July Astromusings, New Moon Solar Eclipse, Full Moon Lunar Eclipse, Mercury Stations Direct, Happy Birthday Leos!

Illustrated by Sue Robertson

Proud Leo claims
the centre stage of life
Sun ruled sun blessed
Strong ardent loyal
Whose noble heart emits
the vital flame
of Love

(c) Anne Robertson 1987

Esoteric Keyword Phrases for Leo
The Personality proclaims its keyword: I rule because I am
The Soul proclaims its keyword: I am that and that am I.

Happy birthday to all the Leos who celebrate their birthdays between July 23 and August 22. Leo rules the fifth house, which represents, creativity, children and romance. It is one of the three fire signs along with Aries and Sagittarius. It is one of the four fixed signs – the others being Aquarius, Taurus and Scorpio. The ruler of Leo is the Sun and marks the hottest astrological month in the Northern Hemisphere. It is the heat of Leo’s Sun which ripens the fruit produced during the period of Cancer. Like the sign Leo the heat is constant and intense. There are biblical references to Leo. In the Old Testament the tribe of Judah is ruled by Leo. There are many examples of the cat deity in the Egyptian pantheon. Egyptian King Necepsos claimed that at the Creation of the world, the Sun rose in Leo near the star of Denebola. According to Alan Oken in his book, ‘Alan Oken’s Complete Astrology’, Pliny, the Roman philosopher relates that the Egyptians worshipped this constellation because the Nile rose when the Sun entered the stars.

Hathor, the daughter of the Sun god Ra, was a dual aspected goddess. As well as being the gentle celestial cow, she had a dark side as Sekhmet, the lion-headed goddess, who wreaked havoc and bloodshed on those who dared to dissent against her father’s rule. The two lion deities, ‘yesterday’ and ‘tomorrow’, are depicted as guarding the gate to the shadow world. The lion is the emblem of spiritual power and wisdom. It is a sacred symbol of Buddhism. Buddha is said to have had a pet lion which was endowed with miraculous powers, and when the Great Teacher’s death was upon him, he chose to lay down ‘on his right side after the manner of a lion.’ The imperial lion was a symbol of the power of Rome. The feeding of the Christians to the lions symbolised the might of Rome overcoming and devouring any enemy of the state. Richard the Lion Hearted of England was renowned for his ambition to recapture the holy land from the Muslims (by slaying as many of them as possible) under the newly baptised banner of the ‘Lion of Christ.’

The Constellation of Leo

Unlike the faint constellation of Cancer, Leo is a very bright and easily identifiable constellation, in keeping with Leo’s regal demeanour. It lies between Cancer in the West and Virgo in the East and is best seen, in the Northern Hemisphere, in the late winter and early spring. Leo’s body is rectangular which culminates in a triangle of the Lion’s hindquarters. He is often depicted in a crouching position, ready to pounce. His tail is extremely long and curved, the tip of which is the brightest star in the hind triangle, Denebola.The distinguishing feature of the lion is his mane, which resembles a huge inverted question mark or a giant sickle. The point of the question mark is the exceptionally bright star, Regulus, the heart of the lion. Regulus, meaning the little King, the Ruler or the Lawgiver, is one of the four royal stars.

The constellation Leo has in it ninety-five stars, two of them of the first magnitude. Its Egyptian name meant ‘a pouring out’, the Nile giving its full irrigation at that season. There are three constellations associated with Leo – Hydra, the serpent, Crater, the cup, and Corvus, the raven. In the zodiac of Denderah, Leo and the three attendant constellations are pictured as forming one great sign, for the lion is seen as treading on the serpent. Corvus, the raven, is perched on the lion’s shoulder, while below is a plumed female figure, holding out two cups, the cup of experience and of suffering.

The Leo Hall of Fame
Leos are attracted to positions of power like a moth to a flame. Leo has its share of dictators such as Napoleon, Benito Mussolini, Fidel Castro and Simon Bolivar.

