This Full Moon is about individuation, objectivity and the idea of witnessing or observing.
The Full Moon in Aquarius.
Aquarius is the third Air Sign in the zodiac and, as such, is a social sign like Gemini and Libra and extends its social realm to larger groups and networks. It thrives in the mental realms. It is a thinking sign and a bit of an eccentric one. “I know,” says the Aquarian. “I know.” As it is also a fixed sign, it can be a challenge to adjust viewpoints, either by holding on to old knowledge or by being such a free thinker that alienates others. The lesson for an Aquarius Moon is to gain comfort in objectivity.
Aquarius is ruled by two planets, Saturn and Uranus. Saturn reflects the current and past world view, history. Uranus zeros in on cracks in any Saturn structure that is wearing out and blasts through often unexpectedly. Uranus holds all the past and future memories in the unconscious realms. If we were to access our Unconscious regularly and easily, the chaos of destruction and awakenings, would not be such a surprise or shock. (Or we would already be Awake and then what would Aquarius get up to… something different, for sure.)
This Full Moon ideally (that is an Aquarian word) brings people into our world to witness the results of our intention from the last New Moon in Cancer. That intention may have had something to do with how we nurture ourselves.
Through others, including our friends, it is feedback time. And, hopefully, (another Aquarian word) we are able to listen objectively or provide impartial perspective to another resulting in light bulb moments, and awakening to the full potential of Experience.
This is a time to try out something alternative or unique or something that distinguishes us from the crowd. Something that might seem crazy and, who knows, turns out reveal a new friendship, a networking opportunity or a true experience of our own individuality.
This cycle before the next New Moon is active in other ways including the Venus Retrograde and the upcoming Saturn Direction change.
A few days ago Venus in Virgo went retrograde and on this Full Moon day, Venus will return to Leo where it will stay until October 8. The retrograde cycle lasts till September 6. For this chart, let’s consider that Venus is retrograde in Virgo and it is the ruler of the North Node of the Moon, the potential for the future.
Venus is the planet representing our essential needs, aesthetics, and partnership. She will be reflective and methodically turning over every stone, pulling every weed, considering what kind resources are necessary for the well-being of on-going relationship. She may find that partnership has not been or was not adequately nourished.
“Was not?” It may be during this Retrograde cycle, people from the past turn up to tie up loose ends or revisit old relationships. Even though Venus will move back into Leo, and put an emphasis on OUR gifts and intensify OUR desire to be loved and feel special, the Virgo energy of the chart remains. Analyze, scrutinize, go over with a fine tooth comb. This will be amplified with Jupiter enters Virgo on the 11th.
In general, this transit is not about new relationships. And, it’s probably not a great idea to run out and risk a paycheck on the latest technical gadget (even during this Aquarian Full Moon) because what has practical value could look different after the retrograde cycle.
August 4th, Venus makes its second conjunction to Jupiter. Love yourself. Then squares Saturn on the 5th. Make a commitment to yourself. Mercury conjuncts Venus on the 6th. Speak up for yourself. August 7, Mercury conjuncts Jupiter. Say it in a big way and mean it.
The other big feature of this Full Moon, is Saturn’s return to Direct motion and August 3rd’s first of three Jupiter/Saturn Last Quarter Squares.
As Saturn returns to forward motion, the sense of being stuck dissipates. It’s back to making progress in the World and finalizing lessons around intimacy, finances and other life or death matters. If you have planets or angles at 28 degrees of fixed signs (Scorpio, Taurus, Leo and Aquarius) this is a peak time to turn things around, let go or come to full understanding of responsibility or receive the karmic rewards or consequences. Could it create a sense of loneliness or overwork? Possibly. Could one see the results of one’s labor? Absolutely.
Message to some born in 1969 and in 1970: Saturn is conjuncting Neptune in your chart. This is a time to let go of the old dreams and build new ones. I always remember Robert Hand’s writing on this transit, that there is a feeling of being in two kinds of reality—solid and nebulous. Well, this has been the case since December 2014. Though this is a lovely message— building a new dream— there can be the bouts of paranoia and fear at peak times, because 50 percent of the time, one is facing the unknown. Because Saturn in Scorpio is also looking into hidden areas and matters of life and death, we should up the percentage to 75 percent. The good news is that a new dream is really being planned, it’s just that until the semi-square in three and a half years, it may be unclear what is being initiated. It will probably be very clear of what needs to go.
Over the last years of observing clients (including myself) and hearing stories about the fear, I have also seen remarkable strength (Saturn) come through this transit and compassion (Neptune.)
For everyone: Turn fear into love. Jealousy into intimacy. Insecurity into confidence through merging resources.
To wrap things up: August 11, Jupiter enters Virgo for a year, which will be wonderful for the Earth Signs. The feeling of Jupiter in Virgo is much different from the outgoing fiery, yet steady Leo. Hey, that was a big flashy deal for a year. Virgo is more of a practical sign that is less about self than others, unless it is about self-improvement. Jupiter can take things to an extreme, so careful to discern how much is good for the health or how much freedom from status quo daily routines to demand. Jupiter in Virgo has the capacity to enjoy great health and experience expansion through”right work”, just careful about going overboard and worrying about how others are doing.
Side note on the Blue Moon. The second of two Full Moons in a month is called a Blue Moon. What is the significance from an astrological perspective? Because the cycles of the planets do not change, there is nothing significant about Blue Moon, except perhaps the meaning we might give it through ceremony, for example. The moon continues along on its natural cycle no matter what calendar is used. The occurrences of Blue Moons are cyclical over a longer period of time. I found a good article about what Blue Moons are, the kinds of Blue Moons there are, and how their occurrence is calculated over time or through natural phenomenon like the appearance of bluish color when seen through forest fire smoke.
Hand, Robert. Planets in Transit. Lifestyles for Living. (Rockport, MA: Para Research, Inc, 1976)