The Aquarius Full Moon–when the Aquarius Moon opposes the Leo Sun in the sky– reminds us to work on integrating the shadow side of Leo archetypal energy.
What does that mean?
Well, if Leo is about being in the moment, creating with the reckless abandon of an innocent child, intuiting our own divinity through our creative self-expression, what would be its shadow side?
The downside of Leo energy can be excessive pride. It’s a fire sign which, like Jupiter’s Sagittarius, has connotations with what Greek tragedians define as “hubris” or the tragic hero’s greatest flaw: arrogance.
It stands to reason that such blazing “it’s all about me, you know!” energy—although it’s well and good for us to be proud of ourselves and our accomplishments in a healthy way—can turn out to be the downfall of many when taken to an extreme…
Stand Out From The Group Or Be Part Of It?
Logic says that if the Leo archetype’s sometimes myopic viewpoint is that of caring only for or about oneself, then its Aquarius polar opposite energy would represent being part of a group.
For some of us, being part of a group is a natural, easy thing. For others, it’s tremendously difficult, for a varied number of reasons. And for even more of us, it might go back and forth, sort of a love/hate kinda thing…
This Aquarius Full Moon asks us to identify where our own specialness ends, and the group begins. Being proud of a group, or groups, to which we belong is also terrific. However, we must be aware that bringing our uniqueness to a group—and then identifying with that group–lends itself to our having a certain pride in that group.
This, again, is fine, but we must be careful not to use these groups as factions to pit against each other when the going gets tough…
Us Vs. Them
In today’s world, one need only glance at a newspaper, listen to talk radio, peruse Facebook, or simply tune into the speech of a current political candidate to hear it: protectionism, xenophobia, and general “my group is better than your group” rhetoric.
While often nationalism is chalked up astrologically to Cancer archetypal energy (the family, clan, tribe, community, etc.), and disputes between rival factions—or the “I/Thou” or “I/We” or “Us vs. Them” Aries/Libra relationship axis–nonetheless I pose the following question:
Might not the concept of being either the “special one” or the “special group” belong also with the astrological energy of the Leo/Aquarius axis?
In other words, once you get to the point of identifying yourself with a particular group, isn’t there always going to be an “us vs. them” mentality in the air, even if it’s less overt than outright xenophobia, nationalism, or other kind of favoritism?
Aquarius energy believes in sacrificing the few for the many in the hopes that this will make life better for all. But when this energy is misused it can translate into group-think of the mindset that we need a savior or–special anointed person–to save us all…
Now, clearly, we’re getting into other archetypes, and it’s easy to see how astrology is never really purely about one archetype or another, but a mixture of many. And the art of putting it all together, or synthesis, is the talent proclaimed by many astrologers.
But we are looking here now at this Aquarius Full Moon and the universe is asking us to identify not only where our own specialness ends, but where the uniqueness of one particular group ends as well.
A shift into thinking about what’s best for the whole, rather than its parts, becomes paramount. It may, in fact, be time for many of us to shift from thinking “what’s in it for me?” or “what’s in it for my group?” to “what’s in it for the rest of wo/mankind?”
Aquarius energy morphs into Pisces energy on the zodiacal wheel, and it’s easy to see why. Once we work for the betterment of wo/mankind, we’re able to tap into the unconscious collective and to actually implement unity on a more conscious level.
Aquarius Full Moon Energy
At this Aquarius Full Moon, the Moon sextiles Uranus (the modern ruler of Aquarius), while the Sun trines it. The opportunity exists for us all to use freedom of expression of our true selves—both as individuals and as members of groups–to help further the cause of our fellow human beings.
At the same time, the Moon quincunxes Jupiter, the king of the gods, as the Sun semi-sextiles the same planet. As brilliant ideas are downloaded (if not for immediate use, then perhaps for the future) try not to overdo it! Keep in mind that even though the idea may not be solidly formed yet, nobody else has thought it but you—for now!
So don’t let yourself get too scattered, which will only see the seeds of your ideas blown about and away with the wind…you’ll want to be able to preserve your ideas so that you can run with them when it’s time…
Kim Marie Weimer of Evolutionary Astrology Network is fond of saying that Leo energy represents an “I will, thy will, divine will” evolutionary concept, and I do agree with her on that.
Think of it this way: If you are but a speck of dust on the head of a pin, surrounded by more specks of dust on the head of that pin, surrounded by other groups of specks of dust on a bunch of pins, you begin to grasp the resonance of Aquarius energy with the archetype of the infinite.
What each speck does ripples out like waves on the shore of a beach and touches us all. It’s simply that we may not be conscious of this.
So it starts with Leo energy in terms of being the best, most creatively self-expressed individual you can be—not for praise and adulation or remuneration—but just because you know you represent that speck of dust on that infinite, divinely-orchestrated, universe. And as such, you owe it to both your chosen group and the wider group to shine your light so that they may ALL benefit from it, and to take it one step further to then work within that group to achieve progress on a universal level.
Just as the Sun will move on from the sign of Leo to take on Virgo attributes very shortly (August 22), so will our next Full Moon a month from now occur between the Virgo Sun and Pisces Moon.
There is a reason for everything. And the flow of these universal archetypal energies is constant and consistent.
See if you can figure out how, by bringing your own unique individual talents to your chosen group or groups–not only to strengthen them but also to strengthen their bonds with other groups—you can help promote peace, love, and unity to all of wo/mankind…