New Moon Astrology: Co-creating with the Rhythms of Luna

The New Moon is a time for initiating and planting seeds in our lives; it is a symbolic time of personal rebirth. Metaphorically, it is the time of the Maiden, the new, fresh outgoing energy of the Triple Goddess. It's the optimum time to birth new intentions, set plans in motion, and state new goals. While the Moon is still dark (not visible) our seedling intentions can be nurtured and their roots can be strengthened. This blog will address the New Moon each month from an Astrological perspective, and how you can co-create with the natural rhythms to manifest your highest intent. Each Moon will correspond to a Guiding Goddess Archetype that resonates with the current astrological energies.

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Introducing My New Weekly Sun Sign Column!

The Week of Sunday July 27th 

What better time to launch a creative project than the New Moon in Leo?  Welcome to my new weekly sun sign column! 

The sexy and playful New Moon in Leo on Saturday sets the tone, not only for the coming week, but until the next Full Moon on August 10th.  (See my post on the Leo New Moon here: )  Mars has finally moved out of its extra long stint in Libra into Scorpio, which is great news for the Cardinal signs: Aries, Cancer, Libra, and Capricorn – but Aries and Libra will be the ones that really breathe a sigh of relief.   And, Mercury the archetype that rules communication leaves the emotional terrain of Cancer for dynamic Leo, joining the Sun and Jupiter, and bringing sparkle and play to all.  August 2nd is the cross quarter day Lughnasadh, or Lammas, marking the first of the three ancient Celtic Harvest festivals.  Read on to see what this all means for you.

Aries and Aries Rising

Your ruling planet, Mars has been hanging out for a ridiculously long stint in your opposite sign Libra (8 months!) and now it’s finally time to get back on track!  You might feel like you’ve come out of a dark pit with one thing after another opposing you and sapping your energy.  Well, now it’s time to regenerate, and come out where you belong – on top!  Mars’s ingress into Scorpio on Friday the 25th, also gives your sex life a deep, dark and delicious undertone for the next 6 weeks.   The New Moon in Leo lights up your house of pleasure, fun and romance.  Commit to your art now, and make self-expression a top priority.  Starting Thursday, you suddenly become the life of the party, and it’s hard for anyone to resist your charm.  You are influential and persuasive.  Use the next 3 weeks to make an impression, and show up exactly as you intend.

Taurus and Taurus Rising

Leo’s New Moon highlights your home and family, Taurus.  You might consider a luxurious stay-cation, or buy something that makes your home more comfortable and stylish.  You could also find yourself spending time with family that you haven’t seen in awhile; it’s the perfect time for a summer family reunion.  If you are partnered, you could be feeling feisty, or argumentative with your significant other for the next 6 weeks.  It’s also possible that you choose to bite your tongue, preferring to mull things over while you sort out your feelings, rather than blurting out what’s bothering you.  On the other hand, this same energy has you feeling downright sexy, and you could transform your partnership through deep sexual communion, or at least some steamy summer frolic.

Gemini and Gemini Rising

Get ready for some short exciting jaunts Gemini!  The perfect thing right now would be to get away to your favorite B&B.  It’s possible that the next six weeks could find you in a power struggle with someone at work.  On the other hand, you might be so busy at work, that a quick rejuvenating jaunt is exactly what you need to keep relaxed and efficient.  Writing, speaking, and taking short courses are all highlighted, and can be the beginning of something brand new.  You could begin a new lifestyle or health that focuses on body/mind discipline; perhaps starting or deepening a yoga practice.

Cancer and Cancer Rising

What a relief! For the past 8 months, Mars has been causing havoc in your happy home.  You probably feel like your emotions have been trampled on, and have cried more than your share of tears in the last while.  Well, hallelujah, let the choir sing, because this emotionally uncomfortable chapter is over as of Friday the 25th.  Look forward to a spring in your step, and a song in your heart, because Mars in Scorpio will shore you up, and get you ready to hang your hat on your next creative endeavor.  This is not the time to hold back, Cancer.  You can do a lot of healing by diving head first into anything that makes your heart sing.  Laugh, dance, paint, go camping with your kids.  The next six weeks are like balm to your soul, and you can transform your life through some well-earned play.  The New Moon in Leo gives you permission to add some luxury to your life.  If you’re in the market to buy a home, now is a good time to invest in your dreams.  Make intentions to rev up your self-esteem, and remind yourself that you are enough, just as you are.

Leo and Leo Rising

The New Moon is in your sign Leo, and it’s time to figure out what ground you want to sow your seeds in.  What is your bottom line?  What is important to you?  You are feeling energized by the mighty stellium of planets in your own sign right now, and it’s time to shine.  Mars newly in Scorpio has you transforming yourself and your ambitions from the ground up.  With all the dazzling Leo energy floating in the collective, you want to do something creative with it that sets a foundation that resonates with your deepest dreams and most intrinsic values.  Spend some time reflecting on what those are.

