The New Moon in Leo on Friday, August 14th, kicks off a new lunar month. This is a beautiful and auspicious New Moon, that could bring insight and lucky surprises our way. The theme of this New Moon is Creative Self-Expression. Every one of us is creative. Creativity is not just about painting or making music (though, of course, it’s that too). Some people express themselves in the way they tell stories, or how they cook, how they play with children, or how they organize their finances. There are infinite ways to be creative. So, what’s yours?
This weekend (August 14th-16th) would be a great time to set your intentions for the next month. See your horoscope below to understand the themes of this lunar month for your sign.
Aries & Aries Rising: Romance in Mind
The past few years have seen you coming into your own. This month really brings that home with an extra dose of creativity, and the impetus to step into your true self. How do you express yourself creatively? Creativity shows up everywhere--in how we speak, how we move, how we make the bed, how we solve problems.... How can you harness your creative superpowers and make more space for the creative projects in your life?
Imagine that before you were born, you were given an assignment for your time on Earth. What would your assignment have been?
This month is also a time of romance, fun, and pleasure. With Venus retrograde, it’s time to reconsider what you value in these areas. Aries are notorious for go-go-going, and not stopping till we drop. But taking time out for fun and enjoyment will only help you in your other endeavours. Having fun is one of the most healing, and rejuvenating things. So, Aries, how are you gonna up the fun and pleasure in your life?
Saturn wants you to dig deep, to notice the patterns of thought that hold you back, the negativity that brings you down. Release that extra weight and you will fly.
For the next year, Jupiter will help you work on your health, your daily routines, and the ways in which you serve the community. Use this energy to treat your body like the temple it is, and watch how you have so much more energy to give, create, and contribute.
Taurus & Taurus Rising: Take Me Home
This month brings you home: into your sanctuary, and into yourself. Consider what you need to feel safe, supported, and stable. What thoughts are nurturing? What can you change around your home so you feel even more at home?
Perhaps you began a project around your home that you are ready to come back to, or maybe you want to redecorate or rearrange the furniture. Perhaps you are just thinking of doing these things--that’s fine too! Envision what you want, so when the time comes, you manifest your desires.
This area concerns not only your physical home, but the home in your mind, the deepest part of your psyche that was formed in your childhood. Parents, family, and ancestry may be on your mind now as well. What do you value about your family? Reconsider your relationship to your family. How do they and how do they not meet your needs?
Saturn asks you to pay attention to your thought patterns around relationship, and release those thoughts that no longer serve.
For the next year, Jupiter will up the pleasure, creativity, and fun in your life. Taurus is known for its work ethic. That’s awesome, but this year, it’s time to ease off some. Besides, creating time for rest and fun will help you be more productive when you are working. If you don’t have any creative projects on the go, think about starting one.
Gemini & Gemini Rising: Mind Fire!
Your mind is on fire! There is a veritable party happening in your mind, bringing you creativity, insight, and the gift to express yourself in your own unique way. This is a wonderful time to innovate the workings of your mind, to notice stagnant thought patterns that only hold you back, and invite in new thoughts that uplift you and those around you.
Insights and inspiration may come from your networks and friends. Pay attention.
Saturn is giving you a few more weeks to sort out your health, daily routines, and the ways in which you serve the community. Releasing deeply ingrained emotional patterns, perhaps around relationship, will benefit these areas of your life.
For the next year, Jupiter brings opportunity and expansion to your home--whether that means moving to a potentially bigger or better place, renovating, or redecorating, your home is getting an upgrade. This area also concerns family, ancestry, and childhood--the factors that shape our mind and determine the extent to which we feel “at home” in the world. This year is a great time for therapy or journalling around these issues, so that you can feel more supported and secure, not just in your physical home, but in yourself.
Cancer & Cancer Rising: You Are Beautiful
Your money and possessions are getting an upgrade. Maybe you’ll get a raise, a windfall, or a gift. With Venus retrograde in this area, at the very least, you are thinking about what you value, and reconsidering what possessions you really want, and which ones just weigh you down. This is a great time to declutter, and simplify: when you go through all your belongings and let go those you don’t really want, need, or love, you’ll feel more wealthy because you’ll be surrounded by what you really value.
