Lots of people who complained about us receiving the MBE received theirs for heroism in the war-for killing people. We received ours for entertaining other people. I’d say we deserve ours more. John Lennon
There’s always something about your success that displeases even your best friends. Mark Twain
I feel sorry for someone who has to win at everything. Snoopy
One nice thing about egotists: they don’t talk about other people. Lucille S. Harper
I don’t deserve this award, but I have arthritis, and I don’t deserve that, either. Jack Benny
He who doesn’t risk never gets to drink champagne. Russian Proverb
A sportsman is a man who, every now and then, simply has to get out and kill something. Not that he’s cruel. He wouldn’t hurt a fly. It’s not big enough. Stephen Leacock
The English country gentleman galloping after a fox – the unspeakable in full pursuit of the uneatable. Oscar Wilde
The Leo new Moon falls on July 27 in Australia and July 26 in the United States. It's another very meaningful lunation which promises to bring quite a few changes, or, in some cases, upheavals, in our lives or in the world around us. This new Moon is Leo 4 conjunct (together with) Jupiter on Leo 3 - they are only one degree apart. Mars is finally in Scorpio, on Scorpio 1, after spending what seemed like an eternity in Libra, and Mars is gathering speed and it is also gathering strength. Mars is squaring this Leo new Moon from Scorpio, and it is also squaring Jupiter, ratcheting up the energy. Further Venus and Pluto are tightly opposing each other, which also heralds a strong sense of change on many levels. Decisions will be made around relationships, money, investments, debt, loyalties, friendships, desires, etc. This could be a new Moon of power struggles, or, it could be a time for us to discover how powerful we really are.
We have a lot of charged-up energies going on around and within us and the last few weeks have not been easy. Here in Australia, we are mourning the loss of 27 (some say 28) Australians in the Malaysian Airlines bombing - a terrible, sad, twisted story. Weirdly, when the Malaysian Airlines plane went missing some months ago, Mars was just going retrograde and was passing over Libra 28: An Airplane Sails, High In The Bright Clear Sky, and Mars was retrograde on that degree for a number of days. Now, months later, Mars is going direct again over this degree, and coming out of the shadow of the retrograde, and Vesta is also on Libra 28, and we have the second Malaysian Airlines catastrophe. One wonders how these things work - it is weird and amazing and it really makes me scratch my head how the Symbols can so clearly and literally outline what is happening.
We also have the horror stories coming out of Gaza and Israel - all hard to reconcile. The Sun and Mars have been squaring each other these last few days with the Sun on Cancer 27: A Furious Storm In A Canyon Filled With Valuable Homes and Mars on Libra 27 - the Airplane Sails High degree. Bombs and airplanes and wanting to escape from it all.
In the days following the new Moon, realities and emotions will be tested and issues and questions that have been hanging in the air will be resolved - at least many of those questions will, although, as always, there will be some left hanging in mid-air waiting for those realisations and decisions.
The Sabian Symbol for the new Moon is Leo 4: A Man Formally Dressed Stands Near Trophies He Brought Back From A Hunting Expedition. The following interpretations are taken from my book The Sabian Oracle: 360 Degrees Of Wisdom.
‘A Man Formally Dressed Stands Near Trophies’ is an image of someone putting on their best attire and showing something that’s seen by himself and others as being a reward for achieving success in what is probably normally a male dominated arena. These are ‘Trophies He Brought Back From a Hunting Expedition’ and they are his to display or show off. It can be something he’s found, fought, shot or “bagged” in some way. It’s safe to assume that he’s very proud of his success and he may have had to endure incredible stress and dangers to acquire it. Whatever the ‘Trophies’ are, it is one thing to achieve them and another to then display these achievements for all to see.
This Symbol shows that there may be the urge, or the need, to impress others. There should always be some form of recognition or award for a job well done. Being proud and having a sense of satisfaction for accomplishing something should be awarded and congratulated. But just what are the rewards and spoils that you’re after? Some people will be pleased with the display, but there’s the possibility of some being uninterested and further, others could be distinctly unimpressed. Think carefully of the effects before you do anything as others may feel jealous or try to shoot you down for showing off. The ‘Trophies’ can be diplomas and awards for performing both physically and academically. Have you truly accomplished something? If so you should be acknowledged and congratulated, OR, are they just “things” that you can claim for yourself without considering where they’ve come from or caring about what had to be done to achieve them?
Keywords: Trophies of conquest. The desire to show oneself. Proving one’s animal instincts for the benefit of social position. Displays of manliness. The spoils of daring and courage. Notches on the belt. Victories over another. Trophies awarded for one’s club, social standing or country. Looking for pats on the back. Diplomas. Guns, rifles, ammunition. Academy Awards. Animal liberationists.
