OMG Stars is an astrology column written by queer astrologer Amelia Ehrhardt (@soft_aspects). Every two weeks, on the new and full moons, Amelia interprets the upcoming astrology with a focus on how to navigate current events (astrological and global).
New Moon in Leo, 22:37 August 18, EST
I always find the end of summer, when Leo season transitions into Virgo, to be a difficult time. I start to crave some regularity again after a few months of hanging out. My teen feelings about wanting to go back to school come up. This year, after six months of this confusing March-into-Summer-Break energy, my desire for schedule and something reliable is especially noticeable.
With that said, I don’t think reliability is in the cards at the moment. There is a very strong square between both Mars and Saturn, and Mars and Pluto; squares are struggles but they’re also an opportunity for resolve. I’ve been thinking so much lately about how conflict can be caring, and that by engaging in disagreement we have the opportunity to move forwards.
Avoiding conflict does little to help a tense situation. And with Mars in Aries, conflict cannot be avoided. Saturn square Mars can bring ego conflicts, bitterness, and a tendency to suppress anger – but with Mars in explosive Aries, it’s hard to see how that suppressed anger will not wind up everywhere. Pluto squaring Mars, on the other hand, is a more overtly dangerous transit: we see more of that toxic ego energy under Pluto-Mars squares, and a sense that everyone is on their own personal power trip.
With this new moon in Leo, sign of our self-expression and output, I think this is a moment to renew our commitment to ourselves while being aware of how our self-care impacts those around us. While Mars is being squared by Saturn and Pluto it’s also in a flowing trine to the sun and moon, so our expression, will, and vulnerability are receiving some support. I suspect the hardest thing to do right now is to listen. But with this combative astrology, it’s extra important to try to do so. If we’re going to get out of this astrology and into the more positive transits of later 2021, we need to do it with honesty and perspective.
I was side-swept by some New Moon Feelings this time around, and as a result, these horoscopes are coming out a little later than the lunation. Use them to work with this lunation moving forwards in the context of this garbage fire astrological moment.
Find your full sun and rising sign horoscope after the jump!