The Leo New Moon occurs on August 2nd, at 1:44 pm MST/PDT at 10 degrees Leo 57 minutes. Here’s the chart: LeoNewMoon2016.
Leo is the only zodiac sign in our Solar system ruled by a star, our Sun, not one of the planets. As such, Leo has long been associated with nobility, royalty and dynasties.
The Lion, symbol of Leo, is called the ‘King’ of beasts. Accordingly, Leos are characterized by dignity, leadership and pride. Indeed a group or family of lions is called a ‘pride!’
Ruled by the Sun, Leos naturally see themselves as the ‘center of the universe.’ This quality of consciousness, referred to as a ‘pyramid reality mindset’ sees itself at the top of the pyramid and superior to others, expecting others to serve it’s needs. However, this seeming narcissism hides a deeper inner truth. Un-evolved Leos carry a deep inner emotional insecurity that needs constant outer recognition and attention to affirm their special qualities. Seeking validation of their value and worth from outer sources can lead to an insatiable need for praise and acknowledgment. When Leos don’t receive the acclaim and appreciation they feel they deserve, they’ll often pursue love affairs or ‘act out’ becoming the infamous ‘Drama Queen or King’ that just keeps climbing up on ‘stage’ in order to receive attention and be noticed.
This need to be noticed and validated as special is commonly reflected in the behavior of most children, who are also ruled by Leo. Children often seek the attention of their parents saying, “Look at me!” While this behavior is natural for children, it becomes pathological when carried into adulthood where unfulfilled needs for love and approval are projected onto others, especially loved ones at home and colleagues in the workplace.
The evolutionary intention of Leo is to learn SELF-LOVE. Instead of seeking approval, acknowledgement, validation and appreciation from outer sources, Leo must learn to love itself, to honor and respect itself and express its true nature – no matter what.
When Leo’s emotional insecurity reaches an extreme level of imbalance, they will typically co-create an Aquarian (opposite sign reflecting the path of evolution) shock or trauma. The ‘rug gets ripped out’ from under them in order to reinforce humility and teach them to recognize that others are special too and deserve recognition as well. Leo must ultimately learn that it is simply an actor on the stage of life, not the director of the play.
The Hermetic Law of Correspondences commonly known through the phrases, “As Above, So Below” and “As Within, So Without” is very instructive for Leo. If you don’t love your self, love will not be reflected back to you through your outer environment. If you cannot love your self, how can you expect others to love you?
When Leo evolves into self-love and appreciation, they’re no longer jealous of others who receive attention. They become generous, kind-hearted and magnanimous. Mature Leos are self-assured and confident within themselves. They can then support others fully, encouraging them to develop and creatively express their authentic selves as well. This reflects the true character of Leo, the beloved and benevolent King or Queen who truly serves their ‘subjects’ instead of the other way around.
The Sun and Moon in Leo are making several aspects to other planets in their New Moon chart. They are joined by Venus in Leo, which adds value and meaning to individuality that needs to be creatively self-actualized and expressed in the world. Venus in Leo can open the heart to greater love, unconditional love, for the self and others. Venus in Leo seeks beauty and harmony, fairness and justice for all.
The New Moon is also part of a YOD formation, a unique planetary configuration comprised of two planets that are sextile (60 degrees apart) one another while both are simultaneously inconjunct (150 degrees apart) a third planet. Altogether, the planets form a pattern that looks like a “Y” and are therefore called a YOD.
YODs are special astrological patterns that reflect a significant crises that can only be healed or resolved by making necessary changes and adjustments in order to re-align with reality and affect healing, self-improvement and personal humility. YODS carry a unique spiritual quality or energy that links directly with your Soul’s evolutionary purpose and intentions. This YOD is comprised of the Sun and Moon in Leo which are inconjunct both retrograde Pluto in Capricorn and retrograde Neptune and the Moon’s South Node in Pisces. Pluto, Neptune and the South Node are all sextile each other and hold the keys to resolving the crisis.
Pluto in Capricorn symbolizes the need to emotionally and spiritually mature by taking complete responsibility for ALL of your own actions, choices and behaviors. Stop blaming others for circumstances or situations you’re not happy about. Blame is evidence of a consciousness rooted in victimization that assumes others are responsible and reveals an identification with powerlessness. Nothing can heal from a consciousness of victimization.
Consciousness creates reality, so if you experienced something, you played a role in co-creating it. Better to seek understanding of WHY you co-created a particular event rather than dwelling on WHAT happened and how awful it was which only serves to perpetuate a victim consciousness. Keep asking your Higher Self, “Why would I co-create such an event in my life? What am I to learn from this experience that will serve my Soul’s evolutionary growth intentions for me in this lifetime?”
