by Anne Reith
In the Pacific Time Zone, the Moon will be full at 1:20 p.m. on Friday, July 27. With this Full Moon, the Sun in Leo will be in opposition (180°) to the Moon in Aquarius. To further clarify how this Full Moon will impact you on a personal level, locate 5° of Leo and 5° of Aquarius in your birth/natal chart. The issues associated with those two houses are going to be most impacted by this Full Moon’s presence.
Any Full Moon asks us to determine if we need to attain a better balance between two areas of our lives. But as we discussed in our last Moon Update, this Aquarius Full Moon is also the second in a series of three eclipses, which adds incredible emphasis to its importance. It is actually setting the stage for energy that will continue to influence us all the way through at least the first half of August, when we have the rare third eclipse at the time of the New Moon in Leo (Saturday, August 11).
Due to several factors, the potential impact of this Aquarius Full Moon and Lunar Eclipse is difficult to describe. The energies involved are both volatile and unpredictable. Here are some of the key issues at play with regard to this intense energy that we will all be traversing:
- An Aquarius Full Moon asks us to look at how we are expressing ourselves. Leo is about individuality and creativity. Aquarius is about interdependency and social responsibility. When out of balance, we may have lost ourselves in service and, consequently, are no longer tapping into the unique gifts we came here to share with the world. Or conversely, we could be overemphasizing self-expression and not finding a way to share our heart-felt gifts in a way that services humanity. Finding a balance is key now.
- But it’s not just the Sun and Moon that are impacting this Aquarius Full Moon. On one end of the Full Moon’s opposition (180°), we find the Sun exactly conjunct (0°) the North Node; and on the other end, the Moon is not only exactly conjunct (0°) the South Node but also exactly conjunct (0°) Mars. Additionally, both ends of this opposition are in a very close square (90°) to Uranus in Taurus. This forms a very strong fixed t-square (i.e., right triangle), which is supercharging this Full Moon in Aquarius, especially given that Uranus is the ruler of Aquarius. Uranus is the planet of change and breakthroughs. As the “focal planet” of this t-square (i.e., the planet squaring the planets that are in opposition), it is providing us with hints about how to find our way out of any conflicts caused by the opposition. In this case, Uranus is telling us that we are advised to flow with the inevitable changes that are about to enter our lives, which could be easier said than done. With the Moon conjunct (0°) Mars, emotions may be very close to the surface, and we may feel a need to express ourselves . . . rather assertively and even aggressively. If this is the case, we are advised to use our knowledge of astrology to consciously make the choice to not speak in a reactionary way (see Mercury in retrograde below). Instead, we should channel any excess emotional energy into positive activities, such as exercising, focusing on accomplishing a task that takes effort, or talking with someone who understands that we just need to vent. This is especially important because whenever the Sun squares (90°) Uranus, we often feel a need to rebel against something or someone in order to gain more independence. Given that Uranus is in Taurus, what may be changing could have to do with what we find valuable in our lives. With the Sun in opposition (180°) to Mars, we may feel an inner urge to do battle to get whatever it is that now motivates us. Mars is also in an exact square (90°) to Uranus, which is screaming at us, “Take action to change things!” However, given the other influences that are described below, it would be better to use all this powerful energy to craft a strategic plan rather than implement any actual changes.
- And let us not forget the total Lunar Eclipse! The Full Moon is usually a time when there is increased light to see what is in the shadows and in our subconscious. But the eclipse takes away that light. Therefore, whatever is hidden in the shadowy part of our subconscious could sneak out without warning. This can feel scary at times; however, if we know in advance that this may happen, we can face any monsters that appear, greet them, and ask them what they want us to know. That’s all they want from us . . . for us to face them and learn from them. Keep in mind that eclipses often correlate with endings and new beginnings; and with this eclipse, we may feel compelled to face something from our past (or even a past life) that needs resolution.
- There is support for old problems or people from our past coming up for healing. Chiron is forming a free-flowing trine (120°) with the Sun/North Node and is in a supportive sextile (60°) to the Moon/South Node/Mars. Healing may involve the past coming into our present to order to help us heal through clearing emotions that may be stuck or being denied. For example, given the influence of the Aquarius Full Moon, we may need to face fears of expressing our true gifts or our truth (Aquarius). If we can do so from a loving place (Leo), the trines and sextiles provide support for us to make great strides toward healing inner wounds (Chiron). And the Moon in Aquarius brings an emotional objectivity that will likely come in very handy, but only if we choose to access it.
- Finally, it is important that we remember that we currently have five out of the ten primary planets in retrograde, including Mercury in Leo that begins its next retrograde phase (July 26-August 19) just hours before the Aquarius Full Moon and Lunar Eclipse. The other retrograde planets are Mars, Saturn, Neptune, and Pluto. Additionally, Chiron, which is an asteroid, is also moving retrograde; and Uranus is about to start its annual retrograde phase on Tuesday, August 7. This is a heck of a lot of retrograde energy! So although the strong influence of the eclipse and the full moon’s square to Uranus may be telling us to make some necessary and important changes in our lives, this retrograde season is telling us to use this time for inner reflection and going back to the drawing board to revamp some aspects of these changes. Actions may be necessary now, but it’s likely things will go much more smoothly once some of these planets begin moving direct again later this year. Leo is all about creativity, so we may need to rethink how we want to contribute to the collective (Aquarius). It will likely be helpful to explore what motivates and inspires us, not just continue in whatever role we’ve been playing in our family or in society. And as mentioned previously, this is a very good time to look at how our past may be influencing our present circumstances so we can heal old wounds that are holding us back from a brighter future.
Luckily on Monday, August 6 (right before the third and final eclipse on Saturday, August 11), Venus enters her home sign of Libra. She will remain in Libra until Monday, September 10. With so much volatile energy swirling around us, Venus may not have much luck soothing ruffled feathers, but she will give it her best shot! While Venus is in Libra, everyone is more inclined to use charm to get what we desire. Our focus is on our relationships, and we are more willing than usual to negotiate and compromise. Aggressive or “uncouth” behavior is the ultimate turn-off while Venus travels through Libra. We just need to be careful not to become so malleable that we forfeit our needs in order to maintain or regain peace. Venus in Libra is also a good time to objectively look at our finances and seek balance in our spending/saving ratio.
Overall, this Aquarius Full Moon and Lunar Eclipse could bring significant insights and revelations, which could lead to revolutionary changes in our lives, both individually and at a societal level. The very strong influence of Uranus cannot be emphasized enough. The energy of Uranus is often unexpected and sudden, and given its very close square (90°) to Mars at the time of this full moon/eclipse, it could be a volatile time. Events could seemingly happen “out of the blue,” and they could be the catalyst for breaks with the past and steps toward a radically new future. All of this could feel both exciting and unsettling . . . and probably both! It will be helpful to remember that before something can truly change for the better, chaos may be required while structures are dismantled. But given all the retrograde influence, it’s likely that the dismantling will be more internal right now in preparation for external changes. And the more we prepare internally, the potential for external chaos is reduced. We do need to let go of stagnant patterns, and a supportive trine (120°) between Uranus and Saturn indicates that whatever changes we are thinking about making will lead to a much more solid foundation in the future. The best advice right now is to flow with whatever happens, to be emotionally objective so we don’t overreact to what is happening around us, to move away from ego-based needs and come from a heart-felt place of service, to spend time in inner reflection, and to focus on how we can use our gifts in service to humanity.