Leo New Moon – I/ME/WE

With the inner planets moving forwards and the outer planets retrograde it suggests a conflict between the life and needs of the individual and the greater machinations of society.

The Leo New Moon (August 19th, 3:42 BST) is not just a moon/sun conjunction (like every new moon) but Mercury is also there in the mix, and all of them are trine Mars in its home sign of Aries. I’m taking this as a good indicator for the victory of personal power.

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It is in our hands what we choose to create or destroy at this time.

“Achievement doesn’t come from what we do, but from who we are.  Our worldly power results from our personal power.  Our career is an extension of our personality. People who profoundly achieve aren’t necessarily people who do so much, they’re people around whom things get done. Mahatma Gandhi and JFK were great examples of this.  Their great achievements lay in all the energy they stirred in other people, the invisible forces they unleashed around them.  By touching their own depths, they touched the depths within others.  That kind of charisma, the power to affect what happens on the earth, from an invisible realm within is the natural right and function of the son of god.  New frontiers are internal ones, the real stretch is always within us.  Instead of expanding our ability or willingness to go out and get anything, we expand our ability to receive what is already here for us.  Personal power emanates from someone who takes life seriously.  The universe takes us as seriously as we take it.  There is no greater seriousness than the full appreciation of the power and importance of love.  Miracles flow from the recognition that love is the purpose of our career.”

― Marianne Williamson, A Return to Love: Reflections on the Principles of “A Course in Miracles”

Divination/ Journalling Prompts

This month’s astrology twisted my arm to create a card layout…

Ritual/ Spellwork/ EveryDayMagic Suggestions

*The fire energy is strong, candle magic or other types of fire magic are go (but take care not to get burned, as sparks fly more with Mars in Aries).
*Spend time getting creative just for fun, no expectations on the outcome.
*Been thinking about making a change to your appearance? Now’s the time.

Third Quarter Moon in Taurus – Breakout

The Moon reaches First Quarter point in Taurus (August 11th, 17:45 BST). Quarter moons are formed when the sun and moon are at right angles to each other, which is called a square in astrology (and geometry). This square energy is usually felt as restlessness, it calls for action, movement.

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With the moon and Venus in mutual reception, and Mercury close to the sun in Leo, I feel like this movement is more internal than external. It’s a mindset shift. Suddenly you notice something that you do regularly which is not helpful for you. Suddenly it becomes harder to lie to yourself and others.

“I lie to myself all the time. But I never believe me.”

― S.E. Hinton, The Outsiders

Divination/ Journalling Prompts

*What am I hiding from others?
*What am I hiding from myself?
*How can I breakout?

Ritual/ Spellwork/ EveryDayMagic Suggestions

*Purification bath, use three bay leaves, three handfulls of salt, three drops of rosemary, and soak.
*Going somewhere? Find a new way to get there.
*Change something in your daily routine/ rhythm, perhaps the order in which you put your clothes on, or the way you brush your teeth. You can change.

Full Aquarius Moon – Connect

The Full Aquarius Moon (August 3rd, 16:59 BST) brings a window of opportunity to connect with like-minded and interesting people. If you’ve been feeling a bit stale in your relationships (and I suspect that is the case for many of us during global restrictions of freedom of movement) what can you do to breathe some fresh air into this part of your life?

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It’s not so much the super deep and meaningful relationships I’m talking about here, it’s more friends/ acquaintances.
I read an interesting article yesterday on the (excellent) Mooncircles.com site by April Elliot Kent entitled “Aquarius Full Moon: Alone, Together” where she talked about this, which really resonated.

“You know when you begin to feel a lack of balance in your life, a paucity of happy, uncomplicated places where you can simply show up, be yourself, and have the sense that you belong there.”

April Elliot Kent

Divination/ Journaling Prompts

*What is the current state of my friendships?
*What do I need to to fulfil my needs in this area?
*How can I protect my need for space?
*How can I foster “happy, uncomplicated places”?

