The Full Moon at 0° 06′ Aquarius ushers the Sun into lordly Leo on 22 July 2013 at 11:16 AM PDT. Nonetheless the light from the luminaries is diffused by all the water in the sky. It is as if we are standing behind a water fall watching the Sun set and the Moon rise.
For air signs this Full Moon in ultra rational Aquarius is a treat after all the emphasis on touchy feely water. The cool, crisp logic Aquarius brings to bear on problem solving is a joy for those of us with our Sun, Moon or Rising in air signs. Even though this is a short lived event, it reminds us the waters will eventually recede.
Fire signs get a bigger break because this Full Moon marks the beginning of Leo season when the Sun returns to living large in its home sign. Now there will be two planets in fire with Uranus in Aries being the other and when the Moon swings through the fire signs, it will be enough to warm fire sign hearts everywhere.
Venus arrived in Virgo shortly before the Sun entered Leo and is exactly semi-sextile the Sun whilst inconjunct the Aquarius Moon. Venus is eager to pack up her party clothes and retire into the background in Virgo but I have the sense the luminaries aren’t going to let her go just yet. She has little in common with either Leo or Aquarius. She finds Leo’s outgoing enthusiasm wearing and Aquarius sadly lacking in common sense when it comes to aiding the less fortunate. Libras are probably the only ones who will even notice this exchange between Venus and the luminaries as it may make them feel less social than usual.
An opposition between Venus in Virgo and Neptune in Pisces may lead even this down-to-earth Venus astray. Anytime Venus falls under Neptune’s spell, the rose colored glasses come out and common sense falls away. It promises plenty of fun for die hard romantics though.
Mercury, now direct in Cancer, makes a waning square to Uranus in Aries and suggests the need to keep a firm hold on our tempers and our tongues. This square exacerbates the tendency to speak without thinking, especially under emotional duress. Due to Mercury is still moving slowly this aspect will be in effect longer than usual. Adding a powerful undercurrent is an opposition from Pluto in Capricorn to Mercury in Cancer. Control issues of all kinds may provide fuel to the Mercury-Uranus square. Be very careful about laying blame.
The most powerful pattern in this lunation chart is a Kite Pattern embracing the Grand Trine in water. Saturn in Scorpio, Neptune in Pisces and Mars conjunct Jupiter in Cancer comprise the Grand Trine with Pluto in Capricorn making it a Kite. Whilst the Grand Trine is rather passive in nature, a Kite is often more proactive thanks to the inclusion of an opposition. In this case Pluto in Capricorn opposes Mars and Jupiter in Cancer. Practical, pragmatic Capricorn is happy to work with Saturn, Capricorn’s ruler, to lay out a clear plan of action and the Mars-Jupiter conjunction is the perfect energy source. Learning more about family traditions, studying the family tree and delving into family memories are ways to utilize this energy. Learning about our ancestors and where they came from can help ground us in the here and now.
Despite the injection of fire and air from the luminaries, this Full Moon chart is dominantly cardinal water. The Sun may officially be in fiery Leo but it will still feel like Cancer rules the sky. Remain sensitive to what you feel and what other people are feeling. The waters are shallower now and that will help. Enjoy the moment and may the fortunate Kite Pattern bless us all! By the way, this is the first of two Full Moons in Aquarius. The second one, on 20 August, is 28° and has a nice balance in elements.
On a personal note: My Libra Moon does catch some flack from the Mercury-Uranus square though orbs are wide, probably making me moodier than usual. Thankfully Mars and Jupiter are exactly trine my natal Jupiter and just maybe there will be some good news coming round.