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Updated: Nov 24, 2022

Happy New Moon in Leo! This New Moon at approximately 5 ½ degrees of Leo became exact today, Thursday, July 28, 2022, at 1:54 p.m. New York time (17:54 GMT).

Leo is a fixed fire sign that is represented by a lion—an animal that exemplifies pride, beauty and power. Fixed signs in the Zodiac come in the middle of a season and bring the energies of stability, endurance and stubbornness. Fire signs come with high energy, vigor, passion and outgoingness.

Leo is ruled by the sun, which is that big ball of fire that all planets in our solar system rely on for light and sustenance. Leo rules over the 5th House, the House of Pleasure. The themes of the 5th House include joy, fun, play, pleasure, creativity, and children.

We have a stellium in Leo on this New Moon, with the sun, moon and Mercury in Leo. 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 golden' (as the sun appears gold in the sky).

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!

Jupiter also stations Retrograde in Aries just a few hours after the New Moon becomes exact, trining the sun and moon--making it the most prominent planet in this New Moon chart. With Jupiter exalted in Mars-ruled, action-oriented Aries, it is a great time to experience growth in all ways over the next 28 days.

With this Sagittarius-ruled planet of growth forming a supportive and harmonious trine to the sun and moon, it is less likely that this station phase will cause violence and volatility (as Jupiter in Aries sometimes does), and more likely that it will ‘get things moving’ politically in a positive direction—though the caveat is that with the sun being at home in Leo, it could also fuel charismatic, egocentric leaders to spread their message, and it could emphasize toxic capitalism (a good example is stocks and crypto assets irrationally rallying on the day of the Federal Reserve announcing its most aggressive aggregate rate hike since 1994).

The Jupiter Retrograde phase--which lasts through October--is a great time to re-visit opportunities from the past and make them work. So whatever projects you have put on the back burner may pop up again in your consciousness to give another go at!

With Uranus conjunct the North Node and Jupiter exalted, there is a good chance of having unexpected opportunities for success come to you over the next 28 days. Since we are in the Lion’s Gate Portal, an annual time where the energies of abundance are abound and easily accessible, it would be very auspicious to jump on any opportunities that come to you during this time.

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.

I’ll have more on the Lion’s Gate later in this article; first, let's have a discussion on ego and personality.


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 game-player that creates the Sim, and the Sim is the ego-personality. You can't experience the 'Sim World' as the game-player (soul/consciousness) unless you create an avatar to experience the 'Sim World'. This avatar is the ego-personality.

I believe that the day and 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 the Ascension.

This New Moon chart really exemplifies the importance of individuality, with Mercury in Leo squaring Uranus in Taurus. Uranus—ruled by Aquarius—is the ‘wild card’ of the planets. It brings unexpected events, surprises and news. It is the planet that gets us out of our shell through unexpected news and events, and unconventional people. In the context of the ego-personality, Uranus teaches us to be unconventional: to communicate uniquely and not follow the crowd.

You could find yourself challenged by a person or outside influence to speak up and express yourself uniquely and authentically over the next 28 days, especially with Mercury also squaring fiery, individualistic Mars in fixed, stubborn Taurus.

If you find yourself challenged by someone, remember that there’s a difference between expressing yourself passionately and being callous or insulting. Try to avoid having disagreements spiral into full-on arguments, as with Mercury squaring both Mars and Uranus, people are going to argue more than usual over the next 28 days.

With Mercury also squaring the North Node in Taurus, we are challenged to speak our truth authentically and find our ‘true voice’. If you can find your authentic voice, and feel like you are deeply embedded in a strong purpose—what you really came here to do—it will very likely lead you forward quickly into all the gifts that are already pre-planned in your Life Plan. Plus, it just feels great to speak your truth and be grounded in your purpose!

Changing up your wardrobe would be a really great way to align with the energies of this New Moon (including the Mercuy-Uranus square)—especially if it means wearing more flamboyant garb than you’re used to!

As you go through your Ascension process, your personality will inevitably shift and evolve. 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.

