Full Moon In Aquarius: Expansion & Originality

We are having a second consecutive Full Moon in Aquarius on August 22nd. It will appear the brightest on the night of the 21st in the Americas and on the night of the 22nd in the time zones East of the UK. This is the peak of the Lunar cycle that began with a New Moon in Leo on August 8th. 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 themes slowly build up after the New Moon prior.

This is 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 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.

This Full Moon happens with the Sun opposing the Moon right at the tail end of Leo and Aquarius, at the 29th degree, less than half a day before we begin Virgo season. The energies of a sign tend to be more heightened at these points. Also, with it being a 2nd consecutive Full Moon in the same sign, it is an ‘Astrological Blue Moon,’ which is something that occurs once every 3 years. This also amplifies the energies of this polarity of signs over an extended period.

Full Moon In Aquarius Opposite Sun In Leo

We have already been in Leo Season for about a month as the Sun will change signs shortly after this Full Moon. Leo is a passionate Fire sign. It is about our individual self-expression, what brings us joy, and inspiration.  It is associated with the heart, love, creativity, performing, fun, children, romance, hobbies, and leadership. Leo is about what makes us great as individuals and can be courageous and generous. Expressed negatively, Leo energy can also be egotistical, pompous, dramatic, and demanding of attention or respect.

Aquarius is an intellectual Air sign. It is associated with friends, groups, social networks, the team, and humanity. It views the unique and authentic qualities of an individual as an important and contributing factor to the collective. Aquarius is progressive, unconventional, innovative, technological, scientific, reforming, idealistic, and even revolutionary. Negatively, it can be aloof, overly objective, unrealistic, dispassionate, impersonal, and overly detached.

Full Moon Conjunct Jupiter & Going Into Pisces, Sun Conjunct Regulus & Going Into Virgo

This Full Moon is separating from a close conjunction with Jupiter. This brings an energy that is expansive, explorative, freedom seeking, and even idealistic when combined with the Aquarian energy. Themes around beliefs, perspectives, opinions, education, or media/marketing may come up. However, with it being a Full Moon (opposing the Sun), it can also be a time of conflicts around those things. Overextending and overestimating ourselves can also be prevalent.

The Sun is aligned with the royal star Regulus which is associated with power, authority, and influence. The opposition of this to the Aquarian Moon (with Jupiter) can play out as ideals of the ‘people/collective/groups vs. leaders/authority’ in some people’s experience of it.

The Moon will be entering Pisces forty minutes after the peak of the Full Moon while it is still full. At that time and in the days following, this can also bring an energy that is spiritual, empathic, compassionate, creative, mystical, imaginative, elusive, dreamy, or divinely inspired.

As mentioned earlier, the Sun will be entering Virgo less than a day after the Full Moon. Usually the shift from Leo to Virgo is one of the more obvious and noticeable transitions of signs as Leo is more fun and playful while Virgo is oriented around getting things done. In this case with it being so close to the Aquarian Full Moon, it will probably take three or more days to really notice the Virgo energy.

Mars Trine Uranus, Venus Trine Saturn

At the time of this Full Moon, Mars in Virgo is in a tight trine with Uranus in Taurus. This is a good energy for trying something new, experimental or asserting ourselves in a way that is unconventional, stimulating, innovative, technological, rebellious, progressive, original, exciting, or independent. This energy can also be inspiring to act on something and some people may feel a burst of energy.

Uranus had also went stationary retrograde in the days leading to this, so this energy in general will be very strong. Throughout the week following this Full Moon (and even in the 1-2 weeks prior) there is an increased possibility of surprises, disruptions, separations, sudden changes,  accidents, or things breaking. Experiences that are unusual, enlightening, or stimulating can also occur and/or we may have interactions with other people that have those qualities.

Venus in Libra is in a trine with Saturn during the Full Moon and over the following day and a half. This can have a stabilizing or committing effect on relationships. It can be constructive, solidifying, or maturing when it comes to our social life, love, financial matters, business relations, possessions, or things that are aesthetic related. In some cases this can play out as important connections and developments with others who are much older or younger than us.

Mercury Opposite Neptune, Venus Opposite Chiron, Mercury Trine Pluto

Mercury in Virgo is moving towards an opposition with Neptune in Pisces since August 20th/21st which will peak on August 24th/25th. In general, Mercury in this sign (from August 11th/12th until August 29th/30th) helps our thinking and communication to be more organized, detailed, practical, technical, efficient, and productive.

