Leo New Moon: Follow Your Heart

The first of two Leo New Moons in a month happens Sunday, July 23rd, at 2:46 am MST/PDT, at 0 degrees Leo 44 minutes. 

Here’s the chart:  LeoNewMoon2017-1.

Leo the Lion is the King of Beasts.  Ruled by the Sun, the Star at the center of our Solar System, Leo has long been associated with leadership and royalty, Kings and  Queens. 

Like the Sun, Leo wants to be the center of attention, recognized and loved by all!

Given this desire to be noticed and appreciated by others, it’s important to realize that most Leos are intrinsically insecure.  After all, Leo follows Cancer in the zodiac; the sign that’s learning INNER emotional security.

Leo’s primary evolutionary lesson is to learn to love and appreciate itself, instead of constantly seeking validation and approval from others.  Indeed, unless and until Leo learns to love itself, it will typically experience disappointment after bitter disappointment at a LACK of recognition from others.  Of course, this is the very set of circumstances that forces Leo back upon itself so that it can and must learn to love and value itself, ITSELF. 

This confirms the natural ‘law of correspondences’ that teaches that outer realities always reflect inner realities.  This law is sometimes referred to as the ‘As Above, So Below’ principle, or similarly, ‘As Without, So Within.’  It stands to reason that it is only when self-love exists that it can be reflected back to us from others.

Leo is the sign of the heart.  Its evolutionary intention to learn SELF-LOVE is precisely what is required in order to heal emotional insecurities, particularly insecurities about unique individuality that are always experienced through the sign of Cancer. 

Ultimately, every human being must learn this evolutionary lesson.  When we truly love and value ourselves, we’re free to be our unique authentic self.  As a result, we can then truly shine our light into the world, just like the Sun.

Two New Moons in Leo happen over the coming month.  Today’s Leo Moon at 0 degrees is the first.  The second is a Total Solar Eclipse at 28 degrees Leo on August 21st that traverses the U.S. from Oregon to South Carolina.  Eclipses are powerful harbingers of change.  Astrologers know that Solar and Lunar Eclipses significantly ‘move’ events in the world.  Total Solar Eclipses are the most  powerful of all eclipses.

This first Leo Moon will initiate Leo lessons; the second will culminate them.  Leo lessons are about opening the heart to give and receive unconditional LOVE.  Leo is also about Creative Self-Expression, or Self-Realization.  We’re always happiest when we’re expressing our true self and when we’re creating and pursuing what we love.

Mars is also in Leo now conjunct the Sun and Moon.  Mars adds forceful energy to the New Moon chart pattern that encourages dynamic evolutionary growth.  Mars always instinctively pursues desires.  Our desires emanate directly from our Souls.  Most people are unaware of this however since most people’s Souls operate at an unconscious level.  Nevertheless, it is through our desires that our Souls point us forward and direct our personal evolutionary growth. 

Creativity is abundant now particularly when applied to desires and matters of the heart.  So follow your heart!  Take time to do the things you love with the people you love.

Let pleasure, joy and play lead the way!

The Sun and Moon are also quite favorably connected to Chiron, the ‘Wounded Healer,’ in Pisces, the sign of the Divine.  Pisces rules the natural spiritual developmental path.  Here, Chiron promises that open hearts can receive blessings from the Universe and the Divine Creative Source or what many people refer to as God, Goddess, Spirit, Great Mystery or All That Is. 

This Divine Creative Source is always teaching us the universal wisdom of compassion, forgiveness, unconditional love and acceptance.  Chiron in Pisces is THE ultimate symbol of healing for those who wish to glean their Soul’s purpose in co-creating painful past experiences.  Through Chiron in Pisces, we can come to realize how the most difficult events in our lives have facilitated our evolutionary journey and ongoing personal growth.

This Leo New Moon is saying, “RE-IMAGINE hurtful experiences.”  Move beyond WHAT happened.  Instead, seek to understand WHY it happened.  

What lessons were learned?  What wisdom was gained as a result of the pain and disappointment or disillusionment?   What was your Soul trying to teach you?!

