability, or the need, to be able to bring stability and calm to situations, whilst continuing to “Row” in the direction you’re meant to go. Sometimes we find that we’re just rowing our boat and someone wants to upset it, or, they are in your environment trying to drum up trouble or antagonize others. This degree shows the choice: row the boat or be on the defensive. However, at the right time, showing one’s strength works in your favor. Someone may solve situations with aggression. Aggression isn’t really the answer, but, to make a show of your position and the effort you will make to defend it, will ultimately win respect. Keep rowing, and head towards your desired destination.

Keywords: Some getting on with their lives whilst others are not. Vehicles of discovery versus arguing and bickering. Threats and intimidation. Making a show of power and mobility. Cooperation bringing release from difficulties. Mobilizing forces. Psyching oneself up. Group efforts. Traffic.

The Caution: Making one’s case whilst having to be continually on the move. Being emotionally charged. Arguments and bickering that halt forward movement or growth. Intimidation. Moving targets. Superficial shows of strength for display purposes. Making a lot of noise. Pulling faces. Gestures that threaten. Accepting no opposition to progress. Aggression. Divergent motivations leading to confusion. Road rage.

The Sabian Symbol of the Sun at this full Moon is Cancer 4: A CAT ARGUING WITH A MOUSE

This Symbol often implies arguing, taking on opponents regardless of size and the ability to win, and, sometimes, being unable to let things just be. Along with bullying, this can show bickering, which is time consuming, often immature and useless. What is the central issue around what’s going on and what are the old values that require reassessment? There is an imbalance at work; someone or something is trying to gain unfair advantage against a weaker opponent. There can be a desire to justify to the other what should be done and why. This Symbol can show a selfless advocate for the underdog, someone prepared to protect others or a bully that takes advantage of others or someone who doesn’t know when to stop useless mental monkey chattering.

Keywords: Aggressively and actively taking advantage of situations or people. Hide and go seek games. Aggression vs. innocence. Harassment. Standing up for one’s self. The David and Goliath story. Questioning established power structures. Looking out for one’s best interests. Shock and fear. Cats. Mice. Hiding. Waiting.

The Caution: Time-wasting arguments and bickering. Being aggressive because one can. Picking on those smaller. Fighting dirty. Being patronizing. Power trips. Hiding away to avoid being targeted. Feeling like someone’s prey. Feeling victimized and bullied. Antagonism. Unfair battles. Those who think they know more. Mental, physical or emotional torment. Beating yourself up.

The Quest Degree of the Sun at this full Moon is Cancer 5: AT A RAILROAD CROSSING, A CAR RACES WITH A TRAIN

This Symbol implies the desire, or the ability, to compete with or take on society as if life were a race or something to be conquered in some way. The ‘Car’ is a vehicle for the individual and the ‘Train’ a vehicle for the masses. There is often a need for caution as the individual will not always survive in a collision with the more powerful collective. It probably won’t always work to be insisting bravely that your individual needs should be considered. The collective has too much momentum. If someone pits themselves and their energies continually against society, sooner or later they are likely to lose.

Keywords: Not looking to the consequences of actions. Recklessly going for an objective. Not considering the ramifications. Lots of people causing problems with scheduling. Having the guts to go against society. Cars, trains. Individual rights. Rebelling. Crossroads. The need for good timing.

The Caution: Recklessness. Sacrificing individuals for larger gains. Working until one drops. Not looking left or right for possible trouble. Going in the wrong direction. Working at cross-purposes. Not nourishing one’s self. Putting the desire for gain before one’s more basic personal needs. Valuing possessions before people. Talking so no one gets a word in. Going off the rails. Upsetting or obstructing others. Wreckage. Emotional panic. Spinning out of control.


This Symbol shows how at various times in our lives we seem to grow up and mature. At times we release that there is only so much that one can do with youthful force. This Symbol shows that it is time to use mature thinking, using your intellect and intuition and being able to take in the consequences and responsibilities of one’s actions. Allowing mature wisdom to come through, there can be a feeling of one’s mindset changing and growing. Responsibilities are to be taken on board and it’s time to stop ‘tearing around’ and to be more serious about life and its ramifications.

Keywords: Thinking with the higher mind. Gaining maturity. Making wise decisions. Using the system to get what one wants. Growing up “overnight”. Having to change whether one likes it or not. Learning the lessons that come with age. Initiations into adulthood. Life changing events. Thinking, pondering. Finding a state of calm. Refined thinking. Facing reality.

