On Saturday August 11, 2018 (2:58 AM PST and 5:58 am EST) the New Moon/Partial Solar Eclipse begins its new cycle in the colorful and expressive sign of Leo. The sign that is bold, thrives off of creativity, and needs to express everything without inhibition. She isn’t here to hide and she knows she has something to share with the world. She’s dramatic, she sees life as a stage and isn’t satisfied without an audience. She knows she’s here to be seen and so she makes sure she does everything with style. She performs not as an act to hide behind, but as a way to show and develop who she is. Some of us feel at home in Leo territory while others may want to run for cover. Leo’s shadow comes out when she becomes overly focused on herself and can only see a “me, me, me” take on life. If she’s consumed with herself then her child like energy turns into childish behavior and well, that’s not fun for anyone. One thing is for sure, with the New Moon in Leo, I’m certain you will feel the urge to: EXPRESS.
First I’d like to mention that this is the last of the Solar Eclipses in Leofor quite some time. The first of the Leo Eclipses occurred in February 2017 and the last will be a Lunar Eclipse this upcoming January, but after that it will move on to a new sign. Take a moment and reflect upon everything you’ve created over the last year and a half.I wouldn’t be surprised if you saw more of your gifts come to the forefront or maybe you became more aware of what in you needs an outlet for expression.
This New Moon/Partial Solar Eclipse occurs while Mercury and Mars are still retrograde along with four other planets and five if we include Chiron (Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, Pluto, and the comet Chiron all retrograde right now). You can thank Mercury for any delays, detours, or setbacks you might have encountered.You can also thank her for any technical problems, miscommunication, or visits from your past. You can thank Mars for leaving the gas tank a little empty and possibly making it harder for you to accomplish the things you would like to see happen at this time. I promise these planets aren’t here to bully you. They are actually trying to help you get clear about where you are headed and what is needed from you.They are slowing things down quite a bit so that you can see the parts to your life that might have otherwise been overlooked. Sometimes taking a few steps back eventually helps you move forward. Yes, it’s that old clichéd line – but it’s true. Just to reiterate: Retrograde is really a time of reflection and making sure the things you need are in their right place. It’s almost like a test to see if what you’ve created will really hold over time. So if there are any loose ends you need to tie up –get to it.
So what is this New Moon/Partial Solar Eclipse all about? In one word: Visibility. She’s urging us to step into the spotlight and embrace our creativity. What she wants you to receive is appreciation, attention, and love. The healthy kind will help you become more of who you are and others will recognize you for all the ways in which you shine while the destructive kind will pull you deep into your ego where all you can see is you you you. Now if I were you I would pay particular attention to the shadow aspects because this is a partial Solar Eclipse and so it pulls us into the dark for a moment. Since it’s in Leo (and it’s ruler is the sun) it might appear right now as an “I want I want I want” instead of “I create I create I create.” Here’s a hint – if you get stuck in the “I wants” then find a way to create something.
Since Mercury retrograde is cozied up to this New Moon it would be wise for us to take note of that critical voice that comes either from within or from a friend. Or maybe you need to fine-tune some agreements or a contract you are about to sign. Just remember the critic isn’t bad unless we let it be. It’s ultimately here to help us catch something that would otherwise go unnoticed. Sobe prepared to check things twiceor maybe even three or four times before you sign on the dotted line. Retrograde can also symbolize visits from our past or even possibly the clearing out of “things.”
Here are some promptings for this New Moon: What would it take for me to shine?Where would I like to express myself more? What areas of my life need more clarity? What does the path forward need from me?Is there something I need to pay more attention to or look over before proceeding forward? What/Where are the loose ends in my life?
So with this Eclipse remind yourself of all the things that make you come alivefor that is the key behind almost everything. Embrace joy, expand your faith, believe in yourself, dance in your creativity, play from your soul, and let yourself be drawn into the things that make you feel the rhythm of your own heartbeat. Who knows maybe something new might want to appear for you over the next few weeks, but first you have to give it some room to move. You don’t have to have it all figured out, but it might help if youfind ways to say YES.
While we all might feel pulled during this New Moon Partial Solar Eclipse to express who we are, we will all experience this lunar energy differently depending on where Leo is located in your chart or if you have a natal planet associated with it. If you would like a more personalized reading, I’d love to set up a session with you.
[*Note* The ABOVE contains a personification of the sign Leo and a few of the planets. Neither the sign nor the planet are gendered and the SHE could just as easily be used as HE.]