August Astromusings -Happy Birthday Virgo!Two New Moon Supermoons, Full Moon in Aquarius, Jupiter stations direct & Uranus stations retrograde, Virgoan Mary Shelley’s Genius, Woodstock Revisited

 

Demeter & Persephone Illustrated by Sue Robertson

VIRGO

Who knows your secrets
Virgo, pure maiden

whose warm dark womb

protects and nurtures

the germ of wisdom
like a grain of wheat

until it ripens

and is brought to light

Mother principle, worshipped

as Eve, Isis, Demeter, Ceres
and Mary, Mother of Christ

(c) Anne Robertson 1987

Happy Birthday to all the Virgoans who celebrate their birthdays between August 23 and September 23. Virgo rules the sixth house which has dominion over work and health and service to others. It is one of triplicity of Earth signs – along with Capricorn and Taurus. It is one of four mutable signs – the others being Gemini, Sagittarius and Pisces. The ruler of Virgo is Mercury which is also the ruler of Gemini.

The sign Virgo is closely associated with harvests, especially those of wheat and corn. Virgo is the Virgin or maiden who is a source of fecundity, depicted carrying a sheaf of wheat or corn freshly plucked from the harvest; esoterically she represents the Virgin Mary pregnant with the Christ child. The Greeks celebrated Demeter, the goddess of the grain, and her daughter, Persephone, in the Eleusinian mysteries. The Romans worshipped her as Ceres, from where the word cereal is derived. There are also associations with Vesta the goddess who was the keeper of the hearth and protectress of the home and community. Her priestesses were known as the vestal virgins whose duty it was to tend the sacred flame that kept the city safe. There is a common misconception that virgin referred to her being prudish and chaste when it really means ‘one within herself’. The vestal virgins typified the true meaning of Virgo the virgin, leading self-contained, contemplative lives and were held in high regard in the community. The glyph for Virgo symbolises the coils of energy in the Virgin’s essence.

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There are also biblical references to the Virgo archetype. In the Old Testament Ruth the Moabite is harvesting the fields of Boaz. In the Egyptian pantheon Isis is said to have dropped the wheat she was carrying across the heavens resulting in the Milky Way. As she travelled she was carrying her Divine Son, Horus in her arms. This image of Isis with her Divine child is a precursor to the Christian story of Mary and Jesus. The Great Sphinx has associations with both Leo and Virgo as, esoterically, it symbolises 0 degrees Virgo or 30 degrees Leo, for it has the body of a Lion and the head of a Maiden. The sphinx demonstrates its potency in that it has learned how to tame the animal passions of Leo through the mental precision and purposeful activity of Virgo.

Virgo Hall of Fame
Being the sign of health, work and service, Virgoans are drawn to careers in health such as medicine, nursing, dentistry, pharmacy, chiropractics, hygiene and nutrition. Their keen analytical mind attracts them to careers in education, psychology, psychiatry, counselling, writing, accounting, business management, and computer sciences. No matter what career they pursue they are always, very industrious, efficient, well organised, thrifty and productive.

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Famous writers include the German writer and poet, Goethe, D.H. Lawrence, and Roald Dahl.

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Mary Shelley, the author of Frankenstein

It is just over 2 centuries in 1818 since the Virgo, Mary Shelley wrote her groundbreaking Gothic novel, Frankenstein: or, The Modern Prometheus inspired by her dream. Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley (née Godwin; 30 August 1797 – 1 February 1851) was an English novelist, short story writer, dramatist, essayist, biographer, and travel writer. She also edited and promoted the works of her husband, the Romantic poet and philosopher Percy Bysshe Shelley. Her father was the political philosopher, William Godwin, and her mother was the philosopher and feminist, Mary Wollstonecraft. She was born on 30 August 1797 at 11.20 pm in London, England. Both her parents were famous in their own right. Mary was the daughter of two social reformers ahead of their time. Her mother, Mary Wollstonecraft, was a feminist and author of The Vindication of the Rights of Woman (1792) who died shortly after giving birth to her daughter. Her father, William Godwin, a radical philosopher, was a part of an English liberal movement who wrote the book, “Political Justice.” The young poet, Percy Bysshe Shelley, was one of the young men who agreed with Godwin’s progressive views and who began to frequent his salon in 1813 where Mary and Percy met and fell in love. They eloped on 28 July 1814, fleeing to Switzerland by coach. After Percy’s wife committed suicide, Mary and Percy were married on 30 December 1816. Together they travelled to Geneva where they met Lord Byron who was travelling with his physician Doctor Polidori. They rented two villas near to each other.