However, with it being opposite Neptune during this four day window, we may have to contend with some misunderstandings, confusion, lack of clarity, miscommunications, lack of focus, deception, carelessness, or disheartening developments during this period.  In some cases, issues or complications around vehicles, commuting, phones, or computers may come up and could involve water, oil, inconsistencies, or play out in other ways as well.

Venus will be moving towards an opposition to Chiron from August 23rd/24th until August 26th/27th when it peaks. Wounds, blockages, insecurities, weaknesses, and imbalances can come up strongly in our relations, finances, values, self worth, or physical appearance. If this applies to you, it’s best to look at the situation from a whole-istic perspective to help move beyond the issue. If this doesn’t come up, it can still be a good time for any kind of healing or growth in the areas mentioned above.

Mercury is in a trine with Pluto on August 25th/26th. This is great for mental focus or getting to the bottom of things. Thoughts and/or communications can be deep, powerful, empowering,  insightful, revealing, or psychologically oriented. In some cases this aspect can have beneficial financial implications.

Sun Square Lunar Nodes, Mars Opposite Neptune

The Sun is in a square with the Lunar Nodes on August 28th-30th. This can trigger some of the themes of the previous Solar Eclipse and Lunar Eclipse as we may experience developments connected to them. We may also feel like we are at a crossroads as considerations at this time may involve where we are coming from and where we are heading, or perhaps being stuck between things that can be holding us back and things that can facilitate growth. It can also involve incorporating beneficial aspects of the past and applying them in an evolved or forward moving way.

In the days following this Full Moon, Mars in Virgo will be moving towards its own opposition to Neptune (similarly to Mercury) which peaks from September 1st-4th. At best, this energy can be good for applying ourselves towards activities that are spiritual, creative, compassionate, selfless, or involve water.

However, this can be challenging overall as it may seem that our efforts are met with impracticality, confusion, carelessness, or flaky behavior as a result of others. Some people can also feel lazy, discouraged, or helpless. It’s best to go with the flow and do things that work best with this energy as mentioned in the above paragraph.

Things To Consider

In what ways can you expand? Is there anything that you want to learn? What are your ideals and do they truly align with your heart’s desires? What is coming up regarding your friends/social network? In what ways can you grow in your relations? Or What are the potentials for growth amongst your relations? How can you balance or collaborate your individual needs with the needs of the group? What does freedom mean for you and how can you achieve it? Is there anything that you need to shift, shake up, rebel against, or liberate yourself from? Is there anything new you want to try or experiment with?

These are just some examples of themes that could come up or ways to approach 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, it is best to do so after it begins to wane following the peak or during the two weeks afterwards when it is waning before the next New Moon. The exact peak time for this Full Moon is at 12:02pm Universal Time on August 22nd. You can click here to see what that is in your time zone.

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New Moon In Leo: Meaningful Passion

We are having a New Moon in Leo on August 8th throughout the world and in the early hours of August 9th in New Zealand. This is initiating a 29.5 day lunar cycle and new wave of energy for the coming month; however, the astrological configurations mentioned throughout this article will be more prominent over the following two weeks. This Lunar Cycle peaks with a second Full Moon in Aquarius on August 22nd.

We have been in Leo season since July 22nd/23rd,  however, this New Moon will activate its energies even more so for the remainder of it following the next Full Moon. As a Fire sign, Leo is associated with passion, instinct, inspiration, assertiveness, courage, confidence, and spirit.

Ruled by the Sun, Leo is about heart-centeredness, shining authentically, creativity, affection, generosity, and influence. It is the performer, the leader and the creator, as it seeks to find joy in expressing itself in those ways. Leo is a vital sign and also rules children, fun, and romance. Expressed negatively, this energy can also be egotistical, conceited, dramatic, overbearing, and demanding of attention or respect.

New Moon Applying Conjunction to Mercury and Opposition to Jupiter

This New Moon is separating from hard aspects with Uranus and Saturn which were configured into the previous Full Moon and triggered more so from late July until August 7th. We are coming into this Lunar cycle following a period of potential delays, disruptions, surprises, obstacles, separations, instability, limitations, restrictions, changes in plans, or breaking away from something.

As we enter this new Lunar cycle, the energy is generally more forward moving with less complications in comparison to these previous weeks. Since August 1st/2nd, Mercury has gradually begun to move ahead of the Sun which now puts us in a better place mentally and perceptively to see things more clearly to help us make better decisions.

The Moon’s first aspect following the exact New Moon will be a conjunction with Mercury (also in Leo) indicating an upcoming few weeks that are more lively, active, and communicative. For many people this can also reflect a lot of commuting or moving around. Our thoughts and feelings can also be more in sync with each other at this time.

Both the New Moon and Mercury are in an opposition with Jupiter in Aquarius. This can feel expansive and we may want to think big. This energy can be good for making plans, going on trips, or engaging in things that are educational, philosophical, or idealistic.

However, this Jupiterian energy in the mix can also play out as overextending ourselves and excessiveness. Although we are in a period of better clarity (as mentioned above), this aspect can reflect a period in which we can be scattered or overlook details and blindspots more easily. Conflicts around beliefs and opinions are more susceptible under these planetary configurations. This energy will come up strongest in the three days following this New Moon and then again around August 18th-20th when the Sun opposes Jupiter.

Venus Opposite Neptune and Trine Pluto

Venus has been in Virgo over the last few weeks. This is a time in which matters associated with this planet such as friendships, love, pleasure, aesthetics, beauty, art, values, or finances may be expressed or faced with the need to be more discerning, attentive to details, practical, health conscious, organized, clean, efficient, or productive.

During this New Moon, Venus is moving towards an opposition with Neptune in Pisces which has been building up over these recent weeks and will peak on August 9th/10th. We may have to contend with elusiveness, flaky behavior, deceit, unreliability, delusion, escapism, or lack of discrimination in the Venus ruled areas or expressions mentioned in the above paragraph.

Our relations with others at this time can also be more compassionate, spiritual, and selfless. However, we need to be cautious of self-deceit or unwarranted self-sacrifice. Following this aspect, Venus then moves towards a trine with Pluto in Capricorn on August 11th/12th. This energy is much better for Venus areas as developments at this time can be empowering, meaningful, deep, regenerating, or perhaps fortunate in some way.

Mars and Mercury Square Lunar Nodes

Mars has been moving towards a square with the Lunar Nodes since entering Virgo on July 29th/30th and peaks on August 10th-12th. When it comes to how we assert our will, drive, physical energy, anger, competitiveness, or in some cases sexuality, we may be at a crossroads or feel torn between the past and the future. .

At that time, Mercury will be entering Virgo and will be moving towards its own square with the Lunar Nodes which will peak days later on August 15th/16th. This will have similar themes but will pertain to more Mercury related expressions or areas of life such as communications, commuting/vehicles, communication technology, thought process, mental focus, siblings/cousins, close friends, or neighbours.

This can be a time of reflecting on what is holding us back from moving forward, asserting ourselves in new ways, or experiences that can be more fulfilling for our growth. Both of these planets are in Virgo, so therefore discernment, attentiveness, productivity, details, practicality, health, organization, or efficiency may be what is needed at this time.

Mars Quincunx Saturn, Mercury Conjunct Mars, Uranus Going Retrograde

Mars will be in a quincunx with Saturn from August 13th-14th, and may also be felt in the days prior. Although the first few weeks of this lunar cycle should flow better than the previous weeks, during this short window our actions may be faced with hindrances that require adjustments. Any limitations, restrictions, boundaries, or obstacles that we face will need extra effort to adapt to.

Mercury will catch up to Mars as they will be in a conjunction in Virgo on August 18th/19th. Our minds can be very active, productive, and quick at this time. We may feel like we need to move around or walk/drive fast, but we need to be careful to not be too aggressive in our commuting. Our communications with others can be very lively but there is also a higher chance of arguments, verbal attacks, or getting annoyed with others. The Sun’s opposition with Jupiter will also be getting close at that time (as mentioned earlier) which can reflect scatteredness or conflicts around beliefs/opinions in the mix with the energies of the Mercury-Mars conjunction.

Uranus is currently slowing down to go retrograde on August 19th/20th. During the weeks before and after a planet is transitioning from one direction to another, its energies become more noticeable. Uranus is associated with surprises, sudden changes, liberation, rebellion, science, technology, innovation, metaphysics, experimentation, accidents, upheaval, sudden disasters, or things breaking.

As it changes motion on the 19th/20th, it will be in a trine with Mercury. This can play out as stimulating or insightful conversations, information, or thoughts. We can be more inventive, original, or have innovative ideas. In some cases surprising developments can occur which can be beneficial. This can also be good for trying something new or actions that involve technology, science, or metaphysics.

Making Intentions and Things To Consider

What has come up for you over the previous week and what have you gotten more clarity on? What do you think the spiritual reason is for the recent hindrances, obstacles, or disruptions that have occurred? Is there anything that has become more obvious for you in recent days? What can you do to bring more joy and playfulness into your life? What practices, activities, or relations can help you to be more in your heart? Do you have any creative needs yearning to be expressed? What can you do to be more inspired?

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 it will occur is 1:51pm Universal Time on August 8th. You can click here to see what that is in your time zone.

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Lunar Eclipse In Cancer: Navigating Heaviness

We are having a Lunar Eclipse in Cancer on January 10th  peaking at 7:10pm Universal Time which will be on the 11th in the East. It will be visible (weather permitting) wherever it will be night time when it is occuring. This includes all of Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia, and parts of New Zealand.

Most of the American continents will not be able to see it with the exception of Greenland, the Maritimes, parts of Quebec, parts of Maine, Northern Canada, Alaska, the Eastern tip of Brazil. However, this is a penumbral eclipse which is the least noticeable type as the Moon will have a slight shade which will subtly dim its brightness.

As mentioned in my previous articles, the current series of Eclipses are in the Cancer-Capricorn axis as we are experiencing evolutionary changes associated with these signs. This series slightly began in mid-2018 as the eclipses were beginning to transition out of Leo-Aquarius, however they became exclusive to Cancer/Capricorn in early 2019 and will conclude later this year.

This one follows a Solar Eclipse in Capricorn at the previous New Moon that occurred on December 25th/26th. You can read more about it here. The energies of these specific back to back lunation’s will have influence over the following 6 months which may have begun in the 6 weeks leading up to them

Lunar Eclipse In Cancer

This eclipse is a Full Moon in Cancer near the North Node. This indicates changes and developments associated with this sign that have an increasing effect on how its energies are expressed. It opposes the Sun in Capricorn near the South Node which reflects shifts that have a decreasing effect on how that sign is expressing itself.

Cancer belongs to the water element which is associated with emotion, intuition, instinct, and feeling. Ruled by the Moon, this sign specifically is associated with the home, family, caring, nurturing, motherly energy, security, vulnerability, and bonding. It is sentimental, comfort seeking, protective and nostalgic. Negatively, it can be overly emotional, smothering, clingy, too subjective, insecure, and attached to the past.

Capricorn belongs to the earth element which is practical, sensual, enduring, and physically oriented. It is associated with ambitions, career, achievement, orderliness, productivity, authority, governance, duty, and business. Capricorn is structured, disciplined, prudent, and responsible. Negatively, it can be too serious, stubborn, material focused, callous, overly concerned with social status, and highly controlling.

Having the lunar nodes and eclipses highlighting these signs could reflect adjustments in how we incorporate their themes in our lives. Circumstances that have been playing out in the last year and into this year can push us towards some sort of re-orientation between the polarity of Cancer and Capricorn. Shifts in work-life balance, emotional matters over material matters, security over status, wellbeing over productivity, are some examples of how this can be playing out.

Lunar Eclipse Opposing Saturn-Pluto Conjunction Joined By Sun, Mercury

The Sun and Mercury are joining the Saturn-Pluto Conjunction in Capricorn which are all opposing the eclipsed Moon. On its own, the meeting of Saturn and Pluto is the most significant planetary aspect of 2020 and in recent years. This current conjunction has been gradually building up in the previous months and it peaks in the weeks before and after this eclipse with the exact alignment happening on January 12th.

The combined energy of Saturn and Pluto can be heavy, serious, and can bring about some major challenges depending on how it is interacting with your natal chart. Saturn is also the ruler of Capricorn and this aspect can reinforce some of the eclipse related shifts connected to that sign.

At best, this configuration can have a purging, transformative, or deepening effect on structures, responsibilities, and duties. It can also be a time to address fears, obsession, jealousy, compulsiveness, trauma, or shadows. Issues around power, control, limitations, boundaries, debt, sexuality, abuse, hidden matters, death, or manipulation may also play out.

Circumstances, developments, and thoughts that come up may be calling upon us to get real about an area of our life. For those into personal development, this can help to push us towards a necessary evolutionary change or perhaps an ending to something to help us in future growth.

This eclipse highlights these Saturn-Pluto themes into first 3-6 months of 2020. However it will likely be experienced the strongest from January 9th-14th when it is exact and also joined by the Sun and Mercury.

The Saturn-Pluto Effect on Geopolitical and Collective Matters

On a geopolitical and collective level, whenever outer planets like Saturn and Pluto meet there is the potential for major developments and events in which important things are established, seeded, or concluded. It can also reflect conflicts that can contribute to a collective evolutionary process. The reason for this significance is because it is a transition of one long term cycle to another.

The last time Saturn and Pluto aligned was in November 1982 in Libra and this current period we are in now marks the ending of a Saturn-Pluto cycle that began then. Therefore there is a transition in what areas this combination of energies is being expressed. That cycle that is closing up now had a collective impact on how we approach relationships, marriage, equality, diplomacy, and other Libra related areas over a span of 37+ years. The challenges reflected by these planets contributed (directly or indirectly) to that process during the different phases of the cycle.

The transition period into the new cycle began in late 2014 and it is directly affecting Capricorn areas of ambitions, career, productivity, business, government/governance, banking structures, and a redefinining of how power and status is expressed.

A great recent example of how this is playing out is the changing dynamics of the British Royal family on how that can affect their role as head of state (for Commonwealth countries) in the decades to come. The current political landscape in the US and around the world is also seeding a process that will play out throughout this cycle.

Also in recent news, this Saturn-Pluto energy (combined with Uranus stationary, mentioned below) reflects the assassination of a major Iranian political figure a week prior to this eclipse. This conflict (whether or not it escalates) will contribute to the changes reflected in this new cycle but also can be closing up certain themes pertaining Middle Eastern tension of the previous decades.

Uranus Going Direct

During this Eclipse, Uranus is stopped in the sky as it is in the process of changing motion from our perspective here on Earth. It is ending its retrograde literally hours later. At this time, and in the weeks before and after, Uranus themes can be coming up strongly. It’s possible that some of the themes coming up now may be connected to thoughts, feelings, or circumstances that were happening last August or in April/May 2019.

There can be some surprises, liberating actions, or beginning to move forward in a freeing, innovative, unique, or unconventional way. This can also manifest as shake ups, disruptions, separation, accidents, or rebellion. Important developments pertaining to new technology or innovation can also play out. It is common to see more disasters in the news during these stationary periods, whether they are naturally occurring or man made.

Mercury Superior Conjunction

Mercury is joining the Sun on the day of this Eclipse in what is called a ‘Superior Conjunction’. This aspect will also be aligned with the Saturn-Pluto conjunction (mentioned above) which accentuates the significance of this overall planetary configuration.

This is a period in which we may experience more clarity and potential developments connected some of the themes that have been playing out in the last 1.5 months since Mercury’s previous retrograde has ended.

Ideas, situations, or other things that were seeded in November may have further developments or circumstances come up. We may experience a change or some sort of progress. It can even result in a beginning or ending due to increased certainty around a situation..

In comparison to these last few months, our minds can become more aligned with our true needs and self-expression from this period forward until mid-late February. We can better implement whatever we have been thinking about with greater confidence and direction. However, due to the Saturn-Pluto conjunction, this energy can also have longer term implications in connection to the themes of the combined energy of those planets.

Jupiter Conjunct The Lunar South Node

Jupiter is aligned with the South Node of the Moon which highlights some of the themes of the previous Solar Eclipse. This can reflect changes and shedding connected to negative expressions of Jupiter which can include excessiveness, overconfidence, extremism,  dogmatic opinions/behavior, provocation, blind optimism, extravagance, wastefulness, judging others, gambling and speculative pursuits, inflationary actions, or behavior that disregards consequences.

Jupiter also rules beliefs, morals, education, aspirations, travel, foreign countries, publishing, as well as media and marketing and perhaps it can affect those things as well. Jupiter is naturally expansive and idealistic, however, considering it is aligned with the South Node in Saturn ruled Capricorn as well as the occurrence of the Mercury-Sun-Saturn-Pluto conjunction configured with the Cancerian Lunar Eclipse, this is a time to be realistic, cautious, take things more seriously, and focus on what is important in consideration of your emotional well being.

Things To Consider

What has transpired for you in recent weeks in regards to your feelings and circumstances that have been playing out? What has the Universe shown you to help you in decisions that you need to make? What area of your life requires you to take a more serious approach? What do you need to do to achieve a more fulfilling work-life balance? Do you need to reconsider your ambitions? What is important for your emotional well-being? Do you need address anything pertaining to personal shadows, power dynamics, trauma, fears, debt, sexuality, or boundaries? In what areas of your life have you been too excessive?

These are just some examples of the themes that can be playing out for you. It is best to try to tune into this energy and pay attention to your feelings to help you in decisions you need to make. The two weeks following this eclipse can be a good time to initiate any sort of releasing process. The eclipse begins at 5:08pm Universal Time on January 10th with it peaking at 7:10pm and finishing at 9:12pm. The Moon begins to wane after 7:21pm. You can click here to see when the peak will be in your time zone.

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