The Caution: Suddenly becoming old. Losing innocence and energy. Clinging to the illusions of childhood. Peter-Pan attitudes. “Never growing up”. Feeling old when one could, or should, be feeling young. Hormones taking over and dictating behavior. Reacting with the lower emotional nature. Forever adolescent.


This Symbol implies that you may find yourself bridging the gap between situations or people that are inherently foreign to each other or previously unknown and unexplored. By bridging the worlds between people, you invite a richness into your life and the lives of others that may not have been possible if you’d stuck to your culture, your ethnicity, your own side of the tracks. It is your deeply felt understanding of both situations and the respect with which you are held in both situations that makes their mutual acceptance possible.

Keywords: Challenging or going against the status quo. Bringing in a new, more intellectual, element OR bringing in a more natural, earth-based attitude. Being the odd one out. Revealing strange, foreign situations or truths to others. Accepting people without judgment. Being welcoming and loving. Clans. Tribes.

The Caution: Deliberately upsetting the group. Unconventional or alternative behavior. Choosing friends or mates that could never fit in with one’s family, friends or social expectations. Using prejudice to keep people apart. Judging people by social standards. People misunderstanding each other. Hidden motives. Rebellion for the sake of being different. Ignoring tradition.


This Symbol implies that you may find yourself much deeper in situations than you had planned, but you find yourself restrained by the walls about you and the turbulence happening in and around you. Strong emotions or events may be unleashed and there may be no escape from the turbulence that is around, but things will settle down and peace will reign once more. The best thing to do is wait it out and protect your self the best you can. Arguments and emotional confrontations emerge as a result of the ‘pressure cooker’ environments in modern-day living.

Keywords: Arguments and emotional confrontations. The “pressure cooker” environments of modern-day living. Psychic energy unleashed. Furious emotions. Changing the status quo. Bad weather and its consequences. Rebuilding from the foundations. Living in canyons. Being surrounded by mountainous peaks. The awesome power of nature.

The Caution: Wrongly believing that you are in control of the uncontrollable. Enjoyment of emotional storms and turmoil. Lots of noise that erupts out of nowhere. Whipping things up. Life-threatening behavior. Confrontations. Storm fronts. Social upheavals. Disturbing or violent reactions. Domestic violence.


This Symbol shows situations where one can make beautiful creations from a spirituality or creativity that springs from deep within your self. Whatever you’re attempting, using your inner spiritual energies can shape creations or situations into something worthwhile. It is through controlled use of these energies that you will be able to craft things to be the way you want. Hurrying or pushing things can lead to less than desirable outcomes. Care needs to be taken; the work needs to be done with precision in order to have your creative ventures take shape and be pleasing to you and others.

Keywords: Being able to create beautiful forms out of nothing. Prana. Singing, performing. Buteyko breathing method. Sculpture. Beauty. Breath meditations. Artisans. Rebirthing. Extreme care and detail. Lungs. Respiration = creation and inspiration. Pouring life into creative visions. Smoke rings. Didgeridoos. Smoking pipes and implements.

The Caution: Failing to take proper care. Lapses of concentration. Distortions of the truth. Hyperventilation. Lung troubles. Asthma. Smoking too much.


This Symbol speaks of having bright or burning ideas of revolution, or, at least, how life should be lived. It can show someone who feels they have to make people believe in their ideas even though, at times, they are radical, revolutionary or downright disruptive. At times in your life, you may feel as though you have had enough of some situations or that your needs are not being met and that you have little or no power. You may need to enlist the support of others in order to succeed. It is through the promise of equality that power is likely to be won. Being radical may have its ups and downs, but there is often a need to take a stand against things that seem unfair or destructive.

Keywords: Unwavering and unbending intellect. Burning passions. Revolutionary ideals. Change for the sake of change. Making one’s ideas and passions known. Standing on a soapbox. Greenpeace and other radical groups. Anti-capitalism. Entrepreneurs. Working hard to wake others up. Challenging authority. Demonstrations. Placards. Rejecting oppression. Soapboxes.

The Caution: Political brainwashing. Finding things to be dissatisfied with. Extremism. Religious fundamentalists. Street preachers. Cult leaders. Terrorism. Breeding hate. Challenging powerful institutions. Propaganda. Animosity.

