Full moon in Aquarius
August 18, 2016
Long before I began to write about this eclipse all I could do was to correlate this phenomenal event with the 60’s era. This was a time when people did what they wanted to do and participated in protests against racism, sexism, politics, and social roles; not to mention the protests for the transformation of governmental oversight. It was also a time of new innovations, technology, and new freedom. At the same time shocking deaths forced many to reform what they treasured here in the states as well as abroad. Younger generations, confused and doubtful, took on the mainstream by cultivating change. They were the tree huggers and hippies, wearing dreadlocks and long hair.
LSD put them in a trance so they could fly into another world and marijuana soothed their pain. It was believed that the more love one gave became the more love received. The only song that lingered in my mind, rippling like an ear worm even though I was not born until the later part of the 60’s, was “Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In “by The 5th Dimension. If you have not heard it, it’s a must listen and can be found on YouTube. The lyric begins like this…
When the moon is in the Seventh House
And Jupiter aligns with Mars
Then peace will guide the planets
And love will steer the stars
This is the dawning of the age of Aquarius
Age of Aquarius
Great artists like Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, The Grateful Dead, Joe Cocker, and Crosby, Stills & Nash all had something to say and lit up Woodstock. So here we are 47 years later. Does anything going on right now look or sound familiar? Open your eyes! This is what Aquarius is all about – a vision, enlightenment goals, and most of all, opportunities. This is your clarity, your spirituality, and your transformation. However, this transformation is only the first stage.
Imagine for a moment, the universe wants to turn you into a beautiful spiritual flower unique and so sublime. But to turn energy into a spiritual flower it requires stages and is stage one. In this stage there is an awakening, a closing of one door to open another. The door however, must be sealed shut, never to be opened again. The universe has to show you that the seal cannot be broken and transformation must occur. As history repeats itself it evolves. The evolution becomes more complex, more driven, and this means more conflict driven. But at the end of transformation a rebirth will change history, people, and the entire social structure, bringing us back to look at where we are today.
The 2016 Olympics in Rio have already begun, assuring minor glitches with the trickster Mercury in the heart of all (read about it here). As Aquarius loves to bring groups and people together. Leo energy loves to be loved; embrace the energy and other people, and with it brings richness and companionship and friendship.
This is the very start to the message that is being delivered across India on the 18th of August; a message of hope, relationship, bond, and affection. Since the eclipse is not as intense, this day will be one of celebration, prayers, and thankfulness of siblings. But not just any siblings, but of brothers and sisters, it is known as Raksha Bandhan. The translation of Raksha Bandhan is known as “an oath of protection.” This is a day when all brothers make an oath to their sister, or sisters, that they will protect them from destruction or difficulties. They will pray that God will always protect them from evil. In return then sister/sisters will tie the silk thread called Rakhi (now beautifully decorated) to the right wrist of her brother to remind him to pray and she in turn will pray for his well being. This is a traditional method of celebration. As times have changed women tie Rakhi, for the same reasons, on those whom they feel are like brothers or protectors to them.
As we slowly move across the street like a snail on a hot summer day, what we wanted to see was this big bright Lunar Eclipse that lights the sky like so many times before. But for the first time in so many years, the sun won’t kiss the moon or the earth, therefore it is called an “Almost Penumbral Lunar Eclipse.” Under normal circumstances, a penumbra eclipse occurs when the moon, earth, and the sun form an “almost” straight line but the earth blocks “some” of the sun’s light from reaching the moon’s surfaces and as it is called penumbra the name for this eclipse is self-evident. In this instance however, it is “almost”, meaning that no one on planet earth will be able to view it. Additionally, its duration, if it were to occur, would last only 2 minutes and 42 seconds.
