"The Aquarius Full Moon brings an inspiring energy to the start of August. This Full Moon takes place opposite the Sun in Leo, bringing more attention to our uniqueness, genius, and willingness to evolve into our truth. Aquarius is ruled by the Air element. Like all air signs, Aquarius connects us. This energy is at the heart of every gathering, circle, or community. It helps us align with our inner truths and then find a sense of belonging with people who share those truths. Aquarius helps us understand when we are doing things to merely fit in versus when we are sharing our unique perspective no matter what others think of us. This Full Moon is a time to shed any habits and patterns that block our authentic expression."
"This full moon is in the rational, cool, emotionally detached, innovative, humanitarian and socially idealistic sign of Aquarius. The sun is in the opposite sign of the Water Bearer, Leo. Leo is warm, inspired, expressive and performative. Leo risks everything in order to be received by its audience. Aquarius understands itself and could not care less if you do too. It doesn’t have time for you to catch up with it...Leo needs your adoration like it needs air and water. Meanwhile, Aquarius is uncomfortable with overt, explicitly personal displays of love because it’s too concerned with pouring forth water to the collective.
Leo and Aquarius are two sides of the same coin, a coin we all have in our change purse. Every sign is contained within us. The zodiac is a story of the unfolding of human consciousness. Every full moon is an opportunity to experience both sides of an equation. Month by month we live through the entire mythic journey. This moment in the journey is about the need for personal self-expression (Leo) and the need to serve the collective (Aquarius). It’s about allowing ourselves to burn bright with the fire of our personality and be detached enough to see what any given situation calls for. It’s not all about us but if we leave ourselves out completely we forgo the joy of being playfully present."
"August's full moon is known as the Sturgeon Moon, as well as...the Black Cherries Moon, the Corn Moon, and the Mountain Shadows Moon."
"The Lion’s Gate portal opens from July 26 to August 12, when the Earth and Sun align with the star Sirius and the Galactic Center—the point everything in the Milky Way revolves around. During this time, Sirius, otherwise known as the Spiritual Sun, is at its closest proximity to the Earth, rising in the eastern sky with the Sun and the Leo constellation.
The Lion’s gate is a powerful portal that helps us integrate higher energies available from the universal knowledge. It reaches peak power on the 8th day of the 8th month (August 8). This is a day to download the collective consciousness of civilizations that came before us and who may have existed in faraway galaxies. Just as we live in a collective consciousness, there is a larger bank of knowledge that exists throughout the Universe. This knowledge is always available to us through our intuition. On the Lion’s gate opening, though, it is amplified by the alignment of the Sun, Earth, and star Sirius.
The ancient Egyptians created their calendar around this time when Sirius, also known as the Dog Star or Blue Star, rose with the Sun. During this time, it appeared there were two suns in the sky: one golden and one blue. The ancient Egyptians celebrated the Lion’s Gate portal each year for it’s power and magic. It also coincided with the rise and overflow of the Nile River, bringing an abundance of crops and fertility. The pyramids of Giza and the Great Sphinx were built in alignment with Sirius, Orion's Belt, and the Sun during Lion’s Gate. It is said that the Great Sphinx holds open the portal, allowing light codes to rain down on Earth and transform humanity."
"The Lion’s Gate is at maximum power on the eighth day of the eighth month, activating the energetic power of 8/8. In numerology, 8 embodies balance and equalization in and across all realms. 8 brings shifts and changes that bring harmony and alignment. When under the influence of 8, being willing to let go of things tipping the scales out of balance is key to success and peace. Far-reaching ideas, achievement, financial security, leadership, organization, and ambition are all expressions of the number 8 vibration."
"In numerology, the number 8 represents power and strength, and the ambition and ability to achieve your life's goals. The number 8 card of the major arcana of the tarot is Strength, which symbolizes emotional wisdom and control. Appropriately enough, the image on the traditional Strength card shows a woman stroking a lion (Leo). The number 8 can also be viewed as the infinity symbol on its edge; this fact is often woven into the meaning of the number, infusing it with the mystical qualities of unlimited potential and infinite wisdom.
On top of all this, the number 88, being a double 8, is considered a master number. It signifies a healthy balance between the physical and the spiritual, success on all levels, and the ability to look inward for answers. In Chinese culture, the number 88 symbolizes fortune and good luck. As an "angel number," 88 is said to represent spiritual blessings from an abundant universe."
"Now imagine all the vitality and radiance of the Sun in this mix and you’re a little closer to understanding what this experience can offer. This is the Lion’s time – the month when the Sun is in the zodiacal sign of Leo. Leo, Child of the Sun, is the individualized expression of Divine Light. Leo rules the heart and is filled with pride, sense of purpose, generosity, and an enduring passion for creating and expressing life in all forms. Stepping through the Lion’s Gate is to awaken to the Divinity within you and fully embody your goddess-self!
The Lion’s Gate beckons us to enter a new dimension of living where our brilliance and the brilliance of all other beings can rise, be seen, shared, and fully received. If we’re open and have the courage to cross the threshold, the Lion’s Gate will pull us into Divine alignment, from which our true power can be accessed and used in all the ways we were created to shine."
Work with crystals to take advantage of the natural manifestation power that the Lion's Gate portal offers, from now until it closes on August 12. Choose yellow or gold-colored crystals to amplify the star-powered energy of this date, and manifest your truest desires. You may choose to program your crystals with your new moon intentions, or create a crystal grid! You can also wear the crystal of your choice in the form of an energetically infused bracelet.
Citrine | This golden-yellow stone is the manifesting stone of personal will. It is sunny and optimistic, and promotes radiance from within the self. A stone of abundance, prosperity, and joy--Call upon Citrine when you want to manifest your deepest wishes and dreams, and for a powerful boost to your self-esteem.
Obsidian | Born our of lava, this crystal fortifies your Root and Sacral chakras, keeping you grounded and firm, with the power to endure through changes and transformation. It keeps the 'fire alive', and helps us to face our challenges and to prevail.
Tiger’s Eye | Work with Tiger's Eye for manifesting the courage to face all things. This crystal helps promote mental clarity and focus, and uniting one's will and desires. Tiger's Eye is a powerful stone for enhancing willpower and integrity.
Pyrite | Pyrite is a protective stone which shields against all forms of negative vibrations and energy, working on the physical, etheric, and emotional levels.
Clear Quartz | This stone is known for bringing clarity--seeing the path ahead, charting your next steps, and enhancing your creative vision in terms of personal growth and development. It is also a natural amplifier, so if you combine it with most of the stones from your arsenal, you’ll get a boosted surge of manifestation energy!
"In setting intentions, we tell the Universe what we want to manifest in our lives. Really, though, we are co-creating our reality with the Universe. We are receiving just as much as we are guiding, and vice versa. Be open to messages from your higher guidance today, from your heart, and from the infinite potential around you."
"The energy of Lionsgate can connect us with the cosmic skies, galactic frequencies, higher dimensional beings, and our own intuition. It can also activate heart healings, the expansion of spiritual wisdom, and help us awaken to our true potential. On Lionsgate 88 set an intention of how you wish to use this energy, and then create a ritual or practice that allows you to harness and work with it."
“In the universe,
there are things that are known,
and things that are unknown,
and in between, there are doors.”