Leo Full Moon and Lunar Eclipse

Full Moon 11 Leo 37’ Lunar Eclipse

12.28am 1 February 2018 (Sydney AEDT), 11.28pm 31 January, 2018 (Brisbane), 1,28pm 31 January 2018 (GMT)

Doubt kills more dreams than failure ever will…

Living a creative life is freaking scary.

What you’re expressing is your soul, your inner life, something that you nurture and grow within you, before taking the risk to send it out into the world.

What if no one gets it, likes it, reads it, buys it, appreciates it?

That’s the thing about creativity, about art. At some point, you have to trust that you’ve done enough and let it leave home. You have to stand proudly in front of it and pretend that you’re full of confidence when in fact you’re anything but.

Why am I talking about this?

Because in a couple of days we have a Full Moon (and lunar eclipse), and it’s in Leo…and Leo is associated with the 5th house, with creativity, self-expression. It’s also about ego, glory and recognition. When we go public, when we release our “babies” into the world, we’re risking all of these things.

The thing is none of this can exist in isolation. Ambitions for personal glory must be balanced against the responsibilities we have to society. What can we give back? What should we give back? At what point do we draw the line between what we give and what we receive?

Wherever 11 Leo and 11 Aquarius lies in your chart are where you need to look at the balance between these two areas of life.

As with all things, this is easier said than done. Both Aquarius and Leo are fixed signs. The ego is fixed and ideas are fixed. The balance point is somewhere in between – in a place of self-love and acceptance, perhaps.

As I mentioned above, Leo is aligned with the 5th house: with play, creativity, self-expression and the inner child. In this whirl of modern living, it is that inner child which is forgotten – if indeed he/she ever really existed. It is that inner child that’s drowned out by all the authority figures telling us what it is that we should be doing, what we should be wearing, who we should be seeing etc.

Think about this honestly: when was the last time that you let yourself have fun – simply because you really wanted to? Guilt-free, fuss-free, judgement free, responsibility-free fun?

What about this one too – when was the last time you picked up your hobby – and by hobby, I mean something that allows you to creatively express yourself. We all have a 5th house, and we all have something that is creative if we could only give ourselves permission to indulge in it.

So, this Full Moon, I’d like you to do two things for me:

  • Confront a fear- look it square in the eyes, shine a torch on it and laugh at it.
  • Do something creative or fun. Anything. If you’re writing, don’t edit yourself. If you’re painting, let the colours happen. If you’re designing, see what shapes emerge.

This Full Moon happens to also be a lunar eclipse – so will probably feel more intense with possibly some unexpected outcomes. And by intense and unexpected, please don’t necessarily read ‘bad’. (If you want to know more about eclipses, I posted something last week.)

To be really technical, this one is from the same series of eclipses (Saros Series 1 South) that last came around in January and February 2000, and before that in January 1982.

To quote from Bernadette Brady’s The Eagle and the Lark:

‘This family of eclipses is concerned with ideas and their enthusiastic expression. If this eclipse affects your chart, you will be flooded with ideas or options. There may seem to be an element of haste, but if you can go with the new ideas, they will have positive outcomes.

There you go.

Doing it for yourself

Want to know what this means for you? Read the DIY Full Moon post available here. If you don’t know your chart, have no birth time, or can’t be bothered working it out, you can follow this solar guide below.

If you do know where 11 Leo/ Aquarius is in your chart, you won’t need this.

  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Aquarius, this Full Moon falls in your 7th house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Pisces, this Full Moon falls in your 6th house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Aries, this Full Moon falls in your 5th house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Taurus, this Full Moon falls in your 4th house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Gemini, this Full Moon falls in your 3rd house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Cancer, this Full Moon falls in your 2nd house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Leo, this Full Moon falls in your 1st house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Virgo, this Full Moon falls in your 12th house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Libra, this Full Moon falls in your 11th house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Scorpio, this Full Moon falls in your 10th house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Sagittarius, this Full Moon falls in your 9th house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Capricorn this Full Moon falls in your 8th house.

Happy Birthday Leo

 

I’m going back to belly dancing classes this week.

I’ll probably be the oldest and by far the fattest in the room, but I’m sort of getting a tad tired of those excuses. So I’ll pop the coin belt that I found when we moved back on and shimmy – pretending that I’m not the oldest and fattest in the room and that even if I was it wouldn’t bother me. Of course it does though, but the alternative – not doing anything – bothers me more. I’ll fake it until I make it.

