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Your New Moon in Leo Horoscope & Affirmation, According To Your Zodiac Sign
Whether it be the feeling you get upon returning home from a summer getaway in paradise, or the hustle bustle students experience before the fall semester, the month of August is typically bittersweet. Collectively, it’s almost as if we were intuitively guided to level up… and as you can probably imagine, this month’s astro-weather will be no exception. So if you suddenly find yourself under pressure, or perhaps feeling overwhelmed, now you know why. That said, before concluding its journey through the sign of Leo, both the sun and Mercury will reactivate the most prominent square of the year, between Father Time (Saturn) and Father Sky (Uranus). This will, in turn, bring clarity to the underlying chaos we’ve been experiencing since the beginning of the year, especially when it comes to themes surrounding our foundations, paradigms, and structures. And when we consider the courageous and prideful essence stemming from sun-ruled Leo, surrendering to these shifts and putting our ego(s) to a side will be a lot easier said than done.
On a brighter note, there will be equally as many highs as there are lows, which brings us to August’s mystical new moon in Leo on 8/8. Just so you’re aware, in addition to the magic and general potency of this lunar phase, it will also be taking place during what is referred to as the “Lion’s Gate Portal.” A spiritual gateway that has been observed for many centuries, the eighth day of the eighth month of every year celebrates the rising of the star Sirius, AKA the brightest in the sky next to the Sun. The undeniable enchantment of this event stems from the ceremonial synergy of its occurrence—during a Sun-ruled and lion-hearted season—as well as the divine luminosity coming from above. When Sirius rises, Orion’s Belt aligns with the Pyramid of Giza, magnifying this star’s appearance from our view on planet Earth. Keep in mind, Sirius is twice the size of our Sun and 26 times brighter—it’s no wonder this rare alignment has such a high vibe.
Now, taking this serendipitous energy into consideration, the simultaneous event of the Lion’s Gate portal with the new moon in Leo can really only mean one thing: it’s intention-setting time! Bold, courageous, and swirling with sparkling frequencies, Mother Moon will vanish into the sky on August 8 at 9:50 a.m. EST via 16 degrees of Leo. This occurs when the Moon joins forces with the Sun, presenting us with an opportunity to start again. Luna is a symbol of your unconscious and emotional world; the sun is your ego and physical identity. Having both of these luminaries working side-by-side is nothing short of extraordinary, especially when transiting through a sign that’s ruled by the sun. A colorful burst of new beginnings await us, but only if we’re willing to bring our inner child along for the ride. What ignites the fire in your heart? Whether it be creatively or romantically speaking, it’s time to plant those seeds of intention. Cultivate your passions, and create the life you’ve always wanted.
What inspires you? This new moon is putting a spotlight on your most authentic self, which can be just as exciting as it is “intimidating” for some, especially if you’ve been denying your soul’s truth. Again, if this year’s Saturn-Uranus square triggered the crumbling and/or collapse of something in your life, it’s because it no longer aligns with your highest good. More importantly, Luna’s conjunction to the Sun in fiery Leo is here to energize, motivate, and uplift you to be the best you can be, in order to fully bask in your soul’s shine. This is a gift but only if we’re willing to put in the work. There’s no such thing as another you, and it’s about time you embrace your true colors. On that note, Mercury the messenger will be in close proximity to the new moon in Leo which can, in turn, bring mental clarity to your metamorphosis. Who are you, and what are you becoming? Leo governs the solar plexus, and your willpower is being highlighted.
Moreover, Jupiter retrograde’s backspin into Aquarius on July 28 could’ve reignited your desire to rebel, as it reminds you of your individuality and sense of belonging in the world. Although, with Saturn retrograde in Aquarius, we’re also witnessing the areas in our lives where we’ve been keeping ourselves stagnant, given our reluctance to change. Now, I hate to burst everyone’s bubble here but despite whether or not you’re ready for change, the new moon’s square to Uranus is here to cause unexpected shake-ups. Something else to keep in mind is, there’s no disregarding the amount of fixed signs at play here. In other words, the undeniable friction stemming from these incredibly stubborn, willful, and unmoving energies is precisely what builds towards the overwhelming climax that is ahead. Sounds like an exaggerated example, but this energy reminds me of the transition from human to superhero, similar to the incredible hulk. Whether you look at it from a collective and/or individual standpoint, something we’ve been repressing is starting to gain more and more strength.
