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50 Children’s Books To Inspire & Motivate Your Kids

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The adults of today grew up before the boom of technology.

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While children nowadays have iPads and laptops, the children of yesteryears had pop-up books and colouring materials.

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With all the present day distractions that consume every child’s focus and attention, it’s more important than ever that children today channel their energies into an age-old healthy habit: reading.

Start by revisiting your favourite children’s books, or check online and the bookstore for new titles that were written specifically for the current generation.

“A book in hand, new or old, it doesn’t matter truth be told. To love to read and read with love is treasure worth far more than gold.”

Okay, so I made that up. I’ve got my Dr. Seuss groove on. Think about what your children are missing every time they dive into their tablets and smartphones. So much imagination and mental stimulation is just going down the drain.

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Let’s put an end to that with this jewel of a list of 50 inspiring and motivating children’s books that you and your kids will surely love.

1. An Awesome Book!

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This book by Dallas Clayton inspires us to think outside the box and dream big dreams. The colorful drawings and simple words shoot for the heart as we are reminded that dreams fuel the world.

2. Did I Ever Tell You How Lucky You Are?

Dr. Seuss is a staple name in households with children. In this book, an old man would always tell Duckie about people who are unluckier than him. This book is a total pick-me-upper, planting a sense of thankfulness and contentment to take around with you for times when you’re feeling down.

3. I Believe in Me: A Book of Affirmations

This popular book by Connie Bowen reminds us that we are all amazing. The title doesn’t leave anything to surprise, but it will astound as well as invigorate with all the inspiring words that decorate each page.

4. One Love

This heartwarming story by Cedella Marley, Bob Marley’s eldest, is full of positive messages about the beautiful things that can happen when we are united by one love.

5. The Giving Tree

This masterpiece by Shel Silverstein tells a story about giving and loving. The relationship between the tree and the boy is something that pierces the heart and teaches lessons that will last a lifetime.

6. The Little Engine That Could

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This story by Watty Piper is about a small engine that saves the day. Though small, the little engine is a big reminder that we can do something great when we put our minds to it.

7. You Can Be Anything!

Gary Craig’s book continues to inspire readers to believe in themselves. While it’s big on motivation, it also reminds us that we are special in our own unique way. It also shares the lesson of not seeing our worth through other people’s eyes.

8. Have You Filled A Bucket Today?

Carol McCloud encourages readers to be kind. The book talks about an invisible bucket each of us have, and how these buckets are filled when people do nice things for us. It emphasizes how far daily acts of kindness can go to affecting other people’s lives. Definitely the master converter of “bucket fillers.”

9. Where the Wild Things Are

This Maurice Sendak classic tells the story of a misbehaving child who learns a lesson on unconditional love. Although it touches the anger in children, it ends with a reminder that love endures all things.

[Follow up on reading the book by watching the film version: Where the Wild Things Are (2009)]

10. Love You Forever

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Its pages tell of the powerful love that parents feel for their children. Robert Munsch has touched a lot of hearts and will continue to do so through this book. Much like the undying love of parents, this literary piece will endure for generations to come.

11. Oh, the Places You’ll Go!

Another masterpiece by the great Dr. Seuss, this book is perfect for all graduates — whether from nursery or law school. It talks about new beginnings and experiences and sets readers on the course of braving their new journeys.

12. Dreams to Grow On 

Christine Hurley Deriso tells the story of a young girl who imagines her future. Though for children, the lessons will likewise whisper a reminder to adults that it is never too late to dream.

13. Hug Time

Patrick McDonnell reminds us of the power of a hug. This story tells us that, though a hug is simple, its effects are powerful and life-altering.

14. The Three Questions

Jon J. Muthwrote this book based on a story by Leo Tolstoy. It makes readers think of their own answers to the three questions it asks. Offering wonderful opportunities for reflection, this book is a great conversation starter between parents and children.

15. One

Kathryn Otoshi teaches readers about numbers and colours while delivering a powerful message about acceptance and how one voice can change everything.

16. You Be You

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Linda Kranz and her famous fish explain the value and importance of acceptance. It teaches us to cherish and value the uniqueness of everyone, and that it is our individuality that makes us special.

