Full Moon In Aquarius: Pleasure & Originality

We are having a Full Moon in Aquarius which is exact on August 15th at 12:29 pm, Universal Time. It will appear the fullest on the night of August 14th in the Americas and on the night of 15th everywhere else.

This is the peak of the Lunar cycle which began two weeks prior with a New Moon in Leo. The energies of it build up as the Moon increases its light and are strongest in the days before and after. However, it will still be a part of the backdrop over the following two weeks.

Full Moon’s are a period in which we feel a push-pull between two opposing signs, in this case being the Sun in Leo and Moon in Aquarius. It can reflect either a conflict or integration of both signs. We can 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 Leo side and others expressing the Aquarius side.

Leo is associated with 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 too loud and boisterous without considering or caring about how others respond to that.

The best way to approach Leo energy in a positive way is to be in our authentic and heart centred version of ourselves; whether it be in our creations, how we perform, or how we express other Leo traits previously mentioned. When we do this, we are more likely to receive a supportive response from those on the receiving end.

Aquarius is associated with friends, social networks, the group, the team, humanity, and being in the best interest of the collective. Associated with Uranus, it can be unconventional, idealistic, innovative, original, inventive, technological, reforming, and even revolutionary. It tries to figure out how to do things in a better way and takes the future into consideration. Although it is idealistic, it still applies itself intellectually and rationally yet can also be theoretical at times.

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.

Aquarius is also associated with science which negatively is reflected by Saturn as it is limited to the material world, yet reflected positively by the innovativeness of Uranus. Furthermore, other Uranian expressions of Aquarius can be of a higher level of consciousness which can go beyond the limitations of only observing the physical aspects of reality, and integrating the spiritual as well.

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 heart centred self-expression.

Full Moon Opposing Venus Superior Conjunction In a Quincunx With Pluto

At the time of this Full Moon, Venus is closely aligned with the Sun in Leo from our Earth-based perspective which is known as its ‘Superior Conjunction’ lasting from August 10th-17th. This is when the Earth and Venus are on opposite sides of the Sun.

This is a period in which we may experience important developments connected to Venus ruled areas (love, relationships, friendships, values, finances, worth, creativity, aesthetics). This is sort of like the beginning of a new Venus cycle in which it will be travelling ahead of the Sun until Spring 2020.

However, another way to look at it is that this period can bring more clarity and forward momentum around things connected to what was going on in the Fall of 2018 and building up since then. Venus last joined the Sun from our vantage point in late October when it was retrograde in its ‘Inferior Conjunction’. This was when the Earth and Venus were on the same side of the Sun. .

At that time something may have been seeded or we could have been doing something that may have had a direct or indirect connection to how things are playing out at this point. It can be associated with Venus ruled areas but it could also have something to do with other aspects of your life, triggered by its previous retrograde last Fall.

Due to the Full Moon being in an opposition with this conjunction, it’s also possible that the push-pull energy of the Leo-Aquarius polarity (mentioned above) can have something to do with Venus themes of values, love, relationships, friendships, finances, worth, self-worth, creativity, or aesthetics.

The Sun/Venus conjunction is in a quincunx aspect with Pluto in Capricorn. This can bring in frustrations and/or needed adjustments connected to fears, power, control issues, obsessions, hidden matters, shadow qualities, repressed feelings, sex, desires, structures, and ambitions to any developments connected to the Superior Conjunction of Venus. For many people, this may also be associated with the themes of last Lunar Eclipse.

Mercury Trine Chiron and Square Uranus

Less than seven hours before this Full Moon, Mercury (which has returned to Leo) ended its post shadow period of its previous retrograde that occurred throughout July. In the last few weeks things may have started to flow more smoothly and we could have experienced some resolutions and clarity around any challenges or issues that came up in the month prior. We may feel things moving forward and could also experience further developments related to this in early September.

During this Full Moon and in the day following, Mercury is in a trine with Chiron and square with Uranus, which has recently begun its retrograde. Our thoughts, communications, or other developments can be healing, holistic, spiritually oriented, unconventional, unique, awakening, and insightful. We can be more inventive, tap into new and original ideas, or bridge different things that don’t normally come together.