On 8 July 1822, Percy drowned in a violent lake storm. After Percy’s death Mary moved back to London, where she processed her grief editing of Percy’s letters and poems. Her other works include “Castruccio,” Prince Of Lucca,” 1824 and “The Last Man,” 1826. Mary had a friendship in 1827 with a poet, Tom Moore, but she never remarried and died on 1 February 1851, London, England.

When Byron suggested the idea of writing ghost stories, inspiration was taken from a collection of German horror stories, translated under the title Fantasmagoriana.  Mary’s unconventional life up to the summer of 1816 (when she was still only 18), along with the company in which she found herself in June of that year – and even the unusual weather conditions at the time – all contributed to the book’s genesis. The vital spark that gave the novel life however was Lord Byron’s suggestion one evening at the Villa Diodati, as candlelight flickered within the house and lightning flashed across the surface of the lake outside, that those present should turn their hands to the writing of ghost stories.

A Year without Summer
Because the weather in June was particularly bad and denied the possibility of sailing journeys on the lake, the group spent their evenings discussing literary projects, talking late into the night as the rain fell outside. With thunder and lightning rolling down from the mountains and across the lake, the candlelit interior of the Villa Diodati became the home to discussions about galvanism and the principles of animation, with Polidori’s medical knowledge acting as a balance for Byron and Percy Shelley’s more speculative imaginings. As Mary recalled in the Preface to the 1831 edition of Frankenstein: ‘Many and long were the conversations between Lord Byron and Shelley to which I was a devout but nearly silent listener. During one of these, various philosophical doctrines were discussed, and among others the nature of the principle of life, and whether there was any probability of its ever being discovered communicated’. The contemporary interest in galvanism, anatomy and the spark of life, together with the thunder storms outside and the candlelight within, all took root in Mary’s imagination and found their way into her novel.

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Villa Diodati

The late night talks at the Villa Diodati continued as the weather outside remained stormy, and it was following one of these conversations that Mary had the nightmare that gave rise to the central idea of Frankenstein. Mary recounted the nightmare in her 1831 preface to the book, giving a startling example of how the heightened consciousness of terror could be transformed into brilliant and inspirational creativity:

Night waned upon this talk, and even the witching hour had gone by before we retired to rest. When I placed my head on my pillow I did not sleep, nor could I be said to think. My imagination, unbidden, possessed and guided me, gifting the successive images that arose in my mind with a vividness far beyond the usual bounds of reverie. I saw – with shut eyes, but acute mental vision – I saw the pale student of the unhallowed arts kneeling beside the thing he had put together. I saw the hideous phantasm of a man stretched out, and then, on the working of some powerful engine show signs of life and stir with an uneasy, half-vital motion …”

Mary-Shelley-novelMary Shelley's natal chartMary Shelley’s natal chart reveals a lot about her life and her gifts. She has a stellium in Virgo – Sun, Mars, Uranus and Mercury all which point to her to her intelligence, diligence, practicality and writing ability. However, there are other strong signatures in her chart that stand out and point to her genius. She has a Cancer ascendant which would endow her with great sensitivity and an openness to the Universe. Her Moon is in sign of Sagittarius promoting a love of travel, adventure and pursuits of the higher mind. As mentioned above her parents were both philosophers, philosophy is ruled by Sagittarius, so the young Mary grew up in an intellectual milieu participating in her father’s salons and political gatherings. Added to this her Moon at 27 degrees Sagittarius is conjunct the Galactic Centre enabling her to access a Higher Intelligence.

