August has begun with a New Moon in Leo and Mercury’s stationing Direct in Cancer. The atmosphere has been tense with intrigues and unsettling moods.
Meanwhile, Jupiter, the planet of broad vision and exploration is slowing down for Direct motion on the 11th, at 15 degrees in its domicile Sagittarius, the sign of truth-seeking and higher learning. This planet has been Retrograde since April 10th causing us to slow down, analyze and strategize before taking further actions on major plans. The Jupiter Retrograde months have provided ample time for us to count our existing blessings, ponder our deepest longings, and to make adjustments in areas of excess that might be blocking a natural flow and ease. It has been necessary to gain more information, tools or allies before notable progress could be made where it has most been sought.
On the day Jupiter goes Direct, Uranus, planet of shock and reversals goes Retrograde in Taurus. It’s likely to be a lively week to say the least with these two big shots competing for attention.
Jupiter pushes for authenticity and does not back down in the face of obstacles. Jupiter is the one who reminds us to laugh, finding the humor in things even when they don’t seem at all funny. The idiom “when the going gets tough, the tough get going” is relevant here and now. This may seem like the ultimate testing of mettle, and of how much that can be endured before we finally win a battle or experience relief from our struggles.
This month Jupiter is making a second conjunction to the fixed star Sarin since the beginning of 2019. Sarin is said to give a strength and force reminiscent of that of Hercules. This star falls in the second decan of Sagittarius, which is connected with the planet Mars and the minor Tarot card the 9 of Wands. The 9 of Wands indicates that a completion of some sort is taking place that may be upsetting on the egoic level but liberating in a spiritual sense.
There is much symbolism surrounding Jupiter’s current placement and all of the various archetypes involved that points to letting go of attachments and of the necessity of being prepared for massive change. We are being reminded that in order to obtain something special to us we usually must relinquish something old that we have been holding onto. This something, whatever it is whether physical or conceptual, has been precious to us but now it clogs our system, no longer reflecting our evolved nature. Maybe it was useful to us way back in the day, but now it has become poisonous at worst, or a blockage at least.
A few interesting symbols for Jupiter’s current position are illustrated in “The Circular Temple” by John Sandbach:
TITLE: SURRENDER TO THE FORCE OF CHANGE or THE ABILITY TO SEE THE VALUE INHERENT IN ANYTHING BEING LOST
Omega Symbol: Prized possessions are disappearing, one by one.
Pleiadian Symbol: A bear emerges from hibernation.
Chandra Symbol: A tidal wave approaching.
Azoth Symbol: An eye hanging in darkness is seeing deeply into reality.
Each symbol is completely different but if pondered enough one may notice that each one highlights that great shifts of both perception and reality are taking place. They indicate the spiritual renewal that comes with material surrender and bringing what was dormant within us out into the world.
Jupiter will make it’s third square to foggy Neptune in Pisces this year on September 21, coinciding with the Autumn Equinox that occurs a couple of days later. After this aspect is over it may be easier to make sense of some issues that have been greatly obscured since the New Year. Neptune being Retrograde actually helps in that clarification. 2019 has so far been a humbling year for many people, especially those in positions of political power. Those on the “mundane” plane may have also experienced their high hopes being dashed by unforeseen circumstances. Not all is lost however, and what has ended or has been lost most likely needed to go anyway – for a long time. This is to make way for much more appropriate things, opportunities and relationships to enter our lives.
Jupiter is going to be part of Great Conjunction that will take place in the sign of Aquarius in December 21, 2020, which marks the onset of some very strange, Uranian times for humanity in the years ahead. The build-up to this however takes place in the sign of Capricorn, which is fitting since a Great Conjunction such as this tends to focus on the settlements or collapse of figureheads and politicians.
Jupiter’s going Direct this month heralds a gift that shall soon be presented to us. It may not be what we expected but it will certainly be of benefit. It could even be better than anything we imagined. Stay optimistic and be open to the possibilities.
