• The lull before the Perfect Storm


    The Moon is Full on 15thAugust in the sign of Aquarius.   Full Moons are our harvest time – when we can see in full light what we can reap and what we can just ditch.  Just as when the farmer harvests he takes only the most useful elements of his crop. And this August Full Moon really does reflect the actual festival time of the harvest


    Harvest festival – a festival celebrating life, death and regeneration

    Lammas is the August festival of the harvest – time to begin reaping what we have sown, and gathering up the first harvests of grain, wheat, oats, etc.   The word Lammas derives from the Old English phrase hlaf-maesse, which translates to loaf mass, and is the celebration of the loaves baked from the new harvest.

    In our modern world, it’s often easy to forget the trials and tribulations our ancestors had to endure. If crops were left in the fields too long, if weather conditions were not conducive to a good harvest or the bread not baked in time, families could starve. Taking care of one’s crops meant the difference between life and death.  We are so used to a proliferation of everything on the supermarket shelves that we forget to mindful of this.


    Celebrating Lammas honours the ancestors and the hard work they did in order to survive.  It is also the great festival of Lugh, or Lug, the great Celtic Sun King and God of Light.   August is his sacred month amid the knowledgethat the Sun, is now beginning to wane. Active growth is slowing down and the darker days of winter and reflection are beckoning.



    At Lammas the Goddess is Grain Mother/Harvest Mother/ Earth Mother/Ceres and Demeter.   Demeter represents the ripe corn of the harvest and her daughter Persephone the grain – the seed which is planted in the dark earth, to reappear in the spring as new growth. Lammas is a festival celebrating death, resurrection and future life. The present harvest already holds the seed of all future harvests.   So as the harvest is gathered in, there is food to feed the community through the winter and within that harvest is the seed of next year’s rebirth, regeneration and harvest.


    The Sun God/the God of the Harvest/the Green Man, surrenders his life with the cutting of the corn so that others may be sustained by the grain and the life of the community can continue – death and rebirth.


    Once the harvest was completed the festivities began.   Bread was made from the new grain and thanks given to the energy of the Sun, reborn as life-giving bread.


    The Aquarian Moon

    At this Full Moon, as with the New Moon at the beginning of August, we have 4 planets in playful Leo – Mars, Venus, Sun and Mercury – and with Jupiter still in Sagittarius that makes five planets in Fire signs; five planets with vision, imagination and oomph.   Venus is literally sitting in the Sun’s lap – in Leo, so this lunar phase Venus really is schmoozing now.  She has the King’s absolute and full attention so relationships and pleasures are highlighted. We have just one planet in emotional water and the Moon is the only planet in Air.   Aquarius is a fixed air sign so, whilst the Moon is allowing us to access reason and logic, our ideas and ways of thinking may be firmly entrenched and we may feel intolerant of the need for changes.  But essentially Aquarius is a forward looking, pogressive  and reforming sign, concerned with freedom, equality and fairness.


    An Aquarian needs to be authentic, their sense of humanitarianism crosses borders, genders, race, without feeling the need for divisions. So this Moon is sociable (albeit choosy who she is sociable with), independent whilst being emotionally self-sufficient.  She is sympathetic to the needs of others and the plight of the many, all the while considering inventive concepts and ideas that can revolutionise the lives of others. But she is also cool, logical and able to observe and rationalize in a detached manner.


    This side of Aquarius reflects the Fixed Star she sits with at the time of the Full Moon – Deneb Algedi.   This Fixed Star is located  in the hind quarter of the constellation Capricornus, the sea goat.  The Sea goat or Fish goat was also known in early Babylonian times as the God Ea, ‘He of Vast Intellect and Lord of the Sacred Eye’.    Ea was the Father of Light and his celebrations, dating back to 15,000BCE, were carried out wearing goat skins.  He was honoured as a law giver and educator. He was the symbol of a law-giving ancient God who was seeking to bring civilization to his people for an ordered society.   This is reflected by the harmonious angle both the Sun and the Moon are making to Pallas Athena, also a civilizing and wise influence – I spoke about her in the New Moon article at the beginning of the month.


    Aquarius is greedy though – he has two Lords – Saturn and Uranus.  Saturn is more the stern maker of the rules, wanting structure, form, hard work and effort.   Uranus, however, is much more unconventional, individualistic, open minded and concerned with progress through technology and science and new ways that others perhaps have not considered.  Saturn tends to limit and restrict through caution, whilst Uranus is totally non hierarchical and will literally travel through space and time to find the answers.  The two together make a formidable partnership.


    Party party

    There’s not much chat though going on between the planets in this Full Moon chart.  The planets in Leo just want to have a bit of fun and enjoy the festivals and the Moon feels more of an observer here, waiting in the wings whilst the rest of her ‘tribe’ let their hair down a bit knowing that their Leo hearts need to regenerate so that they can be almost re-born and be ready with courage to do the hard work that will be necessary.


    It feels like the lull before the storm.  The Aquarian Moon accesses her ability to detach in the knowledge that this is a time to nourish the heart with gratitude and to take time to honour the harvest so that the motors can be fired up with renewed energy at the New Moon in the knowledge that we are all carrying the new seeds that we are going to plant for the new season.    We know that institutions and ways of life are breaking down and changing (Saturn); we know that we are going to have to put changes in place.   But the Moon also knows that we must allow our hearts and bodies to regenerate (Leo) so that we have the energy to put into the new, more civilized, non hierarchical progressive (Uranus/Aquarius) ideas for the future


    August is holiday time and time to enjoy the rays of summer; it is perhaps a time to choose to put aside for a while worrying what might be on the horizon and for now allow ourselves to enjoy and honour the feastings and the festivals of our harvest in the knowledge that we all carry within us all that we need to be able to willingly re-generate and breathe new life into our ideas, projects and creations.