Full Moon in Aquarius ♒ Aug 18, 2016

Thursday, Aug 18 at 2.29 am EST

Click here to learn about the Moon. Click here to learn about Aquarius.

This full moon marks halfway between the Summer Solstice and Fall Equinox; it is known as Lunar Lammas. Lammastide is a traditional holiday in the Northern Hemisphere, falling upon the first harvest of the year. In the Great Lakes region, this phase is also known as the Full Sturgeon Moon because it coincides with abundant fish catches. The moon will rise at sunset, peak at midnight and set at sunrise.

The Sun and Moon in total opposition between Leo and Aquarius: me vs. we. The Full Moon in Aquarius yearns to explode outward, to use the Self as a vehicle for collective empowerment. Let’s look at the ruling planets of each sign, the Sun and Uranus respectively. The Sun emanates from the inside out, master of identity. Uranus is the rebel and nonconformist, dancing eccentrically to the beat of his own drum. On one end of the spectrum, we have regal Leo in his fullest expression: living through the heart, content to stay there without ever venturing beyond the confines of the Self. On the other lies Aquarius, wandering so far out in the cosmos that he struggles to cultivate awareness within. Leo lives in the here and now, in laughter, in the body, in the raw ego. Too much leonine energy produces self-interest and bullying. So can these two play nicely together? We shall see.

As fixed signs, Leo and Aquarius make changes according to what they think is the best way of doing things. Said changes are often perfectly informed and helpful, but these dudes might not-so-quietly believe that only certain knowledge/methods/prescriptions behoove the greater good. Sounds like: all are welcome, but when you get here, listen to what I say.

Aquarius has a self-assurance that the lion often lacks, despite appearances. However, this self-assurance turns to obstinance in the face of conflict. The imbalanced Aquarian closely resembles his leonine counterpart: proud, forceful, blinded by ego. Too much Aquarius makes life feel cold and unemotional. An overdose of Leo makes life too hot – think melodrama, unchecked passion, irrational responses. And yet the water bearer is notoriously aloof and acquires an edge if he feels that his toes have been stepped on. Altruism is rapidly replaced by dark shades of anger in the form of hard logic / “objective” intellectualization. The Full Moon in Aquarius may shut the heart down in favor of the left brain’s insistence on “rational” thinking. Aquarius loves spreading messages of social justice and equality to the rest of humanity; however, he feels that his wisdom will revolutionize the world. Here we see again the fixed nature of Aquarius. The water bearer often struggles to understand other people. He is quick to judge and finds people boring, deflated of self-confidence and originality.

Celebrate the full moon with Aquarius Yoga. To ascertain your personal Moon sign, click here.

Mantra:  humble


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