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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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.

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This full moon in Leo, seems to close or add a vital ingredient to the theme begun for the new moon in Cancer on January 11th. We know that when the full moon falls on Leo it is because the Sun is in Aquarius.
Last night, in one of my classes one of my students brought me the transcript of the acceptance speech of Barack Obama for his last inauguration as President. Barack Obama, a Leo with Aquarius Ascendant, began the speech citing a portion of the Declaration of Independence of his country which reads as follows:
“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, which are endowed by their creator with certain inalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness”
There is an air of Leo-Aquarius in these words, especially in the declaration that “all men are created equal” (Aquarius) and with special talents, unique to each one, to be developed in “the pursuit of happiness” (Leo). The Leo-Acuario drama, talks about how to be special and develop our personal and unique talents and at the same time, part of a group, a team,which benefits all and also each member thereof. How to join a group and be part of a whole without losing our individuality. Obama adds: “preserve our individual freedom, in the end, requires collective action”.
Sometimes I think that movies are a perfect example of this. It requires a very good team (director, writer, actors, lighting technicians, musicians, etc) to make a good film. If you then get a very good movie then everyone involved shine therefore.
This full moon in Leo, formes a T-square with Saturn in Scorpio. This is a reminder, that our freedom ends where someone else’s
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starts . There are boundaries in life that are undeniable and if we don’t respect them or apply them in our life, then life will remind us of them, all the time. If you want to jump from a very high mountain paragliding, you must first learn how to do it. If you want to spend 10 hours in the gym and you are over 60 years old, you ought take care of your heart. If you want to be the best pianist in the world you must play piano for many hours, and like Malcolm Gladwell says, at least 10,000 hours, before you may call yourself a good pianist. Saturn constantly reminds us that we are not gods, we have limits and also the fact that everything requires hard work, to become good, even love. Especially love.

Venus in Capricorn is in a to Eris in Aries, and this seems to remind that the exclusivity in love, is very difficult. That we can not be “so special” for anyone, so that he/she never finds anybody more interesting, or more beautiful than us. There is always someone better than us, but there is never another equal to us.
What makes us special and unique, is not being the most beautiful, the most interesting, or the most intelligent, what makes us unique, is our own combination of all this. Nobody has to offer exactly the same thing. What makes us special and unique is daring to be who we really are. With our talents, difficulties, inner demons, limitations, and vision of life. He or she who carries his own baggage with dignity and confidence, with the conviction that he or she also has something to offer to the whole, now, that’s sexy.! The wrath of Eris is toned down with Acceptance and Humility.
Uranus in Aries also forms a conjunction to Pallas in Aries and at the same time, the two of them form a square to Pluto in Capricorn. The issue of independence and the freedom to exercise our rights is one of the reminders of this combination. Pallas connects us with the old struggle between the masculine and the feminine. The choice of celibacy as defense or “revenge” against the opposite sex or the struggle for equality in the relationship. Power struggles with other women, with female bosses, teachers, are exacerbated by this contact to Pluto. Still, Pallas-Urano, form a trine to the Moon and a sextile to the Sun, therefore, the struggle for independence and personal freedom, may not encounter so much resistance. It could help us discover that the resistance is in our own mind.
Jupiter stations direct in Gemini on January 30, which will bring a deep sense of optimism and faith, it may bring the rewards of efforts and hard work of the past. Jupiter has been in square to Chiron, for the past 6 months , suggesting the road to follow in search of the desired healing. Something within us, pushes us to seek, beyond the neighborhood, for the right answer, one that shows us the path to follow.
Fixed signs, will be most affected by this lunation, especially with the passage of Mars by Aquarium, which has added a bit of stress to Taurus, Leo, Scorpio and Aquarius.
Feel free to comment on your experience of this lunation.
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