The back story of this Full Moon at 20° 41′ Aquarius on 13 August 2011, 11:58 AM PDT can be read in the balance of the elements and modes – fire and air in the fixed signs predominate. In other words, we may be treated to plenty of pretty, inspirational speeches dedicated to convincing us of one particular point of view.
Venus and Mercury in Leo are basking in a conjunction with the Leo Sun. The correct astrological term is “combust” meaning both planets are within 3 to 8 degrees of the Sun. The power of the Leo Sun suggests those two planets lose their separate identities and become subsumed by the Sun making objectivity almost impossible. Outstandingly beautiful and charismatic though.
The Sun in Leo and Moon in Aquarius create a delightful Mystic Rectangle with the Moon’s Nodes in Gemini and Sagittarius. If you love good, deep philosophical discussions about the mysteries of Life and why we are here, then you will enjoy this Full Moon immensely. If you are more interested in feeding your family and paying the rent, all these high-minded discussions will be more irritating than anything else. However, we may be able to use all this energy in practical ways via Jupiter in earthy Taurus because Jupiter rules the Sagittarius North Node. Taurus is really big on practical application after all.
Mercury (rules Gemini South Node) in Leo is now being opposed by Neptune back in Aquarius. Is this an improvement from the opposition in Virgo and Pisces, or just a different set of illusions? I go with the latter. The main difference is with Leo and Aquarius you get glittering dramatic illusions and endless diatribes about whose vision for the betterment of the collective is the best. **sigh**
A couple of bright spots in this lunation chart are Mars in Cancer sextile Jupiter in Taurus and Venus in Leo widely sextile Saturn in Libra. We may see these friendly sextiles at work helping ease tensions in our personal relationships because even small gestures of affection will produce big results. Both aspects are great for helping us remember why being friends with our lovers is so important. Nice!
A more sobering pattern is Mars in Cancer completing a T-Square with the Uranus in Aries-Pluto in Capricorn square. Uranus is the apex planet squaring an opposition between Mars and Pluto. Mars in Cancer may not be as aggressive as Mars in Aries but tromp on this Mars’s toes and he will vigorously defend himself. If it was just Mars getting angry and lashing out it would be one thing but add in Pluto and Uranus and the potential for a sustained violent reaction is possible. Uranus in Aries is hair-triggered and Pluto in Capricorn can hold a grudge like nobody’s business. Stepping back, staying neutral, avoiding specific outcomes and expectations are all in our best interests. FYI – Mars will exactly square Uranus on 9 August and exactly oppose Pluto on 10 August.
My vote for biggest trouble maker is the Mercury-Neptune opposition because it can turn what you feel to be a small, innocuous comment into what another considers a full fledged attack on their strongly held beliefs or vice versa. If you have a 28°-29° Mercury, particularly in the fixed signs (Taurus, Leo, Scorpio and Aquarius), you are the most vulnerable to “foot in mouth” disease not only on this Full Moon but in the week leading up to it.
Work extra hard at practicing kindness and being forbearing of both your own and others foibles and remember we’re all only human! No raining on the parade of those who are able to relax and enjoy the bright Leo season either.
On a personal note: The lunar axis squares my Scorpio Mars-Mercury-Ascendant so I am placing myself on notice to watch my tongue, though I’m sure a certain amount of sharpness may filter through anyway. Probably just as well that Mars-Mercury conjunction is on the quiet side of the Ascendant or my mouth could get me into trouble. *cheeky grin*
The problematical Mercury-Neptune opposition gently aspects my 29 Libra Sun and a likely outcome is feeling more idealistic and less pragmatic than usual. Good thing I have plenty to do to keep me grounded or I would drift off into la la land! Saturn moving one step closer to Moon helps keep me firmly based in reality too. Darn.© Copyright 2011 Diane L, All rights Reserved. Written For: Libra Seeking Balance