Allow yourself to see that just as the Universe is made up of dark and light matter – so are we. Without the dark matter in space, the brightness of the stars and celestial bodies might not seem so sublime and without the beaming glow of the stars and celestial bodies the darkness would not seem so mysterious and intriguing.
Just about 3 arc minutes before Venus retrograde reaches the cusp of Leo, we experience the second full moon of the month, known as a Blue Moon. When the Moon graces us with her full face twice in one month it is an indication that we should pay attention to our emotions and intuition.
We live in a world where it is very easy to become disconnected to the living beings we are. Society requires us to be concerned with our appearance and our finances – but very rarely encourages us to connect with the deeper parts of ourselves.
Our lack of interaction with our true essence of life casts this part of us into the darkness, the shadow aspects of our personality. It is the part of us where that “little voice” lives, the part of us that longs for the soothing touch of another when we feel sad and broken, it is where we banish our sexual thoughts and desires to, and where our creativity is born. It is the part of us where our shame lives, where guilt brews – and the majority of the time, instead of acknowledging these feelings or urges we bury them beneath drugs, violence or simply a facade of lies. We do not question where these ideas, pains or emotions come from or why we have them – instead we have been conditioned to think of them as”bad” and cover it up by something else in which we have been taught is “good” or the way one should be.
This Full Moon sheds light on the darkness we have kept hidden, allowing us – if we choose – to make peace with the more “unaccepted” parts of ourselves. It is an opportunity to bridge the internal gap that exists between the spirit within us and the egocentric personalities that we project into the world. Additionally, with Venus recently stationing retrograde and Pluto retrograde presenting itself on the 7th house cusp – more light will also be shed on our relationships.
During a Full Moon, there is the tendency for the buried to surface. On Friday, July 31, a few hours before sunrise, the Full Moon will reach its peak in Aquarius. The magnificent light of the Moon, connecting us with the progressive, quirky, radical energy of Aquarius in the realm of the 8th house suggests we are in the midst of transformation. Aquarius is a vibrant, eccentric sign, determined to shake up the status quo and encourage individuality.
The Suns presence, on the opposite side of the zodiac, in Leo in the 2nd house further encourages us to be bold and expressive. With Leo on the 2nd house, there is the tendency to find security in the appreciation and acknowledgement of those around you – and with Mercury, Venus retrograde and Jupiter close by – there is likely the need to share information and release emotions. For some, this may occur on a more personal level, where personal acknowledgement, acceptance and appreciation of one’s own inner differences may be the mission at hand. Astrology affects us all differently depending on how one’s natal chart is aspected by the current celestial transits. However, with the repression that comes along with Venus retrograde, expressing ones feelings may not come easily, regardless of how ones chart is aspected.
Along with the already heightened energy surrounding our relationships brought about by Venus retrograde, Pluto retrograde in Capricorn in the 7th house is opposing the Ascendant in Cancer. This makes relationship issues even more obvious and reaffirms the need for some deep, honest change in regard to how we manage our partnerships. Though it is important for relationships to be built around trust, love and respect – it is also necessary for relationships to have goals. Relating to other people is one way in which we grow as individuals, but in order to really grow as a couple, friendship or partnership – mountains must be climbed and conquered together. It is the time spent climbing and conquering together where trust, compassion and true love thrives and memories are made. Without these goals or a sense of direction, relationships may feel like a dead end or trap. Pluto retrograde can also present situations in a rather dire manner, where “forced change” is required. With the placements of all the other planets, our freedom and individuality is definitely being fueled and prioritized, feeling trapped or lacking growth may provoke unexpected actions.
With Mars, Venus retrograde and Jupiter narrowing in on the Sun and Mercury in the 2nd House and Saturn continuing to creep its way through Scorpio in the 5th house – it seems whatever issues the Full Moon and Venus retrograde are requiring we pay attention to are competing with the clock. There is an element of time at hand, and whether it be a deadline we must abide by, our own biological clock, or just the emotional need to complete the current chapter in life – we are being urged to move forward and take the next step. Additionally Scorpios energy on the 5th house – emphasizing the energy of Leo even more, suggests that constraints on creative and sexual release are likely a big part of the problem, as well as the solution.
With the Full Moon in Aquarius, we are given the safe space to express those parts we keep hidden, and we are able to take a more objective approach to integrating these parts into our public persona than perhaps we’ve been able to in the past.
With Chiron, the centaur, conjuncting the Midheaven and making a trine to both Saturn and Mars, our wounds become more accessible and visible to ourselves and others. We are able to see the flaws that have become the entangled webs of our lives – trapping us until we decide to acknowledge them, own them and rise above them.