NEW MOON IN LEO

New Moon in Leo, July 23, 2017, 4:47 am CDT

 

Calling all Leos!

And especially those born close to the above date all the way up to the first few days of August. And just for the heck of it, let’s include all you late degree Cancers…those born from about July 13 or so.  The partner signs to Leo & Aquarius also factor in here so if your birthday falls between January 10 or so to January 30 or so, be prepared to be   prodded into action as well!

This is your New Moon…and what a New Moon it is!

Remember New Moons are a ‘clean the slate and let’s start something new’ kind of energy. It’s all about planting the seeds for a whole new cycle of growth. If you feel the urge to MOVE and GROOVE, you are getting the vibe of the next few days.

Here’s a very Leo thought to consider:

“Realization is not knowledge about the universe,

but the living experience of the nature of the universe.”

Choygal Namkhai Norbu Rinpoche

The Rinpoche pinpoints the essence of the leonine perspective. It is all about the sheer joy of BEING, and not the endless rumination of what that ‘beingness’ might mean.  Instead of trying to understand—(there will be time for that later on)—just embrace the present moment and revel in the sweetness of NOW.

So, set aside some time over the next few days to just sit and enjoy or walk and enjoy or run and enjoy—well, you get my meaning…

 

Mars is closely conjoined to this Sun/Moon meeting, adding a wallop of energy and incentive to whatever it is that is making us want to jump into action.  This is the pulse of sheer and relentless joy moving in our veins. Creativity is highlighted so if you are in the mood to create, go for it.

Be open to sudden inspirations, ideas that come out of the blue and flashes of insight that suddenly drop fully formed into your mind. This New Moon configuration is aligned to the asteroid goddess, Pallas Athene, suggesting heightened mental activity.

I know one very strappy Leo who has made it his life work to just be creative whatever it is that he is doing, (he is an artist but it doesn’t stop with his art—you should see his garden!) He always has a notebook close at hand so that he can jot down random words or pictures or even melodies that float through his fertile mind.

It’s a good habit to get into and to MAINTAIN. If you don’t concretize those gifts from the collective consciousness, they will for sure dissolve into the ether where someone else may catch them and use them. It’s happened to me more than a few times so I speak from chagrined experience!

There’s a lovely Venus/Jupiter Trine that promises abundant yields if we put the work into any projects that we may begin. This is the energy of summer magic; soft breezes, warm nights, long lazy days and the aroma of blossoming plants to tickle our senses. We want to do things because it feels easy to do things. Work seems more pleasurable and life is, generally speaking, a charm.

Speaking of charms, this is hummingbird season and a group of hummingbirds is designated a CHARM. Lovely! (See my article on hummingbirds in the next Aquarian…)

This same Venus/Jupiter configuration also gives a nod to Saturn. When Jupiter and Saturn combine, expect miraculous events to occur. In this case, there is a sense of flow while Saturn challenges Venus to step up and claim who she is. Do your values enhance your activity? Are you doing what you WANT to be doing? Well, at least inch in that direction, little bud!

We’ve still got Pluto and Eris sizzling away in cardinal energy and an uncertain Chiron is looking for some answers to long held wounds by trying to get in sync with Mercury but these things are in the background for now.

It’s summer. Its warm. Everything feels fine, at least for the moment.

 

The Sabian Symbols for this New Moon are:

A CASE OF APOPLEXY

&

AN OLD ADOBE MISSION

 

Here is a caution that if we do not find an outlet for our creative impulses or if we are TOO much in control of our emotions and thoughts, we could find ourselves ‘fit to burst’!! Everyone knows that if something is repressed it can get way out of control so how important it is to find productive and REGULAR ways to let off some steam—the steam of creative impulse in this case. And, of course, this concept can be applied to just about every aspect of day to day life and is certainly NOT limited to artists alone.

The second Symbol gives us a clue as to how we can channel our various creative impulses in a positive fashion. That ‘adobe mission’ suggests a belief that is basic, fundamental, uncomplicated and certain of itself. Those early proselytizers followed their faith into distant lands and alien cultures without a blink of an eye—for the most part.

The message is: believe; believe in your dreams, yourself, your abilities, your hopes—the whole nine yards of it.

Fix it in your heart, stroke it with your mind and follow the bread crumbs to that sweet spot of contentment. It’s the contentment that comes from a path well-traveled and a hope firmly held.

As Queen so simply, yet eloquently put it, “We are the Champions of the world!”

(A very Leo thing to think and feel!)

So go at it. Do something different or dramatic or dashing…well, do anything at all for that matter!

Summer kisses to all!

