The phases of the moon are one of the most fascinating astronomical behaviors we can observe with the naked eye and a deeply rich source of thought and interpretation for Astrology. Among the 8 phases – New, Waxing Crescent, 1st Quarter Half, Waxing Gibbous, Full, Waning Gibbous, Last Quarter Half, and Waning Crescent – the New and Full Moons capture most of the attention. This article will look at the current Full Moon and talk about the kind of “harvest” you should bring in emotionally during this full moon.
Full Moon – Reap What You Have Sown!
The Full Moon for August will occur on the 15th at 22 degrees and 24 minutes in the sign of Aquarius; in my Eastern Standard Time zone it will happen at 8:29 am. It takes 29.5 days from one Full Moon to the next, spending approximately 2 and ½ days in a sign. The day before and the day after comprise what would be the peak time of the Full Moon energy. The Full Moon is the time of “the harvest” when what began with the New Moon reaches full potential before waning, fading and preparing for a new cycle.
Each month has a certain type of Full Moon; August’s Moon is the Sturgeon Moon. In the northern hemisphere, this name reflects the time when large numbers of fish populate the lakes. This Moon has other names: the Green Corn Moon, Barley Moon, Fruit Moon, and Grain Moon.
There are also several special types of Full Moons: the Blood Moon, which happens during a total lunar eclipse; a Supermoon, which happens when the Moon is full and closest to the Earth; and the Blue Moon (“once in a blue moon”), which is a second Full Moon in a calendar month (occurring once every 2 and ½ years). The previous Blue Moon was March 31, 2018, and the next one will be October 31, 2020.
The final type of Full Moon that really defines the general energy of the Full Moon event is the Harvest Moon, which is the name of the Full Moon for September/October, when, before electricity, farmers used the light of this Full Moon to harvest their crops when the harvest was generally the largest. So, each time a Full Moon occurs in the calendar month, we are to consider what we are supposed to harvest.
Full Moon in Aquarius – Harvesting Community
This Full Moon will take place late in the degree of Aquarius and ingress into Pisces the next day. Using the day before, day of, and the day after as the Full Moon total event, this Full Moon will complete the ingress, which is when a point moves from one sign to another. Ingress means that the influence of one sign is giving way to the influence of another. In this case, the influence of Aquarius, which has to do with community, revolution, and idealism, will give way to Pisces, which has to do with spirituality, dreams, and the oneness of humankind.
This Full Moon energizes us to look at our goals and where we want to “succeed” in our hearts. With the energy occurring so deep (22 degrees) into Aquarius and touching on the first degrees of Pisces soon after, we can feel the need to help our fellow humans (Pisces) by putting our local needs (Aquarius) into social justice, help for the needy, and ideals for a better society (Aquarius). We may realize it is time to focus on how we can help our community and revolutionize our world in line with modern changes. Depending on your age, it can be an excellent time (8/14 to 8/16) to join a cause, help with local projects, or give back your wisdom as a community leader.
With this Full Moon at 22d24m, the Sabian Symbol is 23 Aquarius, “a big bear sitting down and waving its paws”. Jones says, “This is a symbol of man’s absolute mastery over his own lower nature, and of his ability to bring every function of life to a high personal fulfillment” (The Sabian Symbols in Astrology, 293). The keyword is APTITUDE. This Full Moon will be about showing what you are made of and can get done.
This can be an excellent Full Moon to embrace a volunteer opportunity. The activities you might choose are dependent on your level of status in society; some of you reading might be students in college while others well into your retirement. In other words, some of you may want to save the world while others might want to give wisdom to those who want to save the world. While the New Moon is designed to start something, the Full Moon is designed to bring things already started into fruition, depending on individual circumstance.
The Full Moon in Your Chart
The Full Moon will occur in a specific location of your chart and in special relationship with various points in your chart if you have points near the same degree in the same sign, at the opposing degree (180 degrees away from a point in your chart), three signs before or after the Full Moon degree and sign (90 degrees away), or five signs before or after the Full Moon degree and sign (150 degrees away).
Respectively these would be a conjunction (the Full Moon merging with a point in your chart), an opposition (the Full Moon seeking balance with a point in your chart), a square (the Full Moon challenging a point in your chart), and an inconjunct/quincunx (a point disquieting a point in your chart). It is possible that the degree and sign of the Full Moon may not form any of these relationships and its effect, for this or another time, would be minimal or difficult to observe.
In my case, there are two significant impacts. One is consistent with all Full Moons because I was born during a Full Moon. So, I feel pretty much every Full Moon in some significant way. If you learn your birth Moon phase you will likely discover that same phase each month has a strong impact on your emotional state.
With this Full Moon, I will experience an “approaching” opposition with my natal Jupiter, meaning that the Full Moon will occur in front of, rather than past (separating), the degrees of my Jupiter (at 25d of Leo). There will be a need to balance my personal feelings about my role in my community with my need to stand either inside or outside of my community.
Actively, I can use this energy to promote myself, and it could be a very good Full Moon for me to take a more active role on social media during these three days. Reactively, I may get an opportunity or invitation to engage in some form of public speaking or public responsibility.
As this Full Moon approaches, think about what you want to “harvest” regarding your community, what you are doing to improve your status in your community and your purpose on the planet, and who makes up your local tribe as part of the global tribe.