Responding to the Bigger Picture: New Moon Astrology July 2017

Responding to the Bigger Picture: New Moon Astrology July 2017

Written by Steven Shroyer

Article Window: July 23 to Aug 21
• The New Moon is Sunday, July 23, 2:46 AM PST
• Sun is 1° Leo, Moon is 1° Leo
• Next Full Moon: Aug 7
• Current New Moon Theme (July 23 – Aug 21): Responding to the Bigger Picture

Current Lunar Cycle

The New Moon releases a new wave of available potential that sets the overall theme for the entire month that follows. This month’s Lunar cycle offers a new tool-set that creates momentum for energizing your life’s purpose. To experience your fullest potential in the coming month allow this energy to guide you, especially while adjusting to changing circumstances.

Photo of Washington Coast New Moon

Astrology Article: Responding to the Bigger Picture

Our New Moon astrology is bringing a wave of energy that’s promoting self-reliance and independence to help us orient toward a larger perspective that’s in alignment with new worlds. This same wave of energy can also have an opposite effect, especially if it’s centered around a drive to independence that is consumed by trivial details and immature attitudes. This article will help you understand how to navigate your personal choices and maximize your opportunities in the coming month.

If you have been following the Lunar Journal, you know that I’ve been writing about a major shift that is currently playing out through the astrology of our solar system. The New Moon themes over the past several months have described a coherent story of expansion, including new abilities and awareness that is leading humanity to a new and previously unknown territory of experience.

I encourage everyone who’s not familiar with my work to review the past Lunar cycles for additional insight and a refresher of these amazing patterns that have emerged since the autumn of 2016. For a summary of these themes, see the most recent Full Moon article.

With our current New Moon, the ongoing pattern of expansion and splitting of the worlds is emphasized again. The new Lunar month will continue to challenge each of us to actively work with these shifting energies as we move into uncharted territory.

For much of the planet, these energies of expansion are still operating at an unconscious level, however those of you reading this article are already aware of these energies. To connect intentionally on a personal level, this shift involves activations in consciousness that are directly supported by the energies of Uranus.  This includes your ability to work with new awareness (Uranus) to free your consciousness from old paradigms, specifically by embracing your intuition and the transformation of our world for the benefit of all.

Our Bigger Picture is Revealed through Uranus

The Leo New Moon has a relationship with the planet Uranus that is allowing each of us to access the bigger picture of where we’re headed. The concept of a larger reality and our connection to it is by no means a new idea. What is new, however, is the idea that we need to actively work with this bigger picture. If we don’t act and react to circumstances from the perspective of the big picture, we risk the possibility this month of being sidetracked, by getting swallowed up by trivial matters, becoming engaged in divisive details, or getting caught up in immature patterns of ego reaction.

In short, the overall New Moon pattern is tied to your ability to act and react with a mature perspective. A key part to this perspective is an understanding that humanity is shifting in two distinct directions. This understanding is key to navigating the challenges of the current Lunar cycle.

Uranus is the great transformer and revolutionary force in the world. It provides us the ability to move beyond our current dysfunctional status quo. Uranus is also known as the “Great Destroyer,” because it breaks what’s not useful and provides the impetus to try something new, different, and brilliant. Uranus thins the veil, enabling us to see beyond the external reality controlled by Saturn. It enables us to transcend physical form and gives us the awareness of a new, brilliant, and transformed world that is unshackled and free from that which is old and in need of renewal.

Instead of reacting to a world that is crumbling around us, we have the opportunity to focus instead on connecting to a world of like-minded people coming together to co-create what’s possible. This IS the Uranian bigger view of reality that can be revealed by tapping into the energy of our New Moon, including the intuitive urge to react to life in a positive, constructive manner.

This is the time to release outcomes of that which is crumbling, broken, and not sustainable, and focus instead on the bigger picture of what’s to come. Use your intuition to see beyond, and then react and move in that direction. As things shift, there will be those who choose to cling to the Saturnian world view and status quo, and those who shift into the new world of possibility through Uranus and the frequency of transformation.

