On August 8, 09:49 AM ET, we experience a New Moon happening at 16°13’ of the sign of Leo. This cosmic event, together with the Lion’s Gate portal activation, invites us to follow the path of our hearts. We invite you to read our Lion’s Gate article & get our free 120 pages Lions Gate Portal e-book.
New Moons take place when the Sun and the Moon meet in the same sign: they represent the beginning of the lunar cycle. The Moon has been slowly disappearing from the night sky, and from now on it will start growing again. On New Moons, we are being asked to go inwards and connect with ourselves, plant a seed, and set intentions for the upcoming cycle.
The New Moon in Leo represents a wonderful time to set intentions around creativity, self-expression, self-confidence, and self-love. Whether we have Leo placements in our natal chart or not, this cosmic event is inviting us all to trust what our heart is telling us. Connecting with the archetype of Leo is about allowing life to express itself through us without holding it back in any way.
To celebrate the arrival of this Leo New Moon and Lion’s Gate 8/8 Portal, on August 8 at 9:45 PM ET, we are hosting Global Live Lion’s Gate New Moon Meditation on our YouTube channel. We invite you to join us, and invite others to meditate together with us. Tap here to find our scheduled live meditation.
We are also hosting another live-stream session on our Instagram page @MoonOmens, on August 8 at 1:00PM ET, where we are going to be talking about Leo New Moon, Lion’s Gate Portal, Manifestation, Shadow Work and more. In the end of live as usual we are going to be doing live Q&A, so be prepared some deep questions!
Leo New Moon & the Lion’s Gate Portal: a Powerful Initiation
August 8 is going to be an energetically charged day: this year, the New Moon in Leo happens simultaneously with the activation of the Lion’s gate portal. This event, which marks the heliacal rising of the Fixed Star Sirius, was considered to be the beginning of the New Year in Ancient Egypt, and it was one of the most sacred days of the calendar. It corresponded to the flooding of the Nile’s river, which was a blessing as it was fertilizing the soil and allowing life to blossom: these days were a time of celebration and gratitude.
The heliacal rising of Sirius, astronomically speaking, is happening between August 14 and 15, when Sirius will be visible again in the morning sky and align with the Sun. However, the Lion’s Gate is celebrated on the eighth day of the eighth month of the year due to the power of the number 8 in Numerology. Number 8 corresponds to an energy of transformation, ambition, power, and success: specifically, it has to do with our empowerment journey and with the right use of power and influence.
The Lion’s Gate activation happening with the Leo New Moon has the potential to facilitate new creative insights and downloads of information that can support us in our evolutionary journey. This day is a wonderful moment to set the intention to be willing to receive support from the Universe and open our hearts to Life.
The Leo archetype & our Hero’s Journey
Leo is ruled by the Sun, the center of our Solar System: it is about coherence and integration, about finding our center. The Sun is the force of awareness, through which we integrate all our experiences and make sense of the different facets of our personality, becoming secure and grounded in who we are.
The transition from Cancer to Leo marks a process of separating from our comfort zone and embarking on our personal path, on our hero’s journey. Through Leo, we discover our creative essence and begin to express who we are as unique individuals: to do so, we need to walk away from a place where we are protected and taken care of and step into the world alone.
This is linked with the process of maturation of our inner child and the journey of learning to find security within ourselves rather than searching for it outwardly. When this doesn’t take place, Leo’s energy can manifest as tendencies such as trying to get a sense of security and self-confidence through attention-seeking behaviors and a constant need for external validation.
Lion’s Gate New Moon conjunct Mercury & trine Chiron
The New Moon forms a conjunction with Mercury in Leo: this aspect increases our mental energy as well as our tendency to thoroughly analyze our feelings and our emotional states. During these days, we may notice a stronger need to extensively speak about what we are feeling in order to process and understand it. Sharing our inner world with others can help us gain more awareness of our emotional experiences.
Restlessness and nervousness can be an issue, especially considering that the Sun and the Moon are also in a square aspect to Uranus, which is, like Mercury, linked to the nervous system. Our minds will be more excitable and active than usual, and we may have trouble slowing down and relaxing. Ideas and thoughts are likely to keep popping up, and we may come up with innovative solutions and discoveries.
Meanwhile, the Sun and the Moon in Leo are forming a trine with Chiron in Aries, increasing our sensitivity to energy and subtle information in our environment. This alignment offers us an opportunity to become aware of any obstacles and blockages that prevent us from being fully expressed, decreasing our self-confidence and our capacity to be assertive and feel secure about who we are and what we want.
To help you harness this energy Lion’s Gate New Moon brings we have created New Moon in Leo & Lion’s Gate printable channeled “The Path of the Heart” journal and guided meditation audio. We invite you to use these Ritual tools: journal and meditate together with Moon Omens Soul Family. Tap here to learn more and gain access to ritual tools.
Lion’s Gate New Moon square Uranus and opposite Saturn
The New Moon square Uranus reflects the possibility of unexpected news and circumstances that provoke significant emotional reactions. Squares are aspects of inner tension and friction: those involving Uranus are always volatile and unpredictable. They may be correlated with important variations in global markets and the economy, as well as with unforeseen natural events. Uranus in Taurus has been pushing for a radical transformation of the current systems, and its activation may bring disruptions, surprises, and sudden changes that are meant to accelerate our collective evolution.
Sun and Moon opposing Saturn correspond to a sense of frustration, and a feeling of being limited in our emotional expression and our creativity. We may feel that the current reality doesn’t support our self-actualization and that other people, society, institutions, or authorities are holding us back from making progress.
In the context of the ongoing Saturn-Uranus square, the Leo New Moon increases our urge to implement change and our desire to liberate ourselves from stagnant and obsolete structures that prevent us from moving forward. As our need for freedom increases, we feel a strong drive to rebel and break free from any restrictions: for this reason, social tension and protests are likely to keep spreading for the upcoming lunar cycle, which culminates with a Blue Full Moon in Aquarius.
Mars squaring the Nodes & Venus opposite Neptune
At the time of the Leo New Moon, Mars in Virgo is squaring the Nodal Axis and Venus in Virgo is opposing Neptune. These alignments can reflect some changes in our love and social life, as both Mars and Venus are connected to relationships.
Mars squaring the North and South Nodes in Gemini and Sagittarius encourages us to deal with issues around how we communicate our desires, how we assert our needs, and how we express our sexuality. With Mars in square aspect with the Nodes, repressed rage and guilt may come to the surface to be processed, and anger could be expressed destructively. During these days, it is advised to be mindful of our instinctive reactions and responses.
Venus opposite Neptune corresponds to the possibility of feeling disappointed or disillusioned in love, work, and financial matters due to having had an excessively idealistic attitude in the past. Venus joined Neptune in Pisces in a conjunction back on March 19, 2021: the current opposition corresponds to the maturation point of the cycle that started back then, and what we initiated around that time is now reaching its culmination point and blossoming. Venus’ transit through Virgo brings us back to reality and to what is needed in the present moment, inviting us to reconsider our values and priorities according to the new information that we are receiving.
Lion’s Gate New Moon: the Path of the Heart
Leo reminds us that what makes us happy and radiant is inevitably connected to our purpose: this is a time to trust our instinct, our feelings, and our joy. The Leo New Moon is an invitation to open our hearts and open up to receive love to be able to give it back to the world. We are being encouraged to honor our passions, cultivate our creativity, and celebrate life.
We are beginning a brand new chapter of our lives: this New Moon inspires us to connect with our inner spark, with the source of our creative energy, and make the conscious decision to shine bright. Loving ourselves is the first step to loving life: to truly live it to the fullest, we need to open up and be able to receive: this is what allows us to give back to the world with the utmost generosity that Leo is famous for.
The New Moon in Leo reminds us of the importance of showing up, of reclaiming our place in the world. We are encouraged to honor our right to take up space and be seen, not from a place of arrogance or a need for external validation, but rather from the awareness that allowing our essence to be fully expressed is beneficial for both ourselves and others.
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