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. 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 activations to assist in transmuting the negative aspects of ego. You can check out a preview of this webinar and purchase the recording 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.

Around this New Moon and over the course of the next 28 days 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?

  • Which aspects of my personality do I feel like come from my soul?

  • Do I have a tendency to hide these most positive aspects of my personality?

  • Am I afraid to be seen? Why might I have this fear? Could it come from childhood? Teenage years? Past lives?

  • Could I allow myself to shine more?

  • 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. Let's discuss.


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. Sometimes I get nostalgic 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. In the wintertime we would build elaborate snow forts and go sledding often, taking full advantage of the overabundance of snow in Western New York.

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 sing. We can make silly faces. We can make jokes. We can throw snowballs at one another.

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?

- Have I been taking life too seriously?

- Do I let myself fall into the trap of the seriousness of those around me?

- In what ways am I still mean or nasty to myself? How can I stop being mean or nasty to myself?

- Am I OK with failing? How could I learn to be OK and forgive myself when I fail or mess up?

- Do I forgive myself instantly or do I tend to hold things against myself?

- How could I practice instant self-forgiveness?

- Do I tend to let others' negative emotions take me over? How could I avoid this pitfall?

- Am I OK looking silly or stupid to others? Does what others think of me actually really matter?

- Am I truly honoring my deepest desires?


The Lion's Gate is the perfect time to anchor in Abundance on all levels for your life and for the world. Do some ruminating and visualizing on what you want your Highest Possible Abundance to look and feel like in this lifetime.

What is it that you want to manifest for your life? What kind of life do you truly want to live? What kind of world do you really want to live in?

Spend some time visualizing Abundance of all types for yourself (e.g. financial riches, friendships, partnership(s), business endeavors, travel, your dream home, etc.) and for the world (e.g. peace, affluence and comfort for all).

Surround yourself and the planet in a lot of golden light (gold is the color of Abundance). In order to place yourself on the timeline where you will manifest your Highest Possible Abundance, it is necessary to let go of any beliefs about money that won't serve that possibility. Let's discuss.

The truth is that money is not the root of all evil. Money is simply numbers on a computer screen, pieces of paper and pieces of metal. The evil part of the current economic system is the power structure behind it. The money itself is simply a tool to enforce and perpetuate that power structure, but is not the root of the problem. Money is neutral. It is a tool for consciousnesses to interact with one another on a physical plane, and it has neither a positive nor negative charge.

Money is unlimited. When you earn more, you’re not taking more from others. The pool of money is unlimited, because it’s an artificial construction with no actual guardrails. There’s no hard limit to the amount of U.S. dollars or Euros or pounds or whatever currency that can exist at any one point in time.

Central banks determine monetary policy from year to year, and are always printing new money (especially during the past two years, where $13 trillion in new money was created out of thin air in the United States). Obviously that contributes to inflation, but the point is that is it’s important to internalize the truth that earning more money does not mean you are taking from others (as long as you are not literally stealing from others or being deceitful or scamming people).

We are all a part of an economy, and the possibilities for wealth attainment in an honest manner are abundant. The pool itself is unlimited, because the Laws of the Universe dictate that abundance is inherently unlimited.

The dark powers on this planet have created an institutionalized system of social and economic hierarchy that makes it difficult for the vast majority of people to attain wealth. It is a perversion, a cover-up of the true laws of Abundance.

But it doesn’t mean that you have to resign yourself to the part of the social/economic pyramid that you were born into. Again, the pool of abundance is unlimited. If you can shift your beliefs into wealth, you have all the power to take more from the pool, in an honest manner.

It's a good time right now to harness the energies of this Lion's Gate Portal and come up with a clear picture of what you'd like your Maximum Abundance to look like. Here are some questions you can ask yourself and journal on:

- How much money would I ultimately like to earn (or a better word: create) per year?

- What kind of home would I ultimately like to live in?

- What kind of environment would I ultimately like to live in?

- What kind of romantic relationship would I ultimately like to have?

- What kind of circle of friends would I ultimately like to have?

