Full Moon Friday Feb 18th

Embrace the Conflict! This is an alchemical drawing of the Sun and the Moon in battle. As you probably know, the Full Moon is a time when the Sun and Moon stand at opposite points in the heavens. Since this month the Sun is in Aquarius, the Moon is in the opposite sign of Leo. At the Full Moon I normally focus on the how the Sun and the Moon can resolve the differences of these opposing signs in order to connect in harmony. But this Full Moon is a time to focus on the conflict. There is an essential difference between the Sun and Moon. The Sun is yang energy, full of push and shove, and penetrating light that fills crevices with force and power. The Moon is yin energy, saturated with softness and filtered light. She dissolves into, softens, and absorbs. The Sun is espresso coffee and the Moon is green tea. Sometimes you need coffee to be alert and on top of things. Sometimes you need tea to slow down and relax.

This image has some similarity to the yin/yang symbol. The Moon holds a shield with an image of the Sun, and the Sun’s shield has an image of the changing Moon. Even though the Sun and Moon are in battle with one another, they are still dependent and interconnected. The Sun is clothed, protected with battle armour, surrounded with the intellectual conventions of what society says we “should” do. The Moon in naked, exposed, vulnerable.  She moves on interior emotion, intuition, and is willing to take the risk of being fully seen.

This month the Sun is forcefully pushing Aquarian energy of social justice, equality, globalization, technology, friendship, visions for the future, working within groups, being interconnected and expanding networks. The Moon is softening into things Leo, which include a strong and solid sense of self, bravery, drama, being on the public stage, having a stake in things, demanding to be seen and heard in an expressive and forceful manner. Both Aquarius and Leo are powerful, fixed, and stubborn. Imagine the events in Egypt and you can see this conflict in action.

For You: The revolution that we watched this week in Egypt is the same revolution that is taking place within you, your relationships, your community, and your country.  From Wednesday night through Saturday give yourself some time to reflect. Find a quiet place, get comfortable, take a few deep breaths and center yourself. Let your thinking quiet down, and let your body easily expand with your breath, like you are a balloon, ready to be filled. Once you have settled into the present, reflect on the situations in your life that are currently in opposition. Oppositions may exist in the exterior world with your partner, children, job, home, ecological sensibilities, and financial reality. Oppositions may exist in your interior world between your head and your heart, your longing to live a life that fully expresses yourself, and your sensible decisions to put hearth and home ahead of dreams for the future.