Happy solar return to all you Leos out there! Now that the Sun now transiting your sign, there is a sudden impetus to act and to carry out the plans or ideas that have been incubating for the past few weeks. That goes for everyone in general but especially those with Leo featured prominently in theirs charts. For all this is a time to tap into heart-centered joy, to express creativity and love.
There is an upcoming New Moon in Leo on July 31/August 1, coinciding with the pagan cross-quarter day of harvest known as Lammas. This is a time to reap the results of what has been sown during the past few months, including the efforts that have long been put toward certain goals and achievements. The New Moon is 8 degrees Leo, in a conjunction with Venus, goddess of love and beauty. This connection highlights the affections and creations as well as financial flow. A helpful fire trine to Chiron the wounded healer in Aries indicates that it will soon become easier to work through difficulties and experience healing and heart-centered exchanges. A square to Uranus suggests that there is at least one major surprise popping up a couple of days prior this New Moon. Could be good, bad or in between so it’s best to be ready for anything! Mercury goes Direct on this day after being Retrograde all month, which further emphasizes the unpredictable elements at hand.
Leos and Leo Rising folks, there is a truly potent shift underway that could be memorable for years to come. For many it’s been a rocky ride for the past several days with lots of unexpected setbacks and glitches. A hint of the best of what’s going on and what’s to come will probably make itself known in mid to late August, as Mercury regains forward momentum in your sign and the Sun makes its final degrees through your sign. You also have Jupiter on your side, even more so when he goes direct in Sagittarius mid-August.
During the New Moon, Mars and Juno will be in a conjunction at 15 degrees Leo placing a lot of passionate emphasis on committed partnerships, the nature of which would vary from person to person. You can check your chart to see if any personal planets are being transited.
Above all this is a time to shine and to bring out the best of oneself as well as others. Don’t just stay inside or be a mugglewort or a workaholic. Find excuses to go out and have some fun for a change, whatever that means to you….dancing, performing, bird-watching, cooking, helping others…whatever, so many possibilities!
What makes you special, how you express affection, where you find joy, what you find sexy and your heart’s deepest longings can usually be seen symbolically in the fifth house of your natal chart. Are any planets transiting this area? What is the ruler of your fifth house doing now? It could also be cluing you in to where joy is currently to be found.
When it comes to seeking for joy in the natal chart, another method I have personally been observing for a few years are the Arabic Parts of Fortune and Spirit. The Part of Fortune is lunar based while the Part of Spirit is solar based. The Part of Fortune has frequently been attributed to joy, fortune and material benefit but I have found that this is not always applicable. It could point to what keeps one going in the midst of challenges. Sometimes the Part of Spirit, associated with spiritual assets and self-actualization more accurately depicts true joy, but unlike the joy and fortune associated with the PoF it is a joy and benefit that is attained later in life rather than obvious in early years. It would be worth checking to see if you have any planets transiting either of these areas, or if you would like help with interpretation you can email me to book a reading. firstname.lastname@example.org
The Moon and Saturn have both been astrological highlights this past year and the interplay between them will continue to be prominent influences into the new year of 2020. Regarding Saturn, I recently did a long presentation about the build-up of the Saturn-Pluto conjunction on YouTube.
The Moon is fast-moving so when it comes to transits it is less relevant in both personal and widespread social matters, except for New and Full Moons. The year began with a Solar Eclipse in Capricorn and will also come to an end with a Solar Eclipse in Capricorn…and eclipses are big deals with respect to the signs and decans involved. Another reason I emphasize the Moon’s influence now is due to the North Node’s passage through Cancer which is ruled by the Moon. The South Node in Capricorn is equally important and strong aspects have been made to it. In July there was a Solar Eclipse in Cancer and a Lunar Eclipse involving the Sun in Cancer and the Moon and Saturn in Saturn-ruled Capricorn. The effects of these eclipses are still rolling and Mercury Retrograde in Cancer is also heightening them all.
