Have you recently found yourself saying or thinking that there has got to be another way? The Leo New Moon at 5:51 pm EDT Tuesday will symbolically demonstrate there are other ways, and how they might be found. You start with awareness of what a New Moon is. Then you add awareness of key events leading up to Tuesday’s New Moon, its placement, and the company it keeps, to find alternatives and options not evident now.
A New Moon is the prototypical conjunction. It is the Sun and Moon sharing the same point on the zodiac, the same longitude in the sky.
All conjunctions represent the beginning of a new cycle for the two objects involved. Implicitly, that beginning entails the two together as one. What the Sun and Moon represent in conjunction also represents how you might begin to be aware of alternatives.
The Sun is the only source of daylight. Daylight correlates to consciousness in a conventional sense, awake and interactive. The Moon corresponds to a complementary, but more private, level of consciousness, associated with intuition and feeling. When those two levels of consciousness are acting together as one, options either overlooked, or where you have not looked, are easier to find.
Appropriately, Kuiper Belt object 1992 QB1 stations retrograde tomorrow to imply the possibility that there are other ways you may have overlooked. QB1 will begin going back over the Taurus ground where a lot of things were found since May 18, when it entered a new sign for the first time since its discovery on the first degree of Aries over two decades ago. Following 1992 QB1′s retrograde station, Mercury will cover the other base, corresponding to where you have not yet looked.
Mercury concludes a Cancer retrograde cycle this weekend when it emerges from its second shadow (or “echo”) phase by passing the point where reverse motion initiated back on June 26. The planetary emblem of the mind and its means moves on to examine new places for the first time since it entered its first shadow/echo phase back on June 9, by passing the point where direct motion would eventually resume. Seven weeks is a long time for the fastest planet to oscillate over an arc of the zodiac it would normally cover in less than one week. The end of that sluggish cycling may just correspond to your mind finding another way outside its current arc of thinking, a possibility the New Moon’s Leo placement supports.
The Sun rules Leo. That makes the Sun’s annual Leo tenure a time supportive of illumination. A solar conjunction with the Moon hosted by Leo is thus a beginning more easily seen. Additionally, there is a potential for integration with the beginning more easily felt, represented by the Cancer New Moon back on July 8 — further uniting the two levels of consciousness represented by the Sun and Moon.
Furthering the theme of finding another way through integration and unification are a select group of asteroids closely conjunct or opposed the New Moon on Tuesday.
Sharing close quarters with the conjoined Sun and Moon will be asteroids Vesta and Ceres. Opposing that Leo stellium will be another in Aquarius consisting of Juno, Diana, Minerva and Aphrodite, all conjunct to within five degrees of each other.
What those six asteroids have in common is a nominal association with the divine feminine, which represents another way as much or more than anything else does. For a long, long time, the divine masculine has dominated spirituality to the extent of marginalizing (if not excluding) access to the divine feminine for most people in most parts of the world.
The long unbalanced dominance towards the divine masculine has served to close off at least half of the options and alternatives for practicing spirituality for as far back as most of the current cultures go. By association, that has resulted in the inhibition (if not the outright prohibition) of other ways that both individuals and humanity as a whole might see the world and exist within it.
Your own experience, as well as your own observations will almost certainly tell you that what the world and its inhabitants need now are more, not fewer, options and alternatives. There are too many beings being shoved into a corner or over an edge. In our current state, there appear to be more problems than solutions, but when you consider how many solutions the dominant divine masculine inhibits, prohibits, hides or buries, that is not true. Other ways are available.
Making those other ways available begins with you. It starts with being aware of both the solar and lunar levels of your consciousness, and engaging them together as one. You can practice by verifying your intuitions and feelings as facts before acting on them. You can balance those tests by reviewing what you have taken as fact and asking yourself how you feel about it, and paying attention to the answer.
You can follow up by revisiting or sifting through that with which you are familiar, looking for the previously unseen or unappreciated. Then, you can balance that by learning about what is alien, or even anathema to you, looking for yourself. That may sound like a lot, but consider how much of how you see the world and live in it was collected by the time you were five years old, and how little has been added since then.
Fact is, for as far back as far back goes, most people have spent most of their lives ignoring, denying, suppressing or outright fighting other ways they have no personal knowledge of, or experience with. Please consider the possibility that includes you. Please consider how neither you, nor the world can afford to be that way anymore. Please consider how you might break that cycle and start a new one in rhythm with the Sun and Moon.
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