New Moon In Leo: Love & Passion

We are having a New Moon in Leo on July 31st-August 1st, depending on where you are located in the world. It is initiating a 29.5-day Lunar cycle and a new wave of energy for the coming month; however, the astrological configurations mentioned in this article will be more prominent over the following two weeks. This cycle will include a Full Moon in Aquarius on August 15th.

Mercury ends its retrograde less than an hour after the exact time of this New Moon, although this period when it changes motion can still feel like a retrograde via complications and/or by receiving important insights. As Mercury slowly picks up speed over the following days and into the next two weeks, there will be more of a forward momentum connected to some of the issues, insights, or other developments that have come up in the month prior.

This Moon cycle also follows Eclipse season so keep in mind that the energies of the previous eclipses are still influencing this period and the coming months, although for many people they could have been felt more strongly during July. You can read more about the previous Eclipses and Mercury Retrograde here.

We have been in Leo season since July 22nd/23rd; however, this New Moon will bring forth its energy even more so. As a Fire sign, it is associated with passion, instinct, inspiration, assertiveness, courage, confidence, and spirit.

In its positive expression, Leo is about heart centredness, creativity, affection, generosity, influence, and shining authentically. It is the performer, the leader and the creator, and it seeks to find joy in expressing itself in those ways. It is about vitality and also rules children, fun, and romance. Expressed negatively, Leo energy can also be egotistical, conceited, dramatic, overbearing, and demanding of attention or respect.

New Moon Conjunct Venus, Aspecting Chiron & Uranus

This New Moon is next to Venus, which is in a tight trine to Chiron and square to Uranus and is strongest from July 31st to August 2nd. This can reflect healing energy around Venus themes of love, relationships, values, finances, or feminine energy. However, it can also be a period of instability, separation, surprises, or rebellion in these areas or perhaps in social situations and anything connected to fun and pleasure.

This can also be a good time to make new connections or try new things that could be enjoyable for us. For some people this can reflect making aesthetic changes to something; however, we need to be cautious of not being impulsive around this or spending resources.

Venus will be closely aligned with the Sun in Leo from August 10th to 17th. This is known as its ‘Superior Conjunction,’ which peaks from August 13th-14th. It is a period in which some people experience important developments connected to Venus ruled areas (love, relationships, friendships, values, finances, aesthetics). This is sort of like the beginning of a new Venus cycle in which it will be travelling ahead of the Sun until Spring 2020.

However, another way to look at it is that this period can bring more clarity and forward momentum around Venus themes that have been put into place sometime between the Fall of 2018 and now. Venus last joined the Sun in late October when it was retrograde. At that time something may have been seeded that could have a direct or indirect connection to how things are playing out at this point or how you view aspects of your life pertaining to Venus.

Jupiter In Aspect With Venus & The Sun Before Going Direct, Uranus Going Retrograde

Jupiter is slowing down to end its current retrograde on August 11th, which began in April. As it changes motion, we may begin to have more clarity or experience developments around Jupiter themes that were strong in April. This can be connected to beliefs, philosophies, faith, travel, education, exploration, media, marketing, or anything that is expansive.

Another thing to consider is that Venus and the Sun in Leo will be in a trine with Jupiter from August 6th to 9th as it is getting close to transitioning forward. This can trigger some of this energy, and we may also feel hopeful and optimistic at this time. For some people this period can be a bit lucky as well. From August 8th – 9th, it can be more beneficial socially, romantically, financially, or toward anything that is fun.

In almost fourteen hours after Jupiter ends its retrograde, Uranus will begin its own retrograde, which will last until January. In the weeks surrounding this date, Uranus energies will be strong and can potentially shake things up in a specific area of your life. Themes connected to freedom, liberation, originality, technology, innovation, renovation, and new experiences may come up. However, it can also be disruptive, separative, or bring forth surprises.