Full Moon in Capricorn/2017

With the New Moon in Cancer two weeks ago, our emotional centers were triggered and the themes of self-care, self-love and self-affirmation were highlighted. Any wounds that may have been hiding deep within our hearts may have been opened up to the possibility of healing or at the very least, to the beginning of exploratory work by us into any sensitive areas. Now, with a glorious summer Full Moon in the partner sign to Cancer, CAPRICORN, we can take the steps that are needed to implement strong and steady strategies that could facilitate ongoing self-reliance, self-assurance and self-promotion.

Capricorn is the energy of competency, self-motivation and efficient management of all areas of living. Its real-time application of real kinds of strategies—not pie in the sky fantasy but hard core, down to earth things that actually might work in the now.

In Capricorn, we set aside histrionics, moodiness and co-dependency. Now we enter into the arena of adulthood, taking charge of our reality, ensuring success of our undertakings not because of some vague emotional desire but rather, because we have made good solid plans of action that will incrementally and inexorably lead to that desired success. As the Moon soars in the summer sky, we drink up the truth serum that she bestows upon us via the hard-nosed and unrelenting rays of Capricorn.

So, how are you doing with addressing emotional stresses? Have you taken some time to face up to any issues that may be lurking around in your psyche?

If yes, good on you. Keep at it.

If no, set aside some time for self-reflection on Saturday night—ideally before you go out and party—and let that fat full Moon work her magic on you. If you have the opportunity to enjoy the night hours of the July 8 and you have a clear sky, grab it! It is truly amazing how the mind and heart open up under the light of the Moon.

This Full Moon is full of earth-shaking energy if we choose to access it. Pluto is hand and glove aligned to the Capricorn Moon and both are ruled by a lofty and spirit seeking Saturn in Sagittarius, one of the loveliest placements for the God of time to find himself in. In Sag, Saturn seeks meaning and the light that comes from a spiritual perspective—relatively speaking. The relative part is dependent on the soul in question. We are all at different levels of evolution, spiritually speaking, so one person’s sense of spirit may be quite different from anothers. The key is to find your own comfort level in this area and fit yourself into a framework that works for you. No judgments and no evaluations of anyone elses choices, please.

That Pluto/Moon conjunction is itself involved in a GRAND CARDINAL CROSS that includes Uranus/Eris in Aries, the Sun in Cancer, conjoined to Mars—of course exactly opposed to the Moon/Pluto—and Jupiter in Libra in his last gallop through the latter half of that energy. Now, if you are a student of astrology, you have probably heard rumours about Grand Crosses or as they are sometimes called Grand Squares. And some of those rumours may have been less than happy. Well, here’s the thing; ENERGY, in and of itself, is neutral, and just waiting for the variable factor—YOU—to stir it up. If you are conscious, you can use whatever energy is present for growth and improvement. It truly is up to you. Cardinal configurations of this type can be extremely useful for hitting those home runs, so to speak. If the contained energy of the Cross is opened up effectively, the results to the Variable Factor—YOU—can be impressive.

Saturn in Sag is closely involved in this potentially explosive configuration and he is himself involved in a toe to toe with Chiron in the last few degrees of Pisces. The opportunity here is that we can gain some perspective on what those wounds that we are carrying around with us are really all about. Jupiter in Libra, as the ruler of this strategic Saturn demands that we face the truth of any anger, resentments, sorrows, or even a sense of personal inadequacy and dig ourselves out of the muck of self-pity or the blaming of others and grab a hold of what WE can do to effect healing, integration and, hopefully transformation. With the Sun aligned to Mars, there is more than enough get up and go for us to at least begin to do the work that is necessary. Anger is an effective tool for motivation if used mindfully and with a clear-eyed understanding of how to manage anger energy. So, stop blaming others—even if they are to blame—and shoulder your own burden with the inner strength and awareness that YOU CAN DO IT!

Cancer/Capricorn is the energy of self-awareness, inner work that often is messy but always is necessary.

 

The Sabian Symbols for this Full Moon are:

THE UNION JACK

&

A HEN SCRATCHING FOR HER CHICKS

 

What’s your mandala? What’s the image that helps you to focus and concentrate? A ‘flag’ is representative of an ideal, an aspiration, a destination that is imagined and held up as a beacon. So, be clear within yourself as to what, exactly you are loyal to. Hold those ideals high and keep on polishing them up. This month, be committed to following through on any resolutions that you may have on that tricky and slippery emotional level.

The image of the “Hen & Chicks” is truly fitting as the themes of self-care and self-love are played out. Care for others and allow others to care for you. We are in this together, after all!