Blue Moon July 2015: Why You Shouldn’t Believe the Astrological Hype

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Yasmin Boland

Astrology Expert

I have been asked quite a few times, both by friends and colleagues, on my thoughts on the Blue Moon this month. But unfortunately, astrologically-speaking, this doesn’t mean as much as people might think.

A Blue Moon is simply the second of two Full Moons in the same calendar month. So for my cosmic dollar, the July Blue Moon is not really any different from any other Full Moon this or any other year.

Confused? Read on.

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As you probably know, every 30 days or so, there is a Full Moon. So mostly there is one each month. One in January, one in February, one in March and so on.

This time around though, two Full Moons in a row happen to ‘bookend’ July, rather than falling across first July and then August, as they usually would. But really, it’s a case of so what? It doesn’t make the Full Moon any more powerful or interesting; it’s just two Full Moons happening to take place within the same month of the man-made construct known as the Julian calendar.

So why is the internet full of posts about it? That’s a very good question. One writer called it ‘unprecedented’. Another called it ‘potent’ and ‘magical’. I’ll leave the Googling to you if you so desire.

For me, the words ‘beat-up’ and ‘what the heck?’ spring to mind!

At best I suppose you could say it makes the (man-made) month of July extra special but I don’t think we mere mortals are going to feel anything different.

Full Moons are all about climaxes and letting go. So two Full Moons in one month mean there is more of a chance to release the past than we usually get within one calendar month. However they are still about the same distance apart as non-Blue Moons are, so for me at least, it’s a very tenuous argument!

Just to be clear, this is a very different thing to a Blue Moon which is so-called because there are two Full Moons in the same astrological sign. That’s possible and for me, a totally different story (and one for another day!)

So instead of trying to turn this Blue Full Moon into something it’s not, here’s an idea; let’s look at what this week’s Full Moon has to offer us, blue or not.

As mentioned, it’s taking place in the sign of Aquarius. For a start, here is a quick rundown of what that means for each sign. If you know your Rising Sign, read that as well – your Star sign will give you a ‘quick fix’ but your Rising Sign is far more likely to hit the Full Moon nail on the head for you.

Once you have read about what it means for you, please do scroll down as there’s a final bit of info there as well.

Aries or Aries Rising: As the Full Moon takes place in your 11th house, it’s time to look at the things you’ve been hoping and wishing for. Either it’s going to become clear how you can make it happen or it might be about to become clear that it’s a pipedream you’d do best to move on from. As well, while the past few weeks have almost certainly been about you, the fun you can have, your romantic life, your self-expression, a child you’ve been indulging and/or a creative project you’ve had on the boil – but the skies now suggest that you think less about that and more about if you are carrying your weight where the groups you belong to are concerned.

Taurus or Taurus Rising: The Full Moon in your 10th house of suggests you may well be feeling a tug of war between your home life and your career. More than likely you have spent the past few weeks thinking about your personal life, you home, family, and where you feel you belong. Now though, the skies are reminding you that all of us have to crawl out from the safety of our nests from time to time. If you know you’ve been neglecting your professional obligations because of what’s been going on at home or with family, the skies suggest now is the time to redress the balance.

Gemini or Gemini Rising: The Full Moon brings about tension as the Moon takes the exactly opposite position in the skies to the Sun. The Sun is where our focus has been – for you for the past few weeks, this has been on Your Own Backyard – your neighourhood, aunts, uncles and sibling, little tasks, quick trips and lots of chats. Now the Full Moon asks that you shift your focus a little and that you step back and look at The Bigger Picture. If life is a cosmic quest, how are you doing? Do what it takes to expand your mind. PS If you’re thinking about taking up some kind of study or starting to travel, you have heavenly support.

Cancer or Cancer Rising: The Full Moon is taking place in your 8th house. For you, it’s partly all about joint finances – that means where you get paid by someone else or where you pay them and also about loans and debt. It’s a time to be thinking about what’s yours, what’s someone else’s and where the two may or can or even should meet. You may find that you’ve been thinking too much about someone else’s needs but now comes a time when you start to focus more on feathering your own nest. There really is nothing at all wrong with that – in fact, with the Full Moon in your 8th house, it’s pretty much what you should be doing. Sexually, the coming month is emotionally charged. If things are good, they should get better. If they’re not so good, it’s time to address the issues. Sex is not always easy to talk about but this Full Moon brings makes it easier.

Leo or Leo Rising: Lately, it’s been all about YOU. And guess what? That isn’t likely to change overnight. But the Full Moon in your 7th house of Other People and of Romance means it’s time for you to think less about yourself and what you want, and more about others and what they need. The Full Moon in your Love Zone (which this is) also marks the natural conclusion for relationships which have clearly reached their Use-By date. Compromise is crucial now, if you’re in a good relationship which is going through temporary troubles and delays. For some, closure on an ex is possible at last.

