Why This Full Moon in Pandemic Times May Leave You Feeling Especially Shaken

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Prepare to experience astrological crosswinds this week. Like trying to walk on the beach in chaotic weather, the mood surrounding Monday’s turbulent full moon may feel unhinged. Happening at 11 degrees of Aquarius, this full moon in the pandemic opposes the sun in Leo at 11:58 a.m., ET. This means we will feel the cacophonous influence of this peak lunar moment on both Sunday and Monday.

Uranus, the ruler of Aquarius, forms a fixed T-square with the sun and the moon, while Mercury opposes Saturn, and Mars squares Jupiter, which, put simply, means you won’t get your way. However, rather than treating this like a failure or something to push through, instead treat it like a timeout. Like a delayed flight that can’t takeoff until the weather pattern shifts, the universe invites you to honor nature by curtailing your schedule until the flight path becomes safe again. While travel plans due to high winds feels inconvenient, yelling at the (metaphorical) airline attendant won’t get you anywhere, especially now. After all, it’s no one’s fault, but rather a necessary adjustment on behalf of safety.

Even with the right mind-set, though, you might still feel a bit topsy-turvy and rumpled. That’s okay. Whatever comes up is supposed to. So just let it.

We've learned that 2020 is an unrelenting year. With August here and no relief from COVID-19 in sight, everyone is contending with difficult decisions, especially parents with school age children. With lack of ease about proposed back-to-school options or the best way to support their children’s social and scholastic development, this is not a normal August. Even still, back-to-school commercials fill the airways, selling the idea of a fresh start. Reality is anything but crisp, though.

This juxtaposition between the normal seasonal rhythms we are entrained to honor this time of year amid the disruption of life due to ongoing unrelenting pandemic might prompt grief and a longing for the normalcy of tradition. We may crave the exuberance of full-stop summer, but it's simply not on the menu right now. Instead, we have to bow down to circumstances, and find the best options, despite the lack of normalcy most of us crave.

While the cosmic curriculum commands malleability and won’t settle for anything short of resilience, that doesn’t mean you should (or will) feel peaceful about any of this.

Full moons happen when the sun is on one side of the earth, and opposes the moon who is on the opposite side of the Earth. At the time of the new moon, the sun and moon’s combined gravitational force intensifies the oceans tides. Many believe that this gravitational pull is what makes full moons feel stimulating and intense, but another theory suggests that increased light at night due to the moon’s ability to reflect the sunlight back to us after dusk shifts our biological responses.

During this full moon, Uranus asks us to look at what holds us back from the most unique expression of ourselves, and Saturn’s opposition to Mercury makes it very hard to express ourselves.

Yet this sturgeon full moon, amid pandemic times, brings so much more than the typical impact of the higher tides and brighter nights. Uranus asks us to look at what holds us back from the most unique expression of ourselves dead on. Meanwhile, Saturn’s opposition to Mercury makes it very hard to express ourselves, hence the crosswinds analogy.

This is not a moment to act on impulses but instead to take note of what’s coming up and sit with it. When it comes to interpersonal communication, it’s essential to use your best skills. Arguments can easily happen under these influences, and sadly they can do long-lasting harm. So with Saturn opposing Mercury, be sure to watch your words, and if you need some guidance on how to communicate constructively with others—especially when conversations are important or heated.

Come Tuesday, the mood lightens as Mercury moves out of Cancer and into Leo, reinvigorating hope and optimism. Mercury has been in moody Cancer, a cardinal water sign, for an exceptionally long period of time. The shift into Leo is a much needed change.

On Wednesday, Venus in Gemini aligns with the north node of fate and destiny! This is alignment asks you claim your vision, and recommit to your dream. Venus, represents what you love, and the north node is your highest destiny. When these two align it’s time to commit to your values, and your most authentic goals.

Finally, on Friday, Venus ends her stay in Gemini and moves into Cancer. Like Mercury, Venus’s recent retrograde had her in Gemini for an exceptionally long period of time. Her move into Cancer reinvigorates our connection to home, family, and dare I even say it, quarantine.

With the recent full moon in the pandemic in your wake, take time to honor how far you’ve come. You are more resilient than you realize. Soon enough, all of the delays and hardship will give way to growth. Stay patient, centered, and kind. You don’t want to create unnecessary obstacles but taking out your sadness and anger on others. Be responsible for yourself, and trust!

Jennifer Racioppi is the creator of Lunar Logic—a philosophy that integrates the deep wisdom of both science and spirituality, and blends her expertise in astrology, positive psychology, and women’s health—which she uses to coach high-achieving female entrepreneurs to reach their next level of success. Pre-order her book, Cosmic Health (January 2021), here.

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