Neptune and the South Node in Pisces symbolize the need to let go of negative thoughts and beliefs, particularly those associated with a sense of unworthiness. They reflect the need to let go of an identity rooted in victimization and the need to cling to false beliefs, fantasies, delusions or idealizations that aren’t rooted in reality like the notion that unless you’re perfect, you’re worthless and therefore deserving of pain and punishment.
Unfortunately, we’ve ALL been conditioned for lifetimes by man-made religions to believe that we must suffer in order to atone for our imperfections, mistakes and ‘sins.’ The resulting feelings of unworthiness pervade the collective unconsciousness of humanity. Nearly all of us carry these false beliefs deep within our subconscious regardless of whether or not we’ve been exposed to religion in the current lifetime.
This collective conditioning is easily evidenced in the all too common human experience of wondering what in the world we might have done to ‘deserve’ whatever ‘bad’ thing has happened to us. This is due to religious influences that taught us to believe in the need for divine punishment or retribution for our ‘sins’ or imperfections.
Another classic example of this unconscious belief conditioning is the instinctive feeling of guilt experienced whenever we do or say something that’s disapproved of by others – even when those very choices or decisions reflect our own truth, what’s for our highest good, or in the best interests of our self or others. Who among us has not had these experiences?!
Let go of false beliefs associated with the distorted religious teachings relative to ‘perfection’ and realize we are all evolving human beings. Healing can come from simply doing your best and learning to judge yourself based on your intentions, not outcomes.
Remember, these same religions also teach that we’re made in the image of God or the Creator. This means that if we are evolving, then the Divine Source that created us must also be evolving.
This YOD can teach you that to truly LOVE YOUR SELF, you must accept your self AS YOU ARE, including all of your imperfections. Use the healing energy of this YOD to forgive yourself and unconditionally love yourself. These choices reflect the true nature of the Divine Source that created us – a God that is unconditionally loving, compassionate and forgiving.
The New Moon is also in a waning trine (120 degrees apart) aspect with Saturn in Sagittarius. Currently, Saturn is slowing down to a standstill in the heavens ahead of its upcoming station direct (resumption of forward movement) on August 13th at 9 degrees Sagittarius 47 minutes. This powerful connection favors and supports self-discipline, emotional maturity, and the aforementioned need to take complete responsibility for ourselves. The Sun and Moon trine Saturn may well bring rewards as a result of prior efforts made especially in regards to being true to yourself or ‘walking your talk.’ This trine also reflects the potential for developing an expanded understanding of greater and greater levels of universal truths or what is true for all of us regardless of personal differences.
Sagittarius also rules foreign lands and cultures, cosmologies, philosophies and theologies. This is the sign of man-made religions so we may also experience positive events and circumstances associated with the evolution of beliefs associated with faith traditions.
This evolution and growth in understanding just occurred in response to a recent tragedy. Following the murder of Jacques Hamel, a French Priest, Muslims on Sunday attended Catholic Mass in churches and cathedrals across France, Italy and beyond. “We’re very touched” said Archbishop Dominique Lebrun of Gouen Cathedral adding, “It’s an important gesture of solidarity.” Outside the church, a group of Muslims were applauded when they unfurled a banner which read, “Love for all. Hate for none.”
Saturn’s station also energizes the Spiritual T-Square that’s been in place for nearly a year now. A T-Square is another astrological configuration. This one looks like a capital “T”. It includes Jupiter and the North Node in Virgo, which are opposite (180 degrees) Chiron and the South Node in Pisces. ALL of these Virgo/Pisces planets are square (90 degrees) Saturn in Sagittarius. Jupiter and Neptune rule our beliefs, consciously and unconsciously, respectively.
The evolutionary purpose reflected in this T-Square is a necessary review and reflection upon our beliefs to discern if they are really true. Saturn will precisely square Neptune for the third and final time on September 10th. The two previous squares occurred November 26, 2015 and June 17, 2016. Saturn/Neptune are directly associated with the dissolution of – literally dissolving – old outworn or false beliefs. This planetary connection is also dissolving limited consciousness structures and the resulting realities they have been creating, both on a personal and on a collective level.
What beliefs have lost their meaning for you? What no longer feels ‘true’ to you? What realities are no longer working in your life? Are you ready to let go of an old mindset that contributed to that reality? Are you willing to own and take responsibility for having co-created those realities or are you succumbing to disappointment and disillusionment and feeling depressed or powerless???
