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Leo New Moon 2020

Leo New Moon 2020

This New Moon period may influence the rest of the year.

By Norma Jean Ream

Summer peaks with the August New Moon at 26 Leo. Time to meet up with your friends and family (at least virtually) to have a good talk about things in general. Catch up on what people are thinking about. Mercury, the messenger is with the Sun and Moon. Mercury’s conjunction with the Sun while direct in motion establishes the beginning of a new cycle for Mercury. It is like a download period when the Sun gets a report. Use this time to take in data, discuss with others, listen to different views in a social setting that allows easy exchange. Leo is the sign of entertainment, socializing, and like an archetypal gathering at the King’s court.

The New Moon/Mercury in Leo offer a theme of leadership. They are the perfect hosts for a summer gathering. They trine Mars and quincunx Saturn and Pluto. This is the perfect position to quell tempers and mediate the heated square Mars is having with the heavies.

The strong and dominant square from Mars to Saturn and Pluto, illustrating the struggle between individual choices versus general rules of control over the masses, will hold its tension through the end of the year. Mars won’t leave Aries until January 7, 2021.

Mars represents how we express what we want, our actions and the skills we develop. Mars in fiery Aries is impulsive, willful, arrogant, loud, and stimulating. Mars usually moves through a sign quickly, having only a two-year cycle around the Sun. This year Mars will stretch out and get comfortable at home for a little over 6 months in Aries. That gives plenty of time for the planet of self-will, motivation, and action to make some plans and remodel the place.  Take the time to learn new skills or prepare for a change of job.

Saturn is in its own Earth sign Capricorn and hosting Jupiter and Pluto. These planets are retrograde, so their influences are continuing to be felt in the repression of general society and commerce. Each of these planets plays an important individual role in the world of business and governments. The time that they spend gathered close marks a period of history-making. The overlapping of their cycles means a period of consolidated changes that are relative to some very-long periods. In fact, Pluto is close to returning to the degree it was at the founding of America.

The stress of the outer planet cluster in 2020 has been difficult, but it may be priming society for even bigger shifts in how we live. So, this Leo New Moon is a time to take advantage of the social atmosphere of late summer and interact with others to get the sense of trends around you.

The Lights contact both Mars and Saturn, creating a structure that is called a Learning Triangle. The theme of the structure is a crisis that causes uncertainty and longing, that develops seeking and then understanding, leading to new decisions formed by gathering information that builds toward the resolution. The result is an informed decision. The aspect structure follows tension—conflict—resolution. It would be good if Congress used this period to find a resolution to the financial crisis of the people.

The New Moon and Mercury are trine to Mars. The Fire sign planets can empower each other with plans of action for the new season ahead. When Mars feels honored, it operates like a good soldier with proper orders and will strive to be a hero for the good of all. Moon and Mercury are good at bending the conversation toward the higher benefit, rather than fan the flames of anger and frustration. If we think of Mars as the Workforce, we can see the desire to be “doing what we do”. People need jobs.

Jupiter, Saturn, and Pluto represent energies of the structure of authority and control. Lumped together, they can embody the center of decisions establishing the rules and their enforcement. They take their job seriously and have a great deal of influence. Also, nothing happens very quickly especially during their retrograde phases. Mars is holding its square aspect as it prepares to turn retrograde (Sep.9) which intensifies the tension into early October as the other planets station direct one by one.

This seems like a New Moon period that will make a difference for what happens the rest of the year.

The Hundred Days and the Building Revolution

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Donald Trump, President of USA and Statue of Liberty

Surreal” was the Webster’s Dictionary word of 2016. It is defined as “marked by the intense irrational reality of a dream.” They also give as its synonyms unbelievable and fantastic. [1]

President Trump’s 100th day in office is Saturday, April 30. The Inauguration chart Midheaven was aligned with Trump’s natal Pluto, planet most representing over-arching power and control, as in Dictatorship. In these weeks and months, the political events have continued to be beyond belief in the many ways the new administration represents the theme of ‘power my way’.

The Senate is pretending to save the government from its debt ceiling. Yet, the astrological picture today, April 27, 2017, suggests that we all should be suspicious of what is really going on behind the scenes in this surreal act of political theatrics. Venus, ruler of money and values is very slow of motion, about to return into Aries, but now is at 29 degrees Pisces with the fixed star Sheat, known for association with “ship wrecks, storms and drownings.”[2] Venus’ condition which is threatened, weak, and struggling to stay afloat, suggests financial matters are in a dangerous situation that prompts leadership to “take protective action.”

The Sun is now in Taurus, strongly influenced by Venus’ condition, The Sun is with the fixed star, Hamal, in the Ram’s horn. “It gives a tendency to rush idealistically head long into situations being vain glorious, self-promoting and lacking diplomacy.”[3] This star is related to “violent expressions of hatred, intolerance, attempts to exterminate, annihilate unwanted peoples, massacres, fires, plane crashes.”[4]

The Moon is passing through the territory of the fixed star Algol, known as an evil star associated with beheadings, war, mass murder, violence, assassination, mass disasters, fires, plagues, storms, shipwrecks, mob violence, in short, any event in which many die or are killed brutally.”[5]

This is a time when big events are brewing. There is a provocative energy lurking under the Sun’s beams stirring the potential for war. The news that is tweeted from the President has a design to influence public beliefs. The propaganda is intended to generate fear, anger, and reaction. They call it a Tweet Storm.

Mercury, the messenger is about to complete its retrograde phase and is conjoined with revolutionary Uranus. The message is to stir the revolt. Be aware that the message has dual meanings and may have covert intentions for misleading the public in what to believe. Mercury stations direct on May 3rd. This will be a turning point for the political dialogue. Mercury maintains contact to Uranus through May 13 because, at this point in its cycle it has extremely slow motion. This energy gets people excited and builds tension. It’s the energy of demonstrations, strikes, and civil disobedience, requiring greater public protections, like martial law. Something like the 1970’s when Nixon made war on Cambodia, enacting the Draft. The student protests that followed swept the nation resulting in martial law and increased domestic security. Remember Kent State, May 4, 1970.

 

 

[1] https://www.merriam-webster.com/words-at-play/woty2016-top-looked-up-words-surreal

[2] Rosenberg, Diana, Workbook of Fixed Stars and Constellations, 1998, Self-published. Pg. 47.

[3] Rosenberg, Pg. 7

[4] Rosenberg, Pg. 7

[5] Rosenberg, Pg. 9

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