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New Moon in Leo ~ July 30, 2011

Hideaway. Illustration credit & © Inga Nielsen via APOD.

The month of July began with a new moon; and now, as we close out the month, we herald a second July new moon. On July 1st, we had the New Moon/Solar Eclipse in Cancer which also happened to the third consecutive eclipse, having had two eclipses in June; now, on July 30th, we have the New Moon in Leo. New 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. It's only appropriate that Leo loves attention :) This Leo-New Moon phase is an ideal period to initiate, create, renew. Express your true and whole self.

The Leo-New Moon (blending of heart & soul) square Jupiter (expansion) and sextile Saturn (restriction). Once again the new moon links to Saturn. Most of this year the new moon has had some type of relationship with Saturn -- January's Capricorn-Eclipsed New Moon squared Saturn, February's Aquarius-New Moon was trine Saturn, April's Aries-New Moon opposed Saturn, May's Taurus-New Moon was quincunxed Saturn, June's Gemini-Eclipsed New Moon was trine Saturn, and the first new moon of this month, Cancer's Eclipsed-New Moon, squared Saturn.

Saturn is Mr. Reality. With our renewals (new moons), he's been injecting his sobering influence on us. Has it been necessary to have had our restrictions/limitations be undeniably stare us in the face for us to see the reality within our given situations? Have we had to get whipped into submission so that we accept the harsh truths we may have been avoiding? Has the fog that's blinded us from 'seeing' been lifted, and the truth hurts? If your year has somewhat been like this, you can give some of the thanks (blame :) on Saturn's influence. His job to teach us and help us become improved versions of our selves by encouraging us (for those willing to learn) or forcing us (for those unwilling to learn) to meet and rise above the challenges we face.

This Leo-New Moon (blending of heart & soul) links up to both Jupiter (expansion) and Saturn (restriction). Jupiter represents growth, expansion, opportunities, hope, luck, and blessings. Even a little effort (Saturn) with the intent to change/renew (new moon) can have big results (Jupiter). Imagine what big efforts might result into. Hopefully, we'll be brave (Leo) and optimistic (Jupiter) enough to arm ourselves with our reality (Saturn) and start something/start over (new moon phase).

This new moon occurs on July 30th 11:40 a.m. PDT / 2:40 p.m. EDT and at 8° of Leo. Those born within 3 days of April 27 or July 30; or have planets/house angles around 8° of fixed signs may feel the effects of this new moon stronger than most.

For me, this New Moon falls in my natal 11th house of friendships (as a Virgo-rising) and solar 2nd house of income (as a Cancer-Sun). New friends? Renewal in finances? Sounds good to me :)

How might this new moon manifest in your life? Look to the natal house this new moon will occupy in your birth chart. Match the sign and degree to the sign on the house cusp. 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

Unsure if you have natal planets/house angles on or around 8° of fixed signs? Cast your own birth chart at for use as reference -- birth date, time, and place required.

For those doing the new moon wishes ritual, the moon will be new on July 30th 11:40 a.m. PDT / 2:40 p.m. EDT and will be void of course on July 31st at 11:20 p.m. (Pacific) / August 1st at 2:20 a.m. (Eastern). Click here for Jan Spiller's article, briefly explaining new moon wishes. (opens a new window)

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Hideaway. Illustration credit & © Inga Nielsen via APOD.

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