A journey into the realm of Gods, Goddesses and the human heart
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OB-HT644_merce3_F_20100305180450We are already at the New Moon in Leo of the year! After a month marked by the return to direct motion of Mercury in Gemini, but really completing its post shadow period in Cancer on its way to link with the Uranus-Pluto square, which we have been living through for the past 4 year. We are left with a new war on Israel-Palestine, military and passengers (M17) aircrafts shot down or lost, all of which remind us of the sign of Cancer and the need to defend our borders and our ‘home’? Theme that resonates and occur in other parts of the world as we all well know. We don’t seem to learn the lessons of the past, and dropping bombs on each other seems to be the only “no solution” to which we are still holding on to and each part with its well studied and heartfelt apologies for not sitting down to fix it in a more diplomatic and intelligent manner and exercise our “academic superiority” with respect to the other. What good does it do to progress both scientifically and academically if later we end up resorting to bombs?
It’s very nice to write about the maternal qualities of Cancer, and the feeling of the water sings, but the reality of the passage of Jupiter through this sign for the past 12 months, and now with Mercury in Cancer (the voice of the people, our land), in opposition to Pluto (power struggles and death) in square to Uranus in Aries (liberation from what oppresses us) have left us with many deaths, cyclones and floods, many wars and more deaths. The Grand Cardinal cross of the beginning of the year is certainly making us aware more than ever of the abuse of the dominant classes, the fact that the rich are becoming richer and all the others increasingly poorer. As well as the fact that 80% of the world is poor and corrupt and that nobody seems to know how to fix this either.
And now in a great effort not to sound negative, we have what should be this wonderful new moon in Leo, which peaks in conjunction to Jupiter (the great benefactor) recently established in this sign. But unfortunately, all of this links with a Mars just moved to Scorpio, today, after spending 8 months in Libra, which seemed to keep diplomatic efforts in action. Now the meetings of leaders eager to find a peaceful solution, will find the added tension between Leo (big egos) and Scorpio (revenge and death). The good news is that Saturn already about 17 degrees of Scorpio, forms a large trine to Mercury and Venus in Cancer and Neptune and Chiron in PISCES, which may somewhat counteract the high tension of the T-squares, but the large trine in Water, can be a little too “watery” in their efforts to find a solution to these conflicts. Venus in Cancer which also values the “home”, the “land of our ancestors”, opposes Pluto in Capricorn for this Lunation and of course connects with Uranus by square.
Is there something good in all of this? You may ask, and Yes. The wonders of a new moon in Leo, in conjunction to Jupiter, is without doubt, the possibility of finding a way to express our uniqueness, the extraordinary quality that makes us different from the others, despite belonging to a particular group. What is that that your psyche and your soul need to express, completely apart from your family and cultural conditioning, or the characteristics of “the land” in which you’ve born. It is here where we have a chance of surviving this nationalistic or cultural whirlwind. Who AM I besides belonging to this family, breed or particular tribe?. should i let myself be dragged by the ideas of the tribe, even when my heart asks for something else? The nationalist ground has more to do with Cancer. In Leo, we want to explore who we really are, besides..(being part of a particular tribe). Which is the Mission of my soul, if any, which is my personal Fate?, separate from that of my tribe or what is expected of me, in the place of birth?. What are my own ideologies? Must I be Christian, Muslim, Jewish, hindu, just because my ancestors? We know that if we rise to the place where all souls come together, the realm that some shamans call the North, Christians Heaven, the Greeks and myself the Olympus or the Underworld, then these differences blur and gradually cease to exist. In the “great soul”, every child who dies is the son of all of us, every woman who dies is the sister, mother and daughter of all of us, every man that dies is the father, brother and husband of everyone. The religious, national and tribal differences seem a distant and sad reminder of a separation which in reality does not exist. The question could be, do we keep throwing bombs to each other because we are manipulated by an elite that wants to sell weapons or because in some dark corner of our psyche, we are still in the jungle and we must protect ourselves from other predators and survive above all?
Last night I went to a creative event, which reminded me of the real importance of the message of the sign of Leo. In the mad rush of creativity, of connecting with what makes us unique, the importance of expressing it somehow, the risk that involves letting it out and sharing it with others and risking being criticizes, it is wonderful to watch the smile in the faces of the dancers, (in this particular case), at the end of the process, when after years, months or weeks of hard work and creativity, it is performed in what seems to be a second. When one realices that never mind how imperfect, or incomplete, whatever it came out, is part of you, to explore, to correct and perfect, to polish, or simply to share, to give to others who may or may not benefit from it. The Sharing is perhaps the most satisfactory part, when you see the reaction of others. Simply because sharing yourself is an act of Generosity, and Love and this is a supreme quality of the sign of LEO.
