– Venus in Cancer semi-sextile NN in Leo/quincunx SN in Aquarius
– Ceres in Cancer opposite Pluto Rx in Capricorn
– Pallas in Taurus semi-square Chiron Rx in Pisces
– Total Solar Eclipse/New Moon at 28:52 Leo at 11:30 am PDT
– Moon ingress to Virgo at 1:24 pm PDT
Today we’re experiencing another New Moon in the sign Leo that allows us to build on the intentions we set and worked on manifesting during the preceding lunation cycle, only from a reformed point of view that will assist us with instigating the necessary changes.
This 2nd Leo New Moon is a Total Solar Eclipse that has been called ‘the Great American Eclipse’, because it’s path of visible totality falls over the United States, which means our attention will be drawn to this part of the world, where we already witnessed how ‘the collective shadow’ has been played out in the full ‘light of the Sun’.
During eclipse season the pace of things accelerates, while we’re approaching a turning point that has the potential to either increase or diminish our light. In any case, it is a ‘reset’.
The New Moon transpires at 11:30 am PDT and because it is an eclipse it will set the ‘tone’ for the next half year and, in some cases, even years to come. A total eclipse of the Sun occurs when the Sun, Moon and Earth line up exactly as the Moon passes between the Earth and the Sun. However, the apparent size of the Moon is smaller than that of the Sun, as seen from our viewpoint here on Earth. Therefore, the Sun’s light is still visible in form of a very bright ring, or annulus, that is surrounding the outline of the Moon. Thus, we don’t see a total occultation, instead the sky turns dark and casts shadows over the landscape, the hues of which seem to be ‘otherworldly’, while our attention is captured by the ‘fiery’ circle of light that dominates the sky with its allure and can be taken as an ‘omen’, opening a ‘portal’ to another ‘dimension’ that is leading right into the ‘heart of darkness’.
Consequently, things that have been eclipsed in the area of our life, represented by the house in our natal chart, where the Eclipse has an impact, have now a chance to be brought into the light of day/conscious awareness, triggering individual and collective transitions, marked by endings and new beginnings. Eclipses belong to a larger pattern or series; each Eclipse is a member of a family and each family has specific characteristics. The current Solar Eclipse is a member of the Saros Series 1 North, which means the Leo New Moon/Solar Eclipse is conjunct the North Node of the Moon, a point of spiritual intake that encourages new beginnings and has connotations to the state of the ego.
This particular Saros Series was the last time around in August 1999 (look for the common theme) and it’s hallmark is a Jupiter-Pluto opposition, which is directly on the Uranus/Node midpoint. The Jupiter/Saturn midpoint is also on the Venus axis and Mars squares the New Moon/Neptune midpoint for which Bernadette Brady gives the following interpretation:
“Unexpected events involving friends or groups place a great deal of pressure on personal relationships. These relationship issues may loom large as the eclipse affects the chart. The individual would be wise not to make any hasty decisions since information is distorted and possibly false. The eclipse also has an essence of tiredness or health problems attached to it.”
(Bernadette Brady, “Predictive Astrology, The Eagle and The Lark, Appendices, Page 308)
2 weeks ago we had a Full Moon/Lunar Eclipse in Aquarius that was an ‘awakening’ and asked us to be true to ourselves, especially in the way we’re networking and subsequently identifying with certain groups. The realizations we experienced uncovered or unveiled things that needed to be brought out of the shadow. Moreover, people have been unmasked and we might now see how this resonates with the statement above and to a larger extent with the events that happened in August 1999 (or at the other times this eclipse series was around – 1978, 1963, 1945 etc.).
Because the Leo NM/SE activates the long-standing Chiron-Uranus semi-sextile with both of these planetary bodies in retrograde motion, we can no longer hide in our cave, but have to show our true colors as an unresolved wounding issue is demanding closure. Consequently, we realize where we’ve shot ourselves in the foot in the process and have to do things differently. Although our sense of Self has changed and so has our life, we haven’t been able to truly start over yet. However, we’re morphing into a new identity, while things are shifting and unraveling and once Mercury will come back to the degree of this eclipse we will know more.
The Sabian Symbol for the TSE/New Moon at 28:52 Leo states:
“A mermaid emerges from the ocean waves ready for rebirth in human form. Keynote: The stage at which an intense feeling-intuition rising from the unconscious is about to take form as a conscious thought – THE YEARNING FOR CONSCIOUS FORM AND SOLIDITY.”
(Dane Rudhyar, “An Astrological Mandala: The Cycle of Transformations and its 360 Symbolic Phases”, Page 149)
Mars, the dispositor of Uranus, is leaving a sextile to Jupiter and approaching a trine to Saturn, suggesting that we can take advantage of social opportunities to pursue our personal and creative intentions and make things happen. Now that we understand how we need to assert ourselves and what course of action we should take to reach our goals, we should be able to ‘wing’ it and successfully play the system’s game.
With Ceres opposite Pluto and Vesta trine Pluto we’re ready and keen to access our inner source of power and rely on our resourcefulness, which helps us to gather support and bond with our environment, whereby we need to face and resolve issues of co-dependency. Moreover, we’ve effectively committed ourselves to renewal and rekindled our inner fire. However, Pallas’s semi-square to Chiron serves as a reminder to be aware of the occasion when we repeat patterns that have proved to be futile and employed strategies that failed us or even made things worse. Same begets same. Therefore, we need to strive toward improvement and take the higher road, while nurturing and fostering our highest potential. Venus’s adjusting aspects to the nodal axis invite us to upgrade our value system for a more ‘glorious’ future by developing and integrating the yin traits (inclusiveness, love, peace etc.) associated with the feminine principle.
Tarot card of the day and for this important new cycle is “Death”, marking an ending and the completion of a chapter or the concluding of unfinished business. We have a chance to put the past behind us as we’re going through that which cannot be avoided, while accepting the inevitable and riding our fate. This card symbolises the death of a situation in our lives that can also refer to letting go off an attitude or belief. Death comes in many shapes and forms and throughout our life we go through many little deaths. These transitions clear the boards and sweep away all that is useless, outdated, destructive or unhealthy. A chapter in your life is ending and it is important how we react to this. Acceptance and release are key here. Trust that what is being taken from you is for the best and will be replaced by something infinitely better. It might even bring relief after the end of a difficult period.