17. Only One You

Again, Linda Kranz uses colorful graphics to convey a powerful message. This time, it’s about lessons that parents share with their children. Definitely something for all ages, its life lessons make the book an unforgettable favorite.

18. Thank You, World

Alice McGinty paints a story of eight kids who are each in different continents which serves to remind us to value and enjoy the simple things in life.

19. Incredible You! 10 Ways to Let Your Greatness Shine Through 

Dr. Wayne Dyer uses simple words to educate readers about how the tools and secrets to happiness and success are already within us. It also details actionable ways on how to unleash our individual greatness.

20. Enemy Pie

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It’s always hard to make friends, more so when people are worlds different. This endearing story by Derek Munson shares the ups and downs of making new friends and the joy that comes with the triumph of overcoming differences.

21. The Artist Who Painted A Blue Horse

Eric Carle brings out the artist in you as you leaf through every page of his book. The story is a celebration of art, colour, imagination, and life itself.

22. The Dot

Peter H. Reynolds’ bestseller helps bring out the creative in each one of us — even in those who believe they are not. It shows us that amazing artwork can begin with a simple dot.

23. Amazing Grace

This positive and optimistic book by Mary Hoffman embraces everyone’s unique differences. It also tells us that we can achieve whatever we want as long as we never give up confidently reaching for our goals.

24. David Gets in Trouble

David Shannon tells us the story of a young boy who always has a good excuse for everything and later on feels bad about this. The story goes on to share the value of saying sorry and owning up to one’s mistakes.

25. Good People Everywhere

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This picture book by Lynea Gillen shares a wonderful story about compassion and kindness. It talks about the goodness of people of all ages, and makes you appreciate the people around you.

26. A Bad Case of Stripes

David Shannon once again delivers a memorable message, this time about peer pressure and its ill effects. It ends on a note that will help you embrace everything that makes you a unique individual.

27. The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore

William Joyce reminds us that books are a source of comfort. In this day of technology, a book about reading and absolutely loving it is what everyone needs to see.

28. Where the Sidewalk Ends

Shel Silverstein’s bestseller brings us to a different world. This collection of unique poems and drawings will make you laugh, cry, and embrace imagination.

29. Beautiful Oops!

This storybook by Barney Saltzberg is a certified comforter. It brings comfort upon those who make mistakes while saying that our misfortunes are gateways to new beginnings.

30. Stand Tall, Molly Lou Melon

Patty Lovell introduces Molly Lou Melon, who’s not your typical protagonist. She may be different, but she is confident in who she is. Molly is an inspiration to both children and adults because of her infectious and motivating attitude.

31. Spaghetti in a Hot Dog Bun: Having the Courage to Be Who You Are

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Maria Dismondy’s story empowers children to be proud of who they are even if people try to bring them down. The book emphasizes the importance of being kind to others and always treating them right.

32. On My Way to a Happy Life

Deepak Chopra’s book holds ideas that can help children embrace life with love and joy. It holds insights on how to best appreciate even the smallest things.

33. My Many Colored Days

Another treasure by Dr. Seuss, this vibrant book helps readers express their feelings through the use of colour. The colours bounce off the pages and captivate the reader because of the emotions that they stir and bring to life.

34. I Think, I Am!

Reading this book will help change your negative thoughts into positive ones. Louise L. Hay tells us that we can control our thoughts and, in turn, control our lives. The confidence that this book imparts makes it well worth the read.

35. All I See is Part of Me

Chara M. Curtis brings you on an adventure that lets you discover how you are connected to everything. It helps make you appreciate yourself and all the wonderful creations around you.

36. Not a Box

When is a box not a box? When it’s a car, of course. Or a spaceship. Or anything else you want it to be. Antoinette Portis encourages her readers to let imagination take over the wheel. With generous helpings of imagination, an ordinary box can bring you to places where anything can happen.

37. If the World Were a Village

David J. Smith seeks to inspire readers to be responsible citizens. The book teaches children to be aware of what is happening in the world and to be involved and active in making the world a better place. Its lessons don’t only make it informative and motivating but inspiring and patriotic as well.

38. Yay, You! Moving Out, Moving Up, Moving On 

Sandra Boynton gives us a book that talks about change and new beginnings. While its bold messages are powerful, it’s a very light and invigorating read.

39. I Have a Dream

Martin Luther King Jr.’s famous speech that was made into a book is still inspiring generation after generation. Aside from providing valuable insights on history, his words about equality and slavery continue to ring true up to this day.

40. Dream: A Tale of Wonder, Wisdom & Wishes

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This award-winning book by Susan V. Bosak tells a story through wonderful illustrations, taking us on a journey highlighted by hopes and dreams, and challenging us to chase after them no matter what.

41. The Wump World

Bill Peet’s book started making waves in 1981, but its message is still relevant  today, especially with the issues of environmental sustainability. This book will make you want take part in generating sustainable action in solving earth’s problems.

42. Life Doesn’t Frighten Me

Maya Angelou’s resounding words make us believe that we are indeed strong and courageous. This book takes you to a place without fear and celebrates the victories of courage.

43. Say Something

This revolutionary and timely book by Peggy Moss is about bullying and having the courage to talk about it. It also dwells on the witnesses and how, by doing nothing, they greatly affect the situation.

44. Tear Soup (A Recipe for Healing after Loss) 

Pat Schwiebert’s book is about coping with loss. Though it talks about a grown-up topic such as loss, it does so quite simply and relatably that we likewise learn how to handle grief.

45. Each Kindness

Jacqueline Woodson’s story about bullying is powerful. It talks about rejection, friendship, and how small acts of kindness can have major effects.

46. Hey Little Ant

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This big story by Phillip M. Hoose has a small ant as the main character. It’s a fun story about seeing the world through the perspective of someone else — even someone as small as an ant.

47. The Smile That Went Around the World 

A smile may be one of the simplest things to do, but it sure does have lots of great effects on people. This priceless story by Patrice Karst is about how the power of one smile can affect and change the world.

48. Unstoppable Me: 10 Ways to Soar Through Life 

Dr. Wayne Dyer writes another book that exudes positivity. Lessons include the importance of taking risks, and dealing with anxiety. It also tells us how to live in the moment and to appreciate every second of our lives.

49. You Are Special

This heart-warming story by Max Lucado makes us understand how special we all are. No matter how different we may be and no matter what people think about us, God loves us just the way we are.

50. Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, Very Bad Day

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This book authored by Judith Viorst and Ray Cruz tells the story of a boy who wakes up to a very bad day. This book is funny and charming, and it teaches us how everybody has bad days every once in a while — even those who live in Australia.

[Follow up on reading the book by watching the film version: Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day (Theatrical)]


All these titles sound pretty exciting. The best part is that this selection speaks to adults as well as it does to children. We’re never too old to learn a thing or two, even if it is from a picture book.

So what are you waiting for? Get one or all of these books now! Project Bookworm coming right up!

Bonus Suggestion

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In addition to reading, music is also key in the upbringing of your child. Rather than consistently exposing them to what the mainstream has to offer, we at CE suggest the following children’s album put together by a good friend of ours. The album is called The Greatest Me, and it features 18 inspiring songs with affirmations to empower children. It also happens to be tuned to the frequency of 432.

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Can We Expect Peace Between Nations When Our Most Basic Relationships Fail?

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To say that I’m tired of hearing about politics is an understatement. I’ve pondered wearing earplugs to muffle the pundits. I’ve considered using Google glasses to program “Trump” and “Democrats” and “Republicans” out of my visual spectrum.

Perhaps there’s one issue that must come before politics…

It’s marriage.

Our romantic relationships are the basic unit of civilization. Men and women have children and build families, which make up neighbourhoods, communities, cities, states, and nations. Basic logic, right?

And it takes civilized people to make a civilization. So how can we expect to have peaceful nations when our most basic relationships are downright crude? We have missions to Mars and particle colliders that are rumoured to open portals to new dimensions. But, when it comes to love… we’re dragging our knuckles on a flat Earth.