It’s been about ten years and twenty kilos since I last tied on the coin belt, but I have my character in my latest novel doing it – and if it’s good enough for Callie, it’s good enough for me. Besides, the Sun is about to move into Leo so that makes it a fabulous time for me to express myself in a way that scares me more than a little.

Daring to be you and daring to put your self out there, takes courage. Not the sort of bravery that can help you jump out of planes that are working perfectly well with a parachute strapped to your back, but the courage to expose your deepest vulnerability. Is there anything scarier than loving someone and not having that love returned? Showing your art and having no one view it? Publishing your words and having no one read them? Performing and having no one watch? Having your generosity thrown back at you?

Fear of being seen to fail is something that Leo struggles with- possibly more so than any other sign. Despite Leo’s well-publicised penchant for entrances and life at centre-stage, behind the make-up and the costume is often a fear of being found out. In this regard, Leo is very often misunderstood. What many see as vanity and self-importance in Leo, may simply be a desire to be seen, to be heard, to be noticed, to matter.

Anyways, if you want to know more about the Sun in Leo, check out this post.

Doing it for yourself…

We all have Leo somewhere in our chart. It’s in this part of life that we struggle with these contradictory fears:

  • not being seen, heard or noticed vs
  • being seen to fail

It’s in this part of life that we most fear exposing our vulnerabilities and risking rejection, yet it’s also this part of life where we can dare to shine.

Check out where Leo is in your chart- that’s where you’re getting the warmth of the Sun’s energy right now. Not sure? Check out this post or follow the solar guide below. Don’t know what the houses mean? Check out this post. If you’re new to this site (or new to astrology) start at the beginning with the Toolbox lessons.

  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Leo, the Sun is shining in in your 1st house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Virgo, the Sun is shining in in your 12th house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Libra, the Sun is shining in in your 11th house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Scorpio, the Sun is shining in in your 10th house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Sagittarius, the Sun is shining in in your 9th house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Capricorn the Sun is shining in in your 8th house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Aquarius, the Sun is shining in in your 7th house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Pisces, the Sun is shining in in your 6th house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Aries, the Sun is shining in in your 5th house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Taurus, the Sun is shining in in your 4th house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Gemini, the Sun is shining in in your 3rd house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Cancer, the Sun is shining in in your 2nd house.

Leo New Moon

As I always do at the New Moon, I went back to what I’d written for last year’s Leo New Moon – I’ve mentioned before that my New Moon posts are a little like my New Moon journals, haven’t I? (As an aside, if you need a reason to keep an astro journal, I’ve talked a bit about them here.)

Anyways, as I was saying, I went back to last year’s post to check in on the intentions I’d set for that cycle:

  • Publish two fiction novels- Wish You Were Here and I Want You Back- launch on all platforms
  • Publish an astro e-book putting together all the Toolbox classes- launching it to Amazon only
  • Re-do the cover for Baby, It’s You and launch it to ibooks, Kobo and print on demand
  • Launch Big Girls Don’t Cry on Kobo and print on demand
  • Market the crap out of all of it!

I’ve done some of these things:

  • Wish You Were Here is out on Amazon and print on demand
  • I Want You Back is off to the editors at the end of next week
  • My astro ebook is still on the way, but very much underway
  • I’ve redone the cover for Baby, It’s You

I haven’t launched on multi platforms yet – and nor have I marketed the crap out of any of it…which is probably why I’m not making any money from it. Derrr.

Before I begin getting overly tough on myself, what I have achieved in the background of a full-time corporate job, a life and an interstate move over the last 12 months has been pretty awesome – if I do say so myself.

Aside from the above, I’ve taken risks that have shaken my emotional security to the core – very 5th house. The biggest of those has been the decision to move here to the Sunshine Coast – in the process leaving all my birth family behind in Sydney and cutting more than a few ties to the past.

In just a few weeks I’ll be taking another risk – combining my two passions – astrology and romance writing – on a stage in front of other romance writers at the annual conference. I’m scared stupid, but also very excited.

I said in my post last year that I feel more secure in my personal and creative energy than I did 10 years ago. That statement feels even more true now.

