Leo New Moon 8/17/2020 – Echoes of 2017, Sifting Through Rubble

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On August 18, 2020, we have a new moon in Leo at 26 degrees occurring at 10:42 pm

It may seem like forever ago, Cosmic Dreamers, but it was a mere 3 years ago that we experienced a major solar eclipse. Our world forever changed from that moment, and this Leo new moon echoes that degree from 2017. We have since experienced a major conjunction between the Lord of Death, Lord of Discipline, and the Lord of Expansion. We have had frightful squares and Uranus changed signed from Aries to Taurus. What have all these changes done for you, or to you?

The sun and the moon are at 26 degrees of Leo. Our conduct is more important now than ever before. New moon is asking us what our intentions are and how we will treat others – equitably, or disrespectfully? There will be consequences for either choice, but we will be aligned across our emotional and private selves, our public and logical selves.

Mercury is at the 28th degree of Leo in tight configuration with the luminaries. This means our communications are lost in the competing beams of the sun and the moon – Mercury is combust, too close to express himself well. Our communications may be lost in translation, over looked, or perhaps argumentative. Negative effects may be tempers fraying and difficulty connecting to our emotional center.

Additionally, Mars at 24 degrees of Aries is trining the Sun, the Moon, and Mercury. Mars’ trine is significant, as he intends to speed up  the effects of his enforcement, his aggression. He is already in his shadow, gearing up for the imminent retrograde. For a breathing moment before he moves backwards, there will be accord in matters of enforcement and the powers that be. Is it a calm before the storm with congress out of session, or will Mars aggression be backed by the power of government? 

Saturn at 26 degrees of Capricorn is inconjunct to the sun and the moon. Our personal and public every day life is experiencing friction from other sectors: society and law, for certain. We have been constrained in every way possible in these recent months, but the message gets crueler under Saturn’s punishing pressure. It may be that current events have forced us into a prison of many different kinds – social or literal, or placed us in a bind where all of our choices are difficult ones. Seek help where you can and do your best to stay floating in this mess, you will still need to weather the hardest part.

Pluto at 22 degrees and Jupiter at 18 degrees of Capricorn are all together in this house still, recovering from their previous square with Mars, which while not exact, is perhaps a bit too close to comfort. Friction bubbles beneath the surface.

Uranus has made it through the first decan of Taurus, and finally stationed retrograde. What has happened in the past year since May of 2018 when Uranus truly make his presence known? We have been experiencing many changes, but for now we will be reviewing all that has happened. It is time to sift through the rubble of the structures that Uranus shook, and see what needs more work, needs more time, needs more destruction.

Aquarius Full Moon at 11 Degrees: Transformations Ahead

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This full moon lunation on August 3, 2020 at 11:59 am finds us at a junction of a power struggle between the needs of public and private life and with enforcement bridging the gap between those two worlds. We are being asked to transform, and ultimately, this full moon in Aquarius is hinting at what larger changes Aquarius may have in store for us as this moon plows ahead of Jupiter and Saturn.

First, we have the sun already advanced in 11 degrees of Leo, in the house of fun and creation, and a sign that rules over leader and royals. What does it bode for the “luminaries” our political space, such as Donald Trump as we inch nearer to the election day, and does it have any special meaning for Harry and Megan Markle with her ongoing court case? However it goes, in our own lives we might find ourselves longing for a little vacation time and wanting to indulge in our hobbies as a way of coping with the exhaustion of recent politics. Spend time with children, and learn to recapture your childlike wonder.

That said, a square beaming in from Uranus at 10 degrees of Taurus might shake things up, because Uranus squares both the sun and the moon, injecting an element of surprise into the proceedings. For us, we might have to adjust plans and it may leave us with some sense of frustration until we learn to embrace the change. Behind the scenes, our political leaders will feel affected the same by unexpected news, and will have to pivot quickly to deal with last minute “surprises.”

Given the moon is in 11 degrees Aquarius, perhaps we are feeling the friction of our home situation building up over the weeks. Aquarius is feeding into our rebellious spirit. We have been through so many changes in the past few months it seems impossible that we could bear more – the real change may come from within us as we discover we need to reassess internally what those definitions of home and heart are. Uranus squaring the moon will exacerbate these feelings.

Mercury communications are vulnerable, reactive, emotional as he goes down the home stretch of Cancer at 27 degrees, preparing to enter Leo, where his communications will ultimately favor a more regal air. But until then, he is finishing up the business of the emotional center, the home life. We may find evictions are altered by last minute communications and the messenger comes at the nick of time.

Mars at 19 degrees Aries is in his element and still in his shadow before he prepares to go retrograde. Ordinarily, we can expect Mars to express well in this way, by excelling in speed and strength, by pushing and pushing his way to success through sheer will, but it depends on who is doing the pushing, and at what expense to the rest of us. Mars rules over police officers and the military, and given the recent tensions and the looming retrograde, what a first might seem beneficial could quickly go sideways and will need to be revisited. Our aggression needs to be channeled in constructive ways, or we may experience another clash with the potential for wounding on either side. This is brought into focus with the square between Saturn and Mars, two forces, one representing the law and status quo and the other representing enforcement. There will be difficulty here as each side struggles to resolve their interests. This may see police departments defunded, or conversely, further militarized, for the effect of the square will be tension and difficulties dealing with the tension of their conflicting interests.

Venus in Gemini at 26 degrees is conjunct the north node at 28 degrees of Gemini. We may meet a women or be met with unexpected fortune that influences our lives. Often these small twists of fate do not become apparent until it is in the rear view mirror. Gemini being ruled by Mercury will also affect those who identify with the feminine, we may find more discussions about money matters or matters concerning our appearance, our hair, our make up, how we dress, and that we are going back and forth between our decisions.

Jupiter at 19 degrees of Capricorn, Pluto at 23 degrees of Capricorn, and Saturn at 27 degrees of Capricorn form a stellium in this house, still echoing earlier conjunctions that have ushered us into 2020. They are still moving backward and retracing all this year has wrought; when they move forward again, we will feel the effects, but it will be to sweep away the debris and clear the path of all these transformations. These giants are setting the stage for a rebuilding process as they prepare their journeys for Aquarius that looms ahead. We have already gotten a preview with Saturn having been visiting there for a time, and there will be yet more to accomplish. Pluto will remain a good while longer yet as the other planets bid him farewell. In the meantime, they are still cozy, telling jokes at our expense, and we are asked to transform ourselves in response.