Our version of love is a cycle of insecurity

We can’t stand to be alone. But rather than learning to love our lives and find meaning alone, we place impossible standards for fulfillment on our lovers. We get a little security, and a lot of pleasure. But when the chemicals wear off, we’re left with the truth: We don’t know anything about our lovers.

And when we do get to know each other, we hate what we find. Then we split. But each split tears a thread in the fabric of our society, because family is our foundation.

We can thrust ourselves into heady political conversations, and pretend that our red (or blue) rage is going to build a better world. But those political solutions aren’t addressing the root cause of our pain. We just need to fix how we love first.

Foundations of love

Foundations are, well, foundational to success. So we pave them for our houses, we practice scales before learning a difficult piece of music, and we learn the fundamentals of math before going on to algebra and calculus. We know that we need a strong foundation for successful relationships, too. But who actually takes the time to build one?

Loving responsibly is hard. It seems outdated or religiously nonsensical by today’s standards (getting to know someone inside and out before you take them to bed?), but if you don’t have a strong foundation, you’ve got a house of cards. Just like every one of my previous relationships.

From age 12 I trained myself to objectify women by watching porn. And until my early twenties, I was more concerned about my next sexual fix than my career. I hooked up with girlfriends not because I wanted to love them with all my heart, but because they were my key to security and satisfaction — which I got, for a time. But the net result was an increasingly lonely, unfulfilled, and depressed version of me.

By the end of my last relationship, I seriously considered taking my own life. What was I doing wrong? After picking up reflective habits like journaling and meditation, I figured it out.

I wasn’t fulfilled alone. I was bored alone. And I was unsuccessful alone. But in my mind, relationships were magical things that would wash all the bad stuff away and make me happy — kind of like a drug. In reality, for each desire that I lacked on my own, like joy, or security, I was strangling my relationships with conditions.

I’d “love” a girl until I was no longer joyful with her, or until she bored me. Then, for each condition that she failed to meet — no one can be perfect 100% of the time — I withdrew my love from her, bit by bit. The withdrawals happened on her side, too.

By the end of my relationships, whether they were six-month flings or two-year engagements, the end was predictably uncivil. We abused each other with our language. We cheated on each other, and betrayed each other’s trust. We blamed each other on and on for what the other had failed to do. Almost sounds like our relationships with other countries…

But the real failure was in choosing each other as romantic partners. It was in pursuing love without getting to know each other’s values and character traits first — before we built a foundation. We gambled on placing our faith in each other. And, like most people, we lost. Big time.

Rather than castrating myself, or settling for an endless string of heartaches — somebody shoot me — I worked on the foundation of my next relationship. I worked on me.

I learned to lean into my insecurity

Instead of running for another girl when I got lonely, I leaned into my insecurity and learned more about me. I developed a prayer life and a relationship with God. And I stuck to my new habits of journaling and meditation.

Through mindfulness, I channeled my sexual desire into my goals and self improvement. I felt the urge to ogle gorgeous women, of course, and at 27, their beauty moves me now more than ever. But I trained myself to move in a positive direction, to express healthy emotions at a woman’s beauty — like gratitude, inspiration, and awe — instead of imagining how she could please me.

Then I took it a step further.

I disciplined myself to think of a woman’s future husband. Would he respect me for the way I was thinking about her? And then I’d think of my future wife. If I couldn’t expect myself to view other wives with dignity and respect, how could I expect that of other men in looking at mine?

In my new way of thinking, I shed my selfish ways and became a man — and a neighbour, and a lover. A year into the habit I became independent for the first time in my life. I discovered my writing career and found success in it. And I became a role model for other people.

My dramatic life change happened because I figured out how to harness my sexual desire in an uplifting way. And in learning how to love civilly, I became a functioning part of civilization. *But people still call me out for not voting…

How you can love civilly

The way we think about each other determines how we act: civil, or uncivil. So you’ve got to train yourself to think respectful and positive thoughts — especially when it comes to beautiful men and women.

No matter how much we hope, the magical love chemicals can’t erase reality: We either love each other with respect, or we don’t. And if we don’t, our relationships will degrade, and our families will degrade. And as our broken relationships pick up steam down the social gradient, our communities degrade, and our cities degrade. And if the cycle of uncivil romance continues, states and nations will degrade as well. It’s basic logic.

