Blessings to all,
In a few hours, the Moon will be conjunct the Sun in the sign of Leo. New Moons are typically associated with new beginnings – as the time to ‘set the seed’ of intention or action. The seeds you set now are likely to come to fruition, culmination or be somehow highlighted in six months’ time with the Full Moon in Leo on Feb 4th, 2015. I have organized a prayer event for this New Moon to which you are all invited: https://www.facebook.com/events/1468489506731297/?fref=ts
The sign Leo is associated with the astrological 5th house, which is in turn linked with self-expression, creativity, romance and children. I also look to it as the expression of the purity, innocence and Joy of the Inner Child.
During this New Moon, we have three profound astrological aspects which transform, or modify this energy-of-beginnings in specific ways.
(1) New Moon (Sun/Moon) conjunct Jupiter
(2) Powerful Square with Mars in Scorpio and Ceres/Vesta/North Node in Libra – if the South Node-conjunct-Eris is included, the whole configuration becomes a loose T-Square.
(3) A world-changing Yod (Finger of Fate) involving Pluto Retrograde, Neptune Retrograde and apexing with the New Moon/Jupiter combination
The Sun (our focused attention, awareness, direction of vital energy) meets the Moon (emotion, intuition, psychological depths) and Jupiter (blessings, expansion) come together in the sign of the Joyful Child.
Were it not for the energetic climate, or ‘season of shifts’ we are all experiencing, this energy would be felt by most, if not all, as a pure bolt of joy! sunshine! rainbows, etc. That energy is there, but it is one amongst many aspects and influences that make up the astrological heavens at present.
One such factor is the motion of Mars into Scorpio (10:03 am, 26th July). As I’ve been saying in my videos, Mars-in-Scorpio is a powerful, intense, smouldering expression of masculinity. This will be felt at an intimate level as Scorpio is associated with the 8th house of secrets – sexuality, sensuality, the deep journey within to seek esoteric wisdom, shadow-working, shamanic journeying into the depths of the psyche – it is the cauldron in which the Phoenix first perishes and then rises from its own Ashes.
With the Sun, the Moon, and Jupiter in Leo squaring Mars in Scorpio what we essentially get is a clash of masculine energies – within men, women, all beings, and the planet. Leo seeks to express its innocence and seek validation from others in the process. Scorpio seeks to (to paraphrase Gargatholil) ’emotional security through power and control’.
Both signs can do much good, but, when energies are used from the place of the Ego – and not the Heart – we can get a manipulative Leo wearing a persona or mask to gain approval (and bolster an insecure ego), we can get an obsessive, controlling manipulator in Scorpio that seeks to control others from behind-the-scenes – unable to accept world-views that do not resonate with its own.
With Jupiter involved in the square, the ways in which we manifest this tense Leo-Scorpio dynamic will be amplified, and magnified several times over.
The Sun, Moon, and Jupiter are also squared with Ceres (nurturing and being nurtured), Vesta (Priestessing, spiritual service) and the North Node in Libra. These bodies remind us that balance, diplomacy and partnership is what we require in order to nurture, heal and rejuvenate ourselves and others at this time. A T-Square is formed between all these bodies, with the apex (or focus of tension) at the New Moon/Jupiter conjunction, when the South Node in Aries is conjunct Eris – the Goddess of Discord.
Truly a melting pot of energies, and ones, which are easily provoked to extreme reactions.
Finally, I’d like to tell you about the aspect which I feel will truly be ‘the game-changer’ this New Moon. We will be having a powerful Yod or Finger of Fate between 2.31 – 9.11 pm on the 27th (GMT + 8:00) is formed. I would extend the sphere of its influence till 6:39 am, July 28th.
Yods are situations which often feel like crisis. It is literally as though a giant finger in the skies points you to a certain direction or situation in your life. The ways in which you respond to a yod will set you upon some new chapter of your spiritual journey. They are portals through which we learn just how far we’ve come, whether we’re ready to go to the next level, or if we need to learn more lessons from the teacher that is Karma.
Pluto Retrograde (transformation, crisis, associated with Scorpio energies – operating in retrograde – internally, within the psyche) sextiles Neptune Retrograde (spiritual transcendence through disillusionment, ‘cutting through the crap’, ‘bursting the bubble’, ‘peering through the veil’ and seeing what’s real, and what’s not). Pluto is in Capricorn (associated with career, societal status, achievements or legacy to the planet), whereas Neptune is in Pisces (transcendental spirituality, otherworldly energies, the dissolution of the ego and boundaries, recognition of Spirit-level existence).
These energies create the base of the Yod – they then inconjunct the New Moon (Sun/Moon/Jupiter) – creating crisis in need of Resolution. This crisis is going to challenge your desire for power/need to feel powerful – your spiritual vision or sense of what is Truth – and make you decide – how authentically you embody what is True for You.
Will you wear a mask?
Or will you skilfully draw upon the reservoir of creativity, joy, and the wisdom of the Inner Child to integrate all these energies – and Stand in the Radiance of your own Truth?
Video on the Leo-Scorpio square and the challenge of ‘Healing the Masculine’ <3 <3 <3
Image of Lion:
“Lion waiting in Namibia” by Kevin Pluck – Flickr: The King.. Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons – http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Lion_waiting_in_Namibia.jpg#mediaviewer/File:Lion_waiting_in_Namibia.jpg