Making Intentions and Things To Consider

With Mercury Retrograde ending around the same time as this New Moon, it can feel like a significant shift in energy with certain aspects of our lives beginning to move forward in a revised way. What has come up for you in the last month and what have you learned from your experiences? How should you proceed based on what has transpired? What areas of your life are calling for a more heart centred or nurturing approach? How can you better tap into your creativity or shine in your authentic self-expression?

These are just some examples of what to consider or focus your intentions on at this time; however, it is good to reflect on anything else that is coming up for you. It is generally best to make any intentions within the first 24 hours following a New Moon. The exact moment of it will be occurring at 3:12am Universal Time on the night of July 31st-August 1st. You can click here to see what that is in your time zone.

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Full Moon In Libra: Approaching Changes

We are having a 2nd Full Moon in Libra on April 19th; however, it will appear fullest on the night of the 18th in the American continents. This is the peak of the Lunar cycle that began on April 5th with a New Moon in Aries.

This Full Moon happens with the Sun opposing the Moon right at the tail end of Aries and Libra, at the 29th degree, less than a day before we begin Taurus season. The energies of a sign tend to be more heightened at these points. Also, with it being a 2nd consecutive Full Moon in the same sign, it is an ‘Astrological Blue Moon,’ which is something that occurs once every 3 years. This also amplifies the energies of this polarity of signs over an extended period.

During this Full Moon, we can experience either a push-pull or collaboration between the Sun in Aries and Moon in Libra. The energies of it gradually build up and become more noticeable on the day of and days surrounding the Full Moon. It is also part of the backdrop of the other astrological influences/reflections over the following two weeks.

Aries is a fire sign ruled by Mars. It is about action, moving forward, pioneering, independence, self-identity, self-orientation, and leadership. It is bold, courageous, and instinctual, yet it can also be aggressive, impulsive, impatient, selfish, and hot-tempered.

Libra is an Air sign ruled by Venus. It is about relating, relationships, partnerships, codependency, consideration, harmony, balance, fairness, art, creativity, and beauty. It is sociable, diplomatic, and intellectual, yet it can also be indecisive, passive aggressive, vain, and even judgemental.

Full Moon Quincunx Venus, Opposing Sun/Uranus Conjunction

Venus is the ruler of Libra and is in a quincunx aspect with this Full Moon. This could indicate frustrations, challenges between emotional needs, relationship considerations, balance, fairness, or equality with values, finances, or other aspects of our relationships. The solution to this may require adjustments, which may seem complicated.

Venus is about to change signs just like the Sun and Moon. It is currently near the end of Pisces, which is also the end of the entire zodiac. All of this combined with Uranus being tied into this Full Moon could indicate some sort of change or transition regarding some of the themes mentioned in this article.

The Sun is moving close to Uranus in Taurus with the Moon in opposition to it. This could reflect surprises, instability, and disruptive or separative circumstances. Individual needs connected to freedom, liberation, new experiences, excitement, independence, authenticity, innovation, or rebellion may be at odds with other considerations or relationships.

Jupiter is also in a separating aspect with the Sun and Moon. This could emphasize some of what is mentioned above, but could also bring in themes connected to beliefs, opinions, travel, education, media, and marketing. Considering that Jupiter recently began its retrograde, many people may experience a shift or revisitation around these things as well.

Mars Square Neptune, Mercury and Venus in Aries Conjunct Chiron

Mars, the ruler of Aries, is in Gemini moving towards a square with Neptune in Pisces, which is strongest from April 25th-28th. At best, this energy can be good for asserting ourselves in a spiritual, inspired, imaginative, or creative way. This can also be good for activities that involve water.

However, it can feel harder to take on mundane duties and we can lack direction or even have less energy for physical assertion. We can also feel lazy, scattered, or overwhelmed. Certain efforts might end up not working out due to insufficient execution, lack of attention, or by other means.

Mercury entered Aries a few days before this Full Moon, where it will stay until May 6th. This follows an extended stay in Pisces due to the previous retrograde. We can be more mentally sharp, quick, bold, and courageous in comparison to the last few months, which were a time of heightened absent mindedness, confusion, and less focus.

During the day of this Full Moon and the days surrounding it, Mercury is in a conjunction Chiron. Thoughts and communications could be connected to Chiron themes of healing, wounds, blockages, inadequacies, innovation, bridging, or perhaps some sort of holistic orientation. Venus will also enter Aries and join Chiron from April 21st-24th. Similar themes could play out in our relationships or regarding values, finances, or beauty.

Saturn and Pluto Going Retrograde Near The South Node

Around the time of the previous New Moon, Pluto was aligned with the South Node, and it has been slowing down to go retrograde on April 24th. This could be bringing themes of purging, transforming, and perhaps endings into this Moon cycle. It is also possible that past issues or behaviours could have resurfaced. Themes connected to fears, power, control, manipulation, shadows, sex, or perhaps even death could also come up.

Saturn is also now getting closer to the South Node as it slows down to go retrograde on April 29th. This could extend and accentuate some of the same themes mentioned above such as endings, changes, or obstacles associated with the past.

It can also bring up themes connected to responsibilities, commitments, boundaries, structures, career obligations, barriers, and limitations. This energy will be strong over the coming 2-3 weeks, especially during the days surrounding April 29th. It will also be strong in the early Summer and then early Fall when it concludes.

Things To Consider During This Period

What do you need to do to balance your relationship needs with your individual ones? Are there any adjustments that you need to make? What do you need to do to feel more liberated? What considerations do you need to make before making any changes?

What areas of your life are calling for endings and what aspects of your past do you need to let go of? Do you need to shift your commitments and responsibilities? Are there any unusual solutions coming up that could help you overcome obstacles or facilitate some sort of healing?

These are just some examples of themes that could come up during this period; however, there may be other variations of this energy playing out as well.  If you wish to do any sort of intentional release connected to what has come up at this Full Moon, it is best to do so anytime over the two weeks following, when it is waning. The exact moment of this Full Moon is on the night of April 19th at 11:12am Universal Time. You can click here to see what that is in your time zone.

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New Moon In Pisces: Taking Action Towards Our Wounds

We are having a New Moon in Pisces which will occur on March 17th or 18th, depending on where you are located in the world. New Moon’s are the start of a new 29.5 day Lunar Cycle which ushers in a new wave of energy for the coming month. The themes of this New Moon are strongest over the following 10 days until we start to transition into the energies of the next Full Moon.

In the backdrop of the New Moon themes mentioned below, we will be having our next edition of Mercury Retrograde starting on March 22nd-23rd and that will last until the next New Moon on April 15th. The pre-shadow period began on March 8th, and since then, some of the things in which we have been applying ourselves towards will go through a sorting out process during the retrograde. We will also be shown things in a different light helping us to make changes and adjustments.

If you can, it would be wise not to  make any big purchases at this time of products that can be affected, which includes communication technology like computers and phones as well as vehicles or anything with moving parts. If you make any of these purchases now, or perhaps if they were made since March 8th, there is a higher probability of experiencing unanticipated complications over the next month or perhaps even after the retrograde period itself.

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New Moon In Pisces Conjunct Chiron and Square Mars In Sagittarius

We have been in Pisces season since February 18th, a period which helps to heighten our sensitivities, creative expression, compassion, forgiveness, dreams, fantasies, and spirituality. Negatively, this energy could have also stimulated confusion, deception, escapism, lack of detail, and flakiness. This previous lunar cycle began with a Solar Eclipse in Aquarius which has generally been about shifts in friendships and our social networks, which may have played out in a Piscean way for some people throughout the last month.

This New Moon continues to carry some of these Pisces themes into the upcoming Lunar cycle. It is aligned with Chiron while in a square with Mars in Sagittarius. Chiron rules our wounds, blockages, negative patterns, trauma, and could be associated with self-sabotage or perhaps any of the Pisces themes mentioned.

With Mars involved, this can be a period of taking action towards our wounds, and challenges may come up that push us to do so. For many people, the issues that surface at this time may be Mars related which could be connected to the way we assert ourselves: anger, aggressiveness, desires, and sex. Alternatively in some cases, this can be a time for healers and teachers to step things up in their own practice.

Jupiter In Scorpio Is Now Retrograde

Jupiter, the traditional ruler of Pisces and solo ruler of Sagittarius, also began its retrograde on March 8th which will last until July 10th. As it has been changing motion in recent weeks, we may have been pondering on themes related to this planet and sign. Jupiter rules exploration, education, growth, optimism, travel, beliefs, luck, and perspectives. Business wise, it rules publishing, teaching, sales, and marketing. Negatively, it is associated with excess, overdoing, overindulgence, blind optimism, and judgemental behaviour.?

It is in the sign of Scorpio while in aspect with Pluto which can ultimately bring a transformational and even empowering theme. It can also be a period of considering how we use our power. We may discover or rediscover secrets, or hidden/forgotten aspects of ourselves or other areas of our lives. Some people may revisit things to do with fears, shared/others resources, investments, intimacy and sexuality.

Jupiter is also in aspect with Neptune in Pisces which can bring deep inner spiritual growth during this retrograde period. Things related to any of these themes mentioned that were conceived or brought into our awareness since December 12th may be revisited.?

In July, as the retrograde ends, we will have a more clearer idea on how to proceed forward with the Jupiter related lessons, skills, growth, and perspectives we have acquired. Certain people will experience something that triggers or continues a process of deep transformation, as it is a great time to do inner work. This can be connected to things that have transpired in January. When the retrograde is over, there will be even more momentum for growth, both personally and outwardly, in any of the themes or areas mentioned.

Mercury Travelling With Venus In Aries, Venus Square Pluto

As Mercury has been slowing down to go retrograde, it has been travelling through the sky with Venus over the last few weeks, which started in Pisces, but are now both currently in Aries. They will have an exact alignment on March 19th/20th. This can be a period which emphasizes communication, thinking, and contemplation revolved around Venus ruled areas of love, relationships/friendships, values, money, aesthetics and pleasures.

In Aries, this energy may push us to take a new type of action or perhaps there may be themes around independence and leadership connected to Venus. However, this energy can also be impulsive and may stimulate competition or combativeness in the areas mentioned above.

Venus is moving towards a square with Pluto which will be exact on March 23rd/24th just after Mercury begins its retrograde. At worst, this can trigger intensity, obsessiveness, power struggles, and conflict around anything connected to Venus. It may also be related to hidden matters or secrets.

Alternatively, this can also stimulate positive changes, transformations, and empowerment. However, considering that Mercury will have just begun its retrograde, it is possible that it could be connected to things that will be contemplated over the following weeks. There may be miscommunications or challenges related to past actions.

Making Intentions and Thing To Consider

In what ways can you take action towards any needed healing? Do you have any wounds around aggression, anger, desires, sexuality, or the way that you assert yourself which needs to be addressed? What is getting in the way of you being a more active and assertive person? What negative patterns are getting in the way of you living your life at a higher potential? Perhaps you may need to go deep to figure out and heal the root of your blockages that are inhibiting you or creating problems in your life?

These are just some examples of what to contemplate when making any intentions, however, it is good to consider whatever else has been written in this article or has been coming up in your life recently. It is best to make any intention within the first 24 hours following this New Moon. It can be as early as 30 minutes prior to the exact moment, however if you plan on doing it shortly afterwards, it might be best to wait until 6 hours later for this specific New Moon. The exact moment will be at 1:12pm Universal Time on March 17th. You can click here to see that in your time zone.

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