Full Moon In Aquarius: Erratic Progression

We are having a Full Moon in Aquarius on August 3rd/4th, it will appear the fullest on night of the 2nd in Western North America. This is the peak of the Lunar cycle that began with a New Moon in Cancer on July 20th/21st, as some of the themes mentioned in that article are still in effect.

The energies of a Full Moon are strongest in the days surrounding it yet its astrological configurations also play a part over the following two weeks. You may start to see its effects slowly build up after the New Moon prior to it.

Full Moons are a period in which we feel a push-pull between two opposing signs, in this case being the Moon in Aquarius and the Sun in Leo. It can play out as either a conflict, an integration, or some sort of dynamic playing out between the energies of both signs. The Moon reflects the expression of feeling and emotion while the Sun reflects the expression of ego and conscious self.

We may feel this opposition happening individually within us and/or we can also experience it play out around us with some people (or circumstances) expressing the Aquarius side and others expressing the Leo side. In some cases, Full Moons can also reflect/trigger some sort of change or release.

Full Moon In Aquarius Opposite Sun In Leo

We have been in Leo season since July 22nd and will continue until August 22nd/23rd. This is the sign of self-expression, creativity, love, affection, children, courage, vitality, passion, leadership, generosity, and playfulness. Ruled by the Sun, it is also about shining in our power and being in alignment with what really lights us up and gets us excited.

The negative expressions of Leo can be egotistical, self-absorbed, authoritarian, dramatic, stubborn, jealous, and hot-tempered.  As it is associated with seeking praise and attention, it can be demanding of respect and be boisterous without considering or caring about how others respond to that.

The Full Moon highlights and brings the energies of the opposing sign of Aquarius into this Leo backdrop. This is the sign of friends, networks, social dynamics, the group, the team, humanity, and being in the best interest of the collective. Associated with Uranus, it can be unconventional, idealistic, innovative, progressive, original, inventive, technological, reforming, and even revolutionary.

Negatively, Aquarius can be overly detached, aloof, unemotional, and very invested in the mind at the expense of the heart. Traditionally ruled by Saturn, it can also be unyielding when it comes to the ideas and perspectives that it has already decided on.

Both Leo and Aquarius have some similarities. They are ‘Fixed’ signs and therefore can both be determined yet stubborn. They are also both associated with originality and authenticity. In Aquarius, this comes from its unconventional and innovative Uranian attributes while in Leo it comes from being inspired by its Solar heart centred self-expression.

Full Moon Square Uranus, Sextile Chiron

The Sun and Moon are in a T-square aspect with Uranus bringing its energy strongly into the equation. This planet is associated with Aquarius and viewed as a modern ruler of this sign, therefore it emphasizes some of the Aquarian themes mentioned above.

This can also reflect an energy that is disruptive, unpredictable, erratic, nonconforming, and rebellious. It can be hard to focus and more prone to sudden changes, accidents, loss, or separations. However, it can also reflect liberation, breakthroughs, excitement, and is a good time to shake things up and try new approaches to things.

This Full Moon is in a supportive sextile with Chiron which shares unorthodox and innovative qualities with Uranus. Chiron is also about bringing healing and wholeness to a situation and is associated with personal growth. It brings a potential for integration, learning, problem solving, finding solutions, purpose, and the elevation of consciousness.

Full Moon Sextile Mars, Squaring Jupiter & Pluto During Pre-Retrograde Shadow

The Sun-Moon opposition is in a harmonious aspect with Mars which can bring an active, asserting, energetic, sexual, or even a competitive or fighting energy. Mars is also in its own sign of Aries as it slows down to go retrograde on September 9th/10th. We will be experiencing a period of adjustments over the coming months in how we apply Mars in certain areas of our lives depending on our personal birth charts. Some of the things that are happening this month, leading up to it, will contribute to that process.

At the time of this Full Moon, Mars is also in a tight square with Jupiter which has been building up in the days prior. It also moves towards a square with Pluto over the following two weeks. We may overextend ourselves during this time or do things in an excessive, overconfident, compulsive or obsessive way.

Conflicts around beliefs, perspectives, hidden matters, or abuse can also arise. As we get closer to mid-August the energy becomes more intense with an increased potential of power struggles. This aspect can trigger passion and is good for strategic actions. All of these factors mentioned in this section are cranking up Mars energy overall. I will be writing a separate article on the upcoming retrograde as we get closer to it, join my mailing list here to ensure that you receive it.

Mercury & Venus In Hard Aspects With Saturn, Venus Conjunct North Node

Mercury is in a tight opposition with Saturn. This can reflect thoughts or conversations that are cautious, hesitant, pessimistic, or limiting. We may experience delays or obstacles around commuting or communications with others.  The need to be realistic around certain issues may also come up.

