Updated: Jan 29
The July Full Moon falls on Independence Day in the USA, 7/4/20 10:44 pm MDT, July 5 14:44 AEST, 0544 GMT in the sidereal constellation of Sagittarius and the Vedic star of Purva Asadha.
Moments before the Purnima moon a penumbral lunar eclipse is casting a shadow across the July full moon, also known as the Thunder moon for the summer storms it heralds in the northern hemisphere. A penumbral lunar eclipse is the faint outer part of the earth’s shadow falling upon the moon.
The ideals and sentiment of the declaration of American independence so celebrated around the world and enshrined as a benchmark for freedom, are cast in darkness this full moon. “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. “
Moon in Sagittarius promotes these expansive feelings of high ideals, and out of love for these noble intentions, encourages us to take a stand for these qualities of a just world. The full moon also, is located with a dignified Jupiter and Ketu. A combination of spiritual power and insight, especially as this moon celebrates Guru Purnima where we honor the light and wisdom of our teachers, who remove the darkness from our lives.
Significantly 7 of the nine planets have strength and dignity this full moon. This is a profoundly powerful moment in our collective story. The forces of light and darkness are intersecting in full view, in the heavens above us. As above, so below, with these struggles also at play in our inner worlds. Mars aspects directly from the warrior star of Uttara Bhadrapada upon both Sun and Mercury, who remain under the influence of Ardra, promising further turmoil, sorrow, and disappointment.
The full moon’s Vedic star of Purva Asadha lies within the bow and arrow of the Sagittarius archer and speak to themes of victory and invincibility. So don’t lose hope dear astropeeps, don’t lose hope, for there is purification and powerful grace at play. The beautiful deity Apas, in the form of water, rules Purva Asadha. Many drops of water merge and form a stream to eventually become an unstoppable river. There is exponential power when merging with others. Invincibility and nourishment available. This full moon shows us how community can become embodied as a raging river of Light and Love in the world.
In Southern India on Srirangam Island in Trichy is the ancient Jambukeswarar Temple. This is the temple of the water element, one of the five grand and ancient elemental temples. The female deity worshipped here is called Akilhandesvari, which means never not broken. Akilandeswari rides a crocodile representing her power to navigate turbulence and chaos and reminds us we are at once broken and whole. Through times of breakdown and disorder, we are being held by her great love and compassion. The Goddess as a manifestation of peace in the world is present to all who call upon her for her grace and blessings.
The symbol of the star Purva Asadha is the elephant tusk, or the winnowing fan literally separating the wheat from the chaff. While this fan can generate heat, it reflects the purification of self, mind, and emotions, worn down by months of struggle and suffering. Apas as a caretaker of the earth, Gods, and humans, cools these fires with her visionary optimism, strategic skill, and future-oriented focus.
This eclipse is a call to prayer, for sanctuary, protection, and patience for the storm to subside. From the wounds of our brokenness, the July full moon signals a move from Purva Asadha’s declarations of war, to rise and embody a declaration of independence of our hearts, minds, and communities.
Still I Rise. Maya Angelou
You may write me down in history With your bitter, twisted lies, You may trod me in the very dirt But still, like dust, I’ll rise. Does my sassiness upset you? Why are you beset with gloom? ’Cause I walk like I’ve got oil wells Pumping in my living room. Just like moons and like suns, With the certainty of tides, Just like hopes springing high, Still I’ll rise. Did you want to see me broken? Bowed head and lowered eyes? Shoulders falling down like teardrops, Weakened by my soulful cries? Does my haughtiness offend you? Don’t you take it awful hard ’Cause I laugh like I’ve got gold mines Diggin’ in my own backyard. You may shoot me with your words, You may cut me with your eyes, You may kill me with your hatefulness, But still, like air, I’ll rise. Does my sexiness upset you? Does it come as a surprise That I dance like I’ve got diamonds At the meeting of my thighs? Out of the huts of history’s shame I rise Up from a past that’s rooted in pain I rise I’m a black ocean, leaping and wide, Welling and swelling I bear in the tide. Leaving behind nights of terror and fear I rise Into a daybreak that’s wondrously clear I rise Bringing the gifts that my ancestors gave, I am the dream and the hope of the slave. I rise I rise I rise.