An Aquarius Full Moon always has the potential to be quite powerful, and this one is especially potent, as it’s a Supermoon! This means that the Moon is closer to the earth, bigger, brighter and has more of an impact on our mind, body, emotions and spirit. It is now Leo season, a time to listen to our hearts and do whatever brings us joy. However, we still have Pluto squaring the Nodes, albeit it is now starting to wane a bit. As such, there is more soul searching and shadow diving for us ahead, no doubt! Not to mention that Venus is now retrograde, calling us to look backwards and reflect upon our relationships, past and present. However, ultimately an Aquarius Moon has the potential to be quite exciting, enlivening and liberating, helping to get our Leo creative juices flowing!
The Sun is currently in playful, dramatic and creative Leo, sitting directly opposite the Moon in eccentric, humanitarian and freedom loving Aquarius. In an ideal world we would find a healthy balance between the energy of the two signs, rather than veering too far in one direction or the other. Too much Leo can mean that we seek validation, praise, attention and encouragement from outside of ourselves and could find it hard to see beyond our own perspective. Aquarius helps us to be more objective and detached, recognising that we are all special and unique and that there is a big world out there that doesn’t necessarily revolve around us. An Aquarius Full Moon can help us to gain more perspective, helping us to step back and see ourselves more clearly, which could be very useful indeed.
Too much Aquarius can put us too much in our heads and can make us feel like we are on the outside looking in. Leo invites us to drop into our hearts and to fully participate in life, shining our light brightly. Aquarius is the rebel in us, the part of us that can be somewhat contrary, but can see outside of the box and question the rules, especially the ones that don’t make any sense! This is the kind of Moon that can help us to liberate ourselves from old patterns, conditioning and to come back to who we truly are. Leo and Aquarius invite us to celebrate our unique self, get creative, have some fun and express ourselves, even parts of ourselves that we haven’t expressed before. There has been a lot of inner child work going on recently, which has been quite intense, so maybe now it’s time to let our inner child out to play!
Uranus, the ruler of this Aquarius Moon, is forming a challenging, dynamic square aspect to Retrograde Venus in Leo, which could be interesting! This square aspect will be exact on 9 August, but the energy is certainly building in strength during this Moon. Uranus is the Great Awakener and when it activates Venus can bring some wake up calls, revelations, shocks or curve balls in the realm of our relationships, finances and self-worth. We may find that we are jolted into greater awareness, setting us back on track if we have veered off it, and forcing us to be true to ourselves. It has the potential to bring a sudden ending to a relationship, but only if it is unhealthy, or has no place left to go or is simply not right for us anymore. On the other hand, Uranus could simply help us to liberate ourselves from any stuck, stagnant, unhealthy dynamics within the relationship, so that it frees both parties up to be who they really are. Uranus can break things down in order to create a breakthrough.
Those of us with personal planets or angles around 22° of a sign, especially the fixed signs of Taurus, Leo, Scorpio and Aquarius, will be feeling the liberating and potentially unsettling energy of Uranus most acutely right now. However, it certainly can bring a greater perspective and insight, while also helping us to release ourselves from our old programming around relating, opening us up to a more authentic way of being in relationship which allows us to be true to ourselves. Uranus is also in Taurus right now, which is the sign that rules survival and the economy, and Venus is the ruler of Taurus, so there could be some sudden shocks, wake up calls or curve balls relating to the financial system. There could also be some shifts around the digitisation of the economy, including cryptocurrency.
Venus is Retrograde in Leo from 23 July until 3 September, which could bring opportunities for dipping back into the past in order to better understand our present relationship dynamics. People could literally pop up from our past, which could be surprising and yet could help us to work through any unresolved dynamics so that we are free of them once and for all. So often, we are unconsciously holding onto sticky material from so long ago that is stuck in our energy system and tends to impact our current relationships. Possibly it is time to remember, look at it and clear it. With Pluto still square the Nodes right now it is an ideal time to do the inner work and go back into the dark recesses of our past and bring whatever is lurking there out into the light. It could be as far as childhood, or our teenage years, or our adult relationships that hold the buried treasure. Uranus’s influence in the coming days could help bring some much-needed epiphanies, remembering, insight and liberation from the past that binds us.
Venus Retrograde in Leo could call for us to reconnect with our hearts and to contemplate whether our current relationships are helping us to shine our light brightly or are dimming it. This could be a time for reconsidering our relationships and going back over any issues that may still be a sticking point or might be blocking the relationship from blossoming. We may need to reflect on what it is we really want and what is most important to us. We may need to reconnect with our joy, somehow, or rekindle romance. It is interesting that Venus is also the ruler of the Libra South Node, as the Nodes have recently switched signs. We are being called to recognise any unhealthy dynamics, including co-dependency or people pleasing, and to step into our inner Aries, which calls for a greater degree of self-love and helps us to recognise our own needs, stand up for ourselves and do what is right for us. With the South Node being in Libra right now, as well as Venus retrograde, there is definitely a feeling that going back into the past can bring gifts for our present relationships.
During this Full Moon we also have an almost exact opposition between Saturn and Mercury, which could bring some challenges around communication, but could also force us to get the nitty gritty, bare bones, facts of the matter. We could experience some fearful thoughts and may need to be wary of being judgemental or over critical of ourselves or others, and to be aware that Saturn in Pisces could make our imagination go into some rather dark places. However, we could also experience the scales of illusion being pulled away from our eyes, so that we are able to see things as they really are rather than how we would like them to be. This combo could bring some straight talking, although the Pisces influence should help us to come from a place of empathy, kindness and compassion. Those of us with personal planets or angles around 5° of a sign, especially the mutable signs of Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius and Pisces, will feel the energy of this combination most acutely.
The Sabian symbol for this Full Moon, at 10° Aquarius, is: “A man who had for a time become the embodiment of a popular ideal is made to realise that as a person he is not this ideal”, which Dane Rudyar describes as “The need to deal with human beings as persons, rather than as screens upon which one projects one’s dream and ideal. Here we have a final statement on the relationship between mental-spiritual vision and living reality, between persons and the ideal they appear to incarnate. Between the “great lover Image” and one’s need for love – a love his presence stimulated and aroused. The “star” on the movie screen is not the actual person. The star’s popularity fades away, the person remains. What has this episode of popularity actually done to the person? This is a question that can be applied to a great variety of circumstances. This symbol brings to our attention an issue that is basic and may confront us in various forms. Person versus archetype. This can mean a critical need for SELF-REVALUATION.”
This symbol is interesting, considering all of the planetary energy surrounding this Moon. We also have Neptune forming a nagging inconjunct to Venus, also exact on the day of this Full Moon, which brings in the themes of illusion/delusion/idealisation in relationship, putting people on pedestals and not seeing who they really are, glamour versus reality, and seeing our loved ones through the lens of our fantasy projections. It seems that Saturn and Mercury could bring a reality check, while the Uranus Venus square could bring some revelations and realisations that could offer a different perspective and force us to shed some layers of conditioning around our relationships.
It is important to be aware that the inner child in us could be quite prevalent right now, demanding attention! With Pluto square the Nodes, we are being called to be very honest with ourselves, as we currently have the opportunity to do some deep inner work that could really help us to take a giant step forward in our soul growth. This Full Moon could certainly bring things to a head, bringing the emotions up and out, as Full Supermoons so often do! It also holds the potential for a big release, shifting us out of stagnation and liberating us from old patterns that simply don’t serve us anymore. Ultimately, an Aquarius Moon can be exciting, electrical, liberating and can help us to step back and see things from a more detached perspective, which could be very helpful indeed.
Picture – Liberation, by Oscar Alitta