Saturday, 30 July 2016

LEO NEW MOON - 2 August 2016

Exact at 9.44pm BST, 4.44pm EDT.

Well, if we have been searching for the light at the end of the tunnel then this Moon has the potential to provide it! The last month or so has been intense, to say the least, as the New Moon in Cancer and Full Moon in Capricorn involved some serious catharsis and clearing out, including  a massive shake up of our emotional security and foundation, both personally and collectively. Indeed, a healer friend of mine said that we should rename the Capricorn Full Moon “Heartbreak Moon”! However, when hearts break they break open, allowing amazing shifts to occur and this is a beautiful thing. The last month or so has definitely challenged our emotional foundation and forced us to take responsibility for our own emotional security. It has also allowed us to become painfully aware of our old emotional patterns formed in childhood, so much so that we have had the opportunity to greatly diminish their power and control over us and our relationships. It’s been emotional and extremely cleansing, but now we are in Leo season and it is time to reclaim ourselves and allow the inner child out to play! There is a definite sense of coming back to Self and as this is a New Moon we are invited to consciously reconnect with our inner divinity and higher self and set some positive intentions. It is time to let our light shine again.

Leo rules the heart and so this Moon will provide us with an opportunity to recharge the heart batteries, so to speak, allowing us to release anything that may be blocking our heart area and helping us to heal any heart pain we may have been experiencing.  Leo encourages us to listen to our heart’s wisdom and have the courage to follow wherever it leads us. This is a very playful, self-expressive and creative sign so this really is a perfect time to allow the inner child free reign to have fun! It is time to follow our bliss and joy, much as children do. Most importantly, this is a time to reconnect with Self and allow it to express itself in whatever way it wants to. It is time to remember who we are, at our core. Who were we before our life happened to us, with all of the many layers of patterns, beliefs and conditioning that have been heaped upon us along the way? This Moon invites us to connect to that spark again; that innocent child who had no fear or inhibition and didn’t hold back from expressing whatever was in his or her heart! It is time to open our hearts fully and not be afraid to express what is within them. The ruler of Leo is the Sun and so we are invited to bask in its warmth and allow our own light to radiate outwards.

The Saturn Neptune square is building again and will be exact on September 10. It is being activated by this Moon, with Saturn forming a supportive aspect to the Sun and Moon and Neptune forming a nagging aspect. Saturn urges us to look at the reality of whatever we are facing, while Neptune encourages us to put the rose tinted spectacles on and just see what we want to see. It’s ok to have hopes and dreams, but it is also a good idea to make sure that they have some basis in reality, otherwise we are simply setting ourselves up for disappointment and disillusionment. During this Moon it might be advisable to keep an eye on what is rather than the way we wish it was. Saturn is Father Time and he reminds us to be patient, as all will be revealed in the fullness of time. He also has a tendency to want to control the outcome of any given situation, seeking some kind of finite certainty, while Neptune reminds us that ultimately we are being guided by higher forces with a divine plan of which we are largely unaware. As such, it is better to just let go of control, surrender and trust that all is unfolding exactly as it is supposed to. If any fear or anxiety comes up, be mindful of it and focus on having faith, trust and unconditional love towards self and others.

In the meantime, two hours before the New Moon is exact, Mars will finally leave Scorpio and move into optimistic, confident and adventurous Sagittarius! This will surely signify a big shift for us all! In Scorpio he has been bringing up so much anger and rage, as it seems as if almost every day another horror has come to light in the world recently. I sincerely hope that this all starts to ease off now. There were some very positive aspects to having Mars in Scorpio, for it gave us the will and courage to face our shadows and to transform and grow beyond our limitations, destroying old patterns and beliefs. There has been much purging and clearing out, as we have had to face some rather uncomfortable emotional truths. However, I for one am very happy that he is moving into Sagittarius, as he is quite at home there and should give us a boost of confidence and forward moving energy. It’s time to lighten up a bit! Mars in Sagittarius likes to have fun and looks on the brighter side of life, so this is a great complement to the energy of this Leo Moon.

Something to be aware of during this Moon is that Black Moon Lilith is forming a square to the Sun and Moon, which could mean that we have to deal with some turbulent feelings, such as jealousy, passion and rage, which we may find it hard not to act on. Black Moon Lilith is the rejected, cast out, wild feminine and she is in Scorpio at the moment so there is the potential for some rather destructive, intense, raw emotions to surface as we approach this New Moon. Ultimately, however, this will be very empowering and help us to really let go and move forward. Better out than in! Black Moon Lilith in Scorpio is a powerful, very visceral, primal feminine energy that has the capacity to cut through to the core of any situation and reveal it for what it is. We shouldn’t be surprised if things come up from the shadows that we would usually prefer to avoid or not face, either in ourselves or others. This aspect brings the potential for brutal honesty and more catharsis and letting go.  

It seems that this Moon could be quite empowering, as we are given the opportunity to reclaim any parts of ourselves that we have lost along the way. We are invited to find some way of expressing all that we have been through in the past couple of months. Leo encourages to sing, dance, play, stomp and create, giving us an avenue to release any feelings or emotions we may be experiencing so that they don’t get stuck in our heart centre. The Sabian symbol for the New Moon is 11° “Children play on a swing hanging from the branches of a huge oak tree.” There is a feeling of playful spontaneity to this picture, as well as a sense of being somehow protected and guided by the ancient wisdom and strength of the old oak tree. We may be freeing our inner child, but we also have the benefit of all that we have learned about ourselves in recent times. This Moon offers us a glimmer of hope and an opportunity to really connect to our hearts and follow the path of joy. There is something very empowering about the particular combination of planetary energy, as we are invited to reclaim our true, core self. Leo invites us to allow our light to truly shine, brighter than it ever has before!

