This morning is the New Moon and Total Solar Eclipse in Sagittarius! In the vein of new creative impulses, I’m going to do a daily tarot card reading for at least the next year. Join me! Lol
This morning is the New Moon and Total Solar Eclipse in Sagittarius! In the vein of new creative impulses, I’m going to do a daily tarot card reading for at least the next year. Join me! Lol
This month’s lunar cycle should give a bit of a breather from the craziness of July. Things have been set in motion that we will be tracking with the transit of Mercury over the retrograde shadow zone through August 15- just in time for the Full Moon. As Mercury moves back from Cancer into Leo, we will be thinking more with our hearts and should be able to move into a new head/heart space. What do you think about the recent changes you have created and how do they make you feel?
The new moon in Leo on July 31 is considered a black moon because it is the second new moon in a calendar month (the first in Cancer was July 2). It is also considered a supermoon because it is at perigee, or the nearest part of its orbit. This can impact the tide, causing swells. Some astrology reports claim that there will be greater chance of ecological disasters, but we’re kind of in the middle of a global climate emergency. I think whatever the moon is doing can only help, lmao. The super full moons were earlier this year, and the following two new moons are as well. The moon is nearer the earth, signifying that the emotions will be deeper or more primal. My main thought about this, though, is that it is a normal occurrence and not necessarily as crazy as, say, the eclipse we just had at the last new moon. Supermoons are a part of an ongoing cycle, so if these enhance the energy, then this moon cycle is Big Leo Energy.
New Moons are a time to rest and recharge, to make plans and create maps for the month ahead. The New Moon on July 31 at 9.12pm MDT at 8° Leo is all about a new impulse of heart-level energy. What is fun and exciting for you and makes you feel cool doing it? What brings you a sense of personal pride? Where do you derive an internal sense of power? These questions are part of the Lion’s association with the astrological 5th house. Play, competition, and even gambling are up in this bitch. Leo follows the fire in their hearts, wherever it may lead. In fact, it was four years ago that I started my blog during the Leo New Moon. That led to joining the amazing team at Golden Braid Books, and now I’m a professional reader at one of the dopest places around. That heart-level impulse really created a whole new world for me. It felt kind of crazy and risky, but I’ve really enjoyed doing it over these years and will always think of the Leo New Moon fondly.
The Full Moon will bring to fruition all of those heart-level seeds that were planted during the New Moon in Leo. This will happen on August 15, 6.29am MDT at 22° Aquarius, where we take our personal energy and join our fellow man. The Water Bearer for which Aquarius gets its name is actually an air sign, fixed, giving a great concentration of mental energy. If Leo is personal power, Aquarius is people power. Its association with the astrological 11th house is all about networks, friends and associations, and ways we identify ourselves through societal groups. On another level, it’s about sharing dreams with the world and making them come true. It’s about offering relief to humanity through awareness and the gift of future-sight. And it’s about allowing each individual to shine while saving them space at the table. The Full Moon is a time to take action and shine based on the preparations of the New Moon. Go get ’em and make sure to share it big.
This moon cycle will also start to see actions being put into effect regarding the recent Mercury Retrograde in Leo/Cancer and especially the recent Eclipse in Cancer and the ongoing North Node in Cancer. Leo season will potentially see tempers flare. Hopefully this energy will bend towards justice and not toward despotism. Leo wants to be a good King or Queen and will roar to protect the pride.
The fire of this month will be activating off of all the Leo placements with Chiron in Aries and Jupiter in Sag, creating a grand fire trine for a number of weeks. I think this has the potential to be incredibly healing on a spiritual level – where we were once wounded, we will be able to heal and provide medicine for others.
P.S. I used my Pottinger ephemeris and Maynard’s planner, as well as my Buddha Board and instagram filters to make this post.
So the new moon will happen just about on the Midheaven here in Utah, around exactly 12.16 pm.
There’s a lot going on just as we’re about to head into Mercury Retrograde this weekend. And nothing brings me out of a posting slump faster than going off about Mercury Retrograde!
Check the video for details.
Also, here’s my post about the North Node in Cancer.
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The new moon in Pisces is upon us, all washed away with Mercury Retrograde in Pisces as well. New moons are when the moon is dark and the sun and moon return to the same point. Over the course of the month they separate and become full and wind down again. This is said to be a fertile time where new energy can be born and developed to its maturity on the full moon. New moon seeds, full moon harvests.
Pisces is the mutable water sign. This means they respond to the their environment emotionally. If water signs Moon Cancer is the tides and the rivers and Pluto Scorpio is the ice caps and pressurized caves, Neptune Pieces is the deep ocean current and the evaporated water in the atmosphere. Pisces picks up on EVERYTHING. And the sign is a combination of all previous 11 signs of the zodiac.
It’s associated with the depths of the subconscious, and to connection to the Other Side. It’s where our whole identity washes away and we are one with the universe.
