August 2018: New Moon in Leo, Solar Eclipse

The Grand Finale of Eclipse Season

The New Moon in Leo in the wee hours of Saturday, August 11 is a very special Solar Eclipse. For starters, this is the last big event of the current Eclipse season. To recap, these are the events for the current Eclipse season:

This event also (mostly) concludes the longer Leo/Aquarius Eclipse series, which began two years ago. Let’s take a look at the dates below for these related Eclipses:

  • August 18, 2016 (Lunar Eclipse @ 25° Aquarius)
  • February 10, 2017 (Lunar Eclipse @ 22° Leo)
  • August 7, 2017 (Lunar Eclipse @ 15° Aquarius)
  • August 21, 2017 (The Great American Solar Eclipse @ 28° Leo)
  • January 31, 2018 (Total Lunar Eclipse @ 11° Leo)
  • February 15, 2018 (Solar Eclipse @ 27° Aquarius)

There’s just one more Eclipse in Leo due at the beginning of next year:

  • January 21, 2019 (Total Lunar Eclipse @ 0° Leo)

If you’re ready to explore the meaning of these Eclipses for you, here is a simple way to do so: 

Take a moment to note what was happening in your life on and around the dates given above. I encourage you to actually pull up your calendar or take out your journal or planner to jog your memory. Write a couple of sentences to a paragraph for each.

It can also be helpful to look at which Houses Leo and Aquarius occupy in your birth chart. This will give indications of what areas of your life have been affected, as well as some of the themes you could have expected to be struggling with.

Another Way of Being

At the time of the New Moon, all of the planets except for the benefics (Jupiter and Venus) are Retrograde. This is significant because, in most ways, we are all operating on a slightly different level than usual. We are generally more introspective and inwardly-focused.

Retrograde movement is a time for examining past developments and taking a standstill. Add to this that we’ve had a few complex lunations because of Eclipse season and the heavy focus on some difficult planets on Full and New Moons, and tensions are somewhat high. 

Leo is our vitality and ability to project ourselves out into the world. Although this is the direction everything has been leading us to, we might not feel that ready for our grand debut just at this moment. (Case in point, this report is coming out past the Full Moon!)

The break-out moment symbolized by this regal lioness of a New Moon is one that will take time to unfold. It’s the dawn of a new day, but one in which the Sun is slow to rise, and in the darkness we are left to ruminate over the fantastic dreams of the previous night. 

Working Hard to Become More Authentically Expressive

With Mercury finishing up a Retrograde period in Leo as well, a lot of attention is put on how we want to express ourselves verbally and in writing. Again, there’s a bit of a lag here. We want to (or have to) go back to the drawing board and spend time imagining before we can sing out to the crowds.

There is also tension created by the need to express oneself authentically and artistically in relation to big truths that have been dug up lately by (whistle-blower) Jupiter in Scorpio.

Lovely Venus, peace-maker extraordinaire, whispers promises of fairness restored. Each of us must have our moment to be heard. 

The day after the New Moon, Mars retrogrades back into Capricorn. He is industrious here normally. Being Retrograde, however, we might get that old feeling of needing desperately to get back on track but not feeling particularly effective. 

First Quarter Moon in Scorpio – August 18

We can all rejoice that Mercury Retrograde is over on August 18 – the same day as the First Quarter Moon in Scorpio.

It’s a fine day to check in with ourselves and take notice of the places our mind has gone to in the last couple of weeks. Now is one of those moments where Venus starts to sprinkle a little stardust on us, encouraging us to be true to ourselves.

At the same time, the atmosphere is still a bit heavy and dark. We’re encouraged by this moon to sink into our felt sense. Get familiar with your emotional landscape and prepare for an emotional renewal on the Full Moon. 

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