So, you can talk about what these morons in office are doing to feel important and keep you occupied… or you can do something that actually makes a difference. You can learn to love like a human-fucking-being. Pardon my crude language.

Learn to love for the long term. Build faith in yourself. Quit porn and casual sex. Become so joyful and inspired by your own life that you couldn’t imagine expecting anyone else to be responsible for your happiness. Channel your sexual desire into your highest self. Use those urges to remind yourself of the things you haven’t done yet to become the person you want to be. Direct that energy into a future you would admire, and a person you’d be proud of.

And when you’ve changed the way you live and think, you’ll change the way you love. You’ll love civilly.

By your example, you’ll inspire others to take the harder path and to love civilly themselves. And when enough people do that… I won’t ever have to hear another political pundit for as long as I shall live. And I’ll thank you.

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Are You Sure You Want To Cancel 2020?

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In Brief

  • The Facts:

    Many people have been wanting to cancel 2020 given all of the challenges that have arisen this year, but are these challenges not what we need to wake up?

  • Reflect On:

    Is humanity living in a way we are truly capable of? Are we really going to change and create a world where we can thrive if we all remain in 'normal' with our heads down just getting by? Perhaps we need a shake up!

A massive evolution in the way we think and live is long overdue, and now the environment is perfectly set for it to happen. Many call this process ‘raising collective consciousness.’ It’s no secret, 2020 has been a intense year, and you may have noticed that many are creating memes calling for the cancellation of 2020. This comes from the idea of ‘cancel culture’ which is an ideology whereby anything we don’t like, even if it’s only some of us, has to be shamed into cancellation as opposed to dealing with what it truly says about us and why we’re triggered by it. But more on this in a moment.

Deep down I imagine you feel it. What we are doing on a day-to-day basis in our lives feels limiting and it feels like we are capable of much more. This feeling comes from an innate desire within the deepest aspect of who we are, our soul, to continually evolve and expand as a being. It’s almost as if we begin to feel uncomfortable when we become stagnant and stop evolving or growing.

Right now, our current way of living societally and our current mass unconsciousness is causing us to push away that deep desire. We do this because we have become so identified with thought, that if a desire to shift or change comes up, and we cannot rationalize nor see how we can change, and in turn, we push that desire away to hold onto what we have grown comfortable with.

Thus, intensity and chaos have ensued in our world in an attempt to wake us up. Perhaps it’s time to embrace this desire for change. Do we really want our world to simply go back to normal? Was normal truly allowing us to thrive?

Ridding 2020?

A lot of people have been sharing the idea that we want to get rid of or cancel 2020 because it has been such a ‘bad year.’ I understand what train of thought can lead here, and I understand what way of being can lead here, but regardless, I feel it’s an important time to embrace what’s going on and ask big questions about what we’re doing as a collective – living life so disconnected from anything that deeply resonates with us. What we call ‘chaos’ has always been a potent tool for evolution, only, we often get in the way of that evolution by remaining asleep to what’s really going on around us, and continually pushing away that knowing that we can create meaningful change.

Most of what is rising to the surface right now, in terms of truths regarding current events, are all realities that people have been telling others about for years – and yet most of us just went on our merry way, heads down, living life as if none of it was happening. For example, elite child sex trafficking is one collective trauma being faced right now by many, and every day I hear of more and more people facing this reality, unsure of what to do about it as they feel despair. I cannot blame anyone for wanting to hide from this information. Life can be tough and very demanding simply to get by, so questioning our reality and why it is the way it is may not be at the top of our priority list. It may feel easier to just go on with our lives as if it’s not real, continually voting, putting these ‘corrupt’ individuals in power and accepting life as it is.

But if life is providing experiences that give us a chance to evolve beyond this old paradigm, is it perhaps time we listen? Can we truly just keep our heads down as we watch our collective uncomfort rise and mental health decline as our world no longer resonates with our being?

Just because the truth makes us uncomfortable, doesn’t mean we don’t need to address it, it just means we are avoiding it, and if we continue to choose not to look, it will ‘blow up in our face’ – just as it is right now.

