New Moon in Leo
Monday, August 17, 2020 8:30 AM
7:41 pm PDT August 18, 2020
1:41 am UTC August 19, 2020
Adjusting Our Hearts
This New Moon is in the sign of Leo, ruled by the Sun, and associated astrologically with the heart in the body. With a New Moon, new beginning in the sign of our hearts, we look to the chart to see what the aspects (angles to other planets, and therefore the energetic signature) are telling us. Looking at the orange lines in the chart, you can see that the New Moon degree of 26˚ is closely matched by Saturn at 26˚ of Capricorn. They are at an exact angle of 150˚ to each other, one sign off from a 180˚ opposition. This angle is associated with a need to shift our awareness, to stop, look and listen. Saturn’s energy always refers us to our established structures, the boundaries of our beliefs. In a sense, this New Moon is asking us to adjust our hearts with our beliefs, to courageously move our beliefs into new territories, and establish new ways of relating to our hearts, as we look to the evolving world around us.
Further clues can be seen in Mercury’s conjunction to the Sun/Moon. Mercury in Leo often is able to think from the heart, to establish a warmth of connection, rather than using reason and thought alone. Following the blue lines in the diagram (harmonious angles of 120˚ called trines) we see that Mars in Aries is fortifying this Leo energy with the urge to take action along the lines of our heart-mind. Interestingly enough there are no planets in air signs (thinking) at this New Moon, further emphasizing that we are in a cycle of using the elements of mostly fire and earth, grounded action.
There is a caution here, especially with using the element of fire (action, impulse). Mars has formed 90˚ angles (called squares) to the powerful paradigm-shifters of the conjunction of Jupiter, Pluto and Saturn. Squares hold lots of power, in fact, a little too much for comfort, and can indicate great tensions and potential for conflict. We can see this on the world stage right now. Mars is also conjoined with Eris, the goddess of strife and discord, who asks that the qualities of chaos and confusion she represents be somehow included without judgement into our awareness, lest we fall prey to egotism, arrogance, and combativeness.
We must remember that in these very, very challenging times, that we are riding through an end of an Age, with much that will come crashing down as a result. The Jupiter/Saturn/Pluto conjunction hasn’t happened in 735 years. At Winter Solstice upcoming on December 21, there will be a Grand Conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn, a once-in 20 year event. But to find a Jupiter/Saturn conjunction that has happened on a Solstice or Equinox point, we would have to go back to the year 471 C.E.!! Truly we are at the end of an epoch that has lasted thousands of years, and the beginning of a new one. More on this as December approaches.
And so with all of our technological advances, all of our beloved Sciences, we still have little awareness of the power of what turns out to be the largest electromagnetic field of the body, our hearts. Saturn is asking us to learn new habits in regards to this all-important area of consciousness, one which could literally restore our right relationship to the planet, to each other, and to the sharing of resources planetwide. This beginning epoch is about moving our center of function from the 3rd chakra (power and competition) to the 4th, or heart chakra. Were we to awaken, revere, and function from this place planetwide, there would be no end to the miracles we could achieve in terms of the quality of life for humanity, and for all life forms, All Our Relations.
In the midst of the chaos around us, we are being asked to adjust our hearts to the long-range view, that out of chaos comes new forms of organization, ones that are more aligned with humanitarian values of Leo’s opposite sign Aquarius. When Saturn and Jupiter conjoin at 0˚ of Aquarius on December 21st, many astrologers believe this heralds the beginning of a new era. Now is the time to adjust our hearts amid the turbulence, and keep our connections to love alive and healthy, with the knowledge that the changes we witness are somehow a part of our awakening.
All charts here are using Natural House system: i.e. the Ascendant is always at 0˚ of Aries.