Leo is well represented in the British royal family – the late Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother, Princess Margaret, and the Princess Royal, Princess Anne were all born under the sign of Leo. Other Leos who hold or have held positions of power include Bill Clinton, Arnold Schwarzeneggar,  former Prime Minister John Howard, and the former treasurer, Peter Costello.

Jackie Kennedy Onassis with her love of fashion, luxury and power is the epitome of Leo.

Leos, being ruled by the fifth house of creativity, are attracted to the screen and stage, including Robert Mitcham, Robert Redford, Dustin Hoffman, Antonio Banderas,

Dustin Hoffman

JonathonRhys-Myers, Julian McMahon, Eric Bana, Madonna, Jennifer Lopez,

World Premiere of Walt Disney Pictures' "Enchanted" - Arrivals

Helen Mirren, Michelle Williams, Audrey Tatou, Charlize Theron, Hilary Swank, Kim Cattrall, Martin Sheen, Sean Penn, Sandra Bullock, Patrick Swayze, Roman Polanski and Mick Jagger.

Movie moguls are also well represented in the sign of Leo such as Cecil B. De Mille, Dino De Laurentis, Jack L. Warner, Alfred Hitchcock, and Samuel Goldwyn with the roaring MGM lion. Both T.E. Lawrence, ‘the uncrowned King of Arabia’, and Peter O’Toole who portrayed him are Leos.

Writers of note include Percy Bysshe Shelley and Alfred Lord Tennyson, Emily Bronte, and JK Rowling at Harry Potter premiereJK Rowling who is currently enjoying the limelight with the premiere of her latest Harry Potter play, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. Mme Helena Blavatsky and Dorothy Parker. Bindi Irwin the extroverted

Mme Blavatsky

daughter of the late Steve Irwin illustrates the Leo’s ease before the cameras. The renowned Swiss psychiatrist, Carl Gustav Jung,images Carl Jung who coined the word,’ individuation’, was a Leo.

Jacinda on Dubai building

Left The Burj Khalifa in Dubai was lit up with Jacinda Ardern’s image in praise of her response to the Christchurch attack.

One Leo who recently grabbed worldwide attention is the NZ PM, Jacinda Ardern, for her leadership role displaying compassion and inclusiveness in the tragic Christchurch massacre of Moslems while worshipping in their mosques. She was born 26 July 1980 1.59 PM (rectified birth time) in Hamilton, NZ. Her birth time was rectified by astrologer, Graham Ibell. She has the Sun in Leo in the 9th house of the Higher Mind and travel. This rectified birthtime also gives her a Leo Midheaven which conjuncts the royal star, Regulus adding to her charisma. Esoterically Leo rules the heart and she has Neptune, the planet of sacrifice and compassion, conjunct her idealistic Sagittarius ascendant. Both her Sagittarius ascendant and her 9th house Sun are ruled by Jupiter in her 10th house of career which is reflected in her spirituality, her extensive travel and living abroad equipping her for her leadership role.

Ardern was raised in the Mormon Faith, which she abandoned as a young adult as there were aspects of Mormonism that she could not reconcile with her changing views of the world and of life (Venus in Gemini opposite Neptune) – gay-rights was a stumbling block. She identified as an agnostic and re-directed her focus into politics graduating from the University of Waikato with a Bachelor of Communication Studies in politics and public relations. (Neptune square Saturn). Ideologically (Neptune), Ardern describes herself as a Social-Democrat (for the people, by the people), through Democratic means (Saturn-Uranus) and a progressive (Uranus).

After graduating from the University of Waikato in 2001, Ardern began her career working as a researcher in the office of Prime Minister Helen Clark. She later worked in the United Kingdom as a policy advisor to British Prime Minister Tony Blair, and, in 2008, she was elected President of the International Union of Socialist Youth. Ardern won elected office in 2008 as a list MP, a position she held for almost ten years until her election to the Mount Albert electorate in the 2017 by-election. Later that year, she was unanimously elected as Deputy Leader of the Labour Party following the resignation of Annette King.

