New Moon in Leo 2019

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Mercury direct on this Leo New Moon

 

New Moon in Leo   Thurs 1 Aug 2019, exact at 1.12pm Queensland time (AEST) at 8 degrees Leo

Full Moon in Aquarius   Thurs 15 Aug 2019, exact at 10.29pm Queensland time (AEST) at 22 degrees Aquarius

Skywatching   Jupiter can be seen overhead in the evening, followed a few hours later by Saturn. 

 

Most of us will feel a definite shift in the energy with this New Moon in Leo, finally moving out of the intensity of the eclipse season of the past six weeks.  Some people are still doing it tough though – if you have planets between 15-22 degrees of Capricorn, you’ll really be feeling the effects of transiting Pluto, South Node and Saturn …. (this also applies to these degrees of the other cardinal signs: Cancer, Libra and Aries). The Universe is really challenging you to clean up your act, transform certain aspects of your life, step into your power and accept full responsibility for your life – it’s an absolutely huge time for you!

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The New Moon in Leo brings a renewed sense of fun and enthusiasm for life. This is a perfect time to re-energize and revitalize.  Leo is ruled by the Sun and this sign has all the life-giving qualities of the Sun, inspiring others with its warmth, energy and passion.  Warm-hearted and generous, Leo is the royalty of the zodiac, confident and regal with a flair for the dramatic, so don’t be surprised to find a Leo centre-stage.  Fire signs need to have plenty of fun, and Leos love this to be in lavish grand style. This New Moon represents the opportunity to begin a new cycle in your enthusiasm for life and your creativity – whatever inspires you and ignites your passion.

Over the next 3 months we have three New Moon SuperMoons in a row.  A SuperMoon is when the Moon comes closer in her orbit round the Earth (which occurs every month) and this closeness coincides with either a New or Full Moon.  Because of the extra-closeness of the Moon at this time, her effects are felt much more strongly. Tides are likely to be much higher than usual at this time.

Because this New Moon in Leo is also a SuperMoon, the effects of this New Moon are enhanced and magnified.

If your birthday falls close to the date of this New Moon, this marks an important year of new beginnings in your life, particularly with regard to your identity, your sense of self and your purpose in life.

The New Moon falls at 8 degrees of Leo. If you have planets close to this point (within one degree) this marks the beginning of a new cycle in whatever that planet represents, for example relationships for Venus.

Remember to set your intentions for this lunar month within 24 hours of the New Moon.  The New Moon is exact at 1.12pm AEST.

After three weeks of its usual communication challenges, delays and frustrations, Mercury goes direct on the day of the New Moon after its recent retrograde period, stationing at 23 degrees Cancer.  We can all breathe a sigh of relief now as the frustrations of the last three weeks ease and communications become a lot smoother again. In the days leading up to Mercury going direct, continue to double-check appointments and flight times, that you have your keys with you, and that messages get through OK.  Remember that confusion and misunderstandings occur much more easily at this time. Try to delay any major purchases or contract-signing till at least a week after Mercury’s gone direct again.

 

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Lunar Phases – August 2019

phases of the moonLunar Phases – Aug 2019

Times are given in Queensland time (AEST). 

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New Moon: Thurs 1 Aug 2019 at 1.12pm at 8 degrees Leo

A time of renewed energy as a new cycle starts – intensified by the eclipse.

Moon planting: The week following the New Moon is the best time for planting leafy greens.

 

First Quarter: Thurs 8 Aug 2019 at 3.31am at 14 Scorpio

A time to take decisive action with unfolding events as the light of the Moon continues to grow.

Moon planting: The week following First Quarter Moon is ideal for planting fruiting vegetables.

 

Full Moon: Thurs 15 Aug 2019 at 10.29pm at 22 degrees Aquarius

A high energy time when things often come to fruition or events come to a head – intensified by the eclipse.

Moon planting: The week following Full Moon is the best time for planting root crops.

 

Last Quarter: Sat 24 Aug 2019 at 00.56am at zero degrees Gemini

A time of reorientation as the light of the Moon decreases, eventually going into the low-energy time of Old Moon just before the cycle begins again with the next New Moon.

