FULL MOON IN AQUARIUS-Balancing our heads and our hearts (August 13, 2011)

This Full Moon finds the Sun in Leo in opposition (180°) to the Moon in Aquarius.  To further clarify how this Full Moon in Aquarius will impact you on a personal level, locate 21° of Leo and 21° of Aquarius in your birth/natal chart.  The issues associated with those two houses are going to be most affected by this Full Moon’s presence.

Full Moons always require us to find balance between the two signs involved.  They show us what we must integrate at this time in our lives in order to move forward.  An Aquarian Full Moon means that there’s a face-off between our heads (Aquarius) and our hearts (Leo).  Given Full Moons require balance and integration, it’s important to appreciate both perspectives rather than valuing logic over emotions, or vice versa.

Leo is about our individuality, whereas Aquarius is about our connectedness with each other.  The integration of the two requires that we remember that each of us carries a unique spark of the Divine (Leo), and each of us is also an inseparable part of the web of life (Aquarius).  Everyone has a special talent and a special role to play.  Each of us makes a difference, and as we join forces, we generate a synergistic power far greater than the sum of the parts.  By embodying our unique essence, we change our reality; and by coming together, we change the world.

At the time of the Full Moon, Venus closely conjoins (0°) the Sun.  This combination can make our ego’s needs seem more important than usual, but it also reveals the importance of collaboration rather than dominance.  The presence of Venus can open our hearts.  At this time, it may be easier to see who we are and what we need to do to get what we want because we are better able to see and use our unique gifts.  However, we are also more able to see the beauty in others, which helps us value diversity and can serve as a catalysis for joyful creation through collaboration.

On Tuesday, August 16, the Sun, Venus, and Mercury all come together in the sky (0°).  This sweet rendezvous can inspire romantic feelings and spark artistic impulses.  At this time, we can easily draw to us enjoyable conversations and fun experiences, especially anything that stimulate both our hearts (Venus) and minds (Mercury).  This grouping of astrological energies can also help us understand that even when we don’t get the approval of others, the behavior of others doesn’t have to diminish the joy we feel in our hearts.

But then on Sunday, August 21, all these planets oppose (180°) Pluto and Venus enters Virgo.  At this time, we need to be careful to not let feelings of insecurity or vulnerability keep us from having fun as the summer draws to a close.  Remember that escaping for short periods of time is good for the soul.  Additionally, breaks in our routine can even lead to some deep changes, which are the trademark of Plutonian energy.  Venus in Virgo can bring many of our relationships back down to earth by allowing us to see things more clearly and allow us to discriminate between what we desire and what we need.  Just be careful not to let the meticulous energy of Virgo define pleasure so narrowly that it becomes very difficult to find.

Overall, we are still in a time of great changes due to Uranus and Pluto being only 1 degree apart from an exact square (90°).  Uranus and Pluto move very slowly, so the first of 7 exact squares won’t occur until 2012 (and they will continue through 2015!).  However, many of us (and society) are already feeling the impact of this powerful connection.  Pluto shines a spotlight into the basement of our individual and collective psyches and our social systems.  It illuminates what has been hidden or disowned.  Uranus galvanizes rapid, radical change and progress, which sometimes requires that old forms are discarded to make way for new ones.  Squares (90°) mark critical turning points, where we are called to act.  Just to provide some perspective, the last time Uranus and Pluto came together was in 1965-66, a period marked by worldwide cultural and political upheaval, as well as quantum leaps in social and technological advancements.

This connection between Uranus and Pluto is important now because whenever another celestial body aligns with these two planets, the other planet adds fuel to the fire.  Just a few days before the Full Moon, Mars squares (90°) Uranus and opposes (180°) Pluto.  Mars is all about energy, passion, and initiative.  Its presence now greatly intensifies our desires for self-determination and social reform.  We may experience sudden insights that break through blocks, and we may have the energy to plow through seemingly insurmountable obstacles.  The downside of this energetic entanglement could be leaping without looking first.  Luckily, because Mars is in security-minded Cancer, any actions we take now are likely to be well-throughout.

Overall, this Full Moon calls us to the front line of the Aquarian Age.  We are being asked to be spiritual warriors and agents of change.  What gifts and visions do you hold for the world?  Who shares you ideals and dreams?  How are you making a difference?  Given the presence of Venus, though, we are also being reminded to have some fun.  But always keep in mind that “When we are no longer able to change a situation – we are challenged to change ourselves” (Viktor E. Frankl).


  • New Moons and Full Moons often influence us for the 3 days before and 3 days after the actual event.


  • Full Moon at 21° of Aquarius
  • Saturday, August 13, 2011 at 11:59 a.m. PDT
  • Saturday, August 13, 2011 at 2:59 p.m. EST
  • Saturday, August 13, 2011 at 6:59 p.m. GMT


  • The Mountain Astrologer (magazine)
  • Various online sources
  • Anne’s interpretations