The Moon is waxing towards full, and by the end of the week on August 22 it will reach full moon at 29 Aquarius. Mercury is today at 4 Virgo applying to a conjunction with Mars. They will meet exact on August 19th at 13 Virgo. It is as if Mars and Mercury give the Virgo assignment to our Leo King Sun, announcing something.
Leo, in its immature form, is focused solely on the self. But by late Leo it must come to terms with the hollowness of that selfish focus, which never creates a legacy for others. Why does someone amass wealth and fame to begin with, if it is simply to benefit himself? Can he enjoy this wealth alone? It is like the story of King Midas. The service element of Virgo comes more strongly into play with a more social impulse through removal of the excess that must be brought into service to health of the whole social organism. Then once balance is achieved, the nobler side can later be transformed through union in Scorpio and so on, going through the externalization process of the winter signs to create and sustain future life for a higher purpose.
Looking more closely at the combining of Mars/Mercury at 13 Virgo as messengers and assignment givers, we could look at the Tarot for that decan and the Sabian symbol for interpretation.
Lynda Hill gives the following description for Virgo 13/14, “lines that make connections of a family tree.”
I love this as it suggests a “knowing where you fit in.” We all have a role to play in the great story of humanity, whether it is a family, a community, or an organization. But if we are disassociated or feeling like an alien or outcast, we are disabled in our purpose and cannot connect with others, then we miss out on the richness of life and the opportunities where we could have made a difference. The Tarot for the second decan of Virgo is 9 Pentacles, representing wealth and success, enjoying rewards through hard work and maturity.
This full moon, which is the second full moon in Aquarius this month is at 29 Leo/29 Aquarius, has the symbol of AN UNSEALED LETTER WITH VITAL AND CONFIDENTIAL INFORMATION. Information needs to be communicated with integrity and from the heart so that the right people can see and hear it and benefit from it.
The 29 Leo Sun is opposed to the Moon at 29 Aquarius represented by the symbol of MOONLIT FIELDS, ONCE BABYLON, ARE BLOOMING WHITE.
Hill writes, “This symbol shows learning from the past, possibly from great civilizations like “Babylon”, and taking the seeds from the past and making even greater achievements in your own time and place. (Service to the future generations.) Even though the grandeur of the past may be lost, changed, or damaged by war or time, the energy and power remain. This symbol reflects the permanence of the natural essence of a place, a person, an idea, or a civilization. You may feel that you are in the right place at the right time. Your best qualities are recognized and appreciated. When you are following a true path, you can rely on the support of the universe in its flow. Rewards coming from efforts of past generations. Ancestors surrounding. Seeds of the past becoming the fruits of the present. The middle east. Fruits of culture. Artifacts.”
The Caution: Destroying ancient lands or monuments and the old through religious beliefs or greed. Projecting the sins of the world onto people or places that are foreign.
The opposition at 29 Leo/29 Aquarius shows the polarity between alienation to one’s roots and place or alienation to the self, as opposed to a deep sense of belonging to a time and place. Holding back what one needs to communicate and the selfishness which must be overcome through trust and devotion allow the greater good to flow by following a true path. The deep connections we feel to a sense of time and place and a belonging to the greater story of family, ancestry, and the unfolding of humanity – the bigger karmic picture.
We can in our time literally meet our ancestry and connect to one’s ancestry in more tangible ways than ever. We can discoverer confirm our paternity if it is not known. We have the ability now to trace one’s DNA, even to solve crimes based on knowing a person’s DNA. This was not possible a generation ago. I feel this is a special turning point regarding the idea of bloodlines, ancestry, and the connection to history. Humanity is still full of so many mysteries. If we really reflect on these things, we can come to a sense of wonder at all the things we still don’t know and understand.