What the Moon and Saturn both relate to is the concept of time and cycles. The Moon has a 28 day cycle which gives us frequent glimpses into how we are progressing. Saturn takes 28 years to circle the Sun and specifically has a 7 year cycle, each of which carries the influence of a different planet and indicates a particular theme coming into focus. Both the Moon and Saturn point to ancestral weight and collective limitations. Both relate to traditions that bind and lock people into predictable patterns. The Moon is often known as a feminine archetype and Saturn as a cold dictator. The Moon influences petty bureaucracy and public outrage while Saturn oversees and upholds the massive undertakings of government. The Moon’s movements strongly influence people’s moods. The astrological influence of Saturn can also heavily affect moods and energy levels. The Moon represents family and home life. Saturn represents old traditions and the building of reliable structures, as well as inevitable endings.
Because the Moon and Saturn have both been featured so strongly in the past year many have experienced great challenges regarding the stability of their home lives, careers and foundations overall. The need for establishing security in finances, relationships, work, health and other areas have also been a widespread focus. In a broad sense this is a time for making home adjustments and improvements. The home includes not only the personal dwelling place but the family of origin, the country of birth and spiritually, it is the heart as the sanctuary of the soul.
Moon and Saturn Aspects
As an addendum to the ebook published earlier this month, Moon Signs and Family Dynamics – (you can purchase the book by clicking here), I wanted to place more focus specifically on the aspects between the Moon and Saturn. Here are some of the key features of these interactions.
Moon/Saturn Natal Aspects
Natal aspects between the Moon and Saturn, particularly the conjunction indicates a heavy emotional outlook and a rather serious orientation to work and relationships. There is often a huge emotional weight that combines the feelings of guilt, abandonment and isolation. In some cases there is also financial lack or strain. Issues of insecurity and responsibility are constant themes. One may have been born into a situation where they have taken on much of the emotional conflicts or patterns of their parents and other caretakers. Usually it would be the mother who has the most influence. As a result of internalizing her pain or aloofness, the person may develop a cold and distant method of relating to others over time.
In other situations it was the father who either left the mother or was cold toward them both. The native feels the absence of his warmth and presence very acutely in their younger years. They may not realize the impact that this has throughout their lives as it lingers within their subconscious mind and they continue to repel and attract similar relationships.
In harmonious aspects there is a pronounced ability to handle large tasks and focus on the matters at hand. A tendency to depression is common in those with hard aspects between the Moon and Saturn. Sometimes there is more of a struggle with fear than depression and many inhibitions and delays to personal enjoyment. There are often family obligations that take a large toll on the energy levels of the native. Children may be a source of difficulty, sadness or more than the usual amount of stress.
The most obvious trait of those with Moon/Saturn aspects is the mental cut-off that they tend to have with their own emotions and those of others. It can be awkward for them to express how they feel. Some are conscious of it and others really don’t have a clue until others point it out to them. Any of the major aspects may indicate strong business abilities. The mind is often disciplined and able to direct much energy toward the actualization of goals. It is also possible that as one grows and matures they discover how to lighten up and they find joy in doing things that others often take for granted.
When Saturn contacts the Moon by conjunction or any other major aspect in transit, there may seem to be burdens or blessings revolving around the home life, children, females and mother figures. The type of aspect would generally indicate the type of ease or difficulty with such issues. There is need for restructuring relative to the house or houses affected by this transit. For example Saturn transiting the Moon in the fourth house indicates that a lot of shifting would occur in one’s home life. Any major event such as a the loss of home or family members, the rebuilding of a home or a relocation is possible. In the seventh house either a marriage or divorce is possible, as would be a reorientation in one’s public relations.
The conjunction, square, inconjunct and opposition are especially difficult to work through. It can feel like a very lonely time in one’s life, and in some cases one may literally be alienated by their family or community. In other cases the separation is by choice, because one feels less and less connected to certain people for various reasons. The mother or some matriarchal figure may be the cause of upset but there would also be distancing from her. One may feel obligated to care for someone special in their life and the fear of abandoning them is equally dreadful for them.
(Those with the Moon in Cancer or Capricorn have been experiencing some of the most difficult challenges in their home lives since Saturn’s entry into Capricorn in December 19 of 2017. The same could be said for those with emphasis in any of the cardinal signs – Aries, Cancer, Libra, Capricorn. Saturn leaves Capricorn on December 17 of 2020.)
The Moon making an aspect to Saturn by progression, especially the conjunction may indicate a growing focus on building one’s career and public image. One may be drawn to certain teachers and people who are older than oneself who serve as role models of some kind or who represent the direction that one is taking in their life toward building greater structure and security. It is also possible that one becomes a teacher or their role as a teacher and leader becomes highlighted. The house and sign involved would indicate whether the focus of learning and teaching is material, emotional, spiritual or a combination thereof.
There may be a heavier work load than usual but it tends to be voluntary work rather than enforced by the outside. Projects or endeavors are taken on that require a lot of discipline to maintain. One may feel hemmed in and limited by certain conditions in the home life or relationships and be forced to reconcile with the choices they have made that contributed to their current situation. They may have to come to grips with what has caused their stifled emotions and they may choose to distance themselves with certain family members or other loved ones. The conjunction can be a very enlightening aspect by progression although it is usually not fun.
The Moon in aspect to Saturn by synastry indicates a very strong but challenging bond. Various factors would determine whether the challenges stem from personal clashes or forces outside of a couple’s control. In most cases there is a very strong sense of commitment that each person feels for the other. Much that has already been written about Moon/Saturn connections leans toward the negative, but from my observation there are also positive possibilities.
It is true that those with these interactions may have to face issues related to loneliness and separation but there could be various reasons for this. From the very beginning there was something that challenged this relationship, and it may have had nothing to do with how well the two get along. It could have been due to outside forces that separated them or perhaps a personal handicap that one was experiencing which made it difficult to get things off the ground. Also in many instances there was an immediate sense of familiarity, and if not actual family members these two have faced similar family dynamics in their upbringings. Because of their troubled backgrounds they face the danger of replaying certain family patterns or rehashing past issues with each other, that is unless they are both very conscious individuals who are seeking to break such patterns.
In particular there is a parental role play that tends to occur, usually from the Saturn to the Moon person but with some it goes both ways. The Moon person may either be younger in age or feel somehow subordinate to the Saturn person. They may look up to the Saturn person or feel either supported or overshadowed by them. In some cases the Moon person feels that the Saturn person is being condescending toward them and if this happens too often it will eventually cause them to leave. The Saturn person feels a great deal of responsibility for the Moon person but simultaneously their old wounds seem to be frequently triggered by them. Their frustration lies in their perception that they have no place to process this.
These two are very much suited for marriage because of the deep levels of loyalty and commitment that they have toward each other. However they would have to watch out for the tendency to become overly dependent upon each other and make sure that they have their own activities and social life outside of the marriage or relationship. It is too easy for them to shut out the rest of the world.
The best case scenario for this connection is that the two greatly assist each other in growing in emotional maturity, healing from psychological wounds, and becoming more focused and productive overall, both as a couple and as individuals. They may actually have a special mission to fulfill together.
The year began with a Solar Eclipse in Capricorn on January 5 and will come to a close with a second Solar Eclipse in Capricorn on December 25. Eclipses in general are known to rock the status quo and to reveal deeply hidden processes, and in some instances hidden resources. Capricorn is focused on the building blocks of major operations, corporations and productions. A Lunar Eclipse 24 degrees of Capricorn on the 16 is fast approaching and is bringing that Capricornian influence to the fore. All of these intensely dominant nuances could be helping us to prepare for the upcoming Saturn Pluto conjunction of 2020.
