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The Cosmic Story: Leo New Moon, Aug. 6, 2013

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Astrology is a helpful tool for understanding the evolution of Life, both individually and collectively.   It helps us translate and read the cosmic story of Life reflected in the heavens.    And like any storyteller, its purpose is to awaken something already within the listener, something that resonates as true.   A true story opens up the heart, where Wisdom lies.   A true story moves us to right action.

Cosmically, we are just at the beginning of a new age (and you can see how the old patriarchy is holding on for dear life!) which we hope (along with the hippies from the 60s) will embody the belief that "all you need is love'.     This new Age of Aquarius will be one where women and men are equal and where we use both sides of the brain, making us Wise instead of merely intelligent.  

This is the mythic, cosmic story that is shaping our world and our lives.   But we are at a point in the story where things could go either way, down to destruction or onward to new life.   Will Lessa bring back the ancient dragonriders to help save Pern from the deadly peril of thread?   Will we be able to save our Earth, clean up our air, water and soil?   With our growing population, will it be possible to create a "Heaven on Earth'?   I believe the cosmic story says we can do it; that is if we share our resources equitably and move beyond the ideas of patriarchy and consumerism.

  This evolutionary cycle started in the 60s with the Pluto/Uranus conjunction in Virgo opposite Saturn in Pisces.   It was a wild, unpredictable time, a new birth for humanity, a time when Time Magazine asked, "Is God Dead?" (Saturn in Pisces questioning the long-ruling Hebraic father god of Western religions and his rules) and young people rejected their parents patriarchal rules (Pluto/Uranus in Virgo).   Now that we have arrived at the first square between these two planetary archetypes, we are being challenged to take individual action (Uranus in Aries) to get rid of outworn and repressive systems and rules (Pluto in Capricorn).   As anyone can see, the issues and events of the 60s are continuing to shape this next step in the evolution of human consciousness.  

However, instead of our parents trying to shape us to patriarchal expectations, today's issues involve our governments and corporations taking away our rights and freedoms, because they are the patriarchy!   It's time to reject this form of society and its values.   It's time to recreate a more sustainable, equitable, creative society.   A Love-based culture!   That's what the new revolutionary and evolutionary cosmic cycle we're in is leading us to-- a heart-centered consciousness that can create a better life for everyone, including the Earth.  This heart-centered culture is the visionary gift of the Piscean Age.  Now we have to implement the vision.

While Astrology is very logical and mathematical in its calculations, astrologers also use our intuitions and imaginations in reading the cosmic story.   That's the part which patriarchal thinking rejects--the imaginative meaning of life.   !Patriarchy is so flat-earth!   It's my way or the highway view of life is deadening to real creativity and freedom.   Just because our patriarchal culture believes that a symbolic, mystical understanding of Life is irrational and therefore suspect, it does not mean that this belief is the Truth .     Just as patriarchy has relegated women to second-class citizenship, it has also decreed that the psychological functions of feeling and intuition (which give rise to that symbolic understanding of Life) are irrelevant to any decision-making we do personally or collectively.   Along with women being enslaved, raped and considered irrelevant, our right-brain imagination has been enslaved, abused and made irrelevant, except when it is used to manipulate people when there is money to be made or fear to create.  

Leo New Moon: Marriage of the King and Queen of the Zodiac 

It's time to change that!   We were created as women & men, along with being given a right & left brain to work with, and it's time to explore how these two different aspects of our humanity were meant to work together, both within and without.   I know I understand an issue and make better decisions when I use my imagination as well as my intellect, my senses as well as my feelings.   My life develops out of my wholeness, beginning in my soul and partnered by my self-awareness. This kind of wisdom takes a commitment to know yourself, which takes time and courage and humility, but is worth the wisdom and peace you gain.   And wisdom increases when you open your heart to other people who think and imagine in their own unique ways.

The sign of Leo is all about the process of becoming a unique, one-of-a-kind individual who has taken the time to know yourself.   To know yourself as a whole Woman, a whole Man, a whole Brain.   It is the archetypal power that patriarchy has misused and abused by giving over power to kings and presidents and CEOs, because Leo is meant to imply personal sovereignty, not state or corporate sovereignty over others.    Each Lioness is Queen of the jungle, just as her partner Lion is King.   Leo wants each of us to assume the responsibility of becoming the author of our own lives.   Until we do that, we won't be able to create the Aquarian vision of equality and freedom that will be the foundation stone of this next age, a vision of sacred partnership between women and men instead of a patriarchal hierarchy based on domination and violence.

But don't forget the other side of Leo, the playful, loving, generous, childlike heart of Leo. We individuate through play and pleasure as well as hard work. Leo is all about self-confidence, and even if you have to fake it (Leo is an actor), do it during the month the Sun travels through Leo!   We need that self-confidence to ride the waves of the continuing revolution, which should start to heat up in the US next year when our "4th of July' national Sun at 14* Cancer becomes part of the Uranus/ Pluto square through 2014-15.

The Sabian symbol for the Sun and Moon at 15* Leo is:   A loud and colorful circus parade snakes through city streets.   Something out of the ordinary is happening in the city--in our collective consciousness.  This celestial circus parade gives us a glimpse of the mysteries and delights awaiting us when we go in The Big Top.   Everyone in the parade is unique and different, a mystery of talents that will surprise and entertain us.   Parades always draw large cheering crowds, encouraging people to partake in fun and enchantment.   It is all about the Theatre of the Mind--that Leo sense of drama and theatricality that tells a good story.   We need to see our lives in terms of story to understand where we are going.   Instead of falling into patriarchy's story of partisan bickering, let's open our imaginations and step into a new story of celebration and mystery.   There is so much creativity within each one of us, and collectively, we can be unstoppable in our determination to change.   So leave despair behind and see the possibilities!   Change your story!

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Cathy Pagano is a spiritual advisor and Jungian psychotherapist, storyteller, author and teacher. She is the author of a book on the return of the Goddess, "Wisdom's Daughters: How Women Can Change the World". Cathy trained at the C. (more...)

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