Much love


Picture: Unknown

Monday, 18 July 2016


Exact 11.56pm BST, 6.56pm EDT!

The Cancer New Moon two weeks ago involved many of us experiencing a considerable wobble in terms of our emotional foundation, while  this Full Moon seems to be asking us to take a step back and look at whatever is going on from a different angle or perspective. It holds the promise of shaking up the status quo and helping us undo old programming, releasing us from the shackles of the past and from the residue of any unhealthy parental and societal conditioning. Uranus, the Great Awakener, who is well known for challenging the rules and rattling the cage, is a big player in this Moon as he is challenging both the Sun and Moon. The Sun is in Cancer, the sign of the home, family, our roots and our emotional security. Cancer represents our emotional patterns and tendencies that we have picked up in childhood, so any challenge to this area of our lives could be very unsettling. However, while our sense of emotional security could be shaken somewhat, we also have a chance to step outside of ourselves and recognise any sabotaging behaviour so that we can break free of it once and for all. It’s hard to release these entrenched emotional patterns while they remain unconscious, but this Moon has the potential to bring them out into the light of our awareness. They might explode out, as this is Uranus and a Full Moon we are talking about here, but it is so much better for them to be made conscious!

The Moon is in Capricorn, the sign directly opposite Cancer. While Cancer rules the home and family, Capricorn represents outer authority and the conditioning we received from authority figures such as our parents, school teachers and society in general. There are certain rules and regulations that we would have had to abide to in order to survive in this world and “fit in” to the mould. This is where Uranus comes in. He encourages us to break all of the rules and start a revolution! Try something else on for size! On a personal level this could mean that we have a chance to step outside of our comfort zones and undo some old, outworn programming, challenging the structure of our lives and family in order to be more true to ourselves. On a collective level is means that we challenge the powers that be and question their authority over us. Capricorn rules the governmental structures and external authority, while Cancer rules our homeland and sense of security, and Uranus in Aries is not afraid to rattle the cage to create much needed change. He is not called the Great Awakener for nothing, as he has the power to open our eyes to a new way of seeing things, which of course could make us feel a bit unsteady initially, until we find our feet.

As such, we shouldn’t be surprised if we received the odd shock or two, as old beliefs and patterns are made more conscious. The Sabian symbol for the midpoint between the Sun and Moon is Libra 27° “An airplane sails, high in the clear sky.” This brings the possibility of being able to see things more clearly, from a higher perspective. Dane Rudyar says of this symbol that it gives us the chance to “gain a new perspective on human problems and reach freedom and peace in a supernal realm of being.” He speaks of “Transcendent Realisation.” As such, it is quite possible that we will have some epiphanies in the coming week, as our perception of reality is challenged somewhat! It’s always good to get a bird eye perspective and to look at things in a more objective light.

Pluto, the planet of the soul and transformation, is also in Capricorn, where he has been since 2008 and will remain until 2023. Pluto has a detoxing effect on whatever sign he is in, and in Capricorn he has been exposing the rot within the power structures of this world we live in. It has become glaringly obvious that the old way of governing simply doesn’t work anymore. He then destroys whatever isn’t working so that eventually something more appropriate can take its place. We are half way through the transit of Pluto through Capricorn. It definitely feels like we are in the midst of the darkest hour, when so much is being destroyed and the fire rages all around us! Hopefully soon the Pheonix will start rising from the ashes. I can only assume that slowly but surely, over the next few years, solutions will start to reveal themselves and a new world will come into being. We will then have Pluto in Aquarius, which brings new vision for a world based on liberty, equality and brotherhood/sisterhood. That’s something to look forward to!

Mars is still in Scorpio, where he will be until the 2nd of August, when he will leave this intensely emotional sign for good and move forward into Sagittarius, where he is quite happy and confident! This last couple of weeks has shown what Mars in Scorpio is capable of, as we have been witness to back-stabbing, violent and vengeful acts, people’s version of the truth spurting out in all kinds of ways and unholy rage! It has not been pretty and I am actually quite looking forward to him leaving Scorpio! On the other hand, he has also given us the courage, desire and bravery to face the parts of ourselves that we might usually prefer to avoid or deny. The good news is that he is forming a harmonious aspect to both the Sun and the Moon, helping us to do some  more deep sea diving and confront our shadows. It’s not pretty work, but it is oh so rewarding, as we have a chance to eliminate anything that might be preventing us from experiencing true honesty, openness and intimacy with our loved ones. It’s hard to own the dark parts, as it makes us feel quite vulnerable, but if we don’t then we are denying others the gift of really knowing us, warts and all.

Full Moons always have a tendency to bring things to a head and this one is no exception! Whatever may have been simmering below the surface could come exploding out, making the unconscious conscious. It may not exactly be rational, but once it’s out then maybe we have a chance to understand or make sense of it. We have an ideal opportunity to recognise our sabotaging patterns, and what better way than when they are hanging out for all to see?! Tee hee!  Capricorn asks that we grow up and take responsibility for our part in the story and reminds us to act from a place of emotional maturity. It is always important to remember that people and situations come into our lives in order to help us grow, and while we may not be conscious of it, our souls have set these situations and relationships up for our greatest good and growth. This includes the families we have been born into and the relationships we form along the way. On an unconscious level we have chosen them all because they have something important to teach us. In this sense we are responsible for everything that has and will happen to us. This Moon could force us to own some parts of ourselves that we are not particularly comfortable with, but once the conscious is made conscious it loses its power. We are not children anymore, we are adults. It’s time for the old stories to fall away.

Much love


Artwork: The Awakening by Autumn Sky Morrison