Walking the Moonlit Path: Leo New Moon August 21, 2017

Happy birthday Leo, and a happy Leo new moon to all!

This month features a couple of extremely noteworthy events in both the astronomical and astrological world. The first and more minor excitement is the unusual phenomena of two Leo new moons in a row. This is a variant on  the “blue moon” idea, and it does happen only once in a blue moon that we get two consecutive new moons in the same sign. The most recent one became exact on July 23rd, and August 21st will be the next.

Many of us have been hearing about the latter Leo New moon all summer long, featured as the “ Great American Eclipse” . This is the first total solar eclipse ( a solar eclipse happens twice a year when the new moon is particularly precise in alignment, while the total solar eclipse is even more precise ). The last time this totality of eclipse carved a path through the U.S. was about a century ago, so truly this is a once-in- a -lifetime experience. Here in Wilmington, we are very close to the path of exactitude, and many of us will make the trek to Columbia or Charleston to be right in the heart of the excitement.

The peak of the event will occur at about 2:30 pm on the 21st, at which time the sun’s rays are fully covered by the moon. Astrologically, an eclipse such as this will be an important turning point of a time for many, especially for Leos. Aquarius will feel the impact almost as much, and many who know only their sun signs may have important planetary placements in these signs and feel the effects as well. If your birthday is within a week of the eclipse, hang on for a wild ride this month.

Leo – “It is in your moments of decision that your destiny is shaped”  ( Anthony Robbins ).  

The next month or even six weeks will have a sense of importance, as in, it is finally showtime. You have practiced your lines and the endless rehearsals finally draw to a close and now the audience begins to fill the theatre. There may be some important decisions to be made; the kind that can shape your life for years to come. Now is the time to clarify your passions and take a stand for them. You are not one of the meeker zodiac signs that can actually survive a life without passion, so take your appropriate risks and know it will all pay off.

Virgo – “Be careless in your dress if you must, but keep a tidy soul” ( Mark Twain ).

This is a time for planting seeds and preparing for a formidable success cycle, which arrives in late summer and early fall. This time is ripe for visualizing and pulling out the weeds of negativity and guilt. One of your bad habits can be behaving like the proverbial wet blanket, putting out the sparks before they can even have a hope of catching. Ideas will wither in the light of negativity and doubt, so make sure to keep your focus on why things will ( vs will not ) work.

Libra– “ We may have all come in on different ships, but we’re in the same boat now “ ( Martin Luther King Jr ).

This is a time to dream big and cultivate a vision for the next few years. You could be instrumental in bringing together a group for a cause or for another meaningful purpose. This is a time for calling people into your life who are your deeper tribe. Some of the people who are in our lives just happen to be there, as in family and neighbors. Then, there are those whom we draw into our world due to similar beliefs, views, etc. This is a time for gathering the latter and seeing what transpires.

Scorpio –“The true scientist never loses the faculty of amusement. It is the essence of his being” ( Robert Oppenheimer ).

How can you assert yourself more creatively, and have more joy at work? Is it possible that you have fallen into that “live to work vs work to live “ trap, as so many in our culture seem to be doing? It is time to take some creative risks. This is one of those times where the safety is actually not to be found in caution. There are times when playing it safe and playing small are more dangerous than anything, and this is one of those times.

Sagittarius – “Will is to grace as the horse is to the rider” (St. Augustine ).

This is a time where routines need to be questioned and you are likely to find yourself in need of new horizons. If you can travel this month, fantastic. The longer and the further away the better. Be on the lookout for any excuses about why you can’t travel, as it may help you get out of some ruts. IF you truly cannot manage to go this month, then at least plan something for a little later. Naturally , there are also other ways to get the shaking up that you are ready for, so you might also consider some new meet-ups, classes, retreats, or workshops.

Capricorn – “ If you judge people, you have no time to love them” ( Mother Teresa ).

This is a time of letting go of something or someone that you have outgrown. It could be a habit or a belief, or a relationship that brings out the worst in you. Maybe it is a combination of these. Sometimes we cling to what is familiar so tightly that we cannot begin to see how heavy it is for us to carry. What is holding you back and keeping your beautiful heart from opening more than it ever has? This is the thing you are now ready to let go of.

Aquarius – “A man can be happy with any woman, as long as he does not love her” ( Oscar Wilde ).

If your love life, or at least your closest relationships if you are not involved, are not at least a little messy and confusing, you may want to consider that a mutual shutdown may be happening. Of course, it is also possible that you are one of the more evolved and together beings on the planet. Only you can know which is true. So often for so many reasons, we close down and no longer try to deeply understand and in turn, be understood. This is a time to let those relationships get a bit messy if needed, and even celebrate in that.

Pisces –“ I base most of my fashion sense on what doesn’t itch “ ( Gilda Radner ).

How can you make your daily life easier? A fine place to start is by resolving to cut down on regular anxiety and stress,  of which Pisces can carry more than their fair share. Question stress and do not miss the moment. Find out where the anxiety is related to those things which you simply cannot control, or to things you are avoiding. Maybe some of it is even pure habit. Taking steps to look at that which has been avoided can do wonders to help you let go of the entire anxious burden and have far more peace in your days.

Aries – “Let us be silent that we may hear the whispers of the Gods” ( Ralph Waldo Emerson ).

The need for a creative outlet is major now, and if you have had the same one for a long time, it may be time to add another. Watch out for distractions, addictions, and habits that may stand to threaten the creative impulses that are so central to your true happiness. There is something in your life that you are ready to birth. You may need some extended periods of quiet and stillness to get clear on just what it is that you are trying to bring forth now.

Taurus – “ It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it” ( Aristotle ).

Foundations are open to a little shifting now, and this can look a few different ways. For some of you the foundations are represented by your home, and thus there could be a move or at least some sort of renovation or change of household members in store. Another way this can present is with a change in some fundamental beliefs that were set up at the earliest of ages. This can be a time of openness, questioning, and major revelations so stay alert and be watchful for meaningful synchronicities in this time.

Gemini – “Noise is a cruel ruler who is always imposing curfews”  (Hafiz).

Be careful as you enter a charged month where there is tremendous opportunity for making important connections, as well as plenty of temptations to go overboard and find yourself straying out of alignment with your deeper values. This time could be highly transformative, or experienced simply as highly overwhelming, depending on how much you manage to slow down and ground that part of you that likes to travel beyond the speed of light. Meditation, journaling, exercise with plenty of stretching and cool down, immersion in nature, and creative outlets are all your best friends now. As long as you keep plenty of these activities prioritized, you will be sailing right through and finding yourself in the right places at the right times.

Cancer – ‘There is a great deal of unmapped country within us which would have to be taken into account in an explanation of our gusts and storms” (George Elliot ).

This is a great time to be bold and take risks. Believing in yourself is key to sailing easily and prosperously through this time. It is high time that you took a break from supporting everyone around you and put more thought into supporting yourself. For those of you who are always giving your emotional energy to others, one of the biggest hurdles can simply be clarifying a vision of what you want. Then, the second is allowing yourself to go for that vision. Go for it!


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