Challenging aspects to Uranus in Aries and Neptune in Pisces are spurring the desire to break free of victim consciousness that co-creates realities that undermine and hurt us.  Indeed victim consciousness always manifests in punishing circumstances driven by an unconscious belief that we must ‘atone’ for the ‘sins’ of our human  imperfections. 

Liberating ourselves from victim consciousness requires that we make different choices.  These choices may seem too radical or daunting to some, especially those who’ve already experienced harsh criticism, judgment, painful rejection or ridicule for being ‘different.’

But of course, being different is what each of us MUST be if we’re really being true to ourselves!  IN TRUTH, EVERY HUMAN BEING IS IN FACT DIFFERENT! 

Nature reflects the truth of this natural law in every snowflake that falls, every tree in a forest and every flower in a field.  Each one is UNIQUE. 

In the natural evolutionary journey of the Soul, ‘fitting-in’ is the death knell to the expression of true individuality.  Expressing our true self is the only full-proof way to happiness.

Uranus is one of two planets that will station retrograde in the coming month.  The other is Mercury.  AND, they are most favorably connected to one another now allowing easy access to their energy.  Planets are most powerful when they station so these two are super-charged to deliver action and change!

Mercury and Uranus rule short-term and long-term memories respectively, including past life memories.  They are also a natural astrological planetary pair.  These two planets are higher and lower ‘octaves’ of one another, sharing the same energy, while vibrating at different frequencies.  Students of music understand this phenomenon.  Ruling the individual conscious and unconscious mind, they can bring powerful insights and understanding that can help heal past traumas for those who are willing to do the necessary ‘inner work’ of deeply reviewing and reflecting upon their life experiences.

Uranus (freedom, liberation, breakthroughs) stations retrograde on August 2nd at 28 degrees Aries (action, self-discovery, courage) encourages new ideas and new directions.  Uranus continues to be part of an extraordinary Grand Fire Trine along with the North Node (the path of evolution) in Leo (creativity and love) and retrograde Saturn (responsibility) which is finishing up its three year journey through Sagittarius (intuition, personal truth and beliefs).  This Grand Fire Trine also reflects an abundance of creative energy!

Mercury (thoughts, knowledge, communication) stations retrograde on August 12th in Virgo (healing, self-improvement, humility) encouraging necessary changes and adjustments in order to restore health and well-being and resolve crises.  This Mercury retrograde will focus attention on what needs to be healed on all levels including personal, collective and planetary wounds.  Here in the U.S. we will no doubt see renewed attention and effort on health care legislation as well as environmental laws and regulations. 

When Mercury completes its retrograde and stations direct on September 5th it will do so at the precise degree of the second Leo New Moon Total Solar Eclipse, 28 degrees Leo! 

This may well be a ‘brain on fire’ day, full of insights, revelations and renewed clarity.  Expect those famous ‘lightning bolt AHA’ moments that can bring surprising answers and breakthroughs in personal and collective consciousness. 

Mind-blowing discoveries, innovations and solutions to long-standing problems may suddenly, surprisingly and magically appear!

Two more important aspects occur in this New Moon chart pattern.  Venus in Gemini is opposite retrograde Saturn in Sagittarius, and Jupiter in Libra is square retrograde Pluto in Capricorn. 

Venus and Saturn encourage us to speak our truth while allowing others to do the same.  Be totally honest with yourself and others.  Open, straight-forward communication can lead to breakthroughs in understanding. 

Jupiter and Pluto have already squared each other twice, on November 24, 2016 and March 30, 2017.  Think back to what was happening in your life at those times.  It’s likely that whatever occurred then is culminating now.  

Both Venus opposite Saturn (rules Capricorn) and Jupiter square Pluto (currently in Capricorn) are demanding that we take complete responsibility (Capricorn) for all of our actions, choices and experiences knowing that our own Soul co-created those experiences FOR A REASON! 

