New Moon In Leo: Shake Ups & Realizations

We are having a New Moon in Leo on August 18th/19th, depending on where you are located in the world. It is initiating a 29.5-day Lunar cycle, 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 Pisces on September 1st/2nd.

The Sun entered its home sign of Leo on July 22nd and will be there until August 22nd. This New Moon will highlight its energy more so and extend some of its themes beyond its regular month long season. As a Fire sign, Leo is associated with passion, instinct, inspiration, assertiveness, courage, confidence, and spirit.

Ruled by the Sun, Leo is about shining authentically, leadership, creativity, vitality, and heart ‘centredness.’ Its energy is fun, playful, affectionate, generous, courageous, and romantic. It is associated with children, performing arts, sports, and self-expression. Expressed negatively, Leo energy can also be egotistical, conceited, dramatic, overbearing, stubborn, hot tempered, jealous, and demanding of attention or respect.

New Moon Conjunct Mercury, Trine Mars, and Quincunx Saturn

This New Moon is in a conjunction with Mercury (also in Leo) while in a trine with Mars in Aries. This combination is assertive, active, communicative, mentally stimulating, passionate, and initiating. This New Moon also occurs a day and a half after Mercury’s Superior Conjunction which is when it begins to travel ahead of the Sun.

At this point we can have more clarity around matters that have transpired in the last few months. There can be a change or some sort of progress in relation to what has been playing out.  It can even result in a beginning or ending due to increased certainty around certain circumstances.

Our minds can be more aligned with our true needs and we can better implement whatever we have been thinking about with greater confidence and direction. For some people, there could have been significant developments on August 16th – 18th that reflected that.

Although we may feel more active considering the connection with Mars in Aries during this lunation, it’s good to take into consideration that Mars is in its pre-retrograde shadow period. Some of what is happening will be connected to an adjustment and recalibration process in how we assert ourselves in specific areas of our lives over the coming months during the retrograde and post-retrograde period. I will be writing a separate article specifically on this, you can join my mailing list here to ensure that you receive it.

This New Moon is in a tight quincunx with Saturn in Capricorn. This can reflect hindrances that require adjustments. Saturn here can represent limitations, restrictions, boundaries, or obstacles that are challenging to incorporate and need extra effort to adapt to. This energy was also configured to the previous Solar Eclipse and therefore is a part of the astrological backdrop until mid-Fall with this lunation highlighting it more so for these coming weeks.

Venus Sextile Uranus Which is Stationary Retrograde, Mars Square Saturn

Uranus went retrograde days before this New Moon and has been nearly stationary in recent weeks and into the upcoming weeks.  Whenever a planet is transitioning from one direction to another its energies become more noticeable. Uranus is associated with surprises, sudden changes, liberation, rebellion, science, technology, innovation, metaphysics, experimentation, accidents, upheaval, sudden disasters, or things breaking.

It will be retrograde until mid-January, and it’s possible that we will see some sort of conclusion or important development happen then connected to certain things playing out this month. However, the retrograde process itself isn’t as significant as the retrogrades of the closer planets (such as Mercury, Venus, and Mars) as Uranus is retrograde nearly half of the time which is the same for the other outer planets.

Venus in Cancer is in a supportive sextile with Uranus during this New Moon. This can be stimulating socially or romantically and can be good for doing unusual or unconventional activities. Our interactions with others can have positive surprises or interesting synchronicities. This combined with all the Leo energy can also be creatively inspiring. Aesthetic changes or renovations can be favorable and for some people this can also be a good time for financial developments or approaches that are unconventional, technological, metaphysical, or experimental.

Mars in Aries is moving towards a square with Saturn in Capricorn which will be strongest from August 21st-27th. This can be a time of frustrations and obstacles that can be getting in our way especially considering that Mars is slowing down to go retrograde next month. Our tasks may require extra patience and effort during this time. Aggressiveness could be met with resistance or the need to address anger issues may come up. This is a time of asserting ourselves in a more serious, cautious, or realistic way.

