AQUARIUS FULL MOON - 12 August 2022
Exact at 2.35am UK time (BST)
This is an incredibly potent Full Moon with the potential to bring considerable shifts and powerful changes into our lives. It is the last supermoon of the year, which always has a greater impact on our mind, body, spirit and emotions than your average Full Moon. Not only that, but Uranus, the ruler of the Aquarius Moon, is forming a dynamic square to the Sun and Moon, intensifying the unpredictable, revolutionary and liberating energy of this Moon. It we have been stuck in a rut or some kind of holding pattern then this Moon could jolt us into awareness, setting us back onto the right path, freeing us from unhealthy, unhelpful patterns and releasing us from any conditioning that simply no longer serves us. Sometimes we need a bit of a shock to create the internal or external change that is needed.
The Sun remains in playful, creative, enthusiastic and dramatic Leo, the part of us that likes to feel special and thrives on a bit of validation, recognition and encouragement. Leo is a sign that encourages us to follow our hearts and do whatever brings us our greatest joy. Directly opposite the Leo Sun is the Moon in eccentric, humanitarian, non-conformist and friendly Aquarius, the part of us that sometimes feels a bit like an outsider and has the capacity to question the rules and consensus reality. Aquarius is a sign that encourages us to take a step back and look at ourselves and life from a different perspective, so that we can be more objective. The Leo part of us tends to be more subjective, so it can help to step out of a more “self”centred reality and see things from a different perspective. However, Leo can also help the Aquarius part of ourselves to step into the limelight and fully participate in life instead of standing on the sidelines looking in.
Aquarius is the part of us that questions authority and the rules and structures that society has put in place to keep some kind of control over the population. It is the part of us that seeks to individuate, becoming the unique being that we truly are rather than the version of ourselves that our parents and teachers molded us into. This Moon definitely has the potential to bring some kind of shift of awareness and to help us to get back into the path that is more true to who we really are. It is so easy to deviate from the path, doing whatever brings a sense of comfort, security and safety, while deep inside we know that it is not quite right for us on some level. Aquarius doesn’t allow us to simply conform or “settle”, but reminds us that we must be true to ourselves and forge our own unique path. It can also help us to connect with like-minded people who have a similar vision of what could be and how that might be achieved.
With Uranus and the Nodes of the Moon squaring the Sun and Moon, this is a fateful Full Moon that could bring about some shocks and surprises that give us a huge amount of insight and objective awareness, helping us to step out of the comfort zone and grow on a soul level. This Moon could bring out our more non-conformist, revolutionary tendencies and with Mars in on the act there could potentially be uprisings and unrest as we are given more insight into any unjust or unfair practice by those in authority. Uranus has the power to help us to “wake up” and look beyond the prevailing narrative and see things more clearly, and with Mars involved this has the potential to bring up anger! However, anger used constructively can really make things happen as we find ways to right wrongs and create change.
With Uranus, Mars and the North Node all in Taurus, the sign of survival, the cause for unrest may well revolve around the economy, our finances and the capacity to sustain ourselves. When people are struggling to survive they rise up and protest! However, while Uranus can bring about rebellion and revolution, it can also bring innovation and ingenious solutions. Necessity is the mother of invention, and so we may well find ourselves thinking outside of the box and coming up with some alternative and unique solutions to any problems we might be facing. Aquarius is the sign of the People and it is amazing what can be achieved when we come together and fight for a common cause.
Saturn is also sitting right next to the Aquarius Moon, bringing the Uranus/Saturn square back into focus. The energy of the square, which was so prevalent last year, will be building in intensity until the beginning of October. On a personal level this could help us to break through any rigid patterns and conditioning that hold us prisoner. We may experience an internal battle between the part of us that feels fear and a need to maintain a sense of control and the part of us that seeks to be free and make change, challenging the status quo.
On a collective level we could experience the continued dismantling of the structures and people rising up against governmental authority. Saturn in Aquarius could also bring greater control through the use of technology and fear tactics around money and survival that have a huge impact on the way we behave and interact with money. Fear is a powerful tool for control, especially when it revolves around survival. When we fall into fear we can literally block the flow of energy and abundance. It is very important that we do whatever we can to keep our vibration high and not tune into the lower vibration of fear. Easier said than done sometimes, however! It will certainly be interesting to see what happens between now and the beginning of October, as the planet of the “People”, awakening and revolution comes up against the planet of authority, structure and control.
Anyone with personal planets around 18° of a sign will be feeling the liberating, unsettling, revolutionary urge for freedom that Uranus can bring, especially in the fixed signs of Taurus, Leo, Scorpio and Aquarius. Uranus can make us want to bust out of whatever cage we have created for ourselves and can liberate us from old, outworn programming that is holding us back from feeling free. It can be very unsettling and changeable, however, which could make us feel quite uneasy. Ultimately it has the potential to help us align with our one unique, authentic nature and to be utterly true to who we really are, even if this comes to a shock to ourselves and others!
Pluto is forming a supportive trine to Mars during this Moon, which could give us quite an energetic boost that helps us to find the courage to overcome some big obstacles. Pluto is the planet of power, transformation, the subconscious and the soul, and in aspect to the Mars, the planet of action, assertion and motivation, we could find that we are brave enough to peer into the shadows and bring out into the open some material that we may usually find it too hard to face. This feels like it complements the revolutionary energy of this Moon, helping us to find the energy and courage to make the change happen and to recognise and transcend our own psychological blocks. A considerable amount of soul growth is possible during this Moon, that’s for sure!
The Sabian symbol for this Moon, at 20° Aquarius, is a rather special one: “A large white dove bearing a message” which Dane Rudyar describes as “The answer of spiritual agencies to thorough, sustained and victorious individual efforts. The individual who has gone courageously and with indomitable spirit through his crucial crisis receives, as it were, a deep spiritual blessing from the Soul-realm: “Mission accomplished. Peace be with you.” And in this blessing a secret prophecy of what is yet to come may be seen by the perspicacious and spiritually sensitive mind of the recipient. Every real spiritual step a man takes in his development is the result of a victory over forces of inertia or destruction. The Divine is totally “present” in the heart of all true victories. What the “message” is depends on the particular situation, but the white dove always signifies peace; at the very heart of this peace is the CERTIFICATION of individual worth and victory”.
This symbol certainly brings a feeling of hope! This Moon seems to be asking us to be open to change and to be true to ourselves, doing the necessary inner work so that inner and outer shifts are possible. Yes, there is the potential for unrest and questioning those in authority, but there is also the potential for profound insight that can change our lives for the better. Uranus and Aquarius seek to liberate us from whatever prison we have constructed for ourselves and to recognise that we hold the key - all is takes is a shift of perspective. Freedom is a state of mind and there are always solutions if we are open to them. The most important work we have at the moment is to avoid falling into fear, as it really does block the flow of love, abundance and energy. Whatever change occurs during this time, however unsettling or upsetting it may be, can ultimately help us to realign and reconnect to our true path. To thine own self be true.
Picture by Paul Colon
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