The Rainbow After The Storm: August's Leo New Moon

Be thou the rainbow to the storms of life, the evening beam that smiles the clouds away, and tints tomorrow with prophetic ray! Lord Byron

We live in a rainbow of chaos. Paul Cezanne

And when it rains on your parade, look up rather than down. Without the rain, there would be no rainbow. Jerry Chin

Walk on a rainbow trail; walk on a trail of song, and all about you will be beauty. There is a way out of every dark mist, over a rainbow trail. Edward A. Navajo

The way I see it, if you want the rainbow, you gotta put up with the rain. Dolly Parton

The rainbow would be even more beautiful if the show was not for free. Antilles Proverb

The soul would have no rainbow had the eyes no tears. John Vance Cheney

August's new Moon, happening on August 18 in Australia and August 17 in the United States has a wonderful Sabian Symbol, and a very fitting one for Leo. It's Leo 26: After A Heavy Storm, A Rainbow Appears. The last few months (heck, for some people it's been the last few or even several years), have been very difficult and the astrological factors have been gruelling. The last new Moon had an interesting and prophetic Symbol - Cancer 27: A Furious Storm In A Canyon Filled With Valuable Homes. The day of that new Moon, the shootings occurred in Aurora in Colorado and it was most definitely 'a furious storm'. Since then we've had some ongoingly difficult astrological aspects. It's been an interesting time, to say the least. Hopefully, the energy is shifting. Mars is set to go into Scorpio, which may bring some relief as Mars feels way more 'at home' in Scorpio than in Libra.

The new Moon - Leo 26: AFTER A HEAVY STORM, A RAINBOW APPEARS This Symbol shows the relief and beauty that a rainbow can bring after a storm has cleared. A sense of relief can flood over you as you realize that the sun is coming out and the birds are beginning to sing again. This may be a time of difficulties and obstacles, but take heart as it seems that the end result will be O.K. Still, you probably need to be periodically reassured by a clear sign that better times are coming. Remember, without the storm there would be no blessing of the rainbow. Try wearing colorful clothes, open the windows and the doors and get into the sunshine. Release from stress. Spirit returning to infuse one with its energy. Relief, rest and recuperation. The joy of survival. Peace restored. Rainbows and light. Hope and faith.

The Caution: Selfish thoughts about the rewards inherent in conflicts. Not knowing when to cheer up. Bouncing around and creating dramas. Constant turmoil. Seeking storms.

Mercury is on Leo 7 THE WONDER OF THE CONSTELLATIONS OF STARS IN THE NIGHT  SKY This Symbol brings up issues to do with the bigger questions of life; even the simple issues should be seen against the backdrop of something far greater and more meaningful than they may at first appear. We on planet Earth can feel like a tiny speck when we consider how huge our solar system or the universe is, however, we each are an important part; we are all stars in our own right. Keeping this in mind helps to keep our lives in perspective. Questions such as “what is life really about” and “what does it all mean” are likely to come up. The patterns, integration and enormity of nature. The big picture. Observing signatures. Astronomy and astrology. Science or the esoteric. Signs from the heavens. Stars.

The Caution: Ignoring down-to-earth issues. Missing small details. Only being amazed by the huge and not seeing the wonder of the small things in life. Being star struck.

Venus is on Cancer 10: A LARGE DIAMOND IN THE FIRST STAGES OF THE CUTTING PROCESS This Symbol implies the beginning stages of things that are becoming something wonderful, useful and worthwhile. Things are always growing and perfecting and it seems that things are just beginning to take shape and the potential could be enormous, but there needs to be care and accuracy taken or all the work to date could be lost or spoilt. This situation has taken a long time to develop and comes from a deep organic essence. Keep cutting away the unnecessary and the flawed and you'll emerge with a wonderful gem as this Symbol implies riches and talent and beauty. Coming to terms with inner worth. Emerging perfection. Beauty that is a bit 'rough around the edges'. Chopping or grinding away to get to the essential truth, potential or reality.

The Caution: Leaving jobs unfinished. Being afraid to take the first stab at a project or issue. Only seeing the flaws. Lacking social polish. Overprotective. Rough diamonds.

Mars is on Libra 27: AN AIRPLANE SAILS HIGH IN THE BRIGHT CLEAR SKY This Symbol shows the ability to transcend strife and rise above issues. You can feel above situations and are being carried away and beyond the mundane towards something completely new. You can sail above issues and avoid more everyday, down-to-earth problems. Having a calm, objective and somewhat detached way of observing life reveals a lot to you. Don't, however, get so far above things that you feel removed entirely from what’s really going on in reality. This won't help when you need to employ practical solutions or have a need to really deal with life and its ramifications. Transcending difficulties. Optimism that knows no bounds. Having a bird's eye view. Airplanes, birds, flight. Roller-coaster rides. The need for navigation. Objectivity.

The Caution: Difficulty seeing the details of what's going on. Escape from reality. Running out of fuel. Egoism. Playing with gravity. Disconnection from the real world.

Jupiter is on Gemini 13: WORLD FAMOUS PIANIST GIVING A CONCERT PERFORMANCE This Symbol speaks of the possibility, or the need, to be able to show one’s talents, skills or unique abilities to others, whether it’s in a ‘Performance’, or through just being oneself. In the situation facing you, it is not always enough to know that you are highly skilled, or have others say how wonderful you are, the proof is in expressing those skills in the real world and creating something as a result. The 'Performance' should spring from a love of what one is doing, whether it is music, performing, speaking or some other form of expression. True rewards come from being well rehearsed and prepared to share your talent with others as well as acknowledging the talents of others. Smugness versus talent. A validation of social standing. Hands-on creativity. Singing. Music. Playing out front or in the band. Having an adoring public. Repertoires. Practice.

The Caution: Relying on past success. Not putting in the day to day work. The need for applause and acclaim to validate one's existence. Inflated egos demanding attention.

Saturn is Libra 25: THE SIGHT OF AN AUTUMN LEAF BRINGS TO A PILGRIM THE  SUDDEN REVELATION OF THE MYSTERY OF LIFE AND DEATH This Symbol implies the ability, or the necessity, of seeing far more in simple things than most people see. Instead of merely seeing “An Autumn Leaf”, “The Pilgrim” sees the cycle of life, the seed turning into the tree, the leaves turning in the autumn, etc, etc. There is far more to see than is first apparent. You may have learnt much and grown tired of seeking information about life through conventional channels. A sudden insight can lead to a whole new revelation of life and its processes. Seeing things that others miss, look for answers in simple, everyday things around you. They may be fleeting, but they are around you - look for the signs, they can have profound effects. Seasonal adjustments. Fleeting inspiration. Pilgrims and journeys. Photographs. Snapshots in time. Angelic visions. Philosophical minds. Holograms. Synchronicity.

The Caution: Focusing on things with no lasting value or no longer relevant. Looking for answers in everything. Continual search for significance. Overreactions to simple things.

Uranus is on Aries 9 A SEER GAZES INTENTLY INTO A CRYSTAL BALL IN FRONT OF THEM This Symbol shows the ability to focus, take in insights, analyze meaning and draw conclusions from the available information. It is likely that the whole picture is there in front of you, but you may need to interpret its meaning. With a little concentrated effort, you will be able to see things very clearly. There is the ability to observe things that others may miss. Try really tuning in and looking within for answers as you have the ability to see them with just a bit of focus. What is your unconscious mind trying to tell you? Is your gaze wide enough or too narrow? Looking ahead to see the signs. Flashes of inspiration. Tuning in and looking within for inspiration. Creative, inner visualization. Aura readings. Penetrating the mysteries. Clairvoyant abilities. Being a seer.

The Caution: Confusing literal meanings with symbolic messages. Always looking this way and that, but not at the center, for answers. Getting lost in the big picture.

Neptune is Pisces 2 A SQUIRREL HIDING FROM HUNTERS This shows sensing when to move and when to stop - to be out in the world and participating or “Hiding” your self away. There can be a heightened sense of awareness or alertness, and, possibly, an ability to hear or perceive subtle things in the environment. There may be aggression in the air where you may be one of the smaller players. You may feel threatened which can come from out of the blue. Not watching the news or avoiding negative stories can be one way of “Hiding” and sometimes we need a respite from the realities of the world. To be cautious is wise, but hiding can, at times, lead to missed opportunities for nourishment. Be wary of being bullied or "holed-up". Tactics to ensure survival. Vigilance. The media spreading fear and loathing. Security systems. Limit or restrict movement. Creative solutions. Refuges. Hunters. Guns.