Astrology Pattern

New Moon Astrology Chart July 2017The first significant feature in our current New Moon chart is the Uranian grand trine that includes Uranus, Mercury, and Saturn.  Every time the Lunar cycle involves Uranus in a prominent position we can expect major breakthroughs. The grand trine gives us extra support for our intuition and our ability to access a bigger picture that’s greater than the external world structure that Saturn provides. This is especially true for those who are able to work with Uranus in a conscious and direct way.

The second significant feature in the chart is the New Moon at 1° Leo, conjunct Mars. This combines the power of Leo with the pure, raw power of Mars which is activating our ability to act and react to that which inspires our own individual drives.

An additional emphasis of the conjunction is the New Moon’s balsamic relationship to Mars. (The Sun and Moon are only 1° before an exact conjunction with Mars.)  This balsamic relationship indicates a necessary letting go of immature ambitions that only serve self-interest in order to step into something greater.

A final key point is that the New Moon conjunction has only one major aspect in the chart, which is the square to Uranus. This further emphasizes the significance of the Uranian trine. If we’re able to step into the energy of the trine we are able to choose how we act and react from a broader perspective, rather that purely responding from self-interest or established habits from the past.

The letting go that’s required involves our commitment to release all forms of small-minded perspective that are immature, self-serving, or ego driven.  These are old ideas that prevent us from seeing the big picture. Without expanded perspective, the old ideas and habits are self-serving because they’re not tapped into anything greater.

Summary

There are dramatic shifts of energies at play within our new Lunar cycle. Our New Moon energies are providing a stabilizing force for those who are able to see and work with a bigger picture of reality. As a result, those who consciously work with the expanding energies of Uranus can choose to glimpse this bigger picture, even if it is only an intuitive impression.

This is the month to act and react, but not from a self-serving view of the world. With the only major aspect of the chart being a Uranian grand trine, we have a choice in how we react. We must ask ourselves: “What is the biggest picture I can see?”  “Will I act alone, or in alignment with others who see transformation on the horizon?” and “Do I choose to react to the trivial details of my life, or will I embrace a bigger picture that makes the world better for all?”

There is a shift in consciousness underway which this New Moon is helping to support. Despite the ongoing patterns of rigid habits and status quo, there is a new perspective emerging. The more you can tap into the Uranian trine and its big picture perspective, the more you can consciously recognize your choices of inner freedom, personal transformation, and intuitive guidance aligned with service to the greater good.

A New Pathway in a New World: Full Moon Astrology July 2017

A New Pathway in a New World: Full Moon Astrology July 2017

Article Window: July 8 to July 23
• The Full Moon is Saturday, July 8, 9:07 PM PDT
• Sun is 18° Cancer, Moon is 18° Capricorn
• Next New Moon: July 23
• Current New Moon Theme (June 23 – July 23): Leadership in New Territory

Current Lunar Cycle

The Full Moon illuminates and activates new awareness, especially corresponding to whatever was released with the manifesting wave of New Moon energy two weeks ago. In the coming two weeks look for ways to celebrate and take inspired action, especially from whatever you have embraced or experienced since the New Moon. Be patient with challenges that emerge in the coming days, recognizing that they are also a necessary part of your expansion.

Photo of Full Moon Lunar Stillness

Astrology Article: A New Pathway in a New World

Written by Steven Shroyer
Co-authored by Elizabeth Schermer

Our Full Moon Astrology brings all of us to a crossroads of realization regarding the nature of our reality. These realizations include the awareness that our true power lies within in the choices we make. This is a time when our choices have the power to set the direction and chart a new path into our future.

Even the most ordinary of choices can and will have far-reaching impacts. In retrospect we may well look back to this time as being a pivotal turning point in our path. The choices we make now, no matter how ordinary they seem,  can and will have far-reaching impacts in our personal lives and also for the larger scope of humanity.

The astrology of this Full Moon clearly shows a crossroads through the assertion of leadership. This is leadership at every level of life, leading to the opportunity for individuals to establish new trajectories through personal choice and the allegiance to personal authority in alignment with the greater good.

Our Full Moon astrology speaks to the fact that the world is currently in the process of charting and consolidating power, both through existing institutions as well as new models for change.  Each individual has the opportunity to choose their alignment and then participate. Your highest opportunity now exists in this present moment. You are not at all limited or dictated by what the collective decides, or by decisions you have made in the past.

