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Aquarius Full Moon: Freedom to Give

Do not try to save the whole

world or do anything grandiose. Instead, create a clearing in the dense forest of your life and wait there patiently, until the song that is your life falls into your own cupped hands and you recognize and greet it. Only then will you know how to give yourself to this world

so worthy of rescue." Martha Postlewaite

The Aquarius Full Moon on August 3, 2020 invites radical vision and innovation, encouraging a progressive and open-minded sensibility that opens pathways for how to serve the wider community from the unique gifts, talents and wisdom we possess.

The Aquarius Full Moon on August 3 has us asking: how can I best serve the great need of humanity and the world around while not compromising my personal evolutionary impulse for healing, wholeness, and authentic self-expression?

Aquarians march to the beat of their own drummer. They stand out as different, perhaps eccentric. They are the inventors, the one’s thinking outside the box, with a vision for humanity.

The House where Aquarius, and its ruler Uranus, reside in our birthchart marks where we have progressive, open-minded, and an offbeat streak where we are willing to experiment and color outside the lines. Their placement indicates where the status quo has limited, even hurt us, and where we have adopted an unconventional approach so we can be authentic and true to ourselves.

The Leo/Aquarius Polarity - Two Sides of Freedom and Giving Freely

To appreciate the Aquarian temperament, we must look to its opposing sign: Leo (where the Sun resides at the Full Moon). The Leo/Aquarius polarity produces a tension that begs resolution.

The childlike spontaneity and creativity of Leo is heart-centered and subjective. Feeling-oriented, the Leo in each of us follows an inner impulse to actualize our potential. The experience of joy affirms we are centered in our heart, aligned with our true nature and destiny. Most of us can relate to the desire to sustain a level of spontaneity where self-consciousness falls away and we are in a creative flow. From a Leonine perspective, the best gift we can give the world is to be fully, and unabashedly, ourselves.

Be who God

meant you to

be and you

will set the

world on


St. Catherine of Sienna

Both Leo and Aquarius experience themselves as unique and are looking for the freedom to be authentic and original. Leo seeks personal fulfillment, and Aquarius is looking for collective fulfillment that encompasses the personal fulfillment of all. Where Leo thrives at the center of activity, Aquarius prefers to sit at the edge observing. This detachment provides Aquarians an objective to see the big picture. Leo follows their heart with less need to understand their motivations. Aquarians orient to an intellectual framework that provides the lay of the land and a vision for how to navigate from where we are to where we want to be. At all times, Aquarius is thinking of the collective and how his/her actions, gifts and service will contribute to the forward movement of society.

We look around and evaluate how our unique gifts and expression (Leo) can find a good fit with what the world offers. We want our talents to serve the larger community (Aquarius) but can become discouraged when the community at large responds with stipulations, rules or demands on how to shape what we have to offer. Invariably, we compromise and conform in some way to contribute to society.

Conformity irks both Leo and Aquarius and both desire another way. Aquarians may opt to be loners or to live on the fringe of society rather than engage conform. Leos can become self-absorbed and simply ignore the cues for how to fit in. The dilemma and opportunity is: how to contribute and serve the societal need without sacrificing or abandoning the heart of us.

Aquarius is called the humanitarian because the Aquarian mind creates a vision where the individual is not restrained by the culture and where the culture values, supports and is uplifted by individual fulfillment. Democracy is founded on this premise. Like with any vision, the implementation of it requires challenges, adjustments and, dare I say, compromise.

A hero is someone

Who has given his or her life

To something bigger than oneself.

Joseph Campbell

The story of the Ugly Duckling is a universal story that illustrates the Aquarian nature. As our minds develop through childhood, we have the unique ability to detach ourself from the subjective experience and see a bigger picture where we can observe ourselves as if from a distance. Invariably we each discover that we are an oddity.

In the process of being socialized in school and at home, we did our best to walk like a duck and talk like a duck. Then came the earth-shattering realization for many of us that we are not a duck at all and yet are surrounded by ducks. This realization came in response to meeting a swan, and we recognized ourself as swan, not duck. We then sought out other swans, kindred spirits. We may have rejected the duck world and insulated ourself n a swan collective. We may have become loners, feeling we are not duck or swan but perhaps a hybrid duck/swan or even a rare-exotic-near-extinct bird. Feeling our uniqueness, we wondered if we could fit in anywhere. This is the Aquarian experience. Aquarians can become disillusioned with all groups seeing them as inherently cultish, each