A man may be poorly dressed and penniless, yet his burning desire can bring him the opportunity of his lifetime. E Barnes
There is nothing more difficult to take in hand, more perilous to conduct or more uncertain in its success than to take the lead in the introduction of a new order of things. Niccolo Machiavelli
The people must fight for their laws as for their walls. Heraclitus
The first duty of a revolutionist is to get away with it. Abbie Hoffman
I hate the idea of causes, and if I had to choose between betraying my country and betraying my friend, I hope I should have the guts to betray my country. E. M. Forster
Occurring on July 30 in the United States and July 31 in Australia, July's Leo new Moon brings a message of revolution, change, taking bold steps, standing up to the status quo and making one's mark on the world. The Sabian Symbol is Leo 8: An Activist is Stirring up Discontent by Spreading his Revolutionary Ideals. From my book The Sabian Oracle: 360 Degrees Of Wisdom:
‘An Activist is Stirring up Discontent by Spreading his Revolutionary Ideals’. He has had some enlightening or disturbing insight into what’s going on in society. He wants people to listen to his message and, probably, influence or change their way of thinking. The ‘Activist’ feels that he has the answers to how life should really be and what rights people are entitled to. To some people, his beliefs, or his radical ways, may be somewhat confronting and threatening to their everyday lives. To others, his ‘Ideals’ may fit with what they’ve wanted in their own lives; he can be a beacon calling out for action. His message can be challenging, stirring or misleading.
Society often looks down on those who have bright and burning ideas of 'Revolution', when in reality they should perhaps be thanked for having the vision, or foresight, to see the need for it. On the other hand, somebody may be forcing their ideas on others – what one person thinks is not always right for others. And, of course, ‘Activists’ are not always spreading useful, or practical, ideas. They can be extremist and unrealistic. Striving for the ideals of equality for all tends to be more relevant to those in a disadvantaged position. Those who live safely within the comfort of society rarely rebel against what’s happening; however, there are exceptions to this. There may indeed be the need for a change to the status quo. This must come from someone who is prepared to sacrifice personal comfort in order to remain true to his or her ideals fighting for the common good. You may feel that you have had enough of the situation and that you have no power. If so, you probably need to enlist the support of others if you wish to succeed. It is through the promise of equality that power will be won.
Keywords: Unwavering and unbending intellect. Burning passions. Revolutionary ideals. Change for the sake of change. Making one’s ideas and passions known. Standing on a soapbox. Greenpeace and other radical groups. Anti-capitalism. Entrepreneurs. Working hard to wake others up. Challenging authority. Demonstrations. Placards. Rejecting oppression. Soapboxes.
The Caution: Political brainwashing. Finding things to be dissatisfied with. Extremism. Religious fundamentalists. Street preachers. Cult leaders. Terrorism. Breeding hate. Challenging powerful institutions. Propaganda. Animosity.
I'd say that 'challenging powerful institutions' is very much the order of what's happening. This can be an internal process or change or it could be something that's welling from within your being that needs a new emergence, a greater sense of personal autonomy, freedom and more authenticity. It can speak of challenging the establishment and wanting to overthrow the old, corrupt and disingenuous ways of the past.
It will be fascinating to watch the financial markets and what's going on in the world as there are bound to be many ramifications with so much going on. Rupert Murdoch and News Corporation are in for a rough ride, as I believe are newspapers in many countries, especially Australia and the United States, along with more to emerge in Great Britain. The British government is likely to go through a lot of damage and damage control and the ramifications could go all the way to the top. Of course, there will be fall guys at the lower levels of society, but it will be interesting to see just how many 'heads' of power get the chop in this rather radical time.
A man is sometimes lost in the dust of his own raising. David Ruggles
Making this new Moon way more powerful, stronger and bigger is Jupiter (a planet which can be known for the overstatement), it's the planet of big things, expansion, optimism, religion, philosophy, faith and things foreign. Jupiter is squaring this new Moon from Taurus 9: A Christmas Tree Is Decorated And Shines In The Darkness.
Keywords: Enjoying the fruits of one’s culture. Warmth within whilst it may be cold outside. The rebirth of the spirit. Faith and the hope of happiness and goodwill of people to one another. Celebrations bringing people together that once were parted. Decorations. Things done with loving intent. The promise of good things. Colored lights. Gifts. Stars and angels.
The Caution: The pretense of happiness or success in a decorative show. Not allowing for others from different religions or social classes. Being excluded and left in the cold. Family cohesion on display belying the real situation. Commercialism. Family disappointments.
People want to share in the bounty, not be left out. This is a time for family and friends gathering and enjoying the fruits of life. However, some may feel a bit left out as the Karmic Condition (the degree before) Jupiter is Taurus 8: A Sleigh Without Snow. This can show a lack of fuel (finances perhaps), energy or the impetus to effect forward motion. It can also speak of ideas, projects and possibilities that are a bit before their time. Perhaps this new Moon can push forward those things that you've been wanting to do. Remember that motto "We Can Do It!".
Keywords: Independence from outer circumstances. Using the creative mind to work through momentary shortages or problems. Anticipating future conditions. Having the “vehicle”, but not the time, energy or the “fuel”. Improvising things so that they work better or ahead of their time. Gas, oil, fuel. Snow. The value of timing. Lack of resources. "Tyres" that are missing or don't work. Being ahead of or behind one's time.
