December 28-29, 2015 Waning Moon in Leo

(Subtract 1 hour for CST, 2 hours for MST, and 3 hours for PST.)

waningleotarotThe Leo Moon wanes through Tuesday afternoon. Time to let go of vanity, jealousy, and wanting to dominate others. Hold on to feelings of camaraderie and mutual respect. Give appreciation where it’s deserved. Feed the fire in your belly.


Last aspect of the period is Moon in Leo square Venus in Scorpio. What we need may not be what we want. Desire is strong, but may not give lasting happiness. Moon in Virgo arrives midday on the 29th (2:00pm EST) to light the way.

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Ritual for the Full Moon in Leo ~ Triple Threat

There are some amazing actors in the performing arts. There are also some absolutely incredible singers, and dancers that can take your breath away. Sometimes, you come across someone who is talented and skilled in all three areas. That’s a triple threat. They can sing, they can dance, they can act. They can do it all. Continue reading

romantic woman

Full Moon in Leo ~ Living from the Heart

Dixie over at A Fool’s Journey asked an important question recently: Do you live from the heart?

I used to live only from my heart (feelings, intuition, love), but that’s changed quite a bit with age. When I was living from the heart all the time, I was told that I didn’t have good judgement. I won’t completely disagree with that, but I was surer of who I was and what I wanted. And less fearful.

The Full Moon in Leo allows us to throw caution to the wind for a few days and live completely from the heart. Opposing the cool logic of the Aquarian Sun, the passionate Leo Moon can barely contain itself. It urges us to go ahead and do what we’re just dying to do ~ make a great big giant ridiculous show of ourself.

There are no guanantees that we’ll get the response that we crave or that everything will end like a fairytale, but at least we will have given it a shot. As they say, “Tis better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all.”

Live fully, love fully, make a spectacle of yourself if you must. But live from your heart. Life is better when it’s anchored in love and passion.

For just a couple of days we have the opportunity to showcase the biggest, brightest, and quite possibly the most irrational but heartfelt feelings we have. If we make fools of ourselves, well…we make fools of ourselves. Is that really so bad if the kind of fool we are is a fool for love?

Full Moon in Leo ~ Ramblings on the Leo/Aquarius Axis

What’s the first sign you think of when you hear the words love or romance? Libra will get the majority of votes, but it really belongs to Leo and our 5th house. Libra is about long-term commitment. Love and romance can be the foundation of some long-term commitments, but love is not a requirement of Libra or the 7th. Commitment is.

The Leo/Aquarius axis defines two types of love ~ eros (romance) and phileo (friendship). Leo wants the devotion of a lover, the feeling of being “in love,” and to pour adoration onto the object of its affections.

Aquarius loves “everyone,” but without the messy involvement that Leo craves. To go further, Aquarius loves humanity, but not necessarily people. The sign of friendship has no strings attached, allowing and expecting a lot of personal freedom. Leo, on the other hand, puts a short leash on its subjects.

Aquarius and Leo refer to the signs, by the way, not the people born under that sign. A sign isn’t a person.

I’m going to digress for an Aquarian moment and talk about my major astrological pet peeve ~ sign hatred and people who hate particular signs. They usually have their own unresolved issues with the qualities of a sign that they “hate.” If you encounter an astrologer who says they hate a sign or focus on its negative qualities first, RUN! Who needs counselling from an astrologer who doesn’t like a sign? If you have issues with a particular sign, you don’t need to go any further than that. Work on those issues first. Come out of denial, repression, suppression ~ whatever is at work ~ and get to work on healing those issues. It may be all you ever need from astrology. Continue reading

New Moon in Leo ~ Please Acknowledge Me

If you should ever acknowledge my existence, I plan to snub you.     

~ Mason Cooley, English Professor    

Sometimes when we think of Leo, we think of people who are bigger-than-life ~ the kind of people they should make movies about. I’ve got one in my life ~ an 82-year-old wild woman who recently bought herself a snazzy brand new convertible and begins every conversation with a boisterous, joyful, southern-drawled Dahhhh-lin’. She’s a Leo and she’s spectacular ~ exactly what the sign promises.   

I'm the greatest!

We also can tend, at times, to imagine egotistical nightmares of people who are always hogging the spotlight and looking for any kind of attention they can get ~ even negative.  They aren’t all Leos, of course ~ each of the signs has its fair share of people with overblown egos. Jupiter can be a major contributor to overdoing anything.  

Have you ever been in a situation where you were part of a group that worked very hard toward some goal which was successful, but one person took all the credit? You may have put in long hours, come up with fantastically creative ideas, your boss got a promotion or a bonus, and your name was never even mentioned. That happens a lot at work, it seems, with a boss or colleague who doesn’t like to share the glory. It also happens in social groups, but banishment is more likely for the glory-hog in social groups than at work.    

While we get bored to death when a winner starts in with “I’d like to thank…” at awards ceremonies, it’s really the right thing to do. (It’s especially right if you happen to be one of the people being thanked.) What this all boils down to is appreciation ~ one of the things that Leo needs on a regular basis. It’s a way of being noticed, acknowledged, loved. Continue reading

Sun in Gemini / Moon in Leo

 Sun in Gemini / Moon in Leo
June 14, 11:54pm ~ June 17, 1:41am
Signs are Sextile
Venus enters Leo, 4:50am, June 14 

  • Shop for or purchase amber
  • Read the book, then watch the movie
  • Learn a card trick  ~ improves dexterity and entertains

The essence of pleasure is spontaneity.
~ Germaine Greer

That quote may make some folks quake in their boots! Spontaneity is not their forte. How do you feel about surprises ~ surprise parties or last-minute changes of plans? Do you prefer everything planned or do you relish the occasional dip into spontaneity? Leo is a fixed sign, but relishes the limelight so a surprise might be right up their alley. Gemini loves variety, so a surprise is probably just one more way to mix it up and have some fun ~ but never at the Lion’s expense! 