I was talking with a friend only on Thursday about emotional vulnerability and how there’s this idea that in making ourselves vulnerable or showing our white underbelly (so to speak) that we’re also making ourselves weaker. Yet, sometimes choosing to be vulnerable, taking that risk, can be the bravest thing you do. Where’s the weakness in that?

The thing is, we’re all a work in progress as we go about creating the version of ourselves that we want to create. This is at the heart of Leo. Yet doing this, expressing this- our talents, passions, voice- all require you to take risks. And taking these risks requires a great big, brave heart.

Leo, ruled by the Sun, is about ego, self-expression, creativity. It follows then, that the Leo New Moon is the most creative of new starts.

With Leo, though, the fear of potential exposure of someone standing up and pointing the finger and exposing you as a fraud is ever present. Wherever Leo is in your chart is where this matters. This is where it’s extra hard to risk a no to get a yes. Your challenge is to find heart, strength and courage without losing yourself in the process. The key here is not to lose sight of the things that make your heart sing.

Check out where this falls in your chart. It is that part of life where you are being asked to look for courage and strength, but above all self-expression, generosity and creativity. It is where you are being asked to follow your heart and be who you are, not who you should be. There is a difference.

Think about this. Think about the things and people you have fun with. Have you forgotten how to play? When setting your intentions for this New Moon, consider these questions and set yourself a challenge- to do something fun, to play a little (or a lot)…because you want to…because you’re worth it.

Doing it for yourself…

If you’ve been reading along, you should know how to find where the New Moon is happening in your chart. If you’re new to this site (welcome), duck across and check out this post before you go any further.

The position you’re looking for is 0 Leo 45’…or thereabouts.

Now, let’s set our intentions. Think about the area of life you’re focusing on and set small achievable targets. Make sure that you do at least one thing towards this goal this month. If you’re unsure where to start, check out this post. One other thing, Mars will be conjunct this New Moon, adding some extra oomph…and he’s a Mars that after time spent with soggy feet in Cancer, is ready and raring to go.

  • How do the concerns of this house make you feel?
  • How would you like to feel about them?
  • What positive steps can you take over the next four weeks to minimise the gap between how you feel about this are and how you’d like to feel?

*****Write it down!!!!!!!!!!******

If you don’t have any idea about your birth time, or can’t be faffed working it out, you can follow the solar guide:

  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Leo, this New Moon will be in your 1st house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Virgo, this New Moon will be in your 12th house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Libra, this New Moon will be in your 11th house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Scorpio, this New Moon will be in your 10th house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Sagittarius, this New Moon will be in your 9th house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Capricorn, this New Moon will be in your 8th house.
  • If your Sun of Ascendant is in Aquarius, this New Moon will be in your 7th house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Pisces, this New Moon will be in your 6th house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Aries, this New Moon will be in your 5th house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Taurus, this New Moon will be in your 4th house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Gemini, this New Moon will be in your 3rd house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Cancer this New Moon will be in your 2nd house.

As for me? Using whole signs (as I am these days) this New Moon falls in my 5th house and trines Saturn – almost exactly – and squares Mars. Saturn is on the cusp of the 2nd house at 0 Aries. My husband has just gone back to work – which means some of the financial pressure we’d had is now off us. It also will, in a few months, free me to step back and concentrate on my creative work.

Saturn rules my 11th house, Mars my 2nd and 9th, and the Moon my 5th, so that is where the end point of this transit will be felt. As I did last year, I’m setting creative goals for the next 12 months. Because Mars is involved, I’m stretching myself:

  • Publish three fiction novels and launch on all platforms
  • Publish Toolbox Parts 1 and 2
  • Publish an ebook about Jupiter
  • Actually send out monthly newsletters for both this and my author platform
  • Market the crap out of all of it!
  • Make inroads into an astro project that I’m not quite ready to talk about just yet…

The New Moon is exact at 7.45pm July 23, East Coast Australia time. For those of you in the Northern hemisphere, that makes it either Saturday night or early Sunday morning- depending on where you are…

Mars in Leo

 

One I prepared much earlier…

Mars is a hot and dry planet, so likes to create energy and activity. In Cancer (a cold and wet sign), it felt like it was trying to push through mud. Quite frankly, that’s what many of us did feel like- particularly if you are a Fire sign, or have a strong Martian presence (eg Aries Rising or Scorpio Rising).

