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New Moon in Leo August 16th, 2023, 2:37 am PDT

New Dawn Rising

The quality of this time reflects the energy of a new dawn of awareness; new ideas and inspirations emerge from the monthly conjoining of the Sun and Moon, and from these creative solutions, endeavors and improvements are built.

Fire bringer Uranus squares this lunation, bringing sudden illumination-even as Venus and Black Moon Lilith conjoin it.

The Sun in heart centered Leo is in domicile and strength. This is “Yang,” active energy merged with the receptive and interior "Yin" of Venus Retrograde and Black Moon Lilith, the Moon’s apogee, it’s darkest, farthest point.

There is something strongly powerful about this event, which could represent the rising into awareness of divine “feminine” energies which have been suppressed and dis-enfranchised in our collective. This light shines upon imbalances and power grabs, showing the ugly truth of the matter. The earth itself, a living being, has long been identified as feminine, a mother, married to the Sky/Sun the father. Perhaps symbolically there is a working together now of the dualities present in receptivity, inter-relatedness and compromise matched with activity, will, independence and self-centeredness.

The Sabian Symbol for the New Moon is


This Symbol shows a ‘Yogi’ sitting in contemplation, concentrating on inner spiritual attainment. It implies a desire to contact spirit and to be in touch with one’s body, often through the practice of meditation or yoga. This is a wonderful degree of spiritual striving, however there could be a feeling of imbalance; it is as if some aspects of your life are put on hold in favor of some central issue. Being too committed to spiritual or emotional concerns can lead one to lose touch with more immediate, physical matters. However, a sense of focus on something that is very important can bring enormous rewards.**

This symbol may also suggest an imbalance of living too much in the head, not focusing enough on the practical matters at hand. Revelations and a new dawning may emerge in this powerful time, ripe for creative manifestations that allow us to have a hope for a better future- personally and collectively.

All is change and movement- and it is our jobs to live our best life by moving through the life-dance of birth, life, death, re-birth with grace, awareness and loving kindness. This is a New Moon to make changes that allow one to better live.

This New Moon, as you write out your wishes and petitions, make also a pledge to life to do something actively back for the boon. Perhaps its a pledge to do no harm, to plant a tree, to perform a random act of kindness, to put your money where your mouth is, to get healed or be healing…There is much power and also hope present now.

Use it for creative expansion.

Together we rise.


Art by A. Andrew Gonzalez

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