Jacinda Ardern with baby at UN

Jacinda Ardern makes history taking baby Neve to the UN  General Assembly

When Jacinda Ardern assumed office in October 2017, she became New Zealand’s youngest leader in 150 years. Ardern gave birth to her daughter, Neve Te Aroha Ardern Gayford, in June 2018. After six weeks of maternity leave, Ardern returned to work, with Gayford staying home to care for their daughter. When her daughter was three months old, Ardern brought her to the United Nations General Assembly in hopes of creating “a path for other women.”

“I want to normalise it,” she told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour of the event. “If we want to make workplaces more open, we need to acknowledge logistical challenges … by being more open it might create a path for other women.”

With Sagittarius rising and the Sun in the 9th house of travel and the higher mind, knowledge gained by travelling the world exploring different systems and people was important for her development and for success in her profession. She spent time as a volunteer in a New York soup kitchen, in London was a senior policy adviser for Tony Blair, and in her capacity as President of the International Union of Socialist Youth, she visited several countries. What she saw and learnt prepared her for her soul work. (Neptune is the esoteric ruler of Leo, on the ascendant).

To quote from the article of Graham Ibell who rectified her natal chart:
When Jacinda Ardern was born, a double rainbow appeared in the sky, a great comet tore
across the heavens and the season miraculously changed from a bitter winter into a sweet spring. And now, 37 years later, the hour of our deliverance is at hand. “The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of deep darkness a light has dawned,” as the Good Book prophesied. . 

In her article entitled Jacinda Ardern – an Esoteric Astrology Soul-Personality Profile, esoteric astrologer, Leoni Hodgson, writes: “With Sagittarius governing the ascendant, Ardern’s soul-purpose is to be one-pointed in her attempts to inspire people and direct them to a higher path in life. She is a “Director of men”.(Esoteric Astrology 333). Hodgson adds, “With Neptune sitting on the ascendant, we can surmise she feels a spiritual calling to bring about greater fairness and justice in the world (Neptune sextile Pluto in Libra, in the 11th house of politics). Her task is one of service.

With Jupiter in the 10th house, she is drawn to government as a means to help improve the living standards and wages/ income of the people she serves (Jupiter trine Moon in the 2nd house, and ruler of the 8th house of other people’s money). Hodgson further posits, If Ardern is an initiate, then her task is global. This means her work extends beyond the borders of New Zealand, and based on how she conducted herself in March in response to the Christchurch massacre and the world’s positive reaction to Ardern’s handling of the crisis in New Zealand; this is a real possibility.

Hodgson claims that New Zealand’s role in the world is to be a standard bearer for inclusive love and unity, an example of how to respond to crises intelligently, but also with inclusivity and understanding. Jacinda Ardern – because she was PM when the massacre occurred, has been directly responsible for sending this message out to the world, in its highest, most altruistic form. More than this, she has shaped that message because of her personal performance. (Venus in Gemini, conjunct New Zealand’s ascendant and natal Pluto). Her speech at the United Nations General Assembly in September 2018, set the tone for her service-work. She called for, among other things, kindness and collectivism as an alternative to isolationism, protectionism, and racism. The previous PM of New Zealand, Helen Clark, calls Ardern the world’s anti-Trump, which brings into sharper focus, what Ardern’s role may be on the world stage at this time.

Jacinda Ardern leading by exampleNZ, Pioneers of Wellbeing Budget
One policy initiated by Jacinda Ardern is the the Wellbeing Budget. New Zealand’s first ‘wellbeing budget’ was delivered in May 2019 by Minister of Finance Grant Robertson. Even before it was delivered, the New York Times proclaimed it “the next big move by a New Zealand government seen by progressives around the world as a beacon in increasingly populist times”. The wellbeing budget is founded on the idea that financial prosperity alone is not a sufficient measure of the quality of life. Echoing a comment by Robert Kennedy in the 1960s, Grant Robertson noted the importance of looking beyond Gross Domestic Product as a measure of our wellbeing.

