Image via Chani Nicholas

Image via Chani Nicholas

In the Urban Priestess Mystery School, the WILD WOMAN is the archetype who initiates the Wheel of the Priestess in the zodiac house of Leo.

Leo is the 5th house of the zodiac wheel. When you think of Leo, think of the Sun – bright, shiny, warm, attractive, generous, fiery, passionate, creative, confident and cheerful.

Leos are ruled by the Sun and considered the most masculine and the most generous sign in the zodiac. They have presence, charisma, are often dramatic, confident, dominant and natural-born leaders. They love life and expect to have a good time. Like other fire signs, Sagittarius and Aries – Leos are able to use their mind to solve even the most difficult problems. They are determined and optimistic and can often achieve anything they want.

Leos shine brightly – they seem to have an infinite source of energy. They are energetic and carry a positivity that is contagious. They see the world as “glass half full” and don’t easily get disheartened by disappointments and setbacks. With the courage of the Lion, they will always try to come out on top. They do not hold onto grudges or negative emotions for long. They move on quickly.

The house of Leo is represented by the Wild Woman, children, wildness, dating, romance, procreation, creative expression, hobbies, and the lion-hearted abode of your Being.

The Wild Woman is the lioness with a warm, generous nature and adventurous heart.

Some of the traits of a Leo/Wild Woman are:

  • Fun
  • Loyal
  • Adventurous
  • Kind and big-hearted

A few of the shadow qualities are:

  • Lazy
  • Selfish
  • Stubborn
  • Impatient

The new moon is in Leo at 2:58am PDT on August 11th with a partial solar eclipse at 2:46am PDT.

This partial solar eclipse comes off the back of the July 27 Blood Moon lunar eclipse and another partial eclipse on July 13.

Overall, the August eclipse of the Sun is the fifth eclipse event of the year and will bring forth a time of intense change.

The New Moons is a time for release and intention setting, a time to refine how we are manifesting the attributes and energies associated with the signs involved. An Eclipse is a time of shift and change that plays with perception of light and dark, calling us to new levels of perspective and choice.

Solar eclipses magnify the energy of a New Moon in ways that when harnessed intentionally provide powerful catalysts for healing, growth and realization.

When we work intentionally with the energies at play we have an opportunity to utilize them as a part of an approach to life that is responsive rather than reactive.

Are you exercising your willpower to realize a life of joy, vitality and creative manifestation?

This New Moon in Leo, which exemplifies raw life force energy, playfulness, joy and creativity expressed through willpower is concurrent with a partial solar eclipse, is conjunct Mercury, aspects Neptune in Pisces and Pluto in Capricorn, and squares Jupiter in Scorpio.

In translation, we looking at an energetic opportunity to drop in deep to our ability to exercise our freewill to bring into awareness and clear material from the subconscious that is inhibiting our ability to experience joy and excercise our creative energy. It is potent opportunity to rise to the next level of spiritual insight and professional growth.

For anyone who is observing the rhythms of the solar and lunar cycles in intentional ways, this New Moon provides a powerful moment to realize that which holds you back from celebrating who you are and realizing the potential in you to live a live of verve and vitality.

These energies will be exemplified for anyone who has planets in their natal (birth) chart that aspect the positions of the planets in the signs of Leo, Scorpio, Pisces or Capricorn. Those of you with strong conjunctions or aspects to the planetary positions in the New Moon may be experiencing external/internal shifts and changes that bring this questions to the fore. (Knowing the placement of the planets at the time of your birth is part of a natal chart interpretation that can provide deep insight to navigate life mindfully.)

To prepare for this New moon begin to observe your thoughts, feelings and actions in the next week with respect to your life force energy and willpower. Consider what you can unload in in order to let your creative, playful energy flow. Where are you holding onto ideas, fears or beliefs that block the flow of joy, playful expression and willpower?

Consider creating a special personal or communal ritual to unburden yourself and redirect or recommit your will to follow the path that the joyful, curious vibrant child within would take.

Setting New Moon Intentions

Acknowledging the New Moon in its cycle is one way that you can connect more closely with the rhythm of nature – which allows you to attune more closely to your own intuition. The beginning of the Moon Cycle is an invitation to start fresh, call in intentions, and set the tone as you prepare for the energy of the coming weeks.

The journey of an Urban Priestess is about getting really clear on your deepest desires, so that you can powerfully voice your truth and manifest your dreams.

Set aside time at each New Moon to clear your slate and start fresh with a new list of intentions for the coming Moon Cycle.

Create a Sacred Space. Create an altar for the New Moon to symbolize the energy. Find a space in your home that is
dedicated to cultivating your spiritual practices.

For the Leo New Moon, find images and objects that represent the Wild Woman to you.

  • Use colored cloths of rich gold and colors of the Sun.
  • Decorate with flowers of the Sun, like Sunflowers, Calendula and Poppies..
  • Objects that represent your personal connection to the Wild Woman

Remember that the most important thing in building an altar or creating a ritual is that the objects are meaningful to you and hold symbolic power for you. Trust your intuition.

Write Your List. Allow yourself time to drop in before you begin. Try a few minutes of meditation or breath work to focus and clear.

Open your journal to a new page to symbolize fresh start. Make a list of 10 or less intentions for this new moon.

Dream big as you generate this list, and write using “I am” statements. Close with another short meditation or prayer and keep your list close as you move through this Moon Cycle.

The most potent time for manifestation is the 48 hours once the new moon begins, so it is best to get in the habit of setting your intentions within those first 2 days.

Comment below to share: What are your intentions for this Leo New Moon?

Aho! Awen! Blessed Be!