Use the energies of this new moon, to connect with your heart and investigate what more you have to give, to share with others which can help you be proud to be who you are and the possibilities you have. Don’t do anything that you may be embarrassed or regret later.
Even if you don’t paint or dance or play an instrument, every single action of your life, can be a choreography, a poem, a song. That’s Leo.

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thorWhenever I think of Leo, the image of a great lion in the Zoo of Barcelona which i first met in an outing with my daughter, then 11 years old. I could not stop photographing it. Its absolutely real bearing, I wouldn’t doubt that this animal, despite not being the fiercest and bravest, is the King of the jungle. There is something about this huge cat that defies reason and logic. It’s not even the largest and is the female which goes out to seek food. Even so, his extraordinary mane and porte inspire a brutal respect.
There is something extraordinarily noble and Royal in the way he sits, walks. The same goes for the Leo’s of the Zodiac. They appear to be equal to all other humans, with our racial and cultural differences, but something separates them from the rest of us. There’s no denying that something in them is more striking than in other mortals. Especially if Leo is in the ascendant or the luminaries (Sun and Moon).
But of course, is not only their appearance, that distinguishes Leo, that would mean that they are superficial and that is not the case. Leo is ruled by the Sun, the star of our planetary system, around which, we all turn around and feed from the huge electromagnetic waves emanating constantly. Its power tans our skin and fills us with vitamin D, essential for happiness, among other things. If it dies we all die.
The Sun and Leo talk about the hero’s journey, in search of himself. Many believe that this is the sign of creativity, but I tend to think like Liz Greene, Gemini, Cancer, Pisces and Taurus are the creative signs of the Zodiac, but it depends on what we mean when we talk about creativity. Leos are actually more interested in discovering what differentiates them from others, what is that which is ‘unique’ to them, that their soul needs to evolve. This is also a creative process. Creativity in the search for oneself. Leo isn’t interested in being “the best”, but in being “unique”. If we think of the LEOS known in the art world we can see this phenomenon clearly, some of these extraordinary Leos who may not be technically better than others, but even so, are unique: Madonna, Mick Jagger, Jennifer López, Marcel Duchamp, Louis Armstrong, Tina Turner (ASC) Andy Warhal, Barack Obama, Whitney Houston, Louis Vitton, Roger Federer, Usaín Bolt, Henry Ford, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and I left Chris Hemsworth to the end, because I think that the role he played in the film Thor (the equivalent to Zeus, in Nordic and Germanic mythology) God of Thunder and Lightning, was a good example of the symbolism of Jupiter in Leo.
The difficulty of the journey of Leo, manifests itself when Leo starts to feel and experience its uniqueness before finding it and connecting with it. It is here that a kind of arrogance and aggrandizement begins to annoy everyone around them. Feel unique, but without yet knowing why, it is the beginning of the journey and is a very young stage of the Leo who then must go forth in search of himself and discover what and how they are different. There are many stories that speak of this journey of the hero, but the search, for Leo, is intimately linked to the story of saving the old King, diseased and/or decayed. In the life of many Leos, the father is sick or destitute in some form or another, sometimes they come from rich families that have lost it all and is the Leo child, who takes upon him/herself to care for or re-elevate the defeated father figure. I have seen this pattern very often in the life of the Leos and particularly those with ASC in Leo.
As well as Thor, Jupiter is a god that arrive to power, after overthrowing the father. Zeus becomes the head of Olympus, after defeating the Titans, and Saturn, his father. A wonderful allegory of the Jupiter-Saturn relationship in the sense that the first invites us to expand our horizons, to risk, to excess and Saturn reminds us of our limitations.
With Jupiter in Leo in a birth chart, we can see a noble spirit in search of his Center and his own truth. Jupiter is the step beyond Mars that is the more brainless Warrior, who believes in his own strength, but doesn’t question much. Jupiter whispers to us about other truths. Invites us to the expansion and tells us: “Look beyond your neighborhood, your city, your country” “there are other truths beyond your borders” “Search!”
On its journey through Leo, Jupiter will form a square “almost” (3 to 5 ° ORB) to Saturn in Scorpio in the last months of 2014, but this will not be exact until 3 August 2015, just before Jupiter finally moves into Virgo. This is an interesting proposition, especially when these two planets come from being in trine during part of the 2013-2014 and we have seen many wars in defence of the homeland, of ideals and tribal differences (Jupiter in Cancer) and support to the rebels by large institutions (Saturn in Scorpio).