Like Mercury, Venus has social qualities and is also in a hard aspect with Saturn, this one being a frustrating quincunx. It can be hard to integrate or juggle Saturnian areas of responsibilities, commitments, boundaries, discipline, and structures with Venus areas of friendships, love, pleasures, sensuality, values, money, attraction, or other things that are aesthetic related. We may need to be extra adaptable or make adjustments.

Venus is also moving towards a conjunction with the Lunar North Node in Gemini in the days following this Full Moon. New relations, or developments around past relations, could have a fated quality that can bring growth and help us to move forward in a better or constructive way.  Our perception or approach to Venus ruled areas (mentioned in above paragraph) may evolve in a helpful manner.

Things To Consider

In what areas of your life should you try new approaches? What can you do to shake things up? What are some potential solutions for issues you are facing? How can you use your creativity in an innovative way? What are your relations with others pushing you towards? How can you be more of a team player? How can you better balance needs of self with the needs of the group?   What parts of your life are calling for originality and authenticity?

These are just some examples of themes that could come up during this period; however, there may be other variations of this energy playing out as well.  If you wish to do any sort of intentional release connected to what has come up at this Full Moon, it is best to do so anytime over the two weeks following when it is waning. The exact moment of this Full Moon is on August 3rd at 3:59pm Universal Time. You can click here to see what that is in your time zone.

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Mercury Retrograde In Scorpio: Going Deep

Mercury begins its latest retrograde process on October 31st, which will last until November 20th/21st. In the weeks (and especially days) leading up to it we start to notice its influence as Mercury slows down and comes to a stop before moving the other way. This is known as the ‘pre-shadow’ period which began on October 11th.

This entire retrograde is occurring during a Lunar cycle that began on October 27th/28th at the New Moon in the same sign. You can read that article here for further insights on this period.

If you have read my previous Mercury retrograde articles, the first two sections of this article are nearly the same and you can skip to the third section if you don’t want to re-read all the general themes associated with these periods. The other sections are more specific to this edition of it.

Mercury retrograde is known for the problematic effects it often has on communication technology, transactions, motor vehicles, anything with moving parts, and commuting in general. Some people even get headaches near the beginning of it. We could experience some challenges, misunderstandings, and errors around our communications, numbers/details, and commerce, as well as changes, cancellations, or delays in our schedules. We may also feel more challenged when we are doing excessive analytical work without using our internal guidance.

Mercury Retrograde can also be a good time to revisit or redo tasks, projects, ideas, or anything else that was initiated in the past. It can give us a different perspective or shift in thinking that can help us to approach these things in ways we wouldn’t have done so before. This may also be a period of reconnecting with old friends, family, lovers, or others you haven’t seen in a while. When we reconnect with people during a retrograde, it can help to facilitate a shift in the relationship. In some cases, issues from the past can come up which may need to be hashed out.

The Deeper Purpose of Mercury Retrograde

Ultimately, Mercury Retrograde is a time for us to recalibrate and adjust specific areas of our lives as well as how we apply our minds towards these issues. It is a period in which we may receive important insights and see things in a new light. In most cases, it can be mildly transformational, but in some cases it can facilitate more major transformations depending on how it corresponds to your personal astrological chart.

During and following the retrograde, certain areas of our lives can go through changes or shifts, or we can experience a re-orientation of some sort which influences how we proceed over the coming months or in some cases, it can have a more long-term significance. In the 2 weeks afterwards, known as the ‘post-shadow’ period, we move forward with some sort of new awareness, adjustment, as well as new ideas and thoughts that have been seeded which will develop and become more defined as time progresses.

The things that you have been doing or circumstances in the two to three weeks leading up to this period could determine how and where this energy plays out. It is also possible that there could have been changes or things that came up at that time which may go through a sorting out process. There could have been unknown variables, either positive or negative, that were either unseen or hadn’t been conceived yet, which may become apparent over the coming weeks.

The sign(s) and element(s) in which Mercury retrograde travels shows the energy we are re-orienting ourselves with. More importantly, if you are familiar with your natal astrology chart, then your house(s) or any planetary placements being affected will show more specifically what areas of life you will be experiencing its energy in. For the astrologically literate, it begins at 27’38 degrees of Scorpio and will retrograde all the way to 11’35 degrees of Scorpio, before turning forward again.

Occurring In Scorpio, Part of a Series in Water Signs

Mercury Retrograde always happens in primarily one element for 1-2 years. This is the third of a series occurring in water signs, with the final one happening in the Fall of 2020. The water element is about emotion, feelings, sensitivity, compassion, intuition, and fluidity. This period is about re-aligning ourselves with these qualities and expressing them in new or revamped ways.