You can also compare this breakthrough energy to Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone when Hagrid breaks down the door to rescue Harry, in order to take him to Hogwarts where his true destiny lies. Would it be absolutely shocking and terrifying to see a half-giant wizard come out of the blue? Of course it was, but it was always part of his journey. Having said that, don’t be discouraged by unexpected chaos and/or sudden endings taking place. If anything, this is an opportunity for you to tap into Leo’s brave, courageous, and resilient energy. You were born for this, and you’re here for a reason. Don’t you forget it.
Read your new moon horoscope and affirmation, according to your zodiac sign below:
Your heart is burning for romance, and a passionate new beginning, Aries. Are you being true to your desires? A magical new moon in your sister-sign Leo will glimmer through your playful fifth house of love, creativity, children, and self-expression, highlighting everything from the people, places, and things that bring you joy, to the muse of your artistic endeavors. There’s a part of you seeking more affection and acknowledgement; call upon your inner child. Keep in mind, with Saturn and Jupiter retrograde hovering over your eleventh house of community affairs, it’s important to take your associates, colleagues, peers, and friends into consideration during this time. Luna’s square to Uranus challenges your values and go-to modus operandi, especially if you’re reluctant to step outside of your comfort zone. New Moon Affirmation: I believe in the passionate individual I am, and what my heart is telling me to do.
It’s time to go within, and spend more time with family, Taurus. Be still; listen to what your ancestors have been trying to tell you. Just in time to gain the clarity you seek, the new moon in Leo will ignite your moon-ruled fourth house of home, family, roots, emotional foundations, and innermost feelings, bringing new beginnings to themes surrounding your sense of stability and comfort. When was the last time you spent time with someone who feels like home? Celebrate with your soul family, and make things extra cozy in your humble abode. Keep in mind, both Jupiter and Saturn retrograde will be hovering over your public tenth house of career, so don’t put that O-O-O message unless you’ve completed your tasks. On another note, Luna’s square to erratic Uranus in your sign could trigger the need to break free, and rebel against it all. Why? Take a moment to reflect on what you truly need. New Moon Affirmation: My thoughts, intuition, and emotions are valid. I honor each and every experience.
Communicate with courage, honesty, and integrity, Gemini. The new moon in fiery Leo will touch down on your curious third house of communication, thought process, immediate surroundings, and local community, shedding light on everything from your next creative idea to your enthusiasm in general. What mindsets are no longer serving your highest good? What kind of “vibes” have you been surrounding yourself with? Steer away from energy vampires and fun suckers. On another note, despite your stubborn streak and bold communication style, Jupiter and Saturn retrograde—via your expansive ninth house of adventure, philosophy, and worldly ventures—is challenging you to consider another’s POV and/or outlook, in order to broaden your horizons. After all, Luna’s square to Uranus is also here to help you break free, and liberate yourself from whatever’s keeping you stagnant. New Moon Affirmation: I have everything I need to move in the direction of my heart’s desires; my soul is my compass.
Your riches aren’t always tangible, Cancer. In fact, something as simple as the love you have to offer someone is a gift from the universe. With that in mind, the new moon in Leo will activate your stability-seeking second house of comfort, finances, value systems, and monetization. This will, in turn, bring new beginnings and general fertility to themes surrounding everything from your spending habits and money-making abilities, to the many ways you can capitalize on your talents. Keep in mind, with both Jupiter and Saturn retrograde hovering over your eighth house of mergers, intimate unions, joint collaborations, and soulmate connections, you may have to set the necessary boundaries, especially if you’ve been investing into something that’s no longer aligned with your future goals. Meanwhile, Luna’s square to Uranus via your experimental eleventh house of associations, future visions, and sense of belonging in the world could present you with an “unconventional” opportunity of sorts, but it’s all part of the journey. New Moon Affirmation: When I follow my heart and trust the process, I am supported by the universe.
