We will be having a New Moon in Leo on Friday, August 14th at 2:53pm Universal Time. New Moons are the beginning of the 29.5 day moon cycle and signal a fresh start for the following month. This is when there is no light on the Moon, but the beginning of when the light slowly starts to increase again, becoming visible over the following days. This is known as the beginning of the waxing phase, which lasts until the Full Moon and is associated with growth, expansion, and unfoldment.
New Moons are a great time to plant seeds, set intentions, or perform actions in relation to what you would like to grow or manifest over the upcoming cycle. It is best to do this as close to the minute of the New Moon as possible, but it can also be done over the following 24 hours (click here to find out for your time zone). As the moon’s light grows and expands, your intentions and actions could continue to develop further. How everything unfolds for each person also depends on how one is being individually influenced by the astrology.
Leo: Self-Expression, Creativity, Love, and Vitality
Leo energy is about shining in the way we express ourselves authentically. Whether we are performing, creating, or loving, this is how this energy works through us. Receiving attention and praise from others for our authentic expression is the fuel that helps us to express our creativity and love.
The Sun is the Ruler of this sign, and as we all know the Sun is the center of our Solar System. Both the Sun and Leo are associated with the heart, which is the center of each of us as individuals. The more we are in our heart, the more we shine like the Sun and express ourselves at our highest.
The shadow aspects of Leo include egocentricity, drama, and demanding respect. This gets played out when we are not heart centred and feel insecure about our own authentic expression.
New Moon Conjunct Venus and Trine Uranus
Venus has been retrograde in Leo/Virgo since July 25th and will last until September 5th. (You can read more about it here.) This has been a time of looking at our love lives and our values in a new light. This New Moon will be very close to Venus, which really emphasizes the Leo themes of love, fun, and creativity. However, being retrograde that close to the Sun indicates a readjustment period during this Moon cycle.
The New Moon separating from a trine with Uranus indicates that these readjustments mentioned above could be in relation to some positive changes. For some people it could be related to a breakup and/or a new sense of freedom.
Saturn Is Now Moving Direct and Square The New Moon
Saturn in Scorpio is also at play here with a wide square to this New Moon. This planet recently started its forward motion after being retrograde since March 14th. This could indicate moving forward with any commitments or responsibilities. In Scorpio, it could be with resources and/or money that we share with others (including investments or debt) and can also be related to commitments around sexuality. However, being square to the New Moon (as well as to Jupiter and Venus) indicates that this could be challenging to us but brings much needed restructuring.
Making Intentions For This New Moon
Have you been lacking in the way you express yourself from the heart? Do you have any creative outlets that you have been ignoring? What makes you stand out as your own authentic self and what is getting in the way of it? These are examples of the types of themes that could go into your intentions at this New Moon.
Remember that it is best to set your intentions within the first 24 hours after the New Moon (click here to find out for your time zone). You can declare them by speaking out loud, but even better is to either write them down in words or illustrate images which reflect what it is you intend. You can also do a combination of these techniques, or employ any other means which make sense to you. As the lunar month unfolds, allow the required process to take place to help you with these intentions, and ultimately, whatever is in the best interests of your personal development.
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