In his budget speech, Robertson said we must seek “to value and to measure all that makes life worthwhile in New Zealand”. The wellbeing budget was developed with reference to over 60 indicators highlighted within the New Zealand Treasury’s Living Standards Framework. The Finance Minister said no previous New Zealand government had used that level of evidence and statistical analysis as the foundation for a budget. While the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) has long advocated such an approach, New Zealand is the first country in the world to have explicitly adopted a wellbeing budget.

Five Priorities for Wellbeing
New Zealand’s wellbeing approach required that any new spending in this budget must advance one of five government priorities:

  1. Improving mental health;
  2. Reducing child poverty;
  3. Addressing the inequalities faced by indigenous Māori and Pacific island people;
  4. Thriving in a digital age; and
  5. Transitioning to a low-emission, sustainable economy

Michael Mintrom, the author of this article on New Zealand’s wellbeing budget, concludes, “Politicians, media pundits, public intellectuals and policy analysts around the world will be watching the implementation of this policy innovation with interest. If these reforms can soon deliver better outcomes for those in greatest need, we can be certain other countries will emulate New Zealand’s budgetary change.”

Other ways in which Jacinda Ardern has been an exemplar of compassionate leadership is her reiteration of her offer to take 150 refugees from Manus which has so far fallen on deaf ears by our PM Scott Morrison.

Leo Health and Anatomy

Physiologically, Leo rules the heart. Vanda Sawtell in her book, ‘Astrology and Biochemistry’, states that the cell salt for Leo is Mag. phos. which acts upon the motor nerves. Through the sensory nerves we feel pain or sensation, and response to the sensation received through these nerves results in motion or action. It is no coincidence that the Sanskrit root for Magnesium is mag., which means to love, giving it Divine connotations. Mag. phos. is the great anti-pain salt, and is indicated in all cases of cramp and spasm, or where application of heat brings relief. Headaches, neuralgias, earache, spasmodic twitching of eyes or limbs, menstrual colic, convulsions, and all heart troubles are aided by this cell salt. Mag. phos. helps one to let go and relax. Vanda Sawtell claims that the best medicine for Leos is love, peace, and harmony. They need plenty of water, sleep, deep breathing, also recreation and entertainment. With their generous natures and broad outlook they are not suited to occupations requiring petty details. They are capable of rising to positions of trust and responsibility.

The colours for Leo are gold, yellows, royal blue and red. They also respond well to the regal purple which cools their fiery temperament. Leo rules metallic gold, the royal metal. The gemstones for Leo are yellow topaz and yellow sapphire. Healing aromas include basil, cinnamon, frankincense, juniper, neroIi and rosemary. Flowers and herbs include dahlia, yellow lily, red poppy, marigold and sunflower. Homeopathic remedy is chamomilla which is indicated for treatment of colds and fevers and easing digestion and tension. Bach flower essences recommended include vine for bossiness and inflexibility and chicory for possessiveness and attention seeking behaviour. The healing musical note for Leo is E.

Re the Leo diet more vegetables and less meat is recommended to calm their fiery natures. They should avoid meats that are heating such as beef, turkey and lamb. Vegetables that contain iron such as spinach, kale and wheat grass are beneficial. Blue fruits such as grapes, berries are recommended. Nuts, raisins and lentils are also beneficial for the Leo diet.

Overview for Leo for 2019
There will be an eclipse in your sign of Leo –  a total lunar eclipse occurring on 21 January. Jupiter the planet of good fortune continues its sojourn through your children and creativity sector. Pluto, Saturn and the karmic South Node are occupying your work and health sector.

Unpredictable Uranus continues its sojourn through your career sector bringing opportunities for change and innovation in your career. You may be drawn to careers in astrology, healing, science or IT. Mercury’s presence here from 7 – 21 May facilitates communication and networking. Venus graces your career sector with her presence from 16 May to 9 June bringing harmony and cooperation with colleagues.

