• Full Moon in AquariusFULL MOON IN AQUARIUS 

    The Full Moon will occur at 19°21’ Aquarius (antiscion 10°39’ Scorpio) on the 11th or 12th August depending in which part of the world you find yourself.

    Aquarius is the sign of friendship and group activity, it’s about being independent and inventive whilst being part of a larger group of like-minded people as we work towards a common goal.

    Being a sign (Aquarius) with two rulers then we might say that the Moon’s passage in this sign could result in two different types of reactions: Moon-Saturn is notoriously a combination where our feelings are more than dampened and when we are given the opportunity to take a harsh look at where we’re putting them and perhaps why. These thoughts can also manifest as a sinking or generally depressed feeling. Moon-Uranus is a jump-start to our emotions with perhaps lightening mood changes and wanting to belong but at the same time to be alone or independent from others emotionally, the “I’m yours but don’t get too close type of feeling!”

    The Moon is approaching a conjunction to Saturn, its dispositor and retrograde in the sign. Saturn is still within a separating orb of a square to Uranus R and Mars in Taurus. Saturn usually puts a damper on the energy of any planet it makes an aspect to and this gregarious Full Moon is no exception. Also noteworthy is the fact that Mars will be opposing the degree of the total eclipse that took place in May at 25°18’ Scorpio thus activating it.

    At least from a European point of view:

    It seems almost like that our governments (Sun) are highlighting the peoples’ (Moon) disappointment or fear (Saturn) especially about energy (Mars) and technology (Uranus) that was supposed to be going “green” (Taurus) but that has been forced (square aspect) to revert to more antique (Saturn) procedures that involve the use of coal (Saturn) to produce the energy (Mars) we need. The separating sextile of the Sun to Uranus gives the idea that the governments thought this to be an ingenious shift in a moment of need! The Fixed Grand Cross involving Moon, Sun, and the Lunar nodal axis seem to bring up a dilemma about which way is the best to follow, the old and known or the new and unknown?

    Four planets are in their own signs, Sun in Leo, Mercury in Virgo, Saturn in Aquarius and Neptune in Pisces, but both outer planets are retrograde and less strong. The chart has a very Earthy, Fixed feel to it with 4 planets in the Earth element and 6 in the Fixed modality.

    The Full Moon falls on the 11th-5th – Aquarius-Leo – axis in the zodiac so whilst the Moon is illuminating our friendship zone the Sun in Leo is shining in our house of individuality wanting us to sparkle on our own…will we be able to find a compromise between the two?

    Raven Kaldera in his book “Moon Phase Astrology” calls this Full Moon phase “the Friendship Moon” and he invites us to hang out with our friends during this period, asking others and ourselves just what value friendship has for us in our lives.

    The Sabian symbol for the Moon at 20° Aquarius: “A large white dove bearing a message.” Indicating the answer of spiritual agencies to thorough, sustained and victorious individual efforts.

    For the antiscion at 11° Scorpio: “A drowning man is being rescued.” Indicating the deep concern of the social group for the safety of individuals.

    For the Sun at 20° Leo: “Zuni Indians perform a ritual to the Sun.” Indicating a return to the glorification of natural energies.

    “We are set in our ways, bound by our perspectives and stuck in our thinking.” Joel Osteen


    Kaldera R. (2011) “Moon Phase Astrology” pp. 143, 198, 261, Destiny Books, Rochester, Vermont. USA

    Rudhyar D. (1974) “An Astrological Mandala: the cycles of transformations and its 360 symbolic phases”. p 141 and 258, Vintage Books Edition, Random House Inc., New York, USA