LEO NEW MOON - 2 August 2016
Exact at 9.44pm BST, 4.44pm EDT.
Well, if we have been searching for the light at the end of the tunnel then this Moon has the potential to provide it! The last month or so has been intense, to say the least, as the New Moon in Cancer and Full Moon in Capricorn involved some serious catharsis and clearing out, including a massive shake up of our emotional security and foundation, both personally and collectively. Indeed, a healer friend of mine said that we should rename the Capricorn Full Moon “Heartbreak Moon”! However, when hearts break they break open, allowing amazing shifts to occur and this is a beautiful thing. The last month or so has definitely challenged our emotional foundation and forced us to take responsibility for our own emotional security. It has also allowed us to become painfully aware of our old emotional patterns formed in childhood, so much so that we have had the opportunity to greatly diminish their power and control over us and our relationships. It’s been emotional and extremely cleansing, but now we are in Leo season and it is time to reclaim ourselves and allow the inner child out to play! There is a definite sense of coming back to Self and as this is a New Moon we are invited to consciously reconnect with our inner divinity and higher self and set some positive intentions. It is time to let our light shine again.
Leo rules the heart and so this Moon will provide us with an opportunity to recharge the heart batteries, so to speak, allowing us to release anything that may be blocking our heart area and helping us to heal any heart pain we may have been experiencing. Leo encourages us to listen to our heart’s wisdom and have the courage to follow wherever it leads us. This is a very playful, self-expressive and creative sign so this really is a perfect time to allow the inner child free reign to have fun! It is time to follow our bliss and joy, much as children do. Most importantly, this is a time to reconnect with Self and allow it to express itself in whatever way it wants to. It is time to remember who we are, at our core. Who were we before our life happened to us, with all of the many layers of patterns, beliefs and conditioning that have been heaped upon us along the way? This Moon invites us to connect to that spark again; that innocent child who had no fear or inhibition and didn’t hold back from expressing whatever was in his or her heart! It is time to open our hearts fully and not be afraid to express what is within them. The ruler of Leo is the Sun and so we are invited to bask in its warmth and allow our own light to radiate outwards.
The Saturn Neptune square is building again and will be exact on September 10. It is being activated by this Moon, with Saturn forming a supportive aspect to the Sun and Moon and Neptune forming a nagging aspect. Saturn urges us to look at the reality of whatever we are facing, while Neptune encourages us to put the rose tinted spectacles on and just see what we want to see. It’s ok to have hopes and dreams, but it is also a good idea to make sure that they have some basis in reality, otherwise we are simply setting ourselves up for disappointment and disillusionment. During this Moon it might be advisable to keep an eye on what is rather than the way we wish it was. Saturn is Father Time and he reminds us to be patient, as all will be revealed in the fullness of time. He also has a tendency to want to control the outcome of any given situation, seeking some kind of finite certainty, while Neptune reminds us that ultimately we are being guided by higher forces with a divine plan of which we are largely unaware. As such, it is better to just let go of control, surrender and trust that all is unfolding exactly as it is supposed to. If any fear or anxiety comes up, be mindful of it and focus on having faith, trust and unconditional love towards self and others.
In the meantime, two hours before the New Moon is exact, Mars will finally leave Scorpio and move into optimistic, confident and adventurous Sagittarius! This will surely signify a big shift for us all! In Scorpio he has been bringing up so much anger and rage, as it seems as if almost every day another horror has come to light in the world recently. I sincerely hope that this all starts to ease off now. There were some very positive aspects to having Mars in Scorpio, for it gave us the will and courage to face our shadows and to transform and grow beyond our limitations, destroying old patterns and beliefs. There has been much purging and clearing out, as we have had to face some rather uncomfortable emotional truths. However, I for one am very happy that he is moving into Sagittarius, as he is quite at home there and should give us a boost of confidence and forward moving energy. It’s time to lighten up a bit! Mars in Sagittarius likes to have fun and looks on the brighter side of life, so this is a great complement to the energy of this Leo Moon.
Something to be aware of during this Moon is that Black Moon Lilith is forming a square to the Sun and Moon, which could mean that we have to deal with some turbulent feelings, such as jealousy, passion and rage, which we may find it hard not to act on. Black Moon Lilith is the rejected, cast out, wild feminine and she is in Scorpio at the moment so there is the potential for some rather destructive, intense, raw emotions to surface as we approach this New Moon. Ultimately, however, this will be very empowering and help us to really let go and move forward. Better out than in! Black Moon Lilith in Scorpio is a powerful, very visceral, primal feminine energy that has the capacity to cut through to the core of any situation and reveal it for what it is. We shouldn’t be surprised if things come up from the shadows that we would usually prefer to avoid or not face, either in ourselves or others. This aspect brings the potential for brutal honesty and more catharsis and letting go.
It seems that this Moon could be quite empowering, as we are given the opportunity to reclaim any parts of ourselves that we have lost along the way. We are invited to find some way of expressing all that we have been through in the past couple of months. Leo encourages to sing, dance, play, stomp and create, giving us an avenue to release any feelings or emotions we may be experiencing so that they don’t get stuck in our heart centre. The Sabian symbol for the New Moon is 11° “Children play on a swing hanging from the branches of a huge oak tree.” There is a feeling of playful spontaneity to this picture, as well as a sense of being somehow protected and guided by the ancient wisdom and strength of the old oak tree. We may be freeing our inner child, but we also have the benefit of all that we have learned about ourselves in recent times. This Moon offers us a glimmer of hope and an opportunity to really connect to our hearts and follow the path of joy. There is something very empowering about the particular combination of planetary energy, as we are invited to reclaim our true, core self. Leo invites us to allow our light to truly shine, brighter than it ever has before!