Sabian Symbol “ An Unexpected Thunderstorm”
“This Symbol shows the ability, or the need, to be able to withstand “Storms” and things that whip up unexpectedly. It can show sudden flashes of inspiration, intuition or clairvoyance – those aha! moments. It can also show thoughts and emotions that erupt from out of nowhere. They can be brilliant or unstable (or both). You will likely find many times that you are suddenly tested or taken by surprise. Inner strength and stability are put to the test, but you learn a lot from your experiences. The effect can be quite liberating, although there can be an initial shock. Thunderstorms clear the air after an extreme buildup of energy. There often is a sense of awe and wonder at the power of natural events.
Sudden visitations of natural wonder. Breakthrough moments. A break in tension in the atmosphere. Thunder, lightning and electricity. The Tower card. Being a lightning rod.
The Caution: Losing control without warning. Emotional instability. Bottling up and then blowing up. Storms in a teacup. Seizing up with fear. Loud bangs and crashes that stun.” – Lynda Hill’s Sabian Oracle
The Zodiac sign of Aquarius has ever been associated with both detachment and service, and features traditional and modern planetary rulers, which are Saturn and Uranus respectively. These two energies blend to create structures (Saturn) that potentially do not represent old or hierarchal formations but are created along the line of egalitarian and free (Uranus) organizing factors. Aquarius expresses itself as both social idealist and rebel, separated from the need for traditional structures of social safety and security. Aquarius fits out, rather than “in” to groups. With strong Aquarius present we find the need to do things in a very unique, and progressive ways, often in service to the de-personalized needs of ideas or organizations and groups.
Just a day into Leo season, this vitalizing Full Moon in Aquarius heralds’ sudden news and events, as well as unexpected dilemmas to solve, and experiences along these lines may have already manifested. It’s often the week before the Full Moon, at the waxing square, that we are confronted the theme of the Full Moon’s expression. On the day of the lunation, we find issues come to a tipping point, a culmination or finality. As the Moon opposes our fiery Sun in Leo, there is a need to reconcile the subjective vs objective, in feelings, thoughts and actions.
Our lunation, co-ruled by Saturn and Uranus, presents to us equally the forces of Restriction and Chaos, Boundaries and Freedom, Order and Dis-order. Saturn and Uranus are currently in a yearlong square off, in which each get their say. This Moon brings up the dialogue again.
Every revolution- personal or collective ends with a new structure in place. This Moon is also in an out of sign conjunction with Pluto, only 6 degrees away in Capricorn, lending a sense of serious intensity, further highlighting the birth, death, rebirth cycle of life. Plutonic purging of people, places or things that do not nurture you, may be both necessary and ultimately, beneficial.
Full Moon conjoins with Saturn only hours after its peak, and we get a glimpse of new structures we can build when we leave the “ detritus”, the waste of the past behind us.
This weekend do some healthy purging, releasing what is not serving you- and others. “Tip your cup” as you look to the future, the evolution and refinement of your past.
Journal prompts, or divination questions for this lunation:
1. What part of my life can I revolutionize?
2. What must I release to rebirth?
3. What must I build upon to evolve?
Art by Michael Duane