Aquarius Full Moon/Eclipse August 7: Channeling Our Inner Fire

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On August 7th at 11:11am PST, we will experience the Aquarius full moon /partial eclipse. The chart for the lunar eclipse places Mars alongside the Sun in Leo in the 10th house, and the moon in Aquarius in the 4th house. The 10th house is associated with one’s career, public reputation and worldly status. It represents who we are in the world, our successes and our failures. While the 4th house is associated with our home, family and roots; it is personal and represents our deepest feelings.

With the eclipse straddling these two houses, emphasis is placed on these parts of our lives. We may find ourselves facing issues of courage, as this eclipse challenges our bravery. As well as issues related to one’s ego and the way one feels about how they are viewed by others, as Leo encourages us to put our boldest self forward for the world to see.

With the Sun, associated with our sense of self and purpose, and Mars planet of action, desire and drive, occupying the 10th house with courageous Leo on the cusp, it is likely we are experiencing changes regarding our career or goals, or the position we hold in the world. Leo, the sign associated with the lion, is strong, brave, creative and confident, and with the Sun here, one may feel the desire to lead, the urge to take charge on certain matters and the ability to tackle tasks that they might normally not feel capable of. Leo urges us to remember the potential of one’s personal power; one’s power to express, to create, to manifest and to grow.

The combination of the Sun and Mars in Leo can lead to egos running high. We may find ourselves or others boasting about successes, while trying to bury failures or hide that which we feel inadequate in. We must recognize that success comes in all shapes and sizes; it also doesn’t necessarily require mastery. It is however necessary to feel a sense of pride over our work and accomplishments; to reward oneself and acknowledge the outcome of one’s dedication. While it can be easy to get caught up in how much further we have to go to reach our goal, or all that we have not yet accomplished, the Sun in Leo evokes a sort of self-appreciation and gratitude; the ability to feel proud of oneself and confident in one’s skill. Many of us are often searching for the light at the end of the tunnel, but the bright, brave, fiery energy of Leo helps to remind us that the light we are in search of comes from within, and has been with us all along. Fueling the flames of our inner fire, allowing us to see our own ability to shine.

With the eclipse straddling Leo and Aquarius, we are reminded of our creative connection to the universe. There is the tendency for bursts of creative insight, for artistic visions and melodies to form and flow easily. We may also find ourselves required or desiring to use our creativity differently, in ways aimed towards one’s’ career or successes, allowing one’s’ inner light to better shine through one’s work and projects, and to feel more connected to the tasks accomplished. Feeling more brave than usual, we may even find ourselves sharing parts of our creative self that have previously been kept hidden with others.

While we are busy keeping our game face on, reaching new heights in our careers, or chasing after new goals or dreams – the moon in the 4th house, suggests it is vital that home feels like a safe space. Whether that means making sure your fridge is stocked and your house de-cluttered, or your mood lights on with your favorite candle lit – make your home a place where you can relax and rejuvenate yourself.

The tension between the Sun in Leo and the Moon in Aquarius may find us feeling torn on many levels. As the Sun in Leo inspires us to shine and be the brightest version of ourselves, the Aquarian moon in the 4th house feels a bit more modest, shy and awkward, begging us to err on the quieter, safer side. Though the Sun encourages us to be bold, we may be too caught up in our own dissatisfaction, as the moon reminds us of goals or plans that we may have had for our younger selves that failed to pan out accordingly, leaving us feeling insufficient. We may also find we are torn between our ego’s need to lead and our ability to work with others as a team; challenging our beliefs and ways of being. For some, it can be helpful to note that while good leadership is essential, some situations are less about one’s specific ability to lead and perform, and more about the ability to work as a pack, for survival. Try to share the stage with others, consider alternative perspectives and do your best not to take things too personally. Hurt egos are usually the first to lash out.

Additionally, this tension may also lead us to explore the connection between our emotional state at home and the face we put on for the others. With the energy of the eclipses (both this Lunar Eclipse and the upcoming Solar Eclipse) weaving its way through all that we endeavor over the next few weeks, we are likely to find ourselves entering a period of transformation, full of new starts, and beginnings, and endings that we may or may not have been expecting. The energy of the eclipses also provides us with just the right combination of energy to manifest whatever our focus touches. Pay attention to your thoughts and that which you occupy your time with. Aim for passionate productivity.

Aquarius is eccentric and quirky, but emotionally, it can feel a bit cold. With the moon here, we may find ourselves feeling a bit emotionally detached. Charged by all the energy in the 10th house, we may find ourselves bringing our work or projects home with us; our thoughts preoccupied with innovative ideas and our hearts fired up with confidence.

Taking a look at the activity happening with the other planets in the chart for the eclipse, we find similar messages of change and transformation on the horizon.

Jupiter in Libra and Pluto in Capricorn form an exact square, from the 1st and 3rd houses. Jupiter is massive, benevolent and magnetic, with the ability to magnify situations, sometimes for the better, sometimes for the worse. Often, however, Jupiter feels like a gift. Pluto is associated with power, destruction and rebirth; it can feel heavy and dark. But ultimately, Pluto comes along to wipe the slate clean, so that way we may begin again.

