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Leo New Moon, August 20, 2009

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Well, now that we are moving away from the intense energies of the three eclipses, we can look back over the past few months and see what we need to let go of if we want to have new life. The eclipses, which created the possibility of showing us what we need to let go of to prosper, also brought out intense emotions in people.

Unfortunately, intense emotions of fear, uncertainty, and confusion can easily be manipulated into hysteria, and we have seen the results of that manipulation in the past few weeks in the crazy outbursts of some Americans regarding health care reform. Under the shadow of the upcoming third Uranus/Saturn opposition (September 15, 2009), the forces of the Old (Saturn) patriarchal thinking are using regular people's fears of change to try to stop the New (Uranus) vision of community caring and world unity from being born. America's health care debate (which really isn't a debate when corporate lobbyists control much of it) is only the first of many such debates that we'll have to have about changing the corporate culture we now live in.

When people, who could probably use help with their health care, are manipulated into thinking that universal health care is akin to socialism, we are in trouble. We could say they're just stupid for believing it, but that doesn't solve the problem. People who are easily swayed by catch-words like "death panels' and "socialism' and "patriotism' have no real sense of themselves. They look to other authorities to tell them what to think, so they can understand their feelings and then act on them. When we don't have a true sense of ourselves, when we look outside of ourselves for answers, we are giving up our freedom of choice. That's what patriarchy wants: people who do without questioning why.

The task of Leo, the sign of the whole human being, demands that we learn to think and feel for ourselves, and take responsibility for our actions. Leo accents our uniqueness, our creativity, our sense of play and fun and our sense that we each have something unique to contribute to Life. When people are manipulated by politicians and corporations, they lose that sense of individuality and become a mob. They are filled with a false sense of importance, they are overwhelmed by their passions and they stay ignorant of the truth of the situation.

I always tease my clients with strong Leo energy, telling them that they are the King or the Queen. Their laughter tells me they like the idea. But then I go on to say that being the Queen isn't all party dresses or fancy balls, but entails the real work of being a grown-up responsible human being. When we really look at the function of a true king or queen, it is to mediate between Heaven and Earth, the collective and the individual: they stand for the people before the gods and they represent the power of those gods to their people. President Obama, being a Leo, seems to understand this. Even though I don't agree with all of his policy decisions, I can see that he feels the responsibility of his position.

When the Sun and the Moon join together in royal Leo, the call to Individuation gets strong. Individuation is the process of discovering who we really are and then living it. And there's always more to discover, more to create out of ourselves. Leo calls us to discover what unique destiny we came into life to fulfill and gives us the confidence to do it. In a true democracy, we are all kings and queens, and yes, we each have a piece of the collective puzzle to solve.

Leo's energy is fun and playful, willing to take risks, willing to be seduced into romance and love. Our most creative projects often come out of Leo's large-hearted joy and generosity of Spirit.

While last month's solar eclipse in Cancer energized us to really look at self-nurturing and self-love, Leo's new Moon can energize us to begin playing with the possibilities that come out of a new sense of self-worth. Venus is now in Cancer, and will be at the degree of the solar eclipse on August 26th, helping us to clarify just what those needs really are. And to know that we really deserve to have those needs met. So ask yourself: What do I need to grow, to evolve, to create?

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This new Moon in Leo is pulling in the energy of the big Aquarian conjunction of Jupiter (the urge to expand our vision and heart to accept everyone as equal as well as our curiosity about the future), Neptune (the imagination to dissolve the old beliefs that separate us from ourselves, each other and Spirit) and Chiron (the healing of those wounds and the old fears that separate us). This triple conjunction has been energizing the new vision we need to create a new world of peace and prosperity. We won't create this new society overnight but create it we will. The Heavens tell us so. And yet how that new life comes into being is up to us. So this new Moon, plant the seeds of your unique vision of the future. And then water it with your passion and watch it grow. Then take action as appropriate.

The Sabian symbol for 28*Leo is: Many little birds on a limb of a big tree. This image speaks to the many inspired possibilities (birds are often associated with spiritual inspiration and imagination) that are available to us to solve our individual and collective problems. The giant tree is the world tree, the world axis, which gives us the strength of life and hope. The image also speaks of many people going to the Tree of Life for shelter as well as Wisdom. So make connections with like-minded people who share a similar vision. And have the self-confidence that allows us to work in groups without the ego-bickering that is usual when we work together. My favorite image of how groups should work is that of Dolphins. I heard once that whichever dolphin is in front of the pod leads. We are supposed to lend our creative energy to the group when it's needed.

The on-going opposition between Saturn in Virgo and Uranus in Pisces is joined by Mercury conjunct Saturn in Virgo, Mars in Gemini and out-of-sign Pluto in Capricorn to form a grand cross. As implied by the image, a grand cross challenges us to manifest something by pulling together opposing energies. While mutable grand crosses can be nerve-wracking and frustrating, the larger purpose is to force us to properly direct our energies toward our goals. In this grand cross, Pluto brings a different energy to the grand cross, making it more flexible and less resistant to change.

With Mercury in the mix with Saturn, we can begin to articulate the new Uranian vision and come up with practical solutions on how to manifest it. Mars in Gemini has lots of ideas about how we might fix the crumbling structures of our society as Pluto starts (remember, this is only the start of the re-structuring) its journey through Capricorn. The end of patriarchal thinking is immanent, and Mars in Gemini happily steps outside those parameters to come up with new ideas that are future-oriented (Mars is in a creative positive relationship with the Aquarian conjunction).

So take these last few weeks of summer and be creative! Let your mind wander, let your emotions tell you how you feel, and let your intuition point the way forward. Oh yes, and don't forget to take the body along, so get healthy and enjoy the pleasures of life! Summer is almost over and soon Winter will be here.

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Have fun, play and open to the endless possibilities of Life!

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Cathy Pagano is the author of a new book, "Wisdom's Daughters: How Women Can Change the World". Cathy trained at the C. G. Jung Institut-Zurich in dream interpretation, then got her M.A. in Counseling Psychology in Feminine Spirituality, and along the way became a certified Life Coach. As an astrologer and storyteller, she weaves the Cosmic Stories written in the stars and from The Bard's Grove, comments on emerging archetypal themes in movies. Cathy works with the tools of the imagination - dreams, alchemy, myths, astrology, symbolic language, storytelling, ritual - to awaken the Soul's wisdom.

I believe that Americans are called to a higher consciousness at this point in our history. We are called on to live up to our ideals and create the country our forefathers imagined. Inner consciousness needs to be acted upon for social justice.

Cathy believes that our writers and artists must take up our responsibility to create art that inspires, teaches and heals our humanity.

Cathy writes about political, psychological/spiritual, and cultural issues.

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