Moon planting: The last week of the Moon cycle is the best time for weeding and composting.

 

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Lunar Eclipse Full Moon in Capricorn 2019

partial lunar eclipseThe Lunar Eclipse Full Moon in Capricorn on Wed 17 July is a partial lunar eclipse (16 July in Europe and the Americas).  It lasts almost 3 hours and you’ll be able to see it if it’s night-time for you at the time of the eclipse – here in Queensland it’s at 7.31am so we won’t catch it. 

The eclipsed Full Moon in Capricorn brings into sharp relief the difference between public and private life, and invites us to find a balance between these two opposing polarities of work and home. If there is something you have been working towards for a while, this Full Moon is likely to bring things to fruition with a strong sense of achievement.  

The eclipsed Full Moon is exact at 7.31am AEST at 24 degrees Capricorn – the best night for Full Moon ceremony will be the previous evening.

Remember my usual warning around eclipses and take extra care during this eclipse time!

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Solar Eclipse New Moon in Cancer 2019

eclipseTotal Solar Eclipse New Moon in Cancer  Wed 3 July 2019, exact at 5.22am Queensland time (AEST) at 10 degrees Cancer (2 July in Europe and the Americas)

Partial Lunar Eclipse Full Moon in Capricorn  Wed 17 July 2019, exact at 7.31am Queensland time (AEST) at 24 degrees Capricorn (16 July in Europe and the Americas)

Skywatching  Jupiter rises in the east just before sunset, followed a few hours later by Saturn.  Mercury and Mars are visible in the west in the very early evening, low in the sky – you’ll need an uninterrupted view of the western horizon to see them.

 

The energies are really intense right now with the lead-up to the eclipses.  I’ve had a lot of clients contacting me wondering what on earth is going on for them.  If these eclipses contact your chart, believe me, you’ll know all about it!  That plus the very heavy recent energy of Saturn-Pluto on the Capricorn South Node opposite Mars in Cancer, signifying the frustrations and power struggles that many of us have been picking up on recently – and in all honesty won’t really be over till after the lunar eclipse.

All this in the shadow of the upcoming Mercury retro – you may have noticed the usual glitches starting to creep in – I even thought my computer had died the other night!  Thankfully that turned out to be a false alarm, but you can imagine the major freak-out before I realized that all was in fact OK.  Adding to the horror of the computer (apparently) dying was the thought that I certainly didn’t want to replace it during Mercury retro – and that of course would mean I’d have to wait another 3 weeks till I could get a new one! 🙂 

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The eclipses are here again!  The Solar Eclipse New Moon in Cancer on Wed 3 July is a total solar eclipse, visible in the South Pacific, Chile and Argentina.  The totality of this solar eclipse will last for over 4 mins, really intensifying the sense of endings and new beginnings that always accompany a New Moon.  The new cycles starting now are likely to be especially significant because of the added intensity of this total solar eclipse.

Falling in Cancer, this eclipsed New Moon represents the opportunity for a significant new cycle in our relationship to the Feminine.  Cancer is ruled by the Moon, symbolising women, mothering and the Sacred Feminine. This is an opportunity to begin a new cycle in the way we care for others, the way we nurture ourselves and our relationship with women in general.

Cancer is a water sign, sensitive and emotional, with a strong need for emotional security. This is the sign associated with home and family, so this eclipsed New Moon can mark an important shift in our sense of belonging, maybe a new phase in our home and family life, or our sense of belonging to a ‘tribe’.

Cancer has a tenacious connection to the past – Cancerians have strong emotional attachments and don’t like to let go of anything!  The eclipsed New Moon in Cancer signifies it’s time for a significant break with the past, an opportunity to emotionally release whatever no longer serves us.  This is a great time for Forgiveness ceremonies, releasing you from the energetic attachments to your past.  Thyme essential oil and the Australian Bush Flower Essence Bottlebrush are particularly good remedies for supporting you to let go – contact me if you need to order.

If your birthday falls close to the date of this eclipsed New Moon, this marks a year of highly significant new beginnings in your life, particularly with regard to your identity, your sense of self and your purpose in life.

