The New Moon at 3 degrees of Leo on July 26th brings in a long awaited time of renewal, creativity and joy for many. Jupiter, just one degree behind and amping up the Moon’s already potent energy recently entered Leo for a year’s time to help us ligthen up or find productive outlets for our passions. This New Moon coincides with both the Egyptian and Mayan New Year, when the Dog Star Sirius rises just before dawn. In possible alignment with this, it seems that during the Summer months of June and July there is a heightening of many strange extraterrestrial, metaphysical and political occurrences that I would dare say sometimes beat even Halloween’s thinning of the veils.
Although there may be feelings of sorrow, regret, or nostalgia as we transition from the deeply sensitive influences of Cancer leading up to this New Moon, there are rising currents of energy that are coming not only from the heart chakra of the Earth, but that of our Sun and our souls. The Jupiterian energy is beginning to fuel us with the courage, inspiration, and desire to move past our comfort zones and into our joy. After we have fully checked our motivations and made a list of what we would like to manifest, we would do well to
“Act as if it were impossible to fail” (Dorothea Brande)
This New Moon being square to Mars may not carry the kind of levity that some may typically associate with brightly shining Leo, because the world is in upheaval and some of us can’t dream of celebrating at a time like this. It does however hold the potential to stimulate our intuition, higher aspirations, ambitions and affections, some with great fire and ferocity. Chances for great affluence and influence are also higher due to the increase of vitality, charisma, and ability to appeal to peoples emotions. This particular moon may also favor the winning of new friendship and allies, which we must choose well, letting our hearts guide us. Mars will have entered Scorpio just the evening before this New Moon so deep perception and healing are simultaneously strengthened now until September 13th.
The New Moon is especially close to the fixed star Al Tarf, in the southern hind foot of Cancer. This star name’s translation is Glance of the Lion’s Eye, denoting both the swiftness and perceptiveness of the Cat or the Crab’s ability to powerfully respond to any form of threat or intrusions into its psychic space or that of its loved ones. With this influence we may find that we have a tenacity and steadfastness that we did not recognize we or others had. With wrong motives or finding ourselves in the wrong place at the wrong time, we don’t stand much of a chance to survive. The trespassing of boundaries does not bode well now for anyone.
Now and as the months unfold we will continue to be amazed at the talents and intelligence of very small children and young people voicing themselves and sharing their gifts in the realms of the arts, science, ecology, and politics. Whether we view them as Indigo Children, Rainbow Children, prodigies or the products of a New Earth where we must evolve quicker than ever before or die – we are blessed to be in their presence and must seek to preserve and hold a sacred space for them to carry on once we have passed. We must lead by example rather than by dictatorship, developing fairness and flexibility in our dealings – not an easy task in the sign of Leo.
With this New Moon, may we come to more fully appreciate and express the creative genius that stirs within our souls, and to rekindle both our innocence and our capacity for deep play even in a world that tells us we should always be on guard.