New Moon in Leo:  Shifting Gears

New Moon in Leo: Shifting Gears

The new moon in Leo is July 31 (10:11 pm, CDT)! The gears grind to a near stop before they change direction. This “in between” time is when insights flash into consciousness as Mercury goes direct the same day in Cancer, fresh out of deep and difficult conversations (10:58 pm). Electric inspiration jolts into an awakening this new moon, opening eyes toward the unforeseen. Jarring curveballs jostle deeply seated patterns! Bask in the spotlight and dare to shine with ferocity! What do we take pride in perfecting to show off to the world? A swift kick pushes a talent out into the open. How do we wish to be treated like royalty and how do we treat others royally? The fire element, with a Leo signature, adds vigor to the end of summer! How do we demand to be paid attention to and admired?

Game-changer Uranus goes retrograde August 11. Look back to early January; where did unexpected (or desired) change occur? Restlessness stirs yet again. What new (uncomfortable) changes showed up, and how do we view them retrospectively?

July holds the essence of being suspended in time, not moving forward or backward. Conundrums pop up without immediate explanation or solutions as new realizations about past events become clearer. Much-needed endings give a sense of peace and closure, yet long-standing issues demand to be dealt with. July 31 is a cogent time to shift into gear after idling in neutral. That said, a baby colt walking on rubbery legs falls a few times before gaining sure footing. Proceed with care. How can a playful attitude be integrated with discipline?

What this catalyzes in your world depends on your natal chart. To find out more, come in for a reading with Madeline Youngstrom.

To allow your inner uniqueness to shine brightly, try lighting the Empowered Throat candle from Coventry Creations’ Chakra Magic line. This candle ties in with the energies of the throat chakra, which are involved with communication and expression as well as manifestation. To balance pragmatic everyday demands with play and creativity, burn some of Shoyeido’s Amethyst incense from their Jewel Series. This blend of sandalwood, cinnamon, and spices is designed to help smooth the atmosphere out and allow us to find balance in all aspects of life. To quell drama, consider carrying a piece of mahogany obsidian. This stone’s energies help clear away feelings of unworthiness and self-doubt that hinder creativity while also helping to keep the negative thoughts of others at bay.

Full Moon in Capricorn:  Lunar Eclipse

Full Moon in Capricorn: Lunar Eclipse

The lunar eclipse in Capricorn (4:30 pm, CDT) and the full moon (4:38 pm, CDT) are on July 16!

A kissing goodbye and a bidding adieu is bittersweet. The solar eclipse on July 2 brings about an epiphany, opening a new door. But, for the door to open, an obstacle that is blocking its path is removed. The eclipse on July 16 brings to light what can to be let go of. Being drawn back into the past occurs, stepping closer to a sense of completion. This allows endings to outworn situations so that transformation can begin.

Mercury retrogrades July 7 – July 31, turning up the volume on subconscious underpinnings. Eclipses plus Mercury retrograde redirect the course; routinized rhythms reset. Untold stories become unearthed. Truth is stripped down to its bare bones, to its skeleton, having a sobering effect. Difficult conversations resurface and finally get to the root of the problem. Yet non-verbal cues and underlying meanings may reveal more than direct communication. Mercury turns direct July 31 and dynamics reverse. Calm waters turn tempestuous as a storm rolls in, just as problems resolve and disappear.

Saturn and Pluto join the moon in Capricorn, as matters are finalized. Limitations are defined. Issues regarding real estate arise. Power changes hands. The influence of Saturn and Pluto give emphasis to the topic of boundaries, such as walls and structures that divide, separate and support. Trauma surrounds the borders of our country, as accountability for the treatment of fellow human beings is called for. What boundaries need to be set to prevent cruelty and suffering?

The well of intuition runs deep right now. Psychic and empathic antenna is tuned in, receiving messages from the ethers. Whatever ends up lost in translation over the radio fuzz becomes clearer as the summer continues.

To allow change to enter your life, try lighting the Wishin’ Mojo candle from Coventry Creations. This candle is designed to help spur manifestation and help you grant your own wishes. To put to rest that which is ready to leave your life, bring some of Shoyeido’s Peace incense into your daily practice. This serene blend is meant to help bring a calm, even mind that can proceed forward with wisdom and purpose. To find the path which most suits you, consider adding some of Eye of Horus’ Dragon’s Blood oil to your routine. This vibrant oil has both a strong earthiness and a distinct fire and is designed to help increase our personal power and vitality, allowing us to take on life’s challenges.

If you enjoyed this article, consider booking a session with Madeline Youngstrom for your own personal astrological reading!

Full Moon in Sagittarius: Rocket Ship Launch

Full Moon in Sagittarius: Rocket Ship Launch

Full Moon

The moon is full in bombastic and wild Sagittarius, Monday, June 17 (3:30 am, CDT). Celebrations ensue for Midsummer on June 21 (10:54 am, CDT)! The longest day of the year gives the most hours of daylight to explore the world and discover the fruits of summertime!

It’s the essence of letting the animals out of their cages to roam free and lighting the rocket ship to watch it launch full blast! Travel, whether through a book or on a train, fills the soul up with wisdom and new perspectives. Seeking adventures and exploring provide outlets for maximum energies that peak during Midsummer. Dreams and schemes that have been gestating during 2019 are born. The risk-taking gambler comes out to play and make it big. Celebrations and libations may be aplenty, though keep aware of imbibing too much!

Midsummer

Strengths of Sagittarius are honesty and bluntness, which can shock the sensibilities at times.  Use sensitivity when communicating, as words can flare up and be extra cutting. Anger, moodiness and irritability intensify with Mars in Cancer. The sign of Cancer rules family, mothers, home, roots, and nourishment; these areas of life are stirred. How can we blow off steam to release some of the pressure and promote a sense of well-being? Fighting instincts may be sparked by personal, cultural and political strife. The boxing gloves are on, but the punches are indirect.  What are strategic and protective ways of responding to turmoil?

Summer Solstice launches into eclipse season with a solar eclipse in Cancer July 2 and a lunar eclipse in Capricorn July 16. More to follow!

To constructively harness anger, consider burning one of the Wicked Witch Mojo Outta My Way candles from Coventry Creations. This “magic with attitude” candle was created to help clear obstacles and negativity in order to help you be and do your best. To help choose which projects to concentrate on, try burning some of Shoyeido’s Creativity incense. Part of their Kyoto Crescent Moon line, this combination of cinnamon, clove, and spice is sure to help get your creative cycles spinning. To enjoy the fruits of summer and celebrate, add some of the Eye of Horus’ Van Van Spray or Van Van Oil to your daily routine. This bright, lemony oil blend is perfect for helping raise the mood and inject some added positive vibes into everything you do.

If you enjoyed this article, consider booking a session with Madeline Youngstrom for your own personal astrological reading!