Full Moon in Aquarius: The Asteroids & Planetoids Take Center Stage

Full moon in Aquarius 11° August 3, 2020 at 8:48am PDT

Happy full moon in Aquarius my fellow spoonie stargazers! It’s been a while! I’ve been fairly active on Instagram, but haven’t had time to do full write-ups in a bit! If you’re just here for your horoscope, please feel free to scroll on down to the readings below! As I looked at the chart and aspects, I realized that if this moon were a play in the theater, the asteroids and planetoids (“dwarf planets”) that are usually seen as supporting roles, have stolen the show! Below is my breakdown of the cast.

Major asteroid/planetoid players:

The four major asteroids in astrology were discovered in the early 1800s: Ceres, Pallas, Juno, and Vesta, named after Roman goddesses. With their discovery came the rise of feminism and women seeking equality and empowerment. Because of this, they are often associated with aspects of the divine feminine. Chiron is actually a small planet or “planetoid” discovered in 1977, and named after the centaur of Greek mythology known for teaching ancient wisdom to humans. Chiron represents the “wounded healer” in us all, and teaches us how to go within to heal ourselves. Chariklo, another of the centaurs, was discovered in 1997, and is associated with delving into the unknown, turning away from conventional wisdom to find answers in the more mystical realm. Haumea was discovered just before Christmas in 2004, so has been given the nickname “Santa.” Haumea is named after the Hawaiian goddess of creation, and her surface is different from other trans-Neptunian Objects in that it is rocky and has a very rapid rotation that has given her the shape of a cigar. Read below to see what each of these planetary bodies are up to in relation to this full moon and current aspects:

Chiron: the wounded healer in a trine with the sun and sextile with the moon. Chiron asks us to go within to heal old wounds, and in these supportive aspects with the moon and sun, there is powerful support for healing deep emotional wounds, and healing wounds that affect our outer personality.

Vesta: in conjunction with mercury, in opposition with Saturn, in a square with Eris. Vesta is one of the sisters of Jupiter and Juno, goddess of the hearth fire, she remained a virgin and did not marry. She is the brightest of the 4 asteroids, and is associated with the signs of Virgo and Scorpio. When we are experiencing these aspects of Vesta, think about what fire you are protecting—what is sacred to you? Subconscious feelings about sex and desires that break the bounds of societal norms can surface. What are your deepest desires for intimate relationships?

Chariklo: in opposition with Mercury, in conjunction with Saturn, and in opposition with Vesta. Chariklo in mythology is named after the consort of Chiron, and is associated with being able to conceptualize things that are beyond that material world. Chariklo brings wisdom that goes beyond the boundaries of the physical world into the unknown.

Haumea: in a square with Mercury, in a trine with Venus, in a square with Saturn, in a trine with the North Node, in a square with Vesta and Chariklo, in opposition with Eris. Haumea is technically a dwarf planet and named after the Hawaiian goddess of creation. Haumea’s rotation is so rapid that it is shaped like a cigar. The goddess was mother to many gods and goddesses, and rules over fertility and childbirth, and food abundance. She is also associated with rebirth, because with each birth she was destroyed and had to recreate herself. It is thought that as the astrology of this newer dwarf planet is developed, it might come to represent “the power of life to triumph over adversity…the instinctual urge to survive at any cost.”

Lilith: in conjunction with Mars, in a square with Jupiter, in a square with Pluto. Lilith has a complicated history (I highly recommend this write-up on the mythology, history, and how that ties into astrology: https://astro-charts.com/blog/2018/understanding-lilith-significance-in-astrology/

Lilith captures the wild and dark side of the divine feminine energy, and her fierceness can help us overcome the deep-seated destructive issues. Lilith, to me, represents the slow unfolding of our innermost selves. Where Haumea with her rapid rotations is more of a fiery and fast rebirth energy, Lilith is the slow, gradual transformation as we unpack our inner demons.

Pallas & Juno: in a square with each other. Pallas was born from the head of Zeus, and represents the wisdom of the feminine spirit. Pallas stood on her own, and in mythology she was a strong, independent warrior who helped those with good intentions. Pallas highlights our feminine spirit of independence as well as where we possess calm, collected judgment.

Major planetary players:

Mercury: in opposition with Saturn, in conjunction with Vesta, opposition with Chariklo, in square with Haumea. With Mercury opposite Saturn the conversations can get more serious, and the bonus here is that conversation can go deeper. There can be this dissatisfied energy that can come up with this aspect, and issues with self-esteem and confidence can come up—try throat chakra healing exercises and visualizations.

