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New Moon in Leo, August 17, 2012

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Celebrate a spectacular New Moon at 25° 08′ Leo on 17 August 2012 08:55 AM PDT! The vibrant Leo energy is well supported by Mars in Libra conjoined Saturn in Libra. It is time to be proactive in a productive manner.

Fire sign New Moons are all bright and shiny with loads of enthusiasm but often all of that fades away as something new grabs our attention. This time Saturn offers the necessary discipline and Mars the drive to make our dreams come true. Yes, Mars conjunct Saturn can be frustrating because we have slow down and power through the mud. However with both planets in Libra, we can use our minds to harness the energy as well as Libra’s willingness to compromise and work as a team. We couldn’t ask for a better combination to make a joint project come alive and succeed.

There are other challenges present on this lunation including a T-Square with Venus in Cancer opposing Pluto in Capricorn and both square Uranus in Aries. Looks an awful lot like jealousy and possessiveness wrecking havoc in our love lives. Abruptly falling in and out of love is another possibility with Uranus on board. Jupiter in flirty Gemini is still widely sextile Uranus . . . not helping, so not helping! Selfish, self-centered behaviors are best avoided under this influence or we may risk losing someone we truly care about.

The urge to spend money impulsively, especially for family, may happen in the week leading up to this New Moon. Venus relates to money and spending habits as well as love and romance. In family oriented Cancer, doing something nice for our loved ones or sprucing up our homes is part of this. Cancer is also notoriously frugal at times and may freak out when the bills come in. Better to set limits going in rather than deal with buyer’s remorse after the fact.

Pluto in Capricorn is part of another aspect pattern, a Yod with Mercury in Leo at the apex and Pluto sextile Chiron in Pisces as the base. For some reason this one makes me think all those exaggerations Neptune encouraged Mercury to make recently are now coming back to haunt those who made them. I foresee some serious apologies and groveling happening due to being unable to deliver on promises made in the heat of the moment.

Starting with this New Moon, Neptune will move into the background for the next several lunations and we may see a gradual reduction in wishful thinking. Boundaries will be more easily renewed though some folks might wish the fog hadn’t lifted because they will not be happy with what is revealed. The difference between manifested and un-manifested potential, particularly in relationships, can produce some cringe worthy moments. Rude awakenings anyone?

Those with planets and Angles between 24-27 degrees in fire and air signs stand to benefit the most from the delightful sextile between the Leo New Moon and the Mars-Saturn conjunction in Libra. Working with a partner or on some kind of joint venture is favored. However, if you have planets and Angles between 7-10 degrees you may feel some aggravation from the cardinal T-Square and its attendant aspects. Thankfully both Mercury and Venus are fast moving planets and will rapidly pull away from Uranus and Pluto, so the worst will be over within a few days to a week.

In any case, this New Moon in Leo does mark important new beginnings and ushers in a period of relative peace and quiet. That’s worth a celebratory moment of two, isn’t it? Sometimes we simply need to live life in the moment and shelve our worries for another day. :D

On a personal note: Whilst I’m less than thrilled to have the Mars-Saturn conjunction in Libra landing all too close to my natal Chiron thus affecting my 29° Libra Sun, I am looking forward to the sextile from the New Moon. Perhaps this combo will signal the end of a very intense period of feeling completely overwhelmed by all my seasonal harvest chores and being able to find more writing time. Working at home always is a balancing act between finding time for household demands AND vocational ones. Lately the household side far outweighed the other. Saturn seldom lets us forget even one of our responsibilities either!

I’m still feeling the whole T-Square pileup through my natal Saturn-Jupiter square. Can’t win for losing on this one though here again it’s a mixed review. On the fire sign side of things I’m gaining inspiration and brilliant ideas whilst the earth and water sign side pulls me inward and pressures me to attend to the needs of others. Typical Libra running from one end of the see saw to the other! LOL

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Observations: Mars in Cancer, Mercury Retch & Saturn Thoughts

© Diane Lang

Whew! Mercury stationed retrograde yesterday, Mars entered Cancer in the wee hours and the Moon shifted into Libra. The last I like because Libra Moons usually treat me well but the other two, not so much.