The Caution: Dominating nature with power. Showing off one’s spoils. Warfare and the ravages of it. Keeping tabs on one’s conquests. Boasting of masculine prowess. Living in the past. Arrogance. Seeing things as objects to conquer. Testosterone overloads. Compromises made to attain social acceptance. Envious responses to success.
The Karmic Condition (the degree before) this new Moon is also the same degree of Jupiter, Leo 3: A Mature Woman, Keeping Up With The Times, Having Her Hair Bobbed. This Symbol seems to imply that it's time to stretch our wings and to find a sense of inner and outer freedoms and to let go of some of the social constraints that may be binding us to certain behaviours, relationships or habits.
Keywords: Making an effort to keep up with trends. Asserting one’s independence from social constraints. Wanting to shrug off the years. Adopting a younger attitude. Following the herd. Going along with the things for the sake of being trendy. Plastic surgery. Changing appearances. Hairdressers and hairstyles. Gray hair. Hats and scarves. Meeting the challenges of age. Radiating sexuality. Bad hair days. Mid-life crisis. Being a trendsetter.
The Caution: Relying on external fashion to disguise inner emptiness. Cosmetic changes that are transitory. Making superficial but not meaningful alterations. Fashion slaves. The illusion of keeping up with the times. Giving up on one’s appearance. Battling society’s glorification of youth. Mutton dressed up as lamb.
The Quest Degree (degree after) of the new Moon is Leo 5: Rock Formations Towering Over A Deep Canyon. We may be pushed to jump into the void, to take a big step, a big risk, or to figure out where we may have painted ourselves into a corner.
Keywords: Old structures and deep hazards. The choice: taking chances or standing still. Walking very close to the edge. Extreme sports. Risk taking. New takes on old situations. Additions to things long established. Masada. Mountains. Valleys and gorges. Fortifications. Isolation. The grandeur of nature. The forces of evolution. Rock. Geology. Layers of permanence. Landscapes. Canyons. Vertigo. No going back. Stability behind - the unknown in front. Great heights. Monuments.
The Caution: Painting oneself into a corner. Not being able to retrace one’s steps. Instability. Erosion. Jumping into the void without a safety net. Cracks appearing. Doing a “Geronimo”. Being right on the edge. Feeling like life is impossibly hard.
The Karmic Condition of Jupiter is Leo 2: An Epidemic Of Mumps. Keeping control of situations can be key here and there may be realisations around when to speak and when not to, when to let on what you're feeling and when to keep quiet about it. Things can get out of hand with this Symbol, and, as Jupiter has already passed over it, it may be necessary to do whatever needs to be done in order to rein in emotions, thoughts, events, possibilities before they get out of their safe boundaries.
Keywords: Hysterical feelings. Ideas of immunity. Things getting out of control. Common threads that link people and places. Infectious diseases. Medicine and cures. Discovering the truth of a situation and acting accordingly. Viruses and bacterial infections spreading. Rumors. Colds. Flu. Fear in general. The cat let out of the bag. The need for "immunization" in situations. The need for hygiene. Isolating causes of problems. Outbreaks. Blood tests. Tumors. Measles. Chicken pox.
The Caution: Fear of bad health. Hypochondria. Rampaging gossip. Widespread fear or upset. Stories that get out of control. Rashes and skin problems. Deprivation. Hiding one’s self away for fear of contagion. Fear of sharing one’s self with others. Obsession with health. Embarrassment. Impotence. Contagious thoughts. Negative thinking and compulsive actions. The complications of disease. Media frenzies. Problems that multiply with alarming speed.
Mercury is on Cancer 21: A Prima Donna Singing. Someone may be 'sounding off' - creating a noise, being a diva or a prima donna and wanting to make a big noise. Of course, the Prima Donna Symbol can be fabulous; there can be a desire to talk, or sing, about one's culture, one's feelings, desires or needs.
Keywords: Powerful voice. Emotional dramatizations. Talent. Taking center stage. Messages that need to be heard for social reasons. Playing out the myths of society. Makeup, hairstyles, wigs and costumes. Feeling important and special. Singing and performing. Opera and drama. Fame and fortune. Charisma and presence. Commanding center stage. Having control and good timing (or not). Flowers or brickbats. Years and years of training or improvising on the spot.
The Caution: Overplaying one’s role. Displaying noisily. Driving people to distraction. Refusing to keep quiet. Demanding to be heard. Wanting everyone to listen. Overreacting. Throwing tantrums. Not knowing when to stop. Passions worn on the sleeve. Showing off.
