a lion cub and an impossible girl

Last night, at just before midnight, it was New Moon, which is to say the dark of the Moon, the conjunction in Leo.

I love Leo, and we are having real Leo weather at the moment, heat waves and humidity, threatening thunder storms when it isn’t baking and buzzing with bees and mating ants. I also find New Moons interesting, because they are both there and not there at the same time. Way back when, some of my more full on painting impulses would come at that time. It was like a time when the inner censor was out, and the laws were suspended, and new stuff would come through. There was something a bit mutant about New Moons for me back then. No “maiden, mother, crone” in that phase!

Last night’s New Moon was quite grand, and it seemed to mark a bit of a (welcome?) switch out from the cardinal power-house conflicts and issues that the skies have been having for some time (remember that grand cross thing?), into the world of the fixed. Sun conjunct Moon conjunct Jupiter (hooray!) in regal Leo – they’ve all gone into Lionville very recently. We should all prance about in powdered wigs, and fine, ridiculous pantaloons and dresses, with lots of pink and gold, or at least treat ourselves to good food and drink, and imagine a rakish crown on our pampered heads. It’s not that “you’re worth it”, it’s that you enjoy it and you don’t care. That might be my Taurus ascendant talking, but nothing says “royalty” like boredom does.

The other recent inductee to the world of the fixed signs is the great, bloody and sexy planet Mars, finally out of diplomatic Libra (may I invade you? no, no, really, let me, I couldn’t possibly, no, no, after you) and into the thick, rich stuff of Scorpio. Fresh into the sign, Mars is squaring Sun, Moon and Jupiter. But fixed squares are stubborn, they ain’t quick, but they do build. I think we can make good stuff out of this mix though, because everything is kinda happier to be where it is, plus Mars is forming a grand trine with Neptune and Venus in water signs, so that has a feeling which is both romantic and potentially deluded, but it gives plenty of emotional space for the conflict between Leo and Scorpio to stretch out into a motivating force rather than a frustration.

new moon august 2

Venus, still in cardinal Cancer, actually takes part in multiple grand trines: with Mars and Neptune, with Saturn and Neptune, and with Chiron and Saturn. Whole lot of flowing going on, though not with entirely flowing planets. Even harmonious aspects to Saturn are never entirely easy and comfortable in fact, but they do quickly become assets or resources, and with Saturn they don’t need much conscious work to get some benefit (oddly enough), because Saturn extracts an amount of work whether you are aware of it or not. Venus, that magnificently bright, talented, and often underestimated influence, is actually doing a lot of work here, not the least of which is forming a T square with the Pluto-Uranus square that we aren’t even sick of any more (transpersonal, multi-generational crisis? oh that thing), and the kite formation it forms with Pluto and two of the grand trines. Both Pluto and Uranus are getting the grand trines involving Venus, Saturn and Neptune/Chiron to go somewhere.

But coming back to Leo, right in the middle there is Black Moon Lilith, and BML is another fascinating astrological point. While the New Moon is both there and not there at the same time, BML is even more so, as “she” is a kind of an anti-Earth in relation to the moon’s orbit, the other focus of the ellipse that the moon traces around the Earth in space. BML is an absence that has to be present, otherwise the world could not be as it is, and the physical Moon would be in a completely different place (going round the Earth in a circle rather than an ellipse, which would also affect the orbit of the Earth). She is a reality without a body, but if bodies do what they do, she has to exist. Maybe that is why (if there is a “why”) I have sensed that she has a link to transgender issues. I don’t think we will really understand BML until we get over the sense of astrology being a psychological-personality thing in the conventional sense. We have to remember that Lilith was a demon, not some kind of everywoman sans “patriarchy”. She gonna get your babies, in your womb, if you have one. But in the subtext, the back story, demons always remind us of something. At one time or another everything from gods to demi-gods, to spirits to guardian angels to the personal genius was called a demon or a daemon. And there is a place, even for the placeless and the impossible, and all things have their time. The stories don’t stay the same.

At the Leo New Moon, Black Moon Lilith, in the middle of Leo, is very near to an exact square to Saturn in Scorpio, and trine Uranus in Aries (with maybe a wide quincunx to Pluto). I feel that Lilith is throwing her cards on the table there, siding with the individual.

Put on your crown and take up your wand, a nice ebony one, stained with wine. Make your offerings, and we’ll go down to the mutant parade at night and dance, and sleep late at the crumbling palace, and re-imagine the world.

Louis XIV dans Le Ballet de la nuit by Henri Gissey [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html) or CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/)], via Wikimedia Commons

Louis XIV dans Le Ballet de la nuit by Henri Gissey [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html) or CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/)%5D, via Wikimedia Commons – digitally altered

PS – The Sabian symbol for the degree of the New Moon is:

“A middle-aged woman, her long hair flowing over her shoulders and in a braless youthful garment”*

The note says: “While the original reading of the symbol over fifty years ago spoke of a mature woman having dared to bob her hair, today a similar kind of rebellion against ageing and the customs of late middle age would manifest itself in different ways”*. I rather like the original.

“The third stage symbol implies a reorientation of one’s ideal of action in relation to the collective mentality of the social environment; more particularly, a refusal by the individualized consciousness to be bound by biological or social standards”*

The Sabian symbol for the degree of Black Moon Lilith says:

“The storm ended, all nature rejoices in brilliant sunshine”.

*Dane Rudhyar: An Astrological Mandala: The cycle of transformations and its 360 symbolic phases. Vintage Books, 1974.




  1. Wow check out the planets placed at the 4 angles or the Gauquelin power spots. Daniel Lorey has written an interesting study esp. for men about these power spots in his book “The Wildman, The Earth, and the Stars”.
    According to his interpretation of the angles, this puts P.O.F. in warrior spot, Pluto M.C! in king position, Mars, desc in lover! position and Venus and Mercury/Hermes in Magician position. Wow this is a powerful chart!
    I love the Sabian symbol as a few days before the Leo moon, I was given the gift of a haircut and makeover from a friend called Grace! My hair was down to my waist and had got pretty unmanageable by that day!
    I love my new bob, so easy to manage and it suits me.

    • oh wow, it’s years since I thought of Gauquelin 🙂 I didn’t know about Daniel Lorey’s work, thanks for letting me know. The chart is set up for London because that is where I am, it would be different for someone in a significantly different location of course, but looking at a chart is as much divination as anything else for me 🙂

      Your new cut sounds great! I had to laugh at the Sabian symbol rewrite and comment. That was done in the early 70s, and they probably thought the sensibilities of the 20s would really date and become obscure, whereas I find the 20s reference poetic, and the 70s rewrite dated lol.

      Hope you are having a great time! 🙂

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