This seems like a Full Moon that has the potential for some shocks or surprises that could wake us up and bring the change we need. Not only is the Moon full in Aquarius, the sign that questions the status quo and breaks the rules, but Uranus, the ruler of Aquarius, is also forming a square to the Sun and Moon. Uranus is the planet of wake up calls, the harbinger of change, the bringer of unexpected events that break us out of stagnant ruts or difficult situations and release us from our conditioned habits and patterns. As such, there is the potential for some kind of curve ball that we were not expecting, but which could be quite liberating. Full Moons tend to bring to a head anything that was seeded around the New Moon and can force whatever has been percolating since then out into the light so that we can see it clearly. On 21 July we had the New Moon, which revolved around issues such as home, roots, feelings of belonging, soul tribe, family and childhood patterns. This is a process that started then and will be culminating now. This is the kind of Moon that could free us up somehow.
This Moon certainly has some clout behind it and may force a change of perspective, whether we like it or not. This could be especially so for anyone with personal planets close to the 11th degree of the fixed signs Taurus, Leo, Scorpio and Aquarius. The Sun has recently gone into creative, playful and self-expressive Leo, the sign that encourages us to be the master of our own destiny and the director of our own play. The Leo/Aquarius axis is very creative, inviting us to creatively actualise our visions for a better future. The Leo part of ourselves creates and expresses all that we are, while Aquarius invites us to take that creative vision out into the world and help to make the world a better place to be. Many artists and creative types (Leo) live on the fringe of society (Aquarius), able to see outside of the box and improve and beautify their environment. Aquarius can help any Leo tendency to be a bit subjective by encouraging us to step back and be a bit more detached and objective. However, with Aquarius sometimes we can become a bit too detached or alienated, finding it safer to be in the head when the going gets tough, while Leo encourages us to dive in and live from the heart. This Moon asks us to find some balance between the two.
Both Uranus and Chiron the Wounded Healer are forming an aspect to the Sun and Moon during this Full Moon. Uranus is a challenging aspect which could shake things up and force us out of our comfort zone. It could also bring some kind of shock that jolts us into new awareness or realisation and liberates us from any chains that may be binding us. Uranus is currently in Taurus, the sign of material security, values and our inner relationship with ourselves. We are certainly on the cusp of a economic revolution of some kind, and sometimes a complete breakdown is needed before a breakthrough.We are also being forced into a radical change of values, not to mention being forced to think outside the box when it comes to survival issues. Indeed, our sense of safety and material stability is certainly experiencing a profound shake up right now! This Full Moon could cause us to feel this quite acutely, as Uranus’s influence can be quite unsettling or exciting, depending on which way you look at it! Chiron’s aspect is more gentle, giving us the chance to be really honest about some of our core wounds and to heal old trauma and any sense of insecurity or alienation that we may be feeling.
Mars in Aries is a very big player this year, bringing up anger in its rawest form and asking us to be very brave indeed. We will all be affected by it at some point or other, as it triggers our various personal planets. It heats everything up considerably, causing people to be more reactive, forthright, honest and potentially aggressive than they might usually be. It certainly gets everything out into the open, however! During this Moon Mars is squaring up against Jupiter in Capricorn, which could cause us to be quite forceful and even aggressive about our beliefs and opinions than we might usually be, and more prone to anger when faced with any beliefs that contradict our own. It might also help us to be braver about expressing our views and standing up for our beliefs, having greater courage in our convictions, which could be a good thing if we are usually timid in this area. Indeed, this combination can really help us to be brave in general. In this current climate, there are many who are scared to voice their opinion or express their beliefs in case they are pounced on by people with opposing views. People are literally losing friends and family members because of differing beliefs. Mars could make the situation even more volatile, but could also help with independent thinking and give us the courage to face the truth, even if we don’t like what we find.
Mars is also working up to a challenging square with Pluto in Capricorn, which will be exact on 13 August. Pluto is the planet of the soul, while Mars is the ambassador of the soul, representing our conscious desires and helping us to act on the subconscious desires of Pluto. When these two come up against each other we could find ourselves acting and reacting from a very unconscious, buried place deep within ourselves. We may be forced to be truly honest and incredibly brave in facing parts of ourselves that we might find it very hard to see or admit to. This combination could help us to find reserves of energy and courage that we didn’t know existed, but might equally bring up rage that has long since been buried. It could also bring brute force and psychological warfare from those in power and authority, but equally could mean that people find the courage to stand up against any corruption and reveal any dark agendas for what they are. This is the first of three squares between Mars and Pluto this year. The next will be on 9 Oct and the final one will be 23 Dec.