When it comes to what we value, the deeper issue is self-worth: how much do you value yourself? It’s time to become your biggest fan. It’s time to once and for all banish all the thoughts and voices that dare to drag you down, that claim you are anything other that 100% totally awesome. Because the truth is you rock. You are beautiful. You are unique. You are creative. And you have talents and gifts that the world NEEDS. Let your light shine, Cancer!
To read more about the connection between self-worth and money, check out my post on just that.
For the next year, Jupiter brings expansion to your communication. You may be sending and receiving more messages, talking more with your neighbours, siblings, and co-workers. You may spend more time reading and writing. Very likely, you will feel better able to communicate and express yourself.
Leo & Leo Rising: Holy Moly!
Holy moly guacamole, Leo! Do you feel it?! Leo has been host to the biggest party in the solar system for the past month. The Sun, Moon, Venus, Mars, and until a few days ago, Jupiter and Mercury, have been hangin’ in your sign, kickstarting YOU, your self-image, your self-worth, and how you show up in the world. They want you to shake off the chains of shoulds, oughts, and expectations that keep you from being your wild, gregarious self. They are saying, “Leo, forget what you think you should do, what do you WANT to do?”
Leos are deeply creative, and to feel fulfilled, they need to find a container for that creativity. What does your heart want to express? What do you have to share with the world? How can you bring your creativity into the world, even more, so that the rest of us can benefit from what you have to give?
This next month is potentially transformative for you. This could be a turning point. A big dose of courage is pouring your way. You are meant to be seen. You are meant to be on stage. Get out there, Leo, and shine!
As Saturn spends a few more weeks in your house of home and family, doing some self-work or therapy around your family, your upbringing, and the ways your mind has been shaped by these, will help you step into yourself.
For the next year, Jupiter brings luck, opportunity, and expansion to the money you make, your possessions, and most importantly, your self-worth. For more, read my post about the connection between self-worth and money.
Virgo & Virgo Rising: Dreamtime
There is a whole lot happening this month in your unconscious mind and dream-life. While it can be difficult when this area is activated, it’s probably not all tears: you are coming to understand yourself better. You may be gaining deep insight into who you are, and coming to see aspects of yourself and your mind that were formerly unconscious. That’s how we evolve.
Saturn is asking you to clean up your mind. Attend to your patterns of thought. Notice the thoughts that keep you down, that hold you back. Most likely, they are deeply ingrained, and excising them will be no simple matter. But it begins with awareness. The more you can see the negativity, the self-judgment and criticism, the more power you have to no longer believe it.
This next month would be a wonderful time for journaling, therapy, or other forms of self-work. Pay attention to your dreams. Most of us forget our dreams within seconds of waking up. If this is true for you, try writing your dreams down as soon as you wake. You may be surprised how much you learn.
For the next year, Jupiter travels through your sign, bringing you luck, opportunity, and insight. Stay awake and open to these gifts. Jupiter will help you have ease in yourself and the way you show up in the world.
Libra & Libra Rising: Party Time
This is your time to shine. There is a party happening in your social house--the area of your chart having to do with friends, networks, organizations, and social media. This area also governs your hopes and dreams, your wishes for the future--because your friends and networks are integral to manifesting your dreams!
Take some time to consider what’s really important to you in these areas. What kinds of people do you want to connect with? What are your biggest dreams and desires? Envision what you want. Then go out and make it happen: this month, get out there. Meet new peeps, up your social media game, be ready for those chance connections that can happen in an instant and can change your life forever.
Saturn is asking you to go through your possessions and clear out what you don’t need. More importantly, he wants you to notice the thought patterns that wear away at your self-worth. Clear out the negative and fall in love with number one (that’s you).
Jupiter will be working with your unconscious mind for the next year; showing you your self-defeating patterns, making conscious what had been repressed. It may seem like you are moving backwards, but actually, this is progress: you are becoming aware of what you need to work with and release.
Scorpio & Scorpio Rising: A Promotion
This month, your career is getting a major upgrade. This is the time to ask for a promotion if it hasn’t yet been offered. This is the time to make your move.
With Venus retrograde in this area, it’s also time to rethink what you love and value about your work. What do you desire from your work? Why do you do what you do? Do you feel adequately compensated? Do you work too much?
What were you born to do, Scorpio? What is your work, the work you feel called to do? If you work a job that pays the bills, but isn’t your calling, what can you do to work toward doing more of the work you love? Carving out just a few minutes a day for your passion can change your life. Now’s the time to commit.
