This week’s astrology is marked by three significant events: Jupiter leaving Leo and ingressing Virgo on Tuesday; Mercury opposing Neptune on Wednesday; and on Friday, the Leo New Moon. If you’ve already noticed a shift in the overall energy (especially your own) compared to last week, this combination of building events is likely why.
Let’s start with Jupiter. Before it gets to Virgo on Tuesday at 7:11 am EDT (11:11 UTC), it’s spending about four days in the last degree of Leo. The last degree of any sign is said to be ‘anaretic’.
Anaretic degrees are usually described by astrologers as ‘edgy’ or ‘intense’, or as coming with a buildup of pressure or energy. That sounds invigorating on its surface. But if you’ve been expending a lot of energy recently and you’re nearing your limit, I could see Jupiter in the last degree of Leo as feeling a little overwhelming or fatiguing.
Your mileage may vary depending on your personal chart and whatever life’s been handing you, so try on each description and see how it feels: ‘edgy and intense’, or just ‘more than you can be bothered with’.
The approaching New Moon also contributes to any sense of ‘winding down’ you might be feeling. It might be an inconvenient way to begin the workweek if you need to get a new project started; but it’s perfect for tying up any loose ends on anything nearing completion.
As of 8:08 am EDT (12:08 UTC) today, the Moon will be in Cancer, the sign it rules. You’ll be feeling your feelings; notice if any of them are especially cyclical in nature, or if you’re particularly inclined to stick close to home and to focus on cooking, cleaning and taking care of others.
Given how a Leo Sun is oriented on public interaction and display, while a Cancer Moon is tuned to subtler (and more changeable) inner tides, you may find your conscious and unconscious urges don’t quite match up.
Try listening to whichever feels truer, whichever comes with a sense of your entire being relaxing or brightening. When the Moon shifts into Leo Wednesday, you may find your inner and outer experiences aligning a little better again.
By that time, Mercury in Virgo will be exactly opposite Neptune in Pisces — and Jupiter, newly in Virgo, will be within orb of opposing Neptune. Jupiter in Virgo is more cautious, practical and scientific than Jupiter in Leo. This is not a bad thing at all; as Isabel Hickey notes, people with natal Jupiter in Virgo can make excellent nurses, dieticians, investigators and detectives. But it will be up to you to remember what the ‘bigger vision’ is, so you don’t lose the forest for the trees.
You need to remember what you know, and stay aware of what you don’t know. With Mercury and Jupiter opposite Neptune, integrating the big picture and the known details is one of your safeguards against being deceived this week.
Mercury opposite Neptune can come through as mental confusion. It can also be a great aspect for enhanced spiritual awareness; with that, however, it can be harder to separate out the most important or salient details.
Recent offerings from Planet Waves have emphasized working your sense of creative daring. With planets on the Virgo-Pisces axis, that still holds true. Pisces brings the imagination; Virgo brings the hands-on execution. So continue your creative play and risk-taking, especially since taking action can do wonders for busting through any lack of confidence. The place to play it safe is with any interactions that come with significant financial risk, or in which you might be over-idealizing another person.
Finally, a word about that Leo New Moon, which we’ll be developing through the week. As mentioned, it’s a good time to be completing projects. And though Leo is a high-energy, display-oriented sign, New Moons tend to be low-energy and inwardly oriented. How do you reconcile those opposing tendencies? I think the key is in the minor planets aspecting the New Moon. I plan to get into the details later in the week, but for now:
Sometimes, you need to dance as though nobody is watching. Sometimes, it’s nice to know that everyone really is watching, and that in some way they’re dancing with you. And sometimes all that matters is that, when you close your eyes and move, no matter who is or is not watching and no matter how they may or may not judge you, you let your heart guide you into feeling good about yourself.