The first quarter Moon passed late Sunday, and the Moon has just completed a conjunction to Saturn in Scorpio. The sky is now organized as a square pattern between planets in fixed signs Leo and Scorpio, with many supporting factors. The Scorpio cluster includes Vesta, Mars, Saturn and the Moon, square the Leo cluster of Jupiter, Mercury, the Sun and the mean lunar apogee.
These planets in the fixed signs are creating some potent tension in the sky — passion, a drive for action, and a new vision stoked by Jupiter in Leo and fueled emotionally by the potency of Scorpio. It is not the kind of passion that burns out, but rather the kind that sustains and renews itself. Not an impulsive kind of passion but rather a thoughtful and deep kind. In the style of Jupiter, the new vision to which I’m referring is both creative and practical. There is such a thing.
There are several pressure vents — the Pisces group of Neptune, Chiron and Borasisi is giving the intensity of Scorpio somewhere to express it itself. The Aries group of Uranus, South Node and Eris is giving the heat and fire of Leo somewhere to express itself. You could say this is an aspect pattern with something for everyone.
Along with this setup, the Sun is positioned at the midpoint of Leo, which is Lughnasadh, also called First Harvest or Second Planting. This is one of the four Gaelic seasonal festivals or cross-quarter days, corresponding to Samhain, Imbolc and Beltane. This is one of the High Sabbats, in the style of Leo.
One interesting fact of the current alignment is that the least-represented element is earth, though Pluto in Capricorn is providing an anchor point there. Pluto’s message is to go deep, make real changes to structure as well as to concept, and place an anchor for whatever you’re doing into physical reality. For those pursuing the financial aspect of success, there is the reminder said often by my old friend (the late) Alfred Schweitzman, apropos of this time of the First Harvest — all wealth comes from the Earth.