Gate of Change
Full Moon | August 3, 2020 | 11 Aquarius 46’
Let us take special interest in Aquarius, the sign in which the Moon is full. Aquarius is assigned to Tarot Key 17, The Star, featuring the eight-pointed star of the quintessence as well as a woman who is called Bath-Sheba, meaning Daughter of the Seven. I have assigned Juno, the asteroid of relationships, to Tarot Key 17, The Star, as well. Aquarius is represented in Tarot by the human figure among the animals at the 4 corners of Keys 10 (Wheel of Fortune) and 21 (The World). The position of the human in the upper left corner of the card approximates where Aquarius is on the zodiacal wheel. (The other figures also correlate to the placement of their respective signs, Taurus, Leo and Scorpio.)
Astrologers assign to Aquarius (a fixed air sign) the qualities of freedom, openness and acceptance of all. The Aquarius house is the 11th of groups, like brotherhoods, clubs and associations, where like-minded people, including friends, gather to work or play.
However, I observed Juno in Libra, sign of partnership relationship, alone in her hemisphere for most of the months of pandemic. "Social" is a Libra word since Libra is ruled by Venus, planet of love, imagination and pleasure. Social distancing is an oxymoron, especially with Juno in Libra. I have come to think that Juno, in keeping with her relationship to Aquarius, has to do with impersonal relationships as well. It represents a spirit of human respect and honor. It is the divine in me acknowledging the divine in you.
Even my personal chart reflected the quarantine order for me to stay at home. Juno in Libra (the sign of marriage) moves through my 4th, representing home where I now live alone. Am I alright with continuing to live alone? I think so, although I am very interested in my role as a human among others humans, in spirit as well as in person.
Some of my earliest pandemic readings were for people who separated during the pandemic. What is Juno’s current message? I think the message is both personal and universal. Can you relate to another and cohabitate with others at home and in the world, and not require them to bend to your will, nor you bend to the will of another?
In The Aquarian Conspiracy, Marilyn Ferguson says “No one can persuade another to change. Each of us guards a gate of change that can only be opened from the inside. We cannot open the gate of another, either by agreement or by emotional appeal.”
For me this means not spending anxious time worrying about what others are doing or not doing, including whether they are masking or not. Libra is the sign that rules equilibrium and balance. It means that I must maintain a sense of poise and safety within, no matter what is going on without.
For our Full Moon, Juno in Libra is in harmonious relationship with both Sun in Leo and Moon in Aquarius. Sun in Leo to Juno in Libra says, “I will cooperate and relate in a peaceful and harmonious way. If I want your cooperation, I will await your consent.” Moon in Aquarius to Juno in Libra says, “I will make no emotional demands for your cooperation. Your freedom satisfies my desire.”
Louise Hay author of Heal Your Body says that in order to love yourself, (Sun in Leo) cease all criticism of yourself and others. Accept yourself as you are. Praise yourself as much as you can. Criticism breaks down the inner spirit; praise builds it up. Look into a mirror often, and say: I love you. I really love you. It may be difficult at first, but keep practicing. Eventually, you will mean and feel what you say. Love yourself as much as you can, and all of life will mirror this love back to you.”