- Philip Young, PhD
- I am professional tarot reader living in Cary, NC. I bought my first deck in the summer of 1989, the Mythic Tarot, and started reading professionally in 1991. In 1996 I completed my PhD in English and in 1998 began a career with the School of Government at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In October of 2007 I retired (at the ripe age of 39) to become a stay-at-home father. The tarot has been an integral part of my journey since I first cracked open the Mythic Tarot workbook when I was 21.
Tuesday, August 20, 2013
The moon will be full today at 6:45PM, but its effects are felt most powerfully over a three day span (8/19 to 8/21). During its time in Aquarius 8/20 to 8/21, we will process emotions through the energy of Air; we will be cerebral about our feelings. Aquarius processes thought with a focus on authenticity, idealism, community, and originality, and does so with Air's usual sense of detachment. We are like a scientist looking our emotions, evaluating what comes up during this full moon. Aquarius is also a fixed sign, so it organizes ... cardinal Air (Libra) initiates and mutable Air (Gemini) adapts. In general you will likely find yourself comparing your current feelings about a situation, relationship, or belief to an idealized thought about the best way a situation, relationship, or belief should manifest.
The farther the reality from the ideal, the more the discomfort. To resolve any difference between the Aquarian ideal and the lived reality, we are called upon to be authentic with our feelings. Being authentic will help us move towards, if not achieve, the ideal. We must also evaluate the ideal and honestly determine if some close approximation is possible or if a more radical change is required to address our feelings. Say you are in an unhealthy relationship and the ideal is a healthy one, but no amount of authentic expression on your part is going to change the circumstances that are making the relationship unhealthy. You know, for example, healthy relationships do not have alcoholic partners and during this full moon phase you can see, with scientific clarity, that your alcoholic partner does not think he or she is an alcoholic. The authentic expression of your feelings may finally lead you to end the relationship in order to give yourself a real chance to have a more idealistic and healthy relationship.
The key to any understanding of an Energy Point transit (Moon in Aquarius) is knowledge of your own chart and where Aquarius has influence over that area of your chart. In my case, Aquarius covers my 4th House of Family and Roots. In particular, it will be passing over Astraea (the Energy Point of Community, and the only Energy Point in my 4th House and Aquarius) and forcing up my need to evaluate my feelings about not only my family, but my most important community members (friends). I find myself, today, thinking about the structure of my most personal relationships and how well they fit or are tracking towards/away from my ideals. The relationships and the interactions in my relationships that do not match with what I envision (Aquarius) as the best of those relationships will bring emotional discomfort that I can choose to address or ignore at this time. Best to address it. Relationships that are close to or meeting my ideal vision will feel particularly great during this full Moon phase. And thanks to human complexity, we will be able to hold space for both experiences. If the negative ones, however, significantly outweigh the positive ones, this may be the ideal time for some authentic expression that changes the circumstances supporting and perpetuating the negative feelings.