Wednesday, 29 July 2015

Once in a Blue Moon (in July)

It’s that time again: another Full Moon is heading our way!

I’ve been off duty for most of July so please bear with me as I get back up to speed.

The last Full Moon was pretty dramatic, sitting opposite Mars in the sign of Cancer, stirring up family tensions and triggering emotional stand offs. If you have been caught in edgy arguments and/or power struggles, you ain’t the only one!!!

Then two weekslater, the volatility meter went up a notch with the New Moon, Sun, and Mars all opposite Pluto (control issues, crisis, change).  Needless to say it's been an emotional mine field for many of us.

Now we get a second chance with a second (Blue) Full Moon in July, this time in the freedom seeking sign of Aquarius. This Moon is saying ‘ Chill out man.  Give everyone a little space. Smile at your brother/sister. Its all groovy! '

"Love is but a song we sing. Fear's the way we die....."

Full Moons are a culmination of the energy that has been building since the previous New Moon. As we move from a dominance of the water element Cancer (emotion, feeling, memories, dreams) into a period lit up by many planets in fiery Leo (action, inspiration, drama) the atmosphere is quickening and things are accelerating.

Not like recent events haven't been spectacularly dramatic, yet in the watery homey sign of Cancer it means things have been mostly manifesting in our emotions and on the home front.

Now the focus is moving to center stage. Enter the Sun in Leo: dramatic, self centered and highly flammable! Leo wants what it wants and expects everyone to pay attention. Generous to a fault, warm-hearted Leos appreciate being appreciated. They are not the shrinking violets of the zodiac.  
Sun in Leo wants you to pay attention!

Moon opposite in Aquarius is much more laid back, yet just as stubborn as Leo; both are fixed signs and not easily budged from their points of view. 

 But things could still get a little quirky!  Uranus, co-ruler of Aquarius and thus of the  Moon,  is is now slowing down and turning retrograde. Called the Awakener, this maverick  is always full of surprises; nothing is certain when Uranus  is in charge.  All I can say is:  expect the unexpected!

Something is going to appear in a new light or show us a different way of dealing with whatever has been getting under our skin. Where Uranus sits in your chart is one indicator of where this new insight could emerge. 

Venus, planet of love and money, has also started moving backward. The goddess of love will reenter Leo just a few hours after the Full Moon, where it will soon again join up with Jupiter for the second of three fabulous visits. This joining describes expansive self-love, which may sound like an ego trip, but in reality if we really do love ourselves we are far more capable of loving others (as within so without). It is time to claim our magnificence! 

(Narcissism is not true self love, it is a form of denial, disconnect  and self aggrandizement , coming from feelings of separation and survival)

Retrogrades cause us to reflect and become more inward. Venus in Leo is going to get us to examine our need for love and ask us if we are getting our needs met.  Neptune opposite Venus is stirring our longing for true love, as well as a tendency toward either idealization or disappointment, while Saturn tries to get us to wake up and smell the coffee.

Venus (love) in tension (square) with Saturn (duty , limitations, karma) can make us feel more alone than we really are, adding a heaviness to our reflection. But  hopefully it will be in the form of taking more responsibility for our own feelings and recognizing that if we aren’t feeling the love we may need to look in the mirror.  If you are feeling alone, remember  it is just a part of the lesson.

Venus’ reflection in the sign of personal sovereignty (Leo),   is nudging  us to take charge of our own kingdom and make sure all is well within. What is the state of your personal territory? Did  you know you are magnificent!?

 With the added objectivity of Aquarius we can begin to see beyond the dramas and traumas to gain more clarity.  This Full Moon won’t exactly cure what ails us, as much as shine as light on our inner processes and help us understand that what we are looking for was inside us all along.

Mercury is right there beside the Moon, bringing  our thoughts and feelings into unison  as we ponder and reflect on where and how we fit into the grand scheme of things. Aquarius activates our need to establish our individuality within  groups and friendships. We all need to feel we belong and we also need to know where we stand.

As we get in touch with our  hopes,  dreams and ideals, we may discover some new ones arising, out of the blue (Moon?) or  revisiting those  ideals of yester-year and dusting them off to see if they still hold true.

The Uranus retrograde turns our urge to rebel and reform  into an inner revolution, just as the Full Moon shines  new light on our hopes and dreams, so that  despite recent  disappointment and disillusionment,  we discover there still is a glimmer of hope.

Let that glimmer turn into a flame.

BE the change you want to see in the world.

"Come on people now, smile on your brother, everybody get together, try to love one another right now right now!"


  1. feeling this alright: Venus (love) in tension (square) with Saturn (duty , limitations, karma) can make us feel more alone than we really are, adding a heaviness to our reflection. friendliness is next to godliness....

  2. Those of us with Saturn in Scorpio will feel a bit more maudlin than others. Scorpio holds our hidden issues... the deep stuff. Saturn turns direct and heads toward Sagittarius next week so hang in there it's almost over. Meanwhile... Venus in Leo is there to remind us of our true inner worth. I am going to write about Saturns exit from Scorpio next week.