Full Moon In Aquarius – Head Vs. Heart

On August 15th, 2019 we have a Full Moon at 22° Aquarius.

The Full Moon in Aquarius is tightly opposite Sun and Venus, at 22° Leo. We hold our values and our values hold us. On the other side of the zodiac, the Moon raises her eyebrows. “There are more important things in life”, she says.

If Leo is the Heart, Aquarius is the Head. Leo’s heart without Aquarius’ head is reckless, and Aquarius’ head without Leo’s heart is dangerous. This doesn’t mean that the heart doesn’t have intelligence, nor that the head doesn’t care.

But it’s only when the two work together in agreement, that we do the right things right.

As with any Full Moon, we work with two opposing energies: this lunar month, we have Sun in Leo and Moon in Aquarius.


Let’s start with Leo. Sun and Venus are currently in Leo, holding hands tight. Sun is our personality, and Venus is what we value. Together, Sun and Venus in Leo stand for our personal values – those things we care for. Those things we’re not willing to sacrifice – no matter what.

Our values are entirely subjective – and they should be. Maybe you value cooperation. Maybe you value competition. Maybe you value old friendships that stand the test of time. Maybe you value getting to know new people and making new friends.

There are no good or bad personal values. You are unique, and your values should be unique, too. There is no other sign that knows this better than Leo.

Leo loves to shine his unique light, because he instinctively knows that the world needs that gift that only he has.

What about Aquarius?

Beyond Leo’s personal values, we have Aquarius’ universal values.

Here some examples of universal values:

  • Peace
  • Freedom
  • Human dignity
  • Equal rights
  • Integrity
  • Respect other people’s autonomy

There is no other sign that understands the need to hold universal values better than an Aquarius does.

Full Moon In Aquarius – Thesis, Antithesis, Synthesis

A Full Moon is a celestial act of balancing two opposing forces. The Full Moon in Aquarius comes to illuminate the archetype of the opposite sign, Leo, and to put things into perspective.

A good analogy is a German theory of change, called “Thesis – Antithesis – Synthesis” (I also wrote about it in the article about the Full Moon in Sagittarius).

Basically, everything in life has a starting point, the initial condition (the thesis), and an opposing force (the antithesis).

The 6 zodiac axes are great examples of the thesis-antithesis dynamic.

One sign on the axis is always the antithesis of the other sign (for example, Aries is Libra’s antithesis, and Libra is Aries’ antithesis – same goes with the other 5 ‘pairs’ of signs).

And then we have the synthesis, which is the sum of the two, but it’s not limited to that.

Once the thesis has dueled with the antithesis, something greater has emerged – something that wouldn’t have been possible if we wouldn’t have had the opposing tension between the thesis and the antithesis.

A Full Moon is a great example of ‘Synthesis’ because Sun opposite the Moon creates the necessary tension we need to create something new.

On one side of the horizon, we have the Sun, and then exactly on the opposite side, we have the Moon. A confrontation is imminent. And so it’s a breakthrough.

Leo Vs Aquarius

Leo is our Thesis

  • The individual
  • Creativity
  • Subjective experience
  • Heart

Aquarius, the opposite sign from Leo, becomes our Antithesis

  • The individual vs. the group
  • Creativity vs. trends
  • Subjective experience vs. objective experience
  • Heart vs. head

After we understand both the thesis and the antithesis, we can get to the synthesis.

The individual vs. the group: the individual cannot survive on its own, he or she needs to belong to a group. At the same time, the group cannot exist without individuals.

Creativity vs. trends: creativity for the sake of creativity is useless. Great artists – or people who touch a sensitive chord in the collective psyche, have a unique ability to pick up on trends, and understand where the society is heading towards. They are not necessarily the most original creators, but are some of the earliest adopters.

On the other hand, if we follow the crowd too much, our work becomes boring and ultimately, obsolete. We need a creativity injection from Leo.

Heart vs head: Living from the heart is a great thing. It means you’re in touch with your own integrity. But then when it comes to the big decisions in life, when other people’s lives are also impacted, the head should take the lead.

Of course, too much thinking is not good either. When the head completely takes over, we need to get back to the heart.

Full Moon In Aquarius Questions

The questions the Full Moon in Aquarius will ask are:

  • How can you push the boundaries of your personal values (Sun and Venus in Leo) and find something even more truthful, even more authentic?
  • How can you make use of your unique gifts to make the world a better place?
  • How do your personal values fit within society’s universal values?

The Full Moon in Aquarius is an invitation to beam your light, while also contributing to a greater goal.

The key is to find that fine line between staying true to yourself vs. following trends and going with the crowd.

Sometimes, giving in is not an act of weakness, it’s a sign of humanity. Sometimes, making decisions with the head is the greatest act of love. 

To find out in which areas of your life you will experience these themes, have a look at the houses in your natal chart where you have Leo and Aquarius.

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3 thoughts on “Full Moon In Aquarius – Head Vs. Heart

  1. I hv Aquarius moon. Do not like following a crowd and other people agenda. It’s a thin line
    That must be followed ! But not to my detriment.
    It’s a tough place to be in!!

  2. I have Venus at 24 degrees Aquarius. What does the Full Moon in Leo (in 8th H.) mean for me? Because I know Venus has to do with love, but is it intellectual, distant love and how does that jive with Leo??

  3. The concept Thesis – Antithesis – Synthesis dates back to Ancient Greece, to Heraclitus, then used by Hegel.

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