The New Moon in Leo on August 14, 2015 is making a tight trine (harmonious aspect) to Uranus in Aries, the planet of ingenuity, flashes of insight, and innovation, and relates to the place in life where we are individuating. Aries, as an archetype, especially when linked up with Uranus, represents a pioneering figure. Aries is newness, the first sign of the zodiac. It is a natural leader. So with Aries and Leo energies linked up this way, I see it creating an activation of leadership (Aries) through the actualized (Leo) personality. A remarkable message of the New Moon is simply to be yourself and to project that self outwardly knowing that resonant people will relate. The individual self holds a gift to share, but it is really denied when one is judging the receptivity based on the limitations of what already exists around them. There has to be the courage to ‘put it out there’.
Many people resist the call to totally individuate because of the relative insecurity of standing out from the group. Sometimes Uranus is expressed as identifying with a group that identifies as separate from the collective somehow, and this expression can cause a person to evade the chance to really see into their own unique calling, when the identification with the group is made instead of with their own unique link to the cosmos. The gates into the world of Uranian magic often first leads a person into what is like a dark tunnel – they are feeling so different and they feel totally isolated from the reality around them – no one understands them, no one could. This person may go through a stage that always calls the Tower card of the tarot to mind for me – the concept of the Tower, to me at least, being that one is very high up in their own mind and feeling very separate from the world directly around them. This is a phenomenon of Aquarius, the Leo polarity. I think it helps to know that this stage is not permanent – it simply is a stage of transition, of severance from the known and where a person is occupying totally new territory.
The next phase onward from that is where this very highly individualized world bleeds over into the realm of what is actually collective and shared. A person in the Tower phase is not actually very connected to themselves, they are in a state of disconnection. Once they find the place of connection within that feels really authentic to them, they are now in a state to see the special and unique qualities in others, rather than viewing the rest of the world as drones (or whatever the separation feeling was). At this stage, they become more attuned to the vibration of friendship, and they connect easily to other people. The lens of viewing the world is considerably lightened.
New Moon in Leo Square Saturn in Scorpio
The New Moon forms a square to Saturn in Scorpio but not as tight in orb as the Uranus trine – so at the same time that there is an eased acceleration of friendship just by projecting the unique personality, there is a slight nagging foreboding that this will cause some type of social judgment from the outside. With Scorpio though, there is always a chance to see that projections of what we think are coming from the outside are really messages and reflections of our internal reality. Every time you think before you act because you think that action is going to cause you to be judged, this is really a moment where you can see that you were judging yourself too, all along. And if that kind of external judgment really does come from our actions, it merely represents that we are transitioning from one culture to another… in the death (Scorpio) of belonging to one group, we find resonance in another. Saturn in Scorpio will urge us to let go of highly internalized attachments to cultural mores that are really holding us back.
“Observance of customs and laws can very easily be a cloak for a lie so subtle that our fellow human beings are unable to detect it. It may help us to escape all criticism, we may even be able to deceive ourselves in the belief of our obvious righteousness. But deep down, below the surface of the average man’s conscience, he hears a voice whispering, ‘There is something not right,’ no matter how much his rightness is supported by public opinion or by the moral code.”
The Opportunity of the New Moon
The New Moon in Leo holds a strong piece in the equation for this current opportunity of individuation. It’s the concept that if we are having fun and if we are confident, the vibration of that naturally invites others to enjoy what we are doing. The Universe itself supports us doing what we love, and this will be reflected in the environment. We could be answering the call from within to do something we think of as really weird or different, but doing it in a half-hearted kind of way, and the response will also be half-hearted. It’s not to say that we do these things for the response, but certainly the mirrors we find around us can discourage or encourage us accordingly (Leo loves validation, after all). Through Aquarius we can learn that the world is really full of vibrations and frequencies, and that as we begin to beat our own drum, we will naturally attract those who like the vibration. We may also attract those who oppose the vibration, but with Aquarius we are also learning objectivity, and we can see that people are going to be responding to us based on their own story and the structure of their own consciousness. If however, we are giving the world around us a chance to see who we really are in our hearts, when we meet someone who understands that music, there is a profound friendship that comes of it. And the more we step into the vibration of being our creative selves, of finding the way that life can be so much more playful so much more of the time, we begin to find resonance everywhere, and the whole world opens up. It is one of the most incredible human experiences we can have. To take off the shroud of isolation, and to just fearlessly, lovingly, enjoy being.
“All the works of man have their origin in creative fantasy. What right have we then to depreciate imagination?”
(Image: Tim Lukeman)