Saturn is in your sign for another month, teaching you the hard lessons, bringing up the dross for you to see, showing you your shit so you can clean it up. Do the work, it’ll pay off. You’ll feel lighter come mid September.
Jupiter has just shifted into your house of friends, networks, and hopes and dreams, for the next year. This will bring opportunities and expansion to this area of your life. Make intentions to connect with the peeps who will help you achieve your dreams (in ways you can’t even imagine).
Sagittarius & Sagittarius Rising: Consciousness Raising
This month, the focus is on expanding your mind and consciousness. There are many strategies for gaining awareness: education; travel; self-study; reading; adventure--you get the picture. As a Sagittarius you are likely familiar with all these, so do what you do best.
With Venus retrograde in this area, you might take some time to reconsider your go-to strategies. Some are more effective than others. Drunken all-night shenanigans are fun, but won’t get you as far as enrolling for a course or planning a trip.
Saturn is working your unconscious mind, uprooting your issues, showing you your shit. Might be ugly, but the opportunity is to release repressed emotions, let go old thought patterns, purify your mind. You’ll feel lighter come mid-September.
Jupiter has just shifted into the house of your career for the next year. This will expand your career and bring luck and opportunities. Don’t shy away from asking for what you want. If you’re not already doing the work you love, the work you were born to do, carve out a little time each day (or week) for this. It could change your life.
Capricorn & Capricorn Rising: The Hidden
This month, the theme for you is The Hidden. This includes things you may actively avoid, as well as what is taboo, or socially avoided. It includes the complicated, entangled aspects of relationship: how we share or don’t share (emotions, resources) with our partners; the ways in which we’re co-dependent or aloof. It includes intimate, complicated sex. It includes money (other than money we earn from work): inheritance, grants, etc. It also includes the occult. A real mixed bag. The commonality is that none of these make for polite dinner conversation.
The question to ask yourself is “what am I avoiding that I really need to attend to?” Then attend to it.
For the next month, Saturn is asking you to work on the way you relate to groups of people and your larger social network. What old emotional drama is keeping you from making the connections that would support you? What negativity or doubt is keeping you from achieving your dreams?
For the next year, Jupiter will be expanding your mind and consciousness. This is a great year to take some courses, travel, or to get to know yourself a little better (subscribe to receive my video on just that). This coming year will feel much lighter that last, and will be full of adventures and learnings.
Aquarius & Aquarius Rising: Summer Lovin’
This month is all about relationship! With Venus retrograde here, it’s time to re-consider what you want, need, and value in relationships. How do your relationships serve you? How do they drain you? Venus retrograde sometimes makes it seem worse than it is: while it’s good to reconsider, if you can, wait till October to make any major decisions (like ending a relationship). Old flames from you past may reappear, or you may be thinking of your exes more than usual. Set your intentions what you most desire and want in relationship.
Saturn is working on your career, and showing you the emotional patterns and thoughts that stand in the way of the career of your dreams. Whatever issues show up, ask what you can learn from them. The pressure will lift mid-September.
Jupiter in the area of shared finances and the hidden for the next year, may bring you money in the form of grants, inheritances, from your spouse--money that comes in ways other than the work you do. You may also develop or foster an interest in the occult.
Pisces & Pisces Rising: Your Body is Your Temple
For the next month, reconsider your daily routines and how they serve you; reconsider how you take care of your health and your body--health is wealth. Envision your perfect day. Imagine how you can best take care of yourself. Then, start small. Change one or two things.
A very effective way to start changing your routine is to start meditating for 5 minutes first thing in the morning (if you don’t already). Just this single tweak can have a ripple effect through the rest of the day. When you begin by taking a few minutes to connect, to find quiet, your whole day will go better, and it’ll be much easier to implement other changes. (Subscribe to receive my guided meditation if you'd like support).
This next month (especially after August 23rd) would also be a great time for a cleanse: perhaps just cutting out some things for a week--those foods you know don’t feel good in your body. It’s different for everyone, but here are some common ones: sugar, alcohol, caffeine, dairy, gluten, meat, fried food, processed foods. You could also do a mind cleanse: take a day (or more) to unplug: no internet, no tv. Read only poetry and see how you feel. :)
For the next year, Jupiter is bringing love, connection, and relationship into your life. Relationship will become more of a focus. Your current relationships will likely improve, and new people will come into your life.