leo new moon

collage by Emily

The Leo New Moon – Saturday at 3:42 pm Pacific – sparks a new cycle of creativity, love and passion. Giant Jupiter, who just recently moved into Leo, joins with the Sun and Moon, amplifying the call to be BIG and BRIGHT.

Adding to the momentum, action planet Mars moves into Scorpio tonight, saying: it’s time to commit to your passion, desire and vitality. Mars’ extra-long Retro tour through Libra (since December) was a time for exploring options, excavating your desires, and regenerating your mojo. While Libra can have a hard time making decisions, afraid to close off any options, Scorpio is the sign of full-on, both-feet-in commitment. While Libra can be overly concerned with what other people think and with being “nice,” Scorpio is willing to risk it all for the sake of authenticity, aliveness and true intimacy.

Mars forms a tight, tense square (90-degree angle) to the New Moon and Jupiter, challenging you to commit to what you REALLY want. This square could bring up friction between your deepest desires – where you feel your vitality and excitement calling you (Mars in Scorpio) – and your need for approval and validation (shadow Leo). Do your true desires conflict with your self-image, how you want others to see you? Are you afraid of losing other people’s love if you follow your passion?

leo new moonLeo is the Divine Child, and this New Moon stirs up “inner child issues” – the wounds that subvert your creative power and confidence, and block you from shining your light. The antidote is a big dose of compassionate self-love, self-approval and self-validation. What are you looking for from other people, and how can you give that to yourself? How does the wounded child part of you sabotage your expansion and success, and what does s/he need from you?

For more insight into what this New Moon means for YOU, find the house in your chart that contains 3 degrees Leo. The areas of life signified by that house are where you’re invited to:  clarify your heart’s true desires; commit to your passion and creativity; strengthen self-love and self-approval; plant a seed for amplifying your creative light.

– Emily Trinkaus