By Barbara Goldsmith

On August 25th we have a very powerful configuration in the heavens: A Grand Square, A Grand Sextile and a Star of David.

This is a unique opportunity to transform all the tension of the Grand Square (e.g. unrest and violence in Egypt and Syria,) and to bring peace and harmony to our planet. It’s a wonderful time to connect with others of like mind who want to raise the vibrations on our earth.

Scientific studies have shown that groups of people meditating have reduced crime rates in major cities in various parts of the world. Despite the conflicts, with these favourable aspects, if enough of us can come together and pray for peace and for the caring of people and our planet, we can truly change our world for the better.

During this Full Moon in Aquarius, it’s important to be the individual that you are. No one on this earth is like you. You are absolutely unique and it’s time to shine a light on your special qualities. Dare to be different and to stand out from the rest! We have a tendency to want to conform and to try to “fit in” but the more you try to do that, the unhappier you’ll probably become. When you are ready to take the risk to just be yourself, not worry about pleasing anyone, you’ll feel more comfortable in your own skin and you’ll attract people into your life who will like you just the way you are. It can be quite a challenging transition for those of you who are new to this, but the more you get into it, the easier life becomes.

I can certainly identify with this as I spent a lifetime trying to please other people, and it never ever worked. I contorted myself and tied myself in knots and they still didn’t love me in the way I wanted to be loved.

When I first started out making videos for YouTube, if there was one mildly negative comment, I would be devastated for days. Oh dear, that person didn’t love me, what do I need to change in order to be loved by everyone?? If someone didn’t like a video, again, I would be so upset. I have to confess that at the beginning, I used to remove all negative comments because I couldn’t bear seeing them.

Sometimes I would have over 100 likes on a video and just one dislike, and I’d be crying again because one person who I never knew and had never met disliked my video!

Gradually, as I realised that I would never ever please everyone all of the time, I decided to keep on going. It was a slow process. Sometimes the comments were really hostile and I would be quite upset, but then I had to separate the comments that were meant to be rude, from the negative comments that were meant to help me improve my performance and improve my abilities as an astrologer. As long as the negative comments are helpful, I welcome them. But as anyone who is in the public eye can tell you, the comments that are designed just to hurt you or because they are having a bad day and are taking it out on the person who is either writing or videoing, serve no useful purpose and those really should be ignored. And they also act as a nice balance for the hundreds of positive comments that I get, all of which are deeply appreciated.

And that brings me back to this Full Moon in Aquarius. Dare to displease someone!! Take a risk!! Do what you really want to do, what speaks to you from your heart and to hell with the rest!! You might be pleasantly surprised at the consequences.

Aquarius is all about finding new solutions to problems and thinking outside the box. One of the definitions of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and hoping for a different result. Aquarians often have the ability to detach themselves emotionally from a situation and are able to come up with a new perspective. Wherever this Full Moon falls in your chart is where you need to come up with new ideas. For example, if it falls in your 2nd house of money, maybe it’s time to look at your financial situation in a new way. Maybe it’s time to look at new ways of making money. Maybe it’s falling in your 7th house of relationships and you need to have a new perspective on a relationship that has been bothering you. Maybe it’s falling in your 10th house of career and it’s time for a change in direction of your career.

In my chart, it falls in my first house, so I’m looking at new ways in which I can present myself, how I can make myself more interesting and different. I’m forcing myself to try to learn something new every single day.

Because so many of you have asked me to improve the sound on my videos, I have just ordered a new camera and microphone. I am a little nervous about the steep learning curve I will have to undergo to be able to use it, but again, it’s a great Aquarian adventure to learn new technology and to be forced out of my comfort zone. Every time I have done this in the past, I have grown and been able to do more and share more of value with others.

So fingers crossed I won’t be tearing my hair out with learning all this new technology and that you will all benefit from beautiful sound and picture quality of my future videos.

I wish you a different, unique and exciting Full Moon in Aquarius, and a peaceful and harmonious Star of David. See what you can do to connect with people in your community, either in person or online. Together we can make a difference~!

Barbara Goldsmith, professional astrologer for over 30 years, gives personal readings to clients worldwide. She has a loyal following on You Tube with her free monthly horoscopes. Author of Astrology Made Easy, The Elements – Physical and Metaphysical Astrology, Handbook for Surviving the Global Financial Crisis. Also a qualified financial adviser, she brings a unique mix to the field of astrology with her intuitive astrological knowledge and her practical business experience.