This day is: A) A New Moon in Leo, during Leo; B) My spiritual birthday; C) Almost exactly one month after Ascendio ends. And I am superstitious enough to find this all tremendously auspicious.
The New Moon is a time best suited for new beginnings! For the first 48 hours following the exact time of the New Moon each month, a window of opportunity opens for making wishes that, if noted, come true in the days and months ahead. There is a tremendous amount of enthusiasm in the atmosphere, making it a great time to go forward and begin projects that you feel instinctively attracted to initiating. Follow your impulses and let yourself make new starts in areas that are important to you.
The New Moon in Leo on August 17 is a birthing time for creativity, romance and the arts. The heart is open with ardent feelings that go too far during some Leo New Moons. However, this lunation benefits from favorable aspects — 60-degree sextiles — with Mars and Saturn, making it more likely that these impulses can be applied productively and under control. Once again, the critical point is to make a priority and stick to it.
You struggle to push your agenda forward through the first half of the month, as unstoppable Mars moves closer to a conjunction with immovable Saturn. The Mars-Saturn alignment on August 15 in your 3rd House of Learning can be a day of reckoning, when you become aware of what isn’t working in your life. Acknowledging your frustration is a first step to overcoming anger or resentment; otherwise, intense feelings can quickly escalate a seemingly minor difference of taste into an all-out conflict.
The Leo New Moon on August 17 is your own personal New Year’s Day, a time to set your intentions for the next six months. Don’t scatter your energy in celebration; the Sun’s shift into perfectionist Virgo on August 22 and Mars’s move into observant Scorpio on August 23 remind you of the importance of concentration and self-discipline. However, the diffusive Pisces Full Moon on August 31 brightens your 8th House of Transformation, suggesting that it’s now time to soften your focus and practice more flexibility when looking ahead.
SUPER NOVA DAYS
August 15-17: Face Your Fears
Unexpressed tensions in both personal and professional relationships are suddenly exposed when Venus in moody Cancer opposes passionate Pluto on August 15 and squares explosive Uranus on August 16. You may feel trapped as hot Mars runs into cold Saturn. You cannot force your way ahead, and you may not be able to gracefully retreat. Minor irritations can turn to anger if you aren’t persistent and patient. But the Sun’s cooperative sextile with responsible Saturn on August 17, followed by the resolute Leo New Moon, clears the way for you to make decisions as you begin the next phase of your journey.
Plus, I work well on deadlines.