The Challenge: fears of being invisible/not recognized for who you truly are or want to be, afraid that desires will not be met and resorting to procrastination/holding back/self-sabotage, extravagant pride, passive aggressiveness, angry outbursts that cause setbacks and failures, excessive vanity or over-spending on luxury items and over-compensation, connection feels off and can lead to arguments/heated conflict
The Breakthrough/Potential Wisdom: healthy competitive edge, ability to align efforts with heart’s desire and authentic talent, invigorating activity that inspires others and perhaps a new creative adventure that leads to more wealth/defining + long-lasting success, willingness to work hard to bring wildest dreams to life, pursuing talents/developing skills that will prove to be valued and respected by others, confidence with integrity, ability to act on intuition or psychic awareness that creates successful future, even Fame
This New Moon wraps up that provocative pair of Eclipses we experienced earlier this month… sorta. The extreme energies that clicked into high gear this month will reverberate, wreaking havoc and change-making for a while, but this Moon does mark a new shift in the overall dynamics. As with all New Moon phases, something new is emerging.
The 1st decan of Leo is where this new shift is taking place and the place within where we realize we are unique and have something special to give to the world at large. We become a bit more willing to take risks, as we leave the safety and comfort of home and family to discover what makes us separate from the clan and this can initiate strife — that’s what the Tarot card aligned with this first 10 degrees of the zodiac sign of Leo shows us.
The strife indicated by the 5 of Wands emanates from what’s already been created and is well-established. So, things like family, genes, traditions, society, rules and regulations—- limitations of all kinds start to really mess with your mojo.
In the image of the Tarot card (pictured above), you can see the staff of the Egyptian God, Ra, attempting to lift-off, but depressing the flames beneath it. As a consequence the flames appear like ribbons, much like when a heavy log is placed on a bonfire. While it can ultimately serve to fuel the fire and keep it going for a long time, at first it smothers it (especially if the fire is struggling to begin with). The flames morph into ribbon-like flames that dance in scattered directions after such a disruption to the blaze.
Adding to this already disruptive quality is a challenging aspect that the planet Uranus is making to the Sun, Moon and Venus. It adds a touch of electricity to the mix for this particular New Moon that can make things quite explosive or suddenly short-circuit.
The planet Venus curled up with the Sun and Moon in Leo at this time adds depth to the meaning of the Tarot Card aligned with this decan of Leo. All 5’s in the Minor Arcana are part of The Hierophant Constellation. And The Hierophant is the Tarot Card that aligns with the zodiac sign of Taurus, ruled by Venus. Bringing all that magic together is the importance of the planet Uranus in that sign (Taurus) affecting the influence of this lunation.
So Venus matters from relationships, money, and food to what we truly deserve or want to embody come into focus beneath the cloak of the night sky at this New Moon time.. The confrontations, surprises and splits that occur now (or at least, begin to take shape) are meant to guide us back to our inner-teacher. To show us that when we are connected with a Higher Creative Power, we naturally magnetize higher quality connections because we transmit a message that speaks straight to the heart without ever saying a word.
With the 5 of Wands, we can experience judgment or consequences when we start to get more attention than we have before. It’s like a new celebrity having to deal with tabloids or a new business owner having to pay taxes on sales. It could be falling in love only to realize that your family hates your new lover. The strife that comes with the 5 of Wands takes us down a notch when we feel like we’ve only just started. With Uranus zapping this influence now, the strife could come from way out in left field, from friends, groups or social networks.
While it can be perceived as a bad thing, it’s all in how you see it… and better yet—- use it. Let’s not forget that Saturn rules this decan of Leo and this Tarot card, ultimately. Whatever comes to play and disrupt your harmony (that’s what the 5’s do) can be seen as a valuable lesson to learn that can transform you into a Pro. You get to choose — will it break you or make you?
Change-Makers and Rule-Breakers
It’s not just enough to follow your heart and blaze your own way forward now. It’s difficult for a reason. The fire within us is tempered to slow us down enough to think of consequences, how it affects others and really consider the whole. It moves us beyond the superficial so we can use our passion, talents and skills in a way that actually matters. We need and want that (deep down, anyway. even if we don’t realize it at first. After all, what good is fame if you end up miserable and alone, without a single meaningful relationship to speak of?
It’s not enough to do your own thing and screw what others have to say about it, the way it’s always been or even the rule books. This is about forging a new path all your own within the established system of reality. That’s how true change happens — it begins in reality. in this moment, with the way things are, now. So it makes it prime-time for making positive changes that have true potential to affect not just your life, but the lives of others.
Make your own rules as to how you will shine without destroying the good things that already exist. It’s not a good time to follow a rule-breaking crowd just because it’s trendy or popular. I mention that because the tendency could be to stray and lose your own way in chaos. Change-makers and rule-breakers are a dime a dozen. Anybody can do that. But nobody can BE you.
Don’t take my word for it… take a look at history. Anyone who has broken the rules or become positive change-agents are in a class all their own. Walt Disney. Einstein. Princess Diana.
So burn the hard copies. Don’t copy or follow every single rule to your own detriment, especially those that are rooted in fear. It could mean changing your own mind about what you are actually capable of (your perceived limits). Go for value and love and longevity, and nothing superficial that could sizzle or just as quickly be silenced.
Go out and shine.
This New Moon is the time to give it your all — your heart and Soul and your best effort — keeping the whole in mind. In 6 months time, you could really make significant progress toward your wildest dreams.