The phases of the moon are among the most fascinating astronomical behaviors we can observe with the naked eye and deeply rich sources of thought and interpretation in Astrology. Among the 9 phases – New, Waxing Crescent, 1st Quarter Half, Waxing Gibbous, Full, Waning Gibbous, Last Quarter Half, Waning Crescent, and Balsamic – the New and Full Moons capture most of the attention.
This article will look at the current New Moon and suggest a “creation activity” associated with the sign of this New Moon, based on the work of the late astrologer Jan Spiller from her book, New Moon Astrology: The Secret of Astrological Timing to Make All Your Dreams Come True.
New Moon – Let’s Start Something!
The Leo New Moon will occur on August 18th at 26 degrees and 35 minutes; in my Eastern Standard Time zone, it will happen at 10:42 pm. It takes 29.5 days from one New Moon to the next, spending approximately 2 and ½ days in a sign. Just before the New Moon begins, the last period (3 days) of the previous moon phase (Waning Crescent) is known as the Balsamic Moon. That period is ideal for meditating, reflecting, and releasing; all in preparation for the New Moon.
The first 12 to 24 hours after the New Moon begins is an ideal time to initiate energy. We will explore, specifically, each New Moon in a sign using Jan Spiller’s concepts and suggested actions later in this article to see how best to take advantage of this period of inspiration and inception.
New Moon energy is ideal for a first date, trying something you have not done before, going somewhere for the first time, or creating with art and words. Each month, if you keep track of the New Moon, you should endeavor to do something new or begin something by aligning with the “newness” of the Moon as the energy of “right timing”.
New Moon in Leo
Since Leo is a fire energy, and the sign the Sun rules, this New Moon is ideal for expressing feelings outwardly and acting. Leo is the “I perform” energy of the Zodiac. What is something you need to initiate regarding performance, creativity, play, love, and your children (if you have them)?
This New Moon will occur between the 26th and 27th degree of Leo, making its Sabian symbol 27 Leo, “daybreak”. Jones says, “This is a symbol of the cycles of change as an ultimate assurance by which man knows the nature of his continuance.” (The Sabian Symbols, 296). The keyword is GENESIS.
Known as the Sun Child’s Moon, Raven Kaldera states, this Moon “models the instinctive and untrammeled process of creativity; [it] needs no Muse to pour it forth.” (Moon Phase Astrology, 37) During this Moon, “we concentrate on creativity in any endeavor, and we try to re-attain childlike confidence of the era before we became conscious of the criticism of others”. (38)
The Numbers of This New Moon
This New Moon will occur on 08/03/2020, so the number for this day is 15, which reduces to 6. 6 is the number for service, so this Full Moon encourages us to think about how we can be of service to others if we are able to serve. Or what service do we need from others if we are struggling, seeking help rather than being able to give help.
The time of this Full Moon is 10:42, which is 7. 7 indicates the spiritual understanding of performance and how performing well or poorly affects our emotional state, which guides how we interact with others. The better we connect a purpose to our performance the more we will get benefits from this New Moon.
New Moon Wishing (A Tribute to Jan Spiller’s Work)
I enjoy practical uses of astrology, and there are many. So, I was immensely pleased when I came across Spiller’s book: New Moon Astrology: The Secret of Astrological Timing to Make All Your Dreams Come True.
Spiller writes, “Wishing is really a matter of deciding what we WANT to create and getting clear on our intention.” (New Moon Astrology, 2) This technique is an act of conscious responsibility, not a lazy entitlement. There is actual work to do. This work involves knowing the time of the New Moon in your time zone and preparing to act within the first 8 to 24 hours AFTER the New Moon has activated.
Once the New Moon is active, you need to get a notecard or a piece of paper to write your wishes down or invest in and use a nice leather-bound journal. I know we all have a notes option on our cell phones, but handwriting the wishes/intentions is part of the energy ritual.
Spiller recommends making up to 10 wishes, but no more because too many requests will disperse energy; I generally do around 5, sometimes less (3-4) or more (6-7) depending on which New Moon it is and what is going with my life at the time. One constraint that helps the wishing/intention process is making statements in line with the New Moon in the sign of the day you write your wishes/intentions.
Wishes/Intentions in Leo
Knowing your chart will help you understand which New Moons will be stronger while others may be weaker. I have a significant point in Leo, Jupiter (retrograde), in my 10th House of Career. This New Moon will be very closely aligned with my Jupiter when it peaks, strongly activating my 10th House of Prosperity, indicating that this date and these wishes will be good to attach to my career.
So, here’s the “nuts and bolts”. Sit down somewhere you can be comfortable, or where you exert energy to work, as the desk you might use at home to work on your monthly bills or the desk at your work. Get your favorite pen and prepare to write your wishes/intentions. Wording is very important, and Spiller suggests starting each sentence with, “I want …”. Here’s what she says to wish for when the New Moon is in Leo: love and romance, creativity, generosity, celebration and play/fun, dignity, determination, and tempering arrogance. (New Moon Wishes, 77).
And here are three examples of the types of wishes/intentions I will write about the late-night, early morning of 8/3 and 8/4:
- I want to easily find myself connecting with other respected professionals in my field.
- I want to find time for play and games.
- I want to find myself easily tapping into the enthusiasm I have for my professional work so I can create great experiences for my clients.
Once you have them written down, put them somewhere you can store them and go back and review them after time has passed. I have a nice leather journal that I use and keep in my office. A good place for a journal, or box, to put wishes in, would be in your bedroom in a nightstand by your bed. Keep in mind that the quality of the paper, the pen, and the storage location all matter. Being intentional in all aspects of the process is important.
And lastly, consider getting Spiller’s book; this is just a primer article; if you want to find out how deep the well is and how fresh the source, then there is no substitute for reading all 312 pages of her book!
Happy New Moon Wishing!