You say you want a revolution? Here comes the Aquarius full moon to stir up your righteous urge for social justice—or the impulse to fight for what’s fair. Aquarius is the sign of groups, teams and humanity. It’s all about the love of our brothers and sisters (cue the Hair soundtrack), but gets squirmy under the heat of too much passion, emotion and one-on-one connection. This is friendly, convivial energy at its best—platonic, playful and decidedly NOT romantic. But who cares? Aquarius is irresistibly fun, likeable, and adorably goofy—a good time to be shared by all.
This year’s Aquarius full moon is major because it’s the culmination of 2015’s TWO Aquarius new moons. The first was a January 20 supermoon and the second one kicked off the Chinese Year of the Sheep. This one is also a “blue moon,” because it’s the second full moon in a month’s time (the first was a Capricorn full moon on July 1). What a powerful way to close out July! Step out and enjoy the view—and make some wishes or intentions when you do (see our guide to new/full moon rituals here).
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Now, on to the Aquarius full moon…
1. Embrace your weirdness.
So you secretly believe that aliens already inhabit the earth and live amongst us (come to think of it, that neighbor of yours…). You put hot sauce on your Lucky Charms. You don’t believe in monogamy and your power animal is a unicorn. Whatevs. The Aquarius full moon urges you to stop hiding the parts of yourself that might be quirky, eccentric or just not in perfect harmony with the people around you. Because Aquarian energy is all about “live and let live,” this weekend is great for authentic sharing—without forcing your ideas on anyone else. As Popeye said, “I am who I am.” So gulp that spinach straight from the can.
2. Take a big step back.
Uber-rational Aquarius rocks when it comes to emotional objectivity. Where do you have your teeth and claws sunk in so deeply that you can’t see the forest for the trees? The Aquarius full moon is a great day to practice the Buddhist principle of non-attachment. Yes, you may WANT something with every fiber of your being. But do you also understand that if it doesn’t happen, you’ll still be okay? If you think you’ll simply DIE without a person, an outcome, or whatever you’re hooked into, chill on the Scarlett O’Hara histrionics. Let go, and the Aquarius full moon will bring a better long-term resolution to your issues.
3. Envision utopia.
Got a radical idea? Aquarius is the sign of the future, and even rules sci-fi. It’s the forward-focused mad scientist who envisions a quirky, idealized world—or perhaps one populated by aliens, cyborgs, and a code of radical individualism. Author Ayn Rand was an Aquarius, and her philosophy of objectivism was all about reason, fighting for liberation, and minimal government meddling (no sloppy sentiment in there). Of course, that can edge into uncomfortable territory, like militia activity and radical anti-government pods…but that’s why philosophies are often more interesting on paper than in practice.
While your beliefs may not be quite so stark and stripped of emotion, consider what the perfect world would be like if you could create it. What does it look like—and how can you bring a healthy drop of that to your daily life? Maybe it’s to the tune of Burning Man, where every day is a costume party and people share their talents, goods and services without exchanging money. You might want to read up on some New Age and shamanic ideas (like the Hopi Prophecies) or even astrology—all Aquarian themes. Browse for books or sites about reforming society—notions like a “gift economy” (check out Lewis Hyde’s The Gift) or author/blogger Seth Godin’s Linchpin: Are You Indispensible?, which takes a stand for art over cold industrialism. Or, head to the otherworldly zone that Aquarius loves and read theories on aliens (no judgment here under this broad-minded moon!), like Bringers of the Dawn: Teachings from the Pleiadians. All you need is a curious, open mind.
4. Light Your Olympic Torch
Aquarius is the zodiac’s team player, encouraging you to show pride for a group you belong to. Whether the activity you’re involved in is sporty or stationary, wave the symbolic flag and wear the uniform. But don’t get all sedentary on us, people. The gold medal goes to those who move their bodies. Aquarius is all about kinetic energy and this full moon is the perfect time to commit to a sports league (indoor soccer anyone?), train for a 5K with a team, or attend a group fitness class on a regular basis. The next two weeks are an especially rich time for jumping in with both feet. Summon your social network! Getting your friends into the fitness groove with you earns you 1,000 extra moonbeams.
5. Host A Salon
Idealistic, intellectual Aquarius revels in the realm of cutting edge ideas. This full moon creates the perfect space for a salon. Gather your brain trust for a topic-centered discussion, potluck style if you can, since group-centric Aquarius parties are even better when everyone contributes. (We recently had the pleasure of being part of The Cheshire Parlour salon in NYC, which included a communal meal prepared in the fabulous Food52 kitchen, a conversation on the topic of “fortune” and a gorgeous letterpress poster with the participants’ most notable quotables.) You might even play a film like No Impact Man or watch a TED talk to spark the conversation. Who knows? With this full moon ruling the skies, you might end the night with a plan for the New World Order.
6. Geek Out
Got an online endeavor to launch? Aquarius rules the Internet so circle Wednesday as an important date for getting the word out of your technical offerings. Need to create more abundance in your universe? This full moon prompts you to up your technical know how. Geek is chic, so what software stylistics do you need to rock out? Check out sites like lynda.com that offer tutorials or sign up for a class if you prefer in-person instruction. This full moon is a great time to launch an online marketing, crowdfunding or social networking campaign too. Ready, set, go viral!
7. Freshen The Air
Of the four elements, air is Aquarius’ domain. As any yogi will attest, there’s nothing more centering than a deep inhalation of oxygen. Many of us won’t take a sip of water that isn’t filtered or bottled so how about giving our air the same attention near this full moon? Plug in the air purifier, dehumidifier or vaporizer. Try an essential oil mister for a fragrant and soothing blast. Just go easy on the patchouli — a fan favorite of this bohemian Aquarius moon, but a strong whiff to catch for the average citizen. Grapefruit, lemon, tangerine and other citrus oils are uplifting and energizing. Perfect for the Aquarius “mad scientist” moments that could keep you up working on your master plan till the wee hours of the morn. Check out Bach flower essence blends, like the ones from Seed to Blossom and the flower/gemstone blends from Hawaiian company Shanti Kai—two of our personal faves.