The Last Quarter Moon occurs this weekend on August 21st and represents the end of the current Moon cycle....with incentive to look back over the course of the month and evaluate where you have been and how far you have come internally. Mercury’s continuing backward journey through Leo adds to this introspective atmosphere.
There's been a lot going on with madness and mayhem occurring all around us. When Mars entered Cancer and stepped into the Cardinal Grand Square all hell broke loose. The stock market went nuts. Riots in England, mass rallies in Israel as well as the continuation of all the many wars, upheavals, revolutions etc going on at this time.
Someone I know has their Sun in Libra…exactly in the line of fire from Saturn, Pluto and Uranus…and their stress levels are over the roof. That person’s internal state is a reflection of the general shake up that is going on in the world. There are powerful forces at work.
How it affects the rest of us all depends on how strongly we identify with these transformative energies. Nothing is really good or bad...it is all about our point of view. I am away on holiday on a remote Island in western Canada with no TV and little Internet (hence this late blog entry) … and I feel a sense of relief to step away from all the intensity... grateful to be surrounded by clean air, trees and mountains and ocean. Deep breath. Whew!
Our attitude, our state of mind, our environment are often reflected in our personal chart and can show how the drama can all play out or how these events effect us. That is why there is no one astrological forecast. I may describe some of the weather out there...that’s the best one can do as an astrologer. Hopefully it warns you to batten down the hatches when a storm is blowing…but how you chart your course is up to you (haha... no pun intended...: ) A forecast is not an indictment, but can give us insight into what the hell is going on…so at least we are forewarned and forearmed.
So…back to the Astrological weather…. this current Moon phase is not so much about action, but rather about reflection and reaction to the events that have transpired over the course of the last three-week period. There’s an extra nudge in this direction because this is the place the Mercury retrograde period began.
The Sun at the end of Leo is in exact opposition to Neptune, just as Mercury was when it began its backward motion nearly three weeks back. With dreamy Neptune in the picture there is always an emphasis on paradoxical situations and feelings, along with an especially strong dose of synchronicity. Things may feel a bit surreal…or magical or both.
Creativity, art, music and poetry can arise out of this mystical atmosphere; the emphasis being on non-linear non-logical reality. This can cause some blurring of lines and one must be clear about communication and self-expression. Yet moving away from our usual left brain logic can be deeply healing and freeing. Tap into your intuitive self; free your inner soul.
This weekend would be an excellent time to journal, and to reflect on this transition, both personal and societal…into an new era…whatever it may bring.
As within…so without.