And we're done with eclipse season! I don't know about y'all, but I am so ready to move on from the retrogrades and eclipses and get a little break. On to August!
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What is a new moon?
A new moon occurs when the transit (moving) Sun and Moon are in the exact same position in the Zodiac (called a conjunction). New moons are related to beginnings, have high energy, and are enthusiastic.
What is a full moon?
A full moon occurs when the transit (moving) Sun and Moon are in the exact opposite positions in the Zodiac (called an opposition). Full moons are related to endings, culminations, and are emotional energy.
Full Moon in Aquarius: August 3rd 2020 (11:59AM ET/8:59AM PT)
An Aquarius full moon comes to us in August, and this full moon can be a time when we're super focused on the changes we hope to make, the future we want to have, and what we envision life could be instead of what it actually is. We may strive to make more progress with what we want, and can feel more hopeful when we do make progress, and more defeated when we don't. We need to keep our eyes on the long-term view of things and remember that sometimes it takes a long time to make what we want happen.
Aquarius is a highly independent sign, and we may want more independence in our lives to be true to ourselves and our individuality. We can celebrate what makes us different and unique creatures. We may push back against anyone we feel is trying to box us in and make us adhere to what's "normal". A little bit of rebellion can be a good thing, but we may need to be mindful of acting out about one thing when we're actually upset about something else entirely.
Being more mindful of the Aquarius energy is extra important with this full moon since it's square (hard aspect, 3 signs away) the natural ruler of Aquarius, Uranus, who is in Taurus. Uranus is also gearing up to turn retrograde (appear to move backward) on August 15th, so it's slowing down for this full moon. There can be a strong desire to break out and break free, to challenge the status quo in big ways, and to make a mad dash toward the future, but we have to be smart, thoughtful, and wise in our choices, otherwise we may set ourselves up for more trouble down the road. Avoid that!
This full moon occurs at 11 degrees 46 minutes Aquarius. The aspects to this full moon are:
Conjunction: 9 degrees 46 minutes - 13 degrees 46 minutes Aquarius
Sextile: 9 degrees 46 minutes - 13 degrees 46 minutes Aries or Sagittarius
Square: 9 degrees 46 minutes - 13 degrees 46 minutes Taurus or Scorpio
Trine: 9 degrees 46 minutes - 13 degrees 46 minutes Gemini or Libra
Opposition: 9 degrees 46 minutes - 13 degrees 46 minutes Leo
New Moon in Leo: August 18th 2020 (11:41PM ET/8:41PM PT)
This new moon is just what the doctor ordered! The Leo new moon is a time to enjoy ourselves, to take some time for fun and play. It's been such hard energy for this year, especially the last few months, and now we get a little window to remember how to have fun! Make time for what you love most, for the people you love most, and connect to your heart. Live from a heart-centric place for a little while and see things with fresh eyes.
Creativity is likely to be high with this new moon, so it can be a great time to start some new creative project or venture. Approach problems in creative ways to find new solutions, and bring some creative energy into your life daily with the new moon. It can help you to enjoy yourself more, and make daily life a little less monotonous.
This new moon is conjunct (aligned with) Mercury in Leo and trine (positive aspect, 4 signs away) Mars in Aries. This adds to the positive energy of this new moon, and Mercury stimulates new ideas and activities, helps with short-term plans, and makes us more engaging and better communicators. Mars helps bring extra energy and drive for what we want, and we can take the steps we need to in order to make things happen. Just what we need!
This new moon occurs at 26 degrees 35 minutes Leo. The aspects to this new moon are:
Conjunction: 24 degrees 35 minutes - 28 degrees 35 minutes Leo
Sextile: 24 degrees 35 minutes - 28 degrees 35 minutes Gemini or Libra
Square: 24 degrees 35 minutes - 28 degrees 35 minutes Taurus or Scorpio
Trine: 24 degrees 35 minutes - 28 degrees 35 minutes Aries or Sagittarius
Opposition: 24 degrees 35 minutes - 28 degrees 35 minutes Aquarius
Suggested Reading: The New & Full Moons page for interpretations of the new and full moons in the houses and aspects