Blue Full Moon ~ Zodiacal & Seasonal ~
29º Aquarius 22nd August @12:02UT
In the astrological world of symbols and signs, a Blue Moon that is both Seasonal AND Zodiacal takes on something to sing about as it has significantly more meaning and sparkle than an ordinary calendar Blue Moon. A Double Blue Moon is rarer still, only coming round, well… once in a Blue Moon! But what is a Blue Moon? And what makes the Full Moon Sunday the 22nd of August doubly Blue? The Moon certainly doesn’t look blue in the night sky. Yet it did when the Indonesian volcano Krakatoa blew in 1873, and sunsets turned green and our Moon blue.
Hopefully, we won’t witness such a spectacle in our lifetime, but one can never tell in this fast-changing world. Even climate science has issues with its models. Because events and situations surrounding unusual celestial turns, such as the Seasonal & Zodiac Blue Full Moon is uniquely extraordinary, more so when the Full Moon is in quirky and spacy, humanitarian Aquarius, the friendly techno-beeping sign that likes science and stats, and spaghetti TV dinners. Take note: surrounding oneself with kindred spirits will now nurture your soul. We are living through exceptional times; friends and support groups are an important part of healing trauma and fear. Indeed, the ripples of January 2020’s hard-hitting, once-in-a-lifetime, Jupiter-Saturn-Pluto conjunction (and the current Saturn-Uranus Square) plus all the situations which have since arisen could continue to be felt for several years to come. And although Blue Moons are not as rare as triple conjunction karma, our next Blue Moon is August 2023; the next major triple conjunction isn’t for another thirty-plus years!.
So, what is a Blue Moon? The accepted notion is that a Blue Moon is the second of two Full Moon’s in the same calendar month. A ‘Seasonal’ Blue Moon, however, is when there are four Full Moons in a season instead of three, from Solstice to Equinox, for example. And it is the third Full Moon of the four, like now, which is considered ‘Blue’.
This particular Blue Full Moon in Aquarius also synchronizes the natural order of the cycle of ‘The Lights’ (Sun & Moon), going from new-moon-to-full-moon. The Full Moon of each Lunation comes before the intention-setting New Moon. We can be setting our intentions with the New Moon and align to our true lunisolar nature.
Note that a ‘calendar’ Blue Moon takes place every two or three years, while the ‘seasonal’ Blue Moon has a recurring 19-year cycle (within which there are seven Blue Moons), accenting ancestral magical and karmic soul connections. You may do well to cast your mind back to 22nd August 2002, or even August 22nd/23rd 1983; better still, check 29º Aquarius in your scope; note if anything connects then to now, from which to learn/improve/enlighten. Incidentally, I checked back on these dates, from a skydancing point of view, to discover the days around these Seasonal & Zodiacal Full Blue Moon’s are marked by a great deal of extreme weather: floods, hurricanes and earthquakes, yup, we’ve got them again. We’ve also got fires, the element of the Leo Sun – the radiance which illuminates our karmically connected Blue Moon.
To elucidate: a Zodiacal Full Blue Moon is when we have two consecutive Full Moons in the same sign, like now, as the Moon is again in freedom-loving, public-spirited Aquarius, just as it was last month July 24th. The first Full Zodiacal Moon is always at the start of a sign – in our case the universal sign Aquarius (the sign of the Moon’s hierarchical rulership that upholds the global family). The first Aquarian Moon sets the stage for recognising creativity, unique ideas, open-minded networking, and team building. A second Full Moon four weeks later raises further awareness of our interconnectivity at 29º Aquarius. The all-important ‘anaretic’ degree is the last degree of a sign. By the time the Full Blue Moon traverses an entire sign, taking one moonth to reach the final degree (and, by consequence, (astro-tech alert): the sign’s various decanate, term, face, aspect and dignity, speed, declination etc), this last ‘anaretic’ degree is often referred to as a ‘karmic’ degree, one that signifies an experiential, intellectual and emotional understanding of the sign that goes through a karmic ripening. At the beginning of Aquarius has dynamic fixity; having a point to move from gives a sense of distance and space; while the end is totally wired, electrified swiftly cutting into the edge of space with kindred spirits united by diversity and the understanding that it takes all sorts to make One whole.
Endings also come before beginnings. Jupiter in Aquarius invented social media (It’s true, 24 years ago I sent my first email with a yahoo account from an old Atari in a London club called Megatripolis, all the way to my Indian friend in Kajaraho!); and to be part of the experimental, humanitarian interconnected Aquarian Age, that was duly seeded December 2020, at the time of the 200-year Great Solstice Appulse, Jupiter continues to slow down, to remind that equality, friendship and freedom are as essential as food and shelter for humans to thrive.
A Zodiacal Blue Moon also connects us to the 13-lunar-month year. It does so now as the majestic Sun is at home in brave Leo, and conjunct Fixed Star, Regulus: ‘The Heart of Lion’ which, by precession, is now also aligned with the Sacred Goddess, art zero Virgo. Regulus empowers the Sun as it changes signs towards Virgo ( the C*I*A’s inception day)only hours after culmination, for the Lion Heart Regulus assures the courageous feminine (side of ourself) success, as long as morality is intact, intention pure-hearted, and revenge not the motivation.
Being aware of the phases of the Sun and Moon is more natural way to tune into the world. Lunar living allows us to focus our intentions with regular monthly periods of opportunity to grow, release. and balance emotions and hormones more easily, aligned with the cosmos, with awareness. So when these super-divine Seasonal & Zodiacal Blue Moons come around, every three-five years, we instinctively realign with natures rhythms by the measure and quality of light vibration we inhabit.
As such, this double Blue Moon is actually quite rare, especially when we add the 19-year soliluna metonic cycle. It also helps to know how the heavens are resetting our inner-being. I find this most welcome during times of uncertainty. Interestingly, humans only began to see blue as a colour a few thousand years ago, which is just yesterday in the cosmic scheme of things.
✰ For our second Full Zodiacal and Seasonal Blue Moon in unconventional and futuristic Aquarius, the nuance of blue we are talking is futuristic, electric neon, sharp and strong; an eccentric ‘Yves Klein Blue’, for instance, that emerged from the swinging 60’s at the initial dawning of the Age of Aquarius: with a blue so deep, bright and clear, that it zaps you into the 21st century with digital precision, to envelope the world-body with a deeply healing lapis lazulite blue. The colour blue has powerful restorative vibrations, wavelengths and qualities that cannot be ignored: blue calms the mind and is associated with our ‘throat chakra’, inspiring truth in understanding and communication. Wearing or meditating upon the colour blue can even lower our blood pressure and produce a certain serenity. Blue suggests we are in our flow.
✰ All the above is also handy during a double Full Blue Moon horoscope that also holds a ‘Mutable Grand Cross’, plus a ‘Grand Air Trine’: Love Wisdom stimulates our rational Will. In our flow, and intellectually stimulated. On the dark side, electronic blue screen light zaps strength late at night when the brain is tired (and circadian rhythm shifts to bedtime). If you’re having trouble sleeping, the astral advise in cosmic energy circles is to switch off the wifi to tune into ‘the blue’ and your natural healing aura, and psychically alkalise the body and soothe the heartmind before sleeping, some people think sky, some sea, some the colour of their beloved’s eyes.
✰ Although, there is little to fat chance of getting more than your share of zzzed’s in the two nights running up this Full Moon’s culmination: be aware this is actually a time when feeling twilightzoned as Luna reaches culmination is justifiable, because just forty minutes later the Moon moves into Pisces @12:09. And @21:35UT, only a few hours later, the Sun moves into Virgo. Seasonal Elementals in our favour in the run-up to the Full Moon are Air and Fire, changing to Earth and Water, nine minutes into Luna’s waning. Each Elemental also has a different expression of blue.
Other Lunar aspects of note at this rather special moment in time include:
1) This Aquarius Moon is conjunct a retrograde Jupiter, suggesting that sometimes we need to go back, revise our understanding and learn how to get our Aquarian altruism up to scratch, in order to move forward, make new friends, and shift into the visionary new world around mid-October with the Halloween Full Moon. Even in bizarre times, Jupiter with the Moon makes us all feel lucky to be here, as this conjunction imparts confidence, hope and faith. Be blessed now. And count your blessings.
2) The modern ruler of the Aquarius Full Moon, Uranus also goes retrograde, just two days before culmination. In the waxing sequence of the of astral Full Blue Moon events also includes the Moon conjunct the Aquarian traditional ruler, Saturn. Duty bound task-master Saturn conjunct the Moon, (which represents everyone and our emotions), sparks this years’ toughest challenge between authoritative Saturn and liberating Uranus. Interestingly, Uranus stations at a Fixed Star called ‘Menkar’, at 14º of Taurus. This star spotlights the danger of becoming victim to the collective unconscious. According to the 18thC stargazers, when Uranus is conjunct ‘Menkar’ we need to watch out for danger from animals. As Uranus is a generational planet and currently in the sign of the Bull, one of the Full Moon heavenly messages is poignant, in that one of the easiest ways to personally contribute to helping a planet under stress is to give our animals an easier time and stop eating so much meat.
While the sensitive Moon is with authoritative Saturn and in the hard Square to Uranus, our present state of current affairs could seem all too predictably fearful and depressing, cut and dried but still shocking. Keep the faith. Hang tough if the early run up to the Full Moon seems too rough and ready to present any real accomplishment. Luna’s conjunction with munificent Jupiter a day later is much more encouraging and spiritually uplifting.
✰ Jupiter and Uranus are the visionary, truth-seeking and liberating planets; that both are retrograde, to make 6 heavenly bodies and all outer-planets retrograde over this Blue Full Moon suggests this is an optimum time to go back and revise all we have achieved together, whichever shape or form that may be, we can learn from each other; at the same time staying open to what might seem like all kinds of strangeness with a heartmind mind in presence, and an acceptance that affects positive change by looking to the future with faith in our heart, faith in humanity and faith in the planet.
✰ Keep in mind the new-setting-intention-moon in detail-orientated Virgo Sept 7th from whence we can swiftly organise changes for the change of season with the last Full Moon of the summer/winter right before Equinox, 20th September, when the cracks in Earth’s magnetic field allow solar winds to enter Earth atmosphere to power up with beautiful auroras.
✰ But right now, our mission is nonother than connecting to the awakening heart of the Aquarian collective consciousness with 100% altruistic Jupitarian love wisdom. And such a mission takes devotion and discipline. But hey! With Jupiter: you got it!
Happy Blue Moon everyone!
From Agent #87 aka Laura Boomer-Trent©
@Astro Dakini’s Dharma Stars www.astrodakini.co.uk