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Episode 191 | Leo New Moon: Sparkle More Brightly!

Episode 191 | Leo New Moon: Sparkle More Brightly!

This week: a glorious New Moon in Leeeeooooo finds us entirely engrossed in being more truly ourselves. The Sun and Mars make brilliant, energizing aspects to Uranus. And April answers a listener question about solar houses; what are they, how do you use them for your chart, and why would you want to?

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[1:46] The Sun squares Uranus on Aug. 15 (7:34 PM PDT) at 23º00’ degrees Leo-Taurus – look for connections to last week’s Venus-Uranus square at the same degrees.

[3:27] Uranus’ Sabian symbol is 23 Taurus, A jewelry shop. You’ll sparkle more brightly as you get closer to your true identity, rather than playing a role.

[4:36] Moon Report! The New Moon in Leeeeeeoooooo (Aug. 16, 2:38 AM PDT) is at 23º17’ Leo on the Sabian symbol 24 Leo, An untidy, unkempt man. The Sun and Moon conjunct Venus and square Uranus in Taurus; time to examine your worth and demand better treatment.

[7:38] The New Moon in creative Leo is the season to ask, “What do you want to create in the year ahead?”

[10:00] Mars at 22º53’ Virgo in a grand trine with Uranus and Pluto is an opportunity to tackle a project, possibly for the masses, in a precise, inspired way.

[10:43] This New Moon begins a Lunar Phase Family Cycle that plays out over the next three years. The First Quarter Phase of this cycle is on May 15, 2024, the Full Moon is on Feb. 2025, and the Last Quarter is on Nov. 11, 2025.

[13:11] Void-of-Course (VOC) Moon Periods. On Aug. 14th (12:46 AM PDT) the Moon in Cancer opposes Pluto. It’s Void-of-Course for about three hours and then enters Leo (3:36 AM PDT). Make changes to emotional habits, particularly related to power, control and safety.

[14:14] The Moon in Leo conjuncts the Sun on Aug. 16th (2:38 AM PDT). The Moon will be VOC for about 1 ½ hours before entering Virgo (4:14 PM PDT). How can we be a more authentic version of ourselves?

[15:17] On Aug. 19 (1:51 AM PDT), the Moon in Virgo trines Pluto. It’s VOC for about three hours before it enters Libra (4:53 AM PDT). Think about exalting your day-to-day work and using it toward large and important work. Humble worker bees could get a gold star for the day!

[16:36] Mars trines Uranus at 23º00’ Virgo-Taurus (Aug. 16, 6:53 am PDT). Mars is on the Sabian symbol 23 Virgo, An animal trainer, and Uranus is on 23 Taurus, A jewelry shop. If you have worked hard, shown self-discipline, and most importantly, have shown up for work, this is the time that the Muse should visit.

[19:36] April answers listener Elodie’s question about solar houses.

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