New Moon in Leo: Lions, Tigers & Goddesses (oh my!)

New Moon in Leo: Lions, Tigers & Goddesses (oh my!)

The New Moon in Leo occurs on the 2nd of August, 2016 at 10°57’’ of Leo.

Try checking what area of your birth chart is ruled by Leo or houses your natal Sun.

If you are new or new-ish to astrology, this post is a good place to start for generating your birth chart and checking out which part of your chart is being touched by this New Moon.

You can also find out more about New Moons here.


//Phenomenal Woman//

Now you understand
Just why my head’s not bowed.
I don’t shout or jump about
Or have to talk real loud.
When you see me passing,
It ought to make you proud.
I say,
It’s in the click of my heels,
The bend of my hair,
the palm of my hand,
The need for my care.
’Cause I’m a woman
Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.

 – Excerpt from ‘Phenomenal Woman’ by Maya Angelou

Lions, Tigers & Queens (oh my!)

This week’s New Moon in Leo is a loud and proud lunation that suggests it’s time to start radiating the feel-goods and putting to rest any fears we may have about the effect of joy on our aspirations.

Leos are the cosmic cheerleaders: dramatic, charismatic and emphatic, these lions can teach us about how to use our persuasive powers for the greater good. As a fixed fire sign, typical Leos exude a comforting, campfire-esque warmth that encourages us to stick around for the final encore.

Leo also rules the heart, that wily organ of love and loss, as well as blood and the spine; think hearts racing, blood pumping and spines tingling. We live vicariously through their expression and feel refreshed by their willingness to let it all hang out.

August’s New Moon in Leo is about learning that playtime is not the enemy of success.

This lunation wants us to live a little: lean back (not in!), laugh loudly, wade deeply into amusement.

It’s time to re-discover the part of you that is easily guided towards pleasure and experience the wisdom and inspiration that these ‘distractions’ offer. You may be sweetly surprised to realize just how little your aspirations depend on self-denial and guilt, two emotional hackers that plague the modern woman.

Lady #RealTalk

Earlier today I searched for ‘What is a woman’ and the top Google search results were:

What is a woman card

What is a woman cougar

What is a woman in white

What is a woman of God

What is a woman scorned

In weeks where we’ve seen Theresa May clean house after the Brexit-boy slumber party and Hillary Clinton accept her nomination as the Democratic Presidential candidate, it’s a timely consideration: what exactly does it mean to be a woman in today’s terms?

I think the New Moon chart reinforces this question, seeing as the ‘big four’ asteroid Goddesses, Pallas, Juno, Vesta, and Ceres, are in a very tight kite formation as well.

The answer may partly lie in asteroid Siva (aka Shiva), which is conjunct the Sun and Moon in this chart. Shiva is the ultimate Hindu deity; as both creator and destroyer, he embodies the entire spectrum of everything the Universe comprises. Shiva is not so much ‘either, or’ as much as he is ‘also, as well as’.

Goddesses, unlike Gods, have all but disappeared.

Since at least 1,000 B.C. there has been a thorough re-writing of our religions and myths, with most of the female talents re-gifted to nouveau male counterparts and the female deities downgraded. In particular, I always think of the sun-God Apollo who mystically appeared and put the Muses, Gaia and Coronis out of work by supplanting their skills (respectfully: creativity, prophecy, and healing) and giving himself an Olympus-size promotion.

Having been cosmic Queens, healers, mothers, lovers, and wise-women since the dawn of time, women were now expected to be happy with emotions/fertility (the Moon) and love/beauty/art (Venus), leaving the tough jobs for the big boys.

It’s been two millennia in the making, but it appears we’re breaking fresh ground on the role of women in the world. With Siva as part of this lunation, we are reminded to expect nothing less than everything, whether that means becoming an actual President, or merely enjoying a private but very Presidential kind of feeling first thing in the morning when our feet hit the floor.

Like Shiva, don’t be afraid to create and destroy how you see fit, as long as it’s divinely leonine.

Be regal like the lion, be phenomenal, like a woman.

Phenomenal women, that’s we.

Current Events + Others Bits

We’re in the ‘dog days’ of summer, which were historically understood as the days between July 17th and the first weeks of August when the Ancients would witness the heliacal rising of the fixed star Sirius. Sirius was generally known as a dog, hence the ‘dog days’ moniker. This star’s influence was known to ‘herald the hot and dry Summer, the wilting of plants, the weakening of men’ and (gasp!) ‘the arousal of women’. Yassss, please.

Otherwise, we’ve most notably survived the Republican and Democratic conventions in the USA.

A while ago, I had looked at the charts of both Bernie and Hillary against the chart of the USA. At the time, I couldn’t quite understand how Bernie’s chart looked so damn good. I’ve been a long-time Bernie supporter but had no delusions that he would capture the Democratic nomination; Hillary’s chart in comparison looked a bit thin on the ground.

Interesting to note that Bernie’s natal Sun was square the asteroid ‘Hillary’; the transiting Moon was opposed to his natal asteroids ‘Hillary’ and ‘Lie’; his natal Jupiter was conjunct the transiting asteroid ‘Lie’; his natal Moon and the transiting Moon both squared and opposed the hypothetical point Zeus (which is partially about government leaders). All of these conspiring points lead me to believe they relate to the DNC email debacle.

As a cherry on top, I give you this:

the asteroid ‘Wasserman’ is also opposing Bernie’s natal Moon and the hypothetical point Admetos which is about frustrations and delays.


With the karmic North Node moving over his natal Sun, I feel Bernie has reached his destiny: inspiring millions of disenfranchised Americans to expect more from their leaders, and to engage with the political process.

Hillary, on the other hand, had an incredibly interesting chart vis à vis my feelings for the New Moon: her natal Pallas is conjunct transiting Pallas; her natal Ceres is conjunct transiting Ceres; her natal Sun is conjunct transiting Juno; transiting Vesta is seen in the same sign as Hillary’s natal Vesta.

My hopes are that this leads to a different, synthesised vision for female energy: wisdom (Pallas), dedication and focus (Vesta), nurturance (Ceres), companionship (Juno) – and a little shit-stirring when it’s needed (Black Moon Lilith).


August 2nd, 2016, Leo 10°57”

new moon in leo chart august 2016

This video is about tigers, not lions, but…it’s a good, fun, Summer feel-good tune. Enjoy.