If you have planets close to 10 degrees Cancer (within a degree either side), this represents the beginning of significant new cycle in whatever that planet symbolizes (eg relationships for Venus).

Remember to set your intentions for this lunar month within 24 hours of the New Moon.  The New Moon is exact at 5.22am Queensland time (AEST) (so the previous day in Europe and the Americas).

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Full Moon in Sagittarius 2019

The Full Moon falls in Sagittarius on Mon 17 June. 
Sagittarius is eternally buoyant and optimistic, driven by the need to find meaning in life, if not THE meaning of life.

The Full Moon in Sagittarius invites us to find a balance between this enthusiastic search for truth and the need to approach an issue rationally, collecting information first rather than acting impulsively. Sagittarius is famous for leaping into situations, all fired up, ready to fight for a cause or go on a quest, without stopping to check the facts first – and then in its enthusiasm and thirst for adventure, it doesn’t know when (or sometimes even how) to stop and rein in the energy – it’s what gives Sagittarius its OTT reputation, ie being completely Over The Top! So use the energies of this Full Moon to find that balance in your life.

With Jupiter (the ruler of Sagittarius) in a challenging contact with Neptune, there’s potential for deception at this Full Moon (especially self-deception), although the helpful contact from Saturn may well keep a reality check in place.

The Full Moon in Sagittarius also brings issues of trust to the fore, so just be careful you’re not viewing the world through the rose-coloured glasses of Neptune!

The Full Moon is at 25 degrees Sagittarius and is exact at 6.31pm AEST (Queensland time).

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New Moon in Gemini 2019

3GeminiNew Moon in Gemini  Mon 3 June 2019, exact at 8.01pm Queensland time (AEST) at 12 degrees Gemini

Full Moon in Sagittarius  Mon 17 June 2019, exact at 6.31pm Queensland time (AEST) at 25 degrees Sagittarius 

Skywatching  Venus rises as a Morning Star in the east before sunrise at the beginning of this lunar month, but this will be the last month she’s visible as a Morning Star.  Jupiter rises in the east at sunset, followed a few hours later by Saturn.

 

The New Moon falls in Gemini on Mon 3 June, signalling the opportunity to begin a new cycle in the way we communicate, network and exchange ideas.  

As an Air sign, Gemini is naturally objective and rational, so has a real talent for dealing with information.  Gemini has a combination of sociability and extreme curiosity – the answer to one question creates more questions!  Through its association with the media, this can be an excellent sign for journalism. Gemini is also associated with education, and the natural curiosity of this sign often makes learning effortless.  A New Moon in the sign of Gemini can usher in a new cycle in any of these areas.

If your birthday falls close to this New Moon, within a day either side, this marks a year of significant new beginnings in your life, particularly with regard to your identity and your sense of purpose in life.

The New Moon falls at 12 degrees Gemini.  If you have points in your birth chart close to this degree (within one degree) you can expect to begin a new cycle in that part of your life (eg relationships for Venus). 

The New Moon is exact at 8.02pm AEST.  Remember to set your New Moon intentions in the following 24 hrs. 

The lovers Venus and Mars are quietly in harmony at the beginning of this lunar month with Venus in sensuous Taurus and Mars in emotional Cancer.  Things change quite dramatically on Sun 9 June when Venus moves into outgoing social-butterfly Gemini, needing to be out and socialising, while Mars prefers to stay home.  The lovers are likely to irritate each other now as they’re in signs that have nothing in common.

 

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New Moon in Taurus 2019

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New Moon in Taurus  Sun 5 May 2019, exact at 8.45am Queensland time (AEST) at 14 degrees Taurus (Sat 4 May in Europe and the Americas)

Full Moon in Scorpio  Sun 19 May 2019, exact at 7.11am Queensland time (AEST) at 27 degrees Scorpio (Sat 18 May in Europe and the Americas)

Skywatching  Venus and Mercury can still be seen as Morning Stars in the east before sunrise at the beginning of this lunar month, Mercury only for a few days more before it disappears from view. Saturn is overhead in the pre-dawn sky, with Jupiter visible in the west.  In the evening, after sunset, the red planet Mars can be seen low in the western sky for a few hours before it too sets.  Jupiter then rises in the east in the early evening.

