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Wednesday, July 31 at 8.12pm PST
Every month the moon lands in the same sign as the sun. This lunar-solar conjunction is what we call a new moon. This month the moon and sun sizzle together in Leo. Drive and confidence soar under such celestial fires. After this new moon, Luna moves into Virgo on Aug 2. On Aug 6 she enters Scorpio, marking the end of new moon time and beginning of the quarter moon.
New moons are new beginnings. This time we begin (again) with the never-ending work of ego deflation. The archetype of Leo is all about identity and personal narrative. Leo is ruled by the sun, and just as the planets of our solar system revolve around the sun, Leo often considers himself the center of all, deserving of all. In the age of social media and extreme selfie narcissism, the distinction between pride/self-love vs. fantasy/delusion is crumbling.
Roused by the lion’s savage roar, the ego lifts its head: famished and ferocious, teeth glowing, provoked by anything. Sometimes Leo laces his words with acid, tongue scorching with the impulse to correct or argue. This fire often proves impervious to even the most potent coolants and tonics, unless of course we care enough to put it out, to douse it with art and music and honest conversation.
Let’s not compromise our humanity for a momentary (ego) thrill. Be kind, gentle and patient. Be a good friend, neighbor and partner. Retreat into solitude when you need. And when alone, try primal screaming; unleash the feral animal inside. Who do you want to be in this great lattice of human spirit? And what are you willing into existence? Are you paying attention to your emissions? Unconscious manifestation is still manifestation. Whatever does not make you feel proud must be forsaken.
I know I’m being mean to Leo (sorry kittiez) – there’s so much more to you than ego. However! This archetype forces me to confront a powerful anger within myself that I often forget is still there, so that’s why I’m really delving into the shadow. Sometimes this is triggered by perfectly sweet and innocent people who don’t deserve my wrath. When we become absolutely engulfed with rage for no reason – projecting everything onto others – this indicates that we haven’t worked through something. The ego is incredibly protective. As time passes, blinders thicken and become harder to destroy. Acknowledging personal faults is not Leo’s strength. Yes, it is uncomfortable, yet it is also absolutely necessary to gaze within and dissect the narrative of who we are, what has happened to us in the past, what we do, how our thoughts do or do not define us, and on and on.
Here it is: let go of the story, brothers and sisters. The story of your depression, your mania, the violence against you. The story of your family or hometown, your ex, your money worries. The story of your body, your sickness, your troubled heart. It’s so heavy and you’ve told it so many times – let it go now. It only takes a moment and some deep breathing. Or one really good album and some dancing, all by yourself, eyes closed. Put it down, lay it down, bury it, be free, walk away; it’s no longer yours, no longer your story to tell.
New moons often make us feel more tired than usual, so take it easy if you need, guilt-free. In meditation, focus on the solar plexus and heart chakra – connect the two. That is, unless you are feeling really angry, then concentrate on the heart. Wear warm, fiery tones. Host a bonfire with your friends – burn old letters. I see warm nights and bare arms and painted flowers. Crack your heart open, be more honest with yourself than ever before. Feed your inner lion with Leo Yoga. To find your personal moon sign, click here.
Affirmation: for the highest good of all