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August's Full Moon in Aquarius Is Basically the Luckiest — and Most Romantic — of the Year
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It will probably come as a surprise to exactly no one that Leo season, known for boosting self-assurance and empowering you to use your voice, will not be going out quietly this year. On the same exact day that the confident sun slips from the fixed fire sign into service-oriented, down-to-earth mutable earth sign Virgo, we'll get our second Aquarius full moon of the year (which makes it a blue moon) — happening at exactly 8:01 a.m. ET/5:01 a.m. PT on August 22. And although it sounds like it could be a redux of July's full moon in the sign of the Water Bearer, this one has a totally different, lucky-in-love vibe. 

The full moon in Aquarius can inspire you to tap into your inner royal.

Aquarius prioritizes community over self and loathes convention. Meanwhile, their opposite, or sister, sign, Leo, has no shame taking selfies, dedicating quality time to self-care, embracing what's popular, and presenting it in a way that earns them lots of applause (hello, countless pop stars — from Madonna to Dua Lipa — born under the fire sign). And while this full moon is happening in the sign of the Water Bearer, it opposes the sun in its last degree of Leo. 

When a planet is hanging out at 29 degrees of any sign, also referred to as the Anaretic degree, you can expect to experience the most intense, peak energy of that sign — as well as a sense of urgency. So with the sun at 29 degrees Leo, this full moon could stir up peak regal energy (or as TikTok would put it: main character energy). You could feel truly comfortable in your skin, at the top of your game, craving recognition, and driven to do whatever you need to do to make sure you see your desires fulfilled — because you're the star of this cinematic moment. 

On the flip side, taking this energy too far could result in greediness and self-absorption, which is a reminder to remain grounded while you capitalize on the buoyancy and glitz of the moment.

A beautiful connection to Jupiter sparks abundance.

The main aspect that the full moon makes is a close conjunction with Jupiter, the planet of fortune and expansion, giving way to a burst of optimism, luck, and success. With both in personable Aquarius, you could feel especially connected to your dearest friends, closest colleagues, a team or group or club that you adore being a part of. And it'll also make it easier to hit it off with new connections. Magnifying Jupiter's message is generally "the bigger, the better," and in this case, while it makes a major appearance in communal-minded Aquarius, it'll urge you to welcome anyone and everyone who's game to join your circle. 

Venus and Saturn bring serious romance to the table.

On the full moon day, the planet of love, now in partnership-oriented Libra, and the planet of commitment, in Aquarius  — yep, just like this full moon and Jupiter — will be heading toward a harmonizing trine, infusing this full moon with a weighty tone around romance. If you're single, you could decide that flirtation and fun just aren't cutting it anymore, and it's time to more quickly 86 anyone who isn't on the same page in terms of what they're looking for. In a situationship or a relationship you'd like to see make it to a more mature level? You could really be feeling this aspect, as it'll help you envision, stand up for, and move the ball forward on deepening your bond — or moving in whatever direction is going to help you feel the most fulfilled in love.  

Mars and Uranus could set off fireworks.

But this full moon isn't only bringing out the heavy-duty "put a ring on it" feels. It's also happening at the same time that Mars, the planet of action and sex, in Virgo forms a lovely trine to Uranus, the planet of change and rebellion, in Taurus which could help you get out of your comfort zone — especially in the bedroom. Together, these planets want you to let your freak flag fly. And because they're in grounded, sensual earth signs, you should feel free to take your sweet time making your most eyebrow-raising fantasies a reality. 

You'll want to embrace intimacy, pleasure, and connection.

This full moon could be a culmination point stemming from not only the August 8 Leo new moon but the new moon in Aquarius that happened on February 11, 2021. That moon was marked by a super lucky-in-love conjunction between romantic Venus and fortunate Jupiter. Think back to that moment, and it could be that you were kicking off a whole new chapter — potentially related to your love life — that's now come to fruition. 

With Jupiter and Venus playing starring roles yet again, but serious Saturn showing up in the picture, we're very clearly at a culmination point. This full moon could ignite decisions that can lead you to writing the love story you've been dreaming of. 

Here, how this Aquarius full moon will affect you, based on your sign. (Pro-tip: Be sure to read both your sun and your rising sign, if you know it. If you don't, you can find it on your natal chart or via this CafeAstrology calculator.) 

Aries (March 21-April 19)

The full moon falls in your eleventh house of networking while Venus is now in your seventh house of partnership, so it's time to get clear on the team projects and one-on-one bonds you most want to pour your energy into.

Taurus (April 20-May 20)

With your tenth house of career illuminated by this full moon, and sweet Venus in your sixth house of wellness, you could be torn between striving for professional recognition and caring for your well-being. Know that you deserve it all. 

Gemini (May 21-June 20)

The full moon falls in your ninth house of adventure, while romantic Venus is in your fifth house of romance, so getting out of your comfort zone is truly the key to making the most of this moon. 

Cancer (June 21-July 22)

Falling in your eighth house of emotional bonds, while sweet Venus is in your fourth house of home life, this full moon could have you feeling incredibly supported and loved by your nearest and dearest. And reveling in that sense of security will feel pretty amazing.

Leo (July 23-August 22)

Now at the very tail end of your season, the full moon lights up your seventh house of partnership while romantic Venus is in your third house of communication. It could be time for a solid heart-to-heart with someone special about what you want and need long-term.

Virgo (August 23-September 22)

The full moon's in your sixth house of wellness while social Venus is in your second house of income, so this can be a wonderful moment to strike a balance between self-care and growing your business and cash flow. 

Libra (September 23-October 22)

With the full moon falling in your fifth house of romance and self-expression, and romantic Venus, your ruler, in your sign, letting go of concrete plans and seeing where the moment takes you can bring lots of magic. 

Scorpio (October 23-November 21)

With the full moon in your fourth house of home life, and sweet Venus in your twelfth house of spirituality, super-private, meditative moments with someone special can bring you even closer. 

Sagittarius (November 22-December 21)

The full moon activates your third house of communication, while romantic Venus is in your eleventh house of networking, making this a vibrant time for connection— and feeling like part of something major outside of yourself. 

Capricorn (December 22-January 19)

Your second house of income is illuminated by this full moon, and social Venus lights up your tenth house of career, so you can look forward to well-deserved recognition and possibly a moneymaking boost.

Aquarius (January 20-February 18)

This full moon falls in your sign, while romantic Venus lands in your ninth house of adventure, so it could feel like this is your opp to make some seriously wonderful memories with your nearest and dearest before the summer winds down.

Pisces (February 19-March 20) 

With the full moon in your twelfth house of spirituality and sweet Venus in your eighth house of emotional bonds, being vulnerable and sharing the details of your deepest wounds could lead to the kind of connection you've been craving.