Ritual/ EveryDayMagic/ Spellwork Suggestions

*It’s Full Moon Ritual time!
*Release what is holding you back, perhaps through burning a list of those things and blowing the embers away with the breeze
*Invite what you need, perhaps through creating a charm bag with representations of what you’re looking for and some herbs/ stones to bolster your intent

First Quarter Moon in Scorpio – SWEAT

As the month draws to a close, the moon reaches its first quarter in Scorpio (July 27th, 13:32 BST). With Mars energy already holding sway, I feel like this first quarter, in Mars’s (traditional) home sign, will further fan the fire.

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They say that what we put our attention on grows, well, it is also (more) true that what we put our effort into flourishes. What do you want that you aren’t currently giving enough effort? Put your back into it, at whatever level you can manage. Not all effort is physical.

“Be of good cheer. Do not think of today’s failures, but of the success that may come tomorrow. You have set yourselves a difficult task, but you will succeed if you persevere; and you will find a joy in overcoming obstacles. Remember, no effort that we make to attain something beautiful is ever lost.”
― Helen Keller

Divination/ Journaling Prompts

*What area of my life requires more effort right now?
*How can I best spend my energy?
*How can I work smarter, not harder?
*What is possible for me in this area?

Ritual/ EveryDayMagic/ Spellwork Suggestions

*Effort is not confined to physical work, magical work counts too. Where can you throw some extra magic at a goal?
*Sigil shoaling for tangible short term goals will be effective now
*Support your increased effort by extra care for your physical body, a footbath, an early night. What replenishes you? Do that.

Cancer New Moon – LEAN IN

The new moon in Cancer (July 20th, 18:33 BST) is opposite Saturn in its home sign of Capricorn. It feels like the two grandparents, stern, but ultimately invested in our wellbeing, are watching over us. 

In a year already filled with weirdness, what happens next? Is it possible to bring elements from the past (ours, and from our ancestors) forward, in a healthy way, into the present? Not everything is obsolete, and equally, not everything traditional is useful. Lean in to what works, discriminate wisely. Ask the elders, incarnate or in spirit, for help. 

“The songs of our ancestors are also the songs of our children”
― Philip Carr-Gomm

 

Divination/ Journaling Prompts

*Whose child am I? 
*What are my ancestral blessings?
*What are my ancestral burdens?
*What is the song of my ancestors that I should sing today?

Ritual/ EveryDayMagic/ Spellwork Suggestions

*Spend time with your ancestors, whatever that looks like for you
*Spend time with your ancestors of place, the tree/ mountain/ city/ river spirits who you cohabit with
*Write your epitaph, what is your legacy? This doesn’t need to be morbid. I would love for mine to say “was kind”. 

Third Quarter Aries Moon – INCITE

The Third Quarter Moon (July 13th, 00:29 BST) joins Mars in Aries, squaring off against the sun. The mood is explosive. Something has to move. Stasis is anathema now. 

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Where in your life do you need to take action? What sparks need to fly? Dare to light the match. Begin. 

“These are burning times. And they call for Burning Women. Women embodied in their passion. Woman feeling in their bodies. Creative women. Courageous women. Women who have learned to run on a different power source to the world which is falling into flames around her. She has already disentangled herself from the wreckage of the patriarchal culture, so she will not be dazed, confused and disorientated by the systemic changes happening around her. Centred within herself, receptive to the Earth beyond her, she knows how to cultivate from the ashes, she knows how to find the embers to fuel the new fire.

Burning Women arise.
Our time is now.
Our time has come.”
― Lucy H. Pearce, Burning Woman

 

Divination/ Journaling Prompts

*What fuels my fire?
*What has burned out?
*Show me ways to burn that support my growth (take 3 cards)

Ritual/ EveryDayMagic/ Spellwork Suggestions

*Candle magic
*Fire ritual, burn off old habits, create space for new
*Drink hot and spicy tea, I love a blend of cinnamon and turmeric

 

Full Capricorn Moon & Eclipse – RELEASE

The full Capricorn moon (July 5th, 5:44 BST) is eclipsed, though only a faint shadow of the sun will be visible from the UK. This is a more subtle eclipse, rounding off the Cancer/ Capricorn eclipse cycle of the last 18 months or so.

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Eclipse energy is unstable. Better to rest and release expectation than to make and carry out grand plans. Take some time to look within and beneath.

