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  • Writer's pictureKimberlee Marsh

New Moon in Leo and Mercury Retrograde

Updated: Oct 25, 2023

On August 16th the sun and moon come together at 23 degrees of Leo to form the new moon. They are just a few degrees away from Venus retrograde and are forming a beautiful fire trine to Chiron in Aries, offering the perfect opportunity to heal any inner child issues. This is just a few days after Venus is cazimi on the 13th. Cazimi is when the planet is closest to the sun and is said to be in the heart of the sun. What a beautiful gift to have Venus there in Leo even further emphasizing the importance of taking time to consider what values are truly important and meaningful. We are reminded to open our hearts and let joy in. Mars and Mercury are together in Virgo creating excellent opportunities for going over details, just be careful not to be overly critical of yourself or others. Mercury is in its storm phase before joining Venus in retrograde motion on August 23rd. This can create issues for travel, communications and contracts. Uranus is directly activating all these planets which indicates some big, unexpected surprises! Overall, the energy feels positive, fun, playful and creative! Just remain flexible with whatever comes up and know if things don’t go exactly as you hoped, there is something bigger and better waiting for you. We’ll be looking at where the new moon falls in your chart as well as how Mercury in retrograde will affect you personally.

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