New Moon in Leo and the Dance of Saturn and Mars

As I write this, the Crone Moon is riding the waves of Cancer, keeping me domestic and tender.  She is guiding us within even as she prepares to light us up with the fiery and brave intentions of Leo, the noble Lion.  She enters the sign of Leo on Monday at 6:12pm PDT, and her newness will be exact at 1:45pm PDT on Tuesday, August 2nd

Leo the Lion is tossing his mane right now!

When La Luna is reborn as new, she is directly within the light of the Sun, which is why we don’t see her.  This time can offer so much illumination, for the life-giver (Sun) is in perfect alignment with the inner-self, the emotional self, the secret self: which is represented by Moon.

Month by month, we look at where this is happening in our PERSONAL natal chart in order to gain clarity and direction regarding how the illumination is happening SPECIFICALLY within our individual lives.  When you read horoscopes, I highly recommend that you read them according to your RISING sign, not your sun sign.  If you do not know your rising sign, www.astro.com is a great resource for this.  Go to “extended chart selection” under “Free Horoscopes” and you will easily be able to pull your own chart for free (chart type: Natal Chart Wheel).  I recommended selecting “whole signs” under “House System” (under “Options”).  I talk a little about why I use the whole sign house system in my “about” section on this blog.

This month, we are in the time of self-expression, pleasure and passion.  Leo himself is ruled by the Sun, and the Sun is all about IDENTITY and PURPOSE.  Leo the Lion is dramatic and theatrical by nature, and he shines from the sheer pleasure of DOING WHAT HE LOVES TO DO.  His true nature is loyal and honorable, offering his heart of gold to his close relationships.  The world is a stage for the Lion; he is an exhibitionist and an extrovert, which some of us can relate to and some of us can’t.  But the thing to remember is that he exists for all of us.  All of us contain the entire zodiac within us, for each house is ruled by one of the twelve signs.  So you might not identify strongly with Leo characteristics (or you might), but Leo does preside over a certain area of your life, astrologically-speaking.

If your Sun/Moon/Ascendant/North Node is in Leo, you will undoubtedly be experiencing a certain spotlight and intensity right now, and you may feel “personally” reborn or re-ignited at this time.  But for all of us, this bright, successful, charismatic and joyful Leo style pervades some aspect of our charts.  For me, Leo rules my 3rd house of writing, intellect and communication.  I also have Saturn in my 3rd house, the disciplinarian.  Saturn makes us work.  But he also rewards us with structural support and tangible outcomes – when WE WORK (more precisely, when we work where our work is needed/appreciated).  So I’m letting this Moon speak to me specifically in this area.

Doing the “personal research” to find out how what signs rule what houses in your natal chart is easy and free!  I offer natal chart coaching sessions on a donation basis to help people understand the basics of their personal astrology and how planetary transits are affecting them now.  My contact information is below.  Sessions are completely confidential.

This New Moon in Leo is being ignited even further by the fact that Mars, planet of passion and action, is moving into Sagittarius on Tuesday at 10:49 am PDT.  You might be well-versed in the latest Mars retrograde “escapade” – or you might not – so here’s a little recap:

Mars began his retrograde at 8° Sagittarius on April 17th of this year.  He fell back into Scorpio on May 28th.  He stationed direct at 23° Scorpio on June 29th Now he is switching signs (and houses) for the last time until he enters Capricorn on September 27th.  He won’t retrograde again until June 2018, so hopefully we have learned something from this “recoiling” of Mars energy.  We all need to be able to utilize our passion and desire, we need to have an outlet for aggressive energy, we need permission (from ourselves!) to be direct and ask for what we want.

Mars and Saturn will be dancing together in Sagittarius again come the New Moon.  The dance of these two very masculine, challenging and hard-working planets really began back on February 19th when Mars reached 23° Scorpio, a specific point that we would later see lit up for an extended period of time when Mars stationed direct at that degree on June 29th.  While Mars is re-entering Sagittarius, Saturn is hanging out at 9° Sagittarius, which is significant because Mars was at 8° Sagittarius when he went retrograde on April 17thAt the point of the Mars retrograde, Saturn was at 15° Sagittarius, and Saturn will return to that degree on November 7th of this year (the day before the much-anticipated United States presidential election).

On a larger scale, we can look at the Mars/Saturn dance as spanning from 2/19/16-11/24/16.

For tracking the personal lessons that are being revealed by the Mars retrograde, pay attention to events between 4/17/16-8/21/16 (Mars began his retrograde at 8° Sagittarius on 4/17, and he will return to that degree on 8/21).

The most recent Saturn retrograde began on March 25th when the planet of structure and containment was at 16° Sagittarius.  He will go direct on August 13th, a few days before our next Full Moon, at 9° Sagittarius.  He himself will return to 16° Sagittarius on November 16th of this year.

I know some of you might feel lost with this information right now, but try to pay attention to these dates – both the things that happen directly on or near these dates, but also the over-arching life experiences and lessons happening within the bookends of the two time frames I have listed above.

