“Hot fun in the summertime…” you couldn’t find a better anthem for the New Moon in Leo than that! OK, I know I’m dating myself, but really, go listen to the words of the sultry 1969 classic by Sly and the Family Stone and you’ll get the essence of summer, Leo New Moon energy.
New Moons in general are great times to plant seeds for the ideas, plans, and actions we want to grow over the coming weeks as the Moon itself waxes towards full again. And what perfect timing that the New Moon in Leo always happens in the middle of summer – this year on August 11th – when we might even have a little more downtime to create some playful lunar love magic.
Are you ready to maximize that energy for yourself? And maybe with your lover? I’ll show you how to assemble your magical New Moon toolkit, set up your lunar love nest, and create a few playful activities. Then, maybe you’ll be able to conjure up some on your own or with your favorite playmate!
New Moon in Leo qualities
Let’s begin by taking a closer look at exactly what Leo energy feels like – yes, there’s certainly a playful, fun side, but it’s also all about passion, generosity, optimism, and loyalty. Leo’s symbol is the Lion — the King (or Queen) of the Jungle — and you can draw on that majestic, courageous, magnetic vibe as well during the Leo cycle.
And did I mention that Leo is ruled by the Sun in astrology? That would definitely account for the Leo urge to be the center of attention, to literally shine… when the Moon is in Leo, you may feel more dramatic, confident and expressive. How can you not capitalize on this perfect storm of Sun-Lion(ess) Lunar Love Magic at the height of the summer?
Assembling your magical Leo toolkit
The next step is to look at all the fun associations for Leo energy – here are some to get you started:
Elemental energy – Fire
Colors – orange, yellow, gold
Gemstones – ruby, carnelian, tiger’s eye
Flowers – sunflower, gerbera, marigold
Essential Oils – rosemary, lemon, ginger, garlic (yes, those last two are really essential oils, too!)
Music – brass, jig/reel dances
Food/Drink – flavorful, expensive!
And if you really want to pack your toolkit to the brim, you could also research Leo-themed movies, books, clothes, animals, places in nature… the list is endless, depending on what you and your partner are drawn to explore.
Where To Set Up Your Leo Love Nest
Your sacred love-space could be anywhere, depending on what you plan to do there. To really tap into that fire-y Sun-ruled Leo energy — literally and figuratively — find a place outside in the sun.
You can spread a blanket in the backyard or a sunny meadow, or head to the beach with a picnic basket. And if you’ve enticed your partner to play with you, of course, be sure to end up in the bedroom… or a private outdoor spot!
You might even consider a theme-inspired trip to nourish yourself in fun-loving Leo-style — a day at an amusement park, renting a lake house (with lots of water activities), or maybe signing up for a summer camp for adults! The idea is to think playfully and take advantage of the height of the Sun while it lasts.
When To Activate Leo’s New Moon Energy
Now that you have some ideas on where to practice your Leo magic and what to take with you, let’s look at some specific things to do.
But first, a heads-up: if you really want to work with the intention-setting, “planting seeds” energy of the New Moon itself, it’s best to do it within 3 days of the actual date (August 11th). However, the Sun is in Leo from July 23 until August 22, so you can tap into it to a lesser degree anytime during that period, too.
The other thing to keep in mind is that if either you and/or partner are a Leo by birth, or if your moon is in Leo, you’ll get a nice double whammy of Leo New Moon energy whatever you decide to do!
How To Design A Leo Throne Room
First, create your sacred space with some of the tools from your toolkit, starting with a comfy chair that will serve as your throne, maybe draped with a lush, gold or red-toned blanket or sheet. Light a red or gold candle and place some sunflowers and marigolds in a beautiful vase. Then, since Leo loves “eating like a king (or queen)”, be sure to have some expensive, elegant food and drink nearby (champagne and truffles or red caviar?) to tingle your taste buds.
I’m big on activating all of our senses when we’re doing magical work, so choose one of the essential oils from your Leo toolkit and put a few drops in an aromatherapy lamp… or if you don’t have one, on a light bulb. Scent is the most powerful of all of our senses since it’s directly connected to the limbic system, the part of your brain that activates your emotions and memories. Not to mention, that it just enhances your “royal” atmosphere as you prepare to welcome your inner Queen to the throne!
New Moon in Leo Ritual To Reconnect With Your Inner Queen (or King)
Now that you’ve set your magical stage, what symbolic actions will you take to anchor your New Moon commitment to reconnect with your inner Queen… what does that even mean?? Basically, it means giving yourself permission to celebrate yourself, to practice self-love, to “brag on” yourself, to own all that’s fabulous, regal and sensational about YOU!