 

Cosmic invitation for guardians of Mother Earth

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We’re certainly moving through some very heavy energies at the moment with Saturn and Pluto stationing so close to the South Node! (see last month’s newsletter for details.)  Anyone whose birthday’s around 11-14 Jan will be feeling these energies hugely! 

Astrologically we have a relatively quiet month coming up, thankfully.  Time for a breather …  before we move into the next eclipse season towards the end of June – the eclipses aren’t till July, but we’ll start to feel the effects a couple of weeks beforehand.  Enjoy the rest and use the opportunity to recharge your batteries – the New Moon in Taurus is an excellent time for some pampering!

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The New Moon in Taurus on Sun 5 May (4 May in Europe and the Americas) invites us to renew our relationship with Mother Earth and our physical world.  It invites us to begin a new cycle, to connect deeply with the land, to appreciate the abundance of Nature, to acknowledge the sacred beauty of the Earth and to embody this by stepping into our protective role as her guardians.

This protective role seems more urgent than ever with the environmental breakdown we’re experiencing, caused mainly by the climate crisis but also by our own lack of awareness over the years around pollution issues such as the use of plastics.  With Uranus now in Taurus, there’s a mass awakening happening about how we are destroying the Earth’s pristine environment on every front.  For more on what Uranus in Taurus is bringing, see my blog post below.

Uranus moves into Taurus – Shifts in mass consciousness

 

At a personal level, this New Moon (and this whole lunar month) is an excellent time for some pampering and indulgence!  As an Earth sign, Taurus is patient and grounded, with an appreciation of the finer things in life. Taurus is highly sensuous and has a love of luxury, so feel free to indulge your senses now!

Taurus is associated with security in its many forms – emotional, material and financial – and this need for security (or more accurately, the fear of lack of security) can give rise to the sign’s tendency towards possessiveness and material accumulation.  Use the energies of this lunar month to explore your own security needs and your own relationship with abundance.

If your birthday falls close to this New Moon, within a day either side, you are likely to be strongly affected as it marks a year of new beginnings in your life, particularly with regard to your sense of identity and your purpose in life.

The New Moon falls at 14 degrees Taurus.  If you have points in your birth chart close to this degree (within one degree), expect the part of your life associated with that energy (eg relationships for Venus) to begin a significant new cycle.

The New Moon is exact at 8.45am AEST.  Remember to set your New Moon intentions in the following 24 hrs.

The lovers are in harmony right now, starting the lunar month in outgoing style with Venus in action-oriented Aries and Mars in inquisitive Gemini, Fire and Air fuelling each other.  They keep pace for a few weeks then move into more receptive energy mid-month, when Venus moves into sensuous Taurus on 15 May, and Mars into emotional Cancer on 16 May.  Once more the lovers are in harmony, this time in Earth and Water, so in a quieter, more introspective way.

The Full Moon falls in Scorpio on Sun 19 May AEST (18 May in Europe and the Americas).  This is likely to be a very emotional time when deep and passionate feelings are revealed. This Scorpio Full Moon brings a strong possibility of secret or intensely private matters coming to light, possibly with a sexual content or maybe concerning financial matters (or even both!). There may also be some shocks or surprises on the relationship front with Venus making a tight contact to Uranus at this Full Moon.  The Full Moon is at 27 degrees Scorpio and is exact at 7.11am AEST, so the best time for Full Moon celebrations will be the previous evening Sat 18 May.

 

Looking ahead to next lunar month … 

The next New Moon falls on Mon 3 June 2019 at 8.01pm AEST at 12 degrees Gemini

  

Have a wonderful lunar month

 

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True Blue Moon on Good Friday

True Blue Moon on Good Friday

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We have a true Blue Moon this lunar month as the Full Moon on Fri 19 April is the second Full Moon in the sign of Libra, falling at 29 degrees.  You’ll see lots of erroneous media definitions of a Blue Moon, but astrologically, it’s when there’s a second Full Moon within the same sign, a fairly rare occurrence, and nothing to do with the actual colour of the Moon!   Last month’s Full Moon was at zero degrees Libra, and this month’s falls at 29 degrees Libra, making it a true genuine Blue Moon.

