With Partial Lunar Eclipse
The full Aquarius Moon is at 15 degrees of Aquarius on 7 August. It is the first of the two eclipses we have this August.
The total Solar Eclipse on the New Moon is on August 21 at 28 degrees Leo.
I don't usually get into degrees on new and full Moons, but when there is an eclipse involved… you can look at your chart and see if you have any planets at that degree that would be aspecting the moon/eclipse. For you people, the Eclipse may affect those areas of your life for six months to come- until the next Eclipse cycle.
Eclipses magnify and enlighten. They make some things take on epic proportion. By epic, I mean they illuminate where you are in the great story of your life -- it's journey and unfoldment.
Eclipses often signified, in olden times, events surrounding royalty. As this Eclipse cycle involves the Leo/Aquarius axis, even more so – Leo being the king/queen.
With Leo, we look at, and feel we must act on, the need for creative self expression. It is personal, it is at the forefront, and we may put that impulse ahead of all things.
With the Aquarius full Moon, we see that we, AND others around us, all have some sense of special purpose that we must express.
We can adapt to that idea and make room for the ideas and genius of others.
Or we can scrap and jostle and disregard the wisdom and creativity of our earthly cohabitants.
We will see both energies in the coming months.
Uranus is the ruler of Aquarius. It went retrograde in Aries (29degree) on August 3rd and will remain so until January 2, 2018.
So, this retrograde will be in effect nearly until the next Eclipse cycle begins.
Uranus is the planet of genius, the higher mind, the zeitgeist, ideas that come like a bolt from the blue, electricity.
In Evolutionary Astrology, Uranus is the planet of mental trauma, and wherever he appears in the chart and aspects other planets, one can find, to varying degrees in each individual, the type and level of mental trauma on brought into this life.
With Uranus retrograde in Aries, this new Aquarius Moon brings in a time when we are reminded, instinctually, of past mental trauma and we have an opportunity to see it, feel it examine it question it and gets some understanding, healing and wisdom from it.
As all of the outer planets are retrograde at the moment, Saturn Neptune and Pluto, too, we are experiencing a lot of emotional and physical feelings that are echoing into the now but are not necessarily OF the now.
Feelings of a rebellion not experienced since teenagerhood along with the accompanying “no one understands me” mope may arise. If a right-minded rebellion is called for, then by all means go for it. But be sure it comes from the now. Some say “if it is hysterical, it is historical.” This phrase could hold some of us in good stead over the coming weeks and months.
Often it is not exclusively of the now. Take the TIME to tease things out and understand them to avoid unnecessary rows and stompings off to pout.
Some pouting may be called for. 😊
We may feel things we thought we were over and done with long ago – up for “another round.” It is a new layer of the onion, though, so take your time, peel it away, cry a few more tears and the way forward will be made more clear.
Also, Mercury will go retrograde in Virgo and back in to late degrees of Aries on August 12. It resumes forward motion on September 5. Virgo is ruled by Mercury and wants to examine and evaluate area of the ego, psyche and day to day life—deciding what is useful, what is ours to keep and not imposed conditioning from family and culture. Perfect assistance and timing for this Mercury retrograde.
We may see this extrapolate to a familial and global level – old enmities and alliances coming up and at it once more.
Stay grounded. Eat nice foods, get enough sleep, touch the trees and grass. Reach out to your friends.
Here's where it can be super helpful to use the Uranus-ruled internet.
Connect with old friends/relatives/teachers/colleagues who knew you when some of these old experiences occurred. They may be able to help clarify and reframe what went on.
Aquarius rules both friends and ostracism and alienation.
If you can choose the friends option at the moment it will optimize the benefit of this cycle.
Alienation is easy but not always beneficial, especially when we are bathed in so many planetary vibrations from our pasts.
Community – even in short bursts, chats with friends – on FaceTime or in person, can be a lifesaver.
Remembering what year it is, what day, what season, and grounding ourselves in the present time will help.
Look back but don't stare is an appropriate adage at present.
Being increasingly healed in the present, relieving the self of past wounds and memories is the benefit of this cycle. It will take a bit of courage to heal and willingness to see oneself as one who can see all experiences and raise the face to the light of the present. Walk in alignment with the present moment, if not unencumbered, then less tangled in past beliefs and fears.
Allow yourself to have compassion for the person you have been thus far in life – along with all of the bumps and bruises and insults and let downs that are part of the journey. While healing and acknowledging old wounds, remember the fun and the beauty and the laughs to counterbalance the deep inner work you are doing.
Take a spontaneous dance/hike. Join a laughter meditation class. Read something totally different. Eat something totally different. Spark the psyche and the body into something new to allow fresh grooves to be etched into your experience and your being.
Look at where your feet are and start walking from there.
Much love, Lydia