Venus Enters Leo 

Amore! Venus entering your 5th house will rock that house. Not that you’ll suddenly be prone to a gargantuan affair of the heart, but it’s certainly likely to kick it up a notch in matters of love. Only a few of us have Leo on our 5th house, but wherever Leo is in your chart ~ look to find a little love in your heart for the matters of that house. Seventh house Leos ~ be a lover, not a fighter ~ strengthen those vows whether they’re on paper or not.  Check out Tony Vowles’ description of Venus in Leo on The Astrology Blog.


Amber Pendants

Judy Hall, author of The Illustrated Guide to Crystals, says that amber will help relieve a tension headache. You might like to try this if Uranus in Aries seems to have triggered an increase of headaches. Raise your hand if that sounds familiar. I’m raising mine, having survived a very painful Saturday ~ the last attack in a rash of recent headaches. If you know all too well what those are like, you’ll try anything to be rid of one. I’m placing my one small piece of amber nearby so it’s within easy reach if there’s another flare-up. 

Amber is not really a crystal, though it’s sometimes treated as one. It’s petrified sap from conifers and often contains insects or other little bits and pieces of lives lived long, long ago. Assigned to the Sun, Leo, and Uranus, amber is frequently used in jewelry ~ another little something Leo knows a thing or two about. I’ve long coveted owning a pair of amber earrings. Now wouldn’t that make a nice surprise?! (Are you reading, Dear?) 

Read the Book, Then Watch the Movie 

Have you ever finished a book just in the nick of time to rent the flick or catch it on tv? Movies are never the same, right? All that imagination that you had while reading is in blatant pictures up there on the screen. The actors don’t quite meet your standards, or the screenwriters leave out a scene you couldn’t wait to see. Maybe your favorite scene is cut altogether, or a speech you couldn’t wait to hear is cut to shreds. Sometimes, though, movies exceed the book. Sometimes being the key word there. 

An even better activity for Gemini/Leo is to read a script, then catch the play. I suspect many of you have some background in the performing arts. If not, there’s a huge likelihood that you’ve been to the theatre fairly often. Scripts are great to read because they’re all dialogue ~ with a few notes thrown in. You get to imagine the characters fully ~ then, seeing them come alive, living and breathing right in front of you ~ what an experience! 

Frederico Garcia Lorca was a Spanish playwright with Sun in Gemini in tight conjunction to Pluto (only 6 minutes of separation). He is probably best known for his last play, The House of Bernarda Alba, a play about Bernarda Alba and her daughters who are in an extended period (8 years!) of mourning for Bernarda’s husband. Lorca, btw, was a lover of Salvador Dali, disappeared at the beginning of the Spanish Civil War and was never found. You can see his chart and bio at astrodatabank. He had no planets in Leo, but Leo ruled his 6th house of work. 

Learn a Card Trick 

Now this is a fantastic example of Gemini at work! It requires intricate knowledge of how to do a trick and excellent manual dexterity. It’s also very entertaining and can be lots of fun to play on kids. They love card tricks

Speaking of Cards… 

The tarot cards assigned to the current decan of Gemini are The Lovers and the 10 of Swords. This is the Aquarian decan which ranges from 20-29.59° Gemini, and is subruled by Aquarius. If you were born during this period (roughly June 11-20), your Sun is flavored with that Uranian energy. Have you wondered why you might be considered just a tad less “normal” than your Gemini pals or why you have that streak of genius running through your veins? Now you know. 

If you have any planets located 20-29.59° Gemini, they will have a Uranian flair, as well. 

I prefer plain pip cards over pictured cards to use with astrological readings. The pictures can influence negatively ~ especially the Swords cards which always seem to carry negative meanings upon first glance. 

This pip card is from the Truth Seekers Tarot, which I’ve found to be quite nice to use for astrological readings. If you learn the decans associated with each of the pip cards, you might find that they can help with timing ~ though I don’t use them for timing, personally. 

Think of The Lovers as Choice ~ Choice with a capital C, not which flavor of ice cream to have. The 10 of Swords is completing a cycle ~ one phase ends, another begins. It’s time to put your mind to something new or start a new phase of the same project since you’ve completed your current cycle.  In keeping with the Uranian affects on the card, Gemini’s ruler Mercury is endowed with new insights and intuition. 

In the Garden… 

Just throw stuff out and get rid of pesty creatures ~ IF you can stand the looming heat. Since flowers are represented by the air signs in the gardens, take a few cuttings and bring them indoors. It’s best to cut early in the morning before the heat of the day gets to them. 

…and at the Table 

Sociable, fun, entertaining, Venus in Leo ~ that sounds like a great combo whether at home or out to a restaurant. If you’re cooking at home, enjoy something light and lemony (Gemini and Mercury love lemons) and make it a great presentation. Leo will love you for being just a tad on the ostentatious side. 

Universal-Waite deck published by U.S. Games. The Truth Seeker’s Tarot published by Duncan Baird Publishers.