AQUARIUS FULL MOON - 10 August 2014
Exact at 7.11pm BST, 2.11pm EDT!
This Full Moon is the biggest Supermoon of the year, when the Moon is closest to earth and perfectly lined up with the Sun and Earth, which has a much greater impact on our psyches, emotions and spirits. It is also an amazing Full Moon for breaking out of stagnation and releasing old, buried emotional patterns because both of the rulers of Aquarius, Uranus and Saturn, are very much involved in the picture. Saturn in Scorpio is forming a square to both the Sun and Moon, creating a certain amount of pressure to face fears and delve into our psyches. Uranus is forming a harmonious aspect to the two luminaries, helping us to release us from our emotional ruts and break free of any habits or emotional patterns that may be preventing us from standing in our truth.
Full Moons represent the moment when the Sun and Moon stand exactly opposite each other in the heavens and this month the Sun is in playful and expressive Leo while the Moon is reaching its peak in idealistic, rebellious and progressive Aquarius. While the Sun is in Leo we are encouraged to express our unique talents and let our inner child roam free. It is an ideal time to really get in touch with our creative spark; our true essence and spirit. Leo is ruled by the Sun and urges us to find what brings us the most joy and let our lights shine brightly. Aquarius wants everyone to use their unique talents for the good of the group and indeed humanity. He truly is the visionary, for he can see a better way of doing things; a brotherhood of man, with one for all and all for one. He is the unconventional non-conformist who thinks outside of the box and puts the needs of the group before his own.
While Leo is very much ruled by the heart and easily forms attachments, Aquarius is non-attached and is quite hard to pin down on an emotional level. Leo expresses from the heart while Aquarius thinks in more abstract terms. While Leo represents royalty and encourages us to find our inner king and queen, Aquarius stands for the common man and envisions a world where nobody has the upper hand. During the Full Moon we are encouraged to find a balance between the two signs and in this case we are being asked to consider how we might use our unique talents for the benefit of humanity. How do we fit into the group and what do we have to offer? What vision of the future do we hold that truly comes from our heart? How can we practice non-attachment in a heartfelt way? How can we have our own needs met in a way that also serves the group? How can we honour and embody our own special, unique Self so that we can be of better service to others? Aquarius reminds us not to be afraid to stand out. Leo reminds us that we are all special. Between the two of them they are asking us to consider what it is that sets us apart and fully embrace it so that we can better serve humanity.
It is interesting that both Saturn and Uranus are forming aspects to the Sun and Moon. When I look at the chart I definitely see Saturn in Scorpio bearing down on the Sun and Moon, creating an enormous amount of pressure to look at our fears and vulnerabilities and face up to the parts of ourselves which we may usually prefer to push very far into the shadows of the proverbial closet! We may have to delve into some pretty deep, dark places within ourselves and any old, buried trauma, guilt, regret, shame or blame could come up to the surface and demand release. This is a beautiful thing, painful as it could potentially be. Saturn could shine a rather harsh light deep into our psyches, forcing us to face up to the reality of what still holds us back from what we seek. Leo wants us to shine and live from our hearts and Aquarius dreams of a better future, while Saturn in Scorpio reminds us that we might still have some work to do before either is possible. He forces us to be utterly truthful about ourselves and our feelings. This Full Moon really does provide us with an amazing opportunity to face some demons head on and banish them forever!
Uranus in Aries is here to help the process. The Great Awakener wants us to be utterly true to ourselves and will help us to break through any barriers which might be preventing us from standing in our truth. He demands that we be utterly authentic, not what we think other people want us to be. He will blast through any cobwebs and break us out of emotional ruts, helping us to reprogram our emotional patterns. He forces us out of our comfort zones and helps us to look at ourselves from a different perspective altogether. Mercury is also sitting right next to the Sun in Leo, helping us to communicate from our hearts. Uranus in aspect to Mercury could bring flashes of inspiration, sudden insights and some real “Aha!” moments. We could be given the opportunity to really look at ourselves from the bird’s eye perspective, which can be very valuable indeed. Saturn is also forming a square to Mercury, challenging us to really get to the heart of the matter and express what we are truly feeling. He demands emotional honesty, as painful and hard to hear as it may be. He forces us to be realistic rather than idealistic.
It seems that the combination of Saturn and Uranus could really help us to own up to our vulnerabilities during this Moon and to be utterly truthful about how we are actually feeling, deep inside. Uranus wants us to be true to ourselves, while Saturn wants us to delve deep into the truth of our feelings. I have a feeling it will be hard to hide from ourselves during this particular Full Moon! Some of our pretty illusions may well be shattered as Uranus and Saturn awaken us to some cold, hard facts. Aquarius may have a vision of our potential future but it seems that we will have to face up to anything that might holding us back from actually achieving our hopes and dreams. Saturn is providing us with a giant, emotional reality check! Thankfully Chiron, the wounded healer, is forming a harmonious aspect to Saturn during this Moon which will help is to heal whatever comes up at this time. If we are being asked to be this truthful and own up to our fears and buried feelings then at least we have Chiron’s compassion and forgiveness to help the process along!
Bear in mind when reading this that the energy is building now and some of Saturn and Uranus aspects are exact on Friday. They will still be very active right up until the Full Moon, but Friday is a very big day indeed! Mercury sitting right next to the Sun in Leo could also make us very expressive and opinionated indeed and it may be a bit hard to listen. We are more likely to want to take a very active role in communication and our voices will demand to be heard! That is where Saturn comes in, because we may want to express all that is in our hearts, but what do we really, truly feel when it comes down to it? His presence reminds us to be real and to drop any pretence that might be holding us back from open and honest connection with ourselves and those close to us. It will be interesting to see what comes up over the next few days, that’s for sure!
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