On this day in 1936 the instrument of the abdication of King Edward VIII was endorsed by the Westminster parliament in London.
Later on the same day, Edward spoke to the nation and the world via radio, his faltering voice revealing the deep sadness he felt, that could not fulfill his kingly duties and at the same time marry the woman that he loved, the American divorcee Wallis Simpson.
Never formally crowned King, his younger brother, George VI would be coronated the following year. Edward, known as ‘David’ to intimates, would spend the rest of his life in exile with his wife, taking the title ‘Duke of Windsor’. He died in 1972 in Paris.
Today’s post will be the tale of a royal exit written by guest poster Simone T. Whitlow from the blog History and Imagination. Whitlow discusses and tells the life story of Princess Sophia Dorothea and her exiting the royal family. The consequences were enormous. it is a story filled with an unhappy marriage and daring […]
The New Moon on August 18/19 2020 is symbolically important and very interesting. What does this mean?
New Moons, and the immediate period after them, when the sun and Moon are in conjunction and the Moon begins a new cycle, are traditionally considered good times to begin something new, new projects, a change in lifestyle etc. What does this New Moon indicate?
Enjoy Yourself and Start Something New
A New Moon in Leo is positive in itself. Leo is the sign of ‘love, luck and life‘. It’s about enjoyment, kids, sport, having fun, making the most of your spare time. So begin something new along those lines. If we were living in different circumstances, a last minute holiday might have been a good idea to kick start something new!
This New Moon is conjunct Mercury too, planet of communication. Any new project involving the mind, books, your immediate family, neighbourhood, or something to do with local travel or business, could be well favoured if begun now.
What is more, this New Moon is also in very good aspect to Mars in its own sign of Aries. Although this aspect is separating, anything begun now will be supercharged! Maybe its time to give it a go, despite the circumstances we are all in.
What is effectively a triple conjunction of the Sun, Moon and Mercury, is also very close to the fixed star Regulus. This star, which is in the constellation of Leo, is one of the brightest in the sky, and it generally has a positive reputation, often to do with royalty. The sign of Leo is course also closely connected to royalty and celebrity. One might interpret this as giving an extra ‘royal’ assent to any new project begun around now.
*Interestingly, we may here some significant news regarding royal families over the next day or so.
One more layer to add here is this Leo New Moon’s positive contact with the nodes, which have a special karmic significance. At the moment the nodes are in Gemini and Sagittarius, both signs of communication and the mind.
I think this once more tends to favour new beginnings in anything local rather than global. Thinking smaller and more local is probably the way to go.
Be Careful Out There
However, I must ring a note of caution here. Saturn, the greater malefic, so called, is in a difficult aspect to this New Moon. Whilst this aspect (the quincunx 150 degrees) may not be as obviously difficult or challenging as the square or opposition, it may signify that you should be prepared for some unexpected difficulties to arise – considering the times we are living in right now, this would not be surprising.
So yes, make the most of the New Moon in Leo. It’s special, but it’s also up to us to use this energy and propel ourselves into something new and enjoyable.
With the sun being ruler of Leo, this sign likes to shine, be the centre of attention just like the sun itself.
But if you think Leo is at all overbearing, just remember how generous he or she can be too. After all, Leo is the sign of ‘love, luck and life’. It’s about experience, enjoyment, taking part. Sport! And the fun of children.
Most especially Leo loves to enjoy – and we could all do with enjoyment right now.
Speaking as a long time astrologer, I get frustrated by the trivialising of this ancient subject, which is often simply referred to as ‘star signs‘.
Recently we had the reemergence of that ‘old chestnut’ regarding the supposed 13th sign of the zodiac, namely Ophiuchus. For me and many astrologically minded people, this is wrong. The zodiac, the equal division of the ecliptic into twelve, that’s the apparent path of the sun around us, is only nominally related to the constellations.
There was a time when astrology and astronomy were the same sacred science. There was the matter of observation, followed by prognostication and prediction.
A Royal Practice
The scientist-priests of Babylon were some of the earliest known exponents of this noble function, which was propagated by many a royal family over the millennia from ancient China to Britain.
This broadly remained the same until the so called ‘Enlightenment’ of the 18th century. Astronomy, the observation of celestial phenomena was finally divorced from astrology, the latter being largely demonised and ridiculed ever since.
Triviality and Bifurcation
Whilst it is true the present day astrological community might not do itself any favours by giving too much credence to sun sign astrology to ‘make a living’, it is also true that the practice of astrology has bifurcated to an alarming degree, a bit like the church into a myriad denominations.
Although I would not like to see more control of astrological ‘tenets’, per se, I do think there is a need for simplification and tradition being reintroduced. At the moment I believe it is up to every individual astrologer to self assess.
So is astrology a science? Yes it is – but it is also an interpretive art based upon what should be a sacred science. May the sacred return to us all – and soon.