This second Full Moon in Libra gives us an additional opportunity to bring our lives into balance, the cosmic invitation extended by the Equinox and the Full Moon last month.  It highlights our need to relate to others, yet it also emphasizes the need to find a balance between the needs of the self and the needs of the other, between the need for independence and the need for compromise. This second Full Moon in Libra reinforces yet again the theme of the Equinox, the need to find balance in our lives.  This Full Moon falls at 29 degrees Libra, so check the houses of your chart to see which part of your life is under the spotlight. The Full Moon is exact at 9.12pm Queensland time (AEST) on Fri 19 April, Good Friday.

Easter Sunday this year falls on 21 April.  ‘What’s this got to do with Astrology?’  I hear you ask … Well, not many people realise but the date of Easter is determined by the Moon and the Equinox.  Easter Sunday is set as the first Sunday after the first Full Moon after the Equinox.  This is why the date of Easter changes each year, sometimes falling at the end of March and some years much later in April.  Astrology is present in our everyday lives much more than we realise!

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New Moon in Aries 2019

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New Moon in Aries: Fri 5 April 2019, exact at 6.50pm Queensland time (AEST) at 15 degrees Aries

 Second Full Moon in Libra (Blue Moon): Fri 19 April 2019, exact at 9.12pm Queensland time (AEST) at 29 degrees Libra 

Skywatching: Venus and Mercury can be seen as Morning Stars in the east before sunrise.  Saturn and Jupiter are almost overhead in the pre-dawn sky. In the evening, after sunset, the red planet Mars can be seen in the western sky.

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As we go into this New Moon, Pluto is exactly on the Moon’s South Node in Capricorn.  It’ll be interesting to see how this plays out, but it seems to me that an obvious reading would be the destruction (and ultimate transformation) of the profit-at-any-cost empire building that is so prevalent within multinational corporations. This Plutonian energy combined with the revolutionary energies of Uranus in Taurus, waking people up at a mass level to the impact we’re having on the environment, could be a key turning point in our approach to living sustainably on this beautiful planet of ours. 

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The New Moon in Aries on Fri 5 April brings the opportunity for a bold and exciting new start.  Aries’ natural approach to life is to take action, breaking new ground in a pioneering or even crusading venture, or taking up a cause that’s worth fighting for. 

 As a Fire sign, Aries is full of enthusiasm and focused on the future.  Aries tends to act first and think later, hence its reputation for being impulsive, so take a moment to weigh your options before jumping in feet first!

If your birthday falls close to this date (within a day either side), this is the beginning of a significant new cycle in your life, particularly with regard to your sense of identity and purpose in life.

Wherever you have 15 degrees Aries in your chart is the area of your life that will be affected by this New Moon – for example, if it falls in your 10th house, this signifies the beginning of a new cycle in your career or professional life. 

The New Moon is exact at 6.50pm AEST.  Remember to set your New Moon resolutions in the following 24 hrs. 

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The healing power of Chiron

I love the picture of Jacinda Ardern lighting up the world’s tallest building (see my post on FaceBook if you haven’t seen the photo), especially when you realise that the building is the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, UAE 

The Astrology of the last few days reflects the healing that has been happening after the horrific events of the Christchurch mosque massacre last Friday – with the Sun coming to join Chiron in Aries just as Jacinda Ardern announced the ban on semi-automatic weapons.

Chiron is the archetype of the wounded healer – often a wounding has to happen, or be re-opened, in order for the healing to take place – so it can be a very painful process, but one that ultimately results in healing. The weapons ban came right on the Equinox, just as the Sun went into Aries (the sign associated with warfare and violence, in its negative manifestations) and approached the healing energy of Chiron at 1 degree Aries.

Then the following day, Friday, the Moslem holy day and exactly a week after the massacre, the Sun joined with Chiron – and what an amazing display of compassion and solidarity was shown not just in NZ but all around the world 

So much healing has come from this nightmare 

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