Full Moon in Aquarius
August 3, 2020
The full moon in Aquarius highlights the polarity of the signs Leo and Aquarius. Leo, ruled by the Sun, emphasizes the individual while Aquarius puts the focus on the group, or on humanity.
The big news with this full moon is planet Uranus forming a T-cross or T-square with the Sun and Moon. A T-cross is an irritation and a challenge. This formation often leads to something productive. In natal horoscopes the presence of a T-cross means that the individual does not give up and often meets with success. The current full moon period with Uranus shouts out loud and clear that humanity is not giving up. We are on the road to freedom for humanity, not freedom for 2%. Uranus rules the sign of Aquarius. If we are headed for the Age of Aquarius, these past few months are helping us get there.
What the full moon means for you
On the personal level, this full moon with Uranus sitting in between the Sun and Moon encourages freedom. If a relationship is suffocating, Uranus will cause a potential break. On the other hand, some relationship might find new areas of awakening, fun and even meaning. Uranus tends to shake things up abruptly. Someone lands a job out of the blue. Someone moves to the other side of the country for career or opportunity. A relationship forms from one unexpected meeting. Someone else suddenly loses a position due to a company closing (so much of this with the pandemic). So many structures are collapsing during this time. Uranus brings things suddenly and often the event is life changing. Individuals affected by COVID have had their lives altered forever. People who chose this year to leave their homes in Central American and migrate to the US have suffered from unexpected inhumane treatment. We are all affected by these disruptions. The planet is suffering from disruption. If you are safe and well fed, you are indeed blessed at this time.
Some information about Aquarius
After so many years interpreting horoscopes, I have come to think of Aquarians as having one foot in the past and one foot in the future. We need to remember where we have come from in order to envision where we are going. The original ruler of Aquarius was Saturn, the planet that gives us structure, stability and tradition. Saturn also rules Capricorn. When Sir William Herschel found a planet beyond Saturn using a telescope in 1781, the planet was eventually named Uranus by an astronomer. The name Uranus is the name of Saturn’s father in mythology. Uranus (or Ouranos in Greek) was the primordial deity that helped seed Earth. Uranus ruled the heavens, came to visit Gaia, impregnated her, and flew back into the heavens without a care for her wellbeing. He was independent and sought his freedom in the sky. He demanded perfect children from Gaia and killed the ones he didn’t approve of. He was a dictator type, not yet evolved in his psychology and emotional body! Eventually Gaia gave birth to Saturn (Chronos in Greek) and when Saturn grew up, he ousted his father, married his mother Gaia, and became the ruler of planet Earth. Saturn brought time, dependability, structure and process to earth. Saturn overcame the chaos of Uranus to give us human society.
Why Aquarius and Uranus are associated with Revolution
Just note that the American Revolution (1775-1783) was fought for our independence around the time of the discovery of Uranus. The American Revolution was followed by the French Revolution (1789-11799), which gave proclamations of Liberty, Equality and Fraternity. The ideas for independence, liberty, equality for all has never stopped. We have been in a state of human revolution every since (at least in the western world).
Since the beginning of January 2020, when the planet Uranus entered its forward motion stage, we have had nothing but intense challenge and change. A lot of this is due to the coming together of Saturn and Pluto in Capricorn, but Uranus has had a hand in the unfolding of the changes Pluto and Saturn are bringing. Uranus points to something new so we had a new virus. We have ideas galore (some dangerous, some iffy) trying to treat the virus and prevent the virus. Meanwhile we have had new freedom for many who had to work at home. The old paradigm of going somewhere to work is shifting rapidly. Perhaps going to a schoolhouse is a shifting paradigm as well or maybe the system just gets an overhaul. But we also have a huge percentage of our fraternal citizens who have lost their jobs due to the virus. They need support and financial aid. They don’t need to be criticized or called lazy for a pandemic no one can be blamed for. Then we had the killing, the alleged murder, of George Floyd. This event triggered the airing of all such deaths in recent years. This led to Black Lives Matter, a revisiting of racial inequality, and the Aquarian need to examine law and order and bring more fairness. This is an ongoing revolution.
Uranus means Awakening!
The planet Uranus has another big meaning and that is AWAKENING. The awakenings that are occurring during this COVID-19 era and during the protests in the streets era are not going to end. Uranus has been the helper of Pluto, the energy that is destroying old structures and institutions.
The intensity of destruction and upheaval may slow down for a while when Uranus goes into a retrograde period, starting August 15. Since Uranus is sitting and traveling in the sign of Taurus, economy is greatly affected. Taurus is a fixed sign. It doesn’t want things to change so we will have to slow down and reflect on all that has happened since early January. The financial system will definitely slow down as those in leadership try to find a pathway through the pandemic losses. Hopefully they will awaken to new methods for the distribution of resources, like food and health care, to mention two basics.
Uranus has a shadow
Just a few remarks about the shadow of Uranus: remember I mentioned that the deity, Uranus, went back out into black space without a thought for Gaia. You might say Uranus was ideological. He wanted something perfect and he had good ideas but he didn’t have patience and he didn’t want to be involved in the actual process. He just wanted his own way. It is too easy to get ideological about change. Ideology is what puts us in the divide. We are falling deeper into the divide: one group resists change and cannot imagine more rights for minorities; one group imagines a kind of equality that is utopian, but ignores the time and process to get there (the now or never approach); another group would like a religious identity that dictates how things will be; and there is a fringe, a small percentage, that might prefer a dictatorship with zero individual rights. A dictator is a kind of Uranian character who thinks he/she is a god who should make all decisions – no voting allowed. In the end, the dictator, like Uranus in the sky, doesn’t care for anyone except his own vision. He can be the evil one with the bomb in a James Bond story.
And, Uranus can be the bearer of heavenly love and energy.
The spirit and energy of Aquarius is best applied within the group. Communities come together to think and plan and create; some groups raise their voices for Liberty and Justice for all. Other groups raise their voices for the past, for a flag that didn’t win. We are on the road to the Age of Aquarius. As people unite and gather, they will strive to save the planet, save the children, find more equality, sustainability and quality of life for everyone. As people mingle and share ideas, they will move forward. The solo types will become leaders or they will drop out when they don’t get their way. The future belongs to the patient ones, willing to be tolerant, willing to work hard, willing to cooperate, willing to play fair, and willing to tap in to something bigger than individual ego, and being “right.” Aquarian energy supports all of humanity. It embraces something from the divine and tries to bring it into manifestation.
In closing, we have a full moon in Aquarius that highlights the importance of Leo joining with Aquarius in order to bring heart-centered life to our human society. Aquarius celebrates the ego of Leo and Leo celebrates the community of Aquarius. Everyone is on the stage and everyone is the audience as well.