With this retrograde happening in Scorpio, we may experience or process re-orientations, adjustments, developments, circumstances, or reflect on themes connected to shadows, fears, sexuality, mysteries,  obsessions, esoteric practices, alchemy, conspiracies, taboo subjects, death, suspicions, secrets, investigating, research, depth, regeneration, or the pursuit of mastery. Psychotherapy, psychology, astrology, tarot, and other similar practices may come up at this time.

This can be a great period to do any sort of ‘shadow work’ to help us on our path to achieving wholeness and greater self-awareness. Scorpio is about going deep which can be a key to facilitate emotional healing at this time. Sometimes we encounter crisis to help to push us towards some sort of transformation and this can be one of the ways this retrograde may be experienced.

Scorpio is also associated with debt, taxes, investments, credit, inheritance, loans, mortgages, and anything to do with shared or other people’s resources. In our relationships or other types of partnerships, themes around shared values or shared worth may also come up.

Scorpio can also be about purging and releasing. This can play out when it comes to our physical belongings or obligations. Emotionally or psychologically, it could have to do with overcoming negative patterns or attachments through deep understanding or discovering and healing the root cause. When it comes to our physical body, it could be about cleansing through dietary changes or practices such as colon hydrotherapy, which can help with emotional healing as well.

Mercury Retrograde Significant Dates

Below are some of the dates and information for some of the major astrological configurations during this retrograde.

*The dates below are based on the Americas. The further East you are located, you may need to consider it as the next day.

Oct 31st Mercury begins its retrograde at 3:42pm Universal Time while separating from a conjunction with Venus. Mercury retrograde themes and complications may come up strongly at this time and in recent days. You may get more indication of some of the things that may be playing out for you over the next month based on how you feel or on what transpires.

Developments, communications, thoughts, or other things that have been occurring recently pertaining to Venus may experience a shift, a change of mind, or a change in direction. It may be connected to love, relationships, friendships, pleasures, values, aesthetics, transactions, money, or other material things in general. However, this can play out in other ways as well.

Nov 2nd-6th The traditional ruler and modern sub-ruler of Scorpio, Mars and Pluto, are in a square with each other, peaking at the first quarter Moon from Nov 4-5. It is also triggered by the Moon on Nov 2.  This can stir up deep, suppressed, dark, or perhaps even chaotic feelings. Intensity, power struggles, jealousy, and conflicts could occur. Perhaps challenges around hidden matters may play out. For some people, it can feel like a crisis. We may assert ourselves in obsessive or compulsive ways. More positively, this can also stimulate strong desires, passion, and sexual energy. It can be good for applying ourselves strategically or pursuing change, transformation, or some sort of elimination.

Nov 7th-10th Mercury Retrograde Sextile Pluto (Nov 7th, 9th, 10th). Saturn Sextile Neptune. The Mars-Pluto square (mentioned above for Nov 2nd-6th) also gets triggered by the Moon in the evening and night of the 9th. This is good for looking beneath the surface or perhaps even getting to the bottom of something. We can go deeper in our understandings, and this can be one of the more insightful periods of this retrograde. This can be a time for realizations or pursuits connected to shadows, money, power, hidden matters, what needs to be changed, or how to facilitate change. Conversations, thoughts, or activities may potentially have an empowering or profound theme. This is about being real as superficiality does not fly well during this time.

Saturn in Capricorn is making its 3rd and final sextile to Neptune in Pisces, which began in late January and occurred again in June. This conclusion of this energy started building up in late October and is present throughout this retrograde; however, it peaks this week. This can assist us in taking a committed, disciplined, structured, or realistic approach when it comes to our ideals, spirituality and spiritual practices, imagination, dreams, inspirations, creativity, or anything that involves selflessness, compassion, or healing. For some people it may be connected to career and ambitions.

Nov 11th-13th Mercury Retrograde Conjunct the Sun (Nov 11). Full Moon In Taurus opposite Sun and Mercury, all harmoniously aspecting Neptune, Saturn and Pluto. Mars sextile Jupiter.

This is the halfway point of Mercury retrograde, known as the ‘inferior conjunction,’ which is when it returns to the Sun. This can be a period of increased insights, and the themes of this retrograde may get amplified. However, complications can also be stronger at this time depending on your circumstances or how you are applying yourself. This may also be a period of ridding yourself of certain thoughts, ideas, perceptions, old interests, expectations, or other things that are not serving you while the potential for new ones may be seeded.

The Full Moon and the Mars-Jupiter aspect reflects the potential of this period to be constructive, empowering and growth oriented, and can perhaps present opportunities. Our actions may be more explorative, expansive, or idealistic. If conflicts do occur, which is less likely in comparison to other Full Moons, it may have to do with individual needs, values, or resources being at odds with shared or relationship ones. Perhaps the need to be practical in the midst of complexity may also come up.