We can consider that the square by sign between these two, will be present throughout the year. It is also accompanied by trines to Uranus which become exact 3 times: 25-26 of September 2014, March 1, 2015 and June 21-22, 2015. Jupiter in Leo(our ideals and beliefs)-Uranus in Aries (the rampant desire for freedom and being ready to fight for it) will bring the referendum in Scotland, voting in September, to stay as part of the United Kingdom or become independent. The last time Jupiter was in Leo, Gibraltar voted to stay under the English flag. What will happen this time?
On 2 and 3 August Jupiter in Leo will link with Mercury at about 3 ° of Leo, and the Sun around 9º, and will form a square to Mars in Scorpio which will be in line with the Moon at about 3 degrees of Scorpio. We can say that those people with planets in fixed signs: Tauro-Leo – Scorpio-Aquarius within those degrees, will have to contain their need to impose their will on others, and look deep inside, to understand why they need to do so.
Jupiter in Leo will be an extraordinary array of possibilities for the Leos, that have long wanted to get rid of oppressive situations, for Aries and Sagittarius a good breath of fresh air and optimism, particularly Aries, much needed.
Sagittarius is preparing for the brief entry of Saturn in their sign in December where will stay until December 2017, although there is a small break between June 16 and September 19, 2015, when Saturn dips back into Scorpio.
Jupiter in Leo, favors inner search, the sculpture of the self, the expansion of ego and brings us great optimism, we’ll have resort to Saturn at all times not to over do it, but enjoy this spectacular and powerful energy that will put us in contact with faith in the unknown once again.

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Here comes the new moon in Leo of the year, and like all lunations, with its particular characteristics that make it different from all the others.
Interestingly, as I write, I hear that the United States, closed several of their embassies, due to new threats of possible attacks from Al Qaeda, precisely when Jupiter reaches the same degrees, where it was when the fateful September 11. The first return of this huge planet to the point where it was then, for those terrifying attacks on the Twin Towers, when that powerful opposition of Saturno (structures, finances) in the sign of the Twins, Gemini, to Pluto in Sagittarius(our beliefs).At the same time, on the following day, on August 7th, Jupiter will make the first of three exact opposition to Pluto in Capricorn and on its way to form the first of the three squares to Uranus, on 21 August. Another event that re-enacts this square between Uranus and Pluto which we have been living with, for the last 3 years.
The spirit of independence, revolution and the desire to fight for our rights arises once again. Once more opportunity to have a good look at what should be eliminated and transformed to be able to evolve. One further push to disarm the structures that oppress us and prevent us from moving forward. All those who resist change or see it as a fad that will end soon, before everything goes back to the way it was before, is in for a shock. There is no turning back!. Everything that is moving away from our lives, will not return. It cannot be like before. But at the same time, Jupiter, continues being part of this incredible Grand Trine to Saturn and Neptune, therefore our compassion and the desire to help others, are still strong and they transform our life, filling it with love and forgiveness.
This new moon is in exact conjunction to Vesta, opposition to Juno and another conjunction to Ceres. The power of the feminine, will be felt. Meetings of women, like therapeutic encounters, like Family Constellations, give us the opportunity, to learn how to operate, from the depths of the female psyche, both in men and women. Vesta is the guardian of the divine fire in the home. Represents like no one else, the journey of Leo to find and express their creativity, or better said, to find the way to shine through their creativity. Leos, need to express themselves creatively more than most people, but most of all, they need to discover, connect with and express their own inner fire. Ceres adds his maternal dimension to this lunation and the relationship with children may become an enriching and exciting dimension . The need to understand how to feed our own inner fire is also the task of Ceres. Juno, shouts from the opposition, the need for equality within our personal relationships and above all, the importance to give space to one another, to nourish and express our own creativity. Living as a couple, does not mean sacrificing our individuality. Or it shouldn’t be. Pallas is in exact conjunction to Jupiter, his father in Greek mythology, remember?, she emerges from the head of his father Zeus, already grown

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and fully dressed as a Warrior. And a warrior she is. These two bodies together, oppose Pluto, and what a wonderful allegory of the full expression of the female power, not only from seduction, as Venus does, but from the intellect and wisdom. The face of Malala, the Afghan girl who was shoot by a Taliban, for fighting for the education of women in Pakistan, comes to mind. But of course, this planetary aspects can and will revolutionize the crowds, again, from now, up to the full moon in Aquarius on August 20.
This new moon in Leo is a splendid opportunity for all of us, to show with confidence, what we have learned to do and which allows us to express a part of our soul, and nothing else. The Sun and the Moon, also form a T-square to the Lunar nodes and a wide square toSaturn, which calls us to look within ourselves, especially those who still don’t know it, for that thing that allows us to express our heart and that sets us apart from others. Listen to your inner voice during these next few days and you will find the courage to believe, to have faith in yourself, and let it flow, whatever is in your heart, that is asking from the depths of you mind and soul, for expression. Dare to be you.