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New Moon in Leo ~ August 9, 2010

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The New Moon in the magnanimous sign of Leo occurs on August 9 at 8:08 p.m. PST (11:08 p.m. EST). New Moons signify rebirth, beginnings, a clean slate, the start of a new cycle. This new moon highlights Leo qualities (self-expression, courage, strong will, confidence) and 5th house themes (creative projects, fun & pleasure, children/inner child).

While the Leo-New Moon (blending of the heart & soul) itself does not make any other alignments with other celestial bodies, this New Moon occurs when the Cardinal T-Square between Saturn/Venus/Mars in Libra, Uranus/Jupiter in Aries and Pluto in Capricorn is still in full force. All five planets (Saturn, Venus, Mars, Uranus and Jupiter) have got Pluto pushed into a corner. We're all feeling the strain -- some have the need to break free from the established norm; others feel the urge to push forward because where we're at now is unpleasant, uncomfortable, unsatisfying; there are also those who are seeing the depth of things/issues/events/relationships/consequences (or are fighting to see these truths for fear of what acknowledging them really means). Saturn beats us down with the realities/restrictions of our present situations, affecting our relationships/finances (Venus) and motivations/drive (Mars).

While Saturn gives us a crash course, Uranus gives the eagerness to change our situations, no matter how radical these changes may be; and Jupiter offers a dash of hope and, sometimes, places opportunities along our path to help us get this going. Pluto gets the brunt of this tense energy, as he is the focal point of this cardinal t-square. Pluto digs to uncover what's hidden, purges what's unnecessary, severs ties to 'vampiric' relationships, and transforms the negative into an empowering energy. Change is the only constant thing in life. Current celestial energies are not forgiving to those who resist necessary changes. So, work with the energy, delve deep, accept harsh realities, get excited to make improvements and go for it!

This Leo-New Moon phase is an ideal period to initiate, create, renew. Express your true and whole self. The new moon occurs at 18 degrees of Leo. Those born within 3 days of August 9 or February 6; or have planets/house angles around 18 degrees of fixed signs may feel the effects of this new moon stronger than most.

For me, this New Moon trines my natal Moon while the Cardinal T-square gives my natal Sun a whipping; as a Virgo-rising, the New Moon falls in my natal 11th house of friendships and as a Cancer-Sun, falls in my solar 2nd house of income. I would benefit best from the new moon by getting up close and personal with myself -- get to know fully what my conscious (natal Sun) and semi-conscious (natal Moon) drives are; become aware of the support available within my circle of friends, as well as gaining new acquaintances/contacts (11th house); and have my heart and soul (Moon/Sun) be behind my motivations, especially with regards to increasing income (2nd house) and work-related ventures. Along with Mercury in Virgo, this can be a productive period for me on both personally and professionally.

How might 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 to identify the Leo zodiac sign 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 house
  • 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.

For those doing the new moon wishes ritual, the moon is new on August 9 at 8:08 p.m. PST / 11:08 p.m. EST and is void of course the following day, August 10, at 12:10 p.m. PST / 3:10 p.m. EST. Click here for Jan Spiller's article, briefly explaining new moon wishes. (opens a new window)

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