The Sabian Symbol of stationary retrograde Jupiter is Pisces 3: A PETRIFIED FOREST, AN ETERNAL RECORD OF A LIFE LIVED LONG AGO

This Symbol shows the ability, or the need, to be respectful of the gifts that come out of the past. The “Petrified Forest” shows remnants of past civilizations; of what went before. History always has something amazing to teach us. You may need to retrieve, sort through, or go over records from the past. Do you look to things such as records, memories, art, literature, photographs, crystals etc? At times, you could be like a petrified forest; somewhat frozen in time and not knowing how to proceed. It may help if you get the “dead wood” out of your life; it can clog up your cupboards, relationships, emotional life, etc. Letting go of things clears the way for new growth on many levels. Be wary of throwing out things that are important.

Keywords: Remnants from the past. Stillness. Agelessness. Plastic surgery. Being able to withstand life’s storms. Resilience. Crystals, diamonds, gemstones. Beauty that remains ageless. Wood and lacquered wood. Coal, oil and petrochemicals. Diets. Dependability. Family histories. Keeping records. Amber. Fossils. Geology. Archeology. Ancient remnants. Mental and emotional filing cabinets. Lingering evidence. Petrified wood. Photographs and photography. Stones. Stone monuments. Diaries.

The Caution: Rigidity, immobility, inflexibility. Being frozen. Not letting go of difficulties. Hanging on for grim death. Feeling stuck. Destroying the old. Severing links to the past. Keeping tabs. Memories that destroy the present.

The Sabian Symbol of retrograde Saturn is Aquarius 13: A BAROMETER

This Symbol shows the ability, or the need, to be able to measure what’s going on in the atmosphere around you, whether it be physical, emotional, spiritual or on an etheric level. You could feel rather sensitive to changes or shifts going on around you and you can pick them up far more than most people. Not only shifts in “Barometric” pressure, but shifts in temperature and mood can be picked up, almost like you have antennae. You may need to plan for future action, and you need to know what to expect or at least anticipate. You will find in your own sensitivity the instrument that perceives the possibilities of upcoming events. You may be a “translator” for others, bearing useful messages and being able to read the environment.

Keywords: Staying ahead of the weather. Feeling changes ahead of time. Measured responses. Measurements. Perceiving subtle changes. Insight. Indicators. Knowing when rain or storms are coming. Stilling one’s self for answers. Talking about the weather. Putting out one’s feelers. Anticipating shifts. Opinion polls. Anticipating what’s going to happen. Being on guard for inclement weather.

The Caution: Fear of change. Constant looking to fashions or fads. Not knowing how to react because of shifts in the atmosphere. Watching and waiting to see how other people act, seemingly with no will of one’s own. Being changeable. Having no anchor. Constant looking. Not being able to read the environment accurately.


This Symbol implies people and all living things living together in peace and harmony. They are playing and enjoying and living at the edge of the water on the beach, doing their own thing and getting on with their own lives. People with this Symbol often just want to get on with their own activities and enjoy life and nature. This is a lovely image of a live-and-let-live attitude. Try taking some time out by the water and interact with others there. With the coming and going of the tide, people do what comes most naturally to them. Just be careful that you don’t get out of your depth trying to be like others.

Keywords: Being self-sufficient. Looking after one’s own affairs. A sense of at-one-ment with all forms of life. Having a live and let live attitude. Peripheral vision. Returning to the source. Feeling safe in a natural environment. Playing alongside nature. Building sand castles. Playing in pools or baths. Buckets and spades. Sun protection. Interacting without really interacting. Swimming. Sand, wind and sea. Rockpools. Shellfish, oysters, shrimp.

The Caution: Meddling in people’s lives. Restriction of play. Being distracted. Sandcastles that will eventually get washed away. Not knowing how to loosen up with others and relax into a natural environment. Fussing that people aren’t doing the ‘right thing’. Sunburn and exposure to weather. Voyeurism.


This Symbol shows the ability, or the need, to be able to live with others, to share the same space, to create a happy life. The people pictured in this Symbol all live together and have “Created a Great World All Their Own”. No matter how well people get along, people still have to compromise and give and take in order to sustain good community relations. Drawn together by similar hopes and ambitions it is ironic that sometimes compromise is the only way to successful coexistence. Making the most of what is available, even though it is restrictive, will help to dispel any feelings of being cutoff and isolated. Who are you comfortable sharing your space with? Who would you have sharing your desert island?

Keywords: Adaptability and cohabitation. People jammed in. Seeking others of like mind. Knowing a lot of people. Always considering others. Noise and light pollution. Feeling like new blood is needed in order to grow and flourish. Coexistence. Apartments. Living together. People moving in.

