Out For Blood - Full Moon in Aquarius x Lunar Eclipse
The full moon falls on the 27th July at 4.44 degrees Aquarius and also happens to coincide with the longest lunar eclipse of this century. This celestial event is viewable from more southern points of the world like Australia, South East Asia, Africa and India and will not be seen in its full glory for those in the US. It’s a remarkable eclipse estimated to take 1 hour and 43 minutes in full- which is only 4 minutes short of the longest lunar eclipse theorised possible! Add into this mix its dramatic orange-red blood colour and the fact that the moon in Aquarius will be in direct line with the sun which is in Leo. Needless to say this full moon eclipse is jam packed supercharged and whether or not we see it, will be feeling it.
Exit Cancer season, cue Leo season.
We have just stepped into Leo season. This means we are sure to feel more confident and courageous for this month ahead. This next month could be really fun as we will have an abundance of performative and creative energy at our disposal. In order to use all this extra vitality to our benefit, we need to ensure we are focused on competing only with ourselves, rather than wasting our energy competing with each other.
Leo season allows us to fire up our flair, flaunt and have some much needed fun and blowing off of steam! Though, the full moon in Aquarius is urging us to look at the bigger picture. What things do we want to try and what things do we want to nourish this month and for our future? Growth and change are able now to take shape after a gestational period in Cancer, but we must really look inward to decide what we want for ourselves. There’s no point looking to others for answers or templates at this time, what works for others can’t necessarily be transposed into our own lives.
Now with the sun in Leo aligning with the full moon in Aquarius, there’s a union of polarities as Leo and Aquarius are opposites elements astrologically. Leo energy is exciting and feels good especially after Cancer season. It wants to inject into our lives vitality, confidence and pride -but we can burn out on it and find ourselves back right where we started when the party's over. That's where Aquarius comes in to aid.
Full Moon Aquarius
Aquarius full moon is here and it demands that we start visioning. It wants us to start creating an inspiring and exciting blueprint for our lives. What do we want our future to look like? What incredible and unique ways can we honour our spirit and creativity and how can we join forces with others to create something meaningful, engaging and bigger than just ourselves and our own ego? Aquarius is often associated with the mind and Leo with the heart, and this full moon shows us that we are at our utmost when we can unite the two.
Relationships with others, as well as how we view ourselves become most significant in this full moon period, as slow shifts that have already occured around our values and priorities become stressed so we can more fully process and understand where we are at. We are being asked to look at all the tension and angst, and to finally tackle what lies behind those emotions with the tenacity and courage of a lion, but also with the visioning and planning of a spider spinning its web. This helps us to bridge our present to our future, without getting stuck in trappings of the past.
We are asked to tackle the things that are standing in the way of allowing us to use our imagination and preventing us from stepping into our destiny. What our life looks like at present becomes illuminated, including all the messiness, obstacles and blockages. Full moons are more generally a time where emotions erupt and overflow and with the addition of Mars’ influence, things could become extremely overwhelming.
This full moon is not trying to drive you over the edge, it’s a time to show you what you need to let go of. This full moon like all the others past and future, is an important reminder to let go of the things that have been building up within your body. It’s like that intense smell to remind you need to take the rubbish out, or that infuriating iphone storage full message when you need to delete (many) photos or apps. This so that you have room for growth and the new, so that you have room for your most current self, ensuring you let go of past ideas and experiences that are preventing you from being here in the now and stepping fully into your future.
Mars and Uranus
This eclipse gets particularly full on as it conjuncts with Mars. Mars is the planet of passions and desires and often associated with our drive especially in regards to sex and fighting. Because Mars is retrograde right now, we should be careful in our emotional reactions and impulses as we can become tempted to lash out at others or feel vengeful.
Emotional problems are bound to come up and adding to the tension there is a square aspect to Uranus meaning there is some real potential to go into emotional overdrive.
On the plus side this conjunction with Mars can make you feel powerful and highly desirable, but the downside is it can also make you feel erratic and destructive. Ultimately you will be asked to examine anger management issues whether through your own behaviour and mistakes, or those of loved ones around you. The timing with the full moon asks you to set up new ways of managing your mental and emotional health, so that you can ensure you are creating new and replenishing relationships and systems, rather than falling into past patterns or habits. It’s illuminating what needs more work and attention if you want to evolve and thrive instead of simply survive.
Full moon x Lunar Eclipse card to meditate on:
The Star Card
Often associated with Aquarius this card has a lot going on. The star card is a fallen star, it has had it’s time out in the cosmos and now has transformed into a human experience that encompasses flesh, earth and water. There is an abundance of emotional wealth and knowledge as signalled by the water and the urn that is ours to take our fill and do what we will with. The nakedness of this card reminds us that we are all connected and that our humanity is a point of strength and union. If we can focus on filling ourselves, we are able to flow and flourish and also to help everything that enriches and comes back full circle to support our growth. It also signals that it is our own responsibility to take authorship in our lives, to write our story. It is a card of purity, hope and salvation that reminds us we are both divine and human, and that when we can fill our hearts with compassion and our minds with infinite possibility for our future, abundance follows.
Horoscopes will be released next week, until then here are medicine cards for the signs:
Medicine card description source: Sams, Jamie and Carson, David. Medicine Cards (Santa Fe: Bear and Company, 1988).
Reversed Armadillo - Boundaries
Go ahead, roll up and hide. This, sarcastically, is the message of reversed Armadillo. You may think the only way to win in your present situation is to hide or to pretend that you are armor-coated and invincible, but this is not the way to grow. It is better to open up and find the value and strength of your vulnerability. You will experience something wonderful if you do. Vulnerability is the key to enjoying the gifts of physical life. In allowing yourself to feel, a myriad of expressions are made available. For instance, a true compliment is an admiration flow of energy. If you are afraid of being hurt and are hiding from feeling anything, you will never feel the joy of admiration from others. The key is in allowing Armadillo to help you to stop hiding and to use Armadillo's armor to deflect negative energies. In this way, you are able to accept or reject any feeling, action, or energy flow without having to hide from it. The underside of Armadillo is soft, but its armor will protect this softness if the boundaries are in place. Hiding from your true feelings and fearing failure or rejection will amplify your need for cast-iron protection. You have the power to rid yourself of these doubts and to touch the deepest part of being. You will know you are doing the right thing. Whether it is communicating, or painting, or surfing - the creation belongs to you. The only real rejection is in not trying break out of the armor you have used to protect yourself. Is the armor now becoming a jail, and your fears the jailer.
Reversed Skunk - Reputation
Self-esteem may seem to others as if you are putting on airs. Observe whether or not you are repelling others in your vicinity because of envy, jealousy, or a projection of their low self-esteem. Examine your feelings. Be truthful with yourself. Right the situation by assuming the attitude of Skunk: nonchalance. In assuming nonchalance, you are neutralizing the effect of leaking energy. In leaking vital energy, you may be stinking up your environment. This is similar to dumping all of your woes on anyone who will listen. If you are doing this, it may be time to shut your mouth and go within. You may also be leaking sexual energy and repulsing the object of your interest. That person may be too shy to tell you to lay off. Look deeply at your self-image and how others are reacting to it. To balance the causes and effects of your actions and energy flows, you must decide whether or not you need to spray in the direction of others to repel their envy, greed, jealousy, or over-amorous tendencies. On the other hand, you need to always maintain your "right to be." Self-respect is the key to all of these situations, whereas ego is merely what you believe yourself to be. Skunk says, "If your ego is not your amigo, you know it stinks. Overview Attract what you need in order to grow. Walk your talk.
Reversed Mountain Lion- Leadership
If you are avoiding taking your place of leadership, it could be because the whole idea scares you silly. This is a normal state of affairs for one who has never been a leader before. In this instance it is necessary to call upon the courage of Lion and to begin by learning the lessons of the "lion-hearted." Become Mountain Lion by refusing to hide in the cave of your own shyness or uncertainty. Roar with conviction, roar with power, and remember to roar with laughter to balance the medicine! It is endeavoring to show you how to be your own leader. The responsibility is yours. Take courage and be brave.
