New Moon in Leo, July 31, 2019

There could be plenty of fireworks on this steamy New Moon at 08° 37′ Leo on 31 July 2019, 08:12 PM PDT. Venus joins the Leo Sun and Moon in a celebration of all things Leo but with Uranus in Taurus squaring the luminaries and Venus, the Leo party may suffer from frequent interruptions.

Another thorn in Leo’s paw is due to Mars in Leo sitting at the apex of a Yod with Saturn in Capricorn sextile Neptune in Pisces as the base. This might turn into a case of ‘pride goeth before a fall’. While Leo can be warm, kind and loving, it can be lead astray by sycophants who stroke Leo’s ego. The Saturn-Neptune sextile emphasizes modest, humble behaviors where the focus is on working to improve other people’s lives without asking for recognition. The desire for recognition is very strong in Leo, and rightly so because no one shines as brightly as this Sun ruled sign. Yods often create these catch 22 situations where the easy answer eludes us.

Whether or not Jupiter in Sagittarius is help or hindrance on this lunation is a good question. Jupiter is trine Mars in Leo while still widely squaring Neptune in Pisces (part of the base of the Yod). Grandiose gestures are possible as are making reckless choices based on an overly optimistic attitude. Please refrain from risk taking or gambling on a ‘sure thing’ because it probably won’t work out as expected. Rather than taking action at this time, sitting back and watching the show is a more sensible option.

A very good reason for putting off jumping into something new is Mercury in Cancer sitting at a standstill, poised to station direct less than an hour after the New Moon. While Mercury didn’t quite retrograde back far enough to make another exact opposition to Pluto in Capricorn, it does come close enough for those with personal planets in the cardinal signs (Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn) from 21° to 24° to be reminded of how they felt in mid-June. It is very important to take our feelings into account as we process information at this time. We may be able to finally articulate how we feel about our dark sides and in the process release enough old baggage to make it possible to move forward again. Tricky business.

In order to experience the best this brilliant New Moon in Leo has to offer, we need to carefully steer clear of pride and arrogance while opening our hearts to the simple pleasures in life. It’s time to get in touch with our inner child and learn how to play again. This is the perfect opportunity to take a look at our lives with fresh eyes because we’re finally at a place where we can take the next step forward on our journey. Peace and joy to all.

Note: Timing is averaged for EDT to PDT.

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