Powerful rays of fire energy are beginning to heat the astrological sky as Mars, the Sun, and the Moon each shift into Leo over the next few days, eventually forming the New Moon on Sunday morning at 5:46 EDT. Leo has a lot to do with our style– not necessarily just our appearance, but the way we present ourselves, our theatricality or lack thereof. Where Leo falls in our natal chart has a lot to do with how we feel about spontaneous self-expression, playfulness, and experiencing fun and joy.
Leo correlates with the third chakra, Manipura or the Solar Plexus. This New Moon is all about strengthening, healing, and inspiring our self-confidence and our ability to feel pure happiness. This is a time to be mindful of how we deplete our energy and drain our own good moods. We all get in patterns of behavior that would be better to shake off, but it takes too much effort to do so. During this Mars/Sun time, we have planetary energy on our side, adding heat and willpower to build self-worth and to claim territory.
Just as the Sun is the center of the solar system, the Solar Plexus and Leo relate to the core of our identity. A healthy ego, in other words. It seems that the words “healthy” and “ego” are difficult to put together in today’s world. So much of what we hear and see seems bullying, judgmental, vain, and egocentric. And that will be the challenge, in the four weeks ahead, as strong, impatient, willful Mars chases the almighty Sun around its home sign Leo– can we burn away what is false and arrogant in our own ego? Authenticity and the confidence to show it– that is the goal. This New Moon honors the true individual we are becoming, and supports staying true to that own inner core.
The question, O me! so sad, recurring– What good amid these, O me, O life?
That you are here– that life exists and identity, That the powerful play goes on, and you may contribute a verse.