Leo symbol: The Lion
Leo is a fixed fire sign, an independent and masculine sign. Ruled by the Sun, Leo is loving and radiant, relating to the heart and spine. Issues involving royalty and government rulers, gold, the stock market, the entertainment industry, professional sports, and children, demand attention during the Leo cycle.
The sign of Leo is associated with one’s self-confidence, personal will, and creative expression. The house that Leo occupies in the natal chart shows an area of life where one has a need for recognition. It is where one can be prideful, self-centered, and domineering, as well as loyal, generous, and affectionate.
The role of play becomes emphasized during Leo.
The key phrase for Leo is “I Will”.
Attune to the qualities of the cycle with a 3-minute meditation on Strength, the tarot card associated with zodiac sign of Leo.
Strength is associated with the heart center and the solar plexus. Ruled by the Sun, she represents the fusion of heart and mind into a powerful force for action.
Confer with Strength whenever you wish to harness the ego, be an agent for creative action, express your divine essence, or generate courage.
Leo sits in the South-West on the Medicine Wheel.
The direction South-West points to the path of emotional maturity. The sign Leo correlates to Trust, the second step on the Southern pathway of Sun Bear’s Medicine Wheel. The Cancer cycle provided the opportunity to take action in support of your growth, to nurture yourself, and to gain a greater understanding of your responsive nature. The Leo cycle says it’s time to trust yourself and your feelings in order to assure your intentions are manifested.
New Moon in Leo
July 23, 2017
Sabian Symbol for 1º Leo
“Blood Rushes To A Man’s Head As His Vital Energies Are Mobilized Under The Spur Of Ambition.”
This degree depicts the heart energy rising to the head, a mentalization process. The transmutation of “life” into “mind” is a difficult process. The ego must be controlled or it will be overtaken by pride, possessiveness and showmanship.
— from An Astrological Mandala: The Cycle of Transformation and Its 360 Symbolic Phases© 1973 Dane Rudhyar.
Highlights of the New Moon at 0º Leo 44′ and our advice for this cycle:
This Leo lunation cycle is about taming the ego (6 planets in Fire signs — 2 planets in Air). It begins amid feelings of self-confidence and the desire for new avenues of self-expression (New Moon conjunct Mars). The major challenge this cycle is an obsessive drive for power that can become volatile (Mars quindecile Pluto). If the primitive self can be tamed or one’s energy channeled more positively, the drive can manifest as a zealous desire for creative expression. A major key to success this cycle will be the ability to structure your activities to increase your involvement with things you enjoy by limiting social distractions (Venus opposite Saturn).
There is an ease to communication expressing your identity and creative urges that comes along once old wounds are owned and released (Mercury trine Uranus and quincunx Chiron). It is uncomfortable breaking free of familiar, albeit failing, patterns, and fear of change encourages authoritarian behavior.
Our recommendations for the cycle:
We recommend dedicating this cycle to understanding the passions that power your life. The key to shining in your outer world lies in attending to your inner world. Take a recess and enjoy some play time and recreational activity. Take a vacation from the drama of the current political scene, play with personal projects, devote the month to refreshing your talents and re-creating your world into a more trusting and loving place. Take your inner child on weekly play dates.
Follow your heart; detach from the egotistical perspective that you have all the right answers and that everything depends on you and you alone. Focus on the more altruistic premise that all you need do to make a positive contribution to the world is open your heart. Risk goes hand in hand with progress. Be courageous, exercise your will power to stand firm, and express yourself through some type of creative endeavor.
This is an excellent cycle to inhabit your sacred space where you can more comfortably develop your self-awareness and self-trust.
Journal your strengths. Recall a time you displayed courage in the face of fear. Visualize how it feels to receive attention for your talents. How has your creativity helped you survive past challenges?
Other questions you might explore for personal insight include:
- How do you express yourself?
- What are some other ways you could express yourself?
- When do you feel most radiant and vital?
- Who in your life is an example of a good steward?
- Where and with whom would life be easier if you were more generous and affectionate?
- What makes your heart sing?
- What tugs at your heart?
- What brings out your confidence?
- When are you most courageous?
Affirm: I Am In Love With Life.
The Zodiac Arts Moon Phase Journal, which usually posts at each phase with tips on working with the current cosmic and lunar energies, is currently on hiatus and the posts are sporadic.
Sandra shares her personal moon phase journal, Sunny’s Days. We invite you to join her walk through the year. Declare your intentions – start your own moon phase journal. Share your images, words, colors, and goals for this lunation cycle in the comments below the posts.
Quote for this cycle:
“Remember that wherever your heart is, there you will find your treasure.”
~ Paulo Coelho (1947 – ) Brazilian lyricist and novelist
A Mandala is a powerful device for creating and focusing on sacred intentions. We encourage you to create and color your own mandala or print out and color our 2017 1º Leo New Moon Mandala.
You are invited to send your mandalas to us for placement in our Mandala Gallery.
Please check out Lynn Keefer’s Mandala Journal, where Lynn shares the mandala she colors every month, along with her meditative process.
Artist, author, educator, and dear friend, Donna Iona Drozda uses solar, lunar and numerological cycles as a blueprint for living the life of a “Heartist.” Keep up with her Lifecycle offerings and updates on her Lifecycle Blog, and be sure to subscribe to her Luna See email newsletter.
CJ Wright at Auntie Moon offers daily insights and other good lunar tidings at her website, plus she has monthly lunation cycle workbooks. She also has an excellent video: Moon Phases and New Moon Intentions.
Margaret Koolman’s New Moon insights can be found at her website, SoulAstrology.com. Margaret writes beautifully and offers excellent counsel.
Jessica Shepherd is always a good read at Moonkissd.com.
Elaine Kalantarian at Blue Moon Astrology uses astrology to describe archetypal processes at the New and Full Moons.
April Elliott Kent at Big Sky Astrology is adept at putting the current cosmic conditions into personally identifiable terms.
Nadia Gilchrist has recently captured our attention at Ruby Slipper Astrology, where she writes about the lunations and other cosmic events.
Stephanie Gailing, another of our favorites, offers her insights and apothecary suggestions on her web site. Her book, Planetary Apothecary: An Astrological Approach to Health and Wellness, has tips on health-supporting foods, spa and wellness therapies, relaxation practices, yoga poses, aromatherapy, natural remedies, and flower essences customized for each Zodiac sign.
Lynda Hill takes a thorough look at the Sabian Symbols active this cycle.
Christina Rodenbeck at The Oxford Astrologer freely writes and posts excellent articles on current transits, world events and the arts. Her monthly horoscopes are well worth a small subscription fee.
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