- What kind of schedule would I ultimately like to have?

- Who would I ultimately like to be to the world? What would my role be?

- Which other possessions or luxuries would I ultimately like to have?

- What kind of health and vitality would I ultimately like to have?

There are no right or wrong answers here. One person may desire to earn $5 million per year, own several mansions around the world, have a large group of wealthy and active friends, and work 6 days a week for 12 hours a day with a few months off per year. Another may prefer to earn $15,000 a year, live in a tiny home off-grid, grow their own food, have abundant free time, and have few friends and few possessions.

The truth is that neither lifestyle is more or less spiritual than the other. There are no absolutes in this game. You can ascend as a solitary monk with few possessions or as a wealthy businessman. It is a matter of personal choice and which type of lifestyle would be more aligned with your Life Plan.

The soul situates your life circumstances based on what it knows would be the ideal set of conditions that will be most likely to give you the greatest opportunity to negotiate the lessons you need to move through in this lifetime, in order to balance your toroidal field and move into the next stage of your evolution.

So, if growing up in poverty is going to give you the best opportunity to move through your specific Lessons, that's exactly what will happen; if growing up wealthy will give you the best opportunity to move through your specific lessons, thenthat will be what happens. Neither situation is more or less spiritual than the other, and regardless of how you were raised, once you access the teachings of the Law of Attraction you are able to shift into wealth, if you so desire.

You do have Free Will. Once you're here and in a body, you get to choose the life you want to live. Perhaps you intuitively feel that a life of excessive riches would be a distraction from the lessons you came here to work on; or on the flip side, perhaps you feel deep down that building a life of financial wealth will help you to accomplish what you came here to accomplish. Every person is different, and there are absolutely no rights or wrongs here. Anyone who tells you that a rich life is less spiritual than a poor life or vice versa is missing the point of life.

Perhaps reading these words feels freeing to you. You have the Free Will to choose what your Maximum Abundance looks and feels like. Below I have listed some beliefs that will support you having a healthy relationship with money. Feel free to use some or all of these as daily affirmations:

- Money is not evil; it's just a mechanism we use to interact with each other.

- Money is unlimited. I deserve to have enough money in order to thrive.

- I do not apologize or feel guilty for having enough to thrive, because money is unlimited.

- I can choose to give as much or as little away to others who are in need of more money.

- I get to decide how much money is enough for me.

- Money will never make me feel truly safe. I get to decide whether I am truly safe or not.

- I hereby activate my 100% Maximum Abundance for this lifetime. I deserve this!

- I AM financially free!

P.S. I am conducting a LIVE masterclass called Clearing Your Inner Blocks to Activate Your Maximum Financial Abundance on Sunday, August 7. If you can’t attend live, you can watch the replay. This class will tremendously assist you in elevating your vibration to attract your Maximum Abundance. Here are the details.


The Lion’s Gate is very much associated with the Pyramids of Giza. Let's discuss.

The Sphinx in the Pyramids of Giza complex was seemingly built to represent the constellation of Leo. According to the Orion Correlation Theory (an archaeological theory), this is the case. This theory purports that the Sphinx (and thus likely also the pyramids) were built around 10,500 B.C.

According to Wikipedia, “A date of 10,500 BC is chosen because they maintain this is the only time in the precession of the equinoxes when the astrological age was Leo and when that constellation rose directly east of the Sphinx at the vernal equinox. They also suggest that in this epoch the angles between the three stars of Orion's Belt and the horizon were an 'exact match' to the angles between the three main Giza pyramids.”

This would corroborate with the famous clairvoyant Edgar Cayce's thoughts on the timing of the construction of the pyramids—he said that they were built around 10,390 B.C., to correlate with Venus being in the constellation of Libra.

According to Cayce, the pyramids were constructed by refugees from Atlantis, which had likely sunk due to massive crust upheaval and flooding due to high-tech nuclear war. This corroborates with a widely held belief in the spiritual community: that it was post-Atlantean humans that had built the pyramids, under the direct guidance of Siran extraterrestrials, who had given the humans the technