This Moon marks the beginning of Leo season, a time when we are encouraged to let our inner child out to play! Leo is the part of us that likes to express ourselves, to create, to play, to have fun and follow our hearts along the path of joy. Leo invites us to allow our passionate, romantic, spontaneous selves to shine and to fully participate in love and life. And then the Aquarius Full Moon comes along, only the day after the Sun moves into Leo! Full Moons tend to bring things to a head emotionally, as whatever has been bubbling beneath the surface comes out into full bloom. Emotions could ride high in the days before the Full Moon, demanding release as the energy peaks. Anyone with personal planets and angles around 1° of a sign, especially the fixed signs Taurus, Leo, Scorpio and Aquarius, will feel the energy of this Moon most acutely.
Aquarius is the sign that represents the people and is willing to go against the grain. Ruled by Uranus, it is the part of us that questions the rules, stands up to authority, fights for freedom and marches to the beat of its own drum. Unconventional, wilful, eccentric and quirky, Aquarius helps us to stand back from consensus reality and see things from a more objective, impartial, detached viewpoint. While Leo dives right into the centre of things, shining brightly as the star of the show, Aquarius tends to stand on the sidelines, watching the show as the detached observer. This is helpful in some ways, as it allows us to see things from a different perspective, which can be difficult when you are in the thick of it. However, it can also bring ostracisation and a sense of being the outsider looking in. Aquarius asks us to be utterly authentic and uniquely ourselves, even if it means standing out from the crowd.
Aquarius can be quite “electric”, zany and excitable, while Leo is very enthusiastic, hot-blooded and passionate, so this Moon could be quite enlivening, to say the least! There is the potential for some revolutionary energy to come to the fore, as we have fun with our inner rebel! Leo needs to express itself, while Aquarius questions external authority and stands up for our rights and freedom. As such, this could be a big time for protests and marches with a lot of fire, creativity and passion behind them! We may find that we have a lot of creative vision and a desire to somehow do things differently, stepping out of the box and following our hearts with passion and joy. This could be a time of great epiphanies and insight, whereby we wake up to what we truly need to do in order to feel free and live an existence that is true to who we really are when we let go of our conditioning.
Mars is also still in Leo, until 30 July, so passions could certainly be riding high during this Moon! With the planet of war, sexuality, desire and action in such a warm, fiery, expressive sign we could find ourselves acting on our hearts desires and fighting with passion, courage and heart. Mars is forming a nagging inconjunct aspect to powerful Pluto during this Moon, exact on Friday 23 July, so there is the potential for power struggles and for us to be more easily triggered than usual. We may need to stand up against the power structures, or may find ourselves acting and reacting from a compulsive, subconscious place deep within, leaving us feeling quite exposed. Hidden material may come out into the open that is uncomfortable but also transforming, purifying, honest and raw. Pluto is quite a compulsive energy that forces us to confront our shadows and psychological complexes, so this could help us to be more aware of where our compulsions, desires and anger comes from. It might not be pretty, however!
In the meantime, we have a lovely, harmonious trine between Neptune and Mercury, exact later on the day of the Full Moon. Neptune is the planet of oneness and unity that helps us to dissolve ego and connect to spirit. Mercury is the planet that represents our thought process, our capacity to learn and communicate. This combo can help us to communicate in a sensitive, kind, caring, inspired, connected, compassionate, non-threatening and empathetic manner. Indeed, we may find ourselves better able to communicate without the need for words, reading body language and subtle cues, picking up on telepathic messages and being more aware of our intuitive hunches. We may be more in touch with our inner poet, helping us to connect with one another in subtle, non-verbal ways that don’t necessarily need words. This could be a good time for fantasising and using our imagination!
Venus is also involved in this Moon, having just moved into demure, modest and humble Virgo after being in passionate, playful and romantic Leo for the past few weeks. This is a bit of a shift for our relationships, as the energy of Leo and Virgo are quite different! Leo follows the heart and can be a very romantic, joyful energy, while Virgo is the part of us that can be a bit more picky and quite critical of self and others. We may tend to over-analyse our feelings and relationships, unlike Leo’s more playful, risk-taking style of relating. However, there is a self-effacing humility to Virgo that is very endearing, not to mention a genuine desire to help and serve others. This shift into Virgo certainly can help to bring our relationships down to earth, so that we can break them down and see what needs to be worked on in order for them to be truly successful. We just have to be aware that perfection is an illusion and not be too hard on ourselves or those with whom we are in close relationship.
Jupiter moves from spiritual, expansive, flowing Pisces back into non-conformist Aquarius on 28 July, where it will remain until 29 December. Jupiter in Aquarius calls for us to question our beliefs and open ourselves up to a different way of approaching reality. Aquarius breaks the rules, questions authority and stands up for tolerance, freedom, equality and brother/sisterhood. We may find ourselves being opened up to ideas, beliefs and concepts that we may hitherto have been unwilling to entertain. Jupiter is the part of us that quite likes to preach, and in Aquarius we may find that more people come out of the woodwork to express alternative views to the mainstream narrative. Jupiter in Aquarius can help to break down our conditioning and programming so that we can see the truth beneath it all.
The Sabian Symbol for this Moon, at 2° Aquarius, is: “The unexpected thunder-storm”. Well, this one speaks for itself really! Dane Rudyar says “The symbol could be given a very positive meaning in an arid environment, but the emphasis on “unexpected” tends to accent the sudden dangerous character of the event. Such a thunderstorm in a region of dry hills can cause a devastating flood. At any rate, it refers to an event for which one is not prepared – a menace to men’s works. This scene stresses the fact that nature may reduce to impermanence the seemingly most permanent endeavours and constructive activities of men. Under a downpour of rain, adobe brick can return to mud. All human institutions and their achievements can be washed away, even in their day of great glory. “Dust you were, dust you must become.” This is NATURE’S CHALLENGE”
There is certainly a sense of a surprise - something coming out of the blue, possibly asking us to step out of the comfort zone and approach things from a different perspective. This can potentially be exciting, or unsettling, or both! Thunderstorms can certainly clear the air, bringing greater clarity and insight. While we could experience a bit of a shock, it also has the potential to wake us up somehow, helping us to see things from a different perspective and even bringing a sense of liberation. The energy of Aquarius and Uranus, its ruler, certainly can be shocking, unpredictable, exciting, erratic, quirky, destabilising, liberating, enlightening and surprising! This is the sign of the “light bulb moment”! Sometimes we need a bit of a shock to blast us out of complacency, shift our perspective and wake us up. Aquarius calls for us to do things differently, to question, to open ourselves to change, to dare to live a truly authentic life that is unique to us.
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