The New Moon appears on Tuesday, August 18 at 10:41 pm ET. The New Moon typically brings less energy than a full moon. For those who are sensitive, they may experience a feeling of “flatness” while moving into the void of New Moon. (The lovely part comes with our ability to focus and project wishes/dreams while watching their fruition between now and the Full Moon.)
Earth and Fire dominate the chart. Put them together, and we have new earth—the force of heat, passion, and stability. (Volcanoes come from this combination of elements.) Perhaps, we’re creating our “new” self along with a new world. (The energies definitely lend themselves to this.) It’s a wonderfully fiery and passionate forecast with Sun (life), Moon (emotions), and Mercury (thought) conjunct in Leo, the sign that rules the heart, passion, and warmth. Conjunctions (close) between Sun, Moon, and Mercury amplify solar energy and light. Mars (energy, assertion) in Aries, a fire sign, adds to the heat.
Venus (love, beauty) in Cancer expands emotional awareness, need for security, and vulnerability. While it increases our need for emotional security, it also brings vulnerability—and hypersensitivity. (If we think someone is hurting our feelings, it’s good to remember that it may come from Venus in Cancer—not a factual event.) Venus opposes Jupiter (expansion). Think of two opposite forces and receiving a ray of energy from each simultaneously or at different times. Jupiter in Capricorn is about seeking status through loving relationships, and Venus in Cancer seeks security. The opposition can dim our desire to work, increasing the urge to spend or seek pleasure.
Mars rules passion, sex, assertion, and overall energy. Its nature is masculine, particularly when placed in Aries. Mars is quite powerful in this forecast; however, it’s important to focus only on development of current projects as it will move into retrograde September-November. Think of retrograde Mars as receding physical energy. Every day, we will have a little less energy for over 2 months. (Use this time to build vitality.)
There are beautiful trines and frustrating/energizing squares with Mars, planet of action and assertion. The trines heighten creativity and passion, but the squares indicate blocks and pressure. Sun (life), Moon (emotions), and Mercury (thought) trine Mars, which provides an abundance of creativity, heightened emotion, and assertion. Mars squares Jupiter (expansion), Saturn (limitation), and Pluto (subconscious, transformation). The squares are quite useful as they exert pressure and urge action. However, it’s necessary to separate the ego’s desires from the inner self—if we want true progress. Quiet moments in meditation and time for self-reflection will keep our energy moving correctly through the tension of the squares.
Other Planets (and Retrogrades)
If it feels difficult to complete tasks or takes more energy than usual, it’s likely due to multiple retrogrades. Jupiter (good fortune), Saturn (limitation), Uranus (sudden change), Neptune (mysticism), and Pluto (underworld) are all retrograde. It takes more energy than usual to create change in the material world.
Jupiter, Saturn, and Pluto remain in conjunction, accounting for the flow of current energies on a global level. With three influential planets in Capricorn, we experience many of the qualities of Saturn such as limitation, loneliness, and isolation. Jupiter (expansion, good luck) expands the limiting sensations, associated with aspects of the Saturn/Pluto conjunction. Pluto (subconscious, transformation) brings the problems and underlying darkness of social structures and rules/regulations to the surface.
Into the Mystical
Jupiter sextile Neptune brings harmony, flow, and a sense of peacefulness. It increases optimism and good luck. Jupiter trine (harmonious) Uranus helps with adjusting to change, applying creativity in new ways, and allowing positive opportunities to flow into our lives.
Neptune sextile Pluto encourages examination of existent structures in society. It boosts our ability to tap into inspiration and faith about the future. The aspect amplifies the ability to feel the trends of the future—and the ability to merge into the higher collective consciousness.
Sun (life), Moon (emotions), Mercury (communications), and Mars (energy) sextile North Node in Gemini. The North Node represents the direction of growth attained by moving through the unknown; it also represents inner gain for humanity at large. (North Node in Gemini is about examining concrete thought forms and intellectual processes.)
Sun (life) sextile North Node heightens vitality and enthusiasm for life. Moon (emotions) sextile North Node heightens imagination and accuracy with intuition and psychic abilities. Mercury (communication) sextile North Node expands mental ability and intellect. Mars (overall energy) sextile North Node encourages forward motion, initiation, and the ability to create circumstances that move life forward.
- Many aspects of the chart, including placement of Sun, Moon, Mercury, and Mars, encourage creativity, forward motion, and dedication of energy in life. It’s very important to ask your self (inner self) what is truly important—and to dedicate yourself to this time of movement.
- The upcoming retrograde with Mars asks for dedication only to ongoing project—not new ones. It doesn’t provide the energy for new projects. (It’s wise to work on health and immune system between now and Sept 14, when the retrograde begins. Mars retrograde “takes” energy.)
- Venus in Cancer heightens emotional sensitivity, and Venus opposition Saturn can increase vulnerability—and misreading the words and actions of others.
- Aspects with North Node encourage embracing the unknown. It allows us to sense the flow of the future and move more easily into it, particularly if the objective is humanitarian.
- This New Moon is perfect for visualization and projecting a kinder, better future. Aspects with Neptune may help in connecting with the mystical world.
Sabian Symbols, based on the work of Lynda Hill
Sun and Moon are on Leo 27, “Daybreak—The Luminescence of Dawn in the Eastern Sky” symbolizes renewal, hope, and possibility. Dawn marks the transformational hour when both worlds (day and night) open on the spiritual level. Perhaps, we will find a deeper spiritual vibration for the coming months as well as a heightened rapport with the inner self.
Mercury sits on Leo 29, “A Mermaid Has Climbed the Rocky Shore of a Bleak Coast; She Awaits the Prince Who Will Bring Her Immorality.” It’s another beautiful symbol, referring the alchemy of the soul, depicting the union of yin (female) and yang (male). It’s about moving into love and the next level of life after surmounting difficulties (bleak coast).
Venus is placed on Cancer 11, “A Clown is Caricaturing Well-Known Personalities”. It’s a depiction of exaggeration and satire as well as people pretending to depict themselves falsely. (We know there’s currently plenty of this in the world.) The symbol asks for sincerity, real emotions, and true expression of thoughts to move into a state of love.
Mars is on Aries 25, “A Double Promise Reveals Its Inner and Outer Meanings.” The oracle asks for perception of the truth on a deeper level as opposed to the rewards on the outer level. (It could refer to the appearance of society and/or commerce—as well as looking more intently at other people.)
Jupiter sits on Capricorn 19, “A Child of About Five Carrying A Huge Shopping Bag Filled with Groceries”. The symbol refers to someone who has been burdened by responsibilities, which may feel heavy or overwhelming. It may refer to the efforts of light workers to carry karma and/or the weight of others during this time of change. Jupiter rules good fortune, and balance can help in this situation. Make time to rest, release what you can, and focus on self-care when possible.
Julia Griffin, intuitive healer and owner of One True Self, began her work fifteen years ago under the tutelage of real wolves. Following their direction, Julia sees and reads energy, including animals, plants and people. She works with people in session to find their resonance with the soul, clearing patterns and alignment with their inner path.
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