The full Moon on July 31st 2015 is very different from the new Moon of July 16th which began this lunar cycle. The new Moon revelled in its own sign of Cancer, and emotions and security issues ruled the day. These were exaggerated by the intense feelings that erupted with the Mars opposition to Pluto on the same day, so that the time around the new Moon was difficult for many people. It wasn’t easy to stand back and reflect on our emotions.
Now, the Moon is full in Aquarius, a far less enjoyable place for her, as she’s compelled to express herself through the rather intellectual and impersonal nature of Aquarius, with its focus on the collective. The Sun, meanwhile, is dominating things from its own fiery sign of Leo.
(By the way, this full Moon is also a blue Moon – meaning that it’s the second full Moon in the month. This is a comparatively rare phenomenon, but it doesn’t have any astrological significance, being due to the vagaries of our calendar system, rather than astrological factors.)
The full Moon is the point in the Moon’s monthly cycle which corresponds to the summer solstice in the Sun’s annual cycle. At this point things are at their most visible, and the major part of whatever growth and development can happen has been completed. This is the time for reflection upon what we have created in the first half of the cycle, and how we will build on and use this, in the remaining half.
As the Moon in Aquarius and the Sun in Leo face each other from opposite sides of the Earth, it becomes harder for us to keep an eye on them both – literally, and within ourselves. The outer opposition might reflect an inner opposition, if we feel a conflict between the interests of the self and those of the community or global collective.
Whatever sign the sun falls in at our birth, gives us the qualities which must shine through us, if we’re to live to our highest potential. But this isn’t just about the ‘shining’ of our ego. The Sun is the manifestation in our world of – whatever word you want to use for it – the divine, higher consciousness, god, love and light, source. We shine by allowing the Sun to shine through us in the form of our particular qualities and gifts.
So, as is always the case with oppositions, there’s a point of unity within this full Moon. This is a time to reflect on, and find balance within, questions of how we allow the Sun to shine through our personal acts. This will illuminate our emotional life, signified by the Moon. Then we must ask ourselves how we put this shining at the service of the wider community of all life.
Aspects between Venus, Jupiter and Saturn become exact within the next few days. Old issues within important relationships will be coming up to be re-examined and worked on again. Finances, too, might need a second look, and contrary impulses of expansion and caution will need to be reconciled.
This is a good full Moon for the gathering of wisdom. Good luck with it! And remember that while these comments apply especially strongly to the next few days, they remain relevant for the rest of this cycle until the next new Moon on August 14th.