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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.

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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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