Here’s the chart for the Leo New Moon:
The sign of Leo is associated with one’s self-confidence, personal will, and dramatic 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. Leo is a radiant and loving sign symbolically represented by the Sun and the heart. The role of personal or individual self-expression, which manifests as fertility and creativity, becomes emphasized during Leo. Issues involving royalty and government rulers, gold, the stock market, the entertainment industry, professional sports, and children, become accentuated during the Leo cycle.
Sabian Symbol for 22 degrees Leo:
“A Carrier Pigeon Fulfilling its Mission.” This degree symbolizes the spiritual ideal of world service. The purpose of the message and the messenger is to serve humanity.
New Moon at 21 degrees Leo 31 minutes:
Four planets in Leo and two in Virgo at the beginning of this lunation cycle accentuate the idea of using individual self-expression to benefit the collective. Venus, retrograde since July 25, continues to backtrack until September 5, calling for an internal appraisal of values. The Sun and Moon each received a trine from Uranus in Aries just before the New Moon leading us into this period with a sense of mental excitement and the desire to participate in change which brings improvement.
New Moon conjunct Venus Rx:
Art, music, nature, spirituality; all things that bring beauty to life are up for evaluation. Idealism and pride support and hinder progress. Love is the answer and yet feelings are easily hurt.
Mercury trine Pluto:
Penetrating conversations aid transformational thinking. Powerful and compelling communications can bring stability, expose secrets and be manipulative.
Mercury conjunct Mars, both semi-square Venus:
Volatile energy. Tongues are sharp and quick.
Venus quindecile Neptune:
The potential for focused, productive and creative artistic work. Intense feelings are disruptive and fuel a desire to escape into a fantasy world.
The key phrase for Leo is “I Will”:
This is an excellent cycle to express yourself creatively. It’s about developing your mental will, emotional determination, and physical fortitude. Trust, courage, and generosity are vital to success.
Our advice for this cycle:
We recommend using this cycle to own your creativity and shine your inner light out into the world. Play with the seeds of intention you planted in April. Approach them from a new perspective. Look at life through the eyes of an inquisitive child.
Relax. Enjoy the pleasant social atmosphere. A little romanticizing can point your imagination in new directions.
Leo correlates to Trust on the Medicine Wheel. Your growth during the Cancer cycle gave you the confidence necessary for your continued development. It’s time to trust yourself and your beliefs in order to assure your intentions are manifested.
Take advantage of an appreciative audience to reveal practiced skills for the first time.
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
- What makes your heart sing?
- What tugs at your heart?
- What brings out your confidence?
- When are you most courageous?
Affirm: My heart directs my actions
How your Sun sign relates to this cycle (coming soon)
Attune to the qualities of Leo with a 3-minute tarot meditation on Strength.
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.
Quote for this cycle:
“Life is not a support system for art. It is the other way around.”
~ Stephen King (1947 -) American author of contemporary fiction
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. Click on the mandala below or the link above to see a larger version of her Cancer New Moon Mandala and read about her experience with the exercise. The energy flows in beautifully from one cycle into the next.
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. Be sure to subscribe to her Luna See email newsletter.
Margaret Koolman’s New Moon insights can be found at her website, SoulAstrology.com. Margaret writes beautifully and offers excellent counsel.
Read Cathy Pagano’s cosmic story of the 2015 Leo New Moon.
April Elliott Kent at Big Sky Astrology is excellent at putting the current cosmic conditions into relatable, practical terms. We recommend her latest, New Moon in Leo: GUIDED BY DESIRE.
Stephanie Gailing is another of our favorites. You can visit her blog or receive her weekly entries in your mailbox via an e-mail subscription. She usually shares her insights on the new and full moons. We also recommend her book, Planetary Apothecary. Here’s her post on the Leo New Moon.