New Moon Notes
It's Mayan New Year today, bright blessings to all.
NewMoon is conjunct Jupiter here at the entrance of the Dry Way. What draws my attention is this coincidence: The three ancient Alchemical principals are the Sun, Moon and Mercury. The two benifics of Astrology are Jupiter (the Greater Benific, teacher of the angels) and Venus (the lesser benific, teacher of the demons). Jupiter and Venus also hold up the Father Pillar on the Kabbalah Tree. This shows us that the most transformative and evolutionary forces in the Solar System are converging along the bottom rung of the Ladder of Lights, blending energies at summer's magical moment. This is where the completion of the Wet Way (Cancer) passes its momentum and energy across the sign line to fund progress along the Dry Way (Leo). Prepare to gradually release and detach from everything one has accumulated and became attached to the first half of the year. It's time to start sending grace and gratitude back to Source, to express our willingness to be part of the divine harvest that takes place along the Dry Way.
At the opposite end of the Zodiac, Pluto in Capricorn has an understanding with the NewMoon/Jupiter, because he currently to stands at the top of the Dry Way, attracting to himself the results of our efforts across the upcoming Summer and Fall. But at the same time Pluto stands in detriment (opposition aspect) to the planets in Cancer, meaning Mercury and especially Venus. From this situation I would say that we need to constrain our impulsiveness and sense of entitlement. Retrograde Pluto is likely to challenge hasty Mercury to eat his words, and demand that Venus live up to the same standards she holds over others. I liken Pluto to a volcano that melts and distorts the landscape wherever he stands. As befits his mythological namesake, Pluto is utterly uninterested in individuals and their personal plight, being heedless to protestations or excuses. We are challenged to be impeccable moment to moment, without seeking refuge in outside sources. It's time to either "be the change you want to see" (Capricorn), or else develop sincere compassion and acceptance for the flawed world and ourselves within it (Cancer).
We can see a diffuse and unfocused Grand Trine in the Water signs, comprised of Saturn no longer retrograde and newly accompanied by Mars in Scorpio, Neptune still retrograde in Pisces, and Venus in Cancer. Adding in Pluto's opposition to Venus makes the whole figure into a loose kite shape, meaning the whole becomes stronger than the sum of the parts. Intuition is strong this month. We are likely to be tested on our listening skills, with powerful consequences dished out for those who ignore the signs of the times. Remember that Pluto represents "the Borg", the industrial-military-financial complex with all of its tentacles reaching into our lives through every opening. It's time for us all to awaken our creativity and place ourselves where those tentacles can't reach us so easily.
Mars has a special "punch" this month, having just crossed the 1st degree of Scorpio to square the NewMoon and Jupiter. Because both Saturn and Uranus are currently occupying Mars' signs, this gives the planet of desire and bold action a lot of power and traction, giving him a real advantage towards whatever moves he's about to make. Determine what you are passionate about so you can harness these energies to your goals and drive them forward like a conquering hero. Mars transiting his home sign of Scorpio means we are steam-powered between now and the 14th of September, when he moves on into Sagittarius. Visualize your obstacles melting before your determined intensity, knowing that there is very little in this world that can resist a focused stream of pressurized boiling water. Scrub out the cracks in your plans and disinfect all the grimy little germs of negative thought that threaten your visions with doubt and fear. Let nothing stop your passion from expressing!
CURRENT STAGE OF THE MOON for the Americas:
• The Present NewMoon is at at 3+ Leo on Saturday, July 26th at 6:42 PM (EDT) / 3:42 PM (PDT). From this moment, the Moon begins to wax, or increase.
• 2nd Quarter, Waxing Half Moon is at 11+ Scorpio on Sunday, August 3rd, at 8:51 PM (EDT) / 5:51 PM (PDT).
• Full Moon is at 18+ Aquarius on Sunday August 10th, at 2:10 PM (EDT) / 11:10 AM (PDT). From this moment, the Moon begins to wane, or decrease.
• 4th Quarter, Waning Half Moon is at 24+ Taurus on Sunday August 17th at 8:27 AM (EDT) / 5:227 AM (PDT).
• Next NewMoon at 2+ Virgo on Monday, August 25th at 10:14 AM (EDT) / 7:14 AM (PDT). From this moment, the Moon begins to wax, or increase.
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ArkLetter 113, July 26, 2014
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