The full moon on Thursday, August 15, 2019, at 22° Aquarius is opposite Venus, the planet and goddess of love.
Venus gives this lunation a soft, loving influence, but add a dash of Pluto and Mars combined with Uranus going retrograde and we could be in for a relationship shakedown. Aquarius is the sign of the water bearer – the humanitarian, the healer in us all. The water symbolises our emotions – both their fluidity and their burden. As the water bearer, Aquarius has the natural gift and ability to take heavy emotions and transform them into something lighter. She doesn’t absorb the water or take it on as a part of her, she is an air sign, and uses her higher mind, her search for the truth in order to transform and cleanse the water before returning it to the Earth. Keep that in mind during this full moon!
Full moons are the ultimate time to let go and release. Clear your space, scrub your home, unfriend and unfollow, purge everything from your life that doesn’t serve your or your larger mission. The best way to work with the full moon is to use it as a tool to unblock anything preventing your new moon manifestations from coming into your life. The energy is most potent three days prior increasing in the 24 hours leading up to the moon.
Mars + Pluto
Mars adds a tinge of anger to this lunar love story while Pluto gives this moon a darker theme involving control and power imbalances of a karmic nature. Smells a bit like S&M to me (thoughts?). If you feel unquenchable – and frustrated because your need for love and affection cannot be met – you are not alone. Just remember, our unmet needs can cause us to react in ways that prevent us from having exactly what we want. Check the drama at the door and opt for hugs and kisses instead of jabs and barbs.
Thanks to Mars and Pluto, there is also potential for anger, jealousy, intimidation, and impulsive actions. The last new moon might have added some stress, anxiety and unexpected changes in your love life which means you should flip the script and practice patience, understanding, and unconditional love for yourself and others over the coming two weeks.
The moon (opposing Venus) increases our appetites for love and affection so if you’re single, don’t be tempted to lower your standards just to avoid loneliness. If you’re partnered, friction could be on the menu. It can either come as conflict and crises or be seen as an opportunity for uknown issues to be successfully resolved.
Your emotional needs could also be swapped for sweet foods, retail therapy, or substance abuse so instead of putting on the pounds or blowing out the bank, focus on self-love and self-acceptance. Treat yourself to some beautiful food with a gorgeous back-drop and call it an early night.
Or you can channel your energy into your passion – hard work and competition will help avoid hostilities. Focus on professional desires instead of picking a fight with the ones you love. Wrap yourself in a protective, golden bubble three days prior to keep energy vampires, drama queens, plutonic lovers, chaos addicts and Satanic overlords at bay. They threaten to disrupt your flow and curb your freedom.
And then there’s Uranus…
In case you didn’t know, Uranus stationed retrograde on August 11 (just four days before the full moon) and will remain retro until January 10, 2020. Interestingly, it was exactly conjunct asteroid Aphrodite – the Greek goddess of love, beauty, pleasure, passion, and sex. And since Uranus is in Taurus (who is ruled by Venus), there are a lot of juices flowing in the universe this week. During this five-month backspin, expect breakups, breakdowns and breakthroughs. And because it’ll also be in earthy, sensual Taurus, all financial matters and affairs of the heart take a trip on the astrological roller coaster. Buckle up!
The best way to tame this full moon is to channel the beauty of Aquarius. How can you create love and healing and have a positive effect on your life and the world? How can you honour your truth and devote your life to your passion and mission? Working with love, honouring truth, and walking a path of transformation, will help you channel the energy of the water bearer.
We have enough love to go around for everyone, so share some of that love with your family, your friends, your community, your country, and with the world. Don’t let dark side of this moon set the tone for the next couple of weeks. Beauty truly is the best medicine – have a bath, fill it with salt, oils, rose petals and let the love reign.
Full Moon August 2019 dates and times
Los Angeles – 15 August 5:29 am
New York – 15 August 8:29 am
London – 15 August 1:29 pm
Delhi – 15 August 5:59 pm
Sydney – 15 August 10:29 pm