"We are born at a given moment, in a given place, and like vintage years of wine, we have the qualities of the year and the season of which we are born. Astrology does not lay claim to anything more." - Carl Gustav Jung

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Aquarius Full Moon & Lunar Eclipse

  This Full Moon is known as the "Sturgeon Full Moon", named for the Native Americans who fished for sturgeon, abundant in the Great Lakes around this Full Moon. The opposition of the Moon in Aquarius to the Leo Sun sheds light on our interactions with others, as well as the sharing of ideas, especially as they relate to new friendships and acquaintances. While Leo Sun in the Full Moon chart resides in the first house of the self, it is very important that one doesn't only talk of oneself, but includes others in the conversation.

   Joining together with like-minded others to accomplish a common goal is the theme here. Are you able to relate to others in your life who may be able to share their inspiration and unique point of view with you? If so, you are headed in the right direction, as brain-storming and working together will bring you closer to your desired outcome. Avoid a Leonine tendency to only express your own abilities or to act out without regard for others input and innovative insights!

   A Lunar Eclipse, the first in a series of three, takes place just sixteen minutes after the Full Moon culminates. Eclipses have an effect of highlighting endings and new beginnings and in this instance, brings up the battle between the ego and the will-power of the mind. Examine where you are stuck in having to have your own way and determine what actions you can take to move away from self-centered expression to more inclusive efforts for the good of the whole. There is more power in working together even if it means having to put some of your own desires on the back burner. Your needs will get met once you become more aware of and considerate of the needs of others.

   There are a couple of challenging aspects in this Full Moon chart. First is a conjunction between Mars, aggression and action, and Saturn, necessity and response-ability. Both planetary bodies are now moving Direct in Sagittarius, the sign of the truth-seeker, but their individual energies are pulling in different directions. Mars wants to run off and do something now, while Saturn wants to methodically plan for the future. Mars equates to the gas pedal and Saturn to the brakes. If you truly want to get ahead in some project or life quest, you'll need to slow it down and focus on the plans you made in late Spring. What steps do you need to take in an organized fashion to get where you want to go? That is the question and the focus now.

   The other difficult aspects, are the square from both Mars and Saturn to nebulous Neptune. Tune into compassion and understanding for yourself and others before you run off tilting at windmills! Things are still foggy and drugs and alcohol, or delusion and denial, won't help one little bit, but praying for guidance and  listening for the truth in all matters will guide you toward your desired outcome.

   In the meantime, remember to keep your head in the stars, your feet on the ground and your awareness on the path~


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