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North Node in Leo 5/9/17-9/6/18

Hey ho,

This one has been a long time coming. I had a lot of ideas about it, but didn’t really know how to express them. So here goes.

The moon’s nodes are the points where the moon’s orbit around the earth crosses earth’s orbit around the sun. The north node is where the moon passes the earth’s orbit in front, and the south node is where it passes behind. They will always be opposite each other. In the natal chart the nodes indicate your soul’s journey through this life. The nodes represent where you are coming from and where you are going. The south node is what we already know or have carried with us from ‘past lives.’ This is our comfort zone, the place where we operate from an instinctual level. If we don’t overcome the challenges inherent to our south node, it will be impossible to move into the new territory of the north node.

The north node represents what we are here to learn in this life. It’s what we don’t know, what is foreign to us, and what we are here to master. The north node is the idealized version of ourselves, having learned and mastered the impulses of the south node to step into new territory.

The north node in Leo, in short, is about what you love doing and how doing that makes you the king or queen you are going to be. Leo is the sign of royalty, kingly or personal power, and creativity. Leo rules the heart and its passions. This next year is about stepping into your own personal interests and authority.

The way we get there is by honoring the lessons of the south node. In Aquarius (Leo’s opposite sign), people power is key. How does this affect not only me, but everyone else? This year means that we need to be moving away from putting others’ needs and especially wants before our own. It’s important to realize that we do fit into our groups, but now is the time to follow our own hearts. It’s the time to create boldly based on our own interests rather than checking in with the committee.

The lesson of moving from south node Aquarius to north node Leo is that in order to be a good ruler, one must understand the needs of the people. If you have mastered the south node in Aquarius, you operate from a place of harmony with others. You don’t overly depend on the opinions of social groups to get things done. But by the same token, you aren’t going to act tyrannically as you step into your Leo north node. You will have learned leadership skills and how to shine on your own.

This next year or so is you stepping into your own autonomy. What kind of ruler will you be? Will you follow your heart or try to exert control over others? Will you build up the People or be torn apart by them?

This lesson is personal and Universal. What kind of leaders will we be? How will we lead? It’s the time to step into the spotlight and use the force of your will (another Leo keyword) to create. What kind of leaders will we follow? What kind of kingdom are we creating for ourselves, and as the lesson of south node Aquarius teaches, for each other?

Cheers,

Will

P.S. I used my ephemeris and the Buddha Board at the Golden Braid Bookstore to make this post.

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Mercury Retrograde 8/12-9/5

Hi y’all,

It’s that time again! Mercury goes Retrograde from 11 degrees Virgo to 28 degrees Leo, starting tonight and going until 5.30am MST on September 5.

Mercury went retrograde in Virgo last summer too, although it stayed in the sign. This time it backs up to the very degree of the Total Solar Eclipse (which happens 8/21) in the sign of Leo. This means all of the analytical reevaluation plus dramatic feelings on top! I think this particular retrograde phase will bring focus to the Virgo-ruled work environment. But this time it won’t be “am I doing the best I can do?” This time it’ll be “do I give two shits about what I am doing?” ARE WE HAVING FUN YET? will be the typical lament of this time. And you’ll really wonder…

iebfilehF7IsB-u1173758288_chmom.31147The chart for today that kicks off this retrograde has a LOT going on.

  • CARDINAL GRAND CROSS: Aries, Cancer, Libra, and Capricorn are activated in a dynamic, potentially disruptive way. People will tend to erupt, it might seem like the only way around an obstacle is directly though it. Tensions are high.
  • GRAND FIRE TRINE: Aries, Leo, and Sagittarius are activated in a flowing, harmonious way. Any spiritual impulses can be easily manifest into reality during this time. Mastery of the self is of prime importance: what you think, you will create.
  • MYSTIC RECTANGLE: Venus opposition Pluto and Mercury opposition Neptune create a tug of war on our shared perceptions and values. The answers are inherent to the problem, you won’t gain anything by avoidance.
  • KITE: Moon/Uranus opposition Jupiter and Sun/North Node/Mars trine Saturn puts others in focus, but we will not be inclined to give up any ground. Anything that crosses a line during this time will be challenged and put in check. We will be inclined to see limitations as teachers now, the opportunity to learn will be ripe with what seems like annoyances.

