This Taurus full moon awakens the need for love, connection, and pleasure. Taurus comes from the word “tau” from Greek that was originally from Hebrew and was a pictogram for sexual intercourse: the vulva and the bar of the phallus. Venus-ruled Taurus energy puts us in touch with how we work with the erotic energy that is Earthly life. While that may sound just fine and dandy, beware the Taurus shadow side of people pleasing, vanity, or materialism. When the needs for connection aren’t met, Taurus moon may be prone to relying on sugar, shopping, or other addictions. Instead, lean into Taurus’ resourceful and stabilizing side of this sign to explore attraction and needs that come from a place of connection rather than seduction. Another way Taurus attempts to get connected is through its own objectification or using sexuality instead of inner strength, a false sense of magnetism.
Libra reminds us of the truth, beauty, and goodness inherent in our human and heavenly connection. It craves fairness and justice in its dealings though may avoid discomfort at all costs. This new moon pushes us into looking at our people-pleasing tendencies and its impact on our personal power. The shadow side of Libra is co-dependency or focusing so much on others that we forget about our own needs or identity. Another important aspect of Libra is sometimes difficulty letting go to people or situations that may not serve us but where we still seem to crusade for fairness. Libra’s gifts are for art, fashion, and aesthetic as well as inviting in equality and diplomacy. Though there can be a tendency towards
Aries, the first sign of the zodiac, keeps things moving and beckons us into taking action. Invite the Aries full moon by honoring your independence and inspiration through passion projects or setting new goals. Lead with your will and this moon may serve you well. And while all of this may sound great at first, the shadow side can be impatience, easily annoyed, or compulsive (says the natal Aries Moon). Watch out for a bit of emotional avoidance, Aries doesn’t have time to feel things. This in-charge sign activates our inner warrior and passion so be prepared for a bit of agitation or competition even if you...
The partial solar eclipse is the third in an odd series of three and opens a unique portal into self-awareness, self-wisdom, and perhaps even our own Godliness. With Leo’s warmth we explore and integrate our self-expression and creativity, though the shadow side can be overly self-centered or egotistical. As if being a partial eclipse in Leo weren’t special enough, this new moon forms a rare configuration called a Yod with Pluto and Neptune. “Yod” comes from the Hebrew word for “hand of God” and astrologically “points” to a planetary triangulation of spiritual awareness and evolution.
Lammas, aka Lughanasadh in Gaelic, marks the beginning of the harvest season in Wiccan and Pagan traditions. It occurs August 1 as rough halfway point between Summer Solstice and Autumn Equinox for the Northern Hemisphere, though Old Lammas was said to occur when the Sun reached 15 degrees Leo. Whether you honor the mid-point or astrological date, this special holiday celebrates the mystery and magic of the spirit of the grain. The name Lammas comes from old English meaning “loaf mass,” as it originated from celebrations of harvest time. Historically in Pagan and Wiccan traditions there were three harvests each year with corresponding holidays honoring each. Lammas was the first harvest with grain, the second Mabon (September 21 through September 29 this year) was fruit, and then finally near Samhain (October 31-November 1 this year) was nuts and berries.
This eclipse may feel a bit like full moon on steroids…Mars steroids to be specific. It’s about everything that makes a full moon powerful, blood moon, total eclipse, super moon and it’s also the longest total lunar eclipse of the century at 1 hour and 43 minutes long. While visible mostly in Europe, Asia, Australia, Africa, parts South America…its energies will be felt worldwide, which is exactly what an Aquarius moon would want. Aquarius concerns us with the realm of humanity, community and collective inviting us into pondering our place within the whole. It highlights revolution and evolution, though the Aquarius shadow side can be an identify as an outsider or lone wolf, or feeling too special that one doesn’t belong.