With no lunar eclipse the sun will still light the skies and form a magnificent light opening the gateway to transformation for Aquarius and those that have Aquarius anywhere in their chart. However, this eclipse will not just alter the visions for Aquarius, but also impact and shake his brother and sister fixed signs (Leo, Scorpio, and Taurus) and by characteristics Air signs (Gemini & Libra) as well as all those that have planets associated in the houses listed above. However, looking at the calculation through Vedic Sanskrit analysis I would not be surprised if mutable signs (Gemini, Virgo, and Pisces) and early signs are affected also as they are right in the range of the impact of the intensity. There are very few of you that are being left out of the equation. This would seem that it could be a plus or a negative as the energy of the next two eclipses could have you shaking a little bit more than normal. To find out how or where you will personally be affected I would suggest you contact my recommended astrologers here or here.
As I always roll forward and backward, history impacts our future and impacts our present. The energy of this full moon as it sits at 25 degrees in Aquarius/Leo with its brightness visible at 5:27am EST and 2:27 am PST will keep many people awake. But this is not the first time we have felt this energy. On August 16, 2008, we had a Lunar Eclipse at 24 degrees in Aquarius/Leo which was very close to this degree and the familiarity brings chills. Rewind please…
In August 2008, an enormous ceremony opens in Beijing with about 15 thousand performers, over 100 thousand in the stadium, and over 900 million watching; within a few days, an American couple is stabbed at the Olympics. After having to rebuild its City from Katrina, New Orleans had to brace again for Hurricane Gustav. Several natural disasters killed hundreds in India between the stampede in Nepal and Bihar floods. While the U.S joint forces conducted a lethal airstrike killing many Afghani civilians, Senator Obama is elected the Democratic presidential nominee while Hilary Clinton challenges the Democratic Party by requesting followers to assemble behind Obama. Though the circumstances have changed and maybe even some of the roles, don’t some of the events look a bit familiar?
Hence, the world will not be the only thing at center stage during this eclipse; this eclipse is bringing back to a certain point issues and business that was undone August through September of 2007 and February through August of 2007. This is a substantial adjustment concentrating predominantly on matters of home, family, and health. This will also greatly distress relationships as the full moon will activate endings and I would not be surprised if relationships end or come to a breaking point where there is some consideration of a separation or time out.
Aquarius energy has a natural tendency to have some detachment as observation and queues are quite important to their energy. But the full moon will intensify this – the ability for showing impartiality when connecting to our feelings and those of others is of major importance. To view sensitive conditions rationally and systematically is the name of the game. Feelings are erratic. Preferring to channel emotional energy into scholarly pursuits – sometimes just to avoid feeling at all, or turning pain into pleasure could be the way out. The company of friends for emotional joy is the key to self-gratification. By nurturing others and appreciating their brilliance and um-conventionalities could bring curiosity back from darkness. A Motherly figure could also stimulate intellectual pursuits, but she is distant or aloof.
In a way, we are all desperately seeking spirituality and peace after the chaos and shocks that have rippled through our veins and this eclipse is just a glimpse of what is yet to come.
The information I am giving you below is not western astrology or Vedic astrology, rather Vedic philosophical inferences based upon mathematical anomalies. The Astrological names are placeholders as named signs in which difficulties may occur.
If you are looking for a Western Astrologer, you may seek counsel with my preferred astrologers Leslie or Lee here. If they are unavailable, you may reach out to my other available astrologers. If you are looking for a Vedic Astrologer, the only ones I know and trust are not located in the states therefore I am able to give a referral at this time.
I will begin the analysis with the signs that will be affected by the eclipses most intensely. As this is the first mini, I call it a “touch” lunar eclipse focusing primarily on Aquarius. By association, the focus will be on Aquarius and Fixed signs.
Aquarius, Taurus, Leo and Scorpio
Along with this Eclipse, which will transform many of you spiritually and emotionally, other planetary influences may also cause some difficulties. Some will bring luck (that is what it will feel like) and some will cause difficulties. It depends upon which influences you wish to follow. According to Vedic philosophies Saturn resumes in Scorpio retrograde which will influence all fixed signs and those that have Scorpio planets in their charts until Mid-September when it moves direct. Alternatively, Western Astrology purports that Saturn is retrograde in Sagittarius which will influence fire signs which focuses primarily on Sagittarius and fire signs. The influence of Jupiter is moving away from Leo and moving into Virgo in September which will influence Taurus. However, Mercury retrograde has already begun to cause some dissimulation and will cause changes and re-considerations to specific details. It is my suggestion to combine both the eclipse and retrograde information to visualize a more concrete prospective.
