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Friday, August 19, 2016

Full Moon in Aquarius - The Almost Eclipse

We just experienced a Full Moon in 26 degrees of Aquarius on August 18, 2016.  The astrological community has been of two minds in terms of describing it as a lunar eclipse.  Some astrologers called it a penumbral lunar eclipse, which is more subtle and difficult to observe because only the outer shadow of the earth falls on the moon’s face. But other astrologers are calling it an “Almost Eclipse.” But this full moon may still have the impact of an eclipse in terms of the changes it brings.  It still packed quite a punch because Aquarius is the sign ruled by Aquarius and this full moon sextiled Uranus in Aries, Aquarius revels in being considered unconventional and weird.  Dramatic changes and visions of a new future are highly likely as a result of this full moon. On August 18th, I tweeted:

“#FullMoon in Aquarius has increased emphasis on wild card energy with its sextile to Uranus in Aries.  Expect lots of changes.”

The full moon in Aquarius also formed a challenging inconjunct (or as fellow astrologer Dietrech Pessin describes it, “Life’s messy, clean it up”) aspect with both Mercury and Jupiter in Virgo.  That inconjunct inspired me to tweet:

“Communications could get a little feisty and critical today as Aquarius #FullMoon inconjuncts Mercury in Virgo. #AlmostEclipse feels like one!”

The full moon inconjunct Mercury and Jupiter in Virgo generated massive amounts of mental tension that forced us to reexamine the details (Virgo loves its details, after all) and fueled the edginess associated with a full moon.  And a full moon in Aquarius tends to bring a heightened need for independence.

Letting go of situations and relationships that no longer serve our highest good was also a major theme of this full moon.  The sticking point with this is that anyone with a preponderance of fixed signs in their chart (Aquarius, Taurus, Leo and Scorpio) know that this is no easy feat.  Fixed signs are tenacious and do not give up easily. That in itself has its pros and cons.

Saturn in Sagittarius was also a heavy hitter in this full moon.  It recently stationed direct on August 13th, prompting me to tweet:

“Saturn stations direct today & we have opportunity to release blockages & limitations that have been keeping us stuck for months.”

The response to this tweet blew me away because over 4000 people have seen this tweet in the past week.  Obviously I struck a collective nerve!

Saturn is still involved with an ongoing square with Neptune in Pisces which will be exact again on September 10, 2016.  So the theme of what is real and how to make our dreams a reality still prevails.  Saturn does love to prune away the deadwood, which certainly is a major component of the release theme. Saturn in Sagittarius was also squaring the nodes of the moon on this full moon, which puts more pressure on us to let go of the past (south node stuff) and move forward on our path (north node).   This volatile combination of Saturn, Neptune and the nodes reinforces the theme of busting through our resistance to what the future holds us for us.  And there is a palpable sense of urgency this this because Mars will catch up to Sagittarius on August 24th and when this conjunction occurs, we will definitely feel like the brakes have been slammed on.

On a personal level, I have been treating this full moon as a full blown lunar eclipse.  It fell in my 5th house of creativity directly opposing my Pluto in Leo in my 11th house.  It also squared my Venus in Scorpio in my 2nd house.  It is bound to usher in major changes for me in the areas of finances, values, creativity, aspirations, and group relationships and affiliations. 

I confess to having a very real fear of losing control of my financial destiny as I await the outcome of Massachusetts Senate Bill S2461.  Will I lose my ability to practice Reiki in 2017 if this bill is passed? I may need to devise some new tools for generating this portion of my income as a healer.

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The north node in Virgo has an underlying theme of service to others.  In that spirit of pursuing my path as a healer, I am still channeling that north node and Jupiter in Virgo energy by offering my Reiki services.  If you are in the Boston area, please consider getting a Reiki treatment at Acupuncture for Everyone in Copley Square to destress, revitalize and remove blockages to healing.  It’s a perfect way to start your weekend off and can also be described as a spa for the soul to boot!   Reiki is the most profound treatment for stress relief because it concentrates on CALMING your body. 

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For my clients who can’t fit Friday into their schedule for a treatment or have difficulty traveling, I have also recently begun doing distance Reiki sessions for them.  I have a conversation with them about what they hope to achieve from a session, we set up a time for the session to take place when they will be in a state to receive healing energy and I follow up with a telephone conversation to discuss their experience and my perception of their blockages.  I have also incorporated a new technique with my distance Reiki treatments since I don’t always have a photo of my client.  I use a teddy bear so that I can scan and focus the healing energy where it is needed. If this appeals to you, please feel free to contact me by email at or call me at 617-304-2205. Additionally, I see clients at my home in Newton, Massachusetts and am generally available on weekends and evenings for your convenience.
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