Strike a pose, you gorgeous lion, you. This one’s got your name on it but in addition to your sparkling charisma, this lunation will highlight everything from your physical identity to your unique talents. This is especially true for those of you who have been selling yourself short, or perhaps disregarding your artistic expression. Remember who you are, Leo. You were born to shine, and there’s nothing in the world that could ever dim your light. Keep in mind, Luna’s zappy square to rebellious Uranus via your ambitious tenth house of career, prestige, reputation, and legacy in the world could create friction, but only if you’re reluctant to change. What’s been keeping you away from basking in the spotlight? With both Jupiter and Saturn retrograde hovering over your harmony-seeking seventh house of agreements, contracts, and significant others, the key is to be mindful of your commitments during this time. Don’t make promises you can’t keep and most importantly, make sure you’re being honest with yourself. New Moon Affirmation: I am confident, enthusiastic, and ready to fulfill my soul’s purpose. My heart is open.
You deserve to be happy, Virgo. And it’s about time you start prioritizing your mental, physical, and spiritual health. Having said that, and just in time for a well-deserved refresh, the new moon in Leo will touch down on your secretive twelfth house of closure, dreams, karma, hidden agendas, and all things behind the scenes. This will, in turn, shed light on everything from subconscious energies to your repressed emotions, but there’s more. Themes surrounding your healing, forgiving, and purging are bound to come up for review. Granted, with both Jupiter and Saturn retrograde via your dutiful sixth house of daily rituals and work routines, your hall pass to detach can only go so far. Rome wasn’t built in a day, so take as much time as you need to become more grounded within yourself. Luna will also face off with Uranus, amidst its journey through your ninth house of adventure, expansion, and risks, challenging you to take a leap that’s been long overdue. Do it for yourself, and follow your heart. New Moon Affirmation: I recognize and respect my emotional needs; I confidently surrender to my soul’s truth.
Network and mingle your little heart out, Libra. The new moon in flamboyant Leo will touch down on your socially driven eleventh house of associations, colleagues, community, and sense of belonging in the world, bringing new beginnings and fertility to themes surrounding everything from your social status, to your soul tribe in general. Have you been surrounding yourself with people who inspire, and motivate you to be the best you can be? When was the last time you did something fun with friends? Keep in mind, with both Jupiter and Saturn retrograde via your romantic fifth house of authenticity, romance, passion, and self-expression, it’s important to be unapologetically yourself, despite past circumstances that could have made you feel vulnerable. Luna will also clash with Uranus via your intimate eighth house of mergers, shared resources, and soulmate connections, creating some friction between your desire for freedom vs. your prior commitments. New Moon Affirmation: I acknowledge my power and strength; I will confidently pursue my passions and soul path.
It’s all eyes on you, and there’s no backing out now, Scorpio. Does your current occupation light you up inside? Are you passionate about your professional endeavors? If it doesn’t turn you on, it’s time to move on. The new moon in Leo will sparkle through your public tenth house of ambition, prestige, career, and sense of authority, highlighting everything from an upcoming opportunity where you can take the stage, to an artistic endeavor with incredible potential. Whatever the case may be, it’s time to express your creative talents, despite whether or not it triggers feelings of vulnerability. If you’re not an artist, then this has everything to do with taking the lead. Chin up! Luna’s square to Uranus via your committed seventh house of agreements, harmony, and significant others could potentially challenge your loyalty to a partnership, or shed light on a significant other who may not necessarily have your best interest at heart. As always, the key is to follow your heart. New Moon Affirmation: I embrace all challenges and obstacles in my path, as they are an opportunity for growth.
