Originally published on Heretical Oracles under the pen name Artemis.
“Part of me suspects that I’m a loser, and the other part of me thinks I’m God Almighty.” – John Lennon
So here is our practice run before the big shows, Heretics. This lunation is asking for honesty, bravery, and a belief in yourself that you may have long ago cast away. It’s easy to have given up on the world by now, especially in the horrific state it is in and the inevitable declination of our civilization as we know it. But in this fall, this is where the heroes are truly born and made. This is where we find out who rises to the challenge, and who withers away as an extra on the set, a parable for all others to see what inaction truly does to the soul.
The Sun (4 of Pentacles), The Moon (Justice), and Mars (6 of Cups)- The cards say “pleasure” (Crowley’s name for the 6 of Cups) and a healthy dose of meltdowns to pair that heat. With Leo, we always get an element of drama as individuals are projecting their personas to a magnified degree during the season of The Sun (Leo’s ruling planet). This new moon is an attitude adjuster (Justice card) aka, perhaps, it is an opportunity to get some real personality editing going on; assimilating your personality toward your true will. What do you want to be, deep down at your core, Heretics? What is the fuel of your cause? Your persona is a weapon for getting you there. That is the whole 5th House in Astrology (ruled by Leo and the Sun). It is about what you project into the world that represents a part of your make-up; children, art, personality, romance.
Have you ever run into anyone with a sense of pure magnetism? Why do you think that is? Most likely, because they are projecting from their very core – powerfully, knowing that they are present and no one can shame them from their existence. There is definitely such a thing as false ego, Heretics, and that may create a fireworks effect. But if you stick around long enough, you will see the smoke clear and the ash sitting in its place. When you project from your core, there is no running out of fuel. Try and figure out the difference, and experiment with this difference in the coming Leo season. What ignites this magnetism? The blood and fire of bravery. And look here, folks, we have Mars mixed up in the middle of this New Moon, demanding courage. Project your true self, in your art, in your persona – which itself is an art-form… The more deluded your idea of the self, the more deluded and frightening your persona. Your ego is there to protect you, to navigate you, not to delude you into a trap.
Mercury (3 of Pentacles), Uranus (3 of Wands), and Chiron (Page of Swords)- It’s all fake, folks, the glitter the glam the perfection that is fed to us each day. It’s all a bunch of rubbish. We are all as broken as the person next to us, and there is truly no such thing as fully being healed from traumas. We just learn to adapt, even though we are frightened, even though we have doubt and pain, we learn to take a leap instead. Your pain is your master until you decide to muster up the fire to escape, to fight it, and to live with the fact that it may hunt you down your entire life. But wouldn’t you rather have that bit of freedom and exploration than live in hell for a minute longer? It is time to speak your mind, Heretics, and if that involves having a stiff drink beforehand so be it. Muster up the courage to meet with the person you have been needing to meet with, apologize to the individuals that played a huge part in your growth, re-connect with family that has fallen away. Cut away the unhealthy ego so that the healthy, true pride can begin to manifest – pride in your actual work, your actual word, not some fantasized perceived garbage. Again, remember, we are all broken, so there is always a place for us to meet minds and hearts.
Venus (Hangman) and Saturn (2 of Cups)- It’s true, vision is a bit clearer right now. Especially vision concerning the heart. More ego talk… Hangman is a good reference to giving away your ego in order to see the other side, and true structure – the truth of the matter – is found when people honestly speak what is inside their hearts to one another (2 of Cups for Saturn). Sometimes we think that if we give in and admit our wrongdoing that we will somehow be destroyed. This isn’t the case at all. If you live in a world of lies, those lies morph you slowly but surely into a monster you wouldn’t choose to be. This is how skeletons build in closets; secrets upon secrets hidden away as you pretend you had no real part in any wrong doing. That you were merely a victim of circumstance! All situations take two to tango, so figure out what your role was in the prison that you live in now. Admitting to this brings you one step closer to freedom, true freedom, where you see the world for how it really is instead of merely as you wish it could be. Wishing it “could be” is why we stay in horrible situations, friendships, relationships and so forth. This applies to the micro as well as the macro; the state of the world is not something that only certain people have control over… it is all of us. We all choose to play along or not play along.
Jupiter (8 of Cups), Neptune (Ace of Swords), and Pluto (3 of Swords)- There’s nowhere to run, Heretics. You are about to get caught red handed in something or other. And, you know, this wont be so bad. Living in the lie, as we have seen, is the worst part of the experience. Joy comes from walking away (Jupiter as 8 of Cups), and a cutting away at illusion with pure truth (Ace of Swords as Neptune). Pain will be our transformation – and yes, lighting yourself on fire to turn what once was into ash is never a pleasant experience. This new moon is your signal flare, your warning of the next two lunations to come that will rock our world. The eclipses will be the first seen in the Americas since its inception, and right over the star Regulus – the king maker- which seems ominous to say the least. In order to step into this fire and come out the other side, you are going to need to cast away your guilt, your fear, and your Cancer season woe’s behind you. You’re all cried out, and now we need some bravery. Pluto wont let you out of the underworld without you fully exposing every part of yourself, and the only reason you are hanging back is because there is something that scares the shit out of you enough for you to stay in such a horrible limbo. You want to get out, don’t you? You cry and lament and pound your fists about getting out all the time, so why don’t you just LOOK? Dig deep and honestly speak what that is this new moon and you’ll be ready for the next two monstrous lunations ahead…