– Vesta in Cancer sextile Ceres in Taurus and trine Juno in Scorpio
– Mars ingress to Sagittarius at 1:49 pm EDT (until September 27)
– New Moon at 10:57 Leo at 4:44 pm EDT
– Chiron Rx in Pisces semi-sextile Uranus Rx in Aries
This year’s Leo New Moon happens right after a cross-quarter day in the wheel of the year that marks the middle of summer and the beginning of the harvest season. The Celtic festival of Lammas or Lughnasadh commemorates the funeral games of the Celtic Sun god Lugh, who according to mythology transfers his power into the grain. Thus, it is considered a time of Thanksgiving and is the first of the three Pagan Harvest Festivals. We reached a point in the year here in the Northern Hemisphere, where the Sun’s strength begins to wane and the plants of spring start to wither and drop their fruits or seeds for our use and also to ensure future crops. At this time, we become conscious of the sacrifice the Sun god is preparing to make. We experience a sense of abundance.
Simultaneously, we begin to feel an urgency to prepare for the death of winter. First grains and fruits of the Earth are cut and stored for the cold and barren winter months. Canning of fruits and vegetables goes into full swing, jams and jellies are getting made and cabinets are stocked with herbs before the onset of autumn. Lammas also represents the culmination of the marriage between the Goddess and the God that took place on Beltane. The God now becomes the product of that blessed union – the bountiful fruits and grains – and must be sacrificed. He is the personification of the crops that must be harvested for the survival of the people. Underneath the symbolism is the theme of rebirth. The corn God must die and he has to do so in order to return. Without the sacrifice the cycle stops. Although His strength is waning, His essence is still palpable as His energies begin to merge with the harvested crops. It is at this time that the Sun King has reached the autumn of his years and His rival (or dark self) has just reached puberty. The Sun God has reigned supreme over the ripening grain during the hot summer months. His dedication, perseverance and action in tending the seeds sown in spring bring a ripe and fruitful bounty, a return for our labours. Lammas was the medieval Christian name for the holiday that means ‘loaf-mass’. Tradition in these days was to bake loaves of bread from the first grain harvest and to lay them on the church altars as offerings.
Here in Canada, August 1 is a civic holiday and various events are being held to celebrate local culture, history and achievement. Thus, it’s been another long weekend here and an eventful day yesterday from which this new cycle is coming forth that will carry the themes of ‘celebration’, ‘harvest’, ‘sacrifice’ and ‘rebirth’. Moreover, Mars returns to Sagittarius prior to the New Moon, where he will be traversing until September 27. He had first entered the sign of the archer on March 6 and had covered territory there until May 27 in forward and backward motion. Therefore, actions and initiatives taken and revisited during this period will get solidified and be brought to an ending as he marches on through Sagittarius and this will be happening in an enterprising and expansive fashion. Consequently, any intentions we are setting will have far-reaching and long-term implications and this affects the seeds of self-actualization and purposefulness we are planting at this time, because the Leo New Moon is ruled over by the Sun, a symbol of becoming.
With the Leo New Moon in trine aspect to retrograde Saturn in Sagittarius and also approaching a quincunx to retrograde Neptune in Pisces, we can look forward to getting recognized for our performance and loyalty we have shown over a longer period of time. This is a big achievement that requires an adjustment on our part as it demands from us to let go off certain expectations or imaginings we might have. Furthermore, we might have to get ready for a personal sacrifice. However, this is our time to make our move and we can count on trusted relationships and the bonds we have established and fostered in this regard.
The Sabian Symbol for the New Moon at 10:57 Leo states:
“Children play on a swing, hanging from the branches of a huge oak tree. Keynote: The power of tradition as it shelters the beginnings of individual self-expression – SPONTANEOUS ACTIVITY OF THE INNOCENT MIND.”
(Dane Rudhyar, “An Astrological Mandala: The Cycle of Transformations and its 360 Symbolical Phases”, Page 138)
This symbolical picture suggests that we can rely on our background and personal history as we are spreading our wings and reach for the sky. We are protected and supported and thus can concentrate on our creative self-realization.
Tarot card of the day is the “King of Swords”, symbolizing a decision-maker, who lives by clear logic and fact and by justice and fairness, has a sharp mind and a high intellect and expands on inner wisdom. He is impartial, puts emotions aside, makes informed decisions and applies mind over matter. Thus, it is a day when we filter our thoughts and imagination and put them into cohesive ideas and projects.