Aquarius: This is your eclipse. No matter how small it may seem to the naked human eye, trust me when I tell you that emotionally and spiritually it may seem so intense that through your perception it will seem larger than the sky itself. This transition will continue to turn you from a caterpillar into a butterfly. But remember, coming out of a cocoon is not an easy job and some butterflies never make out. The trials and tribulations that continue to place stresses in your life will come to a breaking point. This is where you will have no choice but to change your character, appearance, behavior, actions and reactions, and how you see yourself. Somehow, when you become emotionally attached to something or someone, not only do you attach yourself physically but you attach yourself emotionally – just like the caterpillar. If your environment, or the people around you, are not healthy for you and disturb your serenity it will cause you illness, the intensity of which is not yet determined. Your attachment to toxic people will highly influence the level of intensity. The issues will arise when the decision to continue allowing the rain beat you down so that you never turn into a butterfly or move away to dry land, will be forced upon you. As stated earlier this is the first step; deciding to let go of the old and allowing the new to enter. This is not going to be easy as deep down inside you’d rather not be hurt. However, you do have six months to start planning how to do it gently with love and kindness so you don’t leave negative karma behind or create drama. The choice is yours, either way you must let go of something.
Taurus: You have been beating your head against the wall to have a person, rather than success, fill your void. You know the old saying, be careful what you pray for because you just may get it. First, the universe is asking you to devote constructive energy to thrust forward and be the shining star in your career or business. Second, you will have to balance your personal life with your business duties and accountability. You can no longer playing the victim as they will be connected. If one crashes the other definitely will. It is high time that philosophies, religious activities, and studies be an important part of your life. No longer should these things be on an as needed basis, they should be a mandatory aspect to your life as they will be a threshold to your maturity and wishes being granted.
Leo: There is a part of you that really wants a big makeover. It may become imperative that you want people to see you in a completely different way – whether it is the way you dress or the way you carry yourself. This may have a positive effect on your relationships as the universe has already blessed you with Jupiter and if you are in a positive, supportive relationship it will be blessed with glory. You may now do what you can to maintain good citizenship in reaching your goals.
Scorpio: As if Saturn is not already beating on you… Almost always, Saturn focuses on family matters. This eclipse will also be focusing on family matters, but this time around you may have to play the psychologist. Patience will be paramount as family and children are erratic, sometimes making you think that they are speaking an ancient alien language. It seems to be unclear what they want. Any deliberation on financial issues should be completed this year but be sure to do it between the end of October and the end of November.
Pisces, Gemini, Virgo and Sagittarius
Every three to four times a year Mercury retrograde always comes to knock on mutable signs’ door and disturbs you – once again they are disturbing your peace. By association the Pisces eclipse is affecting everyone. It began on March 20, 2015, there will be another at the end of September 2016, and it will end with a grand finale in February 2017. Thus, everyone is affected. While Sagittarius had a bad rap for a while, now Western Astrology states they are under the influence of Saturn to reform and mature, whereas Vedic ideology is forcing them to be home schooled, at least until January 2017 while it beats Scorpio with Saturn just a little longer. By the same token, next to Taurus, I feel Virgos are #2 as worry warts; therefore, the gift of Jupiter is just the thing that makes them happy according to Western astrology. However, Western astrology wants to take that away soon while Vedic mathematical inferences calculate that it will be entering in September of 2016. Whatever the case may be, this eclipse will be a complex change for mutable signs from the retrograde, Saturn, and the eclipses.
Pisces: You have been going through your share of spiritual development in the last few eclipses.
The universe is blessing you now by clearing up any aliments you may have which are under the care of a physician. While you may not have all ailments completely cured, there is light at the end of the tunnel. It is high time now to thank the universe for the blessings you have received and any selflessly given contributions will be gifted generously as long as they are done without expectation. You will be blessed as you are inclined to reach a higher spiritual purpose.