This energy can also be a bit unstable, impulsive, or we can be mentally scattered depending on how we apply ourselves. We can experience disruptions, surprises, changes in our plans and routines, or a disconnect in communications. Considering that Uranus is nearly stopped in the sky as it begins its retrograde, its energies are amplified right now. This can also reflect more extreme manifestations of its energy such as rebellion, separation, or even accidents in rare cases.

Mercury Trine Jupiter, Venus Conjunct Mars While Moving Towards Trine With Uranus

From August 20th-21st, Mercury will be in a trine with Jupiter in Sagittarius which has recently ended its retrograde and  is now moving forward. This can be good for learning, expansive communications or thoughts, travel plans, positive thinking, and optimism. We may want to seek the big picture, beliefs, perspectives, and meaning. For some people this can be lucky and there is a higher probability that things going on at this time can go very well.

Venus joins Mars from August 23rd-25th. This can be great for romantic, social, or creative activities. It can stimulate passion and sexuality. We may seek pleasure at this time yet we can also be impulsive about it. It can be good for anything that involves female and male energy coming together. Considering that this conjunction is occurring in Virgo, it can also be good for any type of actions or work that involve beautifying anything or even cleaning and organizing.

Both of these planets are also moving towards a trine with Uranus which is strongest over the following week. Venus makes its contact with it from August 25th to 26th which can bring an exciting, surprising, or stimulating energy around our relations and finances.

It can also be be good to participate in something fun that is different or new to us. For some people it can reflect creative undertakings especially if it involves technology. Making aesthetic changes in some way can also be ideal as well.

Mars’ trine with Uranus is strongest from August 27th-29th. This is good for any sort of actions that are unusual, experimental, liberating, progressive, technological, or independent. We may want to do something that involves making positive change.

Things To Consider At This Time

What has come up for you in the last week around values, relationships, love, friendships, finances, pleasures, creativity, worth, or aesthetics? How should you proceed forward based on these developments or realizations?

How can you balance your personal passions with the needs of the collective? How can you resolve any conflicts between leadership and a team or group? Are you experiencing any challenges or conflict between your heart and intellect? What is your gut telling you? What signs are you getting from the Universe?

What can you do to be more innovative, original, or progressive? What areas of your life are calling for growth, expansion, exploration, meaning, or better understanding? Is there anything that you feel you should be doing to help you feel more free?

Do you have fears, repressed/deep feelings, shadow qualities, or obsessions that are creating obstacles or complications? If so, how should you handle it? Do you need to release or unravel anything to help you feel better, heal, or bring more joy into your life?

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 after the peak of the Full Moon when it begins to wane until the next New Moon in two weeks. The exact moment of this Full Moon is on August 15th at 12:29pm Universal Time. You can click here to so what that is in your time zone.

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Full Moon In Virgo: Self-Care & Growth In Relationships

We are having a Full Moon in Virgo on March 1st-2nd depending on your geographic location. It will appear the fullest on the night of March 1st in most areas of the world. It will also be the first of two Full Moons in the calendar month of March, which means that at the end of the month we will be having the second Blue Moon of the year which is very rare.

This Full Moon is part of the same Moon cycle of the last Solar Eclipse in Aquarius that we had on February 15th. It is possible that some of the themes of that eclipse can still be strong and can continue over the next few weeks until the end of this lunation cycle. However, eclipse themes are generally still present over the following 4-6 months until the next series of eclipses.

We have been in Pisces season since February 18th when the Sun entered this sign. Venus and Mercury are also there and they have all been joining Neptune which has been in Pisces since 2011. In modern astrology, Neptune is considered to be a ruler or co-ruler of Pisces and can really amplify Piscean energies whenever other planets are travelling through that sign. (I generally view it as a sub-ruler depending on the astrological application).

Full Moon In Virgo Opposite Sun In Pisces

Pisces is a water sign associated with compassion, spirituality, creativity, dreams, faith, oneness, sensitivity, and imagination. It is a sign that is generally more accepting, forgiving, and has a heightened psychic receptivity. On the downside, Pisces energy can be spacey, confusing, flakey, weak willed, impractical, with a tendency to escape the hard realities of the real world.