The tension between Jupiter in the 1st house in peaceful Libra and that of Pluto in the 3rd house in Capricorn, fuse to create the feeling that despite all that Pluto might be working to eliminate and disrupt, we are being gifted with great opportunity. Pluto touches the lowest point in the chart, associated with the deepest parts of ourselves, suggesting that while on the surface we appear to be feeling strong and capable – on a more personal emotional level, we are experiencing a sort of internal “renovation”. As we find ourselves sifting through and detaching ourselves from goals, or ideas, plans and responsibilities that no longer resonate with the person we have become. Though it can be bittersweet to say goodbye to dreams that once defined the person we were and goals that excited our spirits, it is a necessary step to take, if we want to make room for all that we now wish to create. At heart, the blending of Jupiter’s bounteous energy with that of Pluto’s acts as our own personal blessing in disguise.

Meanwhile, Mercury, which is in its pre-retrograde shadow period, is slowly approaching the 11° of Virgo, where it will station retrograde on August 12th. With Mercury moving at close to its slowest speed, it is likely we are beginning to feel the fuzzy-brained, disoriented, backwards energy of the retrograde. However, with Mercury stationing retrograde in the middle of eclipses, the energy may feel a bit more erratic and intense than backwards. While we should be prepared for the typical influences of a retrograde, we should also be prepared for the added flair of the eclipses.

Once retrograde, Mercury will head back through the first part of Virgo; toward Leo, where the Sun and Mars wait for the arrival of the Moon. Once in Leo, the Moon will travel past Mars, forming an exact conjunction, and meet up with the Sun. Thus, giving way to the Leo Solar Eclipse on August 21st.

The specific effects of planetary transits differ based on where planets are located in one’s natal chart and where the current planets are transiting. The above is a general forecast based off a chart designed for the aspect discussed.  If you would like more personalized advice, or have questions or feedback of any kind, please send me an email!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mercury and the Moon : Leaving Space for Reflection

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On Saturday February 13th, Mercury will reach the 1st° of Aquarius, completing the first retrograde cycle of 2016. Mercury stationed direct January 25th and has been in its last part of its retrograde cycle, referred to as either the storm period or post-shadow period, ever since. During this time Mercury slowly begins to pick up speed, regaining momentum over the next few weeks, until it is back to its zippy little self. It is also during the storm period that errors or issues related to plans or commitments made during the retrograde, tend to reveal themselves. Mercury stationing direct tends to bring to light truths that may have been lurking beneath the surface in weeks prior. The slow, staggered flow of information that we likely found ourselves fumbling through has smoothed out, leaving things feeling more fluid than before. We are growing, molding and adjusting to the changes we have found ourselves going through, and with Mercury back to normal speed, reproaching Aquarius, we may soon find ourselves rebelling against our ways of the past in order to forge in new habits and be the change we are aiming to be.

Be sure to check out Reclaiming Your Power, for more on Mercury retrograde and Here Comes Change, for more on Mercury stationing direct.

Mercury in Aquarius can be light and quirky, but it can also stir up quite a bit of trouble. With Mercury’s presence here, in the 2nd house, our thoughts relating to our self-esteem, financial security and that which we own -our physical possessions as well as our actions, or lack thereof, and emotions – will likely filter in through a different light. There may be a feeling of detachment, shifts in confidence, or a desire to break the rules and come up with a set of your own.

Creative solutions and ideas are woven through the air and easy to tap into with a bit of focus and intuition. This is a time to create and invent, to let your originality flow. Additionally, there is an increased ability to problem solve, especially among groups. Mercury in Aquarius reminds us that as we each travel our own journey and create our own stories, we must not forget the great strength that arises when we come together and the great power of collective inspiration.

However, before Mercury enters Aquarius, it will make its final aspect in both Capricorn and its storm period, to the Moon. The planets form a square in the 2nd and 4th houses, in the last degrees of Capricorn and Aries. With the Moon in Aries, emotions run high; it is easy for discussions to become heated and for anxious stress to wreak havoc within. There also may be a lack of sensitivity in the air, as well as a sense of impulsiveness and arrogance. With this awareness, it would be wise to aim for objectivity if you find yourself in some sort of emotionally defensive predicament or dealing with someone else who might be, before responding or reacting. Leaving space for others to feel as they do will likely influence them to do the same for you. Coming from a place of understanding feels much different than coming from a place of thinking you know best.

The energy of Mercury in Capricorn has a much cooler tone than that of the Moon in Aries. Mercury in Capricorn wants to plan and come up with solutions; it wants to turn thoughts into reality. It does not want to stress or be concerned with the heaviness of emotions, there is far too much that must be done in the physical world; mountains to climb, money to make and goals to accomplish. Thus, we feel the square of the Moon and Mercury; the inconvenient pull between intense emotions that boil beneath the surface, or may be rather explosive for some, and that of simply needing to be productive and continuing to focus on that which we have our mind set.

With both being quick inner planets, the effects of this aspect are brief. However, with Mercury ingressing Aquarius we are propelled into a new phase of our journey and reflection. What has changed since the beginning of January? How have you handled and processed this change? As Mercury enters the same degree it stationed retrograde in, we may find ourselves consciously processing all that we have invited into our lives, or removed from our lives over the last month or so. Sometimes it is difficult to see change while it is in process, but as Mercury resumes its normal orbit, as time continues to pass, our views on this period of time will deepen. That which didn’t make sense, but felt right, will start to make sense. That which shifted the ground beneath your feet, will have strengthened your ability to balance. And the pain which may have left you devastated will heal you, and transform you in ways you had never envisioned.

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Blue Moon in Aquarius: Looking Beneath the Shadows

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.