We have entered new territory. To fully understand and experience the benefits of this Full Moon and the last half of this cycle, it will be beneficial for you in the coming days to take extra time to connect within before making important decisions. Before you act, reflect on what has led you to this point and then align within to your heart-felt purpose.

Action versus Reaction

Action now is required, however a momentary slowdown is necessary before acting. Although this Full Moon brings the urge to action, it’s important first to be clear about the “what” and the “why” of your actions so as not to simply respond unconsciously to whatever is uncomfortable.

Our Full Moon astrology suggests that the world as a whole is currently in a reactionary pattern. The personal opportunity now is one of self-determination. This is a time to question the trajectory of the world, including all aspects of your personal circumstances, and determine if your path forward will be the same or different. The entry into new territory gives you the chance to step out of one path and choose another.

The Universe never presents something huge without adequate preparation. The past four lunar cycles have provided each of us with the growth and preparation required to capitalize on this current opportunity. As the stage is set for this specific Full Moon,  I am moved to express  my own sense of awe at how the Universe has gradually over time released a pattern of growth that offers ongoing support for our expanding  consciousness. In other words, we ARE ready for this!

Overview of Recent Lunar Patterns

Each Full Moon is absolutely unique, with some having more impact on our individual lives than others. The crossroads of choice at this Full Moon is one of those times of greatest impact. It expresses a culmination of an ongoing pattern of preparation for leadership, including the creation of new futures that transcend past patterns of limitation.

To fully leverage the power of this Full Moon it is helpful to review the recent lunar patterns that have unfolded over the past few months. Each New Moon has set in motion a new potential infused with specific energies for growth. At each Full Moon the new energies have been fully activated, providing concrete insight and understanding to enable you to adapt those energies into your current life circumstances.

The themes of the recent lunar cycles illustrate an ongoing progression:

○ March New Moon in Aries: Intuitive Sensitivity
○ Libra Full Moon: Facing the Consequences
○ April New Moon in Taurus: A New Quality of Being
○ Scorpio Full Moon: The Freedom to Resist
○ May New Moon in Gemini: To Reach Farther & Beyond
○ Sagittarius Full Moon: Preparing for a Better Future
○ June New Moon in Cancer: Leadership in New Territory
○ Capricorn Full Moon: Choosing Your Path

To summarize, the Aries New Moon in March introduced a boost to your Intuitive Sensitivity. This led to your ability to engage in your life with a New Quality of Being (Taurus), more closely aligned with your inner authority. New inner alignment introduced a capacity to Reach Farther & Beyond (Gemini), accessing possibilities greater than you have known before.  These new capacities enabled you to more fully Prepare for a Better Future. The current New Moon cycle In Cancer is helping us develop higher levels of personal leadership in order to navigate the new and uncharted territory we are creating.

Now at the Capricorn Full Moon we are integrating what we have learned from the past in order to choose our personal path as we enter the uncharted territory of new worlds.

It is truly astonishing to contemplate the degree of helpful support the Universe is providing as we expand and extend our own consciousness through the unfolding intelligent cycles of growth.

The Astrology Pattern – Claiming New Territory and Facing the Shadow

This Full Moon occurs at an exact conjunction with Pluto. (The Moon is less than 1° balsamic to Pluto.) This conjunction is in opposition to Mars which is conjunct the Sun. The Pluto/Mars opposition is always significant and happens every two+ years, releasing a general signature that allows us to transcend and transform personal actions in order to align with universal will. The fact that this event happens while Pluto is directly conjunct the Full Moon is extremely rare.

This opposition of Pluto and Mars in combination with the Full Moon signifies the very real possibility for you to step out of long-running patterns that are dictated by external or subconscious agendas, and instead choose a very specific and unique life trajectory aligned with your own highest purpose and potential.

There’s a lot of information condensed into that last sentence, so let’s unpack these patterns and explore what this might mean for you.

With Mars conjunct the Sun, your actions (Mars) need to be in alignment with your purpose and the energies of the Self (Sun). With Pluto conjunct the Moon, you have to integrate (Moon) your access and connection to the power of transformation (Pluto).  For those who connect intentionally with this opportunity it will be possible to harness the power of transformation (Pluto/Mars) into action that enables you to adjust (Moon) to your circumstances in order to support your higher purpose (Sun).

