Art by Aramis O. Hamer
Calling all freaks, geeks and unicorns! On August 7, 2017, the Aquarius lunar eclipse stirs up our righteous urge for social change, encouraging us to come together and collaborate. You can harness the magic of these Aquarian moonbeams with an alchemical full moon ritual.
As the only Aquarius full moon of 2017 brightens up the skies, these future-forward moonbeams help us dream outside of the box. Wish upon a double rainbow: This full moon is also a change-making, partial lunar eclipse which kicks off this month’s eclipse season (followed by a total solar eclipse that will culminate at the Leo new moon on August 21). Eclipses can often spark sudden changes or transitions, speeding up our manifestation powers. You could suddenly receive illuminating insight from out of the blue that serves as the missing piece to a long-standing puzzle.
Since eclipses can also signify endings, you might even release yourself from a situation you’ve outgrown. Freedom fighter Aquarius errs on the cool and collected, focusing on collaborations over individuality. So fasten your seatbelt—and embrace the necessary cha-cha-changes headed your way in this realm. During a lunar eclipse, we can see the shadow of the Earth dance across the moon. Metaphorically speaking, a lunar eclipse can reveal shadows within ourselves or hidden opportunities that have been blocked from our view. Be open to surprises!
Here is a full moon ritual to harness the power of the collaborative Aquarius lunar eclipse.
Ritual: Rainbows & Unicorns Picnic
With eclipse season back in swing in offbeat Aquarius, summon the unicorns! All things weird, wacky and otherworldly will captivate and enchant now. There could hardly be a better time for flying the old freak flag and letting our alter egos out to play. Make it a rainbow connection! An Aquarius lunar eclipse honors the world’s most colorful characters—not to mention the bright hues of the actual spectrum. Forget about your summer whites or LBDs and reach for reds, purples, oranges and neon greens.
But why be so liberated all by your lonesome? Host a Rainbows & Unicorns Picnic and share the love. Aquarius loves to commune, and this lunar eclipse celebrates the spirit of social experimentation. Invite everyone from the Coachella bohemian to the corporate banker type. You’ll be surprised to see who clicks. If you live in a warm climate, make it a picnic in the park or a BBQ. You might even bask in the light of the Aquarius full moon after dusk—or see the eclipse, if you live in the right time zone (alas, this one won’t be viewable for those of us in North America).
Participation and collaboration are Aquarius keywords, so this should be a potluck so that everyone can help create the spirit of the gathering. Go full-on with the Rainbows & Unicorns theme. Spread out a multi-colored blanket or sparkly white and silver clothes. Bring on the cosmic cosplay: Have friends dress in rainbow colored clothes or hey, as unicorns. (One of our Aquarius friends actually owns a head-to-toe unicorn suit—a zip-up onesie with a horned hood.) You could even pass out unicorn horns as party favors for guests. Make your your fare rainbow-colored or fantasy-themed. Think: cotton candy, a rainbow assortment of crudité, ice cream cones with rainbow sprinkles. (Check this Pinterest selection of rainbow and unicorn treats to spur your imagination.)
Keep your guest list wide open and encourage friends to invite a plus-one or two. Don’t be surprised if strangers stroll up, curious about your fete. Tell them to pull up a picnic blanket: the more is always the merrier under an Aquarius full moon. The eclipse could even bring the bonus surprise of new long-lasting friendships.
- Invite friends to watch a documentary together (Netflix has a great selection), then, have a salon-style discussion afterwards. This eclipse is both progressive and thought provoking!
- Streamline social media, deleting posts and photos that don’t represent your current values or beliefs Aquarius rules electricity so make a point of conserving and “green-ifying” your home. Switch to LED bulbs, sign up for green power (ask your electricity provider about this option), explore solar chargers for your small devices or a solar keyboard for your computer.
- Attend a group meditation or yoga class to awaken your higher mind—Aquarius is associated with the third eye chakra.
Artwork by Aramis O. Hamer; “Unicorn Porn”
Aramis O. Hamer is a splash painter and muralist who loves making a mess. Her artwork is greatly influenced by divine femininity, nature, energy, and the cosmos. “I want to highlight the beauty of life, love, and liberation in a world where these three have become less important to our society. My hope in my artistic practice is to remind people of the magic that’s still present in this world and others beyond.”