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THE WEEK AHEAD: Jul 29-Aug 4, w/New Moon in Leo

As they say, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”.

Well, That’s the general attitude these days anyway. Convenient too if you don’t even know that “it” ain’t broke. Or worse still, merely suspect or even witness that “it” broke, but go on acting as if it “ain’t”.

[pic: halomoan siagian]

‘Broke’ here could mean left penniless, depleted and forlorn, or it could just mean damaged and in utter disrepair. In any case, “broke” isn’t something favourable, and as both Mars and Sun in Leo (masculine) start to face increasingly challenging times, energy levels plummet to an all-time lethargy and unease, which some might say is indeed a dire warning for some “fixing”…

Here are the main transits for this week:

Ch

Mon Jul 29 

03:43

Sun

05°46′

Trine

Chiron

05°46′

 

Mon Jul 29 

23:14

Sun

06°33′

Square

Uranus

06°33′

Sqq

Tue Jul 30 

18:50

Venus

03°20′

Sesquisquare

Neptune

18°20′

Tue Jul 30 

20:09

Mars

18°20′

Quincunx

Neptune

18°20′

Thu Aug 01 
03:12
Moon
08°37′
NEW MOON
LEO
08°37′
SD
Thu Aug 01 
03:52
Mercury
23°57′
Stations Direct
Mercury
 

Ch

Thu Aug 01 

16:58

Venus

05°42′

Trine

Chiron

05°42′

 

Fri Aug 02 

10:01

Venus

06°35′

Square

Uranus

06°35′

Jn

Sat Aug 03 

06:48

Mars

20°31′

Conjunction

Juno

20°31′

Sqq Ch

Sat Aug 03 

12:21

Mars

20°40′

Sesquisquare

Chiron

05°40′

Sun Aug 04 

15:53

Mars

21°24′

Quincunx

Pluto

21°24′

THE IMPOTENCE OF MARS AND DEBILITATION OF THE SUN:

And so it is, for as it stands now, with Saturn stuck at the Capricorn Node until the end of the year, we are all locked into some kind of a bind. Many of us (grown-ups and children alike) suspect that we are cooking our own ecosystem with our toxic by-products, yet continue to live under some collectively conspired state of ignorance. We see what’s going on around us, how what we’re dumping into our bodies and minds is possibly unhealthy. We then dump the refuse of what we selfishly consume back into our environment, but inside feel quite hindered and impotent to do anything about it. And we get annoyed at the hypocrisy of anyone trying to tell us what to do, or how to fix…

[pi: mike heard]

It’s not just in the harmful excrescences produced through our extensive supply chain of processed foods and fossil-fuelled energy consumption. Humans are also observing now the clever ways we inadvertently (or purposely) abuse each other on a mental, emotional and spiritual level too. Five planets in retrograde have certainly brought this home lately.

We are seeing how much our apathy and dissociative conduct has now reached epidemic proportions, whilst meanwhile our selfishness and struggle for survival, fuelled by Saturn’s blind ambitiousness, ignorance and fear of scarcity, is simply showing us how unsustainable this toxic state of things is becoming.

In the past week, the voice of Saturn is certainly playing its most inhibiting toll upon the Mars in Leo (quincunx) who urges us to do something heroic and true, but who is secretly psyched-out by a vague spell of self-doubt and impotence.

Quincunxes to Mars from Saturn, Neptune and Pluto (yod) all point to a condition which grinds our assertiveness down, plaguing the individual as a lurid sense of inadequacy, anxiety and abject frustration. And there is little relief in sight, for once this morbid sense of fear and uncertainty sets in, it deflates and depresses any motive to act – no matter what the threat – leaving him feeling hopelessly paralysed.

Are you feeling a bit ineffectual lately?

Quite possibly, much as we might desire, we will stop short, or even fail to make a decent start, due to this pervasive, inexplicable feeling of incapacity.