Perhaps legal or financial matters were the issue during the previous Jupiter squares to Pluto.  Or perhaps relationship concerns were unfolding forcing difficult but necessary changes.  In any case, there was an evolutionary need to expand and evolve personal values or beliefs in order to more fully allow and accept other’s differences.

The bottom line message of this first Leo New Moon is that in order to evolve, we must open our hearts and learn to love ourselves and others unconditionally. 

Its also trying to teach us the natural spiritual wisdom of listening to and following our heart’s desires.  Our desires  always lead us towards greater personal evolution. 

We’re conditioned to believe that success and happiness always require hard work, sacrifice and suffering.  In fact, our Souls are trying to teach us that success and happiness naturally occur when we follow our heart!  

LOVE IS THE MOST POWERFUL FORCE IN THE UNIVERSE! 

Leo rules the heart!  Leo teaches us that LOVE is all we really need.  If we do our best over the coming month, then when the second Leo New Moon occurs, which is a powerful TOTAL Solar Eclipse on August 21st, we can reap the rewards of a heart that’s more open, content and at peace with itself.  And if we do this right, we’ll experience a LOT more joy and have a LOT more fun along the way! 

The Leo New Moon TOTAL Solar Eclipse happens August 21st at 11:30 am MST/PDT!

 Copyright 2017.   Donna Lee Steele and Threshold Consulting.   All rights reserved.

Leo New Moon: Love is All We Need

LionCecilThe Leo New Moon happens Friday, August 14th at 7:53 am at 21 degrees Leo 30 minutes.  Here’s the New Moon chart:  LeoNewMoon2015.  The Lion perfectly symbolizes this regal sign as Leo has long been associated with royalty and those who rule, lead others, or are otherwise in charge.  As top predators, Lions are often called, “King of the Jungle.”  Throughout human history, Kings and Queens have ruled over human kingdoms.  Not surprising then is the natural tendency of Leo to have a ‘pyramid consciousness.’  Naturally seeing themselves as leaders, their perspective puts them at the top socially, and at the center of their universe with everyone and everything else revolving around them.

Leo is the only zodiac sign ruled by a star, our Sun, not a planet.  Accordingly, Leos feel special and shine when they are the center of attention receiving love, appreciation and recognition for their unique gifts, talents and abilities.

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However, the evolutionary lesson of Leo is SELF-LOVE.  Instead of looking for love and attention from outer sources, Leo must learn to be the source of its own recognition and validating feedback.  Leo must learn to love itself first.  Leo must also learn the lesson of objectivity through realizing that it is a PART of the WHOLE of humanity, not a universe unto itself.  This occurs when Leo links its special gifts and purpose to a socially relevant need.  Unless and until Leo learns this, it will suffer mightily due to frustrations associated with an utter lack of recognition and appreciation by others.

The Sun and Moon are joined by Mars and retrograde Venus also in Leo now.  Mars energizes our desire to play, Play, PLAY!  Accordingly, August is traditionally the time of year for vacations!  So take some time off.  Get away from work, obligations and responsibilities and ‘recharge your batteries.’  Venus recently reached the half-way point of its bi-annual retrograde (July 25 to September 6, 2015).  This Venus retrograde period encourages a review of personal needs and core values.  Its also about reflecting upon past relationships and resources issues, especially those experienced as crises, upsets and/or traumas.

Also important during this Venus retrograde period is remembering the hermetic law of correspondences, or “As Above, So Below” and “As Without, So Within.”  Remember that the OUTER ALWAYS REFLECTS THE INNER as you contemplate past relationship and resource crises.  How you relate to and value your self is ultimately reflected back to you by and through your relationships with others, money and resources.  If you’re not satisfied with these areas of your life you need look no further than the quality of your relationship to yourself to make necessary self-improvements.

Ultimately, Venus teaches SELF-RELIANCE and SELF-EMPOWERMENT.  Through self-reliance we boost self-worth and self-confidence.  Through owning and wielding personal power wisely, we develop a stronger, healthier relationship with our self.  Ultimately, we’re better able to recognize, value and share our unique personal skills and natural abilities with others.  Leo’s lessons of self-love and objectivity are both supportive and timely to this Venus retro review process.  Now is the time to do necessary inner healing work.  Now is the time to learn to love our selves better.

