A New Moon in Leo this week with Mercury stationing direct hours after… while eclipses and retrogrades are highly conducive for soul work (especially when we take on the perspective that life is happening with and for us, and not to us… allowing us to assess challenges from a growth mindset and not a victim mindset), I think a lot of us feel a certain relief when it feels like life is moving forward again. The rest and re-assessment periods are very important however, and so I hope the last month has been filled with restoration, recuperation and reflection… all those friendly “re” words that come with retrograde seasons. 🙂
And… moving forward! With a New Moon in Leo interacting with Uranus in Taurus this week, and Venus in Leo in the mix (also squaring Uranus), we find liberation through fun, appreciation, gratitude, and receptivity. My friends who are already working this energy… it’s your time! Those of you actively working to bring more fun, levity, and sensuality into your life – also your time. Did anyone ever lead you to think that getting dressed up and really feeling yourself isn’t shamanic? What?! There are all sorts of birds and creatures glamming up, flaunting, and dancing to attract mates, tapping into a primordial feature of our existence which is the game of attraction. Shining in our full essences is an aspect of the cosmos, like the brightness of stars, that ripples through creation and the human, too. Stepping into Leonine reality (mega-charged by sensual Uranus in Taurus) is just a way of dancing with this vibrant force that exists in our cosmos and bringing it down to earth, to our experienced reality.
Latest on the Magic of the Spheres Podcast: Jason Holley is a psychotherapist and astrologer based out of Santa Fe, New Mexico. Jason’s visions of astrology have and continue to deeply inspire me – I was so happy to have him on the show! We discuss the role astrology plays in therapeutic work, his philosophy as a therapist, and personality as process (personality as a verb, not a noun). We explored a few personality processes like histrionic, narcissistic, and borderline. Part of Jason’s work is helping to loosen up personality patterns so that people can experience more psychic flexibility. His capacity to imagine the psyche, and invite us all to imagine the psyche, adds terrain and possibility to the interior world, which cannot help but to expand one’s capacity to interact with life. ✨Tune in where you listen to podcasts, or on your web browser here.
Here’s our week:
July 31, 2019
New Moon in 8 Leo: 8:11 PM PDT
The Sun and Moon are conjunct Venus in Leo, and together square Uranus in Taurus. At the upcoming Full Moon, the Sun and Venus will be conjunct in Leo as well. The slate begins to clear after Eclipse Season, with our first New Moon outside of eclipse season. Celebrate your passage through the portal! Many of us dealt with some heavier themes – which is not to say we necessarily had a bad experience, but still – a Leo New Moon is much lighter vibe.
One of the invitations/higher callings of Leo is the outward, external expression of our gifts and talents – sharing and radiating our light. Wherever we are in this process of sharing our gifts, this New Moon can be an invitation to level up.
At a deeper level, we may also be examining the level of ownership we are really accessing when it comes to acknowledging our talents and specialness. This is not about projecting our worthiness into the future, such as placing a condition on whether or not we’re allowed to shine based on some credential we are working toward. This is about grounding into the brilliance and value of the present, wherever we are at. When we outwardly project ourselves (express, create, share, etc.) from this embodied, present, rooted place of self-acknowledgement, it’s like a full bloom of our creative power nourished from the root up.
One reason that we might feel lack, scarcity, or a desire for more, is that we have not truly allowed ourselves to receive and integrate the abundance we are already experiencing. We stay externally focused, needing more and more approval, stimulation, or validation to feel good. This lunation is an opportunity to turn that on its head. If/when it feels right to you, get into a meditative space and allow the blessings in your life and anything that you appreciate about your life and about yourself to rise to your conscious mind. Luxuriate in it, like a wine tasting, or a slow meal. Allow it to become part of your embodied aura.
An image to think about as a reversal: a person standing around in a room full of gold coins, focusing on the lack of coins in their bag. All they have to do is acknowledge the coins around them, pick them up, and put them in the bag. Similarly, our lives may be full of reasons to celebrate/be joyful but we have to digest and interact with that at an emotional level. Otherwise, we just want that elusive “more”.