Neptune on the 'Hunters' degree is reflected in the arguments about gun ownership in the United States. It seems that while some recoil from guns and weapons, others run out to buy more of them whenever there's a terrible and tragic incident. It's curious that Neptune goes retrograde on more degree onto Piscs 1: A Large Public Market. Sometimes the 'Market' serves our needs, other times it can be our master and we may feel that we merely get the crumbs. Neptune going over Pisces 1 has seen a lot of businesses close, people losing money, people losing their faith, hope or vision.

The Caution: Bullied. Those 'out there' having more power than they deserve. Fear. Not wanting to socialize. Not speaking up for fear of being shot down. The NRA. Paranoia.

Pluto is on Capricorn 8: BIRDS IN THE HOUSE SINGING HAPPILY This Symbol shows the spreading of joy, happiness and laughter to those around you. With Pluto here, it may at times be a difficult thing to stay connected with the positive attitudes and vibes that this Symbol asks of us. It shows that music can lighten people’s spirits. Further, thinking positive thoughts, being loving and accepting of others are the hallmarks of this degree. Listening to the songs of birds can be rather magical and can bring spiritual messages. By expressing your pleasure you can lift the feelings of others and they will most likely join in the chorus, in some way. Even though there are a number of social rules to follow, that shouldn't bother you. This is a sign of sharing good feelings and happiness with all who enter your sphere of operations. Being at one with everything. Music. Bird song. Birds. Happiness. Positive thinking. Singing. Entertaining others. Seeing the beauty in life. Chattering in the background.

The Caution: Idle chatter. Smug superiority. Not seeing the happiness inherent in everyday life. Loneliness. Feeling abandoned. Whining and complaining. Demanding.

On a personal note, I've just started singing lessons, something I didn't think I'd ever get around to. Finding one's voice (on whatever level) is so important and we should be able to feel that our 'voice' counts. I'll add that I hadn't noticed until I was in the middle of my first session that the degree of the Sun was Leo 18: A Volunteer Church Choir Makes A Social Event Of A Rehearsal

The Moon's north node is on Sagittarius 2: THE OCEAN COVERED WITH WHITECAPS This Symbol implies the possibility of getting whipped up about things, often out of proportion to what’s really going on OR staying calm and centered when events or people are getting out of control and making a big deal out of situations. You may find that surface emotions get whipped up and this can led to concerns that are disproportionate to the depth of the situation. Emotions, intelligence and situations probably have a far deeper sense of strength and permanence than it may seem. Get below the surface where things are calmer and more stable. However, don’t withdraw completely as you could find it hard to surface and show your true feelings.

Mobilization of energy and emotions. Safety in deeper, secure layers of responses. Energy that needs an outlet. Churning thoughts. Flighty and changeable. Drama queens.

The Caution: Getting fussed and irritable over nothing or at least very little. Nervousness. Overblown reactions. Responding too readily. Gathering gloom. Fussed and irritable.

Chiron is on Pisces 8: A GIRL BLOWING A BUGLE This Symbol shows the ability, or the need, to be able to sound the call, to rally people together, to know when to speak or “Blow her Bugle” to awaken others, to wake up to realities going on in the world, join some cause, etc. At times in your life, you are likely to feel the need to wake up those around you, and, at times, perhaps be woken yourself. When situations get bogged down in emotional or rational complexity and everyone just needs to be rallying and going for the objective, you may be the one to let everyone know. Sometimes this Symbol can show someone who makes a lot of noise; justified or unjustified and they can get people moving. Using simple, receptive innocence will get situations back on track. Sounding the call. Awakening all to action. Loudspeakers, telephones, announcements. Rise and shine! Leading the charge. Resurrection. Proclamations. Whistle blowers.

The Caution: Unwarranted and disturbing noise. Showing off. Trumpeting about oneself. Not listening to people. Being annoying. Interrupting. Betraying confidences. Loud voice.

I see Chiron not only as 'the Wounded Healer', but also as 'the Stories We Tell Ourselves'. Maybe it's time to listen to what goes through our minds in order to see where we can head off some negative stories at the pass!

Pluto seems to be implying that we need to 'sing', to 'listen to the birds', to be 'more harmonious'. Perhaps that's our major message this week. Watch out for the rainbows, though - they will be there.

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Lynda Hill

Lynda Hill, FAA Pract. Cert. has been a professional astrologer for more than 18 years. 2008 marked her 24th lecture tour of the States, in addition to the many lectures she has conducted for astrologers and the public throughout Australia, England, Scotland,  Wales, Ireland, Russia, South Africa, New Zealand and Canada.

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