Turtle- Mother Earth
Turtle has a shell which is similar to the protection that Earth has employed for centuries as her body has been defiled. Mother Earth's protection has come in the form of Earth changes, new plant growth, the creation of new land masses by volcanoes, and climate alterations. Like Turtle, you also have shields that protect you from hurt, envy, jealousy, and the unconsciousness of others. Turtle teaches you, through its habit patterns, how to use protection. If you are bothered by the actions or words of others, it is time to go inside yourself and honor your feelings. If you are attacked, it is time to give a warning snap. If you have chosen the Turtle symbol, you are being asked to honor the creative source within you, to be grounded to the Earth, and to observe your situation with motherly compassion. If you draw the Turtle card, it augurs a time of connecting with the power of Earth and the Mother-Goddess within. This is a reminder of the ally you have in Mother Earth.
Reversed Turtle - Mother Earth
Pulling the Turtle card in the reverse means that Mother Earth is calling you to reconnect in some way. If you have become flippant and forgotten to place waste in its proper place instead of throwing it out the car window, she is calling. If you have felt alone in your time of need, she is calling. If you have been struggling financially or have little to eat, or if you have desired a child and see no pregnancy in the near future, she is your medicine - use it. You are not alone... ever. You are a child of Earth. All acts of pleasure, joy, and abundance are given by the Mother of the creative force. Use her energy to aid you, and you will be healed enough to share this energy with others. The idea of a Turtle helplessly trying to right itself after it has been flipped upside down can also symbolize contrary Turtle. You are not a victim, and you are not helpless, no matter how much it may seem like this is the case in your present situation. To right the ill-dignified Turtle, you need only list the things you are grateful for, and from that grateful place in your heart, look for the abundance of alternatives that Mother Earth gives.
Opossum - Diversion
Opossum's greatest form of protection is to play dead. In doing this Opossum confuses many a predator into believing that the game is over. Oftentimes the confused rival walks away or looks the other direction for a moment, and Opossum runs to safety. Opossum medicine uses a great deal a strategy. If all else fails, Opossum plays dead. It has the ability to fight with its claws and teeth, but it rarely uses this form of protection. Instead, the supreme strategy of diversion is constantly employed when things get a little too hard to handle. Opossum has developed an act that would receive an Academy Award in the animal kingdom. The must of the death scent is excreted at will, adding to the master play that sends enemies on many trail of confusion. If Opossum has turned up in your cards, you are being asked to use strategy in some present situation. Rely upon your instincts for the best way out of a tight corner. If you have to pretend to be apathetic or unafraid, do it. Oftentimes if you refuse to struggle or show that hurtful words bother you, your taunter will see no further fun in the game. In essence, Opossum is beckoning you to use your brain as a tool for your heart. Use your sense of drama and surprise to leap over some barrier in your progress.
If Wolf is reversed, you are being asked to expand you limited view of the present situation. Doing this may entail a great deal of courage and willingness to look at new ideas. It could also required that you delete some old ideas to make room for the expansiveness that always comes when you are willing to learn. The gift of wisdom comes to you when you have walked enough pathways and found enough dead ends truly know the forest. In the discovery and rediscovery of every inch of ground comes the knowledge that nothing ever remains the same. Contrary Wolf may also be telling you that stagnation or fear of asserting your viewpoint has bogged down the flow of change in your life. Wolf reversed is always urging you to seek the teachers of pathfinders that will show you the way to new life experiences. Remember, the teacher or pathfinder may be the small still voice within, as well as a person, a leaf, a cloud, a stone, a tree, a book, or the Great Spirit. To live is to grow, and growing comes through accepting all life forms as your teachers. Become Wolf, and take up the sense of adventure. You may just stop howling and learn to become the moon.
Reversed Bear - Introspection
If you have drawn Bear reversed, your internal dialogue may have confused your perception of your true goals. In seeking answers or advise from others, you may have placed your own feelings and knowing aside. The time has come to regain your authority, for no one knows better than yourself what is proper and timely for your evolution. Reclaim the power of knowing. Find joy in the silence and richness of the mother's womb. Allow the thoughts of confusion to be lain to rest as clarity emerges from the West, nurturing your dreams as the Earth Mother nourishes us all. Bear in the contrary position is teaching you that only through being your own adviser can you attain your true goals. Anything less than the doing of that which gives you the most joy is denial. To achieve happiness you must know yourself. To know yourself is to know your body, your mind, and your spirit. Use your strengths to overcome your weaknesses and know that both are necessary in your evolution. Journey with Bear to the quietness of your cave and hibernate in silence. Dream your dreams and own them. Then in strength you will be ready to discover the honey that is waiting in the Tree of Life.
