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August 1, 2019






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New Moon
in: Leo 8°
August 1, 2019 @ 3:12 a.m. GMT
July 31, 2019 @ 8:12 p.m. PDT -7
Sun is Leo, 8° 37'
Moon is Leo, 8° 37'

First off, apologies for the Lunar Eclipse Mercury Retrograde website snafu two weeks ago. We are back on track after a few minor adjustment suggestions from tech support. Thank you so much for your patience as we worked our way through that.

New Moon (Sun and Moon) meet up in Leo. Leo is an interesting sign, with the Sun at home here, and we typically feel revitalized during this transit. Yet, there are a few touchy facets of the Sun's transit in Leo (or any planet transiting through Leo) with some feelings of entitlement as opposed to earning certain privileges. We like the spotlight that comes with a transit through Leo, but we don't, so much, appreciate sharing that spotlight. We may want others to stand behind us, in our shadow, and be loyal to us, while doing it. On the other hand, when it comes to children in our lives, we usually want the best for them, and we will more readily allow them to take center stage as an expression of what we feel they have learned from us. So, yes, Leo is an interesting sign. The Leo influence is loving and caring, but not without a desire for reciprocity. There needs to be a payback at some level. It may be where the concept of "earned respect" is housed in the chart.

The Sun and Moon are also forming a conjunction with Venus in Leo as a stellium (three+ planets conjunct). There tends to be an optimistic display of affection associated with Venus in Leo. The conjunction also throws in some productive financial resources and the potential for luck, too. All the way around, this is a fun combo to have for a new moon day.

But, there might be a whoopsie thrown into this one, with all three planets forming square aspects to Uranus in Taurus. There is the potential for erratic behaviors from either ourselves, or from others. This transit might feel like a wet blanket on the positivity of the day. It's best to slow down a little, think before reacting, and take extra precautions to protect ourselves from potential accidents.

Mercury in Cancer continues in the Mercury Retrograde motion for about 50 minutes after the new moon. Then Mercury will station for a hot minute for direct motion, and then plow back over the shadow of the recent retrograde motion. What took Mercury three weeks to "review," will now be recovered for a third time during the next two weeks. On the 15th of August, Mercury will pop out of the retrograde shade, and proceed on as though nothing even happened here. While Mercury moves through the shadows, matters that perplexed us during the retrograde transit are likely to suddenly be fixed, or improved as a result of the retrograde fiascos.

Mercury is opposing Pluto in Capricorn. Ready for Foot in Mouth, anyone? Shake it off, apologize and recognize that, soon enough, Mercury will be back in Leo for the next series of Mercurial events.

Like the Sun, Moon and Venus, Mars is also transiting through Leo for a little extra sizzle in our lives. Mars really enjoys the Leo energies. It's like a warm fuzzy transit for Mars. The benefit to us is the thrill we get when working out, exploring our love for another, or simply enjoying the competitive spirit that adds a boost to our ego and our drive. Mars is trine to Jupiter retrograde in Sagittarius. No dampers here with this aspect. It's a "feel good," no matter.

Speaking of Jupiter in Sagittarius, the retrograde motion is slowing down for a station on August 11. Jupiter will re-address all concerns raised to this point, before moving past it's own retrograde shadow territory on November 7th. We have plenty of time to make good on the Jupiter in Sagittarius transit. Today, Jupiter is square to Neptune in Pisces. Yah, yah… promises more than we are able to accomplish, or deliver. This one dates all the way back to May, 2019. [Big Sigh.] We need to just hang in there and recognize our limitations for what they are.

Saturn's retrograde in Capricorn is a bit faster than Pluto's retrograde, and Saturn has pushed out of the conjunction; releasing some of the frustration we have been experiencing with control issues. Granted, Saturn's retrograde in Capricorn is not one of the most fun transits to traipse through, but without Pluto breathing down our necks, we feel like we can at least take a little break from all the pressure. Also, while moving retrograde, Saturn is waning out of the sextile to Neptune retrograde in Pisces. The mysteries behind the curtain no longer feel so important for us to explore. At least, not for the moment.

Uranus' relatively new transit in Taurus still has some of us stumbling to find our footing. This one has been a bit trickier. A bit like trying to learn to ice skate, or worse yet, learn to roller skate, all over again. On August 12, Uranus will station for retrograde motion that will last through January 11, 2020. NOTE newsletter recipients were told that Neptune would begin retrograde motion on August 11/12. That's a typo. I intended to state that Uranus would be starting this retrograde motion. Neptune started retrograde motion in June 2019.

For the most part, don't we just love it when there's a positive end to the story, and we move on feeling like there's renewed hope? That's a bit what this new moon will feel like. Yes, there are a few struggles that need to be managed, yet there's hope and optimism too. The receptive placements in this chart are nicely balanced between masculine and feminine. However, there are way too many Fire Element placements, with six altogether, and no Air Element placements. We may be "all courage and no fear" when it comes to determining whether we are in danger. That might not bring the best outcomes for some of the less than normal activities we venture into. On the plus side, related to the Quality placements, there is relative balance for us between initiating a new project, keeping it going, and/or keeping it on track despite some of the transitions we encounter.

Meditation for the August 1st New Moon
Some desire, others admire.

© J. McCaul - Lunar Living Astrology, 2019 (All Rights Reserved)


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1) Goldschneider, G.  1994, The secret language of birthdays, New York, NY; London, Engl.: Victoria, Austr.: Auckland, NZ., Penguin Studio Books.



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