LEO New MOON with MARS (July 23): BE Authentically YOU!

22 Jul


“The privilege of a lifetime is to become who you truly are.”
C.G. Jung (* July 26, 1875, born with SUN / URANUS in LEO, and AQ Rising) 


MARS was first to ignite LEO this week, on July 20!
Check out my blog post for more about MARS in LEO this Summer (July 20 – Sept 5)! 

The SUN just entered LEO today, Sat July 22 at 8:15 am PDT (until Aug 22, it’s LEO season) and the LEO NEW MOON will be less than 24 hrs later, tomorrow SUNday JULY 23 at 2:46 am PDT!

This is the first of TWO LEO New MOONs! Super rare!
Since New Moons happen every 29 days, there IS a VERY rare chance for two to happen in the same sign of the Zodiac, under conditions like this: 1° LEO 1 and 29° LEO.

The first New Moon in LEO is on July 23, at the FIRST degree of LEO, and the second one is the Total SOLAR ECLIPSE New Moon, on Aug 21, at the LAST degree of LEO!


Start into LEO New MOON: BE Creatively and Authentically YOU!
End of LEO Solar Eclipse: BE Self Aware, and in your Heart Integrity!

Johfra Bosschart Leo

The Sun Rules Leo – Painting by Johfra Bosschart


The energy at the ‘entry’ into LEO (with an ARIES undertone) feels like this:
BEING authentically YOU, naturally playful and creative – that’s the motto for THIS NEW MOON!

At the end of LEO, the ‘Sphinx Point’ (with SAG undertone) the theme is to know ourselves, and leading over to VIRGO – doing what we love, knowing how we work best, and how we can offer service from the Heart, and in Integrity…

With the double newness of LEO in 2017, let’s start fresh with our creative SoUlar Fire, BE and know ourselves, and shine our Heart Light!


Check it out in the NEW MOON Chart and ASTRO~WEATHER description below:
How strong LEO becomes, and how much fiery energy is showing up and building up now!
Time to show our Colours, Create from the Heart, and:

LEO rules the fiery Solar Plexus (just take a look at that glorious SUN Lion on the JB picture!), and the Heart Chakra, and the Crown Chakra radiating powerful strength, moving, attracting,  and expressing from your beautiful Heart, and being your SoUlar Cosmic Consciousness!
All these Chakras get lit up now – and bright Summer sunlight clearly helps too 🙂

This coming week will be SUPER Martian and fiery:
The SUN meets and passes MARS (only once every 2 years) on Wed July 26 – of course in LEO! Triple-fiery (SUN, MARS, LEO)!

Let’s use that energy to go for what we’re truly passionate about, and where our Love is – in our Heart, not ‘just’ as an ego-want.
Nice practice to notice the difference…
LEO’s all-time motto: LIVE LIFE LOVINGLY guides us in this!

The LEO NEW MOON already catalyzes that energy – a seed is planted.
First ‘sprouting’ can be seen at the AQ – LEO FULL MOON on Aug 7. Where does the energy want to be directed to, and where can effects be seen?
To the complementary opposite energy of AQ – group consciousness and co-creation. Sooo, what is it that you are part of nowadays, in co-creation, with your own passionate creativity???



Classic Queens – Photo by Melanie, July 2017

Early LEO NEW MOON – Creative Conception

As I’m writing the ASTRO~NEWS, it’s the Dark-before-New MOON phase, and the last day of the waning MOON is in CANCER.
A closure of the CANCER New Moon cycle (since June 23), and a perhaps homey (yep, definitely here, at my writing pod), calm & caring preparation for the super FIERY phase to come

FIRE, esp. LEO Heart Fire will be the dominant element, until the next end-of-LEO New MOON – the Total Solar Eclipse on Aug 21. 

As always, a NEW MOON is a ‘conception’ phase, as Yin and Yang / MOON and SUN meet:
It’s not ‘just’ about setting intentions (the masculine, Solar side of it – which can get very strong, with LEO and MARS involved) that the yang driven dominant culture emphasizes but equally the intuitive receptivity (the feminine, Lunar side of the – NEW MOON).

And hey, ‘even’ JUPITER nowadays in LIBRA shows us how important balance, incl. masculine / feminine balance is.
Who wants to burn burn burn, and burn out of all the fiery energy?

How can that look and feel like?

  • Maybe literally some cozy cat naps if the body asks for them.
  • Maybe ‘sleeping over’ creative ideas, and noticing what the regenerated intuition says the next morning?
  • Maybe being in nature, and inspired by her beautiful expression of the yin-yang dance.
  • Definitely important to honour the bodily, somatic experience.

Let’s tune into, receive, and express that energy and SoLunar LEO Spirit from the Loving Heart
SO much can be channeled into joyful creativity from there!
Are children around you? Play! Or be as playful as children, in your ‘adult’ life! This is the month that brings out the Inner Child most.
Great to be around animals too, and to let the Inner Artist FREE!

Wherever early LEO is in your chart that’s the area of life that invites you to be receptive and pro-active around new authentic creativity and playful lovingness!
Maybe there are even planets there? Bring new life affirming energy to those inner Archetypes!

If you’re not sure what I mean by those astrological pointers let me ‘translate’ them for you, and let’s explore together, customized to and guided by your purrrsonal chart.
To show you and set the tone for the area and those themes of your life that receive a boost for creativity, co-creation, and re-creation. 

We can do that in a focused mini session, or as part of an update / cosmic tune-up, during Client Appreciation Month of August, or even before, if you like!