This was one of the tougher lead ups to a Mercury Station I’ve seen in quite awhile and largely due to the opposition to Neptune exact on 28 July. Lots of mental whiteouts made writing difficult so I ended up choosing to do simple, routine tasks like picking berries, mowing the lawn, cleaning house and so on. I have Mars conjunct Mercury so when Mercury is acting up, I can turn to physical activity (Mars) and it usually helps me regain mental focus. Part of the transit package over the past few days was a Mars in Gemini trine to my Libra Sun giving it a lift, so choosing physical activity was an easy call.

Now Mars is in Cancer . . . not its happy place. While Cancer is an energetic cardinal sign, it is too sensitive for blunt, direct Mars to operate well. Cancer is a subtle sign and will move sideways rather than confront someone directly when attacked. Mars in Cancer gets a mixed review from me because it irritates my Libra planets no end while being very supportive to my Scorpio planets and Ascendant. There is a day or so in late August when Mars in Cancer will be squaring my Moon at the same time Saturn in Libra is conjoining it . . . there will probably be some less than pretty moments around here. I’m just thankful we get Mars in Cancer squaring Uranus in Aries and Pluto in Capricorn out of the way before he squares Saturn in Libra. I’ll take my silver linings where I can get them, thank you very much!

Now I’ve been contemplating Saturn and his effect a lot lately. It would seem the old cold one really does put a damper on the sector of chart he is transiting or lives in natally. For example, if you have Saturn in Aries, normally a very independent sign, chances are you will act more like a Libra who prefers to consult with others before making a decision. Saturn in Libra, or in the seventh house, often chooses (or forces) the individual to learn how to go it alone. In the long run (Saturn) we usually benefit from Saturn’s lessons, unpleasant as they are at the time.

Saturn is currently transiting my eleventh house and conjoining my Moon. The eleventh house is our peer groups and associates and the Moon often represents women in our lives. The eleventh house is ruled by Aquarius and I can make a case for putting cyber-friends and other internet groups like FaceBook there. This past year I have lost touch with some close women friends, both on the internet and in the physical world. I am hoping those people will reemerge once Saturn moves past my Moon but we’ll see.

How was your Mercury Station? What do you think Mars in Cancer will bring you? And I would love to hear what others have to add on Saturn both natally and transiting too. Thanks!! :D

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New Moon in Aries, April 3-4, 2011

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Every once in awhile we get these six planet pileups in one sign during a New Moon and the New Moon at 13° 30″ Aries on April 3, 2011, 7:33 AM PDT is one of them. There is the Sun and Moon plus Mercury, Mars, Jupiter and Uranus in the first sign of the zodiac. Please start to turn down the volume now. Thank you.

Personally I believe the real focus needs to be on Saturn in Libra exactly opposing the New Moon because Saturn is going to be doing the heavy lifting for this celestial event. Like a harassed mother getting six kids ready for school and making sure they all remember to take everything they will need for the day, Saturn in Libra has his work cut out for him. Mars is newly arrived in Aries and is conjoined Uranus the rebel, ready to defy anyone and everyone before they even open their mouths to speak. Mercury is retrograde and pouting in the corner while Jupiter is so full of himself it hurts! Thankfully, Saturn has plenty of patience and is determined to make sure this gang plays fair.

If we go by the numbers, Saturn only opposes the Sun, Moon and Jupiter, leaving Mercury to its own devices on this lunation. The natural directness of Mercury in Aries is blunted somewhat by being retrograde and that may be a blessing because this is Mercury who often speaks without thinking things through.

The Mars-Uranus conjunction is intense but not complicated. This is a direct, no nonsense Mars who goes after what he wants. As I see it the biggest drawback to the conjunction with Uranus is the incredibly short attention span . . . five minutes and he’s off to something new. Ignore him even briefly at your peril.