Negatively, this particular eclipse forms a conjunction to Pluto, the South Node and Saturn which is pulling up a lot of garbage from the past. On the personal levels people may be feeling very much reminded of their limitations or past failures. The dirt on several corrupt figureheads is being exposed, and it’s all according to the plans of higher ups. Positively, this is an invigorating time to be alive. We have tools and opportunities at our disposal that our ancestors never had access to and we can use them to heal ourselves and our world. Instead of reacting to old ghosts with fear we can help escort them onward in their journey and out of our way.
The last lunar eclipse at 24 degrees of Capricorn was on July 16 of 2000. There may be some recurring themes around what was happening in your life then popping up this month. A key occurrence in the summer of 2000, July 7 was the first draft of the Human Genome Project which caused a huge stir in the scientific community. DNA would also be linked with the axis of Cancer and Capricorn. Now things have advanced to the point where people are being digitally monitored from nearly every angle and “Smart” appliances threaten to dominate every aspect of their lives.
Recently, many of us have grown tired of tears and knee-jerking news but it’s important to stay awake and not look for emotionally numbing escapes from our current dimension of existence. We are definitely at a critical turning point when it comes to issues of control and hidden power structures. Those who have clutched the collective in their crooked claws for what seems like eons are struggling to maintain their grip. The hard facts about their unscrupulous behaviors will continue to surface even more in the months ahead.
At the beginning of the month when a pedophile from South Wales was arrested after at least 158 online offenses against children, I knew that there would be similar cases to follow that would probably be more intense. This was actually something I spoke about in a recent video upload (Astrology, Herbs and Essences for July) but then decided to delete at the last minute. It was a section about injuries to children being exposed again in a big way. I just didn’t know who and how.
Sure enough, Jeffrey Epstein was finally caught. Many have been aware of the Epstein and Clinton scandals for several years which received even more publicity around the time of the elections between Hillary and Trump. Pizzagate/pedogate was finally being exposed but also mocked and ridiculed as some kind of incredible conspiracy theory. It would seem that the crimes commit by Epstein should not even be up for debate in court. The evidence is abundant and clear! Also, who else took note of the strange gold-domed temple on his private island?
On a smaller scale but equally relevant, Pop singer R. Kelly (a Capricorn) has faced charges on child support issues in the past and was just recently arrested for child pornography and other sex charges.
The Lunar Eclipse, including Pluto, the South Node and Saturn form an opposition to Venus in Cancer which may have positive implications for those who are happily involved or seeking to establish stronger bonds but could cause a lot of disruption for those with relationships that have already been on the rocks for awhile. Either way people are challenged to face outer rules, regulations and traditions that have stood in the way of their relationship goals. The Eclipse is also opposite of Mercury Retrograde in Leo so beware of emotional dramas and miscommunications that could blow up.
One of the major highlights that could be easy to miss amid all the noise and chaos this month is that of coming into a greater sense of purpose. That applies to everyone on this planet who is paying attention. Each person has a unique purpose to fulfill and brings something special to the table. There are myriad distractions to doing so because we live in a world where the rules and regulations imposed upon us don’t allow much freedom of movement and expression. However, it is increasingly important to speak and live our Truth.
A helpful exercise in recalling, coming into awareness of or honoring a personal sense of purpose is that of creating a collage in the shape of a tall tree or mountain. It could be made from magazine scraps, or various fabrics and other materials. Perhaps it is simply jotting notes in a journal. While piecing together a compilation that represents your overall purpose or combined purposes you could meditate upon all of the steps that you have so far taken to arrive where you are, all of the people who have helped and have seemed to hinder you but actually made you stronger, and all of the goals still on your list to achieve. What are the next steps to be taken along the way?
Every now and then we need to be reminded of the amazing things we are capable of when we really focus.
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