Her most prominent planet is Pluto in Aquarius at 29 degrees known as the anaretic degree conjuncting her Midheaven ensuring that she would have a prominent career becoming renowned for her revolutionary ideas and prophetic insights. Added to this Aquarian influence is her Sun conjunct Uranus, the ruler of Aquarius. Pluto opposes feisty Mars which would also explain the challenges she experienced in life – with the themes of death and rebirth prevailing in her own life as well as in her writing. Neptune the planet of losses and sacrifices as well as Chiron, the planet of wounding and healing, also indicate the loss of her children. She experienced a lot of grief in her own life losing her mother just after she was born, losing two children and undergoing a severe miscarriage and finally being widowed at the young age of 24 when her husband died in a drowning accident. The Pluto Mars aspect is not only expressed in the themes of death and rebirth but also man’s need for power over these issues and the need for men to feel like Gods. Her book, The Last Man, deals with plague and destruction, as well as carrying on while everyone around you dies.

Agatha Christie

Another Virgoan author whose keen powers of observation and attention to miniscule detail were put to good use in her murder mysteries is Agatha Christie, the creator of Poirot, Miss Marple and volumes of detective stories.

A Virgo who made great contributions to modern education is the Italian woman, Maria Montessori. In 1896 she was the first woman to graduate from medical school in Rome. She began her career teaching hygiene and then moved to the area of education, with the particular goal of providing education for the poor and needy children. Today we see the legacy of her work with Montessori schools established worldwide.

Another Virgo whose tireless labours brought her many accolades is Mother Teresa. The austere life that she and her sisters led is typical of the Virgoan nature. Virgoan entertainers include Buddy Holly and Patsy Cline. Virgoan actors include Peter Sellers, Lily Tomlin, Anne Bancroft, Sophia Loren, Claudia Schiffer, Lauren Bacall, Sean Connery, Keanu Reeves, Jeremy Irons and Hugh Grant.

Virgo Health and Anatomy

 

Virgo rules the sixth house whose domain is work and health. The part of the body allocated to Virgo is the solar plexus and intestines. The solar plexus lies directly behind the stomach, and from it twelve different nerve ganglia branch off in all directions: that is how the solar or sun plexus gets its name. Each of the twelve divisions of the solar plexus allocates with one of the signs of the Zodiac, and hence with a certain part of the body. The plexus itself is a little Zodiac. It is sometimes called the lower brain. The solar plexus is the great receiving station of energy from the back brain, while the bowels complete the chemicalisation of the food products ready to be assimilated by the blood. Being connected by its nerve ganglia with all parts of the body, the solar plexus reflects the condition of the entire body. It is not surprising then, that the stomach and bowels are affected when a person is worried or upset, or when the brain is

fagged and weary. Virgoans are known as the ‘worriers of the Zodiac’ with a nervous stomach, making them prone to digestive problems, especially if they identify too much with their perfectionist or workaholic nature. Virgoans need to be able to switch off from their work and learn to relax. Meditation, yoga or martial arts are ideal pursuits to bring harmony and balance to the lives of these industrious, fastidious folk. In the book, ‘Astrology and Biochemistry’, Vanda Sawtell states the Biochemic cell salt for Virgo is Kali sulph., and its function is to manufacture and distribute oil. When the body is in health, little jets of steam are constantly escaping from the seven million pores of the skin. A deficiency of Kali sulph.molecules causes the oil in the tissues to thicken and clog these safety valves of the human machine, thus turning heat and secretions back upon the inner organs, lungs, pleura, membranes of the nasal passages, and all forms of catarrh.