May years ago people would ask me ‘Joe, do you think people will one day know about all that is going on behind the scenes?’ I said yes, there are collective truths and traumas people will HAVE to face, there is no avoiding it. This is why so many people are doing their inner work and becoming helpful members of the global community who will be able to help others through their emotional upheavals when more of this truth continues to come out, just like it is right now.

The human race has been oppressed for centuries. At the core, is the suppression of human consciousness. The less we know who we truly are and what we are truly capable of, the more we can be coddled and controlled into living lives that serve a few. The reality of this is coming to the surface.

So should we cancel 2020? Or embrace what it’s trying to bring up on a deeper level, and choose to focus on inner work, personal transformation ad collective transformation? This, as opposed to mentally and emotionally running around trying to say why everything is wrong and bad, will this truly bring about meaningful change?

We’re All Playing Roles

With that said, instead of looking at who the good guys are and who the bad guys are, I challenge others to think of it in terms of roles. What role are people playing for one another that allows us to question what’s going on, learn a lesson, and change? Do you want the world as it is today to continue in this manner? Do you feel we are capable of harmony and thrivability? What do you want the world to look like?

Viewing it in this manner will bring us to solutions as opposed to arguing about what the problems are from our political point of view. Staying within the paradigm of our current world, where we create sides, argue, and remain in a political landscape, will always create more separation and will limit our potential, won’t it? It’s time for a new perspective, a new way of looking at things, and in order for that to happen we must come to terms with what not paying attention has created in our reality.

When we live in this manner, are we living life fully? Or are we just getting by? Are we caught up in the future or the past, trying to live in those states? Or are we fully living now? Are we ready to move from a state of being where we are identified with our thoughts and ego constantly, and move to a state where we are truly who we are, our awareness, living fully?

This is what this transition is about. This is what 2020 is helping to bring forth: the necessary events and revelations that push us deeply to question our lives and society. Start dreaming again, start thinking outside the box. Whatever world you choose to plug into is the one we will actively create. If you feel humanity is capable of something different, or better, beyond just the changing of a president, then now is the time to truly put your intention and action into that.

It’s a potent time for change. Perhaps we don’t want to wish normal back into existence?

Explore this process more deeply here.

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Full Moon In Aquarius: Erratic Progression

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We are having a Full Moon in Aquarius on August 3rd/4th, it will appear the fullest on night of the 2nd in Western North America. This is the peak of the Lunar cycle that began with a New Moon in Cancer on July 20th/21st, as some of the themes mentioned in that article are still in effect.

The energies of a Full Moon are strongest in the days surrounding it yet its astrological configurations also play a part over the following two weeks. You may start to see its effects slowly build up after the New Moon prior to it.

Full Moons are a period in which we feel a push-pull between two opposing signs, in this case being the Moon in Aquarius and the Sun in Leo. It can play out as either a conflict, an integration, or some sort of dynamic playing out between the energies of both signs. The Moon reflects the expression of feeling and emotion while the Sun reflects the expression of ego and conscious self.

We may feel this opposition happening individually within us and/or we can also experience it play out around us with some people (or circumstances) expressing the Aquarius side and others expressing the Leo side. In some cases, Full Moons can also reflect/trigger some sort of change or release.

Full Moon In Aquarius Opposite Sun In Leo

We have been in Leo season since July 22nd and will continue until August 22nd/23rd. This is the sign of self-expression, creativity, love, affection, children, courage, vitality, passion, leadership, generosity, and playfulness. Ruled by the Sun, it is also about shining in our power and being in alignment with what really lights us up and gets us excited.

The negative expressions of Leo can be egotistical, self-absorbed, authoritarian, dramatic, stubborn, jealous, and hot-tempered.  As it is associated with seeking praise and attention, it can be demanding of respect and be boisterous without considering or caring about how others respond to that.

The Full Moon highlights and brings the energies of the opposing sign of Aquarius into this Leo backdrop. This is the sign of friends, networks, social dynamics, the group, the team, humanity, and being in the best interest of the collective. Associated with Uranus, it can be unconventional, idealistic, innovative, progressive, original, inventive, technological, reforming, and even revolutionary.