Here is the Fiery LEO NEW MOON Chart

On the West Coast, the LEO NEW MOON will be exact at 2:46 am PDT.

LEO NM 2017

What’s with ALL this Fiery Energy?


Heart Lava, Kilauea. Photo by B. Lewis


Not ‘just’ the early LEO NEW MOON with MARS… Also:

  • MERCURY / North Node end of LEO – on the ‘Sphinx Point’ where the TOTAL SOLAR ECLIPSE on Aug 21 will be:
    Self Awareness is so important... not ‘just’ these days (but pointed to with the Lunar North Node and MERCURY.
    What does that mean? How can we best be with / in this?
    Practically speaking:
    Who am I, how do I work best, and what works and is healthy for me? When I come from a loving and strong place (LEO) I have a lot of energy to ‘do the work’. Creativity as a combination of playfulness (LEO) and skillfulness (VIRGO). MERCURY will go into VIRGO on July 25 – see below.
    And spiritually speaking:
    Who ARE YOU? What is the SELF? An invitation for deep spiritual inquiry…
  • A GRAND FIRE TRINE has been building (and is loosening after the NEW MOON), between:
    MERCURY / NN end of LEO,  LILITH / SATURN retro end of SAG, and URANUS stationary end of ARIES!
    Can you see it in the chart?
    A spiritual ‘golden opportunity’, to ride the ever accelerating wave of high vibrational, liberating, shifting and awakening energy that frees us FROM the ‘box’, even 3-D / 4-D consensus reality (URANUS in ARIES) and FOR – who knows what shows up – in the NOW!
    Who are YOU in and as THIS? Self / Spirit Awareness…
    And with LILITH close to SATURN retro late SAG (approaching the ever elusive ‘Galactic Centre’ again): Ultimates can’t be taught or talked about yet pointed to. Something deeply knows. 
  • And then, there are several squares (fiery, MARS ruled aspects that build up a lot of tension and conflict, and need dynamic outlets):
    We’re just coming out of the multiple square from MARS and the SUN, today (July 22) also the MOON – as they’ve all been in late CANCER – to URANUS in late ARIES: 
    How to reconcile the need to be safe (CAN) with the liberating push (AR) to try out something completely new, adventurous, liberating, to re-invent yourself?
    It has been good with the CAN energy to be gentle and (self) caring, in the crazy acceleration and bombardment with stimuli.
  • The fiery URANIAN impulse (like an volcanic eruption, or a flash of lightning) is coming in stronger now, as URANUS is going into ‘U-turn’ at the very end of ARIES, to go on its yearly retro trip, from Aug 2 – Jan 3. Mid-July to mid-Aug are very URANIAN weeks:
    There may be more ‘crazy news’, and things can shift in a heartbeat, or the blink of an eye. Live NOW, not in the past or future. Allow for inspiration in the moment, paradigm shifts, and liberation.
    Motto:  Experimentation, no expectation! And: WAKE UP! 
  • Lastly (for now) another by nature fiery (but not AS fiery) square is coming in, from JUPITER in mid-LIBRA to PLUTO retro in mid-CAP (exact on Aug 4). This is the 3rd of 3 exact squares (Nov 24, 2016, March 30 and Aug 4, 2017):
    A pressure to make wise choices, esp. in relationships of all kinds, so that they serve the best purpose. Forget about going into old conditioned (even ancestral) patterns of ‘shoulds’, of taking too much on and feeling resentful, or like wasting your time (heaaaavy CAP energy needs to be purged), or being ‘too nice’ and accommodating while things are actually imbalanced – LIBRAN themes get a JUPITERIAN magnifying glass this year.
    What ARE good soul (PLUTO) synergies (LI) that enhance life (JUPITER) and bring out your best, mature qualities (CAP)?
    Let’s choose wisely! And save a lot of time and energy…
    Well, and some ‘soul relationships’ (PLUTO square JUPITER in LI) that we may or may not have consciously chosen are occasionally quite ‘uncomfortable’ when they purge and ‘burn off’ the egos…. All part of the game…

    There’s a LOT to this, on personal, interpersonal, and collective levels…, now brought up and transformed.

Blessings for a Heart-full LEO New Moon cycle!


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© 2017 by Melanie Lichtinger





Serving you with astrological guidance and perspective, pointing you to YOUR INNER ‘COSMIC COMPASS’.

I’d love to inspire you to be in alignment with, and smoothly ‘ride’ those ‘auspicious’ or ‘challenging’ waves of cosmic energies that present themselves at a given time, and, similar to climate and weather, affect our human energy field.

Because it leads to eye opening awareness, growth, healing, release, transformation, and you can feel connected with the bigger evolution.
Ultimately, you can dwell in a witnessing place in the ‘HUB OF THE WHEEL’where you are less and less affected, more and more liberated, and self-realized.

The birth chart is an incarnational map to identify your ‘original imprint’and themes that are showing up as ‘issues’ in your life.
I help you see how you don’t need to be unconsciously identified WITH them, and they don’t have to run your life.

I’m always happy to welcome you as a client who is not seeking a ‘reading’ from me (“What’s going to happen TO me?”, “What am I supposed to do?”), but to be supported in accessing your own wisdom source, especially in times of a challenging transitions, stuckness, transformational crisis, or for perspective at a crossroad, dilemma, or empowered choices.

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Our experiential and embodied Astrology groups have over time (the 13 years I’ve been facilitating workshops and classes) become quite potent and catalytic.
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Come join us, if deep synergy in a circle speaks to you!

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