– Moon ingress to Leo at 1:33 am PDT
– New Moon at 0:44 Leo at 2:45 am PDT
– Vesta in Virgo sesqui-quadrate Pluto Rx in Capricorn
– Pallas in Taurus sesqui-quadrate Saturn Rx in Sagittarius
– Venus in Gemini opposite Saturn Rx in Sagittarius and semi-square Pallas in Taurus
– Chiron Rx in Pisces semi-sextile Uranus in Aries
A New Moon in Leo is a time when we set intentions toward developing our individuality and self-confidence, shining in our creative self-expression and following our heart’s desires, looking at life like a game and taking risks, having an ‘it’s up to me’ attitude and strengthening our willpower, enjoying life, having fun and focusing on our inner child, affirming our sense of Self as well as our identity and taking center stage.
The Leo New Moon that transpired in the early morning hours today is the first of two in this fiery, ego- and heart-centered sign (there will be another one in August that is a Total Solar Eclipse) and it is activating the very first degree of Leo in close conjunction to Mars. Consequently, the new impulse that has been sounding forth at the birth of this lunation cycle is raw, unbridled and impulsive, bestowing the cycle with pure, red hot energy that spurs our drive, adds dramatic flare to our intentions and arouses our passions.
The Sabian Symbol for the New Moon at 0:44 Leo states:
“Blood rushes to a man’s head as his vital energies are mobilized under the spur of ambition. Keynote: An irruption of bio-psychic energies into the ego-controlled field of consciousness – CONFLAGRATION.”
(Dane Rudhyar, “An Astrological Mandala: The Cycle of Transformations and its 360 Symbolical Phases”, Pages 131-132)
Implied by this symbolical image is that we experience an intensification of our urge to act or react that serves us a strong motivator. A matter that is important to us is lighting our fire and gets us going after our desires. Feeling vitalized and energized, we’re ready and willing to conquer the world.
However, with Pallas in Taurus engaged in a tense sesqui-quadrate aspect to retrograde Saturn in Sagittarius and Venus in Gemini approaching a semi-square to the former and an opposition to the latter, while Vesta in Virgo is casting another sesqui-quadrate aspect to retrograde Pluto in Capricorn, this is a time of many crises in our life when we are undergoing lots of inner pressure due to increased responsibilities, duties or burdens and circumstances we need to manage better or more effectively and constructively.
Therefore, instead of feeling overly stressed or taxed, because we’re struggling to meet the demands of various social engagements, while also seeking to satisfy our own wants, we have to review these matters, which extends to looking at our priorities and values and re-order or re-rank them according to their importance in the larger scheme of things and thus, finding ways to make space for both of them by working out agreements, making compromises and generally being flexible.
Mercury in Leo, who is Venus’s dispositor, enters his shadow period tomorrow and will then make ingress to Virgo, which means that plans and arrangements made during this period will come up for review and rethinking.
Furthermore, we need to be more consistent and perseverant in our approach and dedicate us methodically and conscientiously to our causes to be able to get on top of our affairs. Proper time management, especially systematic preparing, planning and organizing, is essential to this purpose and helps us to be more productive. This though requires a lot of self-control and discipline on our part, but will ultimately lead to personal growth and empowerment. Yes, it will get busy during this cycle, however, it is up to us how we will experience and enjoy this as we’re ‘playing the game of life’.
Tarot card of the day is the “5 of Swords”, suggesting that we’re dealing with mixed feelings about life in general and experiencing conflict or discord – inner as well as outer. The more important is it to pick our battles wisely and think before we act. There are boundaries and limitations in life situations we must accept, even though they could make us feel powerless. In this regard, we must overcome ourselves and focus on our needs in order to regain our composure. On the other hand, this card can indicate victory or achievement, which has been well-deserved and long-awaited, but only if we don’t give in to defeat.