Full Moon Phase
July 27, 2018
4 Aquarius 44
The full moon in Aquarius is not just a full moon it is also the longest lunar eclipse of the 21stcentury. It will last 1 hour and 43 minutes.
That’s an attention grabber, right?
Observers in Africa, the Middle East, southern Asia and Indian Ocean will see a red blood moon (more brown red) that will take from beginning to end four hours. (Thank you, Space.com for those details).
On the run up to the full moon we have the following:
7/20 Mars conjunct South Node
7/25 Sun square Uranus
7/26 Mercury station retrograde
7/26 Sun oppose Mars
…and just after full moon
8/1 Mars square Uranus.
This is not an easy week. If you have ever skied consider this a mountain of moguls. How are you going to use the energy of the mogul? Will you take the bump and turn it into a jet for momentum? Or will your skis get stuck and you rage yourself off the bump?
As I have indicated the last time Mars retrograded in Aquarius was 1971 & 1939. We don’t get this experience that often and one can argue, “Thank God.” The Mars retrograde cycle is from June 26 – August 27. For the bulk of this period, June 26-August 12 Mars will be in Aquarius. Aquarius is how we unite with others not on an intimate level but on a global or cause level. It can be something simple like cleaning up trash on a block, making over a church basement or more complex issues like working together to change a law. Aquarius is not coming together to just complain that’s not elevated enough. It is about minds coming together and saying, “What are we going to do?” Aquarius is the brainstorm. Aquarius is brilliant.
During this period of Mars retrograde we have already begun either finding our groups of like- minded or we may have begun processing our own resistance to group activity. But now with the longest lunar eclipse of the century on this full moon in Aquarius during the middle of Mars retro in Aquarius —-the time has come to heal our own issues around groups and causes and being with elevated like-minded.
Let’s talk about the obvious reasons for resistance to group activity.
Well, history has shown a lot of groups get shit wrong. How about that Nazi party in the 1930s and 40’s? And other groups who supported Fascists? How about the KKK? How about mob mentality in the near and distant past? How about lynching of innocent people? Yep, groups get it wrong all the time. However, a lot of groups get it right. From something like Habitat for Humanity or ACLU and charities or whole neighborhoods who come together and improve a lot or put in a community garden. Some get it right.
With this lunar eclipse we have Moon in Aquarius which is cool as a cucumber and can be very strategic, think in old fashion TV terms: Mr. Spock. Uranus in the chart wants to shake things up so finding our inner Spock will be hard. Then there is the Leo sun on the other side who is passionate, at times sloppy but still speaks to our courage, think: Captain Kirk. The war of rational and rash will be in full display no doubt.
On the eclipse we may start to process where have we been hiding in plain sight. Where have we been letting others do a lot of the work? What needs our attention that will help the community? Are we feeling out of sync with our heart that says, “I really need to do more?” What is going on with your community? Is it your block, your neighborhood, your county, your country? How about your community school or park or library? Where are you not showing up and more to the point how is not showing up starting to bug you?
Leo sun speaks to all of us to find our strength and courage and do our part in our community by following our heart. If we use our heart as our beacon we will know where we need to show up. We must always check in with the heart and if something feels off within a group we can express it and maybe move on to another group.
Because the eclipse is a shadow we need to talk about the Achilles heel for both Aquarius and Leo and that is an attitude of above it all. — Aquarius can be a rebel without a cause and do it his way or the high way. Which is very off putting. And Leo disconnects because he feels he’s not being treated special. More off putting. And both can be know-it-alls. Off putting squared.
Another Achilles Heel is our own prejudice about community and the power of high functioning like-minded individuals who come together. This is one of the sad areas of astrology. Of the 12 signs of the zodiac the energy of Aquarius can be marginalized more than the other signs in my opinion. For example, no one would ever marginalize Cancer’s domain of Family. Or Libra’s domain of relationship. Or Scorpio with sex and bank loans or Taurus for owning land— But Aquarius who says “Hey everybody let’s come together and do this _______” , that energy is marginalized all the time. People say: “I’m too busy. I can’t make a difference.” Which is code for community is not as important as money, love, family, sex, debt, education, property, etc. To that I laugh. Lose power for a week. Suffer a natural disaster. Watch a local school start to break down. Watch a law go into effect that hurts your friends. Or hurts you. Then ask yourself if community is still not important.
We have a lot going on this week including this full moon. As we discussed on the New Moon, which was a partial solar eclipse in Cancer we are in a run of 3 eclipses in a row and this Aquarius lunar eclipse is the second then in two weeks we will have the Leo Solar eclipse. Between now and then we will have a lot of bumps and lots of things will get our attention. Including this full moon where we find our community no matter how small or how large. Activate that part of your psyche that says, “I deserve to work with others and experience the joy of bringing my unique voice.” We are all waiting for you inner Spock and inner Kirk to be beamed up.
Make the eclipse work for you.