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The Cosmic Story: 1st Aquarius/Leo Full Moon 2013, Mercury Goes Direct.

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The Goddess has returned and She wants us to recognize that we are all loved.   But like any good mother, She wants us to also love each other.  

The Aquarius/Leo Full Moon

   The Aquarius Full Moon occurs just a few hours after the Sun enters Leo on July 22, at 11:17am PDT/ 2:17pm EDT/ 6:17pm GMT.   This is the first of two full Moons in the sign of Aquarius--the second one on August 20th will be a Blue Moon --when there are two full Moons in an astrological month (not in a calendar month).   After the second Aquarius full Moon we'll be back on the new Moon/ full Moon lunar cycle.   (Remember, now we have a full Moon in a sign before the new Moon.)

   Every year we cycle through all the signs of the zodiac along with the Sun.   As the Sun enters the sign of Leo, our attention turns to Leo's truths: self-confidence, creativity, self-expression, personal power, generosity, playfulness and Individuation.   More than any other sign, Leo represents the urge that Carl Jung called Individuation--our soulful need to be unique individuals.   But unlike ego-individuality, individuation helps us also see that we are part of a larger group.  

   That larger group is represented by Aquarius.   Aquarius offers us the possibility of alliances with like-minded individuals working toward a common goal.    So while we work on our personal hopes, we also can be working on our shared dreams.   Now is a great time to search out like-minded individuals who are working on a common goal.   We are stronger for our unity.

   The Sabian symbol for the Sun at 1*Leo is: Blood rushes to a man's head in anger. Anger is an intense emotion that mobilizes our vital energies to defend ourselves.   Will we give in and attack or will we process the emotion and understand just what it is that makes us so angry?   Is it righteous indignation?   Or a need to fight for personal rights?   Can we use our will to direct these energies properly?   Since the blood goes to the man's head, perhaps we need to "use our heads' and not get caught up in emotional drama?   Instead, we need to name the emotion and understand what it's telling us and then act on it consciously.  

   The Sabian symbol for the Moon at 1* Aquarius is: A cubical white temple in the desert.    The desert strips you bare--it leaves you to face your essential self.   Since this is a temple in the desert, it is dedicated to the basic spiritual and natural laws of life.   Leaving religions behind us, we can seed a new spiritual vision that encompasses the realities of our times and can be a basis for a new civilization based on partnership between masculine and feminine rather than patriarchal domination over everyone else.   The old gods are dead--a new age calls us to spiritual and earthy freedom.

   Saturn in Scorpio squares this full Moon, showing us where we need to make some inner changes so we can all work together.    Saturn demands that we take responsibility for our lives, and with the square to the full Moon, it shows us where we are accountable for the mess in our lives. Full Moons bring us awareness through relationships. Saturn squaring the full Moon says, "if you want to become aware of how you fit into the group, pay attention to how you feel with others.'   But since Saturn is still part of the grand water trine--especially now that Jupiter and Mars are part of it--we will have the energy, enthusiasm and confidence to move ahead with our plans.   Keep sharing those plans with like-minded people because that's how collective change happens.   It's time to realize that "no man is an island' and that if we really mean it that we want to change our world, then we have to find others to work with.   This full Moon and the 2nd Aquarius full Moon will help us connect.

  The last week of July will be intense as Mars in Cancer opposes Pluto in Capricorn and squares Uranus in Aries.   Watch some long-standing issues come to a head and beware of jumping to conclusions without getting all the information.   This volatile combination can give rise to power struggles.   Are they worth it?   When you become a vessel of power, which is the feminine way of handling power, there are no struggles.   Just an easy flow of handing power around the circle.

A beautiful and rare grand sextile occurs on July 29, 2013.   The grand sextile is formed by two grand trines.   The first is our water trine we've been bathing in since June.   The second is an earth grand trine comprised of the Moon in Taurus, Venus in Virgo and Pluto in Capricorn.   This second grand trine speaks about the collective re-orientation toward the Divine Feminine.   Combined, these two grand trines position a planet every 60* around the circle in the feminine elements of water and earth. 

Manifestation is powered by our emotional body and the more focused we are on our real needs which nourish life, the better able we are to manifest the situations which will help us get what we need.    Sextiles (60* aspects) are all about opportunity, and this beauty gives us another opportunity to change ourselves and our world.   Step into your new life!

Below is a list of the changing energies remaining this month.   Watch and see how you feel and act on these powerful days.

Dates for the Water Trine and the Uranus/Pluto T-squares:

July 13:   Mars enters Cancer

July 17:   Uranus stations retrograde.   Jupiter in Cancer trines Saturn and Neptune.

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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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