Check out this chart! Mercury Retrograde conjunction Moon at 29° Pisces, all up on that Midheaven. No wonder I’ve been doing videos recently. Also Neptune rules cameras.
And check out this video, too:
Basically, get into the deep end. We’ll have a unique opportunity to merge and see things from another point of view. Don’t get drowned in the emotional flooding, submit and allow it to wash away what’s past.
P.S. I used my ephemeris, my
It’s the first Mercury Rx of the year, out of three in mostly the water or emotional energy signs. Grab the tissues, amirite, water signs? So real quick, a retrograde happens when our relative orbit makes the planet seem to slow down and reverse motion in the night sky. There are actually 3 parts to a retrograde event:
So anyway check out this video, I talk more bout it:
Also this energy resonates throughout the New Moon in Pisces cycle beginning March 6. We will be open to all sorts of emotional influences wer might not be used to.
P.S. Used my ephemeris and Jim Maynard’s mini planner to get the dates and times for this stuff.
Welcome to one of the few times this year I’ve posted before the event happens! Hopefully this good planning energy will carry thru to next year:)
Cheers, Merry Xmas and all that Jazz,
The past few months have been crazy busy! But I couldn’t think of a better way to jump back to astro blog life than today’s New Moon and Solar Eclipse at 20° Cancer (especially since I’m actually at home and this is all up in my 4th house)!
Here’s the chart, set for time here in Utah, as it is right now:
Sun and Moon at high noon, conjunct within 5°! They will be low on the horizon or set by the time the New Moon is exact, at 8.48 PM MST. So we won’t see this eclipse like the one last year on August 21, and it’s not a total eclipse, but it’ll be giving us some partial Solar Eclipse Vibes-only in Cancer instead of Leo.
So! The New Noon is when the moon is in the earth’s shadow and appears dark in the sky. At this time the sun and moon are said to be in the same place, now in the sign of Cancer. This union of the sun and moon gives a new energy impulse through the next lunar cycle. New Moons are a good time to rest and recharge the batteries, and to symbolically (in this instance, also literally) plant seeds for the month ahead. Because the moon (shorthand: emotions/internal) is not reflecting the light of the sun (shorthand: consciousness/external), what lies in our shadows has more freedom to roam. I think of this like plants needing the nighttime to complete the photosynthesis/nitrate cycle (or whatever, ask a botanist) as much as the sun-we need the darkness as much as the light in our own processes as well. It’s all a part of a cycle, and what we carry into the new moon plants seeds for us to harvest over the next month.
Anyway, the Moon friggin’ loves being in Cancer. It is considered the ruler of the sign, and its natives are intrinsically, intuitively connected to its waxing and waning. Moon and Cancer are Mother, emotion, intuition, origins, and like their totem Crab with their house on their back, home and family life. Cancer is the first water sign which is the emotional element. They feel deeply, and because they are the second Cardinal sign (outgoing, initiative energy-Aries is the first), their emotions seem to burst out of them when they are excited. Not naming names, but some folks I know have trouble controlling the volume of their voice when they are riding that wave.
Cancer is related to the 4th Astrological House, which I refer to as the seat of the soul (I probably didn’t make that up). If we wear three masks – one for the world, one for our close circle of people, and one only for ourselves – then the 4th House is the mask we wear only for ourselves. It’s our squishiest, juiciest crab meat under that crusty shell.
And! Not only is it the New Moon, but that partial Solar Eclipse too! A Solar Eclipse signifies a change that is brought about by some ‘crisis’ in the sign and house where it falls. For instance, this one falls in my actual 4th House, so we are getting into doing some house renovations. Not a ‘crisis’ but definitely an exquisite pressure to get it done. Wherever the Eclipse falls in your chart, you can expect a transformation during the coming months. Good times!
Some big players in this New Moon chart are the Water and Earth Major Grand Trines aka the big blue triangles! New Moon Cancer trine Jupiter Scorpio trine Neptune Pisces is going to BLOW UP our emotional receptivity over not only this next moon cycle, but for thru this Eclipse energy over the next few months as well. The force of our emotions will have an extraordinary way of manifesting in the real world-we will be making our landscape match its emotional counterpart. And all of that will be accentuated by Uranus in Taurus trine Venus in Virgo trine Saturn in Capricorn-making up the Grand Earth Trine. This energy gives a revitalization to our real-life efforts, helps us take the necessary steps to complete our goals. My hope is that we feel what is going on out there in the world, and act now to bring out that Divine Mother that everyone needs. These Grand Trines are only effective if we use their harmonious flow to effect real change out there.
The only red flag I’m really seeing here is the T-square between Mercury Leo square Jupiter Scorpio square Mars Retrograde in Aquarius. This aspect shows that changes in our relationships are likely to result in ego conflicts and posturing. We might feel feisty all up in our Cancer emotions and express ourselves like a royal Leo pain, causing waves in our Aquarian groups. Sometimes we need to rock the boat, but sometimes we need to go with the flow. We might feel some tension about which one is the correct choice.