If you have access to your natal chart, hone in on the area between 23° Scorpio and 16° Sagittarius.  Which houses are being affected?  What planets/asteroids/angles/nodes exist here?  This particular segment of your chart has been getting A LOT of attention, and that won’t really let up until after November 24th, when Saturn moves beyond 16° Sagittarius.

On August 24th, Mars and Saturn will make their exact conjunction at 9° Sagittarius.  I will discuss this further when I share my thoughts regarding our next Full Moon on August 18th.  The main thing to keep in mind is that Mars is action and Saturn is discipline.  Together they can accomplish a lot, if their influence is being channeled for growth and constructive action.  The fact that they are joining up in Sagittarius is great news because the Archer is both adventurous and benevolent, kind and driven, brave and compassionate.  Sagittarius is mutable (changeable) and ruled by Jupiter, the planet of expansion and good fortune.

Saturn obviously moves more slowly than Mars because he is farther from the Sun and his orbit is larger, but he will be moving ESPECIALLY slow around the time that he is stationing direct on the 13th.  Remember, this is all happening in our perception from Earth, and this is exactly how we will harness the power of these heightened times: through our perception.

I am a firm believer in the power of self-inquiry.  See for yourself what happens when you dig into your own astrology.  See how your perception might shift when you read your horoscopes based on your rising sign instead of your Sun sign.

Our individual lives co-create the pattern of the world stage.  It is irresponsible for any of us to hide our gifts at this time.

If we are unsure of where our talents lie and how to bring them out, diving into self-inquiry is a great way to get in touch with the “you” that came here to shine in a specific way.  Self-love and self-care are essential components in unlocking our gifts.  There is no shame in prioritizing our health and well-being.  The world needs our vibrancy and our willingness, not a limiting shadow of who we really are.

There is a quote from the Gospel of Thomas (found in the Gnostic Gospels) that I simply love, and I feel that it applies well with this Leo New Moon:

“If you bring forth what is within you, what you bring forth will save you. If you do not bring forth what is within you, what you do not bring forth will destroy you.”

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Currently, I do not write horoscopes for each sign.  Instead, I give a general overview of how specific planets in our solar system are affecting us astrologically, centering around the New Moon and Full Moon.  When I give natal chart coaching sessions, I discuss your personal astrology as well as the current planetary transits that are at play and what areas of your life are being affected by those transits.

For information about booking a session with me, I may be contacted at: misfitmysticblog@gmail.com

Much love and New Moon blessings!

Also, here is a beautiful song by Dead Can Dance (called “Rakim” on their album Toward the Within).

https://youtu.be/kq59rEVWQNI

If this song doesn’t set the tone for a favorable New Moon, I don’t know what does!

Shine on.

 

~ Misfit Mystic

 

Full Moon, Litha and the Mutable Grand Cross

 

Blessings upon you, dear ones!

The Northern Hemisphere is celebrating Litha (aka Midsummer/Summer Solstice) and the rare occasion that the Full Moon falls upon it!  The last time we experienced this alignment of Litha and the Full Moon was in June of 1967, and we won’t experience such a close alignment again until June, 2062.

Litha is official when the Sun enters Cancer tomorrow at 3:34 pm PDT.  There is a going within as we turn from the external and inquisitive sign of Gemini into the very introverted sign of the Crab.  Cancer energy can be hard to understand or connect to unless you yourself have a clear understanding of Cancer in your personal astrology.  However, we can all relate to the pull to create a hard shell to protect the soft and succulent tenderness within us.  While we have the Sun in Cancer for the next 4 ½ weeks (and Venus in Cancer until July 11th), there is a supportive influence to honor our inner world, our home, our family and loved ones.  All water signs are direct channels for emotions, and Cancer sometimes has a reputation for passive aggressive behavior because of her need for safety and protection.  If emotions are leaking out without clear communication, we can feel muddy and stuck.  When we notice this in ourselves or others, we have the opportunity to remember how tender we all really are, back up, give space and honor the boundaries.

Along with the Solstice Full Moon, we are also experiencing the Mutable Grand Cross of Saturn in Sagittarius, Neptune in Pisces, Mercury in Gemini and Jupiter in Virgo.  Mutable means change.  The planets are reflecting the story of our human lives, both individual and collective.  We exist within the pattern, just as the pattern exists within us.  We are all formless, genderless, fearless souls – even as we walk in the body and identify ourselves and each other as this or that.  It is by exquisite chance that we even exist.  We are magical by very nature.  And we are here to do specific work.

Both Saturn and Neptune are retrograde at this time (the Neptune retrograde began recently ~ last Monday 6/13 at 1:43pm PDT).  Both Saturn and Neptune are going to stay in their respective signs (yay!).  They are currently making a tight square at 12° of Sagittarius and Pisces, and this can feel discordant and conflicting, but it can also bring us into balance with the spectrum of our human needs.

Saturn is structure, definition, rules and boundaries.  Saturn in your natal chart is where you might find yourself most challenged and where you have to work the hardest, but also where you experience the most growth and reward.  Saturn has a much lighter vibration in Sagittarius than he did in Scorpio, and most people I know are delighted that we will not experience the Scorpionic Saturn return for another 28 years – that was some gritty territory!  Neptune is dreams, creativity, fantasy and psychic awareness.  Neptune is the modern ruler of Pisces, and Pisces is all about feeling, loving, forgiving and merging.  Saturn can appear to be raining on our party if we need a reality-check, if we need help with boundaries, or if we have been keeping our talents hidden from the world.  Neptune might look like the jerk who is making a mess of things if we are too attached to a certain way of being.  This can speak to releasing all pre-conditioned thinking as well as allowing movement to occur in our relationships, in our lifestyles and in our careers.

Neptune loves unconditionally.  Neptune retrograde wants us to review and reckon with the creative space that is the open heart.  Neptune is going to continue his backward motion until November 20th, so don’t be surprised if your heart feels like it’s being held open by external forces during this time.  Saturn will station direct on August 13th, at which point a certain clarity around the structures of home/career/relationships will be encouraged.

La Luna reaches exact fullness at 4:02 am PDT tomorrow (Monday) morning in 29° Sagittarius.  She swiftly moves into Capricorn at 4:55 am, where she will remain until early Wednesday afternoon.  Sag is the adventurous archer, giving the moment of the Full Moon a magical and free-spirited flavor.  But Luna in Capricorn takes a grounded approach to the larger magic of Litha and the Mutable Grand Cross.  Capricorn wants to be on the ground, fixing what needs to be fixed and plowing forward.  The Goat thrives off hard work, and she could care less about your fantasies unless they relate to a tangible, structural reward.  As the cardinal earth sign, Capricorn initiates action, but she also brings us back into the body.  Working out, sex, conscious eating and bodywork are always wonderful things to do, and even more so with Luna releasing her fullness in Capricorn.

The planetary energy is culminating in a very beautiful way at this time.

Now, beautiful does not necessarily mean easy – this is also a time of great upheaval and change, but those of us who are ready and willing to ride the waves of change will find that there is truly a power of goodness that is kneading us like dough, working out all our knots and stuck places.  We see this on an individual scale and a collective scale.  We are bumping right up against the structures that are no longer working, AND we are being called to let down our guard.  Let your transformation occur.  YOU hold the keys to universal change.  There is no martyrdom in that – this is like the opposite of heavy.  Despite how outrageous, gross, heavy, difficult and uncool things may seem – the solution is your freedom.  The cornerstone of collective growth, collective healing and collective awakening is YOUR FREEDOM.  I’m not talking 2nd Amendment freedom (haha, ugh) – I’m talking about your complete liberation from anything and everything that keeps you from seeing YOURSELF as wholly divine.

THAT freedom.

Blessed Be.

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Photo Credit: 

Michael Ludwig @ http://www.5edges.wordpress.com

Luna at 10 pm PDT on 6.18.16 near Seattle, WA USA 

Michael shares images of Luna with me often and with such grace.

Ode to Venus entering Aquarius

 

Venus enters Aquarius tonight at 8:17pm PST, joining Mercury and the Sun.  We will have just over 49 hours with all three planets cavorting in the sign of the Water-Bearer/Energy-Bearer, as the Sun will enter Pisces around 9:30pm this Thursday evening.

Venus in Aquarius is bringing me a sense of laughter.  And bubbles like playful sea waves.  She is revolutionary, she is quirky, she is unapologetically herself.  Aquarius pioneers freedom.  What is it inside of us that is waiting to be set free?  There is that magic in all of us, that liberating force, that will shake down all the obstacles, real or imagined.  A freedom that one might imagine in death can, indeed, be felt and even lived.

As we are slowly turning into the Age of Aquarius from the Piscean Age, it is fitting that many humans are rapidly “waking up” and many “awakened” humans are coming into the world.  It makes sense that the kundalini energy lying dormant at the base of the spine of every human is finding more and more opportunity for rising like the sacred snake.

Somewhere I have a card with a picture of Kwan Yin, Goddess of Compassion, robed in white and standing on the back of a giant green serpent.  I think about that image often in yoga class, especially during final breathing.  Awakening Kwan-Yin in my heart chakra, feeling her power riding upon the serpent of kundalini energy.

Aquarius feels like kundalini to me….

Traditionally, Aquarius is ruled by Saturn, fixed, firm and structured.  The Energy-Bearer needs structure and guidance, like the kundalini.

The modern ruler of Aquarius is Uranus, the rock and roll wild child of our solar system.  Uranus is looking for nothing short of transcendence.  That is exactly what an awakened kundalini will bring.

Venus represents love, art, wisdom and the divine feminine.  She exists in all of us and is a supportive energy at all times.  In Aquarius, she will be transiting my 9th House of travel and philosophy.  Where does she affect YOU?

 

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