I had a brief moment of panic when I wrote August for this week’s heading. How can it be the eighth month already? Could we only be four months from the end of the year? I feel like the year is just getting started, to be honest. Perhaps next Sunday’s super full moon has me thinking about all of this. Some people seem to freak out when astrologers mention a “Super” moon as if the moon is gonna show up in a cape and a mask to wreak havoc on the world. Don’t be silly, because that’s only half true.
A super moon, according to its “creator” Richard Nolle, is a moon that’s literally closer to the Earth when it’s new or full. The proximity of the moon’s kiss to the Earth causes more tidal activity, storms, volcanoes, earthquakes, and other meteorological delights. The other half of the story is astrological.
This Sunday’s Aquarius full moon shines a spotlight on intentions you may have set when the new moon happened on July 26th. I set out to have a better relationship with my writing. As we approach the full moon, I feel like I’m making progress there, starting with this blog. You’ll see a change in the writing here—for the better I hope.
And I don’t mean better by just better written, either. I mean writing that’s more mine. I’ve been writing for a lot of publications over the last two years, and my editors and my own inner editorial voice have put a lot of spit and polish on my work. I’ve grown in that regard, and for that I am grateful. However, the refinements aren’t always my spit and polish. That’s what I feel I have to get back to, at least here, if nowhere else.
And that’s the truth about Aquarius. I define Leo as a sign where we feel directed to express our inherent dignity. This dignity is when we appreciate the preciousness of our individual lives. In opposition to Leo and yet complementary, Aquarius emphasizes how that dignity must maintain its integrity when connected to others, without blotting out the dignity of others.
Aquarius is likewise a sign often associated with friendship and community, so this full moon you can spend more time with current friends or a group with similar aims to yours. You might also pull away from the steady march of others who aren’t attuned to your own life path. Regardless, whether you’re pulling away or merging lanes with others, Aquarius emphasizes how you must stay true to your unique soul path or voice while connecting with others. That’s real integrity.
With this super full moon, we’re all called on to be true to ourselves and whoever we consider to be part of our tribe. Let the Earth tremble, shake, or rustle. If you truly have a hold on yourself, you can grip another and stay standing. As I write this, I’m gripping myself close. Hold on tight.
Here’s how these planetary specials play out at each “table” of the Zodiac Lounge by Sun, moon or rising sign.
When action-hero Mars has a harmonious trine alignment with dreamy Neptune on Thursday, it should be easier to add muscle to making your dreams come to life. You can best use this particular aspect for something that’s already in motion, such a big push for the homestretch of your Kickstarter fundraiser, since a trine is all about momentum. However, the tension between nerdy Mercury and strict Saturn means that there’s still more work to detail how your plans or dreams will work. If you’re called into the office or on the carpet about your ideas, avoid being defensive. Take this as an opportunity to fine tune what you want to see happening. Things are not as clear as you think. Fortunately, this week’s full moon provides ample opportunity for you to decompress and re-center yourself with friends.
With quick-minded Mercury and self-expressive Sun both casting shade at stiff Saturn toward the weekend, you’re not likely to get the excitement or even warmth from others that you crave. This is when you’re going to have to give it to yourself, but not in a self-indulgent way. It’s a great opportunity to sit down and be near home; work with someone who shares your focus (if not, it’s best to work alone); and get deep with a project that soaks up your attention to detail, leaving room for creative flair and inspiration. In other words, you can be quite disciplined if you decide on something of your own making. If you can’t find that, then don’t be pouty about it. The super full moon on Sunday will beam a light on where to draw your focus for what you need to do to reach a work-home balance.
People always seem disappointed when movies don’t align perfectly with the books on which they’re based. That’s mostly a good thing, though. Movies are all about show, not tell. The abundance of Leo energy now is why you’re pressed to tell more or even be a bit flamboyant. However, there’s a counterbalance of Scorpio juice that you should be swilling around your aura, your office, or even along your work route that’s more about the action. The way to release the tension is movement, like movies do, and not get too caught up in your head and motivations like books can do. And resist that impulse to detail your plans more to people as if that shows you have more of an action plan. You know damn well that some of what you’re going to do will be improvised. And if you don’t know that, then, well, now I’m telling you the good news.
Although problems might crop up with finances or resources that you hadn’t anticipated, you have another account from which to draw to make up the difference. I’m not talking about another bank account, though. I’m talking about that ancestral creativity that helps you “make a way where there seems to be no way.” All measures of the bulldozer that comes through to make a way are from the Divine, but you’re still the channel. If you can set worry aside to let faith and creativity take the steering wheel, you’ll be able to plow through stuff than you didn’t think you could. One concrete way to do this is to start with entertaining more possibilities, perhaps even through brainstorming. Don’t step any more into the Mighty Kingdom Of “No” than necessary.
This is supposed to be your magic moment, your magic season, and perhaps it feels like you’re wearing lead chains and a raggedy cardboard, cone-shaped party hat instead of a crown. This is when you’re going to have to look closely at those chains and who, indeed, has put them on you. According to a legend, you can chain an elephant to a pillar with heavy chains initially, and then you can progressively exchange those chains for a string and the mighty beast won’t break the string. However, this isn’t a story of gradual defeatism, but more how the elephant’s learned not to pay attention. You could be confusing the weighty of the past with what you’re carrying now…and it’s just not so, Lion. If you do have gloomy thoughts, then flex your gratitude muscles and then really see what actually has you pinned down.
In my early days of learning business principles, I learned the idea of working the front and back of the room for sales. I was told the real money was made at the back of the room sales where you sell your books, consultation services, or products. The front of the room is where you speak or make a presentation to justify why anyone should walk to the back of the room for the pricier and meatier stuff. This week’s full moon will work similar principles, but you’ll have to spend more time in the back of the room first. You’ll be tempted to spend more time or even money on busy work, cleaning up things or organizing the drawer with a bunch of miscellaneous stuff in it for the third time. But you’d do better to meditate, read, or reflect on why your life is set up the way it is. You might also feel pulled to spend more time alone in that back room, so it’s okay to lighten your social calendar.
Full moons, especially super moons, have the added effect of acting like spotlights in particular areas of your life. This spotlight shines on how you experience pleasure, romance, friendship, and your broad-scale connection with others in groups or associations. However, if we’re talking spotlights, then we’re likely talking about things that will to light that have been foreshadowed or have been lurking in the dark. If you’ve not been aligned with your beliefs in integrity, then this full moon is going to register a disruption in one or more of those areas it’s spotlighting. If you’ve kept your integrity, on the other hand, then you may have to call someone out on the red carpet about his or her own challenges with the truth. Things may work out better if you seek clarity first rather than rush to judgment.
They say the devil is in the details. I’ve never quite understood why we couldn’t find God there too. I think, Scorpio, you might be able to take a stab at an answer for that this week. If we perceive God as the Head Honcho and nearer to the space where ideals of holiness live, then perhaps wrestling with the details to get to that space is what proves a chore and devilish. However, the wrestling can have its own joy too. Sometimes y’all are so caught up with the passion of pursuing things that you forget whether you’re having fun or not. When your planetary patron, action-gawd Mars, gets into harmony with lofty Neptune this week, try to enjoy the pursuit as much as you think you’ll enjoy what you’re pursuing after you get it.
The horse part of your Centaur life might race off faster than the human half of you this week when your maverick attitudes and opinions get the better of you. You may feel like you’re only expressing your thoroughly researched opinion about what seems apparent to everyone, but you could be more than likely to step on somebody’s toes with those hoofs. Disciplining yourself will work a lot better for you than creating a situation where someone will rein you in. Speaking of those maverick thoughts, you’d do better to read up on a controversial issue that erupts this week before you comment on it. There’s more you could learn about it than you currently know. You often know what you’re talking about, so take stock why you would mouth off before you know something for sure.
Although you’re often portrayed as some kind of rugged individualist who scales mountains to overachieve, you are able and sometimes willing to “take one” for the team if it’s clear what you’re taking and what you’re giving. If that’s not clear, then shake no hands on any truces, alliances, or collaborations until you are clear, if ever. You will be among the losers, according to the full moon on tap this week. However, don’t confuse loss with losing. The problem with sacrifice is that people often sacrifice the wrong things. As long you’re not sacrificing your integrity or independence this week, you have a lot of latitude for what you can lose in order to gain more. On a different note, be mindful of asking too much for a friend based on favors that you gave without attachment. Nobody wants to be browbeaten for goodwill. If you need a favor, then ask, don’t attempt to leverage or manipulate your way to get it.
This week’s super full moon could prompt you to feel there’s more on your plate than there is. Some of this pressure could be because a significant other is making more demands of your time, energy or even your compliance than you’re willing to surrender. If you’re single, then you could feel a sense of conflict with random people asking more of you than you think appropriate or fair. You could feel a similar demand from people at work to surrender a sense of your personal power, whether they’re peers or higher up. Keep in mind that you don’t have to surrender your integrity to anyone. Likewise, not every battle will be about your integrity or for the very sanctity of principle and human life, so pick ‘em with care. Also, take a chance and invest in your career by purchasing something that improves your professional image.
Although there’s not as much ink spilled these days on the importance of corporate and personal mission statements, they’re still very good things when crafted sincerely and put into practice. You would benefit this full moon with formulating a personal mission statement. A good mission statement focuses on the values, achievable goals, and an overall sense of purpose that guide your life. For instance, Google’s mission statement is clear (albeit a little totalitarian-sounding): “to organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful.” Your personal statement can change, be updated, and doesn’t have to be long. Again, it only needs to be yours and sincere. Staying focused on the big picture this week is what will help you most. This way you won’t be too entangled by the hows of your life without being in touch with the deeper whys.