“All gods are homemade, as it is we who pull their strings, and so, give them the power to pull ours” – Aldous Huxley
Whether one agrees with the above quote or not, it offers some interesting food for thought that is relevant to this month’s astrological mash-up. The sign of Leo in particular is concerned with a certain kind of power, and at times power for its own sake. To whom do we assign authority? Who assumes it without question or intervention? Who grants power and who takes it away? Who embodies it? Who crumbles beneath it?
The New Moon is 10 degrees of Leo, highlighting all passions and affairs of the heart, as well as personal power. This, along with the building energy of a lunar eclipse on the 18th is stirring up both mischief and creative inspiration, pushing buttons and briskly grabbing people’s attention – here, there, everywhere! It launches a fiery summer month that is bound to be anything but boring.
The onset of August and its lunar activity is associated with Lughnassadh, a pagan holiday honoring the Sun god Lugh, the waning of the solar god, and waxing of the moon goddess. This day also marks and celebrates the beginning of harvest season. At this juncture, energy begins to draw ever so slightly inward, in preparation for the dark half of the year. The actions that have been taken or not taken in previous months are reevaluated.
The Sun and Moon’s trine to Saturn and quincunx with Neptune indicates a possible strong theme of immoral manipulations and obfuscations, or conversely, the uncovering of deceit. As if most minds are not already filled to the brim with it, there will be more dirt on political candidates, more scandals, and more rage. Fortunately, the brief yet stabilizing influence of Saturn has actually been lending a sense of poise and objectivity to those in need during recent stressful jolts.
Mercury having entered one of its own signs, Virgo on July 30th moves out of a square with Mars which will have entered Sagittarius (sigh of relief!) just hours before the New Moon. The number of times (by date) the planet of communication has clashed/will clash with the planet of raw energy and action this year:
- January 5th
- March 5th
- July 29th
- September 12th
- October 13th
Here we have a bit of the good, the bad, the ugly…and lo and behold, the funny. If you’re not laughing yet at the absolute absurdity of things lately, God help you. While it’s true that our knowing hearts may effectively guide us through life’s challenges, the faculties of the intellect should not be neglected in the attempted solving of complex problems. Also, courage, guts, and Will itself will also get us farther along than mere faith in a projected outcome.
With the planets only occupying earth, water, and fire signs now and throughout the month most of us are strongly feeling and doing rather than a ton of thinking and planning. Instinct rules over reason, which could work for or against in any given situation. Big thanks to Mars in Sagittarius, many prior plans are finally being put into action. Stifled energy and things affected by Mars’s transit through Scorpio since the year began (extra long due to Mars’s Retrograde) are being set back into motion again. With Mercury slowing down during the fourth week of August to station Retrograde on the 30th until the Autumn Equinox in September, don’t expect everything to automatically just fall into place.
Venus, in late Leo begins edging into a square with Mars that will take place on the 6th. Whether an intensity of emotion plays out constructively or destructively, helpful or harmful, will depend upon where personal values have been placed during the past few months. The use of force to affect change, especially against the wishes of others can backfire. However, a position of passivity taken in the midst of outright attack may manifest in far worse ways.
One of the ways that frustrated aspects between Venus and Mars plays out is in sexual conduct. Abuse and misuse of sexual energy and assertion tends to ripple out and affect entire communities and civilizations. We may hear or read about the horrors of child molestation and sex trafficking in the news, but none of these types of things are new. Today, we are looking at the many outcomes that this kind of abuse has had on humanity throughout the ages. To say that sexual abuse is natural human behavior is a gross misstatement, but it has apparently become the “norm” in many cultures. Where, or more specifically how did it all begin? It almost always begins with tension.
All this heaviness aside, Leo is about the playful and colorful sides of life, love, and sexuality, as well as putting one’s unique stamp in the world through children or other expressions of creativity. There is much creative fire lighting up even the darkest corners and back alleys. Those who have been down on their luck with nothing left to give might find that suddenly they feel great, and even generous. During this New Moon’s influence, the objects or recipients of love and devotion are powerfully reflecting back what is being offered.
“And still, after all this time, the Sun has never said to the Earth, “You owe me”. Look what happens with love like that. It lights up the sky.” – Rumi