In my procrastinating online, and in conclusion, I found this post from @QueerCosmos on Facebook and I think it is all up in my feelings, so here ya ho:
Happy New Year!
This year is off to a great start, with a Full Cancer Moon on New Year’s Day. The moon is the ruler of the sign of Cancer, so a full moon in the sign means that the subconscious becomes conscious. Cancer is what is personal, our gooey feelings we keep under our crabby shell. Well, on New Year’s it was all that dark stuff we keep private on full display. We were aware of our feelings and expressed them openly.
Big changes since my last post on the holiday Mercury retrograde, including biggie-and-sometimes-baddie Saturn creeping up into Capricorn right at the end of last month. So for this new moon coming up on January 16, almost all of the personal planets will be in Cap! Check it out: Saturn at 3°, Mercury at 6°, Pluto at 19°, Sun and Moon (New Moon) both at 26°, led closely by Venus at 27°. That’s a lot of Capricorn!
Quick recap, the new moon is the time when the moon appears dark in the sky. The sun and moon are considered to be at the same point in the zodiac. The new moon is when the seeds of the next month are planted, a time to reserve energy and rest and gather yourself for the time ahead. This is the end of the previous lunar cycle and the time leading to the next one, the transformation between the two somewhere in the dark of the moon.
The sign of Capricorn is earth, having to do with health and practical concerns. It’s Carnidal, meaning that it has an initiative quality, an outward-kind of direction as a general attitude. It is the 10th sign of the zodiac, and its association with the 10th house of public life means that what happens in the sign generally happens to all of us. Its ruling planet is Saturn (like Cronus, Father Time) which has to do with longevity, trials and the lessons they teach, and the sometimes harsh consequences of not learning the lessons. Capricorn is about reputation and legacy, what we have created in our time on this earth and what we leave behind for our next generation.
So nbd, right? This new moon, since I’ve become aware of its cycles, has always been a time of reflection and making plans. Last year’s happened at the end of 2016, and I spent it writing lists with a lot of life-changing things going on in the lives of those around me. The year before I spent it with a list of challenges of my own that were very difficult to face. The year before I was deciding on where to live. This year I find the New Capricorn Moon landing the consequences of my recent career changes, and here I am again, making lists, making plans, making moves, trying to keep the making continue.
A wise Capricorn that I know (and I think I reference this constantly now, but), he told me that a big part of the energy of Capricorn is moving through fear. So I think that because we’re coming out of the previous 2-1/2 year cycle of Saturn in fiery, idealistic, ever-expansive Sagittarius, Capricorn feels restrictive. Because that’s Saturn’s function, is to reign it in when we’ve gone overboard. Sag pushes the boundary, Capricorn comes in and redefines it. Like all fire-to-earth transitions, it’s like putting the clay into the kiln: what we have conceived will now take form. That can be scary, but part of the journey through Capricorn is owning that, collectively.
So if you’ll notice in that nifty chart I done drew, there are a ton of planets all up in Capricorn, but all those highlighter lines are pointing to the north node in Leo at 14°rx. Everything is moving counter-clockwise on that chart, so once those planets shift over into like 15° Aquarius in the next month, all this energy that’s building up will be unleashed.
That’s right! All that slugglishness that’s been going on since last Friday will kind of peak this weekend as Mercury and Saturn meet. But it’s actually building up to this new moon, which should help us get recharged for a crazy month. By the end of next week, Venus will break into Aquarius and give us a breath of fresh air. With all this energy moving into Aquarius and crossing the South Node, we will feel like a million things are going on at once. GET READY NOW. That’s what the energy about three days before and after the new moon on the 16th is about.
The other thing I’m seeing with this new moon is that it is conjunct Pluto and Venus. This means that there are probably some things simmering with others under the surface, but if you try to keep a win/win attitude you should all be able to come to a working agreement. Also, Jupiter in Scorpio this year is making us aware of long-term changes. Being charged up with Mars, and sextile all this Capricorn action (green lines above), means that we are aware and empowered to make changes as these small frictions may arise.
When talking about Saturn and Capricorn, it can be easy to talk about how tough they are. But they play hard when they feel like their hard work has been accomplished. If you have been killing it, take the new moon energy to step out and enjoy yourself by letting loose. If you have been slacking, get ready for that Saturn boot up your ass. Either way, you’ll probably end up making lists and organizing something. There’s literally too much to be done, and we’ll be aware of it.
P.S. Used my good ole ephemeris.
Stay tuned for a big update-probably with VIDEOS lol-of the major astrologies of 2018:)
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:
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:)
P.S. Used my Astro.com account for the chart, and painted the Buddha Board at The Golden Braid for the graphic.