Moonletter August – September 2021
By Ben Belinsky
Welcome to the Moonletter for the forthcoming mooncycle beginning on 8 August 2021 with the new moon in Leo, and spanning the full moon in Aquarius on 22 August 2021.
New Moon in Leo – 8 August
At the new moon there is only one planet in a water sign, Neptune. This means it has to balance the other 3 elements: Fire, Earth and Air all on its own. Water is about feelings – not necessarily emotions but feelings whether we express them or not; and using our feelings to make judgements. And Neptune is the planet of image and images and hence the media. And that seems to be running the show at the moment.
The influence of this slow-moving outer planet is subtle and sensitive, but none the less powerful for that. At the moment image is everything. The images we get from the media have become the lens through which we see the world and which distort our perceptions and our judgement. This is the negative side of Neptune, that of illusion and confusion, where populist politicians and corporate heads seem to be caring more about their image and how they can spin things to their political or personal advantage than any practical considerations in dealing with the very real crises (plural) we are facing.
Neptune is opposed by Venus in Virgo at the new moon. Virgo is renowned for its ability to discriminate and when Venus in that sign is being hit by a Neptune opposition, the subtlety of the discrimination becomes so complex and detailed that it is virtually useless. Relax Virgo, it’ll be alright.
And with Mercury, the planet of communication in Leo opposing and being amplified by Jupiter in Aquarius, the conversations that are going on are ‘me-centred’ and full volume in a scramble for the moral high ground. All this adds to the complications and the general confusion. In fact, the new moon leaves us with one principle question. The moon’s north node in Gemini at the midpoint of Mercury and Neptune asks, “Who can you trust?” “What sources of information can you trust?”
So, as a way out of this kerfuffle of smoke, mirrors and hot air, I propose using an ancient astrological technique called the Arabic Parts in order to get behind the images and squeeze more sense out of the new moon setup. Information on how these are calculated can be found here.
Uranus in Taurus is not only adding the tension of unpredictability with a square to the new moon in Leo, it is also opposing the Part of Servants and conjunct the Part of Discord, highlighting the fraught relationship between employers and employees and asking for a reset.
Pluto in Capricorn is opposed by the Arabic Part of Nobility and Honour. This leads me to wonder why so many of the ‘great and good’ in our societies continue to be rewarded for their dishonourable and wantonly profligate behaviour.
Still, the sun is in its own sign of Leo and the new moon is backed up by the healing influence of the centaur, Chiron. So, it can’t be all bad.
Full Moon in Aquarius – 22 August
Welcome to the second full moon in Aquarius this year. The first one was right at the beginning of the sign; this one is right at the end. This is not unusual as the time from new moon to new moon or from full moon to full moon is 29.5 days while the sun stays in a sign for just over 30 days so if you’re quick, you can get a double helping.
So, come the second full moon in Aquarius and a bit more understanding emerges. The moon is conjunct Jupiter at the very end of Aquarius giving space to a more generous and humanitarian spirit.
Neptune is still working hard providing emotional balance. Pisceans probably won’t get the recognition they deserve during these times but they’d like you to at least listen to what they have to say. Communication is still tricky with a logical Mercury and a critical Mars in Virgo opposing Neptune. Or to look at it the other way, retrograde Neptune’s mirror-maze of images is still throwing emotional spanners into the logical works frustrating any attempts to ‘sort things out’. The best way to cope is to accept the situation as it is with an acquiescent, “whatever” and know that things will change in due course.
In fact, all the slow-moving planets (Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, Pluto, plus the centaur Chiron) are running retrograde at this time, so not a time for big moves. It’s more like a time to sort things out and evaluate stuff from the past, and prepare, plan, reconnoitre and visualise a possible future. Things start to move forward in October when first Pluto, then Jupiter and Saturn will be heading direct by the middle of the month.
But at least by the full moon Venus will have moved on to its own sign of Libra and will be in a cool grand trine in Air with Saturn in Aquarius and the north node in Gemini. A time to appreciate relationships for what you share, the common values, the playfulness. From a creative point of view, a time to bring some beauty into the world.
Go well and stay well
Key Dates this month:
|Christians celebrate Lammas
|Wiccans and Pagans celebrate Lughnassad
|New moon in Leo
|Moslems celebrate new year
|Catholics and Orthodox Christians celebrate the Assumption of the Virgin Mary
|17- 19 August
|Jews celebrate Shavuot
|Moslems commemorate Ashura
|Uranus turns retrograde in Taurus
|Full moon in Aquarius
|Sun enters Virgo
|Mars trine Uranus
|Mars opposite Neptune
|Mars trine Pluto
|New moon in Virgo
|Jews celebrate Rosh Hashana New Year