In A Silent Hour, A New Inspiration That May Change Your Life: August's Full Moon In Aquarius

It is in your moments of decision that your destiny is shaped. Anthony Robbins

They are never alone who are accompanied by noble thoughts. Philip Sidney

Silence at the proper season is wisdom, and better than any speech. Plutarch

Those who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night. Edgar Allen Poe

Imagination is the outreaching of mind … the bombardment of the conscious mind with ideas, impulses, images and every sort of psychic phenomena welling up from the preconscious. It is the capacity to “dream dreams and see visions …” Rollo May

God is the friend of silence. See how nature—trees, flowers, grass-grows in silence; see the stars, the moon and the sun, how they move in silence… We need silence to be able to touch souls. Mother Teresa

The universe is full of magical things patiently waiting for our wits to grow sharper. Eden Phillpots

August's full Moon in Aquarius, falling on August 2nd, is, thankfully, a better, more promising and positive full Moon than we've seen in a long time. It feels like we've been given a break, for sure. However, we have a few things to sort out in our minds, hearts and lives in order to get the most out of it. The Sabian Symbol for the full Moon is Aquarius 11: DURING A SILENT HOUR, A PERSON RECEIVES A NEW INSPIRATION WHICH MAY CHANGE THEIR LIFE

This Symbol shows the ability, or the need, to notice those moments of “Inspiration” that come through you and can act to move, inspire, propel or goad you into changing your life. Taking time out, having a “Silent Hour”, even if it’s just 5 minutes, can regularly bring you new ideas, solutions and breakthrough realizations. At times in your life, you may have found that despite racking your brain there has been no rational guidance - it's by slowing down and opening up to the message of your inner inspiration that you can bring huge shifts into your life. The rational mind can be noisy and interfere with the flow of awareness and intuition. With this full Moon, new inspirations are set to come to you, ones that may change your life. When this happens, be still and listen.

It's about welling creative power. Inspiration = breathing in the spirit. Coming to terms with reality. Spiritual awakenings. Quiet moments. Meditation. Intuitive awareness. U-turns.

The Caution: Exclusion of others. Obsession with one's self or objectives. Being a hermit. Hearing voices that confuse. Feeling trapped. Dropping things too quickly. Being fickle. Flip-flopping.

The Karmic Condition (the degree before) of this full Moon is Aquarius 10: A PERSON  WHO HAD FOR A TIME BECOME THE EMBODIMENT OF AN IDEAL IS MADE TO REALIZE THAT AS A PERSON THEY ARE NOT THIS IDEAL
This shows the need to recognize, or realize, when conditions are changing or when there’s a need to work on your self or your image. This can imply having the ‘scales fall from your eyes’ about someone; you may have thought the world of them and then they are not the person you thought. You could wake up realizing that you’re not who or what you said or though you were. Relationships may be left behind. The revelation can be amazing, but it requires accurately assessing what is and what isn’t the “Ideal”. Popular support does not always equate with depth of character and self-worth. Be wary of fleeting opportunities and committing before you understand what you’re dealing with. It's about The Big Awakening. Staying true. Reversals of fortune. Waking up just in time. Not truly seeing people OR scales falling from one’s eyes. Projections of personality.

The Caution: Clinging to false feelings of fame. Falling off the pedestal. Not realizing or admitting changes. Disillusionment. Disappointment. Being seriously let down.

This shows how there is likely to be something in your life, whether it's your relationship, your job, your living situation, your personal life, or aspects of your personality, that is coming under scrutiny and you're figuring out what you want and what you don't. What are you wanting to take into your future and what do you want to let go of? This is likely to be part of the process of the realization that is coming.

The Sun is on Leo 11: CHILDREN ON A SWING IN THE SAFETY OF A HUGE OAK TREE
This Symbol shows the need, or the desire, to be protected, to have a safe, fun place to be and live where life is carefree and to be enjoyed. It is easier to relax into carefree, child-like play when your protection, safety and security are ensured. You may feel like some relief from responsibility, or you may provide this umbrella of protection for others. There is a need to be able to relax and to play, safe in the knowledge that everything will remain secure. It is good to keep in touch with the innocence and openness of youthful attitudes. Oak trees infer enormous inner strength, dependability and protection from the harsh realities of life. Creativity in safe surroundings. Social security and other governmental protection (or the lack of them). Being able to stay in one place. Taking time off. Child protection.

The Caution: Expecting others to take responsibility while one just plays. Feeling disadvantaged. Lack of protection. No place to feel safe. Not wanting to grow up.

Some will find that issues of feeling secure, having a roof over their head, being able to feed themselves while being creative, free and able to pursue one's interests could be in conflict with each other. This is part of the pull of the full Moon. I think that many will take the option of moving on from something that's bothering them, and new pastures may be in order.

Jupiter, is in a wonderful trine to the Moon and is sextiling the Sun. It's on Gemini 11:NEWLY OPENED LANDS OFFER THE PIONEER NEW OPPORTUNITIES FOR EXPERIENCE

This Symbol shows that there's a need to break away from old familiar ground and move out into unknown territory. Fear is the greatest barrier to moving forward, but the familiar must be left behind for new possibilities. Taking opportunities to move on to new realms of being can lead to a whole new experience or indeed a whole new life. You have to be prepared to leave the old behind and to step out into new experiences with an open heart and an open mind. You could be starting from scratch with little to support you, but you could find depths of experience you never thought possible. Pioneering attitudes bring their own rewards. Going off the beaten track. Coming up with new ideas. New spiritual realizations opening vistas of experience. Adjusting to new places.

The Caution: Clinging to the old and familiar. Restricting growth and change. Not taking new opportunities or moving on. Claiming what’s rightfully someone else’s. Running off.

Mercury is on Leo 4: SOMEONE FORMALLY DRESSED STANDS NEAR TROPHIES BROUGHT BACK FROM A HUNTING EXPEDITION

This Symbol speaks of awards and trophies and displaying what one is capable of or what’s been achieved or won. Putting on your best and showing people what you’re made of is great, but it is one thing to achieve something and yet another to display one's achievements for all to see. There may be an urge to impress others, but some people will not be pleased with the display, some can be very impressed whilst others may be distinctly unimpressed. Think carefully of the effects before you proclaim your winnings or awards or show what you’ve conquered. Remember; trophies come in all shapes and sizes. Trophies of conquest. The will to prove oneself. Showing one's animal instincts for the benefit of society. Daring and courage. Notches on the belt. Diplomas. Guns and bullets.

The Caution: Trying to dominate the elements of nature with power. Warfare and its ravages. Seeing things as objects to conquer. Braggers and boasters. Arrogance.

What is it that you have nowadays. What can you show as your 'Trophies'? Do you feel that you've got things you'd like to promote, advertise, or do you have ideas of the things you'd like to have in your life?

Venus and Mars may be indicating that it's just a matter of time before you can get going with your projects. It seems that there's a need to stop for a moment and work things out in your heart and mind before moving towards your objectives. Venus is trine Saturn, so we can access the discipline that Saturn can bring to Venus.

Venus is on Gemini 25: WINTER FROST IN THE WOODS 

This Symbol shows things in a dormant stage or hibernation stage. There has been a time of fruitfulness which has now passed; this is rather a time or situation of withdrawal and inner growth. However, once again, a time of new developments and fresh growth is surely coming. However, there is no point trying to force growth as it may not be possible now. It is wiser to prepare for more vibrant and expansive times by using times of dormant activity to ensure that you get rest and recharge your batteries. Whilst not much seems to be going on, nature is ensuring that energy is being used to reinforce the roots of things, ready for the coming period of growth and abundance. The calm before the dawn. The silence when making a connection with nature in cold, barren times. The struggle to survive cold and heartless conditions. Cold responses.

The Caution: Denying the natural flow of the season. Trying to rush things. Feeling "frozen out", lost or neglected. Chills in the air. Keeping one's feelings on ice. Frigidity.

It seems that Mars may have many people feeling rather tired of sitting, watching and waiting for things to change instead of getting out there and being involved. Mars is on Libra 16: A RETIRED SEA CAPTAIN WATCHES SHIPS ENTERING AND LEAVING THE HARBOR

This Symbol speaks of the necessity in life of finding time for quiet recollection. You may feel that the stormy, unpredictable emotional life is something you can, or need to, leave behind - to opt out. But like the sea captain, there will always be the frustration in the desire to return and get back in amongst life. An objective and calm understanding of life's experiences is available to you, but know when to rest and when to be active and to work as merely looking out at the world from a confined perspective and feeling like you have no choice but to sit and watch is unlikely to bring the world to you. Memories and peaceful contemplation. Writing memoirs. Being a spectator rather than a participant. Disconnection from the past. Nostalgia. Safe ports or harbors. Retiring.

The Caution: Copping-out, escaping from reality. Relying on past experiences. Refusing to join in. Staring at lost opportunities and times gone by. Frustration. Boredom.

Saturn is asking that we improve any imbalances in our lives. It's on Libra 23: A THIRD WING ON THE LEFT SIDE OF A BUTTERFLY

This Symbol can show imbalances of many kinds, be they physical, mental, spiritual or emotional. Understanding and accepting fragility and differences in our self and others can give greater empathy for those who have difficulty operating efficiently in the world. When the transformation into full potential occurs, it is a wonderful thing, however, you may feel that you are unnaturally developed or somehow lopsided in the emotive, intuitive realms. Instinct may swamp logic or logic may take from your instinct or intuition. Physically, you could find that one side of your body works more efficiently or smoothly than the other. It helps to try to regain balance and equilibrium in your life. More can be achieved by finding that still space in the middle. Creative overbalance. Oddities. Beautiful imperfections. One side being more perfect than the other. Being light and flippant. Savants. Bodily impairments and handicaps.