Kali sulph. is also present in considerable quantities in the scalp and hair. When this salt is lacking we get dandruff or falling hair, skin eruptions secreting yellowish oily matter, or inactive dry scaling skim, gastro-duodenal catarrh, ringworm, anaemia, and bronchitis. It is an oxygen carrier to the epidermic and epithelial cells of the skin and membranes, and in this it works with Ferrum phos., which is the salt for Pisces, the polar opposite to Virgo. Vanda Sawtell extols the virtues of Kali sulph., claiming it is a wonderful salt; the oil which it manufactures provides a fuel, a solvent, a lubricant and purifier for the body, just as in a machine. Furthermore, she adds; In old age the human body is very low in oil, and hence looks dry and shrivelled. Skin, hair, intestinal tract, bones all require their full quota of oil. She alludes to the parable of the wise virgins who kept their lamps burning, and the cry of the foolish virgins, “ We have no oil!” Moreover, people deficient in this salt cannot stand a warm room as they feel suffocated and must get out into the cool air. Symptoms are usually worse in the afternoon. She recommends Kali sulph. be given in all children’s diseases where there has been a rash or scaling. It helps to form new skin, and in this it works with the Gemini salt, Kali mur.

Overview for Virgo for 2019
Unpredictable Uranus is still moving through your 9th house of travel and study causing potential upheaval here. Jupiter, the planet of good fortune, has moved into your domestic sector. Neptune continues it sojourn through your marriage and partnership sector while your children and creativity sector is highlighted by two eclipses as well as transformative Pluto, serious Saturn and the karmic South Node. Your social sector is highlighted by an eclipse and the karmic north node.

Finances
Gentle Venus will grace your finance sector with her presence from 29 October until the 21 November enhancing your finances. Mercury, the planet of commerce, from 15 September until 3 October facilitating communication and networking.

Career.
Venus graces your career sector with her presence from 10 June to 3 July bringing harmony. Mercury, your ruling planet, also pays a visit here from 22 May to 3 June enhancing your communicating and networking skills.

Home & Family
Jupiter, the planet of good fortune and expansion is moving through your domestic sector and will be there until 2 December. This could mean an addition to your family or extensions to your home. Mercury pays a visit to your domestic sector from 10 – 29 December promoting communication and networking with family members.

Creativity & Children
Your creativity and children sector is highlighted by 2 eclipses as well as the karmic South Node. The first eclipse is a solar partial eclipse which occurs on 6 January and the second is a lunar partial eclipse occurs on 16 July. Planetary visitors to your creativity sector include Pluto, Saturn, Jupiter and Mars. Pluto, the planet of transformation, continues its passage in your solar 5th house which could cause changes and transformation in the areas of children, romance and creativity. Positively, it can be an ideal time for Virgos to reinvent themselves creatively adding energy and drive to this area of your life causing you to be proactive in pursuing your goals re your children, creativity and romance. Saturn’s presence here until 17 December 2020 brings a serious tone to your dealing with your children and creativity while Jupiter will enter your creativity sector on 3 December remaining there until 2 December 2020. Feisty Mars will join Pluto, Saturn and Jupiter here from 17 February to 30 March boosting your energy  to deal with your responsibilities here.

Relationships
Your relationship sector will be activated this year with the continued presence of Neptune. Neptune, the planet of spirituality, continues its 14 year passage in your relationship sector teaching you compassion and non-attachment. The lessons learned from Neptune are bitter-sweet but the potential for spiritual growth is manifold.  Other planetary visitors to your love sector are and Mercury and Venus. Quicksilver Mercury pays a visit here from 11 February to 7 April highlighting communications with your partners whether intimate of business associates. Part of Mercury’s passage here will be in retrograde phase from 5 – 27 March. This could cause confusion or misunderstandings but is an ideal time to review your primary relationships or business partnerships. Sweet Venus graces your relationship sector with her presence from 27 March to 20 April bringing love and harmony to your relationships.

Friendships
Your friendship sector is highlighted by a solar total eclipse here on 3 July and the karmic North Node. Both Mercury and Venus pay visits to your friendship sector. Mercury visits here from 5 – 27 June facilitating communication and networking. Venus graces your friendship sector from 4 – 28 July bringing harmony and conviviality to your social networks.