Virgo and Virgo Rising

You may be feeling sleepy.  The Sun (your energizing core) is currently in your 12th house, meaning you are getting your beauty rest for Virgo season, which is just around the corner (starting August 22nd) In the meantime, stretch your imagination and dream.  Plant the seeds that you will be harvesting when you come out energized and strong next month.  What do you want to create? What is your next chapter about?  Simultaneously, Mars is calling you on short trips, and you will find yourself taking workshops, meeting new people and learning new skills that will come in handy later.

Libra and Libra Rising

The last 8 months have tested you to your outer limits.  There were probably times when your anger and frustration exploded into uncharacteristic blow ups that shocked not only those around, you, but even left you wondering what the bejezus  was going on.  Your most intimate partnerships were rocked.  Well, as of Friday, Mars has finally left your sign, and you can get back to your charming gracious self.  Now it’s time to build up your self-esteem, and make some financial headway.  The New Moon in Leo occurs in your 11th house, creating opportunities to find your people, and get your most cherished ideals and projects out to the wider world.  Aim for the stars.  You have your Venusian powers for making friends and forging connections back.

Scorpio and Scorpio Rising

It’s like you’re coming out of a cocoon.  Suddenly, ideas and plans spring into action and begin to take shape.  You’re all about your self-image right now, and you’re transforming elements of your persona to better express the changes on the inside.  You debut these changes for the next 6 weeks, but the seeds you plant will now will have long lasting effects.  With Mars in your sign, you’re feeling passionate and fired up.  You’re regenerating at a deep level, and sharpening your resolve to make something happen.  You might feel like you’ve crossed a certain threshold, and are beginning a whole new chapter.  You’re super visible right now, and looking good to VIP’s, bosses and those in a position to help you up the next rung of the ladder.  Your creative projects are buzzing with life, and people take notice.

Sagittarius and Sagittarius Rising

The New Moon in Leo, and the entire Leo stellium ignites your 9th house.  You are the intrepid explorer of the zodiac, and the time has come to make that a reality. Travel is definitely in the cards for you.  The next six weeks sees you heading off into parts unknown.  Leave no stone unturned.  This is your time to radically design the life of your dreams.  Get out and meet new people from all walks of life, and see what makes them tick.  Taste everything.  Keep a journal of your all your impressions.  Start a blog (those awesome pictures of your adventures aren’t just for Instagram!)  Your unique brand of creativity is amped, and you’re making a name for yourself.   Entertaining ideas for higher education is a possibility.  You have a ravenous appetite for experience and knowledge right now.  Steady on.

Capricorn and Capricorn Rising

Work was a battleground for the last 8 months for many Capricorns.  Power struggles with the boss, or if you’re the boss, contentious issues with employees has left you exhausted.  Some Capricorns had to deal with onerous parents.  Well, that’s all about to straighten out as if by magic, as Mars moves out of your house of career and moves into your house of friends, community, and tribe.  You’ll be able to reach the audience you need.  You may also find yourself benefiting from “other people’s money”.  Shared resources bring you gifts you didn’t expect.  Your sex life is amped, and you want to explore more creative sexual terrain, forging deeper connections through intimate bonds.

Aquarius and Aquarius Rising

The spotlight is on you Aquarius!  You are changing the way people see you.  You are energized at work, possibly getting a new job, or revamping the old one in a way that brings you into focus.  Maybe you are starting up your own business, or sending out that manuscript.  Either way, you’re refocusing your public image.  The New Moon in Leo lights up your house of marriage and close partnerships.  You’re feeling extra romantic and playful, bringing a new sense of abundance to your primary relationship.  You want to play dress up, and go out on the town in way you haven’t done for a long time.  Invest in a new wardrobe, because all eyes are on you.  Enjoy this delicious time of renewed self-expression.  You’ve earned it!

Pisces and Pisces Rising

You need to get out and explore new horizons! Don’t put off that trip any longer.  You’re chomping at the bit to see what’s beyond your front porch.  You might also decide to bump up your education, or take a course that broadens your knowledge base.  You’re drawn to metaphysical pursuits, and the search for meaning right now – the Quest.  Something’s getting close to publishing, give it the final push and get it out there.   All in all, you’re feeling optimistic and rejuvenated.  The New Moon in Leo could see you moving house, or somehow shaking up your daily routine in a way that gives your life more juice.  Cultivate a daily sense of renewed creativity and play.


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Danielle is the Astrology columnist for SageWoman magazine and Banyen Books and Sound. She has studied Astrology for over 27 years, and has professional certification in Psychological Astrology. She works in private practice as an consulting Astrologer and Intuitive Holistic Counselor. Danielle holds a degree in Women's Studies, and is currently completing a second degree in Interdisciplinary Studies with a concentration in Counseling Psychology. She is a passionate scholar of the works of Carl Jung, mythology, and archetypal psychology, and works best with individuals who are on a psycho-spiritual growth path. Her essay Dancing in the Temple of the Queen of Heaven, was recently published in the anthology, A Mantle of Stars. Contact Danielle to book your next reading at


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