Saturday, August 27, 2011

New Moon August 28, 2011

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New Moon Cycle: 5 degrees of Virgo 27 minutes
August 28, 2011 at 5:04 PM EDT, 6:04 PM CDT, 7:04 PM MDT. 8:04 PM PDT.

Any time the new moon is also conjunct another planet (in the same degree of the zodiac/ within 6 degrees), the lunation takes on the qualities of the planet in conjunction as well. This doesn't happen each month; however this next lunation cycle begins with a conjunction to the planet Venus in Virgo. Therefore, the Sun, the Moon and Venus form a grand trine (major configuration) to Jupiter in Taurus and Pluto in Capricorn. Meanwhile, Mars in Cancer is squaring Saturn in Libra; Uranus in Aries is continuing a long term square to Pluto in Capricorn and Mercury has just gone direct in Leo. Add an opposition of Neptune to the New Moon for a little less clarity and a real need to let go and let God and this New Moon chart becomes more complex and full of energy that needs sorting out and grounding. Think of this next month in this way and you can make sense of what is happening in the world at large.

The earth signs are predominant with this grand trine so there can be clarity and vision for those willing to rise above the conflicts that seem to be everywhere right now.

Remember that we are looking at the energy of the planet in general with each lunation cycle as the focus and we can apply this to any other chart, whether it is one's natal chart or the chart of the USA. The personal interpretation is very different from the mundane but the energy remains the same.

In general, the square from Uranus to Pluto, a long standing transiting square which tends to define these difficult times, predominates over the faster moving lunation cycle which is in effect for the month. That long acting square was even more challenging while Saturn was in the earlier degrees of Libra forming a T Cross. Anyone with planets in the first decanate (1 degree through 10 degrees) of the cardinal signs (Aries, Cancer, Libra, Capricorn) has been and is still experiencing this energy on a very personal level. Mars is finishing a waning square to Saturn so the energy of deep frustration should begin to lift.

With the grand trine in earth signs it is time to focus on what can be done from a practical perspective. Take some of those ideas, separate the illusion (Neptune) from the reality (Earth) and get to work on making things happen in your life. There really isn't much anyone can do about the structural blocks that keep the big games going.

With Uranus squaring Pluto, we are all in for some challenging times as power structures (Pluto in Capricorn) get challenged by the unexpected (Uranus in Aries). People and forces are taking action now which will transform society. Let's hope it is for the better though it may not seem so as the chaos persists. Change is never easy.

For the cardinal signs Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn, conjunctions from Uranus and Pluto as well as squares and oppositions are usually very challenging and force people to re-evaluate life either through severe external difficulties or deeper internal challenges. With Uranus there is always a need for change which can manifest like sudden and unexpected occurrences that leave us transformed. Pluto often brings a deeper process of death and rebirth while most often it is not literal; it is painful and feels powerful, beyond our control at an ego level. If we look deeper we can see how our path has been leading us to this point in the process. This is not a time to isolate and try to do it all on your own. Reach out and seek help wherever you can find it. The grand trine in earth, influenced by Venus, planet of love and relationship, softens the challenges for a while.

Both Uranus and Pluto are slow moving planets which symbolize psycho-spiritual evolution on an individual level and require those who experience this to look deeply within their psyches or fall into a sense of lack of control. The choice is always ours but it often doesn't feel like that. Sometimes we want to blame the world and other people. The energy demands that we each take responsibility for our self. When we come to the next lunation this energy will still be active. There is time to do this so be patient with all that is happening and try to understand at a deeper level, a more spiritual level.

Mercury has just gone direct after being retrograde for most of August. It is time to get things moving forward again after what might have been delays. Give it all some time to get in gear since Mercury will not be covering new ground until September 10th.

From the mundane to the personal/psychological/spiritual, the background energy of this lunation is the cardinal square of the Uranus/Pluto transit with some respite coming from the grand trine of the new lunation conjunct Venus, trine Jupiter and Pluto. Pluto, being a part of both configurations is the key to unlocking the deeper dimensions of the soul's journey. Allowing the death of the old and whatever rebirth one glimpses will serve a deeper purpose even if one is not fully conscious of what is happening as yet. With Jupiter completing the grand trine, the future can be glimpsed and more uplifting goals can be accessed. It is all hard work but it will pay off in the long run.

Monthly lunar cycles are important to explore but always with the understanding that there is much complexity from slower moving planets, particularly at this time in history. The planet is experiencing major transformation which we will explore further in the coming weeks/months.

We are also moving into an election cycle which should prove very challenging for those running for office. We will take a look at the major presidential candidates as well as President Obama as the next year unfolds.

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