Spirituality
A total lunar eclipse on 21 January highlights your spirituality sector.  Mercury and Venus also visit your spirituality sector. Venus’s presence here from 29 July to 21 August t will bring harmony to your social networks. Mercury pays two visits here from 12 – 29 August facilitating communication on matters spiritual.

Retrograde Planets – Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, Pluto
There are currently 4 retrograde planets – Saturn, Uranus, Neptune and Pluto. Saturn stationed retrograde on 30 April and will turn direct on 18 September. Uranus stations retrograde on 12 August. Neptune stationed retrograde on 22 June and will station direct on 27 November. Pluto stationed retrograde on 25 April and will station direct on 3 October. Retrograde planets give an opportunity to turn inwards – a time for introspection, for reflection and reassessing and re-evaluating situations in your life.

Jupiter will station direct on 11 August while Uranus, co-ruler of Aquarius, will station
retrograde the following day. Stationary planets are very potent and urge us to heed their message. A stationary Jupiter encourages us to take risks. It can also have a crusading tone. Many entertainers and evangelists have Jupiter stationary in their birth charts. A stationary Uranus can have a revolutionary tone. It too can be a risk-taker, Promethean in nature urging us to be future oriented. Since it’s turning retrograde, we may have to reassess some of our plans or projects before we can progress.

The fact that Jupiter and Uranus are both stationing just one day apart, but in different orientations, could result in some sudden changes, mishaps or false starts. Expect energy
levels to be high and a feeling of urgency may prevail.

New Moon Supermoon Solar Eclipse at 8 degrees Leo 37 on 1 August
August is the season of SuperMoons with the first New Moon Supermoon occurring at 8 degrees Leo 37 on 1 August at 1.11 pm and the second Supermoon occurring at 6 degrees Virgo 47 on 30 August at 9.57 am.

Full Moon in Aquarius 15 August 2019Full Moon in Aquarius – 15 August
There will be a Full Moon at 22 degrees Aquarius 24 on 15 August at 10.29 pm AEST Sydney time.  The Air sign, Aquarius rules the 11th house of ideas, inspiration, and ideals, plus friends, groups, and the larger collective. Therefore, this Full Moon is an ideal time for networking, sharing ideas, and making connections that expand your social circle. Team work leads to success, and think tanks bring interesting results.The full Moon is opposite the Sun, Venus, and Mars in the fire sign, Leo. This gives the impetus for creativity and to accomplish goals provided that you don’t give in to the tendency for Leo extravagance and love of luxury. 

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The Full Moon is a time when things come to a head in order to be resolved and we only have to look to the recent widespread demonstrations in Hong Kong to see that things have reached an impasse with neither the demonstrators for democracy nor the Hong Kong government prepared to budge. Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam, surrogate for mainland China has refused to actually use the words withdraw the contentious extradition bill which the demonstrators see as a slippery slope towards authoritarianism under Beijing rule. While the demonstrators are protesting against police brutality there have been ominous signs of reports that China is moving troops to the Hong Kong border reminiscent in many people’s minds of the Tiananmen Square massacre.

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Woodstock Revisited Fifty Years On
For the babyboomers reading this it will no doubt bring back nostalgic memories. The Woodstock Music Festival began on August 15, 1969, as half a million people waited on a dairy farm in Bethel, New York, for the three-day music festival to start. Billed as “An Aquarian Experience: 3 Days of Peace and Music,” the epic event would later be known simply as Woodstock and become synonymous with the counterculture movement of the 1960s.

As an estimated one million people descended on Woodstock, its organisers scrambled to add more facilities. Highways and local roads came to a standstill and many concert-goers simply abandoned their cars and trekked the rest of the way on foot. Eventually, about half a million people reached the venue. The Woodstock audience was diverse and a reflection of the rapidly-changing times. Some were hippies who felt alienated by a society steeped in materialism.