The Caution: Cutting off from those around. Not having enough privacy—or space. Things being kept too “all in the family”. No chance to be alone. Pollution and garbage. Crowding out people. Loneliness even amongst many. Being deserted and lost.

The Sabian Symbol of retrograde Pluto is Capricorn 27: A MOUNTAIN PILGRIMAGE

This Symbol shows the ability to, or the need for, being able to climb high, to rise to occasions, perform well, have a mission and, probably most importantly, to embark on spiritual journeys. Many people travel, but more often than not it implies a spiritual striving; an ascent in consciousness and the ability to transcend earthier, immediate matters. There is always the desire, or the need, to strive further, to learn more on the path to understanding and transcendence. You may desire to follow those that have gone before you to achieve a true sense of inner fulfillment. Work towards your own ‘mountain top’. The effort may be great, but so are the rewards.

Keywords: Ascent in consciousness. Spiritual, material, corporate or political striving. Having an entourage of people (or wanting one). Aloneness and separation. Setting off to somewhere else. Going on a mission. Finding one’s spiritual grounding. Getting back to the purer elements of life. Ambitions to get to the top. Wanting the highest office in the land.

The Caution: High moral stands with no depth of feeling. Feeling “high above” others. Feelings of being, or acting like, an ascended being. Haughtiness. Intellectual snobbery. People scrambling for the top. The “tall poppy” syndrome. Ambitions that know no bounds. People ridiculing others for their lesser position. Spiritual or corporate struggling for position.


This Symbol shows that often in one’s life explosive elements need discharging. Pressure cooker energy needs to be released, but it often needs to be done slowly and carefully. By keeping a sense of control, one can handle wild situations, elements or people without things getting out of hand. Be an example to others of how calmness and quiet can take the charge out of things. Take whatever opportunities you can to defuse elements as an explosion often damages more than is expected.

Keywords: Pressure valves. Getting away with something. Tantrums and frustration. Tempers that simmer. Explosive behavior. Bombs, explosions. Sudden and forceful events. Intelligence organizations, CIA, FBI, ASIO, etc. Valuable lessons of self-restraint. Relief from problems. Discharging nervous energy. Security checks. Last minute escapes.

The Caution: Suppressing stress or illness. Doing inappropriate things and thinking the secret safe. Repressing emotions. Undefined anger. Pressure cooker energy that needs to be released slowly. Explosions damaging more than expected. Activists. Deception behind one’s back. Clash of ideals. Terrorism.


This Symbol shows that there’s a need to break away from old familiar ground and move out into unknown territory. Fear is the greatest barrier to moving forward, but the familiar must be left behind for new possibilities. Taking opportunities to move on to new realms of being can lead to a whole new experience or indeed a whole new life. You have to be prepared to leave the old behind and to step out into new experiences with an open heart and an open mind. You could be starting from scratch with little to support you, but you could find depths of experience you never thought possible.

Keywords: Pioneering attitudes bringing rewards. Going off the beaten track. Coming up with new ideas. New spiritual realizations opening up vistas of hope and experiences. Opportunities to move on to new realms. Adjusting to new places. The Promised Lands. Being prepared to take risks. Moving out. New time zones. Foreign customs and languages.

The Caution: Clinging to the old and familiar when it is outworn and boring. Restricting growth and change. Not moving on. Invading other people’s space. Claiming what’s rightfully someone else’s. Hanging on when it’s time to let go. Running off to avoid involvement or responsibilities.


This Symbol implies the need or the necessity of seeing the body as being ones “Temple”; something to be honored and given respect, exercise and good nutrition. It also pictures the need for linking the spirit and the body. Logic is not always involved in this equation – this mostly speaks of emotions, spirit and physicality. Sometimes we need to remember to be ‘in our bodies’ and this shows the rewards that can come from regarding our body as our temple. However, if taken too seriously, one can forget to nourish their minds, preferring to concentrate on physical attributes and forgetting about other possibilities.

Keywords: Connecting the left and right sides. Working out, physical fitness and exercise. Yoga. Grounding reality. Sexuality. Realizing that body is the same as spirit. Remembering to be in the body. Light workers. The acceptance of the body and its functions. Sport and its physical rewards. Metabolic rates. Oil burners. Gas lamps. Aladdin’s lamp.

The Caution: Worshiping the body at the expense of the intellect, psyche or spirit. Concentrating exclusively on physical desires and needs. Needing actual physical evidence to accept anything. Being caught up in the illusion of the body, the “physical self”.

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