Lunar South Node Conjunct Galactic Center 

The Lunar South Node is in an exact conjunction with the Galactic Center in Sagittarius at the time of this New Moon and in the following week. The South Node is about the past and can bring out negative qualities and energies of a sign, planet, or point that could be holding us back unless expressed in a way that collaborates with the opposing North Node.

The Lunar Nodes entered the Gemini-Sagittarius axis in May and will be there until January 2022. During this time, there is a push towards new expressions, or positive qualities, of Gemini while there is a need for changes around negative or outdated expressions of Sagittarius. There will be both collective and individual manifestations of this.

Gemini is associated with facts, information, intellect, communication, the immediate/local environment, different perspectives, and is a social sign. Sagittarius is about beliefs, philosophies, faith, religion, media, expansiveness, the big picture, higher education, teachers/gurus, travel, and international factors.

With the South Node in Sagittarius we need to be cautious of the negative potentials of this sign being expressed such as opinions over facts, idealism over reality, generalizations over specifics, as well as self-righteousness, exaggeration, and judgmental behavior. These are some of the themes of the astrological backdrop for the next year and half.

Now considering that the South Node is currently aligned with the Galactic Center, the most significant point in the sign (and constellation) of Sagittarius, we should take that into consideration for the month of August.

The Galactic Center signifies many of the Sagittarius themes mentioned yet in a more intense way. It is associated with higher consciousness and centralized aspects of society. The South Node here can highlight negative or faulty expressions of these things. Its energy can bring challenges, pressures, destructiveness and chaos in order to change what is outdated.

Making Intentions & Things To Consider

What realizations or developments have come up for you in recent days and how do they tie in with what has been playing out over the last few months? What are some potential solutions to help you tackle obstacles, limitations, or responsibilities that you are being faced with? Do you need to be more flexible, adaptable, cautious, or patient? Should you liberate yourself from something that is getting in the way of some of your goals? What areas of your life are calling for more of a heart centered or playful approach?  How can you express your individuality more authentically? Are your unwavering opinions or beliefs getting in the way of seeing things from different perspectives?

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 it will occur is 2:42am Universal Time on August 19th which will be the night of the 18th for those in the Americas. You can click here to see what that is in your time zone.

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New Moon In Scorpio: Shake Ups & Obstacles

We are having a New Moon in Scorpio on the night of October 27th in the Americas and on the 28th elsewhere. This is initiating a new 29.5 day lunar cycle and new wave of energy for the coming month; however, the astrological configurations mentioned in this article will be more prominent over the coming two weeks. This cycle will include a Full Moon in Taurus on November 11th/12th.

Scorpio season began on October 23rd; however, Mercury and Venus have already been there in the weeks prior to this. This New Moon triggers the energies of this sign even more so as it gets imprinted into the Lunar Cycle with its themes.

Scorpio is about depth, transformation, power, regeneration, mastery, extremes, sex, and rebirth. It is complex, passionate, intuitive, calculated, mysterious, penetrating, investigative, controlling, driven, observant, intense, and primal. Psychotherapy, deep healing, or anything that is esoteric can fall under the domain of this sign as it can be about exploring the hidden aspects of life.

Scorpio is also associated with fears, shadows, death, secrets, envy, manipulation, obsessiveness, vengeance, and savagery. Things like shared resources, shared values, investments, inheritance, as well as taxes, debt, and credit all fall under the domain of this sign.

Mercury is slowing down and getting close to beginning its retrograde on October 31st, which will also be in Scorpio. You may have already begun to experience its effects and challenges recently and over the last few weeks. During this next month we can experience insights, adjustments, re-visitations, and re-orientations connected to Scorpio themes. I will be writing a separate article on this, and you can join my mailing list here to ensure that you receive it.