The Caution: Unrealistic reliance on being different. Obsession with strange things. Flapping around and not getting anywhere. Restlessness, nervousness. Lopsidedness.

Uranus is on a degree that speaks of being able to see deeply into things. It's on Aries 9: A  SEER GAZES INTENTLY INTO A CRYSTAL BALL IN FRONT OF THEM

This Symbol shows the ability to focus, take insights in, analyze meaning and to draw conclusions from available information. The whole picture is there in front of you, but you often need to interpret its meaning. With a little concentrated effort, you will be able to see things very clearly. There is the ability to observe things that others may miss. Try really tuning in and looking within for answers as you have the ability to see them with just a bit of focus. Looking ahead to see the signs. Flashes of inspiration. Tuning in and looking within for inspiration. Creative, inner visualization. Aura readings. Penetrating the mysteries.

The Caution: Confusing literal meanings with symbolic messages. Always looking this way and that, but not at the center, for answers. Getting lost in the big picture.

Neptune is on Pisces 3: A PETRIFIED FOREST, AN ETERNAL RECORD OF A LIFE LIVED LONG AGO

This Symbol shows the ability, or the need, to be respectful of the gifts that come out of the past. The “Petrified Forest” shows remnants of past civilizations; of what went before. History always has something amazing to teach us. You may need to retrieve, sort through, or go over records from the past. Do you look to things such as records, memories, art, literature, photographs, crystals etc? At times, you could be like a petrified forest; somewhat frozen in time and not knowing how to proceed. It may help if you get the "dead wood" out of your life; it can clog up your cupboards, relationships, emotional life, etc. Letting go of things clears the way for new growth on many levels. Be wary of throwing out things that are important. Remnants and stillness. Agelessness. Being able to withstand life's storms. Resilience. Coal. Oil. Petrochemicals. Keeping records. Ancient remnants. Stones. Family history.

The Caution: Rigidity, immobility, inflexibility. Holding onto things past their use-by-date. Feeling stuck or frozen. Keeping tabs. Dinosaurs. Severing links from the past.

Pluto is asking that we connect with our power by spreading positive energy around us. It's on Capricorn 8: BIRDS IN THE HOUSE SINGING HAPPILY

This degree implies the ability, or the need, to spread joy, happiness and laughter to those around you. It also shows that music can lighten people’s spirits. Further, thinking positive thoughts and being loving and accepting of others are the hallmarks of this degree. Listening to the songs of birds can be rather magical and can bring spiritual messages to you. You may feel a sense of uncomplicated contentment quite often. Even though there are a number of social rules to follow, that shouldn't bother you. This is a sign of sharing good feelings and happiness with all who enter your sphere of operations. Being at one with everything. Music. Bird song. Birds. Happiness. Positive thinking. Singing. Entertaining others. Seeing the beauty in life. Chattering in the background.

The Caution: Idle chatter. Smug superiority. Not seeing the happiness inherent in everyday life. Loneliness. Feeling abandoned. Whining and complaining. Being demanding.

The Karmic Moon's north node is on Sagittarius 3: SAGITTARIUS 3 TWO MEN PLAYING CHESS
This Symbol shows the ability, or the necessity, to indulge in strategic games, arguments or competitions. There can be a strong sense of knowing how to maneuver situations in order to come out on top, with an eye to possible outcomes. There's a need to be thoughtful and cautious, taking into account the wider picture. Impulsive acts with no forward planning can be risky. It probably pays to not show your weak side, but do everything with the possible objective of winning. It can be difficult to relax in competitive environments; one often feels that they can't let their guard down because they might be taken advantage of. Take one step at a time and move with purpose and forethought.
Strategic competition. Seeing the picture several moves ahead. Trying to knock out the opponent. Arguments. Court battles. War strategies. Matching wits. Lawyers. Divorce.
The Caution: Depending on pure luck. Underestimating the opponent's skill or strategy. Bickering and trying to get the better. Wanting to slay the opponent. Not knowing when to stop.The Moon's node seems to be telling us to get a strategy in place, to not let others take advantage of us, it speaks about being fair and seeing things several moves ahead. Although we still have the Uranus/Pluto square, this is a far easier lunation than we've had for quite a long time. It's time to get sorted, to figure out where you want to go from here. Like the Sea Captain, you may be rocking on your porch, with Winter Frost In The Woods, but things are moving, improving and growing. Many lives will change with this full Moon's energy. Good luck on your journey!

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