Aquarius Full Moon: Open, Aware, Connected

IMG_7127We experience a Full Moon in Aquarius on Monday, August 3rd at approximately 11:58 AM EDT – the energies coming through during this Full Moon will provide a sense of openness, awareness, and connection. And although Full Moons typically heighten emotions, with this one presenting in airy Aquarius, it’s likely our emotions may not feel quite as strong or influential as they may typically feel during a Full Moon, allowing us to have a clearer perspective of the bigger picture, and opening up to greater awareness from the inside out.

Open, Aware, Connected 

The Full Moon provides full illumination, enhances awareness, and is also a perfect opportunity for reflection, as we begin to move into a process of release and surrender. The Moon’s energy has been building since the New Moon, and is now culminating in her full energy before her energy begins to decelerate. The energy of Aquarius is one of openness – instead of strong attachment, there is a knowing that there is so much more than meets the eye. There is information to be received from many sources, and there is a knowing that opening up to the big picture and a higher perspective can take us where we want to go! The Full Moon presenting in Aquarius is a beautiful presentation for these reasons – the illumination that is provided through both is an invitation to be open and ready to receive what this illumination is offering.

The energy of Aquarius is also very much about increased awareness and moving into an energy of expansion. As our awareness increases, we are given an opportunity to expand through shifts in consciousness that this increased awareness brings with it. With a Full Moon in Aquarius, this is a time of heightened potentials and possibilities! We have an opportunity to see things from a different perspective through greater openness, and a different perspective may be all that is needed to bring us into this increased awareness. It’s a time to release anything that feels limiting or constricting (imagine jeans or pants that are just too tight and the relief that comes when we get out of them). This also opens us up to new ways of being in as well as interacting with the world, as we continue to more fully establish our place in it.

As we go through this process of opening, becoming more aware, and shifting, and as we move into a more expansive state, we also are invited to experience the inherent connection we have to all that is, not just all that we are aware of, but everyone and everything that we aren’t fully aware of as well. Our thoughts, our words, and our actions create ripples of energy that move out through time and space, affecting so much more than what we personally know or can see with our physical eyes. This Full Moon brings about a greater knowing of how much everything we do (or don’t do) matters. We are impactful, both individually, and as a collective. And what each indivudal does influences the collective, and what the collective does influences each individual. We are all intricately connected, and we are invited to honor this connection and our place within the collective. The greater our awareness concerning this divine connection, the more fully and authentically we are capable of living our individual lives – and in ways that make a difference not just in our individual lives, but also for the entire collective!

Wishing all of you abundant Full Moon blessings!


 

‘Awareness is all about restoring the freedom to choose what you want instead of what your past imposes on you.’ -Deepak Chopra

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Leo New Moon: Passionate, Bold, Inspirational

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The New Moon takes place on Monday, July 20th at approximately 1:32 PM EDT – the New Moon this time around presents with a bit of a twist, as it is influenced by Cancer as well as Leo. The New Moon portal opens about three days prior to the New Moon and remains open until three days after, and the Moon transits to Leo at 4:16 PM EDT on Monday. With there being a strong initiatory influence from Leo for this New Moon, expect this particular New Moon to feel passionate, bold, and inspirational. The Cancer influence is asking us to tend to anything potentially still unresolved in our inner world, particularly as it relates to our emotions and intuition, before we transition into the new lunar cycle.

 

A New Moon with a Twist 

The influence of Cancer is one we have been experiencing for some time now, as the Sun is nearing the end of its time in Cancer next week, and we experienced last month’s New Moon in Cancer. Now we are revisiting a bit of that same energy for this upcoming New Moon, as it begins in Cancer, and transits to Leo during this phase. This transition in energies is calling us to go inward to really be with our emotions and intuition in order to be with, process, and release anything that we have possibly not resolved (the days leading up to and during the New Moon are typically a time for release, especially of anything we do not want to carry into the new cycle) – anything that may be blocking us or holding us back from living our deepest truths and highest expression of Self (which the influence of Leo is asking of us as we enter this new lunar cycle).