The Caution: Forcing your ideas or feelings even though the time is not right. Lack of support from the environment. Missing connections. Running out of energy. Having the right thing in the wrong place. Ideas without the capital to make them reality. A lack of impetus or propulsion. Feeling stuck, unmoving. Traffic jams. Empty tanks.
With Jupiter so closely squaring this new Moon, it could show a time for you to embrace change, freedom, expansion and get going with the things you've been wanting to do. Caution is advised, however, not to overreach; don't go way beyond comfortable boundaries, but do look to possibilities, gifts perhaps, and rewards.
Venus is also in Leo, and square Jupiter, on Leo 3: A Mature Woman, Keeping Up With the Times, Having Her Hair Bobbed. This speaks of beauty and strength, maturity and glamour and independence and the ability to really show one's self.
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 fashions. 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.
Overspending, overeating and just generally overdoing things could be a real issue this coming month. Some may reach for lovely things that bring more color and enjoyment to their lives; new clothes, new accessories, new hairstyles, new modes of living.
It's interesting that one of the aspects of this new Moon could be about how one looks, how one stacks up in the eyes of society. Independence can be shown, of course, through a rejection of today's glamorous (some would say vacuous) culture in favour of being more natural, more earthly and not worrying about what others think if one doesn't keep up with the 'trends'. Others will find that getting more into their appearance and feeling good about themselves can bring a renewal and more of a sense of freedom. Of course, both paths are completely valid.
Adding to this theme is Mercury at Virgo 1: In A Portrait, The Best Of A Man's Traits And Character Are Idealized.
Keywords: Projection of beauty. Drawings, paintings, photographs, etc. Art, cosmetics, beauty salons. Hairstyles. Elevated thoughts or memories. Taking someone at face value. Visual senses and clues. Recognition. Caricatures of people. Highlighting features. “Identikit” drawings. Visual prototypes. Profiles. Face reading. Written reviews and references. Viewpoints.
The Caution: Not truly assessing people. Vanity. Superficial judgments. Propaganda. Misleading appearances. Tagging people with labels. Misidentifications. Taking someone the wrong way. Seeing only the best, or the worst. Preconceived beliefs. Feeling misunderstood. Prejudice. Projections.
This speaks of not "judging a book by its cover", but it also shows the possibility, or the need, for seeing others in their best light. Seeing others for who they truly are is the major consideration and delving may reveal some things not usually seen.
Mars could be showing where someone gets caught red-handed (more arrests in the Murdoch case?), or, where someone needs to be forgiven, things forgotten and to be let off the hook. It could be that you need to let yourself off the hook - to lighten the pressure you place on yourself to perform, to make it in the world, to live up to your own or other's expectations. The Sabian Symbol for Mars is Gemini 28: Society Granting Bankruptcy To Him, A Man Leaves The Court With Mixed Feelings. Of course, this could show a record number of bankruptcies happening, but it's more likely to bring about the need to walk out of the 'court room', to move on from any failures of the past and into a new life, at least in some respects. The 'Mixed Feelings' can show a relief from pressure but it can also show a feeling that perhaps one could have done better. Mars will square Uranus in the first week of August, which could see some big realizations about one's self or others.
Neptune is adding to the mix of financial uncertainty or the allure of making it big or breaking into (or maintaining one's place in) the market place as it's on Pisces 1: A Crowded Public Marketplace. This speaks of getting one's needs met, meeting with others in a public place, buying and selling and bartering, advertising, the economy, globalization, the internet, ebay, bargains and bargaining, the stock market, money changing hands. It's interesting to note that the world's economies are going through such tough times with Neptune on this 'Public Market' degree.
Pluto and Jupiter are trine each other, so there's a big push to get things going. However, Pluto is on a rather enigmatic degree, it's Capricorn 6: Ten Logs Lie Under An Archway Leading To Darker Woods.
Keywords: Journeys into the unknown. Getting past the past. Tenacity, stamina and energy preservation. Things to consider before moving deeper. Thresholds, ‘Archways’, entrances. Dark forests. The unknown and the “unknowable”. Delving into the subconscious. Memories that lead into deep or strange places. Gateways. Fallen trees.
The Caution: Fear of the untrodden path. Being afraid to make a move. Things blocked or obstructed. Getting lost in something and not knowing how to get out. Looking for directions that are obscure or concealed.
Saturn is on an interesting degree that speaks about being clear with words (and actions) and making sure that things are on the up-and-up (so to speak) and not just words for the sake of it. Saturn wants things to be crystallized, realized - made real. The Sabian Symbol of Saturn is Libra 13: Children Blowing Soap Bubbles.
News headlines are like 'soap bubbles', here one minute and gone the next. Sometimes statements or 'promises' are like that - said in the moment without much regard for the outcome. Saturn wants reality, solidity and follow through, not the ethereal, unreal and uncertain. Getting very clear about what's said (and not said) is important now, as is getting a handle on what your thoughts are bringing you. Do your thoughts bring joy, love, a feeling of abundance and a strong belief in the future. If not, perhaps it's time to examine any negative thoughts or feelings that could be holding you back.
It's a time for moving into new territory in many ways. This is shown through the Moon's north node on Sagittarius 23: A Group Of Immigrants Fulfilling The Requirements For Entering A New Country. What requirements do you fulfill? What could you do to up your credentials? Are you ready for fresh new ground? Have you got the paperwork filled out? Have you got the road map for where you're going.
One thing is for sure, the old guard is getting thrown over in some way and the new is making more of a mark. Viva la revolution!