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.
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.
The 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.
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.