Do you trust the universe, Sagittarius? Then take the leap! Of all people, it’s you who knows that everything in life is a gamble, but it’s time to put your trust in the pursuit of your heart’s desires. The new moon in Leo will activate your expansive ninth house of adventure, long-distance journeys, worldly ventures, and unknown territory, bringing new beginnings and refreshing energies to themes surrounding your long-term goals. Planning your next journey abroad? Entertaining the thought of returning back to school? Whether it be a specific topic and/or niche, this is your opportunity to seize the day. On another note, Luna will face off with freedom-loving Uranus via your responsible sixth house of due diligence, daily rituals, and acts of service, creating friction between your next venture vs. the “logistics” of it all. Don’t focus on the “how,” and keep manifesting the “what.” On another note, with both your planetary ruler, Jupiter, and Saturn retrograde via your curious third house of communication, thought process, and immediate surroundings, it’s important to consider the help of your peers, as well as the quality of your mindset during this time. New Moon Affirmation: When I live courageously, and follow my spiritual path, I embrace the joy each day brings.
To invest, or not to invest, that is the question, Capricorn. Do you fully trust the people, places, and things you’ve been committing to? Do these unions bring your soul joy? The new moon in Leo will illuminate your intimate eighth house of sex, mergers, joint collaborations, shared resources, energetic exchanges, and soulmate connections, bringing new beginnings and sparkling fertility to themes surrounding mutual gains, as well as your desire to merge with another mind, body, and soul. With this in mind, it’s important to consider Luna’s square to rebellious Uranus via your romantic fifth house love, passion, and pleasure, as it could potentially create friction between your heart’s desires vs. prior commitments. On another note, both Jupiter and Saturn retrograde will be igniting your stability-seeking second house of comfort, finances, and possessions, so it’s important to prioritize your value systems, especially if your needs haven’t been met. New Moon Affirmation: I am not afraid of the dark; I wholeheartedly surrender to the process of transformation.
Sharing is caring, Aquarius. You are a reflection of the people you surround yourself with, so make sure to use your discernment. On another note, despite whether you’re single or already attached, the new moon in Leo will touch down on your harmony-seeking seventh house of agreements, contracts, commitment, and significant others. This will not only bring new beginnings to this area of your life, but also shed light on themes of “give and take.” And though you’re not quite used to expressing your affections and/or meeting someone half-way, the key is to keep a healthy balance. This is especially true with both Jupiter and Saturn retrograde in your sign, as you are likely to be easily influenced by a sense of restriction and/or limitation. Don’t be discouraged by these stressing triggers and burdens. However, make sure you’re not projecting these energies onto a significant other. Luna’s square to your modern ruler, Uranus, could create a bit of chaos, but only if you’re reluctant to the changes taking place. New Moon Affirmation: I acknowledge, respect, and am loyal to my partner’s needs; what I give is what I receive in return.
Create the necessary room to experience more joy in your day-to-day life, Pisces. What does your schedule look like? Is it resonating with you at a soul level? Are your actions aligned with your goals? The new moon in happy-go-lucky Leo will touch down on your responsible sixth house of daily rituals, health habits, work routines, and acts of service, bringing refreshing new beginnings to this area of your life. So whether it be the decision to sign up for Zumba so you can have fun while burning calories, or the decision to spruce up your workspace and add a little more color, this lunation is presenting you with an opportunity to live your best life. The challenge, however, could stem from Luna’s square to Uranus via your curious third house of communication, thought process, and local community, as you could have a lot more responsibility on your plate than usual. Don’t hesitate to turn the energy around, and lean on your friends and peers for support. New Moon Affirmation: When I vibe high, I shield myself with positive energy. I will walk the path that’s right for me.
Valerie is an astrologer, writer and third-generation witch. Her favorite things to write about are mysticism and sex; the Moon is her muse. For more of her work and cosmic portfolio, check out valeriemesa.com or follow her on Instagram @valeriemesa.