New Moon Opposite Uranus in Taurus

This New Moon is in a tight opposition to Uranus in Taurus. This could indicate surprises, disruptions, sudden changes, instability, or even anxiety. Considering this combined with Mercury going retrograde, it would be wise to be flexible with your plans.

This energy can also reflect wanting to liberate from a situation, try something new, or take an unusual approach to something. It could also be experienced as rebellious and non-conforming. However, it could make us impulsive and hasty and it would be wise to be cautious when making major decisions.

Considering that this opposition occurs in the Taurus-Scorpio polarity, it could play out around finances/resources, or could be pertaining to personal values versus shared values.  It can also bring something to the surface in some kind of surprising or accidental Uranian way.

Mars Square Saturn, Quincunx Neptune, and Square Pluto

The traditional ruler of Scorpio, Mars, is in Libra while in a tight square with Saturn in Capricorn and a quincunx with Neptune in Pisces. This energy is strongest in the days surrounding the New Moon but can still affect the following weeks.

Our actions may be blocked somehow or we can face obstacles, struggles, or perhaps feel like we are under pressure. We may be confused in how we should be applying ourselves and it could be easier to make mistakes. Some people may feel less motivated, or dissatisfied. Although this energy can be challenging, its best to do things thoroughly and cautiously.

Mars moves towards a square with Pluto in Capricorn, which is exact from November 4th-6th. This can trigger deep and suppressed  feelings. Intensity, power struggles, and conflicts could occur. We may assert ourselves in obsessive or compulsive ways. This can also stimulate strong desires, passion, and sexual energy. It can be good for applying ourselves strategically.

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Making Intentions and Things To Consider

What aspects of your life do you need to approach with more depth and realness? Do you need to take a look at the darker aspects of yourself and do the shadow work to help in your healing process? What are your relationships showing you? Are you under pressure or experiencing any type of crisis? If so, do you feel like an area of your life needs to be transformed or mastered?

Do you need to make a big change or liberate yourself from a situation? What are the limitations and blocks in your life pushing you towards? Does something need to be addressed that is connected to finances, taxes, or debt? What’s coming up for you in regards to sexuality?

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 3:38am Universal Time on October 28th.  You can click here to see what that is in your time zone.

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Supermoon Total Eclipse In Leo: Making Changes To Support Our Self-Expression

We are having a Total Lunar Eclipse, commonly referred to as a ‘Blood Moon’, which will appear in its totality on the night of January 20th leading into morning of the 21st in the western world. It was also be a Supermoon which is when it appears larger due to its closer proximity to the Earth. The entire eclipse process from beginning to end will be visible from the Americas as well as parts of Northern Europe and parts of the European West Coast, including the UK.

It will also appear in totality throughout Western Europe, most of Central Europe, Western Africa, and parts of Russia. It will appear partially in the Middle East, Africa, parts of Russia, and the Northern half of Japan. It will peak at 5:16am Universal Time (12:16 EST), and will begin just over 2 hours prior. You can click here to see what that is in your time zone.

This Lunar Eclipse follows a Solar Eclipse in Capricorn that occurred on January 5th/6th and initiated this lunar cycle. The energies of each Eclipse generally plays out over the following 6 months and can begin up to 6 weeks prior. However, they are also part of a 2 year process in which the Lunar Nodes and other Eclipses are in the same signs.

This eclipse season has the energies of the Eclipse/Lunar Node process that began two years ago in the Leo/Aquarius axis and also the new process in the Cancer/Capricorn axis in which we have been transitioning into. This Blood Moon in Leo marks the final Eclipse of the Leo/Aquarius re-orientation, and it’s possible that the themes that play out in your life can be connected to something that has already been playing out.

Total Lunar Eclipse In Leo Opposite Sun in Aquarius & Mercury, Square Uranus

A Lunar Eclipse is a supercharged Full Moon which is when the Earth gets in the way of the Sun’s light and dims it during its climax. This reflects a furthering shift in our lives in relation to the Leo-Aquarius polarity.

