As the new moon in Leo yesterday opened with a trine to Uranus in Aries, you might have experienced a sudden jolt, awakening, catharsis, surprise, or surge of creative energy. This cycle will likely be toned by these experiences. We can't prepare for the events that make life most alive...these are the surprises and challenges we don't see coming, we never could have predicted, that randomly mutate and speed the process of growth, change, or transformation. This moon cycle takes us faster now toward the Fall equinox. Just after our first quarter Moon next week the Sun will enter Virgo and we'll begin the rapid descent toward Autumn. The year's fruits are hanging heavy on the vine...the teachings are becoming clear, the path ahead clarifying itself like it always does in the end, the face of necessity understood, and the relinquishing of the past finally under way. With such a Uranian new moon, we might feel like a wall has fallen down or an obstacle in our path has been removed. The truth of the matter is clear, or the revolutionary actions needed are now apparent. This doesn't mean the path forward will be easy, but at least we might have a sense of where to apply our energy..at what force and in what direction.
This new moon also highlighted issues of generosity and giving versus withholding or denying. The generational conflict between Jupiter and Saturn, the Venus retrograde, and the emphasis on pride, dignity, loyalty, personal respect, oaths, and commitments. The experience of betrayal is strongly emphasized right now with so many planets in Leo square to Saturn in Scorpio. The secrets we keep from one another create festering wounds and often act as psychic attacks. Even if we think we're "protecting someone's feelings," or "acting like the bigger person," often enough we are actually harming people more than helping them when we hide our honest thoughts and feelings.
On the other hand, how difficult is it to confront people when they make it 10x more difficult for us if we do so? How difficult is it to simply tell other people how we feel, what we think, and how their actions have hurt us if they can only express rage, resentment, or victimization? It makes a real relationship impossible.
All of this and more as we explore the essence of loyalty, dignity, generosity, and respect for each other under this Venus retrograde in Leo.
As Venus comes into the heart of the Sun today (cazimi) it's a good day to actually share and express what's in our hearts, even if it's difficult. We might just find that it works to our advantage to be real with people!
Prayer: help us do the work of healing the lion's heart