Work and Health
Your work and health sector will be highlighted by two eclipses – the first being a solar partial eclipse on 6 January and the second a lunar partial eclipse occurring on 17 July. Pluto, Saturn and the karmic South Node are occupying your work and health sector. Pluto, the planet of deep transformation, continues its passage in your work and health sector which can disrupt work routines and challenge your health. Therefore, it is important to maintain good health regimes, sufficient sleep, physical exercise and a healthy diet. With Pluto moving through this sector you should not take any illness at face value. Poor health at this time is Pluto’s way of alerting us that you need to redress the imbalance in your life. Pluto brings to conscious awareness what is grumbling beneath the surface. If you are stubbornly holding down a job that makes you discontented then Pluto’s role may cause you to lose your job so that you are forced to let go and seek more fulfilling work. You may find that the routine is punishing or that your colleagues are bullying you or scapegoating you. Whatever the circumstances you find yourself in, Pluto is demanding that you surrender and move on rather than hang onto a job that no longer serves any purpose in your life. Saturn, the Lord of Karma, will also be in your career sector until December 2020. This will bring hard work and responsibility in this area of your life. Part of Saturn’s passage here will be in its retrograde phase from 29 April to 18 September making it an ideal time to reconsider your plans or take extra to assess options before taking action.

Mercury, the ruler of commerce, will pay an extended visit to your finance sector from 11 February to 17 April. Part of its time here will be in its retrograde phase from 5 – 27 March, making it an ideal time to review your finances. Venus graces your finance sector with her presence from 27 March to 20 April.  Neptune, the planet of losses, continues its sojourn here making it imperative that you read all contracts carefully and keep your taxes up to date. Neptune’s lesson is one of non attachment so any attachments to the material world can be tenuous.

Gracious Venus and curious Mercury pay a visit to your relationship sector. Mercury’s presence here from 25 January to 10 February encourages communication and networking. Gentle Venus’s presence here from 2 – 26 March promotes love and harmony in your primary relationships.

Home and Family
Quicksilver Mercury pays an extended visit to your domestic sector from 4 October to 9 December making it an ideal time to communicate and network with family members and organise tradespeople. Part of Mercury’s time spent here will be in its retrograde phase from 31 October to 19 November. During the retrograde phase there may be misunderstandings amongst family members.  Venus will pay a visit to your domestic sector from 9 October to 1 November 2019 bringing harmony and cooperation on the home front and a desire to beautify your home.

Creativity and Children
Jupiter, the planet of good fortune, continues its sojourn through your creativity and children sector and will be there until 2 December 2019. There could be an addition to the family or you may be wanting to enlarge your home. The Sun radiates in your creativity sector from 23 November to 22 December adding impetus to your creative urges. You may take up a hobby or just indulge your inner child. However you choose to express this energy, pleasure, fun and luxury are the name of the game. Mercury’s presence there from 10 – 29 December 2019 facilitates communication and networking with children.

Travel and Study
Chiron, the wounded healer is occupying your travel and study sector. Venus’s presence here from 21 April to 10 May makes it a perfect time for that holiday romance. Quicksilver Mercury’s presence here from 18 April to 6 May facilitates communicating and networking.

Venus and Mercury activate your social sector. Mercury will pay a visit here from  22 May to 4 June giving you opportunities for networking and communicating with your social circle. Venus graces your social sector with her presence from 10 June to 3 July adding to your charm and charisma promoting harmonious connections with your friends and associates. Spending time with your women friends or espousing women’s issues will be a priority now.

Your spirituality sector is highlighted by a solar total eclipse on 3 July.  Mercury and Venus pay visits here in May and June,  making it an ideal time for introspection and to attend a spiritual retreat and record your dreams and musings in a journal.

July Eclipse Cycle
New Moon Solar Eclipse in Cancer 3 July,
The New Moon Solar Eclipse occurs at 10 Cancer 38 on 3 July at 5.16 am AEST Sydney time. The New Moon marks the beginning of an entire new cycle of activity. It is a time to sow seeds which will come to fruition at the Full Moon phase. Being in the sign of Cancer, the sign ruled by the Moon it will bring emotional intensity, especially with transiting Pluto opposing the New Moon. A mitigating factor will be that dreamy Neptune is making a nice trine to the New Moon.