Interestingly, both Saturn and Neptune are associated with psychological depression. Depression has a natural purpose! That purpose causes us to isolate ourselves so we can reflect upon what quality or aspect of our consciousness is responsible for creating a reality that no longer works or is causing us to be unhappy.
This is a necessary evolutionary task for those who wish to take responsibility for their lives realizing that they have created their experiences. Unfortunately, we are culturally conditioned, especially in the United States, to see depression as a weakness or character flaw, or a disturbing distraction that interferes with our life. In fact, its the natural result and reflection of a life that’s no longer working, functional, healthy or satisfactory.
Masking depression with prescription drugs is not the answer. In fact, pharmaceutical drugs simply numb our senses, anesthetizing our consciousness, ultimately interfering with the very process required for healing. They actually interfere with the necessary and natural process of inner self-reflection and review. It’s a sad fact that 70 million Americans take Prozac, the number one prescribed anti-depressant drug. Of course prolonged depression may indeed require some kind of therapeutic intervention. But know that depression is a naturally occurring human phenomenon associated with the spiritual evolutionary process designed specifically to turn our attention inward. In doing so we can become consciously aware of thoughts and beliefs that are not in alignment with our personal truth and are in fact the source of our depression, melancholy and lack of well-being.
Saturn and Neptune also represent meditation, a far better antidote to depression. In my practice over the years, I’ve noticed that those who say they’re too busy to meditate are typically the ones who need to meditate the most! Deepak Chopra offers a wealth of information and guidance that can help you develop your own personal meditation practice. If you’re interested, visit the Chopra Center at http://www.chopra.com for more info.
Deepak has also produced lots of YouTube videos that offer timeless spiritual insights from the world’s wisdom traditions. Keep in mind that there are many forms of meditation. Many don’t require much time at all. What’s important is that you develop a daily practice. It may be sitting cross-legged and motionless focusing simply on your breath or quietly repeating mantras. Or it may be some form of moving meditation like walking silently in nature or a daily jogging routine. There are countless ways to meditate so find what works for you and simply begin.
The T-Square will also be activated by Jupiter’s third and final opposition (180 degrees) to Chiron in Pisces which will occur August 12th just a day before Saturn’s station direct in Sagittarius. The two previous oppositions between Jupiter and Chiron happened on November 3, 2015 and February 23, 2016. What was happening in your life during these previous timeframes? What do you need to heal? What wounds were you experiencing or remembering?
Jupiter has a twelve year cycle which means it spends approximately one year in each of the twelve signs. Jupiter will move out of Virgo and into Libra September 9th ending the T-Square pattern. The energy of the T-Square over the past year has prompted each of us to be truer to ourselves and to make the effort to heal and self-improve. Make the most of the final Jupiter/Chiron opposition to throw off the last vestiges of victim consciousness and to reach for the highest levels of compassion and forgiveness you can realize for yourself and others.
The New Moon chart includes two other important celestial events worth mentioning that complete the overall pattern ‘seeded’ in this lunation: Mars will re-enter Sagittarius to complete it’s biannual retrograde period that began in February of this year, and Mercury, now in Virgo, one of the signs it rules, will go retrograde for the third time this year.
Mars acts instinctively on our desires which eminate from our Souls and reflect the evolutionary growth intentions our Soul has for us in each and every lifetime. In fact, Mars is considered the ‘lower octave’ of Pluto, the planet that represents the Soul as well as the human evolutionary process itself. Planets that are higher and lower octaves of one another reflect similar energy while vibrating at different frequencies. Musicians know all about this phenomenon.
Mars goes retrograde every two years for about two and a half months. Normally spending about two months in each sign, when Mars is retrograde it takes about seven or eight months to move through a sign. This Mars retrograde began in Sagittarius at 9 degrees and backed up to 23 degrees Scorpio.
Its actual retrograde period was between April 17th and June 29th. But every retrograde period actually begins when the planet first moves over the degree it will back up to. In this case, Mars first traversed 23 Scorpio on February 18th. This began the ‘pre-shadow’ period of Mars retrograde which was from February 18th until April 17th. And every planetary retrograde also has a ‘post-shadow’ period during which the planet returns to the same degree at which the actual retrograde began. In this case that was 9 Sagittarius. Mars JUST re-entered Sagittarius a few hours before the Leo New Moon occurred. Mars will reach 9 degrees Sagittarius on August 22nd when it will completely finish up the entire retrograde cycle, including its post-shadow period.
