This summer has been packed with astrological energy and cosmic influences on our lives. Each of these events triggers a change in our lives, sometimes for the good and sometimes creating a time of challenge and unrest.

With the upcoming Full Blood Moon lunar eclipse, the longest lunar eclipse of the 21st century, we will once again see significant changes. What does this mean for you?

The moon and its phases have long been recognized for their ability to alter life here on Earth. Even many of those who don’t believe in the study of astrology will reference the full moon and its impact on human behavior. Associated directly with our emotions, this specific moon phases intensifies everything that we are feeling. Even the smallest of frustrations can become sheer anger with the moon’s influence, making it difficult to handle anything that may trigger an emotional response during this time.

The July 2018 full moon is more than that though, it carries the energy of a full moon, but it’s also a blood moon and a total lunar eclipse. When a lunar eclipse occurs, it brings a darkness to the world for that short moment (or not so short when we are talking about this coming eclipse). This darkness also carries over into the energy of the world, as we find ourselves face to face with our ‘shadow self.’ This is the darker side of our personality that we keep hidden away from the world, the personality traits that we would rather deny than confront first hand. Unfortunately, burying something away doesn’t mean that something is gone in our lives, merely that it’s waiting below the surface until such time that it comes forward.

What does this mean for you? Find your zodiac sign and read on…

Aries (Mar 21 – Apr 19)

You may spend most of your life believing that your temper is under control but watch out. You are a ticking time bomb during this period of time, with even the smallest of frustrations sending you right over the top. Try to practice mindful breathing, calming yourself down and doing all that you can to keep your emotions in check. If you don’t, you are likely going to find yourself in trouble when you anger gets the best of you leading to some harmful rash decision or lashing out at the wrong person.

Taurus (Apr 20 – May 20)

During this time, you are going to want to try your hardest to put your stubborn streak aside and look at the world through an unbiased lens. You are generally a possessive person, completely loyal to friends, family and loved ones, but expecting this loyalty in return. The heightened emotions to come may cause you to read into situations in a way that you wouldn’t normally, becoming angered and frustrated with people for something they haven’t even done. Don’t fall victim to this toxic way of thinking.

Gemini (May 21 – Jun 20)

Always the life of the party, you will go to great lengths to fit in and ensure that you can uphold this title, but if you aren’t careful this can easily lead to two-faced actions and extreme jealousy. Pay close attention to what you are saying behind people’s backs, as it will certainly get back to you. Remember, not every thought that enters your mind needs to be spoken aloud. Pay careful attention to keeping your filter in place.

Cancer (Jun 21 – Jul 22)

Those of you born under the sign of Cancer are among the hardest hit anytime that there’s a full moon, and this one is no exception. Why? You live your life with your heart on your sleeve guided by your emotions, and these emotions are about to be 100 times more intense. With the full blood moon lunar eclipse, be prepared to feel completely overwhelmed, but rest assured – you can do this! Take a step back and focus on your breathing for a moment before making any decisions. Be careful that you don’t make any rash, emotional choices that you will later regret.

Leo (Jul 23 – Aug 22)

This time is going to be difficult for you as it’s going to be a solid blow to the ego. You may have spent your whole life creating the image that you are the strong, confident individual that can take on the world without even breaking a sweat, but this phenomenon is going to reveal your shadow self, and your shadow self is the self-conscious, egotistical individual who would do anything to seek admiration from those around them. While this will be hard, facing it will truly give you the opportunity to become a better person.

Virgo (Aug 23 – Sept 22)

You’ve likely been told by friends and family before that you have impossible standards, but you’re about to realize it first hand. When your shadow self is revealed, you will suddenly see the truth – that you will never measure up to the person that you require yourself to be. It’s a hard truth, but an important realization. Acknowledging this fact is the first step towards correcting your mindset and freeing yourself from the negative thinking that these expectations create.

Libra (Sept 23 – Oct 22)

For someone who has worked so hard to eliminate negativity, bringing peace and harmony to the world around you, the idea that you have a shadow self is going to be a little hard to swallow. Even more challenging will be the fact that this shadow self will reveal the selfish reasons for many of your decisions, decisions that you have convinced everyone, including yourself, are selfless acts of love and compassion for the world around you. Sorry, but you’re no saint and it’s time to open your eyes a little to your underlying motivations.

Scorpio (Oct 23 – Nov 21)

Watch out Scorpio! You’re already an incredibly intense individual, and this full blood moon lunar eclipse is going to turn up the heat even further. You need to be VERY careful that you take the time to breathe and consider your actions before you make any decisions during this time as you are already one that’s prone to act irrationally without the additional influence in your life. The last thing you want to do is to lash out at someone you care about and damage that relationship.

Sagittarius (Nov 22 – Dec 21)

Known for your more impulsive decisions, always seeking your next big adventure, you need to be especially careful during this time that you take a step back and consider your options before acting. You have a fear of being tied down, and that fear is going to be intensified with the energy during this time. It’s important to remember that responsibilities and commitments aren’t all bad, so don’t go burning any bridges. Wait to make any major decisions until this is all over.

Capricorn (Dec 22 – Jan 19)

You are a driven and dedicated individual with a desire for success, but what you may not realize is just how deep that desire runs. Putting your need for achievement before all else in your life may not be as noticeable on a daily basis, but when you are face to face with your shadow self it’s going to be hard to deny just how ruthless your desire has made you. Take note, as it may be hindering other areas of your life, like your relationships.

Aquarius (Jan 20 – Feb 18)

Priding yourself in being open minded due to the fact that you are such an individual in a world that pushes conformity, you are likely blind to the fact that you are just as judgmental as the next person. The difference is that you are busy judging those who chose to follow the rules. You are going to be forced to confront a not so pretty side of yourself, but if you want to truly be open-minded and accepting, it needs to happen.

Pisces (Feb 19 – Mar 20)

Resist the urge to retreat into your dream world during this time, avoiding any confrontation with your shadow self at all. This is a time for growth and realization, and you need it as much as the rest of the world. If you truly want to work towards creating the ideal reality that you dream of, you need to confront the fact that your own personal demons may be a large part of what is holding you back.

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