July 2017 Leo New Moon

July 23, 2017
2:40 AM PDT / 5:40 AM EDT / 10:40 AM GMT
0 Leo 44

Turn the ignition. Tap the gas pedal. Oh, why not: mash it to the floor. You know you want to. Besides, these days the slightest touch is going to put the pedal to the metal, so why not do it with gusto.

July’s Leo New Moon has us slipping behind the metaphoric wheel and letting our engines roar. Hitting the road, too, if you want — and again, the slightest touch…. Just know the big leg of the journey is yet to come.

This New Moon is the first of two we have this year in Leo. It is at the very beginning, in the first degree, unleashing the rawest, purest, most childlike expression of the sign of the self. It’s sparking energies that will propel us dramatically forward at the second Leo New Moon, which is the total solar eclipse, at the very end of the sign, on August 21.

Think of this month’s as priming a pump, or striking flint, or lighting kindling in a bonfire. Yes, those metaphors will play out in situations and events, but the more important location of their influence is inside you. This New Moon is stoking your inner light, and good luck holding back. Why would you want to, anyway?

The North Node in Leo has been inviting, encouraging, yea verily exhorting you to take the spotlight and express the urgings of your soul, boldly, fearlessly, exuberantly to all who can appreciate it. This Leo New Moon says come out and play already!

It’s not taking no for an answer, either. Mars, planet of push, is fused with the Sun and the Moon and kicking you (and everyone in creation) into action. Whether that’s a playful nudge or a boot in the backside remains to be seen. And could be both.

The effect could be as basic as rekindling the joy of being alive. This New Moon is an opening to fall back in love with life, and with yourself. (Guiding image: the child in the Sun card of the Tarot, naked, happy, guileless, basking in the warmth of the rays.)

Delight in being you. It’s fun, and after this year, who couldn’t use that? Plus it’ll lure curiosity seekers, who’ll check out the action — and playmates who share your delight. And probably add to it. (Cue the Sesame Street theme, “Somebody Come and Play.”)

This isn’t a formula for lazing about in the sun, though. The Mars-powered New Moon delivers the juices to push yourself forward, and how. Watch for power surges that arise organically, naturally and instinctively — you set out in a direction and whoooosh! Passions overtake and consume and set you on fire.

Excitement, playfulness, grand gestures and dramatics will abound. Leo is the sign of the showman, after all, as well as all forms of royalty — beneficent ruler, drama queen, queen bee, energetic imprint of past lives.

There are other potentials, of course. Less evolved Leo energy can present as the ambulatory center of the universe, with a self-regard or absorption that blinds a person to the existence of others (except as subjects or courtiers). If one enters your ambit, you don’t have to buy into the definition. Be amused. Laugh at it. Take advantage of the opening to be as outrageous as you please. This audience won’t notice.

And if it outrages or angers you, you won’t be the only person channeling those emotions. With Mars on the trigger, anger and aggression are givens. (Human steamrollers and bulldozers on the rise!)

Don’t fight; redirect. The power surges, the good ones, too, are rolling out motivation that’s impossible to ignore. If you’ve been looking for the rocket fuel to get something (perhaps your body?) off the ground, ready or not, here it comes.

So welcome the surges, the emotions, the impulses, the instincts. Have fun. Play with them. Let them flare. Ride them.

Don’t worry about the destination just yet. (If ever.) We’re all powering up for next month’s milestone solar eclipse. For now, surge and soar and roar.

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2017 Scorpio Full Moon

May 10, 2017
2:24 PM PDT / 5:24 PM EDT / 10:24 PM GMT
20 Taurus 24 / 20 Scorpio 24

The spring’s plot twists and epiphanies are delivering us to the emotional culmination and release valve of the Scorpio Full Moon. This one has the power to send us deeper than deep into some matters — and dispatch others with the clean swiftness of a scalpel.

You have been spending more mindful time in your garden lately, since last month’s Taurus New Moon drove attention to the physicality of existence. It’s been quite the lightning field, with some strikes throwing a stark and sudden light on one sector or another, and others hitting you smack in the head.

The excitement’s come from Mercury and Uranus, the cosmic messenger and the cosmic iconoclast, playing Humpty Dumpty with practicalities, resources and supply lines, and our very concepts of our own worth. The Scorpio Full Moon marks the beginning of the end of their trickster teamwork. They’ve been tight since the end of April, and make the second of two conjunctions on the morning of the Full Moon.

As a result, this year’s review of what we’ve been tending is not exercise is not the usual immersion in intensity and the primordial. We’re going in with massively altered perspectives, which affect the emotional score cards we’re ticking off now.

Watch for some combination of the following questions to surface. Responses will be radically different from what they would have been even two weeks ago.

What’s the condition of your resources? (A shortlist for starters:  cash, technology, marketable skills.) Are they supporting and nurturing you? Are you enjoying them, or the effort you put into them? Is the return worth the effort?  Do you possess them, or do they possess you?

What’s the role of other people? Who’s on your share list? Who’s returning the favor?  Contributing to your garden? Valuing it? And maybe: do you possess them? Do they possess you?

Questions like these color the emotions coming to a head now. They may not all be pretty — some nasty, scary beasts lurk in the waters of Scorpio — but they don’t have to stick around long, at least not in the form of their surfacing.

The potential for release comes from a supportive link from this Full Moon to its ruler, Pluto, ruler of the beasts and treasures alike that lurk within the deep. He’s also the lord of death and  rebirth, and his participation enables swift and clean response:  clarifying, simplifying, prioritizing and, where necessary, cutting away.

He’s escalating the sense of quickening, adding an air of facing the unavoidable and inevitable, and arming us with fearlessness and ruthlessness (which does not have to be cruel).  The tools will come in handy no matter what is coming up. When Scorpio is involved, even developments you rationally see as positive have a way of inspiring you to take a deep breath before tackling them.

Much of what transpires now will be natural, organic or unforced, like the cycles of nature that Pluto rules. You know on some level — cellular or subconscious, if not rational — what is ready to die, to leave, to be transformed, to be embraced and allowed to grow deeper and more intense.

Thanks to Mercury and Uranus, you’re more ready for any of these eventualities. The lightning strikes have already shattered your attachment to certain values, points of view and mundane situations. So you may find yourself approaching the Scorpio cauldron with more relief and anticipation than dread, and excitedly tossing in this and that as it churns and bubbles and transmutes.

You can spot decay with an objective eye and address, attack and clear it, so work that ability. Look around to see what isn’t thriving, then deal with it. Prune the dead and dying. Unplug unsalvageable situations from life support. Clean out debris and clutter.

Get rid of anything that doesn’t suit, support or nourish you anymore, or that no longer interests you. You’re freeing  space and resources (time, money, emotion, energy) that could go to what you do want to flourish.

And as you pare down your shortlist, one or two items may make the cut that gives you pause and stir a mix of excitement, anticipation and terror.  That’s your signal:  Trust. Dive in. Merge.

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