Happy birthday Leo, and a happy Leo new moon to all! This new moon represents the height of summer glory. Each season consists of three zodiac signs. We start with a cardinal sign ( Aries, Cancer, Libra, Capricorn ) and then move into a fixed sign (Taurus, Leo, Scorpio, Aquarius ), before finishing the season with a mutable sign (Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius, and Pisces). The cardinal people are good starters and entrepreneurs, while the mutables can thrive comfortably amidst change. Leos, along with the other fixed signs, are great with staying power. They shine with their loyalty, dedication, and perseverance. Leos are also generous, creative, playful, and childlike. This new moon is an auspicious time to begin any creative project, class, or endeavor, and it is also a great time for performing for all of you artists considering an open mic night or poetry slam. This is a time to put yourself in the limelight, take a chance, and/or celebrate romance and life’s little pleasures. Leo is one of the most romantic signs, so this is a great time to remember what feels romantic to you. Don’t wait for a partner if you are single or with one who doesn’t tend to deliver in that way! We can experience this with ourselves, friends and loved ones as well as with a spouse or partner.
Leo –You are a natural leader and your gifts can shine this month, especially as you move away from the seeking of any fame or admiration into the natural generosity and love-based leadership that come naturally to you. You are learning how to better tune into your considerable heart qualities and then nobody can steal your thunder. Remember , as you lose yourself in the dance, the giving is the receiving, and the receiving is the giving.
“Your fidelity to love, that is all you need. No day will then match your strength.” – Hafiz.
Virgo – “Wherever you go, go with all your heart.” – Confucious. This month should be one for the books, and in the best of ways. Even though your personal new moon isn’t until next month, your sign is filled with action now. This is a time to get as clear as you can on just what your heart’s desire is, and focus on this. If ever there was a “be careful of what you wish for” month, this is it, as you will probably get it!
Libra – Libra is one of the very best of all the signs at deliberate creation, as if you were born knowing that life should be easy and harmonious. The hard times come when you overthink vs. trust your gut and intuition, and in a similar way, get stuck in cycles of confusion and indecision. More exercise and relaxing in nature can do wonders for helping you with these pitfalls.
Scorpio –You are known for your passion and intensity, which you often put generously into all that you do. Your career is featured this month, and while that means there may be some excellent opportunities to capitalize on, you may need to watch out for workaholism. Where is the line between passion and addiction? Keep your perspective by remembering it is all a dream; a passing illusion, and then you will remember not to take it all so seriously. “Reality is an illusion, albeit a persistent one.” – Albert Einstein.
Sagittarius –We are finally in the clear to move ahead after at least four months of a more internal and reflective time. There are issues from the spring that may have stalled, or require closure, and this will be the time for that next step. Faith comes easily to Sag, but there is a new type of faith emerging here. It relates to responsibility, commitment, and accountability, and an emerging understanding of the sublime sorts of freedom that can only be had through these apparently binding channels.
Capricorn –Stay honest, clear, and authentic and your self-confidence will make some major shifts. This is a time where you can learn to own your power and see how this is actually worlds apart from being a control freak. There is a new vision coming in, where you can combine hard work with tremendous ease, so that the work feels much more like play. Take it slow so that you can stabilize this new way of moving through your days.
Aquarius –“We dance round in a ring and suppose but the secret sits in the middle and knows.” – Robert Frost. The full moon is in your sign this month, and that always puts relationships in the spotlight, especially our most intimate ones. You are learning to love with a purity and authenticity while dropping some of the old outmoded messages that have us feeling we need another to complete us.
Pisces – “Faith is the bird that feels the light when the dawn is still dark.” – Rabindranath Tagore. Your sign is naturally adept at moving with faith in the world, up to a point, and then come the challenges that are inevitable for such a trusting soul as yourself. At times it might feel that the world is too harsh, cruel, unenlightened and unfair, and it can take the wind right out of your sails and the conviction out of your faith. Yet, you are learning essential lessons about discernment and boundaries that can’t be skipped on your path to wisdom.
Aries – “Embrace simplicity Reduce selfishness Have few desires.” – Lao Tzu. You may be surprised at where the inspiration carries you around the full moon on the 18th. The more you keep your own needs and desires to a minimum, the more you can act from this inspired yet unattached place, which will yield by far the greatest results.
Taurus – “Everything you want is here in the moment.” – Byron Katie. Your ideas around work, relaxation, and possessions are all being transformed into something much more gratifying and sustainable. Taurus, you can be like the tortoise that wins the race, because you tend to move slowly and this is truly a blessing in this insanely fast world. All you need to do is surrender to some of the changes that you have been resisting lately, and you will marvel at how it all falls into place.
Gemini – “We live in a rainbow of chaos.” – Paul Cezanne. You might be the winner of the able-to-thrive-amidst-chaos award, which is no small feat in these most chaotic of times in which we live. Your versatile mind can be comfortable moving in fourteen directions simultaneously, and as long as you avoid undermining doubts you need not change a thing.
Cancer – “Wherever you stand you are in the center of the universe.” – Byron Katie. You are poised to lead in the movement from mind/reason to heart/intuition, which might be the biggest and most important change we make as a people in this century, or even millennium. Like most intuitives, you were probably shamed as a child for these abilities. You are ready to clear out any remaining remnants as you move more clearly and confidently into ownership of these amazing gifts.
Dr. Shara Eisen is a graduate of UC Berkeley and LCCW and has run the New Hope Wellness Center since 1995. She currently practices choice-centered astrology, classical homeopathy, counseling, and is a member of OPA (Organization for Professional Astrologers). She can be contacted by email for information on consultations and appointments or details of the monthly community new moon gatherings.