Leo, ruled by the Sun, is a Fire sign- and the longest, strongest burn-iest (I just made that word up) of the fire signs. Mars in Leo is very like the Sun itself and generally has a following within his orbit to prove it. Mars in Leo very much relishes the hotter conditions, and the opportunity to shine.

In Aries, Mars’ energy is used to spark creative and physical energy. In Leo, it is all about the follow through- in more ways than one. His energy lasts longer, creates excitement, and ensures admiration. Mars in Leo is exciting, passionate, charismatic and committed.

OK, Mars in Leo is also egotistical and sometimes arrogant, but seriously, what’s not to like?  The energy, excitement and sheer romance of Mars in Leo draws admirers into the flame despite their own better judgment. The strong and steady sex drive doesn’t hurt either – although the temper – of tantrum like proportions – often can. Mars in Leo can also build up and maintain a pretty good sulk if he feels he isn’t being appreciated.

He is supremely proud. Even when things don’t look as bright as they could be and he is staring down the barrel of uncertainty, he will cover insecurities with an admirable bravado. He will always have a few more irons in the fire, so to speak. He goes after what he wants with what is almost a dramatic arrogance, pride and a need for recognition.

I’ve mentioned Laurence Hillman’s brilliant book Planets in Play before. Seriously, if you are a visual person, his premise of popping the planets on a stage and draping them in costumes is a revelation when it comes to understanding how the planets may play out in your chart. In any case, this is what he has to say about Mars in Leo:

“This warrior goes into war with the blessings of his king. He wears the finest uniform you can imagine, with colours and medals galore. He carries the king’s flag in his hand & the royal insignia on his saddlebags. He rides the finest and most powerful horse. He leads the way proudly into battle and will gladly die a hero, if he is just memorialized.”

Think of the Leo men in your life, or indeed, the men with Leo Ascendants. Their horse may be a flashy sports car or the biggest and most powerful V8 engine-but you get the idea. And he will take pride in how he looks, which is, by the way, usually pretty damned good.

Men with Mars in Leo (or Leo Men) will woo their partners in the old fashioned romantic sense of the word with gifts, bling and dramatic flair. This is real courtier type behaviour. Mars in Leo wants it all to last – the romance is a very vital part of the way in which love is expressed. He wants a woman he can be proud of, and he wants her to conduct herself with decorum – like a queen.

To Leo man, there is never an excuse for trackies, ugg boots and unshaven legs in public. Ever. For him to respect you, he expects that you will show the same respect to yourself – and that means taking care of how you look.

He also wants you to notice him. If he has been working out, notice it. If he has a new shirt, notice it. Sure all fire signs can be a little selfish, but underneath the leonine exterior, this guy is warn, generous and demonstrative.

Women with Mars in Leo need to be treated like a Queen. They will be drawn to partners who show Leo characteristics- charismatic and admired by others. Partners with a healthy level of confidence and self-respect. They like to bask in reflected glory and be proud of who they are with.

He may have personal planets in Leo, Mars in aspect to the Sun or a packed 5th house…or just a big chariot.

Doing it for yourself…

We all have Leo somewhere in our chart, and it’s this part of life that’s about to get an energy hit from Mars.

What sort of energy? Leo represents creativity, self-expression and the things we give birth to- physically and symbolically. Leo is associated with the 5th house and identity security – and the more secure we are in our identity, the more prepared we are to take the risk to express ourselves fully. This is the Leo challenge and Mars, sick of treading water, just might give you the courage to do that.

Pull your chart out and look for the symbol of Leo.

If you don’t have your chart, read this post on how to get one.

If you don’t know what the houses mean, check out series 1 of the Toolbox or this post.

If you don’t have any idea about your birth time, or can’t be faffed working it out, you can follow the solar guide below. Of course, if you know exactly where Mars is in your chart, go straight to that house.

Mars in Leo will transit my 6th house. This is about work, health and habits – and I have some not so healthy habits that need a definite boot up the whatever!

Over to you…

  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Leo, Mars will be transiting your 1st house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Virgo, Mars will be transiting your 12th house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Libra, Mars will be transiting your 11th house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Scorpio, Mars will be transiting your 10th house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Sagittarius, Mars will be transiting your 9th house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Capricorn, Mars will be transiting your 8th house.
  • If your Sun of Ascendant is in Aquarius, Mars will be transiting your 7th house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Pisces, Mars will be transiting your 6th house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Aries, Mars will be transiting your 5th house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Taurus, Mars will be transiting your 4th house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Gemini, Mars will be transiting your 3rd house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Cancer, Mars will be transiting your 2nd house.

