“Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.” – Howard Thurman

vestaLighting our way out of the past month’s watery deluge, today’s New Moon (2:50 pm Pacific) sets into motion a new cycle of creativity, love and passionate devotion. The Sun and Moon unite in fiery Leo – the Child, Artist, Queen/King, Rock Star, Diva… – inviting intentions and initiations that fuel your enthusiasm, inspiration and heart’s true desires.

The New Moon closely conjoins with the asteroid Vesta, goddess of the hearth and keeper of the sacred flame. The heart (ruled by Leo) is the hearth of the body, and tending to your inner light and child’s heart is not an indulgence but a sacred duty.

The Sun, Moon and Vesta form a challenging  square (90-degree angle) to the Scorpio North Node, revealing underlying wounds that subvert creative power and confidence, and block you from shining your light. Leo “inner child issues” that may get stirred up include: seeking others’ approval and validation, waiting to “be loved” before taking the risk of opening your heart and giving love, and playing a role instead of being your authentic self.

Ideally, this New Moon inspires courage (from the French coeur, meaning heart) to break through old childhood patterns and conditioning, and open to the creative potential of the present moment. Vesta in Leo reminds us that love, happiness and sexual satisfaction (Vesta is associated with sacred sexuality) are achieved through consistent practice and daily devotion.

the sunThe power of this New Moon is magnified by its coincidence with Lammas, the cross-quarter Holy Day that marks the midpoint between Summer Solstice (June 20) and Fall Equinox (September 22). At Lammas, the full flowering of summer, we get to enjoy the fruits of our literal and metaphorical gardens, and glimpse the future of our full harvest (Fall Equinox). Lammas will officially occur about 12 hours after the New Moon, when the Sun reaches 15 degrees of Leo. This is a time to bask in and celebrate the Sun, and strengthen our hearts, so we can sustain our inner light through the darker days ahead.

To get more specific about what this New Moon means for YOU, find the house in your birth chart that contains 14 degrees Leo. (I wrote a post describing how to do this astro-technical feat here.) The areas of life signified by that house are where you’re invited to:  renew and strengthen your courage, commitment and devotion; heal the wounds of your child’s heart; clarify your passions and desires; and take steps to fire up your enthusiasm, creativity and vitality.

Word to the wise – the Moon will go void-of-course just after the New Moon, at 2:51 Pacific. According to New Moon astro-diva Jan Spiller (author of New Moon Astrology), it’s best to wait to set your intentions and make your wishes until AFTER the voidness has ended, which will be Wednesday at 8:57 pm.

– Emily Trinkaus