The New Moon in Leo occurs July 23rd, 2017 at 00°44’ of Leo.
Try checking what area of your birth chart is ruled by Leo or the house where your natal Sun is found for more insight.
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 lunation.
You can find out more about how to work with the New Moon here.
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New Moon in Leo – July 23rd, 2017
“Seeking what is true is not seeking what is desirable.”
Dress for the job you want, we’re told.
The New Moon in Leo is saying something similar to this, but its advice runs more along the lines of: “Act like you’re the protagonist in the kind of story you want to read.”
This is a perfect moment for reviewing what brand of petrol is powering your motor, which in new-age speak is one’s intentions.
Living with intention is no small task.
Take a look around (possibly, in a mirror): somewhere between the hustle and the mundane, we all lose track from time to time about who we are and what we want. There’s also the niggling issues that many of us do not always feel it’s our rightful place to have so many wants; women especially feel a certain attachment to our yoke, stuck somewhere between a secret sense of pride for our masterful endurance and a fear of what might come to animate its empty space if we dared to cast it off.
But emptiness, as the Buddhists have long noted, can also create a sense of openness, and in many a Greek myth, all of creation thrusts forth from the fantastically empty womb of the Great Mother-Goddess.
New Moons are themselves an empty space, a fresh seed, a new opportunity; with the New Moon in Leo sitting in close conjunction to Mars, there’s ample likelihood for a new drive, ambition, or passion. What remains to be seen, and what you alone can decide, is where you’re headed – and why.
Mars is not all bad, but he does require careful management. Left to his own devices in the sign of Leo, he might let his more base ego needs run him ragged, seeking the limelight and shaking his tail feathers. A desire for appreciation is natural and supremely human, but when it’s our sole intent and purpose, we risk swapping our divine gifts in exchange for something decidedly less worthy (say, Instagram ‘likes’, for example).
Remind yourself as we approach the New Moon that Leo is the most regal of all signs: at its highest and best, it acts with uncompromised integrity and honor. Let what drives you forward be a similar sense of this pride, one where the wish for external acknowledgment is balanced with your internal compass.
Asteroid Vesta, who is quite honorable herself, is here to help. She has newly entered Virgo and is ready to hone your plans with her top-notch sense of precision; with aspects to both Ceres and Pallas, you should be capable of nurturing creative visions of any description. Help and encouragement may very well come from a partner (Juno trine Pallas), although your broadening responsibilities may make romance feel just out of reach (Venus opposite Saturn).
Watch for messages, contracts, and even conversations overheard in the loo to influence you: Mercury trine Uranus and conjunct the North Node makes this a boon moment for all beneficially out-of-the-blue modes of communiqué to find their way to you.
Essentially, the New Moon in Leo is a dress rehearsal, and thank Goddess for it. Coming just one month prior to the Solar Eclipse in Leo, this New Moon gives us ample time (and forewarning) to make sure our plans align with our philosophies.
Make it count: you’ve got 30 days – and counting!
Want to know more about the Moon?
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…or how the Moon connects to sacred feminine mythology?
…or my step-by-step method for interpreting every New & Full Moon for yourself?
Asteroids + Other Bits
In elementary school, I had a reading textbook with a poem that started, at least to my memory, ‘Cats, cats, everywhere! Every table, every chair!’ (In fact, it actually reads ‘cats sleep everywhere’, but where’s the excitement in that?)
For the next month, cats may seem like they’re everywhere; this is the first of two New Moons we’ll have in the lion sign, the second of which is the ‘great American eclipse’, a solar eclipse that will be visible from ‘sea to shining sea’ stateside.
Essentially the New Moon in Leo is a warm-up act, a kind of lunar fluffer, if you will, for the Solar Eclipse in Leo. If a New Moon is the moment for planting a new seed, a solar eclipse is the super-charged version of that energy. Instead of one seed per tilled spot, we may throw in the whole packet of seeds and top it off with a load of fertilizer.
Wherever you have Leo in your chart is about to get shoved onto the stage, front and center, whether you like it or not. This may feel slightly like the understudy being unexpectedly pitched into the lead role on opening night, but amidst the jangling nerves, there’s an opening, a possibility. A bright light will shine on you, nonetheless.
The asteroids – as always – have something to say which may add another layer of wisdom to this chart’s reading.
Conjunct both the Sun & Moon we find the asteroid Sisyphus, which many of us remember as the man doomed to push a boulder up the side of a mountain, only to have it fall back down to the bottom as soon as he’s reached the summit. Sisyphus’ punishment was equal to his crimes: he attempted, time and again, to escape not only his fate, but death itself, and so found himself in an inescapable cycle of monotony, drudge, and hopelessness. (In general, it must be said, the Greeks loved a terminal never-ending punishment, just check out Tantalus and Ixion)
Earlier on, however, Sisyphus (which means ‘very wise one’) was simply a representation of mankind’s crafty nature, as when he thwarted his thieving neighbors. Perhaps it was this success that pushed him over the edge, and led him to his demise; maybe, righteous victory – no matter how ‘right’ it feels – leads straight into overreach.
In view of the fact that Mars is in the process of falling into the Sun’s blinding, cleansing rays, closing a two-year cycle of energy and commencing a new one (exact on July 27th), we should be wary of overconfidence or attempts at resisting our fate.
He might not be Hesiod or Homer, but it still works: ‘check yo self before you wreck yo self.’ (Ice Cube)
THE NEW MOON IN LEO CHART
July 23rd, 2017, Leo 00°44′