In 1969, the country was deep into the controversial Vietnam War, a conflict that many young people vehemently opposed. It was also the era of the civil rights movement, a period of great unrest and protest. In 1968 both Martin Luther King jnr. and Senator Robert Kennedy were assassinated. Woodstock was an opportunity for people to escape into music and spread a message of unity and peace.

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Joan Baez at Woodstock

Thirty-two musicians, a combination of local and world-famous talent, performed at Woodstock. Around 5:00 p.m. on Friday, August 15, Richie Havens took the stage and played a 45-minute set. Havens was followed by an unscheduled blessing by yoga guru Sri Swami Satchidananda. Joan Baez famously played the end of her set in a torrential downpour. Day one wrapped up around 2:00 a.m. on August 16.

Jimi Hendrix

Jimi Hendrix at Woodstock

Jimi Hendrix was the last musician to perform at Woodstock. Rain delays prevented him from taking the stage until early Monday morning and by the time he went on, the crowd had thinned to around 25,000 people.

Woodstock natal chartSome charts for Woodstock have been cast for mid afternoon while others have been cast for 5.07 pm the exact moment the concert began with Richie Havens’ impromptu performance due to delays of other performers caused by traffic hold ups. What is interesting with the 5.07 pm chart is that Pluto is conjuncting the Moon in Virgo which would reflect the intense emotions engendered by the love fest of festival attendees. In addition it places the Sun, Mercury, South Node, Pluto and the Moon all in the 8th house ruled by Scorpio whose domain is sex and the mysteries of life. Freedom loving Jupiter and Uranus were conjunct in Libra in the 9th house ruled by Jupiter.  With Uranus in Libra signifying unconventional relationships defying traditional norms. Neptune, the planet ruling drugs and alcohol was in the sign of Scorpio in the 11th house ruling the collective and was squaring the Sun in Leo in the 8th house. There were psychedelic drugs and flower power with the prevailing theme of make love not war.

Woodstock is perhaps best described by Max Yasgur, the humble farmer who lent his land for the occasion. Addressing the audience on day three he said, “…You’ve proven something to the world…the important thing that you’ve proven to the world is that a half a million kids, and I call you kids because I have children who are older than you are, a half a million young people can get together and have three days of fun and music and have nothing but fun and music and God bless you for it!”

Sources

Sources
Virgo Greeting Card Illustrated by Sue Robertson
Virgo Poem by Anne Robertson
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
Astrology and Biochemistry by Vanda Sawtell
Mary Shelley, Frankenstein and the Villa Diodati by Greg Buzzwell
Woodstock History.com

 

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July Astromusings – Happy Birthday Leos! New Moon in Leo, Full Moon in Aquarius, New Moon Solar Total Eclipse

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 three fixed signs – the others being Aquarius 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.

Queen Elizabeth, Queen Mother

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

Dustin Hoffman

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

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

Helen Mirren

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.

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 2017
The karmic North Node is in your sign of Leo and there will be two eclipses in your sign of Leo – the first being an appulse lunar eclipse occurring on 11 February and the second is a solar total eclipse on 21/22 August 2017.

Career
There is not a lot of planetary activity in your career sector. Mercury’s presence here from 1-20 April and then again from 17 May to 6 June facilitates communication and networking. Venus graces your career sector with her presence from 7 June to 6 July  bringing harmony and cooperation with colleagues.

Work and Health
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.

Finances
Mercury, the ruler of commerce, will pay an extended visit to your finance sector from 26 July to 31 August and then again from 11 – 30 September. Part of Mercury’s passage here will be in retrograde motion making it an ideal time to review your financial commitments. Venus graces your finance sector with her presence  from 21 September to 14 October. There will also be a solar annular eclipse in your debt and taxes sector on 22 February which will bring issues to a head to be resolved.  Neptune, the planet of losses, continues its sojourn here.  The predominance of planetary activity here make 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.

Relationships
Your relationship and partnership sector is activated by the presence of the karmic South Node and a partial lunar eclipse which occurs here on 7 August. Gracious Venus, curious Mercury and radiant Sun all pay a visit to your relationship sector. Mercury’s presence here from 8 – 25 February encourages communication and networking. The Sun’s rays here from 20 January to 18 February encourage your love of luxury and adulation which is second nature to the Leo.

Home and Family
The main players influencing your domestic sector during 2017 are quicksilver Mercury and gentle Venus. Mercury pays a visit to your domestic sector from 18 October – 5 November making it an ideal time to communicate and network with family members and organise tradespeople. Venus graces your domestic sector with her presence from 8 November to 1 December bringing harmony and cooperation on the home front and a desire to beautify your home.

Creativity and Children
Saturn, the planet of hard work and responsibility continues its sojourn in your romance, creativity, and children sector until 20 December 2017. This gives a serious note to what is normally considered a playful sector enabling you to restructure this area of your life.  Part of Saturn’s passage here will be in retrograde motion until it turn direct on 25 August. Venus pays visits to your solar 5th house of creativity and children from 2 – 25 December inspiring your creativity and bringing fun and pleasure into your activities with children and your romantic escapades. The Sun radiates in your creativity sector from 23 November to 21 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 6 November to 11 January facilitates communication and networking with children.

Travel and Study
Exciting and unpredictable Uranus continues to activate your 9th house of study, travel and adventure. This would be an ideal time to just pack your bags and escape on a journey to some exotic location or to enrol in some unusual study to satisfy your yearnings for something exciting in your life. With Venus’s influence here from 4 February to 3 April and then again from 29 April to 6 June making it a perfect time for that holiday romance.

Friendships
Venus and Mercury activate you social sector. Mercury will pay a visit here from  7 – 21 June giving you opportunities for networking and communicating with your social circle. Venus graces your social sector with her presence from  6 – 31 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.

Spirituality
Sun, Mercury and Venus pay visits here in June, July and August making it an ideal time for introspection and to attend a spiritual retreat and record your dreams and musings in a journal.

New Moon in Leo 23 July, Full Moon Lunar Eclipse 8 Aug, Total Solar Eclipse 21/22 Aug
The New Moon occurs at 0 degrees 44 Leo on 23 July 7.45 pm 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 Leo, the sign ruled by the Sun it promotes creativity, playfulness and joy. It may also be quite dramatic with Mars conjuncting the New Moon squaring Uranus as well Jupiter square Pluto. Mitigating factors include a grand trine between Mercury, Saturn and Uranus and Venus makes a trine with Jupiter. This will be a precursor to the Full Moon Lunar Eclipse in Aquarius on 8 August and then the Total Solar Eclipse in Leo on 21/22 August which traces a path across the central west of the United States – Trump’s rust belt base – available for view on NASA Eclipse website so

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Path of Total Solar Eclipse across central west of United States

watch for developments there. The total solar eclipse will also impact the natal chart of President Trump (14 June 1946 10.54 am Queens NY, himself born on an eclipse) with the eclipse in an almost exact conjunction with Trump’s Mars and Leo ascendant while transiting Saturn will conjunct his natal Moon and South Node in Sagittarius. The eclipse falls in the 9th house of the US chart concerning legal matters, foreign affairs, immigration, travel, higher education, philosophy and religion.

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From Russia with Love

As I write this post President Trump has warned special counsel Robert Mueller against investigating his family’s finances including its links with Russian oligarchs which would involve Trump’s taxes taking it beyond the scope of the probe into ties between his administration and Russia in an interview with The New York Times on Wednesday. he is seeing if his lawyers can undercut the extent of the investigation by Robert Mueller. He has also asked his lawyers about a possible presidential pardon for himself and his inner circle. He has also attacked attorney general Jeff Sessions for having recused himself from the Russian probe which commentators have claimed is  an attack by Trump on the independence of US legal system. Watch this space!

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Sources
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
NASA Eclipse website