Negatively, Aquarius can be overly detached, aloof, unemotional, and very invested in the mind at the expense of the heart. Traditionally ruled by Saturn, it can also be unyielding when it comes to the ideas and perspectives that it has already decided on.

Both Leo and Aquarius have some similarities. They are ‘Fixed’ signs and therefore can both be determined yet stubborn. They are also both associated with originality and authenticity. In Aquarius, this comes from its unconventional and innovative Uranian attributes while in Leo it comes from being inspired by its Solar heart centred self-expression.

Full Moon Square Uranus, Sextile Chiron

The Sun and Moon are in a T-square aspect with Uranus bringing its energy strongly into the equation. This planet is associated with Aquarius and viewed as a modern ruler of this sign, therefore it emphasizes some of the Aquarian themes mentioned above.

This can also reflect an energy that is disruptive, unpredictable, erratic, nonconforming, and rebellious. It can be hard to focus and more prone to sudden changes, accidents, loss, or separations. However, it can also reflect liberation, breakthroughs, excitement, and is a good time to shake things up and try new approaches to things.

This Full Moon is in a supportive sextile with Chiron which shares unorthodox and innovative qualities with Uranus. Chiron is also about bringing healing and wholeness to a situation and is associated with personal growth. It brings a potential for integration, learning, problem solving, finding solutions, purpose, and the elevation of consciousness.

Full Moon Sextile Mars, Squaring Jupiter & Pluto During Pre-Retrograde Shadow

The Sun-Moon opposition is in a harmonious aspect with Mars which can bring an active, asserting, energetic, sexual, or even a competitive or fighting energy. Mars is also in its own sign of Aries as it slows down to go retrograde on September 9th/10th. We will be experiencing a period of adjustments over the coming months in how we apply Mars in certain areas of our lives depending on our personal birth charts. Some of the things that are happening this month, leading up to it, will contribute to that process.

At the time of this Full Moon, Mars is also in a tight square with Jupiter which has been building up in the days prior. It also moves towards a square with Pluto over the following two weeks. We may overextend ourselves during this time or do things in an excessive, overconfident, compulsive or obsessive way.

Conflicts around beliefs, perspectives, hidden matters, or abuse can also arise. As we get closer to mid-August the energy becomes more intense with an increased potential of power struggles. This aspect can trigger passion and is good for strategic actions. All of these factors mentioned in this section are cranking up Mars energy overall. I will be writing a separate article on the upcoming retrograde as we get closer to it, join my mailing list here to ensure that you receive it.

Mercury & Venus In Hard Aspects With Saturn, Venus Conjunct North Node

Mercury is in a tight opposition with Saturn. This can reflect thoughts or conversations that are cautious, hesitant, pessimistic, or limiting. We may experience delays or obstacles around commuting or communications with others.  The need to be realistic around certain issues may also come up.

Like Mercury, Venus has social qualities and is also in a hard aspect with Saturn, this one being a frustrating quincunx. It can be hard to integrate or juggle Saturnian areas of responsibilities, commitments, boundaries, discipline, and structures with Venus areas of friendships, love, pleasures, sensuality, values, money, attraction, or other things that are aesthetic related. We may need to be extra adaptable or make adjustments.

Venus is also moving towards a conjunction with the Lunar North Node in Gemini in the days following this Full Moon. New relations, or developments around past relations, could have a fated quality that can bring growth and help us to move forward in a better or constructive way.  Our perception or approach to Venus ruled areas (mentioned in above paragraph) may evolve in a helpful manner.

Things To Consider

In what areas of your life should you try new approaches? What can you do to shake things up? What are some potential solutions for issues you are facing? How can you use your creativity in an innovative way? What are your relations with others pushing you towards? How can you be more of a team player? How can you better balance needs of self with the needs of the group?   What parts of your life are calling for originality and authenticity?

These are just some examples of themes that could come up during this period; however, there may be other variations of this energy playing out as well.  If you wish to do any sort of intentional release connected to what has come up at this Full Moon, it is best to do so anytime over the two weeks following when it is waning. The exact moment of this Full Moon is on August 3rd at 3:59pm Universal Time. You can click here to see what that is in your time zone.

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