As we go within, be with our emotions and intuition, as well as release all that we are no longer needing, we are simultaneously being encouraged by the influence from Leo to step more boldly into our truth, express ourselves authentically, live with passion and conviction, and allow ourselves to be inspired from the inside out. This is a beautiful energy to experience during the New Moon, as the New Moon phase is also a period for setting intentions for the new lunar cycle, and initiating changes that will move us into embodying more of who we really are from the inside out.

This is not a time to hold back – Leo encourages us to live with courage and conviction, to remember that we are worthy, and that truly the only one who can hold us back is ourselves. We remember that we have a fiery energy within us that can burn through anything, real or perceived, standing in our way, if only we embrace this energy and use it for our highest good. The energy of Leo also calls us to use the creative force within us, as we align with our passions, knowing that we are the creators of our reality, free and sovereign beings, and that outside forces and influences will only ultimately affect our reality if we allow them to do so.

Wishing all of you abundant New Moon blessings!


 

‘Because one believes in oneself, one doesn’t try to convince others. Because one is content with oneself, one doesn’t need others’ approval. Because on accepts oneself, the whole world accepts him or her.’ -Lao Tzu 

Zodiac artwork: @nicoledebarber (Instagram) – Also consider checking out her website, www.nicoledebarber.bigcartel.com – This artwork has been commissioned by the author of this blog and all images are subject to copyright law.

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Capricorn Full Moon + Lunar Eclipse: Steady, Grounding, Determined

FullSizeRenderWe experience a Full Moon in Capricorn, coupled with a Lunar Eclipse on Sunday, July 5th at approximately 12:44 AM EDT. This marks the second Lunar Eclipse we will experience in a row, as there was also one last month during the Full Moon in Sagittarius. This Lunar Eclipse will finish out the current Eclipse Season we have been experiencing, and provides one more opportunity to fully work with the energy one provides. This is a powerful Full Moon that brings in a lot of steady, grounding, and determined energy, thanks to its presentation in Capricorn.

 

Lunar Eclipse

A Lunar Eclipse always coincides with a Full Moon, and this one is the second one we are experiencing in a row! In general, a Lunar Eclipse provides a period for self-discovery, breakthroughs, pushing past barriers, and letting go of limitations. It truly is a powerful time for not only release, but also for creating powerful shifts that bring us into fuller expression and greater embodiment of who we truly are, from the inside out!

Steady, Grounding, Determined

This time around, we experience the Lunar Eclipse with the prevalent energy of Capricorn, as that is the zodiac the Moon presents in during this Full Moon. Capricorn provides very strong energies that are steady, grounding, and determined. Capricorn is one of the four Earth signs of the zodiac and is also one of the four cardinal signs. Cardinal signs provide an energy of initiation, which complements this Lunar Eclipse nicely, as this particular Eclipse can assist us with necessary breakthroughs and the release needed in order to begin something new. This Capricorn Full Moon will likely bring things into balance with the steady energy it provides, especially if things have been feeling a bit all over the place during this Eclipse season, over the last six weeks or so. This is an opportunity to shift into a new stride as we move forward with momentum and determination toward that which we truly desire to experience!

This Full Moon will likely feel very good for many of us, thanks to the Earthy, grounding energy that comes with Capricorn. We are still in Cancer season (the Sun remains in Cancer until July 22nd, which has the tendency to move us out of a strong sense of being and feeling grounded). This is the perfect opportunity to connect with the physical aspects of our experience – our bodies, the Earth, physical practices that assist us to be in our center and help us focus. It may be easier to bring awareness more fully into the here and now with this influence, and when we move into a greater sense of presence, our awareness has the capacity to shift and grow, and through that, we may have realizations about certain aspects of our lives and choices that have been making that really aren’t serving us. And once we have these realizations, that is when breakthroughs become possible, which is also being facilitated even more so through this Lunar Eclipse!

Capricorn also brings in a strong energy of determination. Out of all the zodiac signs, Capricorn probably packs the strongest punch when it comes to determination. There is a laser-like focus when it comes to desires and what is needed in order to bring to fruition what is required in order to fulfill dreams that make up the big picture. This Capricorn Full Moon is giving us a chance to have complete realization, through its full illumination, of what is needed from us as we move forward toward what we want, knowing that we are fully capable of manifesting anything imaginable, as long as we stay true to ourselves, remain steady in our focus and where we direct our energy, and use fierce determination to our advantage. Remember that determination really means that ‘we determine’ where we go, using our dreams and desires as fuel to get us there. And Capricorn ensures that we have what we need on the path, every step of the way!

Wishing all of you abundant Full Moon blessings as we complete this Eclipse Season!

‘The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be.’ -R.W.E.

Zodiac artwork: @nicoledebarber (Instagram) – Also consider checking out her website, www.nicoledebarber.bigcartel.com – This artwork has been commissioned by the author of this blog and all images are subject to copyright law.

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Cancer New Moon + Solar Eclipse: Emotional, Intuitive, Introspective

IMG_6988We experience a New Moon in Cancer on Sunday, June 21st at approximately 2:02 AM EDT, which will be accompanied by a Solar Eclipse! This is also the first New Moon of the Summer season (in the Northern hemisphere), as we experience the Summer Solstice the day before on June 20th. In general, New Moons are period for going within, starting fresh, and new beginnings, which will be accentuated even more so with the beginning of the Summer season and this Solar Eclipse. The presentation of the Moon in the zodiac of Cancer will make this particular New Moon an emotional, intuitive, and introspective time, and as we are in the middle of Eclipse season, we are also in a period of immense transition and transformation.

About this Solar Eclipse

When we experience a solar eclipse, it always coincides with a New Moon.  This particular type of eclipse brings with it the potential for bold beginnings, new (and possibly unexpected) paths, as well as major growth. A solar eclipse can also be a time of upheaval and a temporary disconnection from our sense of reality. This truly is a period where we have an opportunity to go within, to connect with our inner landscape, and to create shifts from the inside out, in order to move into the path or direction that feels most aligned for us during this time.

Emotional, Intuitive, Introspective

As mentioned above, the Cancer zodiac is providing an influence during this New Moon that will likely be and feel very emotional, intuitive, and introspective. We are being called to dive deep within ourselves and to use our emotions and intuition as our greatest guide. When we allow ourselves to feel our feelings, we are able to gauge where we are in alignment with our inner being and where we are not, and then make necessary adjustments to move into alignment. This is also a period where we are encouraged to slow down, take stock, recognize where we want to not only experience shifts in our outer reality, but to realize where and how we want to FEEL shifts, knowing that true change on the outside begins first on the inside. This is not a period for rushing anything or forcing anything, but for allowing ourselves a deep exhale so that what is not serving us may be released, in order to direct our focus and energy toward what feels right during this time.

The New Moon phase is also an ideal time to set intentions for the new lunar cycle, and with this being the first lunar cycle of the Summer season, these intentions may feel even more signficant than during most New Moons. We are now more than halfway through this year, and there has been a lot unfolding for many of us individually, as well as collectively. It’s likely that over the last several months, many of us have made adjustments and shifts in our lives and have possibly been re-evaluating certain aspects of our reality and experience. This is an ideal period to fine-tune this even more, really honing in on what feels most in alignment with our inner being and Highest Self, so that when we are ready to take outward action, we are on the path best suited to us at this time.

The Cancer zodiac is represented by the crab, which is known to hermit inside its shell, protecting itself and going within, shutting out the outer world and outside distractions, when necessary. This New Moon/Solar Eclipse combination is encouraging us to do the same, not from a place of fear, but from a place of knowing that time spent within is necessary in order to re-evaluate, appreciate, and listen to what our inner voice is saying, before we move ahead. By allowing ourselves to slow down and take this time out from the outer world, we will be able to more clearly hone in on what is trying to get our attention within us, so that we can then bring that into our outer world when the time is right. Doing so will provide an opportunity for immense transformation, but in order for transformation to occur, there must also be a time of transition, from one reality to another – a closing out of old energy, the end of a current chapter – in order for a new reality to come into being. And while we may not know all that lies ahead, we can appreciate that uncertainty births beautiful beginnings and new ways of being.

