Once in a Blue Moon, Exploring the Liminal Space Between Two Worlds

August 20, 2021

The Aquarius full moon on August 22, 2021 (5:02 a.m. Pacific Time at 29°37’) is the second of two in the Water Bearer’s sign. This August “Blue Moon” brings us full circle with whatever came up for us at this time last month—hopefully, gaining some fresh perspective.  

As the Aquarius moon opposes the Leo sun, we can see how our personal experiences fit into a wider context, and how the collective energies play out for us in one-of-a-kind ways. We realize it’s not all about us, and embrace opportunities to be part of something bigger. At the same time, though, we recognize what makes us special—the authentic self that we were born to express. This full moon highlights our needs for both personal freedom and community with like-minded, like-hearted people.

A Blue Moon Ritual to Honor August’s Rare Lunation

Since the last full moon, retrograde Jupiter has returned to Aquarius. And while his conjunction with the moon amplifies this tension between individuality and interdependence, it also grows our feelings of goodwill toward one another. We might feel a stronger sense of solidarity with our fellow human beings, whether we know them personally or not. And this inspires us to envision a bigger, brighter future for all.

Aquarius, after all, is ruled by Uranus—our solar system’s radical revolutionary and ingenious innovator. And with Uranus still stationary after going retrograde on August 19, his electric energy is all over this full moon. True, it might be directed more inwardly. But revolution starts within, by liberating our hearts and minds.

Blue Moon in Aquarius Meaning

As Mars and Mercury in Virgo trine Uranus in Taurus, it may be easier than we expect to get ourselves unstuck. Mercury gives us clarity on where things have gotten stagnant in our lives, and helps us name what needs to change with uncanny precision. And while Uranus can be like a bull in a china shop at times, Mars channels this energy into carefully considered, conscientious action.

Still, we won’t have to wait too long for the energy to shift, as the moon moves from Aquarius to Pisces just 41 minutes after this lunation. While both signs can be quite intuitive, their insights come in different ways. The full moon in Aquarius brings revelations like a bolt from the blue, in sudden flashes than can be just as unsettling as they are electrifying. But once the moon slips into Pisces, it’s a more nebulous kind of knowing—gentle, dreamy, and effortlessly empathic.

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Then, just nine hours after the full moon, the sun moves on from Leo to Virgo. This shifts our focus away from being seen, and toward being of service. We’ll be less concerned with how others are perceiving us, and more interested in aligning with our own integrity.

Even so, with Saturn retrograde in Aquarius, we’re not just responsible for ourselves—we’re also being held accountable to each other. Fortunately, as Venus in Libra trines Saturn on August 23, it doesn’t have to be an unpleasant experience. Right now cooperation is easier to come by, helping us to build more harmonious relationships.

Read on for your sun and rising signs to learn more about what this August blue moon means for you.

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Horoscopes for the August Blue Moon in Aquarius


Emotions continue to be unpredictable, Aquarius. But at this full moon, you’ve got a better handle on what you’re feeling and why. The next step might be opening your heart to somebody you trust. Reach out in good faith, and they’re likely to give you the benefit of the doubt.


It’s not always easy to ask for alone time, Pisces—especially from the people you love. But at this full moon, honoring your need for freedom and space can only strengthen your relationships. Showing up for yourself at this time allows you to show up more authentically for them.  


Friendships can be valuable assets, Aries. And since the last full moon, you’ve been taking stock of yours—perhaps making some radical reevaluations. What you need right now isn’t frivolous, fair-weather friendships. It’s “accountabili-buddies” who will help you stay on target with your goals, and then celebrate your successes with you.


You’ve been full of surprises lately, Taurus. But at this full moon, you’re actually surprising yourself. Suddenly, it’s so much clearer what you’re meant to do—and who you were born to be. Just as importantly, though, you’re realizing who you’re not. In this way, setbacks and disappointments might be blessings in disguise.


Faith in humanity restored! Since the last full moon, Gemini, you’ve been seeing more of the best and brightest human nature has to offer—not only in others, but also in yourself. And this may be inspiring more hope for the future than you’ve felt in a long, long time.


Why be “normal,” Cancer, when you could be one of a kind? That was your takeaway from last month’s weird and wonderful full moon. We all have something that makes us a little unusual—and hopefully, you’re starting to see your own quirks as something to celebrate, not something to hide.


It’s a common misperception of you, Leo, that you don’t like sharing the spotlight. In reality, though, you’re happy to let others shine—it’s just rare that you’re around anyone whose personality shines brightly enough to hold a candle to yours.  Fortunately, at this full moon, you could find yourself surrounded!


Maintaining good boundaries, while keeping yourself in other people’s good graces? Believe it or not, Virgo, it’s totally doable! There’s nothing “rude” about protecting your personal energy, space, and time. And at this August blue moon, this realization can be a real game-changer, opening up a whole new world of possibilities.


As long as the payoff’s worth waiting for, Libra, you’re happy to delay gratification. But this shouldn’t mean depriving yourself of happiness in the here and now. While future plans and goals may require you to rein it in for now, this full moon reveals plenty of ways to enjoy yourself responsibly.


“Good vibes only?” Not so fast, Scorpio! While your intentions to put out only positive energy are admirable, they’re not exactly realistic when it comes to close relationships. Those who know and love you best aren’t expecting perfection from you—at this full moon, all they’re asking for is authenticity.


Positive thinking is your superpower, Sagittarius. Still, if you’re being honest, the last year and half has really put it to the test. Fortunately, though, at this August blue moon, it’s starting to come back to you. Just remember to back up your optimism with action, in service to the greater good.


You’ve been doing your due diligence, Capricorn. And at this full moon, you’re finally reaping the rewards. Not just the material ones—although those are definitely possible—but also the ones that money can’t buy. Most of all, you can take pride in putting your ideals and aspirations into action.