Alacazem 2013.08.01

Alacazem 2013.08.01

August 1 to 8, 2013   Visible Planets: Morning: Mercury    Evening: Jupiter, Saturn 

lion zodiacWe all know the lion as the king – or queen – of beasts. Strong, courageous and proud, no animal on earth catches the attention and stimulates the imagination like this one. For millennia, humankind has held the lion as a symbol of strength, power and passion. Its magnificent mane, tremendous teeth and resounding roar give us good reason to stop and take note. We feel danger; our instinctive awareness identifies the presence of a creature capable of ripping us to shreds. Stunning, awesome and beautiful, enticing and enchanting, the primal relationship aroused by the regal lion is one that excites our senses and awakens the hidden, ancient memories buried deep within our psychic DNA.

In the tropical zodiac, the lion is the symbol for the fixed fire sign of Leo. In the night sky, it is a springtime constellation relatively easy to identify, shaped like a lion and containing its own heart-star, Regulus – the “little king” – a 1st magnitude double blue-white giant, just 86 light years away from earth. In mid-November, the Leonid meteors – a once spectacular group of “shooting stars” – radiate from the Lion’s stellar heart, dazzling those willing to rise before dawn and wish upon a star.

sunflower1Each calendar year, from July 23rd to August 22nd, we experience the power and passion of the Leo zodiac month. Sunflowers blossom with dramatic grace and color, peaches ripen, clouds gather and tower above verdant greens and emerging golds, raindrops fall and rainbows follow. And every year, we experience the lunation of a Leo new Moon, the perfect time to find and follow your heart.

open heartThis year, the Leo new Moon takes place on August 6th at 3:51 pm MDT, at the exact point of mid-summer, on the Leo cross-quarter day, when electromagnetic pulls are at a peak. And coupled with a Uranus in Aries trine to the Moon and the magnifying potential of Jupiter now in Cancer, we are awakened to the powerful energetics of a cardinal T-square – one of the most intense, creative, dynamic aspects in astrology. Pluto and Mars are players as well here, along with feminine asteroids Ceres, Vesta and Pallas. This translates as a magnificently grand, shimmering and shining opportunity for starting fresh, beginning anew in all matters of the heart.

Independence, freedom, originality and creativity are themes. Laughter, love and luxury are pastimes. Purple, red and gold are colors. Talent, self-expression and passion are directors. Free your heart, follow your bliss, find your passion. And may the mighty Lion be your guide, protector and companion. Happy trails!

Aries (Mar. 20-Apr.19) The Leo new Moon of Aug. 6th begins a powerful new chapter in the deepest part of your heart, a place of true love, courage and strength. It is here you find the power to be yourself, live your truth and walk your talk. It is a place of goodness and grace, your channel to inner peace and happiness. Feel and accept emotions, embrace life and live in the light.

Taurus (Apr. 20-May 20) August opens the door to personal truth and inner work. Home and family rule supreme. Tap into your own personal emotions, needs and desires. Security and stability are themes, as well as issues of comfort and nurturing. If you’re feeling neglected or unloved, seek guidance via spiritual adepts and advisers. It’s easier than you think to be happy.

Gemini (May 21-June 21) Feminine archetypes, goddess energies and maternal themes abound as the Sun and Moon come together in mid-Leo for a fresh new Moon. Meanwhile, social turbulence and individual revolutions continue. Rather than try to make logical sense of the whys and wherefores, causes and chaos, tap into your heart. Find the truth within, seek guidance through spirit.

Cancer (June 21-July 22) Love and creativity are themes as you feel the strong need to produce, create and participate in life’s awesome abundance. Tap into your artistic abilities, natural talents and means for providing for yourself and others. What brings you joy? What breaks your heart? Are you living in harmony with your personal truth and values? Responsibility sets you free.

Leo (July 23-Aug.22) Pageantry and drama attract and entice you as full-blown summer surrounds and embraces you. Happy birthdays celebrate life and love in its glory and grace. Count your blessings and discover your inner and outer feminine. Women and mothers are true creators, they harbor and nurture life. Be as sweet and loving as possible. Nurture life.

Virgo (Aug. 23-Sep.22) As an icon of feminine wisdom and grace, the Virgin embraces the earth and carries the flame in times of victory and defeat. Courage and strength are allies as you experience the paradox inherent in giving what you want to receive. Friends love, nurture and support you spiritually and emotionally. Reach out when you feel the need for camaraderie.

Libra (Sep. 23-Oct. 22) This week’s Leo new Moon heralds a major beginning and fresh start regarding your personal hopes and dreams. You may feel at times as if your heart is breaking, or so full of life and love that you can hardly contain it. If you are feeling pain, doubt or anxiety, the solution is easy. Open your heart. Follow beauty, inside and out. Court laughter, follow light.

Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 22) You may feel a bit stressed or over-amped as the cosmic electomagnetism of the Leo cross-quarter days arrive in the company of a powerful new Moon. Breathe deep and count your blessings. Discover the beauty and peace in life’s most simple pleasures. Seek out the company of nurturing friends and calming companions. Become a conscious teacher and liver of love.

Sagittarius (Nov. 23-Dec. 20) The high elevation of the Leo sun-time is amplified this week with the advent of a fresh new Moon. And along with the power, a heavy dose of grace and sweetness emanates throughout the cosmos. It’s time to seek and discover, explore and experience. Just remember to be soft and nurturing, for yourself and others. Sharp, hard edges just don’t work.

Capricorn (Dec. 21-Jan. 19) Giant Jupiter plays a starring role in this week’s Leo new Moon, and continues to shimmer and shape dynamic awakenings and opportunities throughout the first half of 2014. For Capricorns, the emphasis and impact takes place in the roles you play and the responsibilities you have in relationship. Be open and willing to see the truth here and embrace it.

Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) Dynamic power, challenges and victories abound as you see yourself pitted against the odds, working in tandem with the universe. Somehow you feel the awesome support of the cosmos, the ethereal oneness with the divine. Rather than deny or doubt it, embrace and encourage it. See the magic and mystery of life. You are what you feel and see. See the light.

Pisces (Feb. 19-Mar. 20) This is a unique and auspicious time to be seen in the world and to emerge as a conscious teacher of something life has taught you. What is being asked for is the embodiment of cosmic consciousness, be the star you are. Abstract and ethereal, it’s all about the world and energy of spirit. You, like others, are a conduit of knowledge. Share your light.

Cynthia is a third generation astrologer living on a high mountain mesa 40 miles west of Telluride. Visit her website @










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