Hey lovelies! I’m sorry I’m late with this post, but yesterday was stacked and stressful and I went to see Boy George and Culture Club, to boot. Which turns out was exactly right because we are going to talk about one of the songs from their set, which was fabulous. I hope you got your cute, spiritual asses outside to actually look at the full moon last night. Did you give her a kiss? I did!
This full moon (which is still doing her thing tonight, my friends) was accompanied by five planets being in retrograde, including our favorite, Mercury. Which means that if you’ve noticed, in the last couple of weeks, what you want more of in your life, and also what needs to move on from your life, the planets are doing their job. Retrogrades are generally about noticing what isn’t working- (which sometimes also correlates with understanding what we do want). So, if you’ve had clarity, or just some general Nudges from Life, in the past week or so- pay attention. That’s what this crazy period is about.
Our beloved Moon was also having her longest eclipse this century (think about that, my beloveds, think. about. it.) and it was a blood moon. So much energy going down. Or maybe going a little crazy.
Here’s what the peeps in the know have to say…
On the Mercury in retrograde, we have The Goddess Circle:
This Mercury Retrograde is occurring in Leo which is telling us to pay attention to where things have slowed down or stalled out when it comes to following our passions, desires, and interests. Leo is the ruler of the heart, and during this Mercury Retrograde we are being asked to look at how we haven’t been honoring the desires and needs of our heart. This can mean looking at relationships that are ongoing, especially in communication or lack thereof. This can be intensified during this time as well as arguments or plans being broken or not panning out. Pay attention right now to who or what keeps on not taking shape. There may be something out of alignment here or some old way of doing things that needs to be released in order to try something new. Take a step back during this time and look to fill your own cup. Mercury also brings some communication issues during this time, so make sure that you double and triple check all dates and times for meetings, flights, or events. Make sure you back up technology as there can be issues here as well. This is a good time for working on the details of plans, seeing things in a new light and going within.
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From Mooncircles.com :
The July 27, 2018 Full Moon/Lunar Eclipse falls in Aquarius, a sign that represents casual friendships and group affiliations based on shared interests. We shake Aquarius’ convivial hand when we head off for Friday night drinks with co-workers, serve on the board of our local astrological organization, or bake cookies for a fundraiser. Some of us are “group” people—Aquarian by nature—and some of us are less so. But few of us can escape the web of sociability altogether.
The Full Moon in Aquarius falls in the height of summer here in the Northern Hemisphere, and it’s typically the time of year when we celebrate simple, sociable connections with others—a neighborhood cookout, an afternoon at the beach, or yes, happy hour with work friends. But this Full Moon is a lunar eclipse, when relationships are often due for some reevaluation. And Mars, the planet of competition, war, and aggression, has been retrograde in recent weeks, and frustration has been building. So in order to do what’s needed to maintain vibrant and satisfying social connections, we’ll have to pay alms to Mars as well.
When fighting Mars collides with fraternal Aquarius, groups speak with a warlike voice. Perhaps you’ve found yourself embroiled in some nasty social media disputes, testy interchanges with co-workers or customers, or… found some old anger hidden deep in a dark corner of your psychic sock drawer. The embers of ancient disputes are often rekindled during Mars’ retrograde times, and the resulting conflagrations tend to emit noxious fumes.
Aquarius celebrates collectivism, and at this Full Moon we celebrate ties with our like-minded compatriots. But it’s won’t be an easy, uncomplicated happy hour, or a sunny and congenial Saturday afternoon barbecue. To regain goodwill, productivity, and fraternity, Mars demands that we first clean out the dark corners of these relationships, to address any conflicts that keep us from working together as a strong, cohesive group. When a group is stronger on the inside, it can achieve broader goals on the outside—so be brave, clear the air, and fight fair.
From Saltwater Stars (FB only):
“to be psychically plugged in right now is intense.
the aquarius eclipse is opening personal & collective portals.
keywords: awakening. awareness. chaos. erratic. evolution.
so here’s some of my personal protocol for between now and the August 11 solar eclipse in leo:
keep phone off from 8pm – 11 am
consistent energetic cleansing
don’t respond to everything
stop when you need to stop
protect & nurture your self
write to process”
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From Natalie Sophia at RebelleSociety:
…this full moon has the potential to dramatically change and shift the relationships you have with others. You might find yourself more fully charged with emotions, and might seem to have an easier time expressing what you are feeling to other people. I get the sense of words flowing forth freely without the need to filter yourself.
This could be a really good thing, but please bear in mind that in some cases, where you feel the need to express your anger or frustration with someone’s behavior, the full moon energy could have you saying things you might wish you hadn’t. Aquarians are known to give it to you straight, so stay mindful of what you want to say and know that your point can still be made without the sting of hurtful words.
In terms of relationships, this card makes a lot of sense for this full moon. What needs to be said to clean things up? Where do you need to take more responsibility for how things are between you and yourself? And between you and another? What are you holding on to?
It is time to clean up unhealthy behaviors, thoughts, feelings you have towards yourself and others. Let the energy of the full moon give you the zest and zeal to make the changes necessary in order to elicit more growth. Say the words that need to be said, express the feelings that need to be expressed, and start living from your heart and what feels good to you.
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Lastly, my favorite, Chani Nicholas:
Eclipses reveal our personal and collective shadow. They expose unconscious habits and patterns. There are times when we are well served to make our burdens, self-doubts, and self-sabotage conscious so that we can be more fully integrated as humans.
Eclipses signal times of important shifts, changes, and movements in our lives. What happens during eclipse season sets the tone for a long time to come.
Today’s eclipse calls on our ability to witness the difficulties we’ve come up against. It calls out the aggressive, disruptive, and derailing aspects of life. It is a passionate plea to work through the conflicts of our human experience. It takes a tremendous amount of discipline to consciously hold the pain and fear that our anger is usually trying to mask, but there is little else that is so important to do.
We are all called to do our own work. Our own healing. Our own awakening. We are all called upon to be a living example of our values, beliefs, and morals. We can’t change anyone, but in doing the deep investigative work on ourselves we can change.
Performing activism or anything else rings hollow and doesn’t do much but make noise. But life lived from a deep and consistent investigation of our part in a problem can unlock our humanity and reveal solutions that weren’t available to us before. We all need to be engaged in the healing of this world, but each of us, depending on our position and privilege, holds a unique part to play. Knowing ours is key to being an impactful accomplice to justice manifesting in the world, and hopefully in our own lives. We can’t change anyone, but we can double down on our own commitment to the truth, living in all its light and being nourished by its dark and rich depths.
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So, what did Boy George have to do with yesterday’s full moon and all this eclipse and retrograde business? Well, besides the fact that he opened with David Bowie’s, “Let’s Dance” (‘under the moonlight, some serious moonlight’) he also sang the song, “The truth is a runaway train…” And ain’t that the truth? And that would seem to be the truth of this full moon. The truth is here, and while it may be unpleasant or unexpected, it’s best to accept it.
He also sang about what it takes to change ourselves in a song called “Different Man” (you can see the video here). It’s simple to be a different man (or woman or person), you just do it. And really, that’s all we can change in this world.
Take good care of yourselves, fellow travelers. And do the hard things you know are right- the planets are here to help.
Joanna :: xoxo