Once we have tasted and digested the abundance already available in this present moment, the inspiration that we feel to play, express, and create (a la Leo) will carry this inherent value. Similarly, any beautiful, fun experiences we have during this lunation can be integrated through appreciation.
While our personal call toward expression and creativity is just that – very personal – it’s also bigger than us. A fruit tree is a glory in of itself, but others enjoy the fruit. New worlds of connection and alignment open to us when we tap into the flow of nature and allow ourselves to truly be the creators that we are. While at once becoming full of our own essences, we enter into relationship with the ecosystem in a heightened way.
This lunar cycle can be a fun time for experimenting with taking our outward expression up a notch, such as dressing up more flashily/creatively, doing a photoshoot, or performing – and playing with the fire and energy that this draws into our lives.
Mercury stations direct in 23 Cancer: 8:57 PM PDT
We will feel the shift! Certain delays may click back into place, and organization where there was a little bit more chaos than usual can return. Mercury won’t leave shadow until August 14, however, at which point Mercurial affairs will be basically back to normal.
Mercury stations a few degrees shy of making another opposition to Pluto in Capricorn. This transit has been inviting us to slow down and consider our internal emotional cues *before* we bulldoze over them and just follow the agenda we already had in place. As we do this kind of thoughtful work, we may have recovered insight around why we’ve suppressed certain emotions and forms of expression in the first place.
We can experience transformation around our nervous system feeling safe. Maybe there have been situations in the past where we we weren’t actually safe or at least didn’t feel like we were. And then, things change – and our nervous system has to catch up. While certain communications we have at this time may trigger a threat-response, we can unravel some of that fear and interact in a new way with the situation.
Likewise, our capacity to detect that a situation is unsafe may be something we’ve gained more trust in. Rather than giving something the benefit of the doubt & wishing we’d listened to our intuition, we may feel as though we’ve leveled up our discernment.
Cleansing and clearing the nervous system and doing trauma work is part of how we gain more discernment in sensing when a situation is actually unsafe versus when we still have trauma we are projecting onto the situation. Be gentle with your process. Getting triggered and consciously noticing that and dialoguing with that is part of healing – the trigger is up for transformation. When it’s just in the background and we don’t even know we’re acting from a triggered space, that’s different. Our conscious awareness of the process is powerful & give yourself credit for coming that far.
The intensity of some of these above themes will begin to lessen as Mercury gets farther from Pluto and re-enters Leo. There’s a time for the underworld, and also a time to lighten up. 🙂 The work we do in the underworld, however, has a way of enhancing our capacity to be with life and to enjoy, to have rich and intimate experiences.
August 2, 2019
Venus in 6 Leo square Uranus in 6 Taurus: 3:00 AM PDT
This transit is an invitation to take actions that reflect our values, and likely in a new way than we’ve ever had the opportunity before. If we have a new value we’ve realized (for example, mine is more authentic expression in the moment, telling people what I’m really feeling or thinking), life may throw us little “tests” to make the choices that would reinforce our intentions. Consequently, as per my own example, I’m more hyper-aware of situations inviting me to be honest when I’m not exactly comfortable doing so – but I’m not going to watch myself back out on my newly defined value, either! Consider another example of being one who has been advising all your friends to act on the exciting, expansive career opportunities that present themselves. Then, such an opportunity comes your way and you think, “I’m not ready.” But that’s what all your friends were saying and you pushed them – now it’s your turn to take the leap, as life has been showing you that you value the courage it takes to expand and to rise to your potential.
Certain developments may be occurring where an aspect of ourselves that we are in strong internal relationship to is being called out more to the external, relationship realm.
Developments in closeness, affection, and romance can accelerate during this time. It could be something like life and Eros having a timeline of its own. We can experience heightened resonance in existing or new relationships that accelerates the process of getting to know one another.
Thank you for meditating on the planets with me this week! I really appreciate you being here with me as I know that if you connect to this writing we have likemindedness and that is so special. Please share this article with a friend who you think would resonate!
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Sabrina Monarch is a soul-centered Evolutionary Astrologer who publishes weekly astrological forecasts, works with clients and teaches. She has been collecting astrological experience for over a decade. She is a novelist and is currently pursuing her masters in Philosophy. She also enjoys kundalini yoga, meditation and ashtanga yoga.