Welcome to the Full Moon and Lammas, one of the Quarter Festivals celebrating the first offering of the harvest! Based on the ancient ways, this is a time to be thankful for all that you have and celebrate with your kin and neighbors. In astrological terms, tonight's Aquarian Full Moon highlights the relationship of the individual to the group, as the Sun in fiery Leo is opposed by the Moon in this Air sign, often mistaken as a water sign because of it's symbol as "the water-bearer". Aquarius spreads ideas around, especially as they relate to the freedom of the individual; it is that pouring out of information that is the hallmark of this sign!
Pay attention to your associations and connections as they relate to the common welfare at this time. You can be friendly and sociable without a lot of emotional ties right now, so go ahead and explore new groups that you've been interested in, particularly groups that have similar spiritual, social or intellectual beliefs. Aquarius is a Fixed sign so be careful not to become too rigid or dogmatic and remember that Aquarius rules the knees and the ability to bend - if you can't change your mind, you can't move forward. Remember that Mercury is still moving in retrograde motion until August 8th, so no big commitments just yet.
Other highlights of this week include last nights trine (harmonizing) of Venus (values) in Gemini and Saturn (necessity) in Libra. This is such a productive and positive indication that connections can be turning around for the good. If you've put in the effort, applied "elbow grease" or worked very hard (Saturn) to achieve something or move toward your goal, you may be starting to see the rewards coming your way. This is the culminating trine of these two planetary energies before they join up in late November for a conjunction in Scorpio, which will be the green light for joint associations and projects, new financial agreements or regeneration of any intense desire. In the meantime, pay attention to present associations and shared responsibilities.
Giant Jupiter in Gemini also harmonizes with this Full Moon, expanding our connections and communication. Make sure to filter the words coming out of your mouth, because you won't be able to retrieve them easily, once out of the gate! On the other hand, this is a good time to express your appreciation to loved ones, friends and people in your everyday life. Been meaning to write a thank you note to your Aunt or call your old friend on the other coast...? Anytime tonight, tomorrow or Friday is a great time to do that; just don't wait until Saturday when the Pisces Moon throws a whole lot of nostalgic feelings into the mix to possibly muddy the waters.
As always, remember to keep your head in the stars and your feet on the ground!