Venus: in conjunction with the North Node, sextile with Eris, trine with Haumea. How we want to move forward in our relationships, and how we want to receive come up with this conjunction with the north node. As we step further onto our true paths, our true north, how do we communicate our needs and desires in our relationships? Is the way we give and receive balanced?

Uranus: in a square with both the moon and sun, in sextile with Ceres and Nessus. Uranus lends a rebellious energy that shakes things up, and can bring some upheaval at times. This brings an exciting, innovative energy to us, but can also throw us off our equilibrium. Grounding is a really good idea this week—put your feet in the dirt, take a bath, or visualize energetic roots growing from your feet and connecting deep into the Earth.

Jupiter: in square with Mars, sextile neptune, square with Lilith. The expansive energy of Jupiter squaring off with Mars can sometimes be a recipe for letting our egos run the show, so it’s a good time to check in—we can accomplish great things, but moderation is key, and the effort has to be made. Jupiter in a beautiful sextile with Neptune gives a lovely boost to our dreams, fantasies, and intuition—careful not to get too carried away into dreamland.

Saturn: in opposition with Vesta, conjunction with Chariklo, square with Haumea. Saturn is ruler of Capricorn (and currently retrograde in Capricorn), and is associated with restrictions and limitations, and teaching us responsibility to help us further move upon our true paths. Saturn teaches us the importance of setting parameters and limits, and of healthy boundaries.


Tarotscopes

Please be sure to read for your Rising sign as well as your Sun sign. If you don’t know your Rising sign, you can find out by getting a free chart at astro.com. Reading for your rising sign as well as your sun sign will give you a bigger picture of what’s going on. Decks used for this reading: Next World Tarot by Cristy C. Road; Modern Witch Tarot by Lisa Sterle; and the Sacred Self-Care Oracle by Jill Pyle.

Leo-aug-3-2020Leo & Leo Rising (Jul 23 – Aug 22): This full moon in your opposite sign of Aquarius lights up your 7th house of partnerships, marriage, and how you relate to others. There’s a highlight on all of your relationships and how you feel you fit in with the world of humans. With the moon in Aquarius there can be this feeling of not belonging or fitting in, which might be a less familiar feeling for you lions, depending on your other placements. For your moon message I pulled the 2 of swords, indicating there is a decision or choice that needs to be made, and not a particularly easy one. There might not be one perfect solution, so try to see all sides of the situation and do your best to make the decision and move forward. The Magician comes in to show you that you already have everything you need to create what you want once you’ve made your choice. Your self-care message is “Flow Like Water,” so this week see if you can let yourself go with the natural flow of things. When we try to swim against the current, or resist the constant change and fluctuations of water energy, we create more work for ourselves without getting anywhere. See if you can just float along this week, relaxed, and knowing that the Magician energy is with you. You can make your magic without fighting anything for it.

Virgo-aug-3-2020Virgo & Virgo Rising (Aug 23 – Sept 22): This full moon transits your 6th house of health, work, and daily routines. This is a good time to take a look at your day to day life, and see what changes can be made. What daily habits are no longer serving you that can be released with this full moon? What would you like to incorporate more of into your daily life? As spoonies, this house is a particularly intense one, so when it comes to your health this moon could illuminate ideas for how to improve things—especially by taking a look at your work and home daily routines. I pulled the 10 of Wands for you, which tells me that as usual you are working hard (and yes, managing your chronic health issues counts as work), and this full moon asks you to look at what you can put down. What burdens and daily tasks are you taking on that are either unnecessary or not yours to take on? Let them go with this moon to lighten your load. The High Priestess comes along to show us that the answers we seek are deep within ourselves. If the Hermit is out wandering the night with their lantern in search of answers, the High Priestess shines that lantern within to find innate wisdom within themselves. You already have the answers, look within.

Libra-aug-3-2020Libra & Libra Rising (Sept 23 – Oct 22): This full moon lights up your 5th house of creativity, sensuality, and pleasure, associated with the sacral chakra. Have you been finding ways to have fun and feel good? What ways can you find more physical pleasure, and is there anything holding you back from seeking it? This full moon, think about what ways you can release any blockages. It’s a beautiful time to discover new creative outlets, or return to creative endeavors you enjoy. I pulled the 4 of Cups for you, so perhaps this moon finds you at a time of feeling dissatisfied. This is a card of coming back into emotional balance, recuperating, and reevaluating your feelings. The 5 of swords indicates some mental conflict, and perhaps feelings got hurt in the tussle. Your self-care message is to “connect with the Earth,” so consider escaping some of this strife in nature. Even if you’re stuck quarantining in an apartment in the city, there are ways to connect with nature—get a houseplant so you can still get your hands in some dirt, take a walk and take deep breaths to connect with the air if you’re able to, open windows, soak in a bath and visualize yourself in a beautiful pool out in a magical forest. Hug the nearest tree! There’s no wrong way to connect with mama Earth.