Mars will be in Leo until 5 September, 2017.

 

 

 

Mercury in Leo

 

One I prepared earlier…

Thou goatish rump-fed strumpet!

I was having some fun on Facebook the other day with Shakespearian insults. Lines like the above or this one:

Thy lips rot off!

Or even:

[Thine] face is not worth sunburning.

I could amuse myself with these for ages, but would be avoiding the point of this post which is (insert fanfare and drumroll) Mercury in Leo. But, if you want to duck out of this post now and have some fun with Shakey’s insults, check out this link. Or to make up your own theatrical and possibly outrageous invectives, this link can bring hours of entertainment on a long boring Sunday afternoon. Simply choose one word from each column and add an obligatory “thou art” and you have the perfect, supremely dignified, insult. Thou be-slubbering clapper-clawed fustilarian!

Anyways, Mercury is now in Leo and if you have this placement, communication is not just about getting a message across, it is about “projection” and “self-expression”. It’s about speaking from the heart.

In Leo, Mercury is playful, generous of spirit, flamboyant and dignified. In Leo, Mercury can have a little more fun with words, a little romance with words, even.

Ruled by the Sun, Mercury in Leo is a creative thinker, an ambitious planner and yes, quite possibly even a little boastful. But even when you are in full show off mode, your audience can’t help but be carried away by your warmth and charisma. Mercury in Leo in full voice can be eminently believable – even when you suspect that what is being said is perhaps not, shall we say, strictly true. With Leo, often the show masks an insecurity or fear of being found out.

A big picture thinker, Mercury in Leo has the eloquent ability to persuade others to follow the same path. When under the spell of the Suns’ rays, it is hard to hear anything else or consider any other outcome.

Mercury in Leo can do the hearts and flowers thing. He can pen a romantic message to the flowers his secretary has ordered, and will rarely indulge in cheap and tawdry gossip. It isn’t that she thinks that she is above it (even though she probably is), but rather that she is way too generous to enjoy it.

And that isn’t to say that she doesn’t have a temper – she does…of diva proportions. She does, however, prefer to always express herself with dignity and sense of pride.

This dignity extends to her vocabulary – Mercury in Leo is rarely heard using the type of language that others (my hand is up) may descend to…

For this reason, even though she does remember past slights and hurts (Mercury in Leo has an excellent memory), she does rate low on the bitch scale and will generally waste no further words or thoughts on the peasant who had the temerity to upset her.

Feel like you can identify with this post, but don’t have Mercury in Leo? Perhaps you have Mercury in the 5th house, or conjunct (or even trine) the Sun….

Doing it yourself…

We all have Leo somewhere in our charts, and it’s this part of life that we’ll be expressing ourselves creatively over the next few weeks.

If you don’t have your chart, read this post on how to get one.

If you don’t know what the houses mean, check out series 1 of the Toolbox or this post.

If you don’t have any idea about your birth time, or can’t be faffed working it out, you can follow the solar guide below. Of course, if you do know where Leo is in your chart, go straight to that house.

  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Leo, Mercury will be transiting your 1st house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Virgo, Mercury will be transiting your 12th house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Libra, Mercury will be transiting your 11th house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Scorpio, Mercury will be transiting your 10th house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Sagittarius, Mercury will be transiting your 9th house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Capricorn, Mercury will be transiting your 8th house.
  • If your Sun of Ascendant is in Aquarius, Mercury will be transiting your 7th house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Pisces, Mercury will be transiting your 6th house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Aries, Mercury will be transiting your 5th house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Taurus, Mercury will be transiting your 4th house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Gemini, Mercury will be transiting your 3rd house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Cancer, Mercury will be transiting your 2nd house.

Mercury will be in Leo until 26 July 2017.

 

Leo Full Moon and Lunar Eclipse

Full Moon 22 Leo 28’ Lunar Eclipse

11 February, 2017 11.33am (Sydney)

Doubt kills more dreams than failure ever will…

Living a creative life is freaking scary.

What you’re expressing is your soul, your inner life, something that you nurture and grow within you, before taking the risk to send it out into the world.

