August 2022 has two interesting and challenging moons with the Aquarius full moon and Virgo new moon. What do they have in store for us?
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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 11th 2022 (9:36PM ET/6:36PM PT)
Aquarius full moons can help us make progress with our hopes and dreams. If we've done things right, we can get closer to where we want to be, and we can feel hopeful about where we're going. If we haven't done things right, we can experience setbacks, and may question ourselves.
We can be much more rebellious, and push back against anyone or anything we feel is holding us back. That can be great for breaking out of anything that has kept us from being better, but may be a negative if we're not thinking things through or just being selfish or spoiled.
We may want to come together to focus on something, and can be more concerned with matters that impact us all, the masses, the collective. We can be more passionate about our causes, and want change.
This full moon is square (hard aspect, three signs away) the ruler or Aquarius, Uranus, as Uranus is going to retrograde August 24th. The full moon is also widely conjunct (aligned with) Saturn in Aquarius, who is also square Uranus retrograde. Saturn square Uranus was part of what brought so many changes in 2021, especially with people's professional lives, and that has lulled in 2022, but only because this aspect wasn't in play. It comes back, so we're likely going to see lots of professional upheaval again. There is big challenge-the-status-quo energy with all of this, and we're breaking free. Just be smart about it!
This full moon occurs at 19 degrees 11 minutes Aquarius. The aspects to this full moon are:
Conjunction: 17 degrees 11 minutes - 21 degrees 11 minutes Aquarius
Sextile: 17 degrees 11 minutes - 21 degrees 11 minutes Aries or Sagittarius
Square: 17 degrees 11 minutes - 21 degrees 11 minutes Taurus or Scorpio
Trine: 17 degrees 11 minutes - 21 degrees 11 minutes Gemini or Libra
Opposition: 17 degrees 11 minutes - 21 degrees 11 minutes Leo
New Moon in Virgo: August 27th 2022 (4:17AM ET/1:17AM PT)
Virgo new moons are times of super productivity, and we want to get done as much as we can. We can get organized, make lists, create new routines, stick to schedule, and the more we get done, the more we want to do. We can push ourselves to be productive, but do need to make sure we're not pushing too far so we don't break down.
This can be a time to start new projects, smaller projects that can be finished quickly. All of this productive energy can be helpful for setting ourselves up since Mercury, the natural ruler of Virgo, will retrograde soon, and partially in this sign. Set things up now, and make it easier on yourself later.
This new moon is also challenged though, as it squares Mars in Gemini. This can mean we have extra energy, and we can put that to good use by being extra productive and hard-working. Try to channel it in a positive way like that. Otherwise, it can mean we have extra frustrations, are easily irritated, and can lash out. There may be more violence, so be cautious. And think about the words you use, with Mercury ruling both Virgo and Gemini.
This new moon occurs at 4 degrees 4 minutes Virgo. The aspects to this new moon are:
Conjunction: 2 degrees 4 minutes - 6 degrees 4 minutes Virgo
Sextile: 2 degrees 4 minutes - 6 degrees 4 minutes Cancer or Scorpio
Square: 2 degrees 4 minutes - 6 degrees 4 minutes Gemini or Sagittarius
Trine: 2 degrees 4 minutes - 6 degrees 4 minutes Taurus or Capricorn
Opposition: 2 degrees 4 minutes - 6 degrees 4 minutes Pisces
Suggested Reading: The New & Full Moons page for general interpretations