Leo/Aquarius Moon till Wednesday

The Sun is in Leo and the Moon is in the opposite sign of Aquarius. Leo and Aquarius are two very different qualities that we all have within us, and within our world. This Full Moon gives us the opportunity to think about how we can bring these different qualities into balance.

Leo is symbolized by the Lion – powerful, ferocious, fearless. At it’s best Leo is represented as a King/Queen, a ruler who uses her power for the good of all. She is confident, strong, smart, creative, and persistent is her unwavering action for what is right for her community. At its worst, Leo is power-hungry and self absorbed, and uses its power for personal gain with little regard for the consequences of its actions on others. We have seen the positive Leo qualities in leaders like Martin Luther King or Nelson Mandela. We have seen the negative qualities of Leo in the greedy and manipulative action of BP Oil Company. It seems we have plenty of examples in our country of a culture of corruption that is an example of Leo energy at its most destructive. The self-interest of politicians in Congress, the twisted faux news stories that are geared to make money instead of truth, the financial wheeling and dealing that led to the housing and economic crisis. Even the relentless heat of the summer seems to point to Leo energy that is off balance and out of control.

The Aquarian Full Moon is here to bring a balance to the hot and fiery nature of Leo. Aquarius is symbolized by the Water Bearer, and in this wonderful painting by Eric Williams, she is shown offering a long cool drink of water, generous and abundant for all. This open-minded giving to all people, regardless of race, creed, sex, or status is one of the hallmarks of Aquarius. At its best, Aquarius is an energy of humanitarian aid, and can be seen in such organizations as Doctor without Borders and the many individual volunteers to all the causes of peace, environmentalism, and social justice.

We can strive to find the balance between personal need and humanitarian giving at any time. But the energy during this full Moon is especially powerful, particularly Saturday and Sunday. I personally love to see the Full Moon, and if possible I will sit outside under her light and meditate and pray that the changes I want to see in the world begin with me.  This could be a good weekend to remember that beautiful song of “Let there be peace on earth, and let it begin with me. Let there be peace on earth, the peace that was meant to be.” Or, the wonderful song “From a Distance” that states that when you step back from greed and ego, the unity between all of us becomes more evident.To see it sung on YouTube of one of my favorite singers, Nancy Griffith, go to http://www.youtube.com/ or check out Bette Midler’s version.  The balance we seek with this Full Moon is to use our personal power and creative nature in the service of the health and prosperity of the world.