Tracing the shadow of astrology and art

New Moon in Leo 2019



This piece appeared originally on The House of Twigs

A quick backward glance

This month has brought up so much — pain, pleasure, darkness, anxiety, as well as a glimpse of the future. I’m happy to say that I believe brighter days are ahead of us, that is, if we tend to the lessons brought to our attention by this most recent Mercury retrograde and our eclipses in Cancer and Capricorn. 

Many lessons around the balance between maternal and paternal force came up this month, with the New Moon in Cancer lighting up a portal to a matriarchal future, one in which we focus on nurturing one another rather than tearing each other down. The Cancer North Node beckons us to a world where we tend to each other and the environment with care, and can build nests of love from our intuitive power. 

The Full Moon in Capricorn met up with the South Node in Capricorn, urging us to do away with all things related to the use and abuse of power, the tendency to erect walls rather than invite strangers in, and the problematic poison of bureaucracy, hierarchies that benefit the patriarchy, and the selfish accumulation of resources. Looking to your own chart to see where Cancer/Capricorn reside will give more information on what area of life you’re invited to begin anew (Cancer) and where old conceptions of your life need to be done away with (Capricorn). 

That’s all in the past, though. The New Moon in Leo arrives on July 31st, and not a moment too soon. New Moons are always a time of seed planting, intention setting. After the heavy weight of the eclipses, this is an even more welcome cosmic event, by my lights. 

8° Leo New Moon, July 31st, 2020

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Each degree of the zodiac can be illuminated by a Sabian Symbol, an oracle particular to the energy of each of the 360 ° of the zodiac. By connecting with the Sabian Symbol associated with 8° Leo, the degree of the Leo New Moon, we can begin to intuit a deeper connection to the meaning of this lunation, and the power that it brings us as a collective, as well as individually. The Sabian Symbol associated with 8° Leo is as follows: 

“A Communist Activist Spreading His Revolutionary Ideals… This symbol, beyond all present day socio-political controversy represents the activity of destructive or catabolic forces … in answer to the type of confrontation suggested by [this symbol]. The old order is confronted by the youthful drive for a new way of life and a new sense of values” (Rudhyar, An Astrological Mandala, 136). 

As social needs change, we are thrown into chaos, for revolution is no negotiation. Though the state of chaos is alarming, we must remember, as the symbol says, that “chaos is a state of being that calls for a new descent of the power to reorganize and differentiate” (136). With the imagery of this oracle in mind, we can generate a deeper understanding of the importance of this lunation, and see it as something that offers us a way to break free, and to remember that the pursuit of freedom is tumultuous, dangerous even, but necessary if we are to reorganize power, reorganize energy, and reorganize the world around us. 

To further deepen our connection with the New Moon’s meaning, we must engage the energy of the sign Leo. Leo is the fifth sign, and as ruler of the fifth principle, Leo is all about self-expression. Glamour, drama, performance, theatre of the self, burlesque—anything that puts one in the spotlight. Remember that Leo is ruled by the Sun, the luminary of ego, identity, and day-world thriving. House Five, Leo’s domain, is a fertile realm, and with the Moon New in Leo, this is a rich and exciting portal for those of use with any kind of creative art practice. 

This is a moment where we can expect a new narrative of artistic fertility to take root. Leo is the queen of her own realm, the realm of late summer, where time seems to stretch on. Flowers are still blooming, gardens still lush operatic greens, and we are truly able to find ourselves in scenes of play, displays of affection, grandiose gatherings and celebrations of the Sun’s warmth (for those of us here in the northern hemisphere). 

Looking to your own chart, you can find the realm that this lunation will open a portal by seeing where 8° Leo sits in your natal chart. Imagine the power of that Sabian Symbol heralding a revolution of creativity, fresh ideas, and self-love, and powerful assertion of your own unique perspective—Leo wouldn’t have it any other way. 


On the same day that the Moon is New in Leo, Mercury stations direct, ending his retrograde period. Now with the planet picking up speed in the late degrees of Cancer, we have an opportunity to really integrate the lessons from this past month. Conversations, problems, miscommunications, thoughts, dreams, etc., from June 20th through July 6th will be revised, returned to their proper place in our minds and hearts. Retrograde is always a time to reflect. With this planet stationing direct, reflection time is over, and it is time to leap out into the world, integrating the information from the past with the present. 

The Moon will be conjunct Venus in Leo, a lush and sparkling conjunction that will amp up our glamour factor by about a million, washing everything in gorgeous gold light. We’ll feel attractive and attracted. This is an amazing day for a first date or any kind of exciting meetup with someone, new or old. Do be mindful of your feelings, as the Moon squares off with Uranus, lord of surprise and eccentric energy. We might be thrown for a loop. If you do find yourself off-kilter, know that you can lean back into the warm waters of the Leo Moon conjunct sweet Venus, and be nourished there. 

The seed planted with this lunation will find its fruit on or around February 9, 2020, when the Full Moon in Leo arrives. Until then, keep close watch on what you’ve planted and how you nourish it. Keep your art practice first and foremost in your mind the next few days, and set an intention on Wednesday for the enrichment and growth of that dream when the New Moon in Leo arrives. 


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