The Full Moon occurs at 01:44 (UT) on the 21st August 2013 at 28°Aqu10′.
I look at the chart and I hear the tearing of apron strings. This Moon feels like my first day of school where I knew no one and no one knew me. I remember the same feeling when I arrived at college, unpacking boxes whilst sat on an unfamiliar mattress with a scratchy blanket. I had managed to put a couple of hundred miles between me and the past and now there was just a wide open space – and me.
The chart is woven together with aspects, the closest of which is a semi-square to the lunation ruler Uranus. This Moon seems to integrate a test, a moment of truth stemming from a flash of inspiration and understanding.
The chart as a whole is dominated by a cardinal cross with Venus, Uranus, Jupiter and Pluto all set at odds to each other. It makes me think of the wheel of the Fates, turning as it will – our little lives measured, spun and cut at the hands of the unseen. Perhaps the three Fates are Jupiter, Uranus and Pluto and Venus is us, looking up. She’s the butterfly afraid of beating her wings in case she causes chaos.
The Moon is conjunct Neptune, albeit a little wide and opposite the Sun-Ceres-Mercury conjunction in Leo. It’s about being mindful of the illusions we feed ourselves in order to remain accepted by the group. It’s about knowing who and what you identify with and why – and knowing that these classifications, check boxes and cliques can never truly express the beauty that you are.
There are profound shifts happening and not all of it is easy but this is the semi-square test to Uranus. Can you keep your head? Can you hold tight to who you are? Do you know who you are? These are the big questions rumbling under this lunation.
Aquarius is curious and connective and yet detached. Opposite sign Leo, needs love and applause and the final curtain. Aquarius is Zen about the outcome. Aquarius seeks clarity through understanding. The Aquarius mind is a trained mind that uses reason to find its way. The conjunction to Neptune then, may feel rather confusing. It’s about holding on to your reason whilst allowing yourself to engage with the mystery and magic of life. Sometimes it is about living and breathing the experience rather than analyzing it. You can’t always fill the space. Sometimes it is necessary to simply contemplate the void.
The Sabian Symbol for this Full Moon is :-
A Butterfly Emerging From A Chrysalis
This is a transformative Moon but in order to fly, it is necessary to cut the ties that bind to old ways of thinking. It’s a movement from child to adult.
We are all in a process of change, as individuals and as a group. Perhaps we are all feeling a little delicate! The process of emergence cannot be forced (note the semi-square to Pluto) but somehow the strength must be found to find release from a confined space. Right now, it’s a struggle, wiggling this way and that, feeling raw and exposed and sensitive to this new environment. The quincunx from the Moon to Mars may even feel a little threatening. The new space is unfamiliar and as yet your wings are untested.
But a wide trine to Saturn shows that in the end you will acclimatize. Given enough time, your new wings will harden. Then you will see how extraordinary, how beautiful you have become. Then you will delight in the lightness of being.
And you will fly.
Hi Leah, great article as usual.
I am confused about the differences between general predictions and the real chart. The Full Moon in Aquarius is supposed to be in my 10th house as I am a Taurus. In reality, it’s in my 12th as per the chart. So what’s ending then?
One more question, re: Saturn transit. You mentioned a waning influence of Saturn opposing your Sun. My Saturn-Sun opposition is still waxing now for the third and last time in this cycle, and will reach its peak in about three weeks, and then hopefully it will wane and leave me in peace for the next 29 years. It waxed and waned twice before since last autumn. Is there any difference? Are we wiser the 3rd time around? 🙂
While Saturn is opposing my Sun, Pluto is making a helpful trine at the same time. Is that supposed to help?
Leah – I can’t believe how bang-on your interpretation (is in my experience). Earlier this evening I was in the bath thinking out loud the exact questions you have posed above: “Can you keep your head? Can you hold tight to who you are? Do you know who you are?”
The chrysalis metaphor is also uncanny, as my first baby wriggles around inside me waiting to come out in a month’s time. She is the reason I am asking myself all these questions – in particular over the past couple of days.
I also said out loud that I need to let go of my past and just be who I am now, and be confident in that. This seems to be mirrored in: “This is a transformative Moon but in order to fly, it is necessary to cut the ties that bind to old ways of thinking. It’s a movement from child to adult.”
And as for the conjunction to Neptune – I have been confused, particularly in regards to “holding on to your reason whilst allowing yourself to engage with the mystery and magic of life.”
The conclusion I came to? More or less this – “Sometimes it is about living and breathing the experience rather than analyzing it. You can’t always fill the space. Sometimes it is necessary to simply contemplate the void.”
I love synchronicity. And astrology 🙂
Anna and bub.
Wow Anna, you are in tune! Thank you so much for sharing you experience. And congratulations on impending motherhood! 🙂
Hi Laura – Sorry for the late reply! Personally I always look to the birth chart. There is a place for solar sign based astrology and you can blend the meanings of the two but to save confusion and to gain clarity, I would focus on your own chart for now.
So if the Full Moon is in the 12th it can be about releasing inner demons and those unconscious forces that can sabotage your efforts.
Re: Saturn, yes I really do think that we are wiser on the last hit! That’s my personal experience but also through sharing in other people’s experiences of their chart. Pluto really does strengthen the Sun too with a trine. Also however a trine tends to work in the background so it may be useful to consciously acknowledge your power through whatever means (affirmations, positive self-talk etc.). In general, I find Pluto trining the Sun helps to strengthen resolve and gives you the guts to do what’s necessary.
This full moon is conj. my so. node, out of sign, conj. my sun in Pisces, along with Neptune. I have had a year and a half, of ‘catching up’ with the NWO, ET’s, bloodlines, etc. ………………………….found David Icke, and the agenda to continue to ‘control us’ ……………………so, now, I have a very, very, very, immature land lord, and he is too unstable to even talk abt. …………….adopted orphan, ………………………….he doubled my rent which I can’t pay, so, have to move which, for me is HELL.