Scorpio-aug-3-2020Scorpio & Scorpio Rising (Oct 23 – Nov 21): This full moon travels through your 4th house of home, family, and roots. This can be a time of completion with something regarding your family or a home project, as full moons in this house can bring resolution to issues in this area of life. This is also the house of karma and roots, so some deeper feelings can arise as the moon transits this sector of your chart. This can also be a really good time to spend some time away from your house, even just for a walk outside or to sit in the yard or nearby park. Sometimes when this house is lit up, leaving your physical home for a bit can help bring clarity to issues that come up, and helps balance the amount of time you spend at home vs. outside of the home. I pulled the Justice card for you, which I see as things really coming back into balance. Things that have felt unjust or out of wack have a chance to be righted now. The three of Cups comes in as a time of celebration and joyful moments with your loved ones. This is a great moon to connect with your closest people, celebrate what is good as we all try to release what is rough with this full moon. Your self-care message is to “connect with Fire,” which can be done in all sorts of ways. Light up some candles, or if you have access to do it safely, build a fire for this moon. Fire represents creativity, change, transformation, and spirit—light your favorite candles and tap into your creative side. Think about what you’d like to create in the coming cycle, and what you want to release so that you can continue to evolve. If things have been feeling out of balance, or you’ve been feeling like you’ve been wronged in some way, these cards send the message that things are coming back into balance. Time to celebrate with your people (even if you have to do it by video chat)!

Sagittarius-aug-3-2020Sagittarius & Sagittarius Rising (Nov 22 – Dec 21): This full moon lights up your 3rd house of communication, thoughts and mental processes, writings, siblings, and short trips. This is a good moon to try to stay flexible as all sorts of communications and unexpected things can pop up with a full moon in the 3rd house. The advice here is usually to focus on what’s right in front of you—do what needs to be done, and the rest can wait. This is an excellent time to write your thoughts and feelings that come up, and honestly not a bad time to take a break from the extraneous communications for a day or two if you can. Messages can get mixed up as people try to make themselves understood to you, and you can have difficulty communicating your ideas and meanings while this house is so active. I pulled the Knight of Pentacles for you, and of all the knights, it’s true that this is the slowest moving. The knight of Pentacles moves slowly and steadly towards their goals, and pays close attention to the details. If you’ve been struggling with something related to your health, home, or work, this card indicates slow and steady progress in a positive direction—but have patience. It’s not coming quickly. The Fool comes in as you embark on something new—the Fool is seeing things with fresh eyes, a certain energy of innocence and naivety accompany this card. “Take a leap of faith,” says the Fool. You’ll be surprised by the things that open up for you when you do. Your self-care message is “Journal.” This is the perfect form of self-care for a full moon in the 3rd house—write down your thoughts and feelings, or even just try your hand at a short story. Let it out on paper, you could end up surprising yourself as thoughts and ideas begin to flow.

Capricorn-aug-3-2020Capricorn & Capricorn Rising (Dec 22 – Jan 19): This full moon moves through your 2nd house of finances, physical resources, and what you desire and value. When the full moon transits this house, issues of self-esteem and confidence can come up as you reflect on what you truly want, what you truly find valuable. Financial stuff can come up during this time, so it’s a good idea to be a bit more cautious with your spending right now. What do you need to feel safe, secure, and comfortable in life? This moon shines a light on these feelings, and offers opportunity for more clarity in this house, as you define what your material needs are, and the value you place on them. I pulled the Queen of Cups for you, so this moon really has you exploring your emotional self. How do you want to feel nurtured, and how do you feel about the way you nurture others? Are you balanced in how you give an receive? This queen is sitting on her “throne of emotion,” and embraces her emotions without letting them overtake her. Temperance comes in when we are trying to find a balance or fuse two opposing energies. There is an element of experimenting here as you make adjustments to bring things back into balance, and an air of patience as this balancing can take some time. Your self-care message is “family,” so there is some benefit for you in spending time and finding comfort with your family now. Family comes in all forms, and sometimes our chosen family brings the best medicine. Reach out and find ways to be with the family you feel safe, validated, and comforted in the presence of.

