Full Moon July 31st: Leo vs Aquarius

Photo credit: Brigitte Werner

Next week’s Full Moon (the second in July) at 7º Aquarius is accompanied by Venus Rx’s ingress back into Leo. The Sun, Mercury, Jupiter and Venus are all in Leo on this day, actually; that’s a lot of dramatic energy. But Full Moon in Aquarius is emotionally detached; while Leo seeks the spotlight, Aquarius backs away, and points towards the underdog in the room.

Leo/Aquarius polarity can feel so strained for someone on either side of the stick because Leo seeks recognition, and Aquarius wants distribute the attention to those that are underrepresented. It’s frustrating on both sides.

The issue of me vs. you is at the heart of every opposition (which is what a Full Moon is: Sun opposite Moon). Think of Aries vs. Libra when you want to capture the energy, because this is the quintessential opposition. It’s a balancing act, but also an objective eye-opener.

In the case of Leo Sun vs. Aquarius Moon, one has an interesting dynamic. In Leo Sun’s corner, there’s personal pride, warmth, and open expression of ego. In Aquarius Moon’s corner, there’s detached/cold emotion, and an intellectualization of feelings.

The key to all, psychologically, is Venus Rx. She is returning to Leo, traveling back in time, forcing you to re-examine who and what you attract, where you seek recognition, what kind of attention you generate. This Full Moon is a culmination of an issue that’s been brewing since Venus stepped into Virgo (July 18th) and began scrutinizing, coming up with doubts. It is a serious look at your past (there are six planets retrograde right now!) and something may go public or come to a head.

Lucky for all of us, this Full Moon dynamic may be what releases us from the darkness of the past several years: Saturn stations direct only two days later, and we will all soon be released from Scorpio’s hawk-like grip.


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