What if no one gets it, likes it, reads it, buys it, appreciates it?

That’s the thing about creativity, about art. At some point you have to trust that you’ve done enough and let it leave home. You have to stand proudly in front of it, and pretend that you’re full of confidence when in fact you’re anything but.

Why am I talking about this?

Because later this morning we have a Full Moon (and lunar eclipse), and it’s in Leo…and Leo is associated with the 5th house, with creativity, self expression. It’s also about ego, glory and recognition. When we go public, when we release our “babies” into the world, we’re risking all of these things.

The thing is none of this can exist in isolation. Ambitions for personal glory must be balanced against the responsibilities we have to society. What can we give back? What should we give back? At what point do we draw the line between what we give and what we receive?

Wherever 22 Leo and 22 Aquarius lie in your chart is where you need to look at the balance between these two areas of life.

As with all things, this is easier said than done. Both Aquarius and Leo are fixed signs. The ego is fixed and ideas are fixed. The balance point is somewhere in between – in a place of self-love and acceptance, perhaps.

As I mentioned above, Leo is aligned with the 5th house: with play, creativity, self-expression and the inner child. In this whirl of modern living it is that inner child which is forgotten – if indeed he/she ever really existed. It is that inner child that’s drowned out by all the authority figures telling us what it is that we should be doing, what we should be wearing, who we should be seeing etc.

Think about this honestly: when was the last time that you let yourself have fun – simply because you really wanted to? Guilt free, fuss free, judgement free, responsibility free fun?

What about this one too – when was the last time you picked up your hobby – and by hobby, I mean something that allows you to creatively express yourself. We all have a 5th house, and we all have something that is creative if we could only give ourselves permission to indulge in it.

So, this Full Moon, I’d like you to do two things for me:

  • Confront a fear- look it square in the eyes, shine a torch on it and laugh at it.
  • Do something creative or fun. Anything. If you’re writing, don’t edit yourself. If you’re painting, let the colours happen. If you’re designing, see what shapes emerge.

This Full Moon happens to also be a lunar eclipse – so will probably feel more intense with possibly some unexpected outcomes. And by intense and unexpected, please don’t necessarily read ‘bad’. (If you want to know more about eclipses, I posted something last week.)

To be really technical, this one is from the same series of eclipses that last came around in January and February 1999.

To quote from Bernadette Brady’s The Eagle and the Lark:

This is a family of eclipses that brings with it the element of the pleasant surprise. Sudden happiness, a joyful event, the lucky break, the lucky win. The events which will be occurring can be believed and can positively change the person’s life.

There you go.

Doing it for yourself

Want to know what this means for you? Read the DIY Full Moon post available here. If you don’t know your chart, have no birth time, or can’t be bothered working it out, you can follow this solar guide below. If you do know where 22 Leo/ Aquarius is in your chart, you won’t need this.

  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Aquarius, this Full Moon falls in your 7th house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Pisces, this Full Moon falls in your 6th house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Aries, this Full Moon falls in your 5th house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Taurus, this Full Moon falls in your 4th house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Gemini, this Full Moon falls in your 3rd house.
  • If your Sun of Ascendant is in Cancer, this Full Moon falls in your 2nd house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Leo, this Full Moon falls in your 1st house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Virgo, this Full Moon falls in your 12th house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Libra, this Full Moon falls in your 11th house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Scorpio, this Full Moon falls in your 10th house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Sagittarius, this Full Moon falls in your 9th house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Capricorn this Full Moon falls in your 8th house.

Leo New Moon…

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I was talking to a friend the other day while I was out walking. Whenever I can, I like to do that- walk, that is- over my lunch break.

After covering the usual topics- travel, work, travel, food, Bali, travel, gossip, travel, diet, food- we got to talking about age- well, we got to talking about my age.

‘You know, I’m not as worried about turning 50 as I was about turning 40,’ I said. I think she was a little skeptical- she was around when I turned 40. There was nothing moderate about that.

‘That’s because you’re a completely different person to who you were at 40,’ she said.

‘Yeah, 20kgs different.’

‘No,’ she said, ‘you’re a different person. You’ve grown into yourself.’

It’s true. I’m much more secure in my personal and creative identity than I was back then.

