Now is a time of great insight, as the Guru Purnima full moon of July 23, 2021 opens a portal to the celestial realms. Get ready, because you may receive transmissions from the other side, or feel the presence of a higher power on a whole new level.

Peaking at 7:36 p.m. PST, this spiritual full moon inhabits the nakshatra, or area of the sky, called Uttara Ashadha. Ruled by the Vishvadevas — the universal gods who transmit the qualities of truth, justice, goodness, leadership, and willpower — Uttara Ashadha points us towards positive ideals and uplifts the human spirit.

Uttara Ashadha is also symbolized by an elephant’s tusk, and is associated with the power and strength of Lord Ganesh, the elephant-headed remover of obstacles. If something has been standing in your way of resolving an unpleasant situation, or keeping you from making peace with some aspect of your past, this full moon offers an opportunity to first reflect upon, and then release any lingering fears. Move forward with courage, knowing that the winds are blowing in your favor.

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In practical terms, this full moon has the power to soothe a broken heart and bring closure to a situation that may not have been fully supporting you. Whether it’s a personal relationship, or a work-related project that needs re-evaluating, the Uttara Ashadha full moon can help catalyze the next phase of your life and career.

In India, Guru Purnima is celebrated as the day to honor our gurus — the teachers, mentors, and advisors who influence our lives. The word guru can be translated as “dispeller of darkness,” and like a guiding light that dissolves the darkness of ignorance, a guru can enlighten us to our own innate talents and strengths.

This auspicious full moon is a prime opportunity to launch a new project or initiate a new course of study, as success will be all but assured. Thanks to the influence of Lord Ganesh, obstacles can be overcome and the path will be clear. In fact, the full moon of Guru Purnima magnifies growth and expansion in all aspects of life.

Distant Pluto is also aligned with the Guru Purnima full moon, adding a transformative fire element to the mix and infusing our souls with courage. This full moon is especially helpful for letting go of the past and transforming pain into growth. Ritual is powerful now, so consider whether you might create your own full moon ritual, using elements of nature to align with Mother Earth and heal the past.

The most auspicious time to perform rituals, honor teachers, and set future intentions is the hours leading up to the Guru Purnima full moon, from 10:13 p.m. PST on July 22 to 7:36 p.m. PST on July 23. Remember to open yourself to the possibility of receiving communications from the other side, and stay in tune with your intuition. Whatever comes through in the days surrounding this full moon could have positive, long-term consequences for your life.

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How this influence will affect you depends on how these planets are transiting your birth chart, book a personal astrology reading me to learn more.