The First Supermoon of the Year is Here: It’s Time to Tame the “Buck”

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Rose Smith


Jun 28, 2023

The first Supermoon of the year is upon us – and despite its name, the “Buck” Supermoon needs to be tamed this year.

The Buck Supermoon will grace our skies overnight on Monday (July 3rd), and while supermoons traditionally bring turbulence for all – because it’s appearing in Capricorn, stability is instead calling.

Although if you’re already quite stable, then you may become more aware of the need for some excitement in your life!

Supermoons are closer to the Earth than full moons – so they’re like full moons on steroids.

This Buck Supermoon will be in Capricorn and opposite the Sun and Mercury in Cancer. This could affect our career, home lives, family, nurturing environments, and general life structures. Communications and ideas about these could become a little tense.

But despite its name, Capricorns are not usually ‘bucks’ at all – they like structure and stability, they are cautious, conservative and traditional, with strong family values.

As a result, this supermoon will most probably be calling people to gain more stability in their personal and work lives.

The Moon may pressure people to become more grounded and to work harder – with a real focus on persistence and determination.

But this particular moon especially calls for change and listening to our emotions. While there’s an emphasis on work, Cancer energy is encouraging us to stay home and rest.

Because there are conflicting energies at play – it’s not going to be a good time for people who already feel stuck, as they’ll feel increasing pressure.

The message is to know when it’s time to slow down from all this hard work; enjoy the moment and remember the important things in life.

In namesake, the Buck Moon is related to male deer – or bucks – as in the northern hemisphere, it appears in the season when they grow their antlers. In Australia, antlers can be growing or cast off at various times of the year, depending on the deer’s location.

A name for each full moon allows people to reflect on each season and to contemplate how it affects them and the natural world.

Because the antlers of the male deer are all about testosterone, the Buck Moon brings themes of strength, ambition and challenge to both sexes in the human world.

But this full moon is a supermoon, so all of these characteristics are amplified. However, because of the opposing energies this year – they will be more subtle or difficult to understand than usual.

While the spiritual effects of the Buck Supermoon will be felt by everyone, because it will appear in Capricorn, people of this star sign, along with other cardinal signs Aries, Cancer and Libra, can expect to experience its force most. But no one gets off Scot free, everyone is affected to some extent.

Because supermoons do traditionally bring with them turbulence, relationship issues will certainly come to the surface. It may be a highly emotional time and there will be an association with women – and particularly mothers.

Supermoons happen on average two to four times a year, when the full moon is at the closest point to earth during its orbit (its perigee) making it appear larger and brighter.

They generally occur when the centre of the moon is less than 360,000 kilometres from the centre of earth.

Because it’s so close to earth, a supermoon looks about 15% brighter and is 7% bigger than an average full moon.

This Buck Moon will be 361,934 km from earth at its closest point, which means August’s Blue Moon will be the only supermoon closer to our planet this year. 

Venus will also be going retrograde (when the planet appears to be going backwards) from July 23rd to September 4th.

Venus’s energy is associated with relationships, sex can be involved but is not the entire focus.

Love and affection, the re-evaluation of relationships, and self-care and self-reflection will all be at play.

You may revisit past pleasures with an old love – but relationships could also go quiet, and your partner may become distant. I’d encourage people to spend time on themselves.

It’s also a time to look at values and decide whether money is really that important.

When can you see this month’s Buck Supermoon in Capricorn?

The moon will be at its peak on Monday, July 3rd at 9.38pm.

There will be three other supermoons in 2023,the next will be: the Sturgeon Supermoon on Tuesday, August 1st, the Blue Supermoon on Wednesday August 30th and the Harvest Supermoon on Friday, September 29th.


By Rose Smith


Rose Smith is a leading Australian spiritualist with more than 20 years’ professional experience working as a psychic, spiritual healer and teacher, and intuitive astrologer. Rose currently runs Absolute Soul Secrets.



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