Venus is on Cancer 11: A Clown Is Caricaturing Well Known Personalities. Sometimes we have to 'put on a good face', smile and act like everything is OK. Sometimes we have to act like the clown in order to spread good cheer to others. We may see some around us, particularly political figures (I'm imagining), putting on an act and puffing themselves up. There is a bit of theatre in this Leo new Moon conjunct Jupiter and square Mars and with Mercury and Venus on these theatrical degrees. There's a feeling of 'propaganda much?'.
Keywords: Exaggerated responses. Wanting to entertain. Show business. Trying to be something or someone that one’s not. Putting on a face. Comic performances. Parodies of personalities. Making fun of someone. Clowns and clowning. Life imitating art. Always performing. Irony. Satire. Objective observance. Criticism. Laughter. Caricatures. Cartoons. Lampooning. Voice impressions.
The Caution: Being foolish in the face of positive potential. Trying to cover up reality through buffoonery. Being constantly “on stage”. Living vicariously. Inauthentic behavior. Not having the courage to display one’s true self. Putting on a face to manipulate or fool others. Irritating behavior that wears thin after a while. Being the laughing stock. Overblown impressions. Loss of true identity.
Mars is on Scorpio 1: Tourists On A Sight-Seeing Bus. Mars is squaring both the new Moon and Jupiter, which can bring about heightened emotions, ambitions, anger, determination, friction and all kinds of Marsy possibilities. This degree often shows the feeling of being separate, being an observer, not really participating. Mars here could bring up issues to do with feeling like an alien in a strange land - as if you're thrown out in some way; not accepted, not belonging, not wanting to belong perhaps.
Keywords: Observing life. Feeling disconnected from reality. UFO’s and aliens. Seeing how other people live. Watching from afar. Tourists, traveling, buses. Suitcases and luggage. Cameras, pictures, souvenirs. Tour guides. Timing and being on time. The untried and untrodden or the same old road. Getting lost in something for hours. Foreign territories. New ways of seeing.
The Caution: Feelings of naivety and gullibility. Feeling like an alien even in familiar surroundings. Making assumptions about others’ lives. Disconnections from reality. Not fitting in. Expecting things to be done without any personal expenditure of effort or resources. Getting out of one’s depth. Having difficulty calling one’s own agenda. Separation anxiety. Inability to concentrate.
Straight after the new Moon, Mars will move onto Scorpio 2 - this degree speaks about letting things out, breaking or shattering and it can be a bit upsetting, although it can also be very relieving as the pressure is relieved - it's A Broken Bottle And Spilled Perfume. There will need to be a release of energies on many levels.
Saturn is on Scorpio 17: A Woman, Filled With Her Own Spirit, Is The Father Of Her Own Child. Saturn is going direct after being retrograde since early March. Many have been learning how to look after themselves, or, have been thrown back onto themselves. It can be a tiring responsibility, but it can be strengthening with Saturn on this degree and now things are likely to free up in some sense as Saturn starts to move forward again.
Keywords: Single parenthood. Being proud of one’s individuality. Feeling capable of anything. Spiritual experiences that fill one with one’s own spirit. Self-reliance. The lack of a father figure. Invitro fertilization. The complications of adoption. Self sufficiency. Facing the world feeling whole. Having the right to determine one’s future. The story of the conception of Jesus.
The Caution: Uncompromising feminism or chauvinism. Feeling like one has to be responsible for everything. Unrealistic independence. Being left alone and abandoned. Having no one to turn to for support. Being an adult before one’s time.
Uranus is on Aries 17: Two Prime Spinsters Sitting Together In Silence. Saturn is going direct while Uranus is going retrograde - this can spell an interesting period of stop, go, stop, go, but I think there will be more go going on as the impetus for forward movement is quite strong. With Uranus on this degree for the last few weeks, many have been learning about relationships and relating with each other. Many have been spending quite a bit of time along, or just hanging out occassionally with a special friend. Saturn and Uranus have been in a tight quincunx (150 degrees apart) relationship - which can be rather stressful. I have long seen the quincunx to be like the 'itch that is hard to scratch' - especially with Saturn in quincunx to Uranus - that is archetypally that. Innovative ideas are probably what's most needed and yet Uranus has been giving off rather 'old hat' energy, or, feeling the need to project a younger, more vital, freer energy.
Keywords: The need to loosen up emotional blockages. The struggle to hold onto one’s original identity. Compromise because of social expectations. Meditations that communicate. Exclusive relationships. Relationships that have a quiet “knowing”. Dignified silence. Inner withdrawal. Communicating through body language.
The Caution: Emotional isolation. Refusing to accept relationship. Pretending to be someone that one is not. Disapproval of younger, more vital energies. Being fussy and judgmental. Chattering that is not conducive to growth or true relating. Gossip. Difficulty in communicating. Being shutoff, or shutdown. The loss of joy and spontaneity.
