The New Moon on Saturday will be in the fiery solar sign of Leo! This can be a powerful time for manifesting your wishes – specifically those wishes surrounding personal goals that really embrace and highlight your personality. Leo energy says “What do you really want? Oh – that? YES, GO GET IT, GIRL!” If you can tap into the royal lion energy of Leo this new moon, you’ll not only know what you truly want, but that you deserve it. This creative power resides within all of us at all times, and it will be amplified during this New Moon. The down-side of Leo energy is that there is a tendency towards selfish or self-absorbed behaviors. During this new moon, take time to examine your motivations and double check that you aren’t inadvertently pushing others into the dirt in your race to the finish line. Also be aware of others possibly exhibiting this behavior, and give them a break by seeing that they are just seeking the same happiness and success that you are. Forgiveness and Compassion will empower your creative manifestation at this time much more than greed or selfishness!
Strength Key Words:
Strength, Patience, Compassion, Endurance, Confidence, Soft Control, Acceptance, Stamina, Trust, Control over Base Instincts, Perseverance
Leo Key Characteristics:
Generous, Honest, Courageous, Fun Loving, Self Expressive, Warm, Passionate, Attention seeking, Spotlight Lover, Dominating, Overbearing, Manipulative
“The card Strength is related to the sign Leo, which, like the heart that represents it, symbolizes the center where the life force emanates, from which all energy flows and returns. It is the creative individual energizing potential into reality.
As the natural occupant of the 5th house, which concerns creativity as well as children and pleasures, Leo is the sign of the personal ego, with strong needs for self expression and admiration. As a fire sign, Leo refers to energy, action, and creative talent. As the Fixed Fire Sign, Leo represents the Eternal Flame.
Ruled by the Sun, Leo is a natural leader, not easily discouraged, who will follow up with a great deal of persistence and devotion. The Lion has long been an imperial symbol, appearing on the royal coats of arms and many noble houses of Europe. Astrologically speaking, the Sun represents individuality, or the essence of Spirit. In metaphysical terms it is significant of each person’s individual connection to the Light Source of the Divine. Psychologically, the Sun represents the archetypal Father concept.”
~ M. J. Abadie, “The Everything Tarot Book”
In the imagery of the Strength card, a young maiden seems to be fearlessly harnessing and taming a Lion. In some ways, the Lion represents our Ego and our base human instincts. We all have within us some base survival instincts, as well as an Ego that distinctly experiences life through the lens of individuality. (Thinking in terms of I, ME, MY, and how to achieve, succeed, grow, and WIN) The Maiden in the card is the part of our inner self that can experience gentle discernment. While there are certainly times that the natural survival instincts and competitive nature of our Inner Lion are useful and appropriate – there are other times when these reactions are less appropriate. That’s where Strength comes in. It’s the strength of self-control and personal responsibility. Sometimes denying the “I, Me, My” mindset because there is a recognition in the need for the greater good of the community, the family, or others. Other times the Lion may represent external hardships that we encounter – structures of society, boundaries that we must overcome, or perhaps authority figures. It is important to note that the strength to overcome these boundaries or hardships represented in this card isn’t the brute and violent strength of the wild lion… it is the gentle strength of the Maiden. Compassion, Gentleness, Faith, Trust, Creativity, Fearlessness and Courage. This is how we overcome with Strength. These traits are how we overcome the hardships that we face – both the inner battles and the external ones.
Leo is Ruled by The Sun, and the tarot card related to this celestial body is… The Sun!
The Sun (tarot) Keywords:
Enlightenment, Greatness, Success, Vitality, Assurance, Freedom, Clarity, Rejuvenation, Child Like Happiness
The Sun (astrological) Key Characteristics:
Individuality, Father Spirit, Consciousness, Vitality, Willpower, Drive, Creativity, Grandiose, Prideful, Ego
“Astrologically speaking, The Sun represents individuality, or the essence of spirit – it is called The Light of the Soul. In metaphysical terms, it is significant of each person’s individual connection to the Light Source of the Divine. Psychologically, the Sun represents the archetypal Father concept, which may or may not have a direct relationship to the actual parent. In physical terms, it is vitality. The Sun is Life, energy, ego, and the desire to attain.
The sun is at the center of the solar system, and it is at the heart of the astrological chart, telling us what we are potentially, not necessarily what we are or what we will become. The Sun determines the conscious sense of self, which is concerned with the life purpose derived from the life-giving energy of the divine Source. The process of coming to consciousness is one that lasts a lifetime. The Sun is at the heart of WHY you think you are here on Earth, WHERE you are going in your life, WHAT makes you feel important. It speaks to your purpose in life, the sense of “I AM”. ”
~ M.J. Abadie, “The Everything Tarot Book”
As you can see from these two tarot cards, this New Moon is a time of really digging deeper into who we are, what we want out of life, and how we determine to set out and achieve those goals. Within this powerful space and time when the Moon and Sun are both in Leo, I hope you will find the courage and strength to say, “I AM” and then move forward with patience, compassion, and gentleness to embrace and embody all that you are!