Here are some fun ways to do that:
1) Create a paper plate crown. Decorate it with sequins, colored markers, glitter and stick-on gems. Or if you’re particularly creative, you can go the Fairy-Queen route and make yourself a flower crown. Remember, with the Leo New Moon, you really have permission to play, so make believe you’re back in art class and have fun with it. In fact, go ahead and play dress-up, too, and find some robes or flow-y clothes that make you feel like a magnificent monarch!
2) Proclaim your Queenly nature! What qualities do you appreciate most about yourself? What accomplishments are you most proud of? Are there skills or areas of expertise that you’d like to feel even more confident about or want to expand? If you have a paper crown, you can write all of those declarations or intentions right on the crown itself. Or, if you’ve made a flower crown, you can create a formal proclamation – write them all down on a long, legal-size piece of paper, roll it up and tie it with a beautiful ribbon.
3) Party with your inner Queen. Ready to infuse your crown and/or proclamation with royal energy? Of course, dancing is one of the best ways to build energy and “charge” your New Moon work. You can be really literal and channel your Inner Queen with Abba’s 1976 hit, Dancing Queen… watching the original video is half the fun. Some other great ones with a strong Leo message are Lady Gaga’s Born this Way and Roar by Katy Perry
4) Hang your crown in a prominent place. So, after you flop back down on your throne, now what? In order to keep your Leo New Moon magical work alive in your life, you want to keep that crown nearby so you can remember to tap into that powerful energy when you need it most. When you’re feeling low, if you’ve been overlooked or put down, if you need to remember what’s special about yourself. That’s the power of symbols, created in sacred space with intention – long after you leave your throne room, they still carry the power to shift your psyche on the deepest level. And may actually remind you to return to your throne and re-connect with your royal-self for a little confidence booster.
Infusing Leo New Moon Energy Into Your Relationship
If you’re in a relationship, you can only enhance it by introducing your strong, confident Inner Queen/King to your partner. In my work with couples, I hear from both women and men all the time that they find it sexy when their partner is able to express what they want and to be creative when it comes to love-making.
And from there, bring in the playful side of Leo and conjur up some fun summertime activities to do together. Create your lunar love nest in all the ways or places suggested above, starting with a special dinner (remember, “fit for a king/queen”) and ending up with some passionate play in the bedroom.
Keep in mind that with Leo’s gregarious, “out there” energy, a quiet dinner at home may not be the way to go, so think about making reservations at a swanky 5-star restaurant, maybe even one that offers the chance of a celebrity sighting. Dress up and let your Leo-selves shine!
After dinner, you can head to the theater or opera to tap into the dramatic flair that Leo loves. Or if one of you feels the urge to be in the limelight yourself, find a great place to do some karaoke. And of course, Leo always is up for a dance party… whether it’s ballroom dancing, jitter-bugging or going wild at your favorite nightclub, make it lively and joyful.
If you’re really lucky, maybe you can schedule your New Moon date for one of those outdoor concerts that end with fireworks, celebrating with tons of people outdoors on a sunny summer afternoon or evening, with a colorful, spectacular ending, accompanied perhaps by Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture? Can’t get more Leo than that, with all the brass, cannons and pyrotechnics.
Then, back in the bedroom…
Presuming you have energy left when you get home, you can set up your bedroom (or maybe do it beforehand) with all the sumptuous care you took for your self-love ritual… candles, energizing scents, sunflowers, etc. This time, though, you can use the champagne as a sensual love-making taste-treat – use your imagination.
You can even revisit the 1812 Overture… and if you figure out how to time the cannon blasts with your own climax, I want to hear about it! Then you can snuggle up in post-coital bliss, listening to Happy by Pharrell Williams and reflecting on your fun-filled, joy-filled Leo date.
If there was ever a New Moon energy that captures the essence of “sacred play”, Leo is it. The playful part is pretty obvious, but what makes it sacred is when you create the intention to go beyond the more “traditional” New Moon goal-setting practices and really prepare and plan to make it extra special for yourself and/or your partner.
I’m a Life and Relationship Coach, Counseling Astrologer, and Interfaith Minister. I lead women’s New Moon Circles and Full Moon TeleMeditations every month and love designing creative, meaningful rituals for individuals and couples to re-energize mind, body, and spirit, and enhance their relationships. Email me at Deborah@SpiritedLiving.com to schedule a 20-minute introductory coaching session!