Neptune is retrograde on Pisces 8: A Girl Blowing A Bugle. Neptune seems to be saying that we need to sound off, make a noise, announce or have realisations around our desires, our artistic or spiritual lives. Sometimes, however, with Neptune here, we may speak out of turn, make a noise and then regret it, blow our stack and regret it later. Finding the middle ground between what is and what isn't worth doing or saying is key here.
Keywords: Sounding the call. Awakening all to action. Going on and on about something. Loudspeakers, telephones, announcements. Being prepared to state one’s case. Calling attention to one’s self. Blowing your own trumpet. Whistle blowers. Heralding and proclaiming the dawn. Rise and shine! Girls in a man’s world. Leading the charge. Resurrection. Mass announcements. Advertising campaigns. Alarm clocks. Ear plugs. Blind folds. Breaking a fast. Proclamations.
The Caution: Making unwarranted and disturbing noise. Showing off. Unbalanced messages. Evangelists and politicians. Sounding the call but not making the grade. Being annoying. Trumpeting about one’s achievements. Not listening to people.
Neptune will soon move backwards onto Pisces 7: Illuminated By A Shaft Of Light, A Large Cross Lies On Rocks Surrounded By Sea And Mist. This can bring pu issues of misplaced loyalties and feeling like some bigger agenda is calling the shots, or, like one's life has been sacrificed or tossed aside in some way. It's not an easy degree, but it can be one of reconnecting with your true spiritual values.
Pluto is on Capricorn 12: A Student Of Nature Lecturing, Revealing Little Known Aspects Of Life. I get the sense that, like the last time that Pluto was on this degree last year, there will be quite a few revelations around the climate and climate change and insights into what makes our lives tick. This is a very meaningful degree and one that can have many wonders and amazing things revealed. For many, there will be realisations about the nature of reality, how we live in a rather holographic universe, etc.
Keywords: Observing what’s around and translating it so others may learn. Green politics. Revealing things and issues the conservatives don’t want revealed. Nature and natural remedies. Science and its rewards and drawbacks. Issues such as global warming. Whistle blowers. Natural healing methods. Documentaries. Conspiracy theories.
The Caution: Radical non-humanistic views. Intellectual smugness. ‘Lecturing’ and browbeating. Modern technological advances that stifle the environment. Lip service to conservation issues.
Chiron is on Pisces 18: In A Huge Tent, A Famous Revivalist Conducts His Meeting With A Spectacular Performance. This new Moon has quite the emphasis on 'performance and performing' and there could be reasons to see through people's actions to see what is really being said or conveyed. This and the Prima Donna of Mercury and the Bugle of Neptune certainly are whipping up quite a lot of 'sounding off'.
Keywords: Energy and inspiration. Evangelism. Whipped up emotions. Having a lot to say. Being instructional and dogmatic about how things should be. Being in charge. Ecstasy. Loud voices. Conversations that are said out loud. Acoustics affecting sounds. Evangelism. Preaching. Mind control. Performing. Political, religious and spiritual activism. Showmanship. Transformative experiences. Captivated audiences. The media circus.
The Caution: Using spiritualism for greedy financial gain. Overblown feelings of one’s abilities. Big egos. Hysteria. People whipped-up and manipulated by those in charge. Having the agenda of controlling others. Feeling that one has all the answers. Getting het-up about ideals and beliefs. Manipulation and exploitation. Bigotry.
The Moon's north node is on Libra 23: Chanticleers Voice Heralds The Rising Sun With Enthusiastic Tones. Here, also, is the thing of 'sounding off'... it will be interesting to see what happens with this new Moon. Certainly, the government and the media are likely to be making a lot of noise, perhaps more noise than usual, but we may find that we have announcements and realisations to make as well.
Keywords: Anticipating new opportunities. Waking early. Being a morning person. Having a clear, beautiful or loud voice. Speaking up when it’s needed. Heralding the new age. Seeing things ahead of their time. Being attuned to cosmic forces. Change or renewal. Someone associated with new things. Always being on the go. Being eternally vigilant. Alarms that spur to action.
The Caution: Overstating ones role, talents or abilities. Needing a wake-up call (literally and symbolically). Crowing about things disturbing others. Being noisy when others are trying to sleep. Loud and irritating.
All in all, this feels like a very dynamic new Moon - and one that will probably have a lot of noise being made, I imagine mostly by the media. It is bound to be an interesting and meaningful time. It could be one of expansion and abundance and going for your objectives - it pays to direct your energies wisely and not scatter them - as always.
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