Wednesday, August 17, 2016

EcoAstrology: Aquarius-Leo Full Moon


By Stephanie Austin M.A. On 8-16-16

Important Dates:

August 18: Full Moon 2:26 AM PDT (26º Aquarius-Leo)

August 19: Mercury opposite Chiron (24º Virgo-Pisces)

August 22: Mercury conjunct Jupiter (26º Virgo)

August 23: Mars sesquiquadrate Uranus (9º Sagittarius-24º Aries)

August 24: Mars conjunct Saturn (10º Sagittarius); Venus opp Chiron (24º Virgo-Pisces)

August 26: Mars square Neptune (11º Sagittarius-Pisces)

August 27: Venus conjunct Jupiter (27º Virgo)

August 28: Mercury conjunct Venus (29º Virgo)

August 29: Mars squares the Lunar Nodes (13º Sagittarius-Virgo-Pisces)

August 30: Mercury Rx (29º Virgo); D+ September 21 (15º Virgo)

“Your life does not get better by chance, it gets better by change.” -- Jim Rohn

"If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change." -- Wayne Dyer

"You must be the change you wish to see in the world." -- Mahatma Gandhi
August 16, 2016
Dear Friends,
The next full moon peaks on Thursday, August 18 at 2:26 AM PDT at 26º Aquarius-Leo. As the Moon comes into an exact opposition with the Sun, two seemingly opposed aspects of ourselves are highlighted. This full moon illuminates where we need to honor both our individuality and our interdependence; our personal creativity and the exponential power of collaboration.

As we move into the Age of Aquarius — the juncture in a 26,000-year cycle, which represents an era of egalitarianism, collaboration, and global citizenship — we must dismantle the beliefs and systems maintaining the old paradigm. We are compelled to make a radical shift in consciousness, from the limited perception of duality to a collective awareness of our inherent unity and divinity. In the old paradigm, this was an arduous inner journey undertaken by relatively few, generally in solitude and seclusion.

We are now making this evolutionary shift en masse while engaged in our everyday lives. The good news is that it has never been easier to wake up; the not-so-good news is that awakening necessitates facing and healing whatever remains in the shadow.
Each full moon brings light to the shadow side of a particular polarity. The dark side of Leo is domineering and oblivious to the needs of others; the shadow side of Aquarius is unable to realize that change begins at home. Opening the heart dissolves the shadow sides of both Leo and Aquarius, and is the doorway into the new age.
Our heart is far more than a pump. According to neurocardiology research, the heart continually communicates with the brain in four ways: neurologically, biochemically, biophysically, and electromagnetically. We actually have a heart-brain, or intrinsic cardiac nervous system — a complex network of ganglia and neurotransmitters similar to those of the brain — which is capable of feeling, learning, and making decisions.

Studies also show that we have yet another “brain,” the enteric nervous system, embedded in the lining of our gastrointestinal system and affected by the same neurotransmitters as our cranial brain. This “brain” in our gut is able to sense, record, and respond independently, as well as in concert with our cranial brain. For more, read Science of the Heart, an overview of research published by the HeartMath Institute, available Here.
Esoteric teachings tell us that we also have a heart chakra, a multidimensional energy center that integrates mind and body, spirit and matter. When our heart chakra is open, we feel peaceful and joyful, whole and connected. We are compassionate, with ourselves as well as others, as we see the world in terms of relationships, equality, and co-creation, the hallmarks of the new age. For more on the heart chakra, read Anodea Judith’s comprehensive guide: Wheels of Life: A User’s Guide to the Chakra System.
Uranus, the modern ruler of Aquarius, trines the Sun and sextiles the Moon, prompting us to “Think Different.” Uranus was named for the Greek God of Chaos; from his severed genitals was born Aphrodite, the Goddess of Love and Beauty, symbolizing the intimate link between chaos and creativity. We live in revolutionary times, calling for unusual approaches.

Estonia achieved its independence from the Soviet Union through a series of mass singing demonstrations. Huge choruses, with as many as 300,000 Estonians (one-fifth of the population), gathered to sing their national songs which had been banned. While there was much violence and bloodshed in other occupied nations of the USSR, the Estonians won their freedom with their songs, hearts, and courage, and without the loss of a single life. Watch an inspiring documentary on The Singing Revolution Here.
The need for revolutionary, nonviolent change continues. As Steve Bhaerman (aka Swami Beyondananda) puts it so brilliantly, we need an “Evolutionary Upwising,” and that “It makes no sense to try to ‘fix’ the caterpillar when transformation is required; it makes all the sense in the world to gather together with other imaginal cells and coalesce the newly emerging butterfly civilization.” He identifies a four step process of Waking Up, Wising Up, Growing Up, and Showing Up:
“Wake Up from the illusion of separation… Wise Up to both the awful truth and the awesome opportunity… Grow Up from passive-aggressive children of God to fully responsible adults of God… and Show Up for the ‘greatest show on earth,’ …the Hero’s Journey where each of us is encouraged to live the life we were meant to live.”

For fascinating and empowering information on how our beliefs shape our reality and how we can facilitate our own and humanity’s destiny, read Spontaneous Evolution: Our Positive Future and A Way to Get There From Here by Bruce Lipton and Steve Bhaerman. Join the UpWising Here.
New perceptions and understandings flow as Mercury makes the first of three oppositions to Chiron on August 19, and the first of three conjunctions with Jupiter on August 22. Venus conjuncts Jupiter on August 27 and then Mercury on August 28, softening our inner critic, widening our curiosity, and deepening our capacity for empathy. There is an adage, "the truth hurts", but actually the truth heals. A lie, even a white lie, causes a disconnection within ourself and from others. Listen to your body; it cannot lie. Speak and listen from your heart. Love and truth need no defense.
Our desire and courage to align with what is most meaningful and true for us intensifies, as Mars forms a sesquiquadrate to Uranus on August 23, conjuncts Saturn on August 24, squares Neptune on August 25, and squares the lunar nodes on August 29. As you can see from the list of important dates at the beginning of this update, we are receiving almost daily tailwinds for transformation through the end of this month, which are preludes and preparation for two powerful eclipses coming in September (on the 1st and 16th), the third and final Saturn-Neptune square on September 10, and the second Uranus-Eris conjunction on September 25. Much can be accomplished; quantum shifts can happen, if we are willing to be completely honest, trust our intuition, and focus on what matters most -- acting from, for, and with love.
Your light, your consciousness, your love makes a difference. Each one of us has a piece of the celestial puzzle, a voice in the cosmic chorus, a role in the divine play. Use the power of this full moon and the coming weeks to take a big step forward on your soul path, for: 

 “Our world is in crisis because of the absence of consciousness. And so to whatever degree any one of us can bring back a small piece of the picture and contribute it to the building of the new paradigm, then we participate in the redemption of the human spirit, and that after all is what it’s really all about." (Terence McKenna)
NOTE: While some sources cite this full moon as a penumbral lunar eclipse, NASA and astrophysicist Fred Espanak do not, as the Moon only skims the edge of the Earth’s shadow, with no perceptible diminishment of light.
Stephanie Austin
PO Box 1745 Port Townsend, WA 98368
Stephanie Austin M.A. is a full time astrologer specializing in life purpose, career, and relationship readings since 1986. She also teaches astrology and writes the New and Full Moon column for the Mountain Astrologer magazine. Her background includes a bachelor's degree in Psychology, a master's in Consciousness Studies, and a lifelong involvement with meditation, Nature, and healing. For more information on her astrology readings, eBooks, tutorials, and forecasts, visit
Photos by Stephanie Kendra Austin


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