Mars retrograde periods always reflect the need to review our desires. How have you been acting upon your desires to achieve or pursue personal goals or ambitions or to just simply do the things you want to do? Moving from Sagittarius back into Scorpio, this Mars retrograde was about reflecting on our personal truth and beliefs which are ruled by Sagittarius, and how we wield our personal power which is ruled by Scorpio.
Scorpio also symbolizes our deepest wounds which often leave us feeling powerless and typically result from losses, abandonments and betrayals which are also associated with Scorpio. Scorpio teaches right use of power. Through Scorpio, we learn that we are intrinsically powerful through our ability to make free will choices which co-create our realities and facilitate our own personal evolution. Unfortunately, the things we are culturally conditioned to believe represent power are money, sex and death. And unfortunately, these are the things most often used to wield or have power OVER others.
So in effect, this Mars retrograde was about reviewing issues associated with beliefs and power particularly how we experience wealth and sexuality as a result of our beliefs. For example, what do your beliefs tell you are right and proper uses or expressions of sexuality? What do your beliefs teach about money or wealth or possessions?
As Mars completes its current retrograde, we should all be mindful of insights and understandings we have come to as a result of experiences we’ve had since February this year. Empower yourself by committing to be TRUE TO YOURSELF! Empower yourself by knowing that you have the power to change your life by changing your choices and act accordingly. On a collective level, we can expect more truths and more lies to be exposed so that healing and evolution can take place for us all.
Mars is also moving into a final phase in its two year cycle with Pluto which began in November 2014. Between now and October 22nd, when Mars and Pluto once again align at the exact same degree in the zodiac, thus beginning a new two year cycle together, know that whatever you began in late 2014 is currently culminating or coming to a completion. This final phase between Mars and Pluto always reflects the need to throw off old desires and achievements in order to make space for new goals and pursuits. What Soul desires have you been pursuing over the past couple of years and what did you achieve or learn or experience as a result? Take some time to reflect upon these issues to maximize the evolutionary intentions and potential associated with your own Soul’s desires now.
Mercury entered Virgo July 30th. This speedy planet usually takes only two and a half weeks to traverse each zodiac sign. But when Mercury is retrograde that timeframe gets extended to nearly two months. Through Virgo, Mercury analyzes and sorts through all the information and knowledge it has to make sense of it all. Indeed every Mercury retrograde period provides an opportunity to throw off excess or superfluous data that is no longer relevant or necessary. Given the fact that information overload has become the norm for humanity in this digital age, we should all be thankful for each Mercury retrograde instead of dreading it! Mercury retrogrades are also always encouraging us to achieve a greater balance between left-brain logical linear deductive thought processes and right-brain intuitive, holistic and metaphysical thought processes.
This Mercury retrograde occurs between 29 and 14 degrees of Virgo. Mercury will therefore connect with both Jupiter and the North Node in Virgo, while simultaneously bringing Mercury into opposition with Neptune, Chiron and the South Node in Pisces. Thus, this Mercury retro ALSO energizes the T-Square! This T-Square will have its final ‘hoorah’ so to speak over the coming month!
Mercury retrograde in Virgo will give us all ample opportunities to think deeply about how our beliefs are underpinning the quality of our consciousness, resulting in the creation of our realities. And if we’re experiencing realities that are no longer working for us or are contributing to dis-ease or dissatisfaction, then this Mercury retrograde period will be the PERFECT time to discern what thoughts and beliefs are not serving us and to make the effort to create new thoughts. Affirmations and visualizations can help us to develop new habits in thought or behavior that create new realities that are in alignment with our highest truth.
Remember, the Leo New Moon is trying to teach us all that in order to be truly happy, we must be TRUE TO OURSELVES! WE MUST LEARN TO LOVE OURSELVES! We must learn to honor, respect and take very good care of ourselves. Remember too that Leo is ruled by the Sun which is associated with the heart.
In honor and remembrance of my beloved lifelong friend, Nancy Whitley, who passed away a year ago, I want to offer you a gift of Leo wisdom she found and shared often in her final years. “FIND THE JOY!” she would say. Find the joy in everyday little things and big things as well. It’s always there. If you look for it, you’ll find it. And you’ll be happier and healthier as a result.
And if you believe you don’t have the time to do so, well, my sense is that may be the very best clue your Soul can offer you about a personal belief you have that you need to change…
The Virgo New Moon is a Solar Eclipse that occurs on September 1st at 2:03 am MST!
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