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On August 14, at 10:13 PM (PDT), the Moon waxes to Full at 22 degrees Aquarius. Saturn will have just entered Gemini at this time. Saturn changes its sign about once every two and a half years. With Saturn moving into this sign, there are now five planets in air signs along with four planets in fire signs this Full Moon. Only Venus remains in an earth sign—Virgo. The strong emphasis on the fire and air elements intensifies our extroverted, expressive and exuberant tendencies.

Not only is the Full Moon in Aquarius at this time, but it is also conjunct Uranus, the ruler of Aquarius. This “double whammy” has the effect of creating a lot of electric energy in the air. There is more of a chance for nervousness, coincidences and revolutionary and life-changing events to occur. We may feel like we are moving along a current of energy that is not entirely in our own control. With both Jupiter and Saturn in Gemini, and the Moon, Uranus and Neptune in Aquarius, our nerves can feel frazzled and shot if we haven’t been taking care of ourselves. It’s easy to feel ungrounded and out of control at this time if we don’t take time to relax and unwind.

Yin and Yang

In Chinese philosophy, the universe is divided into two polarities, yin and yang. Yin is connected to the cool, dark, feminine and receptive qualities in life, and yang is connected to the hot, bright, dynamic, masculine and expressive qualities in life. Much of Chinese medicinal philosophy deals with the internal blend of yin and yang, augmenting or decreasing one or the other to naturally bring an alchemical balance to one’s physical health. In the case of this Full Moon, there is a preponderance of planets in yang signs (fire and air). Because of the natural abundance of yang, we may want to create a natural balance by focusing on some yin activities.

Nourishing our Yin

What are yin activities? Anything that grounds us, cools us and helps us to relax and be receptive to the currents of life nourishes our internal yin. This includes meditating, sitting near a river or the sea, gentle stretching and breathing exercises, receiving a massage or walking in a flower garden. When we nourish our yin, we build a storehouse of relaxed energy for ourselves that will help us in stressful and difficult times. In our modern world, society stresses yang activities such as high-powered business, strenuous exercise, doing many things at once and “getting ahead” as superior to yin activities. Because of this, we are often overly hot, anxious, stressed and “maxed out” by the pace of life. Nourishing our yin by relaxing and resting has a much more degraded standing and is often looked at as being lazy and loafing around.

Yin and Yang and Your Astrological Chart

During this highly yang period, you may want to examine your astrological chart and see if you have a preponderance of planets in yin or yang signs. If you are weighted more toward being yang, you may want to be careful during this Full Moon period that you don’t overdo things and become overheated and burn yourself out. Likewise, if you have a lot of planets in yin signs (earth and water), then this Full Moon might be a wonderful time to naturally balance out your chart. This is a good time to find your secret extroverted side that wants to wear a lampshade at a party, dance until 3:00 am, lead a local conference or take a role in a play. Different times of the year offer opportunities to find a natural internal balance of yin and yang.

Leo Hero, Aquarian Rebel

Full Moons are times of polarities, when the Sun and Moon oppose each other. In this case, the Sun in Leo represents the archetypal hero image. This is the image found throughout mythology of one in search of transcendent truth and enlightenment and who confronts many obstacles along the way. We see this in the Leonine myth of the Arthurian tales where there is a search for the holy grail. This grail holds the promise of purity, boundless love and eternal life if it can be found. For all of us, there is an underlying Leonine journey and desire to find peace and happiness through the travails of everyday life.

The Moon in Aquarius brings us a different myth of the outcast, the outsider who struggles to find a place for him/herself in the community. In modern times, the Aquarian myth is best summed up in the movie Rebel Without a Cause, with James Dean in the lead role. Stuck in a society that does not understand him, he fights to create his own identity.

During this Full Moon, we are being asked to balance the role of hero and rebel in our lives. As Leonine heroes, we can seek to open our hearts and share our gifts and strengths with our community. As Aquarian rebels, we can try to follow our own unusual paths without worrying what others may think. As rebel heroes, we can lead a life of revolutionary love, rebellious compassion and spontaneous kindness. Good health to you!

Editor’s note: The health information given in this article is not meant as a substitute for care from a qualified physician. This information is given for educational purposes only, and is not intended to diagnose or prescribe. is not responsible for any mishaps that occur as a result of using this information.



Jonathan Keyes, B.S., is an astrologer, herbalist and plant spirit medicine practitioner. His writing has appeared in The Mountain Astrologer and in numerous Llewellyn almanacs. Jon has written a book entitled 'Guide to Natural Health, The Horoscope as a key to Ancient Healing Practices'. Jon is available for readings and can be contacted at Go to Jon's web site at

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Other StarIQ articles by Jonathan Keyes:

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  • Lunar Health Cycles   3/13/2002
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  • Lunar Health Cycles   11/14/2001
  • Lunar Health Cycles   10/31/2001
  • Lunar Health Cycles   10/15/2001
  • Lunar Health Cycles   10/1/2001
  • Lunar Health Cycles   9/14/2001
  • Lunar Health Cycles   8/31/2001
  • Lunar Health Cycles   8/16/2001
  • Lunar Health Cycles   8/2/2001
  • Lunar Health Cycles   7/18/2001
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  • Lunar Health Cycles   6/17/2001
  • Lunar Health Cycles   6/4/2001
  • Pluto, Your Health and Herbs   4/30/2001
  • Pluto and Your Psyche   4/16/2001
  • Your Health and Neptune Part 2   3/12/2001
  • Your Health and Saturn Part 2   11/13/2000
  • Your Health and Saturn   10/30/2000
  • Michael Stipe Shuns the Spotlight   9/16/2000
  • Michael J. Fox   8/21/2000
  • Animals and Astrology Part Two   7/3/2000
  • Animals and Astrology   6/12/2000
  • The Astrology of Stones Part 2   5/15/2000
  • Astrology and Stones   5/1/2000

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