TIPS FOR TODAY:
# 1 – Here’s an insightful take on the current Leo new moon cycle and other astrological happenings…
Leo New Moon:
Chasing the Daimon by Simone Butler
In a fascinating talk on creativity, author Elizabeth Gilbert relates a story about American poet
Ruth Stone. Working in the fields near her home, Stone would sometimes feel the
thunderous approach of a poem— shaking the ground as it careened toward her.
She’d dash for the house, says Gilbert, and hope she got to pen and paper
quickly enough to write the poem down— or else it would blow by and be lost.
This notion of a creative wind that sweeps in out of the blue has ancient
origins. The Greeks called it a daimon — a capricious spirit which provokes
creative acts in human beings. The Romans called it genius— a spiritual
possession that lights our inner fire, inspiring great works of art and acts of
courage and devotion. Yet the daimon can also be dangerous. Early
Judeo-Christians were so threatened by this energy that they renamed it
“demonic.” If your ego identifies with this uncanny power, you may
come to believe you’re above reproach— and suffer a painful crash. (think:
Anthony Weiner, Rupert Murdoch).
The daimon is associated with the sign of Leo. Fiery and willful, the Lion
represents the fierce drive to express yourself. It’s the unstoppable urge to
procreate, to tear your prey limb from limb, to paint a masterpiece or party
till dawn despite exhaustion. Yet when balanced with Aquarius, its altruistic
opposite sign, Leo transcends egotism to contribute to the collective good.
At the upcoming Leo New Moon (July 30, 11:40 a.m. PDT), the daimon will
be out in force. The Sun and Moon are conjunct Venus (beauty and love),
trine Uranus (genius) and square Jupiter (exuberance). And, Mercury will oppose
imaginative Neptune, lending a magical, otherworldly vibe that reoccurs twice
over the next month due to Mercury’s impending retrograde. It’s time to share
our talents, express our love and let the daimon guide us to our heart’s
Yet the daimon’s dark side may also rear its head in August. Mercury
turns retrograde on Tuesday, August 2 (through the 26th) during a long
void-of-course-moon that stretches from Monday evening the 1st through
Wednesday morning the 3rd. Hold off on starting important projects, making
purchases or decisions during this critical window of time, or you’re apt to
spend the entire month of August trying to undo what you’ve done.
Mercury begins its retrograde in detail-oriented Virgo, helping you craft a
creative plan at the July 30 New Moon. Mercury’s imaginative opposition to
slippery Neptune, however, can also be confounding. Believe nothing and make no
assumptions in early August. And, double-check all facts and details throughout
Mercury moves back into Leo on Aug. 8 (where it remains until Sept. 9),
amplifying the daimon’s siren call to create and express. Still, be careful not
to overdo it, especially from Aug. 8 through 10, when feisty Mars squares
Uranus and opposes Pluto, sparking tension or unexpected changes. Uranus and
Pluto will be one degree away from their exact square at this time; this
call to revolution, which becomes exact next year and continues through 2014,
hasn’t been seen since the mid-to-late Sixties, when Uranus and Pluto were
conjunct. At that time, people were throwing off shackles left and right: civil
rights, women’s lib, back-to-the-land, gay pride. Now we’re gearing up for the
next level of liberation— and it all starts within.
Let the Leo New Moon and Mercury retrograde period reconnect you with
passions and talents that may have been gathering dust. Rather than succumbing
to frustration as Mercury travels backward, allow beauty and love to come to
you. Welcome the restless, creative force of the daimon. You never know
what might want to come through you!
Ready to create? Here’s an Astro Feng Shui ritual to get those juices flowing.
© 2011 Simone Butler
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# 2 – Jeanna at Masterpeace Coaching is offering a no-cost teleclass titled Spirituality + Strategy = Business Success on August 10th. You can sign up here.
# 3 – There’s a 21-day special series on creating a better country, a better world, hosted by Lynn McTaggert, author of the new best-seller The Bond, that actually started a couple of days ago, but because of technical problems they are making the replays of the first few presentations available through the weekend, so there’s still time to get on board and not miss anything. This one-of-a-kind series is free (although if you also buy Lynn’s book you have a chance to win an i-Pad) and will feature:
Jack Canfield, Steven Covey and Ivan Miser discussing fairness from the perspective of Business.
Marianne Williamson and Michael Bernard Beckwith will be offering their perceptions on Spirituality.
Barbara Marx Hubbbard will be discussing the future of evolution, Jean Houston conversing on our country, with Janet Attwood on passion, and Gay and Katie Hendricks providing insights on relationships.
Arjuna Ardagh, Hale Dwoskin, Paul Scheele, Marci Shimoff, Katherine Woodward Thomas, Eric Pearl, David Gruder, Bobbi De Porter, James O’Dea and Don Beck will be pitching in on topics of divine purpose, human genius, happiness, healing, woman, children and
peace, all around the theme of fairness.
You can register here.
# 4 – And if you’re needing a little inspirational music in your life, here’s some guaranteed to nourish your soul, thanks to Deva Premal and Evolution Ezine…
And here’s a thought-provoking, feel-good little movie, thanks to Rich German, called “Life is Like Coffee”…
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