Aquarius-aug-3-2020Aquarius & Aquarius Rising (Jan 20 – Feb 18): This full moon lights up your first house of self, outer personality, and beginnings. This can be an intense moon as you begin to evaluate yourself and parts of your personality that you like and don’t like. How can you get the attention you need in a healthy and constructive way? Sometimes this moon will bring up issues about balancing how you give and receive attention. As emotions bubble up to the surface, especially regarding self-esteem, and you confront parts of yourself, try to let these feelings come up—feel them, learn what you can from them, and let them pass. Whatever you may feel, you do in fact belong here. I pulled the 4 of Wands for you—you have built solid foundations for yourself and your future, so as you are going through these 1st house emotions, don’t forget to look back on all of your hard work and what you have built. If you’re a spoonie and haven’t been able to work, I urge you to change lenses and see all that you’ve accomplished and learned as you navigate your chronic illness. You have put in solid work, and are ready to face any challenges that lie ahead. The King of Cups comes in with the energy of emotional growth and maturity, as you turn your focus to how you feel about yourself and your needs, and how you meet the needs of others. You are beginning to level up in how you understand your emotions. Your self-care message is “Soak in a Bath,” so this moon consider making yourself a magical bath with your favorite oils, candles, and herbs. Make a ritual out of it, and let any lingering self-doubt, self-loathing, and anxieties release down the drain when you finish.

Pisces-aug-3-2020Pisces & Pisces Rising (Feb 19 – Mar 20): This full moon travels through your 12th house of the subconscious, things beneath the surface and beyond the physical, the house of karma and self-undoing, and endings. This is a time when things that have been stuffed down or hidden from your conscious self can bubble up to the surface and demand to be noticed and faced. Take some time to be alone this moon, and really let yourself dive into these deep waters. Remember to come up for air, and take breaks from the deep stuff with some lighthearted distractions, but avoid the temptation to avoid or suppress the things that want to come up. I pulled the 6 of Wands for you, so I see you coming out of any challenges that arise from diving into murky waters victorious. The 6 of Wands comes in when we overcome the challenges of the 5’s, and can now come back into balance and harmony. The 4 of Cups comes in with the energy of feeling dissatisfied or in a rut in some way—perhaps you’re just feeling stagnant, or woke up with that feeling of “I can’t even.” The message with this card is to look up and see what gifts are being offered right in front of you. Nope, things aren’t perfect right now, and maybe there is still some disappointment to move through, but there are still wonderful things in your reach if you shift your perspective. Your self-care message is “Spend Time with Friends,” so even if you’re stuck at home and cannot meet up in person, reach out and connect with your close friends this week. Especially if you’ve had to walk away from some friendships, it’s a great time to reconnect with your friend family. Aquarius moons can sometimes have us feeling lonesome and misunderstood, so reach out to remember that you’re not alone—you’re appreciated and loved.

Aries-aug-3-2020Aries & Aries Rising (Mar 21 – Apr 19): This moon lights up your 11th house of goals, friendships, and groups. This can bring a conclusion to any ongoing friend issues, and even endings to friendships that you’ve outgrown or need to move on from. It can also bring resolution to arguments, and be a great time to elevate the relationships you are sticking with. Find ways to connect with those forever friends, even if it’s just watching a movie on the phone together. It’s a time for reflecting on how you feel you fit in with the world around you, the groups you belong to, and the people you’re surrounded by. I pulled the Judgement card for you, so there is a powerful awakening energy and potential for rebirth surrounding you now. This is a card of changes, self improvement, and an opportunity for clarity and renewal. Things that have been buried for a long time can come back to life and to the forefront now, but with them come the opportunity for a new understanding, and a transformation for the better. The Star card comes in to nudge you to keep faith—things are going to get better soon, there is still reason to hope and dream, the light is coming back in. The Star often comes in to shed comforting light on a dark period, so if you’ve been feeling down or going through a rough time, keep your eye on that light because it’s about to grow brighter. Your self-care message for this moon is “take a walk.” Simple as that sounds, a short walk can drastically shift your perspective; just giving your senses new sights, smells, and feelings can make such a huge difference. If you’re unable to walk, try sitting or lying in a new spot, preferably outside—breathe fresh air, and get that stagnant chi moving.

