Today, July 8, is a big day. There’s a new moon; Saturn’s goes direct; Mercury enters into the bosom of the Sun; and Ramadan may start. The new moon, like most new moons, heralds a good time for new beginnings and new efforts. Saturn going direct, after nearly 5 months of retrograding, marks a significant time for renewed discipline and re-commitment to structural changes that need to happen. Ramadan is definitely important for Muslims. It signals a time to personally connect with the delivery of the Qur’an to the Prophet Muhammad (Upon him peace) and renew one’s commitment to faith and Islam . But it’s the extra feature of Mercury in the bosom of the Sun that I find most compelling about this new moon. In a few horoscopes, I describe this event different ways:
“But the less known fact about Mercury retrograde is when Mercury disappears into the heart of the Sun at what’s called an “inferior conjunction.” Before you start catching feelings at the word “inferior,” this doesn’t mean your patron’s inferior as much as it is a temporary disappearance of your inferior or lower self.”
“This week Mercury, your patron planet, does this really cool thing that it does only about three times a year. It has an inferior conjunction with the Sun, disappearing into what classical astrologers call “the throne room of the King (or Queen).” I visualize that in your life as being a moment where you suspend all your fears, worries, hang-ups and criticisms and just enjoy the beauty of Presence.”
However, the key thing to get is that Mercury going into the bosom of the Sun is a “new moon” for Mercury. It reflects a moment to let our lower selves and thoughts go in order to reach higher. Overall, from multiple celestial events within 24 hours, we’re getting the message that this is a time to step toward our higher selves. The horoscopes below speak on in which particular ways this might happen. Enjoy! 🙂
Ramadan Mubarak and Happy New Moon!