And that’s not all! But it’s all I wanted to try and unwrap right now. Basically, this is a very energized time but it can be unpredictable. A lot can be achieved if the whole time isn’t spent putting out fires. How long you spend firefighting will depend on how you escalate or deescalate a situation. Only you can prevent forest fires.

The other thing I find INCREDIBLY INTERESTING is that Mercury is backing up to the point of the Solar Eclipse. This event marks a new beginning on the Leo heart level, we will feel pulled in a new direction by those Leo heartstrings. There are new horizons to explore, and the heart won’t be content to stay put. This retrograde period is forcing us to analyze the circumstances surrounding this new event horizon. After Mercury moves direct on September 5, we will be more confident about those potentially life-altering decisions. The heart wants what it wants, and Leo’s motto “I Will” indicates that it’ll get it. Regardless of whatever else may get in the way…

So all in all, this retrograde gives us a veritable bevy of energy akin to throwing gas on a fire. How we allow ourselves to burn in response to others’ crackling vibes will be a marker of our success. Did we control burn the overgrowth or did we light up all of our bridges? Be careful to the fires you are tending. You can create anything now, it’s of paramount importance that you know what that is. Ripples of this retrograde will bounce back all year.

Cheers,

Will

P.S. Used the good ole ephemeris and Buddha Board at the Golden Braid for info and visuals, also astro.com:)

 

New Moon in Leo 7/23

Happy Leo Season!

The Sun entered Leo this morning at 8.15am MST. The new moon in Leo is hot on its heels, taking place at 0 degrees tomorrow morning at 2.46am MST. With Mars in Leo two days ago and the north node camping out since May, we are starting to feel fired up!

Here’s a chart of this morning:

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The moon in the last decan (10 degree chunk) of Cancer is closing in on the sun, and their conjunction is the New Moon. New moons are a time when the light of consciousness (Sun) has not yet shone on the subconscious mind (Moon). It’s the time to retreat, recover, and in a sense, step into the ‘darkness.’ What are our internal, reactive drives? How do we want to channel that energy over the development of the next moon cycle? Because we are more raw and primal, less conscious, this is a time to assess and listen to what comes up from within us. This is a time to plant seeds, while the full moon is the time to harvest the crop. At the full moon we will have more power to complete the intentions that we tune into and nurture now.

In the sign of Leo, this new moon is all about listening to your heart, which Leo rules. Creativity, passion, and amusements are all Leo keywords. Leo is kingly or personal power, as opposed to the people power of opposite sign Aquarius. That means that this new moon is about what ignites your heart, what lights you up personally. The fixed-fire sign, Leo is a magnetic concentration of what makes you happy. Where this new moon lands in your chart will tell you where to direct your interests and where you need to have fun and do what you want.

Under the Leo New Moon two years ago, I started this blog! I had an interest in astrology, and followed my heart. Since then, what had been my hobby has become a passion as well as a profession! It led me to the amazing team at The Golden Braid Bookstore in Salt Lake, where I’ve been doing astrology and tarot readings for over a year now. I planted a seed two years ago that has grown more than I ever could have anticipated.

This time is about getting in touch with yourself and the state of your happiness. Are you doing the things that fulfill your creative needs? What are you creating? Stay in touch with what comes up now, because your whims and passing fancies might be inviting you to play. Play is a vital part of human development, and it falls in the Leonine 5th House. When we play, we solve problems more easily. When we play, we open ourselves to the creative process.

Some interesting features of the chart above is the Grand Fire Trine between Aries Uranus, Mercury/North Node Leo, and Saturn Sagittarius. Grand Fire Trines are characterized by the ability under their influence to manifest spiritual drives into reality. What are those fiery passions that make your heart burn? These few weeks are a unique time where we have the vision and energy to complete those goals. Uranus gives energy and an independent, rebellious quality; we will not want to conform to anyone. Mercury conjunct the North Node makes this an important time to lay long-term plans; we will want to use communication to find the path to our happiness and creative fulfillment. Saturn gives us the gift and challenge of grounding our ideals; are our ideas sound, do we have a good philosophy behind our spiritual intention? We have energy and grounding right now, don’t let this possibly downright enjoyable time slip by without utilizing its power to employ positive changes.