Taurus-aug-3-2020Taurus & Taurus Rising (Apr 20 – May 20): This moon transits your 10th house of public life, career, how you deal with authority, and how your personality presents itself in the outside world. This is a time when how you’re feeling about your life path and work come to the forefront, as well as how you feel about your public life. Sometimes this is about making big changes in this house, and sometimes it’s just about reflecting on how you’re feeling about this area of life, and where you want to go from here. Are you feeling satisfied with your career, and how you interact in society? Issues with how you cope with authority figures can come up now—be honest with yourself here, is there a balance or do you resist authority just as an impulse? This moon provides an opportunity to let go of anything that’s not serving you in this area of life, so you can further move along your career path and how you interact with the public. I pulled the Fool for you, so you might be embarking on a new career path, changing jobs, or a change in your public life. The Fool is about taking a leap of faith, and entering a situation with fresh eyes. This is new territory, and there is a lot to learn, but it’s a fresh start and a new adventure in some important way. The Justice card comes in to set things back into balance—if you’ve been feeling you haven’t been treated fairly in your career or properly acknowledged, that cycle comes to a close as things that have been off get righted. Your self-care message for this moon is “Deep Breathing.” Time to connect with your breath, do some breathing exercises, and in general remember to BREATHE. You work so hard, and it’s important to take moments for yourself. Connecting with your breath helps clear your mind and connect with air energy.

Gemini-aug-3-2020Gemini & Gemini Rising (May 21 – Jun 20): This full moon lights up your 9th house of spirituality, philosophy, and higher learning. This is a great time to connect with your spiritual and philosophical side as the moon moves through this area of your life. Explore your belief system and new ways of thinking, and if you are able to, sign up for a class or check out some new books from the library on a subject that you’ve been wanting to learn more about. It’s a wonderful moon for expanding your world beliefs, and in the sign of Aquarius reflect on your philosophy on humanity and your place in it. Find new ways to have fun in an adventurous way that teaches you something new—this is possible from home, we can always find ways to step outside of our comfort zone to explore something new. I pulled the King of Wands for your energy right now—you are sitting on the “Throne of Fire,” and can really come into your own with creativity and spirituality. This King knows how to create something out of nothing, and how to breathe life into projects and ideas. The Sun comes into your reading as one of the happiest cards in the deck, and asks you to find joy and pleasure in the simple things, in the day to day, in the small moments. If you’ve been feeling stagnant, suddenly a fire is lit and your creativity and connection to your spiritual side are ablaze. Your self-care message for this moon is “Rest,” which makes sense when all of this energy is surging. Take time for restorative sleep and quiet moments. Remember to give that active mind a break regularly so you don’t burn out or exhaust yourself. Overall, this is a beautiful and creative moon with potential for great fun for curious Geminis who love to learn.

Cancer-aug-3-2020Cancer & Cancer Rising (Jun 21 – Jul 22): This full moon moves through your 8th house of transformation, death and rebirth, and sexuality. When the moon illuminates this house, lessons come up that lead us towards growth and necessary change. Something is transforming for you, and this is the time for releasing anything that’s been weighing you down internally and externally. What are you holding onto, sweet crabs, that has become toxic or is not helping you grow? We Cancers can have the hardest time letting go, especially of hurt feelings and people we care about. It doesn’t always have to be that deep, and sometimes this can be a moon for transforming something physical in your surroundings that needs to shift. This is also a house of shared resources, so you could find it useful to think about the things in your life that are not yours alone. Issues surrounding intimacy and security can come up with these moons, so be gentle with yourself as intense emotions come to the surface. I pulled the 8 of Cups for you—this card comes up when you have had to walk away from a person or situation, and it was an emotional ending, not an easy thing to abandon. The freedom you feel outweighs the grief, though, as you have opened up a world of possibilities now that this heavy weight is lifted. The Ace of Swords comes in with clarity of thought, a new beginning, and the fog that has been surrounding you is finally lifting. Your self-care message for this moon is “Ground Yourself.” With all of this air and water energy, grounding exercises can be a powerful way to center yourself and reconnect with the Earth. There are many ways to do this, the simplest of which is often to just go outside and put your bare feet on the ground for a while. You can ground yourself in the shower, or even from bed just visualizing your energy connecting with the earth, energetic roots growing from your feet deep into the ground below. Grounding is particularly important during times of transformation and change, so relax those crab 🦀  claws, and sink into mama Earth for centering and calm.


Hope you enjoyed these astrology musings and Tarotscopes! Be back soon!

Love and Solidarity,

Protection to those fighting for equality and justice,

Prosperity to those in true need,

and Wisdom and Evolution to us all,

Leah R. Chatterjee

Sources: Astrology of the Moon by Amy Herring; Astrological Transits by April Elliott Kent, and New & Full Moons in Astrology in the houses & aspects by The Dark Pixie Astrology (www.thedarkpixieastrology.com)

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