Leo is about our individual self-expression, what brings us joy, and inspiration from the heart. It is also associated with creativity, performing, passion, children, romance, hobbies, and leadership. Leo is about what makes us great as individuals.  This sign is also associated with the ego and the eclipses that have been occurring here can help to facilitate changes in how we express our ego.

Although Aquarius has individualistic qualities that it shares with Leo, it is also the sign of friends, groups, social networks, the team, and humanity. It views the unique and authentic qualities of an individual as an important and contributing factor to the collective. Aquarius is also intellectual, progressive, and innovative. It can be aloof, overly objective, too scientific, dispassionate, impersonal, and detached.

This eclipse process over the last few years can reflect changes in how we apply both Leo and Aquarius qualities, and also how they correlate with each other. The focus is more about stepping into Leo energies in new ways, and changes on the Aquarian side to help support that. Both beginnings and endings around themes connected to both signs can occur.

Similarly to the Last Lunar Eclipse in the Summer, this one (along with Mercury) is in a square with Uranus on the Aries/Taurus cusp. Uranus here emphasizes change as well as the individualistic qualities of both of these signs, while also sharing other Aquarian themes as well.

Being in a square, it can also manifest in a challenging or strong way. It can be separative, rebellious, or disruptive. Perhaps sudden and unexpected things can play out, or bring instability to an area of our life. It can also be liberating and revolutionary for us. With Mercury here on the South Node, this could also indicate changing or releasing something connected to the way we think or communicate.

Venus Conjunct Jupiter, Square Neptune

Venus in Sagittarius is moving towards a conjunction with Jupiter, while they are both in a square with Neptune in Pisces and a trine with Mars in Aries. This energy can be expansive and fortunate socially, romantically, and for some people financially. Fun and pleasure can be connected to things like travel, education, or even spiritual and creative pursuits.

However, their can also be some confusion around these area as well. Being excessive around indulgences, pleasures, spending money, escapism, intoxication, or anything fantasy based can also be a theme. This energy is strongest from January 21st-22nd.

Mars Square Saturn & Trine Jupiter, Saturn Sextile Neptune

Mars is in a square with Saturn while moving towards a trine with Jupiter. Saturn is also in a sextile with Neptune. This can be a great energy for taking disciplined or structured action towards goals, aspirations, ideals, or anything that broadens our horizons.

Saturn pushes us to be realistic and cautious in how we take action while Jupiter reflects acting in an expansive way. Saturn can also bring some restrictions or obstacles which can help us change our course towards something more ideal. Much of these energies mentioned in this section are strong from January 20th-26th.

Mercury Approaching Superior Conjunction With Sun

Mercury joins the Sun on January 29th/30th in its ‘Superior Conjunction’ with the Sun. From our perspective on Earth, this is when Mercury is aligned with the Sun however it is on the other side of it. From this period onward, it is initiating its next phase in which it travels ahead of the Sun. We can have greater clarity regarding what has been building up or seeded since late November.

Our minds can be more aligned with our true needs and self-expression. Over the coming months, we can better implement our ideas and whatever we have been thinking about with greater confidence/direction in comparison to the previous two months.

To Consider During This Period

How can you better tap into your authentic self-expression? What inspires you and brings you joy? How can you bring more love into your life? What do need to change to make that happen? What do you want to create? Do you need to separate or liberate from something that is holding you back? How can you expand socially in way that is supportive of your authentic self? How can you make your ideals and dreams a reality? How do you feel during this eclipse period and what has been coming up for you?

These are just some examples of things to consider but not limited to them either. If you decide to use this energy to intentionally release something from your life, it is best to start that after the Moon begins to wane after the peak of the Full Moon, or even over the following two weeks.