Another element I find intriguing is the T-square of Gemini Venus, Sagittarius Saturn, and Pisces Neptune. The opposition of Venus and Saturn is a softening influence, there is a lot of attention on communication and how we speak the truth. Integrity is of paramount importance right now, it will be better to speak a harsher truth in favor of a smoother equivocation. Neptune’s influence attempts to dissolve borders, to sweep things back to the sea. Boundaries are important right now. We can connect to spirit more now by being honest about the demands of the mundane.

 

Thank you so much for reading, and for all the support I’ve received over the last two years! This new moon has me plotting and planning over the future, and I’m working on bringing lots more original content. Check me out on Facebook and my lil’ baby YouTube channel, and also check out our awesome Golden Braid team. If you like what you see, please don’t hesitate to share with your people:)

Cheers,

Will

P.S. Used my Astro.com account for the chart, and painted the Buddha Board at The Golden Braid for the graphic.

Full Moon and Lunar Eclipse in Leo 2/10

Hi everyone,

The full moon is exact tonight at 5.33pm MST at 22 degrees of Leo, quickly followed by the lunar eclipse at 5.44pm MST. The full moon is when the Sun and Moon are opposite, so the Sun in Aquarius. The light of consciousness has fully illuminated the darkest corners of our minds, so we have full consciousness of our inner life. This is the time to take action, to make things happen that were planned during the last new moon. The new moon in Aquarius on  January 27 encouraged us to generate new intentions in regards to how we relate to  groups, how we find our individuality by being part of a group, our friends, and our hopes and dreams.

This full moon helps us do those things by giving our heart-level creative energies a spotlight. By letting your light shine, you help others to do the same, fulfilling the new moon intentions. Leo is the sign of personal power, creative drive and stimulation, fun and games. This full moon will make you very aware of what makes you happy! Let your heart energies burn bright, because that is how you will attract the people you want around you. Your vibe creates your tribe.

This full moon creates a Grand Trine in the fire signs: Moon in Leo, Saturn in Sagittarius, and Uranus in Aries. This is an interesting mix! Saturn is all about restrictions and boundaries, Uranus is all about breaking out of the mold and innovating, and the moon is about our emotions and reactive nature. The moon is grounded by heavy Saturn but electrified by rebel Uranus. We might have an unusually clear vision for our lives now. People with Grand Fire Trines in their chart have the superpower of transmuting spiritual matter into physical form. They can take their passions and make something seemingly out of thin air. This is the energy we are all working with as this full moon wanes over the next couple of weeks! Take your passions and make something real out of them. Nothing can stand in your way with both Saturn and Uranus backing you up. Knock down those walls in your way. Imagine new ways to be a creator. Leo is the sign of creativity, the synthesis of these energies can create new worlds.

The other crazy thing about right now is this lunar eclipse! Eclipses are said to be unpredictable, they are like a portal that sends us to another place. Think of the last eclipse in September…LOTS of things have gone down since then. This is very similar. Lunar eclipses last about 3-6 months, and I think the fire in this one will galvanize us. We will be thinking about things in a new way. Since the earth will be passing between the Sun and Moon, casting a shadow on what should be bright and full, there is an element of shadow at play. Our darkness will be coming out to play with the light. These shadows are important, they are a part of us and necessary to maintain the balance of energies along a spectrum. There might be an element of unconscious drives coming to the surface now as we play through this eclipse. Let those impulses be your guide to fun and adventure, things the Leo moon craves.

Let yourself be! Let your heart guide you, right now you can’t go wrong. And let yourself do what this moon is made for-HAVE FUN!

Cheers!

Will

P.s. Used my ephemeris and the handy dandy Buddha Board at the Golden Braid for this post.

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