Here’s the chart for the Leo New Moon:
New Moon in Leo
August 2, 2016
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The sign of Leo, ruled by the Sun, is associated with one’s self-confidence, personal will, and creative expression.
The role of play becomes emphasized during Leo. Issues involving royalty and government rulers, gold, the stock market, the entertainment industry, professional sports, and children, demand attention during the Leo cycle.
Leo symbol: The Lion
Leo is a radiant sign; associated with Solar energy, it rules the heart and spine.
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.
Sabian Symbol for 11º Leo:
“Children At Play On A Swing Hanging From The Branches Of An Old Oak Tree”
This degree signifies the power of tradition as it shelters the beginnings of individual self expression.
— from An Astrological Mandala: The Cycle of Transformation and Its 360 Symbolic Phases © 1973 Dane Rudhyar
Highlights of the New Moon at 10º Leo 58′:
This Leo lunation cycle is about capitalizing on passion (6 planets in Fire signs — nothing in Air). It begins amid feelings of self-confidence, a sense of structure, and the authority to move forward (Sun & Moon trine Saturn). An increase in the drive to promote one’s philosophical beliefs (Mars into Sagittarius), along with anger over feelings of abandonment (Mars semi-square Pluto) highlight the potential for volatile or extreme action. Or, based upon a recently deepened understanding of one’s self, it can manifest as a zealous drive for creative expression.
A sense of destiny inspires compelling passions, and decisions are made based on an imperative from deep within (Sun & Moon septile Pluto). The ego is challenged to feel compassion. Alternatively, the potential for focused, productive and imaginative work can be tapped to create effective ways around obstacles (Sun & Moon quincunx Neptune). Intense feelings are disruptive and fuel a desire to escape into a fantasy world (Venus quindecile Neptune). Devotion to duty can express as a romantic pessimism or as an appreciation of the creative value of empathy (Venus septile Saturn).
Expressions of personal identity are restricted by social convention (Saturn sesquare Uranus). It is uncomfortable breaking free of familiar, albeit failing, patterns, and fear of change encourages authoritarian behavior. This aspect is especially interesting in light of the Sabian symbol above. The image evokes feelings of childhood delights and wishes for the good old days. The tree represents traditional wisdom providing the safety, strength and structure for the children to develop their individual self-expression. The geometry of the aspect suggests that some of the protective measures that have been set in place are inhibiting the creative play necessary to the individuation process.
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 and 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: My creative possibilities are limitless.
The Zodiac Arts Moon Phase Journal posts at each phase with tips on working with the current cosmic and lunar energies.
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.
Or, if you’re on Facebook you can you can get Zodiac Arts‘ and Sandra’s posts in your news feed and respond there.
Quote for this cycle:
“The creative adult is the child who has survived.”
~ Ursula K. Le Guin (1929 – ), American author
A Mandala is a powerful meditation device for focusing sacred intentions. We encourage you to create your own mandala or print out and color the 2016 Leo New Moon Mandala created by Sandra according to the geometric patterns prominent in the chart for the New Moon
Please check out Lynn Keefer’s Mandala Journal, where Lynn shares the the mandala she colors every month, along with her meditative process. See her latest New Moon Mandala and read about her experience with the exercise. The energy flows in beautifully from one cycle into the next.
In addition to her 2016 Lifecycle Forecast on our site, 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. 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.
Dana Gerhardt at MoonCircles.com, writes eloquently about this cycle, “Leo is star power. That we hunger for this gift explains our fascination with celebrities. Onto their canvas, we paint Leo qualities that are missing from our lives: importance, playfulness, childlike joy. We love to see people richly rewarded just for expressing themselves.” Read more…
Jessica Shepherd at Moonkissd.com has a great article titled Leo New Moon: Goodbye… Hello, where she says, ” Leo magic only works when we risk looking silly!”
April Elliott Kent at Big Sky Astrology is adept at putting the current cosmic conditions into personally identifiable terms. In her post Leo New Moon: Grateful Flow, she says, “– passionate absorption in anything is the hallmark of creativity”.
Stephanie Gailing, another of our favorites, offers her insights and apothecary suggestions in her post on the Leo New Moon. 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.
Elaine Kalantarian at Blue Moon Astrology shares information about the Leo New Moon trine Saturn in her post, Courage and Conviction.
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