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New Moon in Leo ~ August 20, 2009

Leo Moon by Moonlighting Aside at moonlighting-aside.deviantart.comNew Moons signify rebirth, beginnings, a clean slate, the start of a new cycle. This new moon highlights Leo qualities (willful, charismatic, courageous, prideful, confident) and 5th house themes (love, pleasure, creative projects, children).

Leo is natively ruled by the Sun, the largest body in our solar system and the object that other celestial bodies orbit around. I guess it's only appropriate that Leo loves attention :)

The Moon in Leo is bold, strong-willed, stable, and becomes new on August 20 at 6:01 a.m. Eastern. This new moon is uncomfortable with Uranus (awaken), friendly with Mars (initiate), and seeks balance with the triple conjunction -- Chiron (mend), Jupiter (aspire), and Neptune (transcend).

Elsewhere in the sky, Jupiter (aspirations) and Saturn (limitations) frustrate each other. This doesn't need to be a counter-productive energy, however. Yield to each planets' strengths to produce desired results. Jupiter gives us hope and opportunities while Saturn shows us what's necessary to get things accomplished, even if it means laying out all the obstacles along the way. We can be successful with foresight.

Allies in Leo, the Sun (conscious will) & Moon (emotional core) are asking -- Having made aware (Uranus) of our dreams (Jupiter), are we brave (Leo) enough to act upon them (Mars)? What are we holding on to (Chiron) that blocks us (Saturn) from believing (Neptune) that we can have a renewal (New Moon)?

As a Cancer-Sun, this new moon falls in my 2nd house of income and value; as a Virgo-Rising, it falls in my 12th house of the subconscious. That which are hidden (12th house) is illuminated and this new found knowledge affords me the opportunity to initiate something new (new moon), perhaps creative projects (Leo/5th house-related), that may increase/influence my material worth (2nd house).

This new moon occurs at 27 degrees of Leo. Those born within 3 days of August 20 or February 16 or have planets/house angles on or around 27 degrees of Taurus, Leo, Scorpio, and Aquarius may feel the effects of this new moon stronger than most.

How will this new moon influence your life? Look to the natal house/s this new moon will occupy in your birth chart. Match the sign and degree to the sign on the house cusp/s. Use the list below then click here to read about the New Moon in Houses.

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For those without a birth chart, you may use your Sun sign or Rising/Ascendant sign, if you know it. Look for your Sun and Rising signs below then click here for an explanation of New Moon illuminating those houses.
  • Aries-Sun or Aries-Rising ~ 5th house
  • Taurus-Sun or Taurus Rising ~ 4th house
  • Gemini-Sun or Gemini-Rising ~ 3rd house
  • Cancer-Sun or Cancer-Rising ~ 2nd house
  • Leo-Sun or Leo-Rising ~ 1st house
  • Virgo-Sun or Virgo-Rising ~ 12th house
  • Libra-Sun or Libra-Rising ~ 11th houses
  • Scorpio-Sun or Scorpio-Rising ~ 10th house
  • Sagittarius-Sun or Sagittarius-Rising ~ 9th house
  • Capricorn-Sun or Capricorn-Rising ~ 8th house
  • Aquarius-Sun or Aquarius-Rising ~ 7th house
  • Pisces-Sun or Pisces-Rising ~ 6th house
Alternatively, you may cast your own birth chart for use as reference -- birth date, time, and place required. Or request a quote for a paid personalized reading. (both links open a new window)

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"Leo Moon" illustration courtesy of Moonlighting Aside.

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