The exact moment of the peak will be at 5:16am Universal Time on January 21st. You can click here to see what that is in your time zone. If the eclipse is visible in your location, remember that it begins approximately two hours before the peak and two hours following, and also depends on what time the Moon rises and sets in your location.

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Full Moon In Aries: Self-Interests Versus Considerations

There will be a Full Moon in Aries on October 5 at 6:40pm Universal Time. This marks the peak of the current lunar cycle, which started on September 20. During Full Moons, we experience a push-pull between two opposite signs, in this case the Moon in Aries and the Sun in Libra.

The Aries-Libra polarity has been somewhat of a theme since late last year, when Jupiter and Uranus began their opposition in those signs, which is currently concluding during the week of this Full Moon. We can look at this period as a sort of a finalization of this energy, which has been playing out throughout much of the year and especially in recent months.

Aries is about our self-interests, independence, pioneering, and leading. It can be impulsive and take bold action without much consideration. Libra, on the other hand, is about balance, fairness, relating, and overall relationship interests. Consideration of others interests, needs, and perspectives is what Libra does but it can also be indecisive and lack action.

This Full Moon is bringing these two sides to the forefront, and with Uranus and Jupiter’s opposition finishing up in the backdrop, the developments of this polarity playing out carry extra significance. Uranus’ influence in Aries brings themes of freedom, authenticity, innovation, revolution, and even rebellion to the table and also really emphasizes the independent side of Aries. While Jupiter can represent freedom as well, it is also wanting to expand and grow in relationships, partnerships, and bringing in balance. We may feel these sides at odds with each other, but we may also find a way to bring cooperation.

Venus Joining Mars While in a Square With Saturn, Full Moon Square Pluto

Interestingly, Mars and Venus, the rulers of Aries and Libra, are joining together in a conjunction in Virgo within a few hours of the peak of this Full Moon. This could signify and foster a ‘coming together’ of both sides, either related to our relationships or in other aspects of our lives. With Mercury also in Libra joining the Sun, communication and diplomacy is key as well as thinking in a way that is balanced, considerate, and with the details in mind.

However, we need to also consider that Saturn is in a square with Venus and Mars while Pluto is in a t-square with this Full Moon. In some cases a coming together and finding middle ground could work and really serve our evolution with its challenges and responsibilities, but in other cases it may not work due to restrictions or limitations.

Pluto in the equation can also bring power struggles, or there may be hidden matters involved in as well. However, considering that Pluto is in Capricorn and Saturn is involved too, this can be good for business matters. A lot of this energy will play out from late October 7 until October 12, especially on the 8th and 9th.

Jupiter Going Into Scorpio Until November 2018

Jupiter stays in a sign for about 13 months and has been in Libra since last September. On October 10 it will enter Scorpio, which last occurred in late October 2005 until late November 2006. It would be good to see what was going on in your life then related to Jupiter themes to give you an idea of how it can play out. However, keep in mind that the astrological energies are still different overall, but similar themes and areas of development could occur, as they will be touching the same area of your specific birth chart.

Jupiter is the planet of expansion, growth, the search for truth, exploration, travel, experience, and luck, but can also be about ‘overdoing’ as well. It brings this to Scorpio, the sign of depth, transformation, power, deep bonding, shared resources, and sex. Scorpio is associated with things that are hidden and therefore topics like astrology or the occult fall under this realm, as do secrets. Negative associations of this sign include the underworld, death, destruction, darkness, and manipulation.

Things to Consider During This Period

Which of your interests are important to you and is it possible to work on them while still considering the needs and/or responsibilities of your relationships? What details need to be considered? What needs to be communicated? What new approach do you need to take in your relationships or partnerships? What has come up in your life over the last few months and how should you take that into consideration?

If you decide to use this energy to intentionally release something from your life, it is best to start that when the Moon starts to wane after the peak of the Full Moon, or even over the following two weeks. The exact moment of the peak will be at 6:40pm Universal Time on October 5. You can click here to see what that is for your time zone.

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