Gemini: It is a known fact that you constantly change your mind. When your left brain says something, your right brain fights. Nevertheless, have you ever heard the concept of curiosity killed the cat? If you decide to take a last minute journey, or just want to get away which you may during the next six months, try to do this while Mercury is not retrograding because you and retrograde are not the best of friends. It may be wise instead to go back to school. Religion has always boosted you and it will again during this time. You may grow your interpretations and philosophies, or you may simply make modifications.
Virgo: This year has been a roller coaster from hell for you. But, come on, it could have been worse. I can almost hear you say but…all I can say is Appreciate, don’t Depreciate! The universe also slows you down for a reason. It gives those sane people whose brains don’t work 5 thousand miles per hour a break from the tick tack of yours. Remember, after this eclipse you will be affected by two more so this is not over. The combination of all four events will make you whole. Sometimes owning your own business, or being in power, is not always a good thing. Subordinates like people working with them and if you are in business for yourself, people may leave. There is a greater chance you will become very melodramatic allowing your adversaries to take an advantage of you. Work hard and show the world what you are made of. Break bad habits during this time and you will succeed. This is time to take a hard look at what projects you want to take on.
Sagittarius: Life is 90% attitude 5% gratitude and 5% solitude. Don’t impose things on others. If you are ready to make a big purchase you may decide to make that purchase during this eclipse. But remember, don’t sign that dotted line until after the middle of October. In the back of your mind there may be something creative you want to do but you may have your doubts if you can do it; either that or you lack the ability or the confidence. However, going to school or educating yourself may be good to get your Sagittarius juices flowing. It’s time to open up channels of communication with people – you have been hiding in your cave for way too long. Venture out, travel, and see the world. You will see how much you will benefit.
Capricorn, Aries, Cancer and Libra
Not much has been beating cardinal signs yet. Capricorns should be enjoying the gifts as Western Astrology attributes to Jupiter, however, Vedic methods will say your gift is in the fall. Capricorns began the year with Mercury retrograde in earth signs, now retrograde in Virgo will affect you and at the end of the year you will finish with a bang. But don’t get cozy as both of eclipses in September will transform you one way or the other. Aries’ have felt the burn of Saturn by association through job and family changes. Perhaps Cancer and Libra has been touched by the Pisces eclipse due to their placements they are just in a rest period as their eclipses will also change their world in 2018. So enjoy it while you can.
Capricorn: I can say you also worry. Although you don’t show it as much, your detachment does. Perhaps you may even detach further this eclipse as your mind will be glued to your budget. It may be time to save, however you might want to do it quickly. Be careful though, as tricky investments will lead you to losses this year. Now is the time to learn more about how to invest your money, clearing debts, and fixing your credit. But don’t get too comfortable as the next eclipse will have another task for you.
Cancer: You are just basking in the sun and gloating while everyone is miserable huh? This time you might decide to change your personality, clothes, hair, or the way you dress. There is a good possibility that you will be budget oriented. Relationships will be love affairs only seen in the movies. Legal issues are finally ending in your favor and remember to thank the universe for all these gifts and blessings. But I can’t say much about the next two eclipses.
Libra: I can see it now; you must be sitting by the poolside sipping Margaretta’s and gloating because of how easily you went through this last year. Now you’re ready to put on your sporty hat and be social, flirt, build rapport with business partners and associates, and build your contact list. Before you know it your black book is blue, red, purple, and all kinds of colors. But being this social has its price; it could mean that if a relationship is not stable now it will be really tested and end with a new one potentially beginning. Creativity can be high and success in every project is predictable. Enjoy this ride.