Virgo or Virgo Rising: Now is the moment to take a good long hard look at yourself and where you are self-sabotaging yourself. If you know you are clinging to unhealthy habits (eg: smoking) which are doing you no good physically, now is the perfect time to give that habit away. If it’s some other unhealthy behaviour which is scuppering you again and again – eg: acting jealous, drinking too much – again this is the ideal time to bin the behaviour. If you’ve recently reformed (eg: started exercising properly) this is the time recommit to your new regimes. Meanwhile an important work project could come to fruition now.

Libra or Libra Rising: The Full Moon in your 5th house of fun suggests that there is likely to be some kind of tug of war going on in your heart – you have hopes and dreams that you know you have to work hard to make come true. But you also wish you could have more fun. And honestly, that is your challenge right now. You do need to work to make your dreams come true but you need to balance that out with having time out for good behaviour. For some, this month will be all about learning to be a great friend to other people while also allowing yourself the quality Me Time that we all need.

Scorpio or Scorpio Rising: The last few weeks have most likely seen you giving Number One priority to your career. If that’s the case, you can expect your personal life to start demanding some more of your attention now, as the Full Moon takes place across your career and family zones. It’s all very fabulous doing brilliantly at work and getting kudos (or at least managing to hold your own). But don’t let your ego lead you into thinking that that’s the most important part of life. Because it’s just not. Sure, there will be time to start to focus again on your professional life, but right now, if you listen to the Stars, you will hear them reminding you to take care of your personal life.

Sagittarius or Sagittarius Rising: Over the past few weeks, you’ve hopefully allowed yourself the luxury of caring less about the details and more about seeing The Big Picture. With any luck, you now have a much clearer sense or either where you are going (in a metaphorical sense) or where you want to go (in a literal sense). There has been mind expanding going on – via travel, dreams of travel, talk with someone with connections far away or study. Now, though, as you might have guessed, it’s time to rein yourself back in and check out what’s going on in your own backyard. There are little tasks and chores which need to be attended to before you head off for the wild blue yonder.

Capricorn or Capricorn Rising: Intimacy, power struggles and questions about who has the upper hand, cash, control and joint finances have been a focus for many of your for the past few weeks. This Full Moon suggests that you shift your focus a little. Instead of worrying about who owes and owns what, worry about what you have, and what you have to offer someone else. It’s as though the Universe is asking you to think less about what someone else can do to make you happy, and to worry more about what you can do to make others comfortable. Rediscover the pleasure of giving.

Aquarius or Aquarius Rising: The Full Moon takes place in your sign which is a sure message from the skies – it’s time to stop thinking so much about someone else, and time to start investing some emotional energy into your own well-being. This is a potentially highly emotional time so don’t be surprised if life feels extra intense. The trick is not to loose your cool, and to stay mindful of the fact that what happens now can be a path to your future. The Full Moon is definitely a marker for you – it can also be a turning point. If you’re not happy about where you life is headed, it’s time to turn and face a new direction.

Pisces or Pisces Rising: The emphasis has been on the Everyday – the routines in your life, your daily work and health schedules, what you do for others. The click click click of life. The Full Moon suggests though that it’s time for you to think less about that and more about the hidden parts of life. Spare a moment for the esoteric. Spend some time alone in quiet contemplation rather than throwing yourself onto an endless treadmill of life where you don’t get a chance to think about anything much. There is a lot which has been swirling beneath the surface – and it’s time to allow it up for air.

To sum up, it’s worth noting that the Full Moon is always an intense time, whether it’s a silver, blue, pink or any other coloured Moon.

Astrologically, the Moon symbolises our emotions and when She swells to fullness once a month (or twice in one month as per this case) our emotions often do as well. So try not to lose your cool under the Blue Moon. The Full Moon (Blue or not) is always a great time for us all to deal with emotions… but not to allow them to overwhelm us! One of my favourite things to do under the Full Moon is to make a list of any upsets from the past four weeks (or from the past fullstop, if you have yet to deal with them). Stop for a moment and send love – yes love! – anyone who has upset or hurt you or done anything negative to you. Forgiveness releases the karma so you don’t have to keep dealing with it in this or future lifetimes! And then burn the list, so that you transmute the emotions into the ethers.

The Full Moon is also an awesome time to cleanse things; the brightness of the Full Moon washes over anything and everything you leave out overnight. Jewellery in particular can be cleansed at this time; just leave it somewhere safe overnight. It’s like giving it an energy recharge so that any negative emotions it has absorbed from being worn in the past are cleansed.

The very good Blue Moon 2015 news is that the first major planetary aspect after the Full Moon takes place on August 2 between communications planet Mercury and turnaround planet Uranus.

So if you do end up going a bit ‘loony’ at the time of the Full Moon, as people sometimes do as emotions swell, chances are you can turn things around a few days later.

Enjoy the Blue Moon!

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