The thing is, we’re all a work in progress as we go about creating the version of ourselves that we want to create. This is at the heart of Leo. Yet doing this, expressing this- our talents, passions, voice- all require you to take risks…all require a great big, brave heart.

Leo, ruled by the Sun, is about ego, self-expression, creativity. It follows then, that the Leo New Moon is the most creative of new starts.

With Leo, though, the fear of potential exposure of someone standing up and pointing the finger and exposing you as a fraud is ever present. Wherever Leo is in your chart is where this matters. This is where it’s extra hard to risk a no to get a yes. Your challenge is to find heart, strength and courage without losing yourself in the process. The key here is not to lose sight of the things that make your heart sing.

Check out where this falls in your chart. It is that part of life where you are being asked to look for courage and strength, but above all self-expression, generosity and creativity. It is where you are being asked to follow your heart and be who you are, not who you should be. There is a difference.

Think about this. Think about the things and people you have fun with. Have you forgotten how to play? When setting your intentions for this New Moon, consider these questions and set yourself a challenge- to do something fun, to play a little (or a lot)…because you want to…because you’re worth it.

Doing it for yourself…

If you’ve been reading along, you should know how to find where the New Moon is happening in your chart. If you’re new to this site (welcome), duck across and check out this post before you go any further.

The position you’re looking for is 10 Leo 57’…or thereabouts.

Now, let’s set our intentions. Think about the area of life you’re focusing on and set small achievable targets. Make sure that you do at least one thing towards this goal this month. If you’re unsure where to start, check out this post. Mars is about to move back into Sagittarius, so whatever intentions you set, make sure they push some boundaries.

  • How do the concerns of this house make you feel?
  • How would you like to feel about them?
  • What positive steps can you take over the next four weeks to minimise the gap between how you feel about this are and how you’d like to feel?

*****Write it down!!!!!!!!!!******

If you don’t have any idea about your birth time, or can’t be faffed working it out, you can follow the solar guide:

  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Leo, this New Moon will be in your 1st house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Virgo, this New Moon will be in your 12th house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Libra, this New Moon will be in your 11th house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Scorpio, this New Moon will be in your 10th house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Sagittarius, this New Moon will be in your 9th house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Capricorn, this New Moon will be in your 8th house.
  • If your Sun of Ascendant is in Aquarius, this New Moon will be in your 7th house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Pisces, this New Moon will be in your 6th house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Aries, this New Moon will be in your 5th house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Taurus, this New Moon will be in your 4th house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Gemini, this New Moon will be in your 3rd house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Cancer this New Moon will be in your 2nd house.

As for me? This New Moon makes no aspects to my chart. It does, however, fall in the 5th house. I’ve just started some work with someone else to basically blow my own trumpet, so the intentions I’m setting are in relation to the creative goals I’d like to achieve within the next 12 months:

  • Publish two fiction novels- Wish You Were Here and I Want You Back- launch on all platforms
  • Publish an astro e-book putting together all the Toolbox classes- launching it to Amazon only
  • Re-do the cover for Baby, It’s You and launch it to ibooks, Kobo and print on demand
  • Launch Big Girls Don’t Cry on Kobo and print on demand
  • Market the crap out of all of it!

The New Moon is exact at 6.44am August 3, Sydney time. For those of you in the Northern hemisphere, that makes it sometime on Tuesday- depending on where you are…

Happy Birthday, Leo…

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Ruler: The Sun

Exalted: NA

Detriment: Saturn

Fall: NA

Polarity: Masculine/ Positive

Modality: Fixed

Element: Fire

Body Parts: The heart (both physically and romantically), the main arteries and veins, the circulatory system, the spinal column.

Nature: Hot, dry, excessive

Leo represents concentration and the glowing centre of the fire.

Motivation: To shine, to charm, to win hearts, to impress, to express…to be what you pretend to be…

A friend of mine has recently decided to take up painting. It’s something that she’s always wanted to do- it’s just that she was (to use her words) seriously crap at it when she was young. How does she know she was crap? Her teacher told her so. Now, though, she says she doesn’t care so much- she just wants to have fun. Besides, she says, who’s going to see it- it’s just for her.

Another friend has enrolled in belly dancing classes. She’s never taken a dance class in her life- she always considered herself to be too fat, or too clumsy, or too ungainly. ‘My sister was the dancer,’ she said. ‘I was the smart one.’ She remembers a time where her sister would perform, lapping up the applause, but she was too frightened and feared ridicule. Now, though, she says she doesn’t care so much- she just wants to have fun. Besides, she says, it’s not as if she’s going to perform or anything.

