New Moon in fiery Leo (exact at 05:45 am July 23rd in NYC, 12:45 pm in Estonia) invites us to re-ignite our heart’s passion and ACT from that irrepressible inner spark. Leo is ruled by the Sun. This heavenly body is our life-giver here on Earth – without the Sun, we would simply not exist in our kaleidoscopic creativity of forms – our planet would be a cold clump of rock circulating in the vast void. A happy and healthy Leo radiates the Sun’s vivacious generosity, lighting up the room just by being one’s sunny self. Like a summer sunrise in our heart, this New Moon can wake up our own innate glow, helping us recover the simple JOY of being ALIVE, buzzing with playful creativity.
Mars, the planet of action lends extra “oomph” and energy to this Lunar cycle – the key to igniting our inner fire is to actually DO whatever awakens our passion. Curiously, for us “so called adults”, that’s sometimes the hardest thing – it seems silly, or somehow sadly out of reach. But, frustrated passion can fuel a fight, warns the warrior planet! If we don’t use this juice for growth, it will bubble up in all manner of drama …perhaps you’ve noticed the inner dictator raising its ugly head in a tempestuous tantrum in the past few days? (I certainly have, uggh;) So, let’s turn our inner damaged divas into fun and fabulous shining stars by acting on our heart’s passion! Let’s sow a seed of joy every day, no matter how seemingly silly or small. It takes courage to choose LIFE…but, why not give it a go?
My plan for the New Moon day is to grab my surfboard and some friends and head to Fort Tilden, a hippy-trippy beach near NYC that used to be a restricted military fortification… crumbling cement barracks are covered with gorgeous graffiti and spontaneous sculptures sprout on the sand every day, swept away by the next high tide. It’s the one place where even the most self-conscious and serious New Yorkers shred their hard shells, becoming kids again for an hour or two… if these high-strung ambition-addicts can do it, so can you:)
There is a lovely healing aspect to this Moon (a Chiron trine, to those astrologically inclined:) – opening up to more passion & play can help cure whatever ails us, body or soul. Christiane Northrup, my favorite medical maverick told a story of one of her patients who was going through cancer treatment. After listening to Dr. Northrup’s advice to include more pleasure in her life, the woman took the summer off, spending her days riding her bike and lounging on the grass, enjoying the clouds and sun. Coming back to a follow-up appointment three months later, she looked radiant, healthy and fifteen years younger. “What did you do?” asked Dr. Northrup, astonished at her stunning turnaround. “I took summer into every cell of my body. I hadn’t had a summer like this since I was a kid – it seemed to go on forever”. Mmmm… this, I feel, is the essence, the highest promise of this lovely Leo New Moon – taking the Sun into our hearts, summer into our cells. Enjoy!
New Moon MAGIC spells to play with:
“Revelio!” – a charm used to reveal concealed objects and the true appearance of someone who’s changed their appearance with a spell. Try it on yourself, to reveal your heart’s authentic passion…useful if you feel you’ve lost the childlike sunny spark in the daily grind!
“Riddiculus!” – a fun and effective spell from the Hogwarts “Defence Against the Dark Arts” class – it destroys boggarts, most annoying creatures that take the shape of our worst fears. The antidote – turn the frightening thing into something stupidly funny, and watch it pop! Use to “poof” away any inhibitions, fears or judgments that won’t allow you to let loose and PLAY:)
Enjoy sowing seeds of JOY under this playful & passionate New Moon! For a personal “play prescription”, you can contact me for an astro reading at firstname.lastname@example.org XOXO