August 18, 2016: Aquarius Full Moon (exact at 2:26 am PDT)
During an Aquarius Full Moon, usually issues involving individuals and their relationship to the collective become the center of attention. There could be a heightened sense of tension as an organization or community strives to accommodate the needs of its members along with its own overarching identity and goals; there may also be breakdowns and breakthroughs in the arena of group dynamics and team building. Tensions could arise if we find ourselves torn between wanting to align with and support a group mission and at the same time wanting to not abdicate the experience of gaining recognition for our personal brand of specialness.
As we connect to focus on keeping both the individual and the collective in our sights, it's also important to stay connected to our voice. With Mercury opposing Chiron (exact August 19), we could even more clearly see how words can be used as medicine or they can be used to inflict pain. Be conscious in communications, diving into the understanding and experience of how
It's a potent time to see where stories we have told ourselves over our lives, those that keep us small and not living into our potential, have encumbered our ability to deeply and intently tell the stories that we know are true. Focus on how delivering information and insights, notably those experienced through the trials and travails of life, can touch and inspire others, allowing them to feel understood and heard, and with that catalyzed along their healing journey. As well, be open to input and inspiration that may help you release something that has manacled your ability to learn and spread the beautiful message that only you can.
This month’s Full Moon falls at 26 degrees of Leo (Sun) and Aquarius(Moon). While everyone experiences the energies of a Full Moon, if you have planets or pivotal points (i.e., Ascendant/Descendant or Nadir/Midheaven) around this degree in Leo, Aquarius, or the other fixed signs—Taurus and Scorpio—it may impact you more intensely.
Aquarius Full Moon Apothecary Suggestions
Leo is associated with the heart, spine, and hair while Aquarius is associated with the calves, ankles, peripheral circulatory system, and the body’s bionergetics. Pay extra attention to these areas of the body around the time of this Full Moon.
Buttercup flower essence: When you need some support stoking the inner flame of self-value, buttercup flower essence may be of benefit. It’s especially good for periods when we are judging ourselves by external markers of success that, in turn, degrade our sense of self-worth. It helps shift the source of light from the unreliable-without to the
eternally-sustaining-within. (Flower essences are made from flower-infused water and work energetically to restore emotional and mental balance. You can find them in natural food stores or holistic pharmacies.)
Sweet marjoram essential oil: Associated with eternal peace and happiness, quintessential Aquarian ideals, sweet marjoram is known for its antispasmodic and circulation-enhancing properties. With its pacifying fragrance and tension-calming effects, this essential oil may help to calm an overly stimulated nervous system. Use in a diffusor, smell a few drops from the bottle and/or add to some almond massage oil.