|New Moon||Aug 12||7:02 pm||4:02 pm||19:51 Leo|
The New Moon in Leo on Aug 12 is a timely reminder to Just Keep Loving It (All)!
Leo is usually the sign we can count on to show us how to let our hair down and have a good time. But how can you do that with Saturn the karmic debt-collector hanging over you and with Venus Retrograding in your sign. Leo's had a hard time and it's not over yet, so give them a hug when you see them, they're sure to need it.
Maybe we can help them out under this particular New Moon phase with a reminder to them of their own birthright.
For us all, the New Moon is an opportunity to remember the innocence of childhood, when we weren't yet burned by the hot flames of desire, pummeled by passion and ripped off emotionally by those who let us open up and then 'loved' us by bruising our sensitive hearts and trampling on our fragile egos.
Astrologer Linda Goodman once said that giving is effortless and it's our nature. The apple tree doesn't choose who it bestows its fruit to, it simply must. Without giving, the tree would die.
In our lives it becomes a scorecard game of 'give and withdraw' when we seek only to protect ourselves from hurt once inflicted or suffered (it's the same burn). However this New Moon asks of us to continue giving birth to ideas, games, projects that feel good no matter the consequences to our ego.
Playing is the act of creation - of getting up and doing it and having a go. Of major risk - the audience may boo, the lover may walk, the art be trashed by critics, the haircut receive laughs in the street, the gamble fail, the open heart be swallowed whole, the song flop, the movie script bomb, the idea crash and burn.
Whether you want to be the worlds greatest Lover, or the next Van Gogh, the next Oscar actor, or just loved without feeling like you'll be dumped the moment something goes wrong, we're all presented with a Stage this lunar phase and we're all given the choice to walk on, or hide in the wings watching more fearless souls take to the spotlight. (you're kidding yourself if you believe they're not nervous, they just have no other choice because it's Shine or Die under a Leo New Moon...)
Shining is the only way to to keep the darkness at bay. So if you're swamped by the shadows now, the only choice you have is to continue burning brightly, with no other power source but your own right to be respected, your own need to create and your own vision of how something could be.
Desire is our fuel now, and passion our road map. And while many cultures and religion see 'ego' as something to move beyond, to ignore, repress or destroy (Madonna Leo (whose sun shines in the 12th house of ego submission) sings just this in her song Die Another Day - "I'm gonna destroy my ego" since this is her own life path mission, but try telling that to most Leos whose Sun burns in the other 11 houses of the astrological wheel!) it is not.
Ego is the spark of spiritual light given a backbone and a reason for being (after all what is the point of being a soul unless you're incarnated into the physical world to effect change. It was Ego that led most people to their great works - even acts of compassion because they WANTED to make a difference, and couldn't not.
What in your life do you have NO choice in doing because you have to, must do it, because it IS you?
That's your Leo New Moon phase in action. And your spiritual purpose in action!
It's not about success or failure, it's about Playing the Game.
Help and Hindrances
As always other planets come into the picture to aid or thwart us in this endeavor to make the game more interesting. Mercury (conjunct the New Moon) throws in a lot of new ideas, information, phone calls, emails and conversations that provide you with plenty of opportunities to put yourself on the line and do something fun. Maybe you wind up working at a kids party or dressing up as a character at the local wal-mart. Maybe you get invited to 5 parties. Maybe an agent calls or someone calls you in for an audition and you have to perform. Someone asks you to dance (in front of others, gasp!).
Saturn and Venus have the potential to help us out as they sit alongside the New Moon too, both in Leo. We have the safety net of structure-Saturn that says if you plan and schedule in fun and frivolity, you can't lose. Open up your heart. Enjoy. Make it a pleasurable experience or don't bother doing it at all. Love it or leave it. Venus retrograde says love comes in many packages and you may have to get used to taking the one right now that seems the opposite of what you'd prefer. Appearances deceive now so don't run for the gold when the silver (or lead) may hold more promise in the long run. Real Beauty isn't self-conscious or loud. It's born of inner peace that radiates.
We'll be challenged by the Neptune opposition to this New Moon when we project onto other people the energy of the victim, the drifter, the squandered, the drunk or addicted. it's easy to call others a mess to save our own face. this is ego at its worst. In many ways we're needed now to shine our Leo Lights onto the plight of our friends (Aquarius) or the world at large (society's ills or issues, also Aquarius). Neptune in Aquarius could coincide at this New Moon with more water issues in the world, flooding, drowning, drought or heavy rainfall. Using celebrities (Leo) to aid the downtrodden (Neptune) would be a great use of the power of this period. Where you can, reach out to help, not condemn. How easy it is for the tides of fortune to change.
On the flip side, don't let con artists steal your light. Energy vampires abound now who steal your idea or your thunder, just for attention, to fill the void of their own lives and ego. Stay firm inside your own creative bubble and let friends or strangers lead you astray. They want what you have, but it's not worth sharing if it's only to be wasted on further escapism or victim-like behavior. Help those willing to help themselves and you're still helping.
Of course it would be easier to drift, and take up movie-gazing or drink-binging than it would be to use creative force to produce something. But artists who can stave off this hunger to run away from work, can truly tap into some psychic and spiritual inspiration at this time.
This New Moon reminds us of our inner wound, reflected to us through those around us. Mostly we'll find this to be a social issue, a wound of not quite fitting in with your peers, issues with friends, group problems, social dysfunction and the 'wrongs of society'. Our inner feeling of wanting to be different yet not fitting in, and the judgments we make of others who do not, are all pitfalls at this time. But healing comes now when we open our hearts to the differences that make up the whole.
Finally, we're aided by Pluto this New Moon period in clearing out the last of old worn out beliefs, philosophies. Truth truly is personal, but does your truth give you the power to create or are you suffering from religious or other persecutions based on sin or rules so hard to uphold. Pluto in Sagittarius is on its way out and with it, taking the beliefs from ages past. So let your life show you a new way - or create one for yourself.
And finally -
Leo New Moons are about finding a new way to express yourself, let your ego shine and Do What Only You Do Best.
If you're still wondering what that is, look to the House and Sign your Sun is placed in your Astrology Chart. Or check in for a Personal Reading with me - and I'll help you find your core - for if we shine in the House of our Charts where the Sun was placed at our birth, then only great things can happen, because we are fulfilling our purpose on the planet. Simple ways to achieve Big Things.
No one else can live your life - you're the Star of your own Story.
So is it a story worth telling to future generations?