Happy New Moon in Leo! This New Moon becomes exact on the 8/8 Lion's Gate Portal Day: Sunday, August 8 at 9:50 a.m. New York time (13:50 GMT).
The Lion's Gate is the annual portal between approximately July 28 and August 12 when the sun aligns with Sirius-A, the brightest star in the sky, also known as our spiritual sun. August 8 is considered the day when the alignment is most exact and the Sirian energetic portal is most active.
On this day, With the Leo New Moon falling exactly on the Lion's Gate day this year, it makes it an extra potent portal! The numerology of 8 is very active on this New Moon. The date is 8/8 and the New Moon occurs at 16 degrees of Leo. 16 is of course a multiple of 8!
8 in numerology is associated with abundance, prosperity, manifestation, and success. This New Moon & Lion's Gate portal provides the opportunity for these things! By harnessing these energies well, you can set yourself up for a fortunate, flourishing conclusion to your 2021.
More on the significance of the Lion's Gate later in this article.
We have a stellium in Leo on this New Moon, with the sun and moon loosely conjunct Mercury in Leo. The sign of Leo is ruled by the sun and represented by a male lion. During Leo season, the sun is at home, so people are feeling comfortable in their own skin. Leo signifies the ego, charisma, and being seen in 'all our light' (being fully illuminated by the sun). Leo is also associated with abundance and 'all things gold' (as the sun appears gold in the sky).
If you've been feeling like things haven't been going your way and you're in need of a 'hard reset', this New Moon could provide exactly that for you, especially if you are a Leo Rising (like myself) or if this New Moon lies in your 1st house.
This New Moon sings new beginnings and optimism, no matter which house the moon falls in in your natal chart. However, be aware that with the sun and moon squaring Uranus, change can come unexpectedly or even harshly. Know that whatever changes come over the next 28 days are only for your Highest Good. The Universe in its infinite wisdom knows exactly what you need and will make things happen for you, even if the things aren't expected or initially comfortable.
This is the time to 'go with the flow' and 'roll with the punches'. If you live by the mantra that Everything happens for my Highest Good, you will be just fine.
It's a time to be optimistic and to dream big. The sign of Leo supports the manifestation of our biggest dreams. During Leo season, it's the time to let go of any fear of being seen in all your glory! Let go of any fears on how you are perceived. Be the unique you and bring out the most positive aspects of your personality!
Let's have a discussion on ego and personality.
BRINGING OUT YOUR HIGHEST PERSONALTY
The ego is not inherently bad. The ego is much more complex than that. The truth is, the ego (actually a better term for this is the ego-personality) is the vehicle that is necessary for the experience of being almost any type of physically incarnate being.
If you've ever played or seen someone play the computer game The Sims, you'll recognize this example. The soul is the gameplayer who creates the Sim, and the Sim is the ego-personality. You can't experience the 'Sim World' as the gameplayer (soul/consciousness) unless you create an avatar to experience the 'Sim World'. This avatar is the ego-personality.
I believe that the exact time that you are born is predetermined by your soul, meaning that your astrology is also predetermined. Your natal chart pretty well determines your personality.
Your soul chooses a particular predetermined personality that will allow the soul to experience life from a particular individuated perspective. That particular individuated perspective forms a balance with another particular individuated perspective from another lifetime that represents the polar opposite; and together, the hundreds (or thousands) of unique individuated perspectives that your soul experiences in human form on earth—in different timelines, time periods, and geographic locations; and in different types of bodies, with different ethnic backgrounds, families/upbringings, cultures, economic climates, and geographic climates, etc.--form a complete 'wheel of experience' (to simplify, think of it as your soul experiencing the unique perspectives of all 12 signs of the Zodiac wheel, over and over again, so that it can experience the totality of the Zodiac wheel).
So your soul wants to experience life through your unique perspective. Your unique ego-personality is not a barrier to Ascension; rather, it is the vehicle through which you are meant to experience Ascension.
Now, as you go through your Ascension process, your personality will inevitably shift. Some of the Shadow aspects of your personality that show up in your birth chart—the negative, immature, and unhealthy tendencies and aspects of ego—will dissolve away and you will embody more and more of the most positive, healthy, and Spiritually mature aspects of your particular ego-personality.
I would argue that Eckhart Tolle, Sadghuru, and Matt Kahn are three examples of humans who are probably pretty darn near totally Ascended while in the human vessel. All three of them have distinctly different personalities (yet they're all pretty hilarious). This is proof that the ego-personality doesn't go away as one Ascends—it merely transforms (for a good example of this, read Eckhart Tolle's story of his spontaneous transformation in the early pages of The Power of Now).
In fact, as one Ascends, what is really happening is that the aspects of the personality that come directly from the soul are starting to shine through. I really believe that in the three examples of highly-Ascended humans that I mentioned above, the soul-selves are really just shining through the eyes, voices, and mannerisms of the respective human selves.
Yes, it's true. The soul has a unique personality too! And it's likely that if the soul has a personality, so does the oversoul and the monad. I believe it's likely that all individuated aspects of the All-That-Is have a unique personality. Perhaps it's a logical given, considering all individuated aspects of the All-That-Is have a unique perspective due to having a unique experience of existence.
So we shan't be ashamed of our egos! We only should strive to transmute any of the negative, unhealthy, immature aspects of ego. I did an entire webinar called Dissolving the Ego that contains 12 energetic activation to assist in transmuting the negative aspects of ego. You can find it here.
One of the best ways to bring out that Highest Personality is to focus on purity. As empaths, we tend to sponge up 'stuff' from others, and if we don't know how to set boundaries with others and shield or cleanse ourselves spiritually, we won't be able to experience our Highest Personalities coming to life. You can't be fully YOU if you're expressing all sorts of 'crap' from others!
To experience more purity, it is important to spend occasional time in sacred solitude, and plenty of time in nature. Man is a social creature, yes, and that truth is illuminated during Leo season; however along the spiritual journey the importance of alone time cannot be understated.
It is also crucial to practice spiritual hygiene: take cleansing baths, use palo santo or sage, and use visualization and sound frequencies to keep yourself clear. Cut negative cords with people in your life. Also, exercise daily--it moves stuck energy out of your energy field.
I have a course called Spiritual Hygiene, Grounding & Cord Cutting 101 that is very helpful in assisting you in understanding the types of negativity that can infiltrate your field, and how to clean and protect yourself.
Leo season is the time to highlight the most positive and charismatic aspects of your ego-personality. I feel like as a Leo Rising I need to be an ambassador for this point. Don't be afraid to let yourself loose, to let yourself shine! You deserve it!
I feel I have a pretty good sense of humor. Without my sense of humor, I think my life would be pretty boring and depressing, and I wouldn't be able to meet so many cool people. So I consider my sense of humor one of those 'soul' aspects of my personality.
Here are some questions of self-inquiry to help you figure out which aspects of the ego-personality might be from the soul-self and which aspects you still might need to transmute:
Which aspects of my personality am I most proud of?
Which aspects of my personality serve others best?
Which aspects of my personality feel most associated with Love?
Do I have a tendency to hide these most positive aspects of my personality?
Could I allow myself to shine more?
Am I afraid to be seen? Why might I have this fear? Could it come from childhood? Teenage years? Past lives?
Which aspects of my personality are toxic, manipulative, codependent, or martyrish?
What do I know deep down that I need to do better in order to transmute these negative patterns into healthier ones?
How would my Highest Possible Self act in this body of mine? How would they speak?
Leo is also associated with the Inner Child. Now in the heat of the summer in the Northern Hemisphere, what better time could there be to get reacquainted with the Inner Child?
HONORING THE INNER CHILD
Leo is the most childlike sign of the Zodiac, bringing with it an air of freedom, play and unabashedness. It is an aspect that we all carry within, though unfortunately most of us forget it is there as we journey from childhood to our teen years and into various stages of adulthood.
As adults, we can become so disconnected with how it feels to be a child. Lately, I have found myself recalling how amazing and adventurous everything was when I was a kid. How my friends and I would spend from after school until sundown playing sports and games in my backyard, taking breaks to drink my mother's delicious fruit punch. My yard was the biggest in the neighborhood, so all the kids would congregate there.
I am so grateful for my dogs, as they bring me into that childlike consciousness constantly. Everything is exciting to a dog! My beloved dog Sebastian adores running outside in circles, chasing squirrels and then barking at them when they run up the trees. He has so much fun! One of the many irreplaceable gifts that dogs give to humans is helping us adults to learn to play again, to be present, and to ground to the Earth.
Most adults in today's Western world have become disconnected from their Inner Children. Society is structured in a way that most people don't have time to connect with their Inner Child, as they are too busy just trying to earn enough money to survive. And many of those who do make more than enough to survive end up finding themselves lost in illusions/addictions like gambling, alcohol, drugs, pornography or sexual obsession.
In fact, one of the reasons that so many teens and adults find themselves so enamored with those things is that it gives them an outlet to play. (Note: I'm not saying there's anything inherently wrong with gambling; alcohol; substances that are classified as drugs; pornography; or sex; it's all about how they are used—is it a healthy experience of play/pleasure or is it addiction/obsession/escapism?)
But we can find ways to play in more innocent ways. We can dance. We can make silly faces. We can make jokes. We can go for a barefoot walk in the woods. We can take a family adventure to the ocean. We can play catch with a Nerf ball. We can go camping, put away our phones, and play board games. We can sing silly songs.
Doing an Inner Child meditation would be a great idea around this New Moon. I like to take myself in my mind to a beautiful forest scene and really sink into this setting. I then imagine my Inner Child approaching from a distance, and I ask him what is it he needs from me that I haven't been giving him?
I embrace him, I hug him, and I make sure he feels like I am there for him and I am listening to him. If you've never done an Inner Child meditation before, you may find that your Inner Child shows up at the age that you feel like you experienced the most trauma and abuse. This is because whatever basic physical or emotional needs that weren't met by your caretakers at that age are what you then spend the rest of your lifetime healing.
The things that people say or do that trigger you most directly relate to those unmet needs of your Inner Child. As an awakening being, you now have the opportunity to heal your Inner Child and experience the liberation of being a fully integrated sovereign adult consciousness. To do this, we first must get to know the voice of the Inner Child and identify what needs he or she has.
When the Inner Child's needs haven't been met and then are continuously ignored during adulthood, the Inner Child must find a way to get the conscious attention of the operator of the consciousness. So, the Inner Child will put on a scary mask, so to speak, and become the Shadow. The Shadow Self can trigger you to act out in the darkest of ways, or even to attract people to treat you in nasty ways. The Shadow Self may sabotage your dreams and make it difficult for you to move forward.
The good news is that by listening to the voice of the Inner Child, the Inner Child feels seen, heard, and acknowledged, and thus doesn't need to morph into the Shadow to get your attention. When we consciously make the choice to honor those needs that the Inner Child has let us know he or she has, we can make rapid leaps forward in our spiritual development.
Here are some questions to ask yourself to help you get into deeper communion with your Inner Child:
- If I had to guess, what would my Inner Child say about my life as it is now? Would (s)he be happy about it?
- If I had to guess, what would my Inner Child say about my current living environment? Would (s)he be happy about it?
- If I had to guess, what would my Inner Child say about my current job/career? Would (s)he be happy about it?
- If I had to guess, what kind of things have I been neglecting to give my Inner Child that (s)he needs?
- Which activities or creative endeavors from my childhood have I neglected lately?