Thankfully, this New Moon is also very favorably connected to retrograde Uranus in Aries.  The ‘juice’ to bust out and break free of old patterns is surprisingly abundant now.  Use it to try new things, to think outside the box and to liberate from outworn habits and beliefs that have kept you ‘stuck in neutral’ unable to make new and different choices in your life.  Take advantage of this r-evolutionary energy and do something different.  It may actually result in you discovering something new about yourself.  There’s plenty of courage available now too so JUST DO IT!

Of course, there’s nearly always some difficult aspect in each month’s New Moon pattern.  This month the ‘fly in the ointment’ comes from a square (90 degrees) between the Sun in Leo and Saturn in Scorpio on the 21st.  The energy of this planetary connection is likely to manifest as ‘hitting the proverbial brick wall!’  Resistance or push back from some outer authority, rule, regulation or some other set of limiting circumstances may threaten your success or the completion of an important goal.  Don’t worry.  And don’t abandon your goals or dreams!  Just make whatever necessary adjustments or changes are required and then simply continue to move forward.

Another astrological influence with major long-term consequences just got underway and takes center stage in this New Moon chart.  Jupiter entered Virgo on August 11th where it will stay until September 9, 2016.  Jupiter rules many things including personal intuition, truth and lies, nature and natural laws, beliefs, cosmologies, philosophies, religions, man-made laws and their associated justice and legal systems, journalism, higher education and long distance travel.  Virgo also rules many things including reality and denial, crises, critical thinking and analysis, humility, self-improvement, pets, health, health care services and providers, the environment, the workforce and employment, sadism, masochism and the psychology of inferiority.  Over the coming year, we will ALL be challenged, and perhaps even forced, to honestly analyze our shortcomings relative to many of the issues just mentioned above and to come to terms with REALITY in order to resolve crises and improve the health and well-being of ourselves and our planet.

Further adding to the importance of Jupiter’s entry into Virgo and it’s critical analysis of past mistakes and errors in judgment will be its inclusion in a powerful celestial pattern known as a “T-Square.”  T-Squares are comprised of two planets that are 180 degrees apart or opposite one another, and are both also 90 degrees from or square a third planet.  If you draw lines connecting the three planets involved they form what looks like a capital “T” thus the name “T-Square.”  The three planets coming together in this astrological configuration are Jupiter, Saturn and Neptune.

Having recently entered Virgo, Jupiter is now opposite (180 degrees) Neptune in Pisces.  Beginning on September 17th, when Saturn, now finishing up in Scorpio, returns to Sagittarius, it will square (90 degrees) both Jupiter and Neptune.  Together these three planets will form a MUTABLE T-SQUARE for almost a year.  Mutable signs (Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius and Pisces) require the development of GREATER ADAPTABILITY IN THE FACE OF NECESSARY EVOLUTIONARY CHANGES.

This mutable T-Square will challenge us all to review and reflect upon our beliefs, our personal truth, how well we trust our intuition, how we interpret reality and how we must adapt and change to improve or resolve ongoing crises.  It will also bring into sharp focus how we are relating to the environment and the natural world.  What’s true for you?  What’s true for everyone?  How are you interpreting reality based upon your personal beliefs?  Are you seeing people and circumstances as they truly are?  It’s time to get real as we increasingly face the consequences of an ever more corrupt, dysfunctional and polluted world.

Two very timely examples of these patterns of influence occurred just this past week as the T-Square is beginning to form and the New Moon in Leo connected with retrograde Chiron (wounds) in Pisces (water and chemicals) through an inconjunct angle (150 degrees) which typically manifests through crises for the purpose of bringing about necessary adjustments and changes.