Think about the number of people who pick up a paint-brush or a pen much later in life and declare that they’ve always wanted to live a creative life, but until now have been too afraid. I’m sure you know some. Look below the surfaces of many of these stories and you’ll find a moment many years ago when someone has picked up their work and declared it to be rubbish.

No matter the successes of the intervening years, the memory of that one event was sufficient to push their desire to express themselves in a creative way into the background- to be rekindled at a moment in time when they perceive that it no longer matters.

I have many more similar examples- perhaps it’s because I’ve reached that age myself and I’m noticing it. Perhaps some of us wait to rekindle our lost passion or live our creative truth until we reach the age where we (women in particular) become almost invisible. Perhaps it’s ok if no one knows you’ve done it, but if you’re seen to fail? That’s big.

If you remember back to some of the really early toolbox lessons, you’d recall that the sign of Leo is associated with the 5th house, and that the 5th house is, in turn, associated with identity security. What do I mean by that? I’m talking about the fear associated with self-expression, the fear of rejection in love, the fear of the rejection of our creativity, the fear associated with bringing another part of ourselves into the world.

Daring to be you and daring to put your self out there, takes courage. Not the sort of bravery that can help you jump out of planes that are working perfectly well with a parachute strapped to your back, but the courage to expose your deepest vulnerability. Is there anything scarier than loving someone and not having that love returned? Showing your art and having no one view it? Publishing your words and having no one read them? Performing and having no one watch? Having your generosity thrown back at you?

Fear of being seen to fail is something that Leo struggles with- possibly more so than any other sign. Despite Leo’s well-publicised penchant for entrances and life at centre-stage, behind the make-up and the costume is often a fear of being found out. In this regard, Leo is very often misunderstood. What many see as vanity and self-importance in Leo, may simply be a desire to be seen, to be heard, to be noticed, to matter.

Being the sign of the Sun, Leo is innately vital and full of creative fire. His isn’t the spark of an idea that has Aries off and running after the next new thing; or the questing flame that has Sagittarius intent on seeking out new experiences. The Leo fire is generous, and strong. It burns long and warms all in its path.

Consider the Sun, Leo’s ruler. The Sun radiates the energy and heat that keeps us all alive. We can’t survive without it. Nor can you miss it, the Sun: up there in the sky, rising and setting in a blaze of glory. The ultimate creative force, the Suns’ magnetism is such that all the other planets are pulled within his orbit.

So too Leo: you can’t miss him. Even when he isn’t making an entrance, he is noticed for his absence. And when he is in the room? Everyone else is pulled seemingly by gravitational force into his orbit. Charisma, drama, generosity, creativity- Leo has it in spades. Despite this, Leo spends much of his life learning how to express that vitality and creativity in a way that is authentic to him; yet also being afraid that one day the applause will stop and he’ll be unmasked as being a fraud…or worse, that the spotlight will shine at the precise moment he forgets his lines.

Doing it for yourself…

We all have Leo somewhere in our chart. It’s in this part of life that we struggle with these contradictory fears:

  • not being seen, heard or noticed vs
  • being seen to fail

It’s in this part of life that we most fear exposing our vulnerabilities and risking rejection, yet it’s also this part of life where we can dare to shine.

Check out where Leo is in your chart- that’s where you’re getting the warmth of the Sun’s energy right now. Not sure? Check out this post or follow the solar guide below. Don’t know what the houses mean? Check out this post. If you’re new to this site (or new to astrology) start at the beginning with the Toolbox lessons.

  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Leo, the Sun is shining in in your 1st house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Virgo, the Sun is shining in in your 12th house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Libra, the Sun is shining in in your 11th house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Scorpio, the Sun is shining in in your 10th house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Sagittarius, the Sun is shining in in your 9th house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Capricorn the Sun is shining in in your 8th house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Aquarius, the Sun is shining in in your 7th house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Pisces, the Sun is shining in in your 6th house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Aries, the Sun is shining in in your 5th house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Taurus, the Sun is shining in in your 4th house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Gemini, the Sun is shining in in your 3rd house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Cancer, the Sun is shining in in your 2nd house.