This Month marks a pivotal time in the year for all of us as we have 2 very important Eclipses. August 7th we will experience the first, a Lunar Eclipse on the Full Moon in the Zodiac sign of Aquarius.
In this post, I will discuss what you can do to embrace the energy of this Full Moon as well as the symbolism of a Lunar Eclipse and what it means for this all to be in the sign of Aquarius.
First things first, what is a Lunar Eclipse?
"A Lunar Eclipse occurs when the Moon passes directly behind the Earth into its umbra. This can occur only when the sun, Earth, and moon are aligned exactly, or very closely so, with the Earth in the middle" -Wikipedia
But what did the ancients have to say about the Eclipse and how did they view this time? Because of the red hue that is cast as the Sun's shadow from the Earth being tween the Moon and Sun, many ancient cultures believed the Lunar Eclipse to be an attack or assault on the Moon, while others saw it as a time to let go of anger and unify as a people.
Full Moon's always represent a time for letting go of unwanted energy, or energy that is not serving us anymore.
What does this say about our Full Moon tomorrow being in the sign of Aquarius?
Aquarius is the 11th sign of the Zodiac and rules the 11th house. The 11th house is the house of friendship and how we socialize with our friendship circles. It is ruled by Uranus and is represented by the Element Air which is representative of the mind. The two Tarot cards that are ruled by Uranus and Aquarius are; The Star-ruled by Aquarius, and The Tower- ruled by Uranus. The Tower comes right before the Star. This is how we can look at what is happening right now Astrologically and how we can decide to use our energy during this Full Moon Lunar Eclipse.
On August 4th 2017, Uranus went retrograde. Uranus being the ruling planet of Aquarius- this will effect the energy of this Lunar Eclipse and the rest of the year as it is 28 degrees in Aries, this brings up more issues of how we identify with ourselves mentally- especially with the Sun being in Leo.
So main things to look at so far:
Sun in Leo
Full Moon Lunar Eclipse August 7th in Aquarius
Uranus Retrograde 28 degrees of Aries
Although there are many other things going on astrologically this month, I want to focus on the above 3 for this particular Full Moon as it has a lot to do with ego assertion and what we need to uproot.
To get into the nitty gritty of Aquarius.
Aquarius is the sign of revolution and challenging old ways of thinking about things as well as how we communicate that with others.
It is a fixed sign, which means the energy is grounded in trying to establish itself with others around them. The Aquarian in the room will want everyone to know the truth, at any cost. They will be well educated on their subject matter, and it may have a humanitarian purpose behind it.
Aquarius energy is intellectual and philosophical and Aquarians tend to care very much about what is going on in the world. Aquarians are not interested in following the status quo, but more so thinking outside of the box and trying to wake others to the truth they see.
Aquarius is exact Opposite to Leo in the Zodiac, which can be complimentary to Leo when both signs care about the planet in different ways. Leo's bring passion, Aquarians bring reality. The 2 together can be just what one needs to push an idea forward or project forward and they do very well with each other if they both can recognize each others strengths despite their different ways of approaching an obstacle. Leo has much to learn from Aquarius as Aquarius can be more patient than Leo at times, but Aquarius enjoys the loving nature of Leo and can benefit from Leo's ability to be outspoken in a more creative and compassionate way- whereas Aquarius can come off cold or distant when speaking their truth.
This Full Moon Lunar Eclipse is asking you to look at yourself, your values, and how you function in the world. It is time to allow your spirit to be free during this time and ask yourself if you are living in line with your values. Aquarius wants you to educate yourself on worldly issues and to become a voice for your generation. The Moon wants you to give into letting go of the behaviors that are keeping you from becoming the person you are meant to be.
Sun in Leo wants you to continue to recognize the fire in your heart, the passion behind why we do what we do and to keep our hearts open and ourselves in a place of love.
Uranus Retrograde in Aries is causing an uproot of ourselves as we know ourselves. Aries is the first sign of the Zodiac and represents how we identify with ourselves. Uranus in this position will be uprooting the way we have been viewing ourselves in our lives. We may begin to question everything around us, as well as within us. We may do something drastic to our appearance, or our surroundings.
Our hearts and minds are being challenged. This is where the heart and the mind need to come together and be guided by a larger purpose that has much to do with helping each other and the planet.
Uranus in retrograde will cause an uprooting of life as we had known before. The rug will feel as if it is getting pulled out from underneath us and we may not recognize this new life we are living or about to enter.
The Moon in Aquarius is reinforcing this time to let go and become the new person we are becoming. If we fight these large transitions, we will experience anxiety, worry, and mental anguish.
If there is a habit that is hurtful to our minds and our hearts this is the month to stop.
This is the month to quit bad habits and enter into a life that is line with our values. To get caught up on worldly issues and become active in social justice, human rights, animal rights, and planet rights.
This is a time to let go of anger in our hearts, and learn what loving our fellow neighbor truly means. This is a time to share with those who do not have.
This is a time to come together.
Full Moon Lunar Eclipse in Aquarius do's:
- Quit complaining, start doing
- Educate yourself, if you are unhappy with something, now is the time to fix it.
- Find a cause you care about and donate money
- End bad habits- over eating, alcoholism, smoking, gossiping, over spending
- Get involved with your community
- Mend broken relationships, or cut out those who are no longer serving you
-Heal any anger or resentments
- Be honest on what work you need to do to become a better person for yourself, your friends, and the planet.
Full Moon Lunar Eclipse in Aquarius Don'ts:
- Play the victim- this will cause you to spiral into depression.
- Fight with those you love
- Deny that you have work to do
- Ignore a bad relationship to avoid confrontation
- Hold in your true feelings
- Be passive aggressive - to anyone
- Complain about something you have no power to fix
- Complain about something you DO have the power to fix
- Be judgmental over a situation you could replace with love in your heart.
A ritual for this Full Moon Lunar Eclipse in Aquarius:
Aquarius Zodiac Candle
Uranus or Moon incense
Rose Quartz- for healing anger and bringing love into the heart
Paper and pen
Minerals you can use to enhance energy: Salt, Hematite, Garnet, Silver, Aquamarine
Take a bath in salt
Set up your Altar and cast your circle.
Light your incense and candles
Have your minerals and herbs on your altar.
Do a Full Moon tarot reading asking the universe what energy to let go of over this next cycle. Record what cards you get.
With your paper and pen write down everything and everyone who has done you wrong that you still feel anger towards in your heart. After you have written this out, write a letter to them as a whole telling them that on this night of this Full Moon Lunar Eclipse in Aquarius, you are releasing them from your energetic sphere and you are choosing with compassion in your heart to forgive them for doing you wrong. Tell them that you wish they could receive love in their hearts, and imagining them becoming better people because you are telepathically sending them beams of love despite how hurtful they have been to you.
After this light the letter in the black candle and place in burn bowl. Wash your hands with water from water bowl
Once this is done, write another letter telling the world what you wish for it- world peace, happiness for all, safety for animals, food for the hungry, money for the poor.
Make a promise to the universe of one thing you will do over the next week to enrich the lives of those around you.
Place this letter underneath the Aquarius prayer candle and let the candle burn over night with the letter underneath and for the next week until the candle is done.
When you are done with your ritual, sage the room, and thank the universe for listening to your prayer.