Wishing you abundant New Moon blessings!

“In the waves of change, we find our true direction.” -Unknown

Zodiac artwork: @nicoledebarber (Instagram) – Also consider checking out her website, www.nicoledebarber.bigcartel.com – This artwork has been commissioned by the author of this blog and all images are subject to copyright law.

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Sagittarius Full Moon/Lunar Eclipse: Freeing, Optimistic, Spontaneous

IMG_7596We experience a Full Moon in the sign of Sagittarius, coupled with a Lunar Eclipse, on Friday, June 5th at 3:12 PM EDT – this Full Moon is the final Full Moon of the Spring season and highlights energies of freedom, optimism, and spontaneity. However, as this is also a Lunar Eclipse, there is a lot of energy with this Full Moon that relates to release, self-discovery, and potential breakthroughs. If anything has been standing in the way, this is an opportunity to clear it, and move ahead with fiery passion and optimism.

 

Freeing, Optimistic, Spontaneous

Sagittarius is one of the fire signs of the zodiac – there is strong will and determination, a desire for knowledge and truth, a fighter for freedom in all ways, and the capacity to blaze through anything standing in the way. Sagittarius has the beautiful ability to remain optimistic, even if it may seem to most that things are completely falling apart – as a fire element, Sag appreciates that fire is the ultimate transmuter, destroying one form so that another form may come forth. Within this, there is a freeing energy that is like no other. Sagittarius doesn’t become too attached to anyone or anything, knowing that the only thing that remains constant is change, and for better or worse, the Archer of the zodiac is going to make the best of it!

This Full Moon in Sagittarius is the final Full Moon of the Spring season, and with that, there is an amazing opportunity for us to reflect upon this past season of our lives and evaluate what we have learned and experienced, where we have seen growth along our personal paths, as well as what we have had to let go of or may now realize it’s time to let go of – the energy of Sagittarius may assist us with this, as it embraces change, knowing that change facilitates freedom. And with this also being a Lunar Eclipse, the potential for release, pushing past barriers, letting go of limitations, and amazing breakthroughs are all very real during this Full Moon. We are being called to fully release anything that we feel or that we recognize has been holding us back, whether real or perceived, knowing that releasing what does not serve us or what we do not need is a true key to experiencing freedom.

Oh, and Sag energy is one of ‘the glass is half full’ – no matter what may be going on in the outside world, Sagittarius knows that focusing on what we don’t want to experience usually doesn’t get us what we do want to experience. Instead of the ‘woe is me’ attitude, this Full Moon will invite us to be bold and fiery from the inside out, shine our lights brightly, and believe that the future belongs to those who are willing to believe it can and will be better than it has been, as long as we are ready to let go of what is not serving us (individually and collectively), and set our sights on our highest dreams and visions – just as the Archer aims his bow precisely toward the target! So if we’ve been lacking a healthy sense of optimism over this past season, we are being asked to embrace a higher way of thinking and step fully into the power we have as creator beings.

For those of us lacking in spontaneity, Sag calls us to embrace it in a big way! Sometimes the best way to release, let go, and move through is to move into the energy of spontaneity. Shake things up a bit! Do what feels good in the moment – immerse yourself in what you’re being called to experience right now! Staying stuck in an ever-constant routine or pattern or way of being is not always going to serve us. Breakthroughs usually require breaking through patterns and ways of being. So for those of us who may be feeling stuck or in a rut, this Sagittarius Full Moon is assisting us in a big way right now. Sag reminds us that there is so much awaiting us, so much to explore, to learn, to discover, and to experience, if only we are willing to get out of our own way and follow what we know to be true in our hearts!

Wishing all of you abundant Full Moon blessings!

 

‘The only real prison is fear, and the only real freedom is freedom from fear.’ -Aung San Suu Kyi

Zodiac artwork: @nicoledebarber (Instagram) – Also consider checking out her website, www.nicoledebarber.bigcartel.com – This artwork has been commissioned by the author of this blog and all images are subject to copyright law.

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