Today is Friday July 29, 2011. The Moon is in Cancer all day today and then ingresses Leo after midnight, around 2:14am EDT on Saturday. This puts the Moon in the same sign as the Sun, giving us the New Moon of tomorrow which happens at 2:38pm EDT in early Leo. If this has been a rough week for you, take heart: the weekend brings an opportunity to release, regroup and restart with the Moon.
The Sabian symbol for the New Moon degree, which is 8 Leo, is “An Activist is Stirring up Discontent by Spreading his Revolutionary Ideals.” This is a hint of not only what kind of seeds we are sowing for the next two weeks, as the Moon waxes, but indeed the next 6 months — until the Full Moon in Leo in February 2012.
The Uranus-Pluto squares are getting closer, moving within one degree, initiating us into an “Epoch of Revolution” as Rick Tarnas has called it. After passing the recent lunar eclipse degree, Mars is now “out of bounds” — which is to say beyond the ecliptic or path of the Sun — and also transmitting energy from the Galactic Core. Add in the activist energy of this New Moon in Leo and it is clear that we are passing a threshold. There is some serious potential for moving ‘outside the box’ here. We’ve been waiting for this, sensing it, sussing out the possibilities. Now it’s time to surf the wave.
How do we do this? How do we just up and jump on the back of this monster wave? I’ve said this before, but it’s worth repeating. We don’t have stars in our charts. We are Stars. With the New Moon in Leo we must set our intentions to live like stars. What does that look like? It looks like the “star nursery” photos we’ve seen from the Hubble telescope. It looks like creation, precisely because that’s what it is. Creation. It’s in you. You were created in the image of a Creator.
Creativity involves a willingness to take risks. The main risk involved with creativity it that of turning on your imagination. We must first dare to dream and be dreamers. To imagine the future is to go into the spirit world and meet it, and then to return and call it forth from that magickal place to this one. So it takes will, in the end, and lots of it. But first it takes audacity and daring. An intrepid imagination is the thing to cultivate at this time. Being as it is summertime, and the weekend, I can think of no better way to do this than lying on my back or sitting someplace high to do some stargazing.
The star most visible and associated with boldness is Altair. You can find Altair by looking for the point of the “V” of the summer triangle. Incidentally, this is President Obama’s heliacal rising star. The heliacal rising star is the fixed star that is the last to rise before the Sun on the day a person is born, and is said to rule that day and their life in fixed star astrology. Altair represents the gift of Obama’s ancestors: boldness; audacity; The Audacity of Hope. Many are wondering where that boldness will take the U.S. in the face of some kamikaze maneuvering by the far Right. You yourself may be having difficulty tearing your mind away from worst-case scenarios. It is one thing to be prepared; it is another to be stuck in a worst-case panic.
So if you do look up in the night sky this weekend and locate Altair, allow yourself the audacity to dream and imagine and create. It might feel a little scary at first; you may not want to trust letting your mind and spirit rise up and unfold. Remember to feel the sold ground beneath you first. Breathe deeply. And if you start to hear your inner critic or goblin stirring, remind yourself that you are safe; you are here; you are allowed to play. Tell the inner critic or goblin that it’s okay, there is no danger in imagining. You’re just doing what you came here to do — no more, no less.
Gary Caton with Amanda Painter
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