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Nov 20th Mercury transitions from Retrograde to Direct. Mercury will slowly begin to move forward from November 20th onward. The areas of our lives that have been affected by this retrograde will start to become more clear and things will fall into place more easily as we progress into the coming days and weeks. As Mercury gradually picks up speed, we can move forward in the areas of life that have been affected. However, usually the first 2-3 days after it ends can still feel like it’s retrograde, as complications may occur due to Mercury’s stationary position. It’s usually best to wait until at least 3 days afterwards before finalizing decisions, agreements, etc.

Later on around January 10th and/or in the days following, there will be even more clarity around certain things that have been seeded during this retrograde. From there, things may develop further with a better perception or other circumstances may indicate that it’s not sufficient, not what was anticipated,  or something needs to change.

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New Moon In Scorpio: Shake Ups & Obstacles

We are having a New Moon in Scorpio on the night of October 27th in the Americas and on the 28th elsewhere. This is initiating a new 29.5 day lunar cycle and new wave of energy for the coming month; however, the astrological configurations mentioned in this article will be more prominent over the coming two weeks. This cycle will include a Full Moon in Taurus on November 11th/12th.

Scorpio season began on October 23rd; however, Mercury and Venus have already been there in the weeks prior to this. This New Moon triggers the energies of this sign even more so as it gets imprinted into the Lunar Cycle with its themes.

Scorpio is about depth, transformation, power, regeneration, mastery, extremes, sex, and rebirth. It is complex, passionate, intuitive, calculated, mysterious, penetrating, investigative, controlling, driven, observant, intense, and primal. Psychotherapy, deep healing, or anything that is esoteric can fall under the domain of this sign as it can be about exploring the hidden aspects of life.

Scorpio is also associated with fears, shadows, death, secrets, envy, manipulation, obsessiveness, vengeance, and savagery. Things like shared resources, shared values, investments, inheritance, as well as taxes, debt, and credit all fall under the domain of this sign.

Mercury is slowing down and getting close to beginning its retrograde on October 31st, which will also be in Scorpio. You may have already begun to experience its effects and challenges recently and over the last few weeks. During this next month we can experience insights, adjustments, re-visitations, and re-orientations connected to Scorpio themes. I will be writing a separate article on this, and you can join my mailing list here to ensure that you receive it.

New Moon Opposite Uranus in Taurus

This New Moon is in a tight opposition to Uranus in Taurus. This could indicate surprises, disruptions, sudden changes, instability, or even anxiety. Considering this combined with Mercury going retrograde, it would be wise to be flexible with your plans.

This energy can also reflect wanting to liberate from a situation, try something new, or take an unusual approach to something. It could also be experienced as rebellious and non-conforming. However, it could make us impulsive and hasty and it would be wise to be cautious when making major decisions.

Considering that this opposition occurs in the Taurus-Scorpio polarity, it could play out around finances/resources, or could be pertaining to personal values versus shared values.  It can also bring something to the surface in some kind of surprising or accidental Uranian way.

Mars Square Saturn, Quincunx Neptune, and Square Pluto

The traditional ruler of Scorpio, Mars, is in Libra while in a tight square with Saturn in Capricorn and a quincunx with Neptune in Pisces. This energy is strongest in the days surrounding the New Moon but can still affect the following weeks.

Our actions may be blocked somehow or we can face obstacles, struggles, or perhaps feel like we are under pressure. We may be confused in how we should be applying ourselves and it could be easier to make mistakes. Some people may feel less motivated, or dissatisfied. Although this energy can be challenging, its best to do things thoroughly and cautiously.

Mars moves towards a square with Pluto in Capricorn, which is exact from November 4th-6th. This can trigger deep and suppressed  feelings. Intensity, power struggles, and conflicts could occur. We may assert ourselves in obsessive or compulsive ways. This can also stimulate strong desires, passion, and sexual energy. It can be good for applying ourselves strategically.

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Making Intentions and Things To Consider

What aspects of your life do you need to approach with more depth and realness? Do you need to take a look at the darker aspects of yourself and do the shadow work to help in your healing process? What are your relationships showing you? Are you under pressure or experiencing any type of crisis? If so, do you feel like an area of your life needs to be transformed or mastered?

Do you need to make a big change or liberate yourself from a situation? What are the limitations and blocks in your life pushing you towards? Does something need to be addressed that is connected to finances, taxes, or debt? What’s coming up for you in regards to sexuality?

These are just some examples of what to consider or focus your intentions on at this time; however, it is good to reflect on anything else that is coming up for you. It is generally best to make any intentions within the first 24 hours following a New Moon. The exact moment of it will be occurring at 3:38am Universal Time on October 28th.  You can click here to see what that is in your time zone.

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