“If you spent your life concentrating on what everyone else thought of you, would you forget who you really were? What if the face you showed the world turned out to be a mask… with nothing beneath it?”
― Jodi Picoult

Divination/ Journaling Prompts

*What do I see in the mirror?
*What don’t I see?
*What lies beneath?

Ritual/ EveryDayMagic/ Spellwork Suggestions

*mirror scrying
*offerings to local spirits, the sun and the moon
*ritual bath – include bay and rosemary for cleansing and protection

First Quarter Moon in Virgo – CORONATION

Venus is invisible, and it may feel right now that all the beauty and goodness is being sucked out of the world. The enormity of the changes ahead has started to sink in. What do we do?

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Well, for one, we can focus on our own wellness. What does it mean to be healthy? What does it mean to be strong?

“All that is gold does not glitter,
Not all those who wander are lost;
The old that is strong does not wither,
Deep roots are not reached by the frost.

From the ashes a fire shall be woken,
A light from the shadows shall spring;
Renewed shall be blade that was broken,
The crownless again shall be king.”
― J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring

Divination/ Journaling Prompts

Separate the minors in your deck into the four suits. Ask “how can I best support myself now?” then draw one card for each aspect/ element – mental, spiritual, emotional, physical.
Repeat asking “how can I best support others/ be of service now?”.

Ritual/ EveryDayMagic/ Spellwork Suggestions

*Good old fashioned healthy diet and exercise (whatever that means to you, try not to get snagged in the details/ minutae of diet religion)
*sigil like a mad thing for all kinds of wellness goals: “full health and wellbeing”, “immunity to all disease” that kind of thing

 

Gemini New Moon – CROSSROADS

The big guns (Jupiter, Saturn, Pluto) are all retrograde, but I am hopeful that this Gemini New Moon (May 22nd, 18:39 BST) is the point where in-person communication and interactions become decriminalised. The road ahead is full of twists and turns, but then it always is, we just like to think it’s a linear path with clearly marked junctions where we make choices.

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What is your succour for the (necessarily unknown) path ahead? Gather your resources now.

“Everybody has that point in their life where you hit a crossroads and you’ve had a bunch of bad days and there’s different ways you can deal with it and the way I dealt with it was I just turned completely to music.”
― Taylor Swift

Divination/ Journaling Prompts

*What is behind me?
*What lies close ahead?
*Show me something helpful for the choices I will face

Ritual/ EveryDayMagic/ Spellwork Suggestions

*If you work with a crossroad deity like Hecate, or the devil, go HAM – road openers are also a good shout
*If you have a strong Venus connection you might want to join her on her underworld back and fore journey and find new and old ways to cast off all the trappings to get to the essence of who and what you are
*lean in to those hobbies and creative acts that reveal/ remind you that you have a bright and beautiful soul

 

Third Quarter Moon in Aquarius – MIRROR BUBBLE

Quarter moon energy can be tricky. The moon and sun are squaring off against each other, there is tension, but that also means there is impetus. Given that the moon is in fixed Aquarius (May 14th, 15:03 BST) I think it’s likely that this means some kind of pressure on our worldview. And that is not usually fun.

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It is easier to believe what we have always believed and seek out sources which confirm those viewpoints, than to confront ourselves with opinions that counter our own. With so much of our lives now online it becomes easier and easier to stay within a mirrored bubble where our version of reality is reflected back to us strengthening our conviction that what we believe is the one and only truth.

“It was a good answer that was made by one who when they showed him hanging in a temple a picture of those who had paid their vows as having escaped shipwreck, and would have him say whether he did not now acknowledge the power of the gods, — ‘Aye,’ asked he again, ‘but where are they painted that were drowned after their vows?’ And such is the way of all superstition, whether in astrology, dreams, omens, divine judgments, or the like; wherein men, having a delight in such vanities, mark the events where they are fulfilled, but where they fail, though this happens much oftener, neglect and pass them by.”
― Francis Bacon

Divination/ Journaling Prompts

*What does the truth of the world look like to me?
*What am I not seeing?

Ritual/ EveryDayMagic/ Spellwork Suggestions

*Personally, I would stay away from spellwork at this time, especially for anything generative. I think it’s likely results will be skewed and there’s a possibility of backfiring.
*Exercises to strengthen and support your middle eye/third eye/ astral vision would be on point and fun. Maybe start here.