Aries: You may have been worried about your job or finances in the past and you should be as you had been warned not to take it easy last eclipse. Some sensitive matters connected to families and acquaintances might arise to the forefront. It’s now a period to renovate yourself by inaugurating different set of contacts with scholarly individuals. By doing so you will find that not only your profession may get an enhancement but you may even receive monetary recompenses in your career or financial boost
The Aquarius eclipse signifies the Harvest Moon, a time for festivity and joy; emotions are robust and of a content and lighthearted nature. There no need for a party to nurture spirits, as this is an ordinary time of broad well being and shared co-operation. The influence of emotional energy can be useful if directed into imaginative activities and self-healing, but often there is a robust craving to merely gaffe into diversion. It is better to coddle in constructive pursuits rather than return to more damaging or distracting action. Miserable predispositions can easily control under this Full Moon. The power of this Full Moon can be particularly problematic or perplexing for those who were born under a Full Moon PHASE, as well as for those of the mutable Sun Signs: Virgo, Gemini and Sagittarius.
During August, in the Northern Hemisphere, is is also a time to harvest crops and lay down groundwork for the upcoming winter. The corn is green and grain almost ready, therefore naming it Green Corn Moon or Grain moon. While Wolves are howling from hunger in the Southern Hemisphere the rain and storms cover the ground. Thus the Southerners name it Storm, Hunger, and sometimes a Wolf moon.
The effect of this FULL MOON can be exclusively problematic or thought-provoking for those who were born under a FULL MOON PHASE, as well as for those of the fixed Sun Signs [Leo, Scorpio, Aquarius and Taurus]. Also, for those whose birth Moon is in Aquarius this Full Moon can infrequently characterize a precarious period of possible misfortunes, damages, negligence and the activity of impulsive judgments or findings. Throughout this remarkable time of the glowing lunar eclipse and amazing full moon, realizing goals is our first significance.
Separate automatically and completely from outer title roles, doubts, and small pursuits; rather, plunge into the ocean of graceful saturating wholly being. Like a particle of powder that melts in the huge ocean, discharge single individuality into the endless encirclement of heavenly awareness. Inhale in grace and breathe out dark. Touch the cells of your body and convert them to brilliant and glowing with the penetrating radiance of the universe.
Let the substantial encumbrances of the earlier months fall away. Sway like a light being and an angel of the paradises in the melodious depths of ecstasy and harmony. I strongly suggest every single note you may have taken for your past readings be destroyed as Lunar eclipses encourage us to start fresh by destroying bad karma and making new.
During the Lunar Eclipse we must force ourselves to observe life in a changed characteristic. It is recommended to scribe aspirations to:” I require support in forming anything I envision and control to manifest bliss completely during this time. I require the wisdom to understand love and have the ability to engage in a positive environment of my choice. I require clear comprehension of my goals and the path I should be on.”
Since the moon in Aquarius represents Disobedient, Harsh, Lucid, Sociable, and Impulsive, it is my suggestion for us to remain stable. This full moon is astonishing to many signs. Though the lunar eclipse cannot be seen by the human eye it will be felt through depths of many people. It is also the beginning of the Aquarius series.
It is my suggestion that you purchase two candles, orange and orchid, and carve your name through to the wick. Anoint the candles with orange oil and orchid oil respectively, and chant the Psalm 51.
You may also choose to recite a mantra every morning until the next eclipse in Aquarius which begins with the next spring moon cycle. Remember that with all applications of psalms and mantras achieving the preferred result is dependent upon the value of intention. When it comes to finding satisfying relationships, it is of the greatest importance to begin with a clear understanding of what your goal should be. The mantras can be hard to pronounce for many but are a powerful source of energy. The mantra for Lunar Eclipse is:
(om Chan draya na ma ha )
For proper pronunciation and the number of times one should recite you look at the YouTube video here
Aquarius moon is:
(Om P rang Pri ing Pro Ong she shan sh ch ray Na ma ha)
The beautiful 108 recite of the full audio can be found here
This Siddha mantra uses the universal elements that govern each charka: Earth, Water, Fire, and Air.
Lunar Eclipse brings many changes; I will be doing 6-month in-depth readings instead of my normal 3-month reading. Remember that we can manifest whatever that we want. Let’s look together at what you want to change so the transition to the solar eclipse can be smooth sailing.
Spiritual bath recipe, proper disposal of the notes and my schedule will be available to my clients in a few days stay tuned for your personal emails.