July Full Moon in Aquarius: Looking Back, Moving Forward

July Full Moon in Aquarius: Looking Back, Moving Forward

By Thraicie Hawkner

This month’s Full Moon involves the Moon and Mars in Aquarius, both opposite the Sun in Leo. This is a time of paradox. As we become increasingly intolerant of intolerance, this retrograde Mars inspires us to look to the past for solutions. What has worked before? What has failed in similar situations?

At the same time, the Sun in Leo shines light on the future. How can we make tomorrow truly radiant, with changes started today? The full scope of the time-line (past, present, future) will inspire truly visionary solutions to social injustices. Of course this energy can be applied on a broad scale, to cultural changes that will benefit us all.

But don’t be shy about applying that same problem-solving process to your personal life. This is the time to spot patterns, and access appropriate solutions. What tactics have worked well in your own past? Or historically, for other people? How can you incorporate those same techniques into your new plan of action?

If you need a little extra insight or advice about how to best utilize this energy, give the Modern Spellcasters’ Tarot a try. It’s blend of ancient archetypes and modern sensibilities is perfect for this full moon. For further exploration of the themes this full moon embodies, we’d suggest Michael Pollan’s new book on consciousness and transcendence, How To Change Your Mind.

If you’re the more practical sort, consider carrying a piece of snowflake obsidian with you. A stone of purity and balance, it helps us to examine old thought patterns and cast off those that don’t benefit us. For the home and altar, there’s always Coventry Creations’ Needed Changes candle. A warm mix of sandalwood and ginger, it’s designed to help you move on and move forward.

July New Moon in Cancer: Reaching Out

July New Moon in Cancer: Reaching Out

New Moon in Cancer: exact at 9:48pm, Thursday 7/12th.

Our sense of belonging becomes top priority during this New Moon. Our loyalty to family (or chosen family) will be the driving force behind every decision we make during this time. Our ability to read other people’s needs will be nearly as strong as our desire to provide for those needs. Intuitive talents will be at a peak.

The only complication is that this New Moon is in opposition to Pluto. This can easily put people into a defensive mode if they feel any sense of danger of neglect. This defensiveness is more likely to manifest as a withdrawing behavior rather than an aggressive lashing-out. It is a good time to reach out to others if you notice that they are feeling down or seem to be isolating themselves. Make sure everyone feels cared for.

And speaking of Pluto…Pluto is currently retrograde in the sign Capricorn. Pluto was last in this sign from 1762 – 1779 (American and French revolutions, etc.), and will now be in this Capricorn from 2009 – 2024. This period promises deep societal changes and new structural foundations. We are likely to see new business strategies, economic views, and governmental shifts. Any form of authority will be reassessed for its effectiveness and appropriateness. But this process might seem even rockier than necessary from April 22nd – September 30th, while Pluto is retrograde. Hang on, everybody! Take good care of one another.

For some assistance in getting through this New Moon, try Shoyeido’s “Hope” incense from their Angelic line. Robert Place’s Tarot of the Sevenfold Mystery can be a great tool for helping to see things a little clearer. For further exploration, Zenju Earthlyn Manuel’s book The Way of Tenderness is an excellent place to start.

June Full Moon in Capricorn 2018: Time For Reflection

June Full Moon in Capricorn 2018: Time For Reflection

Capricorn Full MoonThis month’s Full Moon involves three planets, all in rather interesting positions.

The Sun is in the tender sign of Cancer, while the Moon is conjunct Saturn in hard-working Capricorn. With this combination, we can get into some emotionally complex situations. We feel fragile and needy. But these might be needs that others simply cannot fulfill…which leads us to misinterpretation of other people’s intentions…which leads to a sense of rejection…which starts the cycle anew.

Breaking that cycle to find a calm center of self-awareness and self-care is the real solution. This is a very demanding time, and we are each likely to prioritize our own needs and wants over those of others. It would be wise to pause for a deeper analysis of our true motivations. Are we fulfilling our heart’s desire? Or the expectations of authority figures? Or something else? And what are we demanding or expecting of others to support that?

By discovering the true root of our own needs, and acknowledging those of others, we can refine our interactions. By conscientiously supporting each other, we can evolve together, rather than working at crossed purposes. Meditation and mindfulness practices can help toward this goal.

To read more on how to reach this goal, check out the book The Way of Tenderness by Zenju Earthlyn Manuel. For a little extra help, Shoyeido’s Sitting Zen incense can help encourage an atmosphere of calm. To help sweeten the air, light one of Coventry Creation’s Sweetgrass candles.