In a sense, we are to blame for our own insecurity. We have added to this in our inadvertent complicity to be part of the ‘social structure’. But even if we do stand up for ourselves, as Mars’ efforts are intensified by Pluto (Tue-Sun); we risk acting more forcibly than is actually warranted, which paradoxically end up becoming reactively ugly and toxically maligned, making all our efforts seem more destructive than helpful.

This situation winds us into a tightly coiled spring by mid-week, when the Moon forms a new beginning to her synodic cycle (New Moon).

As the Sun passes the Jupiter/Neptune midpoint – two planets which remain in square for most of 2019 – our usual exuberant confidence and vitality at this time of year is somewhat deflated by what we see as a world living under false hopes, unrealistic dreams, irresponsibility, hypocrisy and blatant self-deception.

[pic: philip e]

We may wonder whether it’s healthy to keep lying to ourselves, or to encourage others in this pursuit of ‘apparent happiness’ where every day we see so many things just don’t realistically add up.

This growing awareness can be the augury of a good opportunity to step away from the negativity and dissonance and focus instead on building a whole new vision for ourselves.

LEO NEW MOON – August 1:

With the Sun’s journey through Cancer now officially over and the eclipse period behind us, a whole New Moon is on the rise only 8 days after the Sun enters Leo. New Moons are a time of setting a new intention, embarking on a new direction in the Leo sector of our charts.

Unlike his Cardinal sibling Aries, Leo is a fixed fire sign. Fire is about Spirit – inspiring a sense of verve and spontaneity, intuition and big, excitable passions which can impulsively ignite the essence of things. Whilst it is excitable, Leo is not as selfish as Aries.

Aries has no regard for the ‘other’. It is all about Aries. Leo is awakened to the ‘other’ – especially the authority (father-figure) whom he seeks to impress. He does this through ostentatious displays of self-expression – he is highly creative, artistically showy, being immersed in a more intellectual fantasy world than Aries. It’s all about grabbing daddy’s attention, who himself has a wonderful but relatively unrealistic code of ethics.

A sense of loyalty and honour are important to all big cats, since they become fixed upon following strict codes of conduct, which they will gladly impose upon others. They like order and organisation, not just for themselves but for all those who look as though they could use some.

Needless to say that by NEW MOON (Aug 1), with Venus, Mars, Sun and Juno all in Leo, and culminating a fortnight later (Aug 15) with the FULL MOON (08°♌37′) when Mercury also joins the Leo fray, the main arena of action becomes dominated by a pride of lions and lionesses, both the tamed and jungle-wild varieties, each flashing a snarling gnash of showiness and pizazz, each struggling for centre stage in the stakes of gaining admiration and authoritarian approval.

[pic: maximiliano marconi]

Who is the lion… the King of creative expression in your life?
 

Fire trines to the New Moon from the expansive Jupiter in Sagittarius only inflates Leo’s high-ground sense of morality, while the maverick Chiron in Aries inspires the ‘lion in our lives’ with a wealth of empathetic experiences and a self-assuring prowess to to take action in order to redeem, replenish, forgive and heal old wounds where we failed to step up and take action.

A sacred quest then forms on this glorious New Moon: to express noble truths, deliver it to ‘sheeple’ in the most courageous way; stand proud, like we are on some holy crusade to rescue common folks out of the clutches of mediocrity, inertia and ennui, lead them either to greater heights, or to the slaughter – if they should make themselves pathetic and expendable.

Like Aries, Leo only respects courage and confidence, and like the other fire signs despises weakness. With Eris also in Aries, it simply tightens the race in what becomes this planet’s desperate survival of the fittest.

SQUARES TO URANUS:

As the Sun approaches a square to URANUS (Jul 29) we may become more and more frustrated with lethargy and unwillingness to step up and take responsible action. As has been the case with Mars recently, we are prone to a more aggressive, potentially violent form of expression, since we see that there is no suitable ways to release our discontentment.

