The 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!
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