There is certainly a lot of impulsive Mars in Aries fire to contend with during this Moon! It is interesting that Mars is square Jupiter, the ruler of the Sagittarius South Node, causing people to be very forceful and self-righteous about their beliefs, while Venus is sitting right on top of the Gemini North Node, showing us the way forward. Love is the answer! Really, truly listening to one another’s point of view instead of attacking or trying to convince or convert is the Venus in Gemini way. Venus in Gemini encourages kindness, tact, diplomacy and compromise when communicating. The Gemini North Node is showing us that the way forward is to keep an open mind rather than becoming too rigid or fanatical about our beliefs, convinced that our version of the truth is the only one. Gemini invites us to remain curious and open to having our minds and beliefs changed, while Venus on the North Node reminds us to keep our minds and hearts well and truly open.
There is a lot of fear going around at the moment, which contracts the heart and causes people to react very strongly to one another. It is so important to be mindful of the way we communicate with one another, which may or may not be helped by an opposition between Saturn and Mercury. On the one hand Saturn can inhibit the way we communicate and cause fearful, pessimistic, limiting thoughts, grief and even depression, while on the other hand it can mean that we think and talk in a controlled, measured way and find a way to make sensible decisions based in reality. We also have an opposition between Mercury and Pluto which will be exact on Saturday 1 August, which could mean that we experience incredible psychological insight but could also mean that we say things to one another that are manipulative or somewhat below the belt, even if they are true. Pluto can be very probing and adept at digging out anything that is hiding in the shadows, and so we may find that conversations really penetrate to the heart of the matter and uncover some uncomfortable truths.
It is always so very important to remember Neptune in Pisces and do our very best to get out into nature as much as possible to feed our spirit and keep our heart open. Neptune in Pisces also reminds us to find compassion and empathy for one another. There isn’t one person on this planet right now who isn’t struggling in one way or another, so it is absolutely essential to remember that we are not separate beings, but all part of one big energy system.This division and polarised concept of “us against them” is an illusion. We are all the same consciousness having a different human experience. United we stand, divided we fall! Neptune and Jupiter are forming a harmonious sextile aspect to each other during this Moon which peaked on 27 July but is still strong. This can help us with our spiritual growth and give us the faith that whatever we are going through is ultimately for a higher purpose both personally and collectively. Spiritual growth is not a walk in the park, but can be quite a messy business at times!
The Sabian Symbol for this Full Moon, at 12° Aquarius, is: “On a vast staircase stand people of different types, graduated upward.”, which Dane Rudyar describes as “The necessity of recognising differences of types and levels of development, wherever human beings live and work together. This symbol obviously refers to the ascending process of evolution of life forms and consciousness. It seems to apply especially to the fact that differences of levels exist among human beings. The ideal of equalitarianism has to be balanced by a realisation that hierarchy of levels is a fact of nature. Each person should be aware of the level at which he (or she) stands, even as he strives to move toward a higher one. He should look up for inspiration and examples, while helping the human beings of the next lower level to reach up”. This is an interesting symbol, as it could be seen as different levels of spiritual awareness, or it could be the different opinions people hold and the “camps” they belong to. It could be class or the financial bracket each are in. We are all on the same staircase, however. Instead of comparing ourselves to others or judging them for their differences, we should simply keep an eye on where we are going and help others to do the same. This almost feels like an invitation to mind our own business!
This Moon could certainly help to free us from any chains that may be binding us and has the potential to bring our inner rebel to the fore! Uranus is known as the Great Awakener, and sometimes we need a shock or two to jolt us into awareness and help us to see things from a different perspective. Venus conjunct the North Node feels like a very important part of this Moon, reminding us to keep and open mind and heart and to be kind to one another. Some very raw emotions could come up and with Mars in Aries in full effect the potential for anger is great, but Venus reminds us to listen to each other and to seek the middle ground instead of self-righteous judgement or cruelty. So often the truth is found somewhere in the middle! With Saturn back in Capricorn and getting close to Pluto again, we are going through a mass purge, confronting enormous amounts of grief and dealing with our personal and collective karma as life as we know it falls to the ground. This Moon can help us to break free and wake up somehow and take a step back so that we can see things as they really are.
Picture: Freedom by Lenthey Qin (13 years old)