Lunar partial eclipse 17 Jul 2019Full Moon Lunar Eclipse in Capricorn 17 July
The Moon is conjunct Pluto, Saturn and the South Node in Capricorn, while the Sun conjuncts Venus and the North Node. There will be pressure to make choices which could have long term repercussions with the upcoming Pluto, Saturn South Node conjunction in January 2020 at 22 degrees Capricorn, close to the degree of this Full Moon/Eclipse. Previous Saturn Pluto conjunctions have been powerful agents of reform. In 1914 the conjunction in Cancer witnessed the outbreak of WWI acting as a catalyst for social change. In 1947 the conjunction in Leo witnessed the rise of new independent states and political affiliations after WWII. With the conjunction in Libra in 1982, the sign of relationship, a new paradigm emerged in relationships in the wake of AIDS. As we approach the exact alignment in January 2020, there is potential for a groundswell of change across wide sections of society. The last time that this conjunction occurred in the sign of Capricorn was in 1518 which ushered in the Reformation, challenging the authority of the Roman Catholic Church. This eclipse is a precursor of what to expect with the exact conjunction in January next year.

The squad

Four Democratic Congresswomen of colour subjected to Trump’s racist comments

Trump’s Remarks about 4 Congresswomen of Colour Condemned as Racist by the US House of Reps
During an eclipse cycle things come to a head and this eclipse cycle is no exception to the rule. Trump’s outburstburst against 4 women Democrats of colour known as the ‘squad’ has even shocked people who are used to his outbursts. A week ago, Trump wrote on Twitter that the four representatives should “go back” to their countries of origin if they are unhappy with the United States. His targets were Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts, and Rashida Tlaib of Michigan. Omar was born in Somalia and came to the United States with her family as a refugee. She became a naturalized U.S. citizen as a teenager. The other three were born in the United States. All have been sharply critical of Trump and his policies.

Trump cartoon on racismThe House of Representatives, controlled by Democrats, passed a resolution last week condemning Trump’s remarks as racist. Four Republican legislators and independent Rep. Justin Amash of Michigan joined every Democrat in supporting the resolution.

Trump attended a rally in North Carolina last Wednesday night at which his supporters chanted “send her back” after the president lashed out at Omar. Trump allowed the chanting to proceed and stood silently for a few seconds, then resumed his speech after the chanting died down. On Thursday, Trump said he was not happy with the “send her back” chant but on Friday he defended the North Carolina crowd as “incredible patriots.” On Saturday, Trump retweeted commentary from an ultraconservative British analyst who made extremely negative comments about Muslims. Commentators have predicted that Trump’s deliberate divisive strategy gives a preview of  how Trump will conduct his presidential campaign for re-election in 2020. Trump’s deliberate stoking of the fires of racism, bigotry and xenophobia could not be in starker contrast to Ardern’s leading with compassion and inclusivity.

Mercury Stations Direct
Mercury, the planet of communication, stations direct at 23 degrees Cancer 57 on 1 August. Everyone will no doubt be relieved when the trickster, Mercury completes his backwards dance in the heavens with communications and transport resuming their normal rhythm.


Esoteric Astrology Volume 3 Treatise on the Seven Rays by Alice A. Bailey
Soul-Centred Astrology: A Key to your Expanding Self  by Alan Oken
Alan Oken’s Complete Astrology by Alan Oken
Astrological Keys to Self-actualization & Self-realization by Clara A. Weiss
Astrology and Biochemistry by Vanda Sawtell
The Mythic Tarot Book: A New Approach to the Tarot Cards by Juliet Sharman-Burke & Liz Greene
Celestial Insight July Newsletter by Michele Finey
Jacinda Ardern – an Esoteric Astrology Soul-Personality Profile by Leoni Hodgson
A Rectified Birth Time for Jacinda Ardern, Prime Minister of New Zealand by Graham Ibell
New Zealand’s Wellbeing Budget is a Major Policy Innovation by Michael Minstrom