A very interesting pairing is Ceres conjoining Chiron in Pisces. For those who can tap into the potential to heal and nurture others in a selfless way, these two hold the possibility for deep healing. The semi-sextile between these two bodies and Mars-Uranus fascinates me. If a wound needs draining then Mars conjunct Uranus in Aries is the perfect knife to open it quickly and cleanly but NOT painlessly. What I’m saying is just be careful if you decide to investigate old wounds under this influence.

Venus in sympathetic Pisces sextile Pluto in Capricorn is an amazing combination of compassion and intensity. This is a very complex yet subtle pairing and if you are looking for a new lover under this influence, be prepared for an unusual experience. By the way, this combo favors those with plenty of planets in water and earth. The fire and air signs have already zipped out the door anyway.

If you have something new you wish to launch, this is the New Moon for it. Make sure you check and double check all the details first and if someone older and wiser offers thoughtful advice, it sure won’t hurt to listen. Remember to be kind and use your indoor voice! :D

On a personal note: The Sun, Moon and Jupiter in Aries all oppose my Libra Moon from the fifth house. Saturn has moved past exactly conjoining my Moon but I bet I get a jolt because of that opposition. Mars-Uranus in Aries are trine my natal Venus in Sagittarius too. Overall sounds the ingredients for a pleasant surprise. Perhaps my grandson will decide it is time to make his arrival? His mom sure is ready for him to do so and I know she is up to the task of rearing a son with six planets in Aries!! *grin*

*I’m in the process of launching a FaceBook page for Libra Seeking Balance and discovered one needs others to “Like” it before the page has an official URL. Please click on the link below the New Moon chart. Thanks for helping me out! :D

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Observations: Feeling the Aries Love

© Diane Lang

We might as well seek out ways to enjoy living with Aries in the house because from April 1 until May 11, 2011 we will have at least five planets in the first sign of the zodiac. Mars will shift into Aries on April 1 joining the Sun, Mercury, Jupiter and Uranus . . . that is a LOT of Aries, folks!

Not only will there be an abundance of Aries during that time period, there are even more planets in cardinal signs because Saturn in Libra and Pluto in Capricorn bring the total number to seven. Is this a good time to get something started? Yes, it is. However, we need to take extra care to not leave out important details because we’re in too much of a rush to go, go, go. All of us with plenty of natal planets in the cardinal signs (Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn) may be the worst offenders in that regard. Thankfully the extreme cardinal signature will begin to fade after May 11 as first Mars joins the Sun in Taurus, then Mercury and Venus follow on May 16 and finally Jupiter will leave Aries on June 4.

Right now my Libra self can’t decide whether it will be exhilarating or way too much Aries energy. At this time, I’m enjoying the renewed sense of independence especially coming out of the second pass of Saturn in Libra conjoining my Moon. One side effect of that transit was feeling joined at the hip with my Aries husband whose Moon in Aries exactly opposes my Moon (and transiting Saturn). Yesterday was the first time in a long time I ran errands by myself – rather than the two of us going in together to save fuel since we live out in the country. I have my fingers crossed he will be back doing remodel jobs SOON.

Do reserve judgment and avoid leaping to conclusions under this Aries dominated sky for a couple of reasons: One being the inclination to speak out before all the facts are in, and the second is Mercury in Aries is now slowing to station retrograde on March 30. Misinformation is likely to abound the last week in March and the first two weeks of April. I am resigning myself to seeing plenty of bombast followed by retractions, both in the larger world and closer to home.

A note of sanity and a source of frustration will be Jupiter’s opposition to Saturn on March 28 at 14° Aries-Libra. If you have cardinal planets or Angles from 13-15 degrees, prepare to feel the need to bring balance into what going on around you. Saturn in Libra continues to remind us of the importance of moderation and equity in all our relationships while Jupiter in Aries is all about forging ahead at full speed!

Due to the turbulence of these coming days, I suggest we will all benefit from remembering to treat all whose paths we cross with extra consideration and kindness. :D

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