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The Cosmic Story: Aquarius Full Moon, August 1-2, 2012

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The Cosmic Story: Aquarius Full Moon, August 1-2, 2012

We are the guardians of His Beauty.
We are the protectors
Of the Sun.

There is only one reason
We have followed God into this world:

To encourage laughter, freedom, dance
And love. ~ Hafiz


Our high summer full Moon falls on the old Celtic cross-quarter day of Lammas -- the first harvest.   What have we harvested this year?   What are the first fruits of our labors?   It's always good to look back and see what we've accomplished -- it's often different than our expectations but also more than expected.

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Since the full Moon makes us aware of what we've planted at the previous new Moon, go back two weeks ago and remember what you intended for this month.   You might remember that instead of the previous new Moon being the Leo New Moon, it was the Cancer New Moon.   Cancer is concerned with our emotional body, the very concrete things in life which nurture us.   Usually it's family as a container or land and a home which ground you.   Having a secure emotional body helps us feel safe and less prone to fear, more creative and less likely to be bored, more loving and less likely to be alone.

The Aquarius/Leo Full Moon makes us aware of how much love and inner security we feel so we can create.     Leo's gifts are an innate sense of Self/authenticity, a generous heart and an ability to lead.   Aquarius asks us to consider the community, generate new ideas and allow everyone their freedom.   What a mix!   How generous can you be with allowing someone else the freedom of their beliefs?   How can you be a leader in your community?   What new paradigms does the Self (your authentic spiritual Being) open up for you and others?   There is such a possibility for creativity during this Full Moon!

All the planets except for Pluto in Capricorn (Earth) and Neptune/Chiron in Pisces (Water) are in the Air and Fire elements.   Air and Fire speak to possibilities and new awareness and creativity.   Air moves and changes things; Air is the breath of Life.   Fire burns in the forge of creativity and the fire circle of warmth as well as in the wilderness of destruction.   Air and Fire need each other to grow, either for good or ill.  

In the Fire trine, we have Uranus in Aries, the Sun and Mercury retrograde in Leo and the North Node of the Moon in Sagittarius.   Aries fire is wild and new, powerful and bold.   With Uranus there, we are stirred up to become more than our small, petty egos.   We are called to Archetypal purpose.   Leo's fire is centered and controlled, steady and available for use.   With Sun and Mercury (the Mind) there, we can use our will for creative possibilities.   The fire of Sagittarius wants to spread out, seeking goals with purpose and principle.   The North Node turns the collective consciousness toward a common purpose.     There's a lot of creative potential in this fire trine.   How will you use it?

In the Air trine, we have Jupiter, Venus, Ceres, Vesta and the South Node of the Moon in Gemini, Mars and Saturn in Libra and the Moon in Aquarius.   Gemini deals with the dissemination of information and learning to use both the intuitive and practical Minds together.   With Jupiter aligned with so many of the feminine energies in Gemini, we can either have an overload of irrelevant information, or we can successfully unite both sides of the brain -- by asking our imaginations to tell us what is actually happening and then by asking our rational minds what to do about it.    

Libra deals with partnerships, justice and the Arts.   It is an action-oriented Air energy, constantly trying to strike the balance between opposites. Saturn has been moving through Libra for over two years now and will finish up its stay in November 2012.     Saturn says pay attention and your relationships will be fair and just, equal and responsible.   Mars brings some energy to relationships, so watch out for little nudges and tweeks from others -- perhaps they just want more attention.   Aquarius deals with our collective Mind, both the collective consciousness and the Higher Archetypal Mind.   The Moon there will open us to new ideas for our collective future that will nurture all of us.

With the Sun channeling the Fire trine opposite the Moon channeling the Air trine,   this full Moon can be a perfect time to give your ideas, your art and your passion a test-drive in the collective consciousness.   With the Internet's ability to reach the whole world, who knows what like-minded group of people you'll meet and share with.   Use your Leo's natural generosity and openness to gather with like-minded people to share your creative vision.

The Sabian Symbol for the Sun at 11* Leo is: Children play on a swing hanging from the branches of a huge oak tree.   This image suggests that we have to "become children again' --   (engage our imaginations) and hang and play, suspended on the great old traditions that have sustained us.   For example, if we look at our traditional ideals about the American Revolution, how can we play with our part in a continuing revolution of Freedom and evolution of Human Consciousness?  

The Sabian Symbol for the Moon at 11* Aquarius is: During a silent hour, a man receives a new inspiration which may change his life.   When our ego-consciousness quiets down and we listen inside, we can receive life-changing messages.   We just have to believe in them, which doesn't mean mindlessly following a message that goes against your deepest moral values.   If our inner voice says "to kill' -- please check in a good therapist.   But when a message comes to us that is centered in our personal values --   not in the cultural values of state and church -- then listen, for I've seen those messages change people's lives.     Sometimes these messages come to us in dreams and visions -- so learn symbolic language to understand what messages are trying to come through.

From the green forests, rocky farmlands and watery shores of Rhode Island, may your harvests be fruitful!

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