People kayak in the Animas River near Durango, Colo., Thursday, Aug. 6, 2015, in water colored from a mine waste spill. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said that a cleanup team was working with heavy equipment Wednesday to secure an entrance to the Gold King Mine. Workers instead released an estimated 1 million gallons of mine waste into Cement Creek, which flows into the Animas River. (Jerry McBride/The Durango Herald via AP) MANDATORY CREDITThe first crisis occurred here in the United States.  An interesting tidbit of astrological trivia reflected in this event is that the Sun and Leo are both associated with gold, the most precious of all metals.  I already mentioned that Leo also rules Kings and Queens.  Tragically, on August 6th, a toxic spill triggered by EPA inspectors released an estimated three million gallons of deadly mining waste water from the GOLD KING mine into the nearby Cement Creek.  Cement Creek flows into the Animus River, which flows into the San Juan River, which flows into Lake Powell, a major recreational site on the Arizona/Utah border.

Indeed this is an EPIC wound to crucial Southwest water supplies as the dam at Lake Powell releases water into the Colorado River, which flows through the Grand Canyon, supplying drinking water, irrigation for crops and recreational opportunities to every state in the Southwest including California, a state that supplies a majority of our nation’s fresh produce and is already reeling from one of the worst droughts in its history.  Additionally, the entire Navajo Nation is now asking for water donations as a result of having to shut off its entire water supply from the San Juan River.

The second crisis happened yesterday in the tenth largest port in the world located in Tianjin Province in China.  A petro-chemical storage warehouse suddenly exploded with a force that registered 2.9 on the Richter scale, took the lives of over fifty people and injured another 700.  Eighteen people are missing.  The chemical-laden air is so toxic that fire-fighters have left the scene allowing the fires to burn on their own.

Industrial chemical explosions are becoming commonplace including events occurring in mines, in storage warehouses and in oil and gas refineries.  And respected conservation groups now warn that nearly four out of every five waterways throughout the world are severely polluted threatening water supplies for billions of people.  The World Health Organization just this week asked the International Olympics Committee to test the waters surrounding Rio, site of this Summer’s Olympics, after an Associated Press investigation declared them potentially dangerous to athletes because of their high pollution levels from untreated sewage.  Some athletes who have been training in Rio have already experienced bouts of fever, vomiting and diarrhea.  Add in more frequent extreme weather events like historic droughts and wildfires due to climate change as well as increasing outbreaks of disease and the mounting evidence is overwhelmingly clear that our planet is in peril.

Just this week, I heard a well-known spiritual teacher say that humans are increasingly suffering from “NATURE DEFICIT DISORDER!”  Shamans the world over say that our sense of feeling separate from each other, from the divine Source that created us, and from the whole of Creation known as the Natural World or nature, is the source of all suffering.  Quantum science has proven that everything is connected.  Universally, spiritual leaders have always taught this same truth.  WE ARE NOT SEPARATE.  Believing otherwise may well be the greatest source of humanity’s current faulty interpretation of reality.

As the T-Square unfolds, we will be forced to face the truth about the damage being wreaked on the environment from our current business climate, political frameworks, economic realities and religious ideologies worldwide.  I just learned yesterday that twenty-one American students have filed a lawsuit against President Obama and several governmental agencies including the Environmental Protection Agency citing irreparable harm resulting from inadequate responses to climate change.  They allege that their unalienable rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness guaranteed by our constitution are threatened!

Prophecies regarding this time in human history are unanimous in their warnings that our very survival will depend upon us changing our destructive habits and lifestyles.  Its time to face facts, get real and deeply reflect upon our beliefs particularly relative to our relationship to each other and to the planet.

Wisdom traditions the world over teach that there are really only two choices:  FEAR and LOVE.  Clearly, our planet is in need of greater love, appreciation and recognition of the value of its natural resources that sustain life!

Leo rules the heart so its energy is all about LOVE!  And like most everything, learning to love begins with the Self.  We cannot truly love another if we cannot love ourselves.  Change always begins within and then is ultimately reflected back from outside.  Perhaps love is the change we need now most of all.  Indeed, all we need is love…

The Virgo New Moon is a Solar Eclipse on September 13th!

 Copyright 2015.   Donna Lee Steele and Threshold Consulting.   All rights reserved.

Leo New Moon

Leoimage11The Leo New Moon happens on Saturday, July 26th, at 3:42 pm MST/PDT at 3 degrees Leo 52 minutes.  Here’s the chart:  LeoNewMoon2014.  Leo is ruled by the Sun which is the star at the center of our solar system. With the ‘King of Beasts’ as its symbol, the Lion powerfully illustrates the tremendous energy of this archetype which has always been associated with leadership, royalty and recognition.

From a Soul level perspective, Leos desire to self-actualize or self-realize (make real) their life purpose and special destiny. Using personal will, power and creativity, Leos must take charge of their life and chart a course that expresses their unique individuality. In so doing Leo finds personal fulfillment and happiness. Happy Leos shine their light on everyone in a loving, generous, magnanimous and dignified manner.

Leo rules children so perhaps the energy of this archetype is best understood by observing how they naturally express themselves.  Little kids innocently and spontaneously play, love and create. They radiate happiness to all around them. The best use of this month’s Leo energy will be in creatively expressing yourself.  Go BIG!  Be bold!  Spend time with those you love and spend resources on what brings you the most joy.  It’s time to resurrect your forgotten inner child and to go play and have fun!

Jupiter entered Leo for a yearlong stay on July 16th.  It joins the Sun and Moon in Leo for this New Moon and greatly expands Leo’s influence.  But the Leo New Moon also has challenging aspects to Mars in Scorpio and retrograde Neptune and Chiron in Pisces that can threaten to dampen Leo’s enthusiasm and discourage the pursuit of happiness.  These same connections may bring up long buried or festering childhood wounds.  Healing these wounds is possible now if you heed the core lessons and wisdom of Leo.

Leos often look for love, attention and feedback from outer sources.  In fact, as adults, Leos are the sign most inclined to have love affairs when feeling unappreciated and unrecognized especially by their partners.  To evolve, Leo must learn the lesson of SELF-LOVE.   When Leo truly loves and accepts itself, it overcomes the overwhelming need for outer validation, approval and reassurance.  Of course, developing self-love is most difficult when unresolved wounds remain unhealed.

Mars has finally finished its biannual retrograde that coincided with an unusual eight month long stay in Libra!  It entered Scorpio (one of its own signs) yesterday on July 25th where it will stay until September 13th.  While Mars slowly transited Libra, relationship dynamics were reviewed, revisited and remembered in order to better understand what worked and what didn’t work.

Relationships are ruled by Libra whose symbol is the scales of balance.  Healthy relationships have a fundamental need for balance and equality.  From personal one-on-one partnerships to relationships between countries, where lessons of balance and equality have been learned and applied, those relationships are now more empowered and able to grow and deepen as they move forward.  Where inequalities in relationships persist, its now more likely than ever that power struggles will severely undermine or even destroy those relationships as they try to move forward.  Sadly, news headlines the world over are full of conflicts associated with misuses of power and relationship failures that are the inevitable result of power imbalances and inequality.

As Mars moves through Scorpio for the next seven weeks, our attention will be intensely focused on personal desires and what we’re willing to do to achieve them.  Mars rules desires and Scorpio is the sign of free will choices and the evolutionary process itself.  Scorpio forces us to become consciously aware of all the hidden fears, motivations and agendas that drive our choices.  Through Scorpio we ask WHY we want what we want and WHY we do what we do and WHY we feel the way we feel and think the way we think.

To evolve through Scorpio is to learn to make choices consciously.  Scorpio is the sign associated with power and the ultimate power is the power of free will choice.  Unconscious choices are the result of cultural conditioning or what we’re taught by our family and by the society we’re born into.

Unfortunately, many of the unconscious choices we make based upon the expectations of these outer social and familial conditioning influences are driven by fears of judgments and criticisms and the need for outer approval.  Its not surprising that most of the time, these conditioned unconscious choices don’t make us happy.  This is because conforming to the expectations of others often requires that we betray ourselves, deny our own true path and ignore our own deep personal values and desires.

Remember, Leo’s job is to take complete responsibility for creating an authentic and true-to-self life path!  This is the path that ultimately leads to happiness.  How do you use your power? Whose expectations primarily influence your choices?  What choices are you contemplating now?  Do you typically make choices based upon a need for approval from others or do you make choices based on what really makes you happy?

Neptune and Chiron retrograde in Pisces are also significantly affecting the Leo New Moon pattern.  In Pisces, these two planets are the quintessential symbols of victim consciousness.  Man-made belief systems have conditioned us to believe that we deserve pain, punishment and suffering because we’re imperfect.  These religious conditioning influences have been on the planet now for thousands of years resulting in a pervasive sense of victimization that permeates the unconscious levels of the collective mind of humanity.

Thankfully, Pisces also rules spirituality (not religion) and is also symbolic of our personal inner connection with our Creator or what some call God or Goddess – the ultimate Creative Source and the ultimate source of unconditional love.  Spiritual guidance and assistance is readily available to those who choose to seek answers and inspiration from within as they connect to what they believe is their own Divine Creative Source.  Take quiet time for reflection and be especially mindful of dream messages now.  Forgiveness of self and others is particularly powerful and timely.

The New Moon’s stressful connection to Neptune and Chiron in Pisces may coincide with crises this month.  The purpose of these crises will be to create an awareness of the need for adjustments to beliefs, consciously and unconsciously.  In turn, these adjustments can facilitate a change in perspective that results in a different interpretation of hurtful experiences that can ultimately lead to a healing of old wounds. Shift your thoughts from WHAT happened to you in the past, to WHY it occurred.  Begin to question the PURPOSE of painful events.  If you can shift your perspective in these ways you can begin to understand what your Soul intended for you to learn from the experiences and eventually come to a powerful realization of WHY they occurred.

If you can move beyond Mar’s anger at feeling abandoned and betrayed and beyond the feelings of victimization reflected in Neptune and Chiron, then you  can reap the rewards available when Mars reaches Saturn in Scorpio in about a month (August 25th).  Saturn is the planet of personal authority and emotional maturation that teaches us to take complete responsibility for everything in our reality. When you can own and accept your life experiences as purposeful and necessary to your Soul’s path, then you can truly accelerate your personal evolution and fulfill your Soul’s evolutionary growth intentions!

So focus on your heart’s desires this month.  Focus on feeling appreciation, love and gratitude for all you are, all you have, and all you’ve experienced in this lifetime.  Take charge of your life.  Use your personal power of free will to make conscious choices that will create a life path that reflects your unique individuality and authentic self.  You weren’t born to fit in; you were born to stand out!  Be who you truly are!   Shine your light!  Find the joy in everything and let all you do be done with love.  And remember, happiness is a CHOICE!

This article is a summary of my live presentation/analysis of the New Moon chart in an approximate hour-long audio recording that includes dates/descriptions of significant upcoming astrological events for the month. The audio recording is available in CD or mp3 file formats for $15. Contact me if you wish to purchase the audio recording.

The Virgo New Moon is on August 25th at 7:13 am MST!

 Copyright 2014.  Donna Lee Steele and Threshold Consulting.  All rights reserved.

Aquarius New Moon

AquariusImage6The Aquarius New Moon occurs on January 30th at 2:38 pm MST at 10 degrees Aquarius 55 minutes.  Here’s the chart:  2014AquariusNewMoon.  Perhaps Aquarius is the most misunderstood sign.  Aquarius is known as ‘The Water Bearer’ who is variously a man or a woman shown pouring water from an urn.  The Water Bearer and its wiggly glyph (double zigzag/wavy lines) fool some people into thinking Aquarius is a water sign.  Those lines aren’t water waves; they’re frequency waves that invisibly transmit cosmic intelligence throughout the entire Universe.  The ‘water’ being poured from the urn is symbolic of cosmic knowledge and wisdom for all of humanity.  The water element rules emotions; the air element rules intellect and the mind.

Aquarius rules all things electrical including digital devices, the internet, astrology, crystals, radio, Reiki and prayer.  It also rules the collective consciousness or ‘group mind.’  Ruled by the planet Uranus, Aquarius is also about liberation and breaking free from any and all limitations or influences that prevent ongoing evolutionary growth.  This is the sign of the true individual who seeks to authentically express itself, not just blindly follow the crowd.  Deep down, these folks know they’re different but nevertheless often spend a great deal of time and effort trying to ‘fit in’ or belong to a larger social group.  To evolve, Aquarians must embrace their opposite sign Leo.

Leos must learn to take charge of their own lives.  They must apply the force of their own will power and use their own unique creative abilities to realize or self-actualize a life that reflects their unique individuality.  Leo is also the sign of the heart that teaches self-love and self-acceptance.  Through Leo, Aquarians learn to love and accept themselves for who they are, as they are.  Sometimes that requires learning to be a ‘group of one.’

Uranus is currently in Aries in a square aspect (90 degree angle) to Pluto in Capricorn.  This aspect reflects the extraordinary global changes that have been underway for several years now.  Uranus rules technology and consciousness so we can expect scientific breakthroughs and spiritual awakenings to continue to increase and accelerate, bringing even more revolutionary social, political, cultural and economic changes.

On an individual level, this month brings opportunities to bust out and break free of circumstances that are limiting your ability to continue growing and evolving.  Chances are you’re already well aware of what needs to change in your life.   Venus has been retrograde since December 21, 2013 in the sign of Capricorn.  This retrograde has increased awareness of essential personal and collective needs.  On January 31 Venus stations direct, which is the astrological term for beginning to move forward in motion again after a retrograde period.  Venus stationing direct will likely bring quite a few AHA moments relative to understanding what’s really needed, especially regarding resources and relationships.

The bottom line is this:  if you have to change who you are in order to be loved, approved of, or accepted by others, RUN, do not walk, to the nearest exit!  Eventually, being true to yourself will pay off in the attraction of like-minded people into your life, because your relationship with yourself is reflected in your relationships with others.  If you betray yourself, others will too.  If you unconditionally love and accept yourself, others will as well.  Relationships are likely to experience quite a bit of stress this month as essential needs are renegotiated and authentic individuality is further expressed, especially between and among friends and family members.

Use keen powers of emotional detachment and observation to discern what’s really going on in your world and who really ‘gets’ you.  Understand that each thought you think and each feeling you feel generates an electro-magnetic field that will ultimately manifest in the reality you experience.  Use this awareness to be more responsible for what you’re co-creatingThink about what you want, not what you don’t want.  Focus emotions on feelings of gratitude and appreciation – especially for the truly unique, special and different individual expression of the divine creator that you are!

Mercury goes retrograde for the first time this year from February 6th to the 28th.  The ‘Messenger’ planet will retrace its path through Pisces and Aquarius during this retrograde period.  In Pisces, Mercury retrograde increases inspiration and spiritual connectedness.  In Aquarius, its likely to reveal even more NSA spying!  But seriously, Mercury retro will fuel even more of those expected revelations, AHA moments and lightning bolts out of the blue that instantly change understanding, perspectives or beliefs.

Mercury retrogrades are always an opportunity to restore balance between left-brained logical linear thought processes and right-brained intuitive thinking so pay attention to both this month.  Be especially mindful of unexpected data or surprising messages.  Be even more alert to info  that comes from strange or unusual sources.  Retrograde Mercury always brings us the information that we need for further evolutionary growth.  It may not be what we expect or want, but it will surely be what we need!

Its time to celebrate diversity and to own individual uniqueness!  Dare to be different, weird, strange, and most importantly, true to your self!  After all, if we were all the same, the world would only need one of us!

This article is a brief summary of my live presentation/analysis of the New Moon chart in an approximate hour-long audio recording that includes dates/descriptions of significant upcoming astrological aspects for the month. The audio recording is available on CD or mp3 file formats for $15. Contact me if you wish to purchase the audio recording.

The Pisces New Moon is on Saturday, March 1st at 12:59 am MST.

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