[pic: tati di renzi]

Some would see how our world’s entire value system and economic flow has shifted into a dimension which is largely electronic. Robots and computers and their cleverly programmed algorithms have replaced many of the old, more physical forms of expression.

It is no wonder then that those who wish to stand in their own authority feel deflated. You may get the sense that your own, individual efforts are not valued unless you submit or defer your natural expression into the technology.

On some level, we are all aware that if we succeed in feeding all of our creative intelligence into the algorithms of the electronic field, our own individual integrity becomes at stake of being compromised or owned by a faceless corporation or authoritarian government. This leaves our sovereignty in danger of being usurped.

But can anyone ever hijack our individual spirit? Can any force greater crush our creative potential? We see humanity becoming more and more restless and erratic, nervously agitated and uncooperative, protesting and desiring independence and freedom from all social restrictions.

How do we deal with this?

read your Special Message & Cosmic Intention for the LEO NEW MOON

ARIES ♈  |  TAURUS ♉  |  GEMINI ♊  |  CANCER ♋ |  LEO ♌ |  VIRGO ♍ | LIBRA ♎  |  SCORPIO ♏SAGITTARIUS ♐ |  CAPRICORN ♑ AQUARIUS ♒PISCES ♓ 

The Stationing of Mercury at 23°♋57′ opposing Pluto by midweek creates considerable pressure and tension in our affairs, both mentally and emotionally. This can be difficult to deal with constructively, as an intense charge possesses us to feel the full force of any impositions upon our privacy and security of our intellectual property. As the Moon passes Mercury, (Wednesday) it unleashes an enormous flood of pent up emotions, and we must struggle to regain control as a more integrated personality. 

[pic: boby kahn]

Secrets, lies, cover-ups on all levels become exposed, and we become ever more certain that the voice of authority, parents, teachers, preachers, governments has not been in our best interests. It has distorted and suppressed truths which may have helped us understand ourselves and our world better. It has manipulated our minds in ways which have served only to enslave us into a fixed system and to exploit our freedom to flourish and to evolve our consciousness. Pluto opposite Mercury is the painful awareness of a social conscience and much work still needs to be done in the world.

Hence, by the time the New Moon squares Uranus herself, we are both emotionally charged, and willfully ready to violently dissent and dissociate ourselves from any ‘force’ which continues to try and oppress us using a ‘tradition’ or ‘litany’ of lies and dishonesty. Long-frustrated efforts to change erupt into random outbursts of indignation and revolt, while blocked pathways to our integral soul-growth, transformation and renewal, create an inner personal rebellion and an external revolution. Individuals, partnerships, groups and the earth herself start to shake, burn up, burn down, break up and break down, as the phenomenon that most people/institutions trying to lord it over others using undue force becomes exposes as a hopeless attempt to control.

Here, we see the lines of strife and discord being drawn under the banner of social justice. Since our inner construction clashes with our emotional architecture, let’s not be completely astounded by the wild behaviour of those emotional outlaws who irrepressibly act in alignment with their own moral compass. Watch them proceed, like bulls-in-a-china-shop, dividing into factions which threaten to wage war with one another, creating one hell of a mess in their living environment and bring about shockingly disturbing dissensions.

[pic: erika bracegirdle]

Watch too how you proceed; how you intend to follow through on any of your exciting new intentions to stay true to yourself. Civil protests, demonstrations, weekend marches, even riotous behaviour against authorities are sometimes vital, but in themselves are not enough these days to stop divisive wars. Wars only cease when there is peace, and peace can only be achieved when warriors refuse to fight, not just out in the street and frontline battlegrounds. Wars cease where soldiers refuse to commit violent acts to help sanction and protect unjust laws, or violate laws which go against their own moral compass.

It is such an environment that becomes the perfectly fertile ground for a true hero to emerge. On the eve of a Leo New Moon, out of the shadows of sorrow and burden, rises an individual whose courageous effort to make a difference is most certain to be noticed.

Blessings, and have a safe week xx

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