July 23, 2017: Leo New Moon
During the Leo New Moon, we have the opportunity to shine and to radiate the love that is inherent in our hearts. There’s an ebullient child-like energy that draws forth the playful and creative self that resides within. Yet, while there’s great encouragement to express oneself, it’s not always done so in a no-holds-barred way; care and thoughtfulness is important since, after all, Leo is the sign of dignity and self-respect.
Leo aligns us with a feeling of wanting to be recognized and embraced for the special being we are. If others’ interactions with and attitudes towards us do not meet with these expectations, issues around wounded pride may arise.
Events may manifest that allow us to see how important it is to be generous in spirit and to radiate our inner light to those around. If we do not let our generous spirit and radiant energy flow, stress and tension may be experienced in our hearts, bodies, and minds. The Leo New Moon reminds us that we should proudly express our essential self, a being that has great gifts to offer those with whom it orbits.
This is the first of two Leo New Moons this year. The second will occur on August 21, and is a Solar Eclipse. As such, during this July lunation, consider how the intentions you have for living courageously and with a greater sense of heart-flowing self-expression may guide you to further understanding over the coming month/s. As you travel through the next month, guided by your intentions, see how you may be able to further fortify them as the third week of August rolls around. At that point, see what habits/beliefs/perspectives need to be released so that you can further live from an unbridled sense of creativity, allowing your heart to further open and guide you courageously and magnanimously throughout your life. (More on the Eclipses as August approaches.)
This month’s New Moon falls at 1 degrees of Leo (Sun and Moon). While everyone experiences the energies of the New Moon, if you have planets or pivotal points (i.e., Ascendant/Descendant or Nadir/Midheaven) around this degree in Leo or the other fixed signs—Taurus, Scorpio, Aquarius—it may impact you more intensely.
LEO NEW MOON APOTHECARY SUGGESTIONS
Leo rules the heart, spine, and hair. Pay extra attention to these parts of the body around the time of this New Moon.
Borage flower essence: Leo energy inspires us to live through our heart, expressing warmth and love to those around us. Yet, sometimes being openhearted is challenging, notably when sadness and grief rest heavy in our heart. If you are feeling a bit disheartened or discouraged, consider trying Borage flower essence, an uplifting elixir that inspires a sense of buoyant courage and flowing heart energy. (Flower essences are made from flower-infused water and work energetically to restore emotional and mental balance. You can find them in natural food stores or holistic pharmacies.)
Lemon essential oil: Like Leo, the smell of lemon is bright and cheery. Its uplifting fragrance lightens the heart and it’s thought to be among the great “blood movers”–enhancing slugging circulation and supporting capillary structure. Add to a few drops to almond oil for an uplifting massage or to a shampoo to benefit form its scalp-cleansing and hair lustre-inspiring properties.
* The New Moon is exact at 2:46 am PDT