August 17, is a New Moon in Leo, which will peak at 11:55 AM/EST. There are some prominent themes for this moon, two chief ones being love, and creativity. The Sun and New Moon are working harmoniously this cycle, which empowers Leo’s enjoyment of being the center of things and being social. Leo is a fire sign, full of enthusiastic energy. If you have been feeling constrained by something whether it be in your personal or professional life, now is the time to release yourself from those bindings and express your true self. Show yourself some love, open your heart to romance and the playful side of life, and express yourself creatively. The Leo energy surrounding us has Mars in Libra conjoined to Saturn in Libra to help back it up. It’s the perfect time to be creatively proactive and productive.
As with many dynamics between planets, the surrounding energies may be positively charged, but we need to work at holding ‘some things in the road’. This Fire Sign New Moon offers plenty of enthusiastically charged energy, but to maintain the power of this starting point one has to stay focused and not allow other things to pull the attention away from what’s currently at hand. In other situations, having Mars conjunct Saturn can cause more than a fair amount of frustration. It can make the going slow and a tad rough. With both planets positioned in Libra, the resulting influence can offer the necessary support system for bringing dreams into reality. Not only can they boost our harnessing of the energies, they offer the ability to compromise and work well with others. If you have been in discussions with others about a joint venture, this would be a good time to work on it.
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Neptune in Pisces opposing Leo, will serve up some creative inspiration, but for the most part Neptune will be moving into the background for the next several lunations. During this time you can expect an adjustment of personal boundaries. Not everyone will be thrilled with what the changes may kick out into the open, but airing those things will be beneficial in the long run. There will be a heightened potential for seeing relationships for what they are, so be prepared for some uncomfortable and startling revelations on those fronts.
This cycle is very much about the self, and who we are at the core. Don’t just open your heart, but listen to it. Don’t feel the need to conform, or be uneasy about being you. As with all New Moon’s, this New Moon in Leo is about new beginnings. Living life in the moment. Focus on love of self and others, and self-expression through personal creativity. It’s as easy to judge yourself as it is to judge others, so kick conditions and judgement to the curb. Open yourself up. Don’t be afraid to show others (and yourself) who you truly are. The results can be so empowering. Live life to the fullest.