“Liberation energy comes on Thursday when the only Aquarius full moon of 2016 brightens up the skies. These high-minded moonbeams help us dream outside of the box. Wish upon a double rainbow: This full moon helps us visualize our ideal futures then connect to the right people who can help us bring the picture to life. When in doubt, take the unconventional route! Aquarius is the sign that governs teamwork and technology. There will be group victories to celebrate this week—or a deep desire to find our soul tribes. Turn on the searchlight. Those kindred spirits could be revealed within two weeks of Thursday. Feel like making the world a better place? (Hands raised.) Power-to-the-people Aquarius energy guides us to humanitarian missions. Whether they involve global activism or a little community cleanup, there is strength in numbers. No good deed is too small…but why not go a little bigger, inviting the social network to get in on these kind acts?”
Good day for spontaneity, flexibility in your schedule, and being social. Do something different and say yes to some eccentric opportunity that may show up for you. If you have been working hard, take a break today. If you have been overly serious in your efforts to heal, balance, get your life on track and organize your work and your environment, take a break and focus on play for a change.
Aquarius is our teacher to lift us beyond the personal, emotional realms and point us toward the farther reaches of consciousness. Aquarius helps us see a bigger picture, to value the freedom to experiment with all manner of behavior, expression, lifestyle and extend that experimental attitude forward to others believing all beings should enjoy the freedom and self governance to walk their own chosen path.
Aquarius is ruled by the eccentric planet, Uranus, discovered late in the game, 1781, during highly revolutionary times. With the Full Moon here we can more easily detach from our personal responses and aim our sites to a more humanitarian and egalitarian point of view. The air signs give us mental objectivity and the ability to set goals for the long view. With strong detachment, Uranus is very instrumental in breaking up the old, status quo to make way for the new and modern ~ a necessary influence in a time of transition like we are now experiencing. As we slowly begin the Age of Aquarius, a 2000 year period, the shadow side of Aquarius is exposed ~ the fanatical, anarchistic and unpredictable side that destroys but without providing a more innovative or progressive solution to current issues.
Uranus in Aries is in position to be a positive support to the Leo Sun and the Aquarius Moon. We can harness the energy of change and make it work for us with added clarity and strong witness. Intuitive flash comes easily under Uranian/Aquarian influences. Pay attention to your synchronicities and brilliant inventions. Practice thinking on the fly. It’s not so much thinking as intuitive inspiration and right timing. You have to trust that it will be there for you. Reform and innovation are strengths of Uranus/Aquarius, so ask yourself what part of your life needs some radical revamping? Or maybe you’re feeling a need to work with others for major social change – no sign is more given to serving the collective good to re-balance injustice and intolerance.
Venus will be in her most practical and earthly manifestation as integrator of body, mind, and spirit when she meets Jupiter also in Virgo on August 27th. Watch for these two benevolent influences joined in the night sky in the west just after dusk. Jupiter is soon to leave Virgo on September 9th after a year in this sign. Spend these remaining weeks organizing, sorting, eliminating and taking stock, repairing and maintaining, and committing to healthy eating, good digestion and improvement of your mental and physical health. By the last weeks of August we have the Sun, Mercury, Venus, Jupiter and North Node all in Virgo. Look to your gut level reactions as your guide and watch your tendencies for perfection that lead to judgment and criticism. Yes, we have a desire for improvement, but our critical voices have a way of separating rather than drawing us closer to love.
The eleventh is the natural house of Aquarius, associated with visions and dreams, hopes and goals for the future, friendships and allies. When I first began studying astrology, the eleventh house was enigmatic. I’d think: A planet in the house of “wishes?” Well, sprinkle pixie dust and spin me three times. Over time, I realized the way to properly understand this assortment of descriptors was through Aquarius’ golden rule: The right network of allies always help you achieve your goals and dreams. There is a universal truism here: We may be outsiders, aliens or iconoclasts but we never arrive at a future we want, alone.
A truism is true for a reason. I can trace every accomplishment that’s ever really mattered to me to people who have helped to make it happen. Like a string of pearls, each of these precious people had everything to do with my personal and professional success. I didn’t necessarily personally know those who aided and abetted my future self- not at first. Aquarian friends and allies are not your best friends (that’s Libra; although they came become your besties), but they are your friends. They are the people you get to know, through your interests, joining up in collective concerns, through other people you know.
Aquarius Full Moon is a time of nurturing both our visions for our future, and the friendships and alliances that help us get there. According to Robert Cole’s book, The Book of Houses, this is the house of the visionary. Eleventh house/Aquarius holds that kind of dreamy magic and of harvest, of dreams-do-come-true. When we plant seeds and water them with friendship and support, they do.
Every year when the full moon alights in Aquarius it is a time for both planning and harvesting dream seeds. Where do you want to go next? Who is already where you want to be? Ally with a person or group who is doing what you want to be; that’s a strategy for getting there. Is a dream coming true for you now? If so, thank your lucky stars, and the friends and allies that surely played a role in your harvest’s arrival.
Jupiter and Uranus form a quincunx at this full moon. Uranus, Aquarius’ ruler, is the planet of visionary progress and invention, Jupiter, possibility, faith and hope. Quincunx energy holds slippery magic, subject to wild changes of fortune and circumstance, and wooed by entertaining possibilities on the outer edges of reason. Build a dream catcher. Even if of wishes for “something better than this”, fairy wings, band-aids and rubber bands, this a hopeful vision for your future self to explore and, perhaps one surprising day, step into. Celebrate your harvest, and your tribe. They are your Aquarian dream posse. And as that famous Beatle sang about his own dream posse: We all get by with the help of our friends.