Mercury is also very close to this full Moon. Mercury is retrograde until August 26th, drawing our Mind back to the issues of creative expression and personal individuation. What creativity lies within us that needs to be expressed? The Sabian symbol for Mercury Rx at 27*Leo is: The luminescence of dawn in the Eastern sky. This speaks to the breath-taking challenges of new opportunities at the beginning of a new cycle. It speaks about Illumination. So open your minds!
With Venus, the Sun and Mercury in the last 10 degrees of Leo, we are called to take heart action. On August 16th, these three planets join together at 24* Leo: Totally Concentrated Upon Inner Spiritual Attainment, A Man Is Sitting In A State Of Complete Neglect Of Bodily Appearance And Cleanliness. While I don't advocate this kind of bodily neglect, this symbol speaks to accessing our inner body of light rather than our outer comfort. We have to develop a relationship to inner spirit that does not preclude an acceptance of our physical nature.
Neptune moves back into Aquarius on August 4th for one last visit this century before it re-enters its own sign of Pisces again on February 3, 2012. At the Full Moon, it shows us a vision of spiritual unity. The Sabian symbol for 30* Aquarius is: Deeply rooted in the past of a very ancient culture, a spiritual brotherhood in which many individual minds are merged into the glowing light of a unanimous consciousness is revealed to one who has emerged successfully from his metamorphosis. This symbol is reminding us that we do have an ancient tradition of working together for the spiritual uplifting of the world. Rudhyar says this is "the ability for the person with an open mind and a deep feeling for self-transcendence to come in contact with higher forms of existence'. We can become spiritually aware and in that awareness, we understand that we are all ONE.
The Grand Cardinal Cross has been reactivated once again as Mars moves through the early degrees of Cancer. Mars entered Cancer on August 3rd and will square Uranus in Aries on August 9th, oppose Pluto in Capricorn on August 10th and square Saturn in Libra on August 25th. Watch for these energies to quicken now, since Mars is action oriented and tends to set things rolling. The square between Uranus and Pluto is within 1*, preparing us for the 7 squares between these two planets of evolution and revolution from June 2012 to March 2015. Once again, we have to remember that while it might take work to re-create our society, it must be done peacefully and with harmony. Let's give a peaceful death to patriarchy so that we begin a new paradigm of partnership on the right footing.
I will be enjoying this wonderful Full Moon in Aquarius in beautiful Rhode Island, a landscape of farms, forests, ocean, rivers, ponds and lakes. Even in the midst of chaos and change, there is still beauty in the world. I hope you find it this Full Moon!