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New Moon In Leo: I carry your heart with me

New Moon In Leo: I carry your heart with me

I have been thinking a lot about the heart. How it works, how it is shaped. How being in love makes you feel your heart is sewn to someone else’s. How it is always enclosed in our chests, a secret, as it pumps fresh blood through these bodies. How it feels when it is heavy, when breath is too shallow, when words are sharp. I have been trying to understand the organ that does so effortlessly what I sometimes struggle to do—it stays rhythmic, consistent, keeps itself in the present.

In Björk’s “Bachelorette,” she operatically sings, “I’m a fountain of blood in the shape of a girl.” The fountain of blood takes the form of the girl, but the fountain’s motor is obviously the beating heart. This makes me imagine that we all conceal an elaborate marble fountain just under our skin, and this is the font of life. Perhaps each fountain is carved with the story of our passions, or rounded and smooth with the wear of time against stone. Whether your fountain is Bernini, Brancusi, or de Saint Phalle, it is there, showering your cells with fresh oxygen, with life. 

According to medical astrology, the sign Leo rules the heart space, the solar plexus. Fairytale and myth tells us that lions are brave, golden, noble. The kind of bravery that the lion exudes is derived from the ability to lead from the heart space, to let love govern, to embody warmth. C.S. Lewis’s Aslan is the glowing example of the regenerative fertility of the heart-centered power the lion possesses. The lion is the protective deity, the king/queen of animal life. From city gates to library steps, lion statues have always guarded boundaries, inspired awe, exuded majestic power. 

When we think of Leo, we also find ourselves awash in this kind of language. This fixed fire sign rules House 5, the house of fertility and creative expression. I consider Leo the artist of the self, the sign that is consistently engaged with translating the inner voice to the outside world, speaking, singing, writing, leading cults—Leo wants to be in the spotlight, show off their beautiful manes, and roar. 

The New Moon in Leo solar eclipse works to activate the dynamic between the private heart (Leo), and the collective heart (Aquarius). This is the last eclipse in Leo for a very long time, and so the feeling is one of conclusions being drawn, the end of a cycle, and the beginning of a new one. Another turn of the wheel.

This summer has been incredibly tough for many of us. A continual slew of retrograde planets (that’s Mercury, Mars, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto at the point of writing this) have made it so that it is nearly impossible to move forward. The best astrological wisdom for retrogrades is to treat this as a time to “look within,” to adopt a stance like The Hermit card in the tarot, to seek wisdom from higher sources, to focus on the inner spiritual rather than the external material. That’s all well and good, but after a while, we are all just longing to be released from this period of stillness. Poses held in meditation take concentration, discipline, energy. I don’t think I speak solely for myself when I say there is collective exhaustion, at this point.

Even so, there is reason to maintain a sense of hope and optimism. August 11th’s New Moon in Leo brings us our third and final eclipse of the season, and activates and regenerates energies associated with House 5, the house of fertility. The Moon will sit conjunct the Sun, and our egos and emotional states find a place to rest, holding one another in a brief embrace of understanding. The dark Moon won’t bring too much clarity, especially since it is  compounded by an solar eclipse, but we will be supported by three trine aspects, which give a positive, flowing energy to the day, and this can serve as our cosmic lifeline. Mars in Aquarius trines dreamy Venus in Libra. These signs in positive aspect bring harmony to our passions, our artistic sensibilities, can help us to be brave in the face of change or fear. Jupiter in Scorpio trines Neptune in Pisces, and we are reminded to tend to our secrets, to water the flowers in our underworld gardens, and to realign with our senses of integrity and compassion. Beware of floating away in foggy Neptune’s gaze. Lastly, Saturn in Capricorn trines Uranus in Taurus, and our attention to needs material and practical will be renewed. Changes we need to make will be supported and honored by this trine, so you can move forward boldly. 

Be gentle with yourselves. Mars will square Uranus, making it easy for misunderstandings or tempers to flare. Jupiter squares Mercury, giving us the feeling that we can accomplish anything we set our minds to, but be mindful that you don’t get carried away. Jupiter is expansive, and Mercury rules communication. Try to keep your thoughts to yourself, and focus on your own planning and growth at this time. 

Eclipses are here to push us toward our proper path, to shake us out of misalignment and complacency so that we can find our proper path. With the passing of eclipse number three, we find ourselves moved to live more seriously attenuated to our personal truths. Whatever intuitions are coming to you at this time about your place in the world, make sure you are honoring them and giving them space to grow from mere filament into shining light. Fairly soon after this eclipse, Mercury stations direct on August 19th, Mars stations direct on August 27th, and Saturn stations direct on September 6th, allowing us to finally make progress for ourselves. The time to move forward will come soon enough, and I know you will be ready when the moment arrives. 

The shadow of a lion in the shape of a girl,

Celestial Hermit

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Occultist, poet, translator, Neptunian lamentress. Christina Farella operates Eighth House Astrology, where she creates astrological portraits for Seekers. She imagines our natal charts as lush celestial embroidery hovering over our shoulders. Fondness for descent into the underworld. She hangs myrtle above her bed.
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Occultist, poet, translator, Neptunian lamentress. Christina Farella operates Eighth House Astrology, where she creates astrological portraits for Seekers. She imagines our natal charts as lush celestial embroidery hovering over our shoulders. Fondness for descent into the underworld. She hangs myrtle above her bed.

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