This is a complicated signature that will surely activate shadow aspects in all levels of our world. With the Mars/Sun conjunction in opposition to the Full Moon/Pluto conjunction, actions that are out of alignment with purpose can be purely reactionary, including the unconscious need to grab power and control at “any cost.”  It is precisely this shadow aspect of power and control at any cost that, once institutionalized, can severely limit your freedom, your path of purpose, and what’s right for you.

To further emphasize the significance of the overall pattern of contrasting forms of leadership,  let’s look at the Sabian archetype for the Full Moon positioned at 18° Capricorn:

18° CAPRICORN — THE UNION JACK FLAG FLIES FROM A BRITISH WARSHIP
THEME: POLITICAL POWER
ARCHETYPE: The protection afforded to individuals and groups by powerful institutions in charge of maintaining order.
COMMENTARY: Institutionalized power can be used to control groups or individuals, especially when required to maintain a specific outcome of social order or social relationships. This ultimate expression of power needs to be tempered and balanced by justice and compassion, rather than an elitism justifying its authority through abuses of power.

This Full Moon Sabian archetype, when combined with Pluto and opposite Mars (a lower octave of Pluto), makes clear the quality of a crossroads of realization.  Whether leadership is occurring at the level of the individual, the community, state, nation, or world, there will be two forces at play. The powerful leadership desire for justice and compassion will be opposed to an overwhelming shadow urge to limit freedom and set the agenda at the expense of others, including the potential for a power grab at every level of leadership.

Because Mars expands through action, without proper management Mars will have a tendency to seek “more.” When Mars is operating unconsciously within our current pattern, the drive for “more” will result in the desire for more power and control, reflecting the shadow aspect of Pluto in Capricorn.

Within this context of Mars/Pluto energy, don’t be surprised if you experience an overwhelming desire to take some form of action. The challenge and opportunity moving forward is to realize that the deeper urge to act comes from the desire to choose your own trajectory. This is not about taking unnecessary action or simply reacting because it feels good or provides relief. The key is to first to connect within, step into alignment with your own trajectory and life purpose, and then choose your actions from this vantage point.

Choosing Your Own Course

The Full Moon is activating a cosmic shift that will enable you to step directly into the new trajectories of the future you are creating. This is regardless of existing circumstances or the choices of the world at large.

Your power lies in controlling your own trajectory in life through the force of inner choice. This is true at every level from the personal to the global. At all levels of life you are no longer required to follow others because of their unconscious urge to hold power, or worse, attempt to control you because they think they know what is best.

Your opportunity now stems from inner qualities of self-leadership (current New Moon theme) and through taking action that supports your own purpose. Make no mistake, this is a pivotal point. Pluto conjunct the Full Moon may in fact be one of the most powerful symbols of “pure power” in the entire world of astrology. The emphasis is simply this: You have the power now to step out of long-running patterns and choose your own path. Those who don’t take charge of their life’s trajectory, are susceptible to others who will.

These powerful Full Moon energies will operate at both the conscious and unconscious levels of awareness.  The drive to action means that unconscious individuals will automatically assume their agenda is right and correct for everyone. Patterns of aggression will likely intensify within all levels of leadership. Problems may further escalate when leaders compete to assert different agendas.

This is a time to stand tall and secure. The forces of leadership grounded in compassion are infinitely more powerful than all forces of greed and self-interest combined. Know that this same urge for action is being universally experienced. This is the time to align within, set your own agenda, chart your own course, raise your own flag, and become your own authority.

This Full Moon gives you to right to experience your own power and to declare your allegiance to your own unique purpose in life. Each individual who takes such a stance, with the intention to be of service to the greater good, contributes to the momentum of positive change.

Summary

Our lunar cycles have been unfolding with amazing synchronicity over the last several months and have brought us to this Full Moon, which is further activated by an extremely powerful astrological pattern. There is a personal opportunity now to realize the extent of your own power. You now have the capacity to set your own agenda and assert a life trajectory that supports your highest purpose in alignment with the greater good.