On August 13 Venus moved back to form her retrograde or inferior conjunction with the Sun, the beginning of their cycle, widely known as a Venus Star Point. She repeats both of her retrograde and direct conjunctions with the Sun, every 19 months forming an intricate five pointed “Star” pattern through the Zodiac. Traditional astrology was strong on planets being negated by the influence of the Sun so close, however Venus is felt to bring more “heart” to the Sun’s drive for autonomy and self-expression, bringing strong love attraction and creativity.
This will be further emphasized in Leo, the regal sign of the Sun’s rulership. At 20 degrees 28’, the Sabian Symbol for 21st degree is “Intoxicated chickens dizzily flap their wings trying to fly” representing the often negative and at times ludicrous first experience with spiritual teachings, as premature expansion of consciousness may often present itself!
This midpoint of Venus’ retrograde cycle is where she will encounter whatever obscures her inner light. Circumstances where you have experienced grief, been ignored, denied, or shamed will resurface, so that you can see the truth with purifying clarity and heal your wounded ego. For the next few days you will need to spend time in contemplation with your soul, without external relationship distractions until Venus reappears in the sky as the Morning Star on August 17.
This period will include the Leo New Moon on August 16, at 7.38 pm when the luminaries will be at 23 degrees 17 minutes of Leo, so in its 24th degree. Uranus will be making a partile square to the Moon, so expect the unexpected from this lunation, its Sabian symbol is “Totally concentrating upon inner spiritual attainment, a man is sitting in a state of complete neglect of bodily appearance and cleanliness”, this speaks of the inner focalization of energy and consciousness at the expense of all forms of outward activity and care, the theme is total concentration.
This will be an incredibly powerful period with Sol and Luna applying by conjunction to Black Moon Lilith by less than a degree and separating from Venus by less than 5 degrees. Wherever your feminine side has suffered past repressions, represented by this New Moon stellium, there is great potential for unexpected sources and outcomes for healing.
The stellium will form an easy opposition to the Nodal Axis, which will be conjunct dwarf planet Eris and Chiron both retrograde in Aries and will assist greatly with this process, Chiron’s trine to Venus being just by one degree.
The asteroid Urania, Muse of Astrology and Astronomy will be sandwiched between the Sun and Black Moon Lilith drawing our attention to the astrological significance coming with this message from the stars!
The South Node in Libra is ruled by Venus so the two cycles connecting in this way and commencing within one month of each other, with similar themes of integration is highly transformative and significant to your relationship patterning.
With the Sun and Moon in the sign of Leo, the more general energetic focus is on:
• Finding ways to “look good” and shine
• Increasing self-esteem through gaining credibility
• Being optimistic and tackling problems head on with confidence
• Encouraging others to be the best they can be, being helpful
• Entertaining friends, being a good host
• Developing and expressing creativity ad intuition
• Playing with children or those we love and having a good time
The area of your life that will be most impacted by the Leo New Moon affirmations is indicated, but some adjustment may be required to the life areas below: