August 8 is the date of the New Moon in Leo. This is a time to plant seeds of intention connected to our creativity and what we want to manifest from the heart.
As the New Moon opposes Saturn and squares Uranus, yes, we are experiencing a reality check right now and a shake-up. For us to loosen the bonds, we have to be prepared to embrace new perspectives, try new things, explore alternatives, experiment. We must embrace freedom where there is freedom to be had and accept regulation where regulation is required. Don’t let pride get in the way of living from your heart.
By the way, I know a lot of people are speaking about this New Moon being connected to ‘the lion’s gate portal’, but this date (August 8) is arbitrary and does not reflect the actual heliacal rising of dog-star Sirius which takes place around August 11 this year, depending on latitude. For those of us at higher latitudes, the heliacal rising will be more towards the end of August. Heliacal Rising means, visible in the East just before dawn ahead of the Sun (Helios), i.e., a morning star. It occurs after a period of obscurity where the star (or planet) concerned has been too close in alignment to the Sun to be visible.
Ancient Egyptians noticed that the heliacal rising of Sirius occurred just before the Nile flooded each year. The floods were said to have been caused by Isis as she wept for Osiris so the energy of this occurrence is mixed – grief with the potential for destruction and yet also the promise of life as the ‘dog days’ of Summer can produce drought. The flooding of the Nile brought life-giving waters hence perhaps the association with this period having a super potent and creative energetic signature. If you want to locate Sirius in the sky, it’s easy – just look for the three stars of Orion’s belt and trace your fingers across and downwards to the brightest star in the sky.
This Week’s Major Aspects
02-Aug-21 Sun opposite Saturn
Playing a part to garner approval from others. Respect yourself enough to be who you are.
03-Aug-21 Mercury trine Chiron. Venus trine Uranus
Mantras for confidence. A natural urge to build bridges. A breath of fresh air in relationships.
04-Aug-21 Mercury square Uranus. Sun trine Chiron
Stress and anxiety. Too much mental stimulation. Switch off and give yourself time to heal.
05-Aug-21 No major aspects
06-Aug-21 No major aspects
07-Aug-21 Sun square Uranus
Disruption. A desire for freedom. Rebelliousness. Liberate the real you without throwing everything up in the air.
08-Aug-21 New Moon in Leo
Creative seed ideas. Learning how to live from the heart. Courage in the face of adversity.
Painting – ‘Lion by Albrecht Durer’