Reversed Dragonfly - Illusion
Are you in an illusion that weakens your true feelings or minimizes your abilities? If so, you may have contracted "Dragonfly dive-bombing." Is this the final "crash and burn" for some pipe-dream that had no real purpose? Look within and feel the sense-of-self energy within yourself. Notice if it is ebbing, and find the point in time when you were deluded into believing that you would be happier if you changed because someone else wanted you to. Misery is a prime clue that you lost your will and personal vitality when you bought into someone else's idea of who or what you should be. The illusion was that you would be happier if you did it their way. In forfeiting what you know is right and true for you personally, you give away your power. It is time to take it back. Follow Dragonfly to the place inside your body where magic is still alive, and drink deeply of its power. This strength belongs to you. It is the power of becoming the illusion. This ability is every changing, and contains within it the knowledge that you are creating it all. Overview - Confront denials. Break through illusions. Honor inner truths.
Spider weaves the webs of fate for those who get caught in her web and become her diner. This is similar to humans who get caught in the web of illusion in the physical world, and never see beyond the horizon into the other dimensions. The web of fate also represents a wheel of life, which does not include any alternatives or solutions. It is typically human to get caught in the polarity of good or bad fortune without realizing that we can change it at any time. If we are not decisive enough about changing our lots in life, we may end up being consumed by our fears and limitations. Spider is the female energy of the creative force that weaves the beautiful deigns of life. Her web has hundreds of intricate patterns which catch the morning dew. If Spider has dropped from her web into your cards today, she may be telling you to create, create, create! Look for new alternatives to your present impasse. She can also be warning you that you are coming too close to an entangling situation. Spider could be asking you to use a journal to write out and review your progress. If you do this, you will not forget how you are creating a new of different phase in your life. Spider brings a message of a different kind when she sees you becoming a bit too involved in the weaving of your life plans to notice opportunity at the outskirts of your web. If this is the case, Spider gets your attention so that you notice that something you have woven has borne fruit. Congratulations! Spider caught you just in time, before you missed the opportunity on the edge of your web of reality.
The movement of the dance follows a spiral. The Sacred Spiral is also one of the oldest know symbols for personal power. When you think of Grouse medicine, visualize a whirlpool or even a tornado, for the Sacred Spiral will take you to the Center. The spiral is a metaphor for personal vision and enlightenment. Analyze the way you move through your world. How do you picture yourself in the act of locomotion? What kind of reaction do you create with the energy you send into the universe? What words would you use to describe the way you move through both the material and spiritual worlds? In the final analysis, is your movement compatible with your greatest desires and goals?
This is a sign of inner conflict. Look to the nightmare for a clue to the nature of this conflict. What are the feelings your nightmare causes? Breathe through these feelings and let the sensations flow out of your body. See the truth in what your nightmare is suggesting. It could be the simple message that you are confronting your fears and therefore do not need to experience nightmarish events in your day-to-day life. Another message of Lizard reversed could also imply that you have a lack of dreams for your future. Imagination is the door to all new ideas and creations. As you examine the dreaming process, you will find that the subconscious is processing all of the recorded messages it hold concerning the events you experienced during the day. These messages can be suppressed feelings bringing inner conflict, or they can be new ideas or goals, other dimensions of awareness, future events, warning signals, or desires and hopes. In one sense, contrary Lizard is insisting that you look to your imagination for new experience. This is necessary when life becomes dull or full of boredom. Lizard is concerned with your dreams of the future and of formulating what you want to become physical realities. Lizard is thus connected with your subconscious mind, and your hopes and fears. It can help you to identify those recurrent problems that follow you around like your shadow; they must be confronted before they will depart from you. Your aspirations must have emotion breathed into them to make them manifest. Make your dreams come true.