This Full Moon is happening in its opposite sign of Virgo, triggering a need to balance these energies. A Full Moon can sometimes bring up challenges or a push-pull effect related to the signs that the Sun and Moon are occupying. However, it can also be a period of integrating these energies as well, which is ultimately what we usually want to aim for. This could be more easily done this time around due to the configuration of planets.

Virgo is an Earth sign and is more concerned with the physical world. It is practical, efficient, hard working, analytical, organized, pure, meticulous, and reliable. It is also associated with how we take care of ourselves; our lifestyle and our bodies. On the downside, Virgo energy can be overly critical, petty, and perfectionist.

Both signs are associated with healing; Virgo being connected to physical health and Pisces to spiritual and emotional health. Virgo related healing modalities include good nutrition, herbs, cleansing, physical exercise, and even conventional medicine and approaches. However, anything on the physical side would be somewhat connected to Virgo. Pisces related healing modalities include meditation techniques, energy healing on the aura/chakras and changing behavioural patterns in the subconscious mind.

For some people, this Full Moon and the next few weeks can be a good time to consider or start physical healing modalities, which also have emotional or spiritual benefits. For example, going on a cleanse or some sort of fast would be a great way to do this especially since Virgo rules the digestive system.

Mercury with Venus Both Trine Jupiter In Scorpio

During this Full Moon, Mercury and Venus are in a close conjunction with each other while in a tight trine with Jupiter in Scorpio. Mercury is the ruler of Virgo and Jupiter is the traditonal ruler of Pisces, therefore this aspect really helps to harmonize the polarity of these two signs. This is a great energy for socializing and communication with others. The Mercury-Venus-Pisces combination helps us to connect with others with love, unification, selflessness, compassion, forgiveness, as well as sharing our feelings and our values connected to any of these things.

With Jupiter in Scorpio in the mix, this can help to provide growth, expansion, and can even be transformative and explorative. This energy can also manifest as financial benefits for some people, however, because this is occuring in water signs, it leans more towards emotional connectivity with others. In some cases, this energy can even be good for making pleasurable travel plans or putting energy towards a creative marketing or educational effort.

Mercury and Venus Conjunct Chiron, Sun Conjunct Neptune

Chiron is also close to Venus and Mercury. This could emphasize many of the things already mentioned above. Chiron could also help us to heal wounds, blockages, and negative patterns around love, relationships, communication, the mind, and connection. It could also just bring up or trigger these types of wounds and help us to reflect on them. In some cases, there could be a theme of taking more of a holistic approach to these areas. This energy will be strongest on March 4th and some of it on the 5th as well.

Also on March 4th, the Sun will also be exactly conjunct Neptune which is building up now and will pick up more so on March 3rd. Spirituality and psychic receptivity will be more heightened at that time. It is a great energy for doing creative work or anything where you seek divine inspiration, imagination, and connection to ethereal energies. It could also be a good time to indulge in the creative efforts of others. Perhaps watching a good movie, going to an art show, or immersing yourself in some music that makes you feel good.

However, this energy can also be challenging when it comes to doing anything that is analytical and involves details. Ourselves or others can be less grounded, confused, forgetful, and flaky. Also, a tendency towards escapism and fantasizing can be high, which could be a good thing or bad thing depending on your approach to escaping reality and whether or not it is actually serving you. It is best to be in ‘the flow’ at that time and do things that are more conducive to this energy.

Things To Consider At This Time

What can you do to take better care of yourself both physically and spiritually? What changes do you need to make to your lifestyle to help strengthen your connection to your spiritual self? What do you need to do in order to be more grounded, efficient, organized, and practical to make your creative or spiritual efforts a reality? What can you do to help to heal your relationships with others or your own personal blockages getting in the way? Do you need to communicate with more compassion and sensitivity?

These are just some examples of what to consider at this time, however, not limited to them either. The waning Full Moon and the two weeks following can also be a good time to release things from our lives. This can also include cleansing (our bodies and spaces), detoxifying, or pursuing to heal negative patterns that do not serve you..

The exact time of this Full Moon is at 12:51am Universal Time March 2nd, which works out to be the later part of  March 1st in the Americas. The Moon begins its waning phase at that point which is usually the most potent time to initiate releasing. You can click here to see what that is for your time zone.

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