Create an empowering ritual for harnessing the magical lunar energy coming our way!
Sometimes it seems like Full Moons get all the love because they’re just so big and obvious and well, full. You may not be able to see the moon when it’s new but that doesn\’t make its magical lunar energy any less powerful.
The New Moon arriving in Leo on August 20 represents the beginning of the 30-day lunar cycle, so the period of time starting three days before (August 17) and lasting until three days after (August 23) offers the perfect opportunity to look within yourself, assess what your current needs are, set your intentions for the month ahead, and lay the groundwork for those new projects.
What are the key Leo qualities you can tap into on this New Moon?
Leo’s animal, the Lion and to include feminine power, the Lioness, is the perfect embodiment of its energy with it\’s proud, big-hearted, regal, and confident nature (although, watch for a dip into arrogance).
Ruled by the Sun, Leo also radiates warmth, high energy, optimism. You can feel more dramatic and drawn to express yourself creatively and playfully when the moon is Leo.
And let’s remember that the lion is the King of the jungle, or the Queen for all of you feisty females, which introduces lots of other fun imagery to play with!
So, how can you take advantage of all of this Leo New Moon juju and create an empowering New Moon ritual for yourself?
Setting up your Leo New Moon ritual simply means creating symbolic actions. Since symbols are the language of the unconscious, when you enact a ritual, you tap into your deepest desires and dreams.
For your ritual work to be truly transformative, four basic elements must be present:
- Declare a clear intention
- Activate all five of your senses
- Gather and incorporate meaningful symbols
- Create a sacred space and time
Find a private space where you won’t be interrupted, turn off your phone, and any other nearby devices, and make sure to have everything you\’ll need with you before you begin.
How To Design Your Leo Throne Room
Your sacred Queen space could be anywhere: your home office or a quiet corner, or a secluded place outside under that Leo sun.
Set up a comfy chair that will serve as your throne, perhaps draped with a blanket in one of Leo’s luxurious colors, such as lush gold or red-tones. Light a red or gold candle and place some sunflowers and marigolds nearby in a beautiful vase.
Then, since Leo loves eating like a king or queen, be sure to have some elegant food and drink nearby (think champagne and truffles or red caviar) to tingle your taste buds.
Choose a Leo-inspired essential oil, such as rosemary, lemon, rose, or ginger, 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!
Now that you’ve set your magical stage to reconnect with your inner Leo Queen, you may be wondering what it even means. It means giving yourself permission to celebrate yourself, practice self-love, “brag on” yourself, and own every single thing that’s fabulous, regal, and sensational about YOU!
Here are four symbolic actions you can take as part of your empowering Leo New Moon ritual:
Create Your 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 have permission to play, so make believe you’re back in art class and have fun with it. Go ahead and play dress-up, too. Find some robes or flow-y clothes that make you feel like a magnificent monarch!
Proclaim Your Majestic Nature
What qualities do you appreciate most about yourself? Which of your accomplishments are you most proud of? What skills or areas of expertise do you want to feel more confident about or want to expand?
If you make a paper crown, you can write all of those declarations or intentions right on the crown itself. Or, if you make 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.
Party with Your Inner Queen
Ready to infuse your crown and proclamation with royal energy? Dancing is one of the best ways to build energy and “charge” your New Moon work. You can be literal and channel your inner Queen by boogying to Abba’s 1976 hit “Dancing Queen” or maybe “Roar” by Katy Perry.
Hang Your Crown in A Prominent Place
To keep your Leo New Moon magical work alive in your life even after the time you spend lounging on your throne, you want to keep that crown nearby as a reminder to tap into that powerful energy when you need it most, when you’re feeling low, when you feel you’ve been overlooked or put down, or when you simply need to remember what’s particularly special about yourself.
That’s the true power of symbols you create in a sacred space with purposeful intention.
Long after you leave your throne room, your crown still carries the power to shift your psyche on the deepest level. It may even remind you to return to your throne and re-connect with your royal self from time to time for a majestic confidence booster!
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Life & Relationship Coach, Deborah Roth, MA is also a Counseling Astrologer, and Interfaith Minister. She leads women’s New Moon Circles and Full Moon TeleMeditations every month and loves designing creative, meaningful rituals for individuals and couples to energize their lives and relationships.