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.
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.
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.’
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.
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.
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!