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Aquarius Full Moon (8/18/16): Be the Force for Change In The World

Aquarius Full Moon (8/18/16): Be the Force for Change In The World

It’s time to incite the revolution. But, it must happen within ourselves, first. The full moon is a time of clearing what needs to be released, and enjoying the fruits of what is flourishing. Let this moon’s energy wash away what stands in the way of your personal revolution so you can carry the torch for change on a bigger level. A challenging relationship to both Mercury and Jupiter at this time ask us to pay extra close attention to the words we speak as a part of this challenge, as well as how much effort we are giving to it. Nothing is more important than saying what we mean and meaning what we say. As we do, we need to make sure our energy is laser-focused to be most effective.

This is a good time to clear any limiting beliefs about your critical role in the transformation of our world. As the old saying goes, “If you think you’re too small to make a difference, try going to sleep with a mosquito in the room.” Limiting beliefs hold us back and prevent us from spreading our gifts and our message at this time, so do the work necessary to clear them and re-write your story as a change-maker. Listen to any and all flashes of inspiration that come as a result of this, as you may be guided in ways you could never have imagined to cause positive change in a way you could never have dreamed.

Alchemical Ritual for the Aquarius Full Moon

As an air sign, Aquarius is an individualist, truth sayer and humanitarian. Aquarius is often setting the trend for all kinds of social change, while the rest of us are simply trying to catch up. This capacity for forward thinking often leaves Aquarius lonely in a state of exile. Few understand Aquarius’ capacity for revolutionary thinking, which makes it critical for Aquarius to communicate clearly, remembering the audience to whom it speaks. To speak in a way that others can receive the message benefits not only Aquarius, but all who listen. 

Aquarius’ ancient ruler is Saturn, and so it always feels pressure to get things done. It’s modern ruler is Uranus, which is constantly feeing Aquarius the flashes of inspiration and insight it needs to think so far outside the box. We want these messages to come through loud and clear, so that they can be communicated loudly and clearly, too. When the transmission moves clearly through—from above to below— Aquarius is a successful conduit for higher messages to be used (and acted upon) here on earth. 

To activate Aquarius’ conducive and inspirational energy, gather stones such as amethyst, aventurine, garnet or onyx. If you have some patchouli incense, that works well for this ritual. Light it before you begin, and use sage, sweet grass or palo santo to cleanse yourself and the space by casting the smoke over yourself and encircling your own body three times. Light a few candles, and anoint your third eye with cypress, patchouli or frankincense essential oil, if available. Enter your ceremonial space with the intention to open yourself to the messages that are intended for you, so you may bring them to the world. 

With openness and receptivity, say the following invocation out loud:

Aquarius, Uranus and Saturn, open my receptivity so I may be a conduit for the messages that need to come through me and be broadcasted to the world.

Cup your hands over your ears and chant OM out loud three times. This increases the resonance within your mind and heart, and attunes your ears to a higher kind of listening. Sit quietly and rest the hands palms up on the knees, which is a simple gesture of receptivity. 

Allow yourself to receive whatever messages come. They may come in the form of words, thoughts, feelings or sensations. Do not anticipate or second guess them. Simply receive. What you receive may surprise you, but the more you open yourself up to be a channel for positive change, the easier and more clearly the messages start to come through you. 

When complete, chant Om three times, and snuff the candles. Bring your palms into prayer and the thumbs up to the third eye. By increasing our intuitive power, and listening to messages from a higher source, we allow ourselves to get out of our own way in our mission to be a force for change. 

By Alanna Kaivalya

Alanna believes Yoga is for everyone and each student can develop the self-empowerment needed to embark on a personal journey to meaningful transformation. On this principle she founded The Kaivalya Yoga Method, a fresh take on yoga emphasizing the individual path while honoring tradition. Teaching students since 2001, teachers since 2003, Alanna has written and developed teacher trainings worldwide for top studios and independently. In January she debuted a comprehensive 200hr-online teacher training with YogaDownload. She holds a Ph.D. in Mythological Studies with an Emphasis in Depth Psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute, has authored numerous articles and two books: Myths of the Asanas, an accessible practitioner’s guide to stories behind beloved poses; Sacred Sound, a yoga “hymnal,” illustrating the role of chant and mantra in modern practice. Look for her third book, Yoga Beyond the Mat, in Autumn 2016.She lives in New York City with Roxy the Wonderdog.

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