• A time to shine but not for all…..

    There will be a New Moon at 00°44’ Leo on the 23rd of July. It is the first of two in the sign of Leo this year the second one being involved in the total Solar Eclipse at the end of August.

    New Moons are times when the Sun and Moon are conjoined in the identical degree of the same sign and this causes the Moon to remain hidden from our view.

    It’s a great moment to set intentions for the coming month regarding the matters of the house where it falls in our natal chart. New Moons can be seen as moments of “seeding”.

    The Moon in Leo finds itself on the 5-11th axis in the traditional zodiac wheel (Leo-Aquarius), so, me vs them, warm-hearted vs unemotional, artist vs scientist etc.

    In his book “Moon Phase Astrology”, author Raven Kaldera describes this moon as the

    “Sun Child’s Moon”

    a creature of smiling, radiant light. The people born under this moon phase in Leo have a tremendous zest for life and love to be looked at, making people gasp and drop their jaws as they charm the pants off them!

    During the Sun Child’s Moon he invites us to concentrate on our own creativity in any endeavour we might undertake since this is a good time to shine, even if you’re not used to the limelight, or to feel special to others in some way.

    A Leo New Moon imbues us with optimism in the house in which it occurs in our natal theme bestowing a desire to be recognised and feel special in some way regarding the affairs of that house with Leo on the cusp.

    If the lunation makes an aspect to a planet in our natal chart then that planetary energy is awakened and energized and intentions should be related to that planet, sign and house. If we consciously choose to harness the power of the New Moon and the energy of any planet it aspects (tight orbs no more than 2°) we become capable of noteworthy new beginnings in that area of our life. It will most involve those people with planets/angles between 0-3° of the fixed signs of Taurus, Leo, Scorpio and Aquarius and the antiscion point of 29° 16’ Taurus.

    The Sun and Moon will be in the very first degree of Leo, it’s as though they become super-charged with Leo qualities which include, on the upside, generosity, warm-heartedness and playfulness but an exaggerated pride and desire to show off can sometimes spoil the day too.

    Mars is also closely conjunct the Sun-Moon combination adding extra verve and energy to this bright and cheerful duo and for some it could be an excellent time to “shine” in the matters of whichever house it is transiting in your natal chart. However, Mars finds itself in the position of being “combust” with such a close proximity to the Sun (within 8.5 degrees of the Sun) and will continue to be so until the last week in August, so for some particularly “Martian” types energy could be very subdued during this period with tiredness and fatigue never far away.

    We have 4 planets in Leo at this moment (and 6 out of 10 in the Fire signs); Sun, Moon, Mars and Mercury which is conjunct North Node also on the Leo-Aquarius axis inviting us to filter information and use it to further our creativity as we make plans for the future.

    The Sabian symbol for the Sun and Moon at 1° Leo: “Blood rushes to a man’s head as his vital energies are mobilized under the spur of ambition.” Indicating an irruption of bio-psychic energies into the ego-controlled field of consciousness.

    For the antiscion point of 30° Taurus: “A peacock parading on the terrace on an old castle.” Indicating the personal display of inherited gifts.

    “Better to illuminate than merely to shine, to deliver to others contemplated truths than merely to contemplate.” Thomas Aquinas

    What are your intentions for this New Moon?



    Kaldera R. (2011) “Moon Phase Astrology” pp. 37-40, Destiny Books, Rochester, Vermont. USA

    Rudhyar D. (1974) “An Astrological Mandala: the cycles of transformations and its 360 symbolic phases”. p. 88-89, 131, Vintage Books Edition, Random House Inc., New York, USA

    Image: lionandthrone illustration (author unknown)