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Full Moon in Coll August 10, 2014 by Sarah Fuhro
The Moon in Coll (Hazel) is almost full. The connection of a sacred tree to each Moon cycle offers us time during the year to remember the beauty, the sustenance and the power we receive from their way of being in the world.
On Sunday, August 10 the full Moon will celebrate Hazel, and the constellation Aquarius. Hazel is the tree favored by those who dowse for underground water sources because it is pliant and has an association to water. This tree is the guide to poetic inspiration, divination and leads us to our source. In Celtic Lore, the Salmon of Wisdom, known as the oldest animal eats the hazel nuts which fall into his pool, the Well of Segais. Within each of us is a still pool where we can draw wisdom and poetry fed by sources of nature.
This full Moon’s sign of Aquarius is the Water Bearer. It is an airy sign despite the connection to water. Moon in Aquarius in a natal chart drives an urge to be an individual, to move out of stereotypes of the culture of birth, and to find home and sustenance in the groups and organizations that feel most simpatico. The sign of the Moon signifies how we like to be nurtured and how we nurture others. An Aquarian Moon encourages freedom, and works best when given autonomy. If your Moon was in Aquarius at birth, this full Moon gives you the joyful opportunity to react to the world around you in whatever way feels most authentic. Since Aquarius is the sign connected to astrology, we can all revel in the ancient and still vibrant combination of art and science of the stars and planets.
Saturn, the planet who sometimes represents ‘social rigidity’ is square to the Sun and Moon’s line of opposition. Yet, when we fully embrace Saturn’s demands for responsibility, we gain his power to manifest our talent and truth. The Sabian Symbol for this degree is ‘A Path Through Woods Brilliant with Multicolored Splendor.’
Uranus the revolutionary spark is trine to the Sun and sextile to the Moon. Expect his flow of energy to be part of the full Moon’s impact on all of us. A full Moon on a summer night will always pull us into a cosmic dance, and this Moon further explodes with Uranus energy. Saturn and Uranus are the traditional rulers of Aquarius, the Moon’s sign. The contradictory themes of Saturn and Uranus that describe Aquarian energy, and which are active in this chart of the full Moon will be felt by each of us in our own way.
Don’t ignore the contradictory messages of this moment. Saturn speaks of stability and the need to be consistent and well grounded. Saturn in Scorpio is scrupulous about what is important and what must be jettisoned. Uranus in Aries wants to establish revolution through forceful action
The Sun in Leo has just passed the season of Lughnasadh. The fires of Lughnasadh are reflected in the Sabian Symbol for the Moon: ‘A Forest Fire is being Subdued by the Use of Water,Chemicals and the Sheer Muscular Energy.’ The meaning of this image is our potential to face unexpected reactions from our most innocent acts. This chart of the moment of the full Moon speaks to our need to be conscious of our power to create change in situations, which may seem to be out of our control.
We are in the height of summer here in the Northern Hemisphere, yet know we are moving towards the loss of light day by day. Mercury, the messenger and magician speaks for the creative energy of the Sun on this day and in this moment. It is time to speak truth as we see it. The Sabian Symbol for this degree of the Sun is ‘A Houseboat Party,’ Freedom from social rigidity.’
I have just returned from a location where the tides were woven into the daily pattern of life. This full Moon is also at the moment of perigee, when the Moon is closest to the earth. This provides an especially powerful pull on the tides within each of us as well as the ocean’s tides. When the Moon is at perigee on a full Moon she is called a Super Moon and she is felt as a powerful source of inspiration. This will compete with the Perseaid meteor belt which will peak August 10-13. Early morning when the Moon has gone off to bed will be the best time to see them. Thursday night I watched the stars around 3:00 am. The Moon had set and the sky was clear. A large meteor burst across the sky in front of me and filled me with awe.
Each full Moon we ricochet between two signs traditionally in ‘opposition.’ But this is what gives the full Moon its energy and potential for evolutionary insight. This is the time of the month when we do not have to choose between contradictory needs and impulses, but can discover how to integrate them.
The Wisdom Tradition evolved over the centuries to address our deepest human needs. Sarah Fuhro is a practitioner of its many forms; including Astrology, Tarot, Flower Essences and Druidry. In addition to personal consultations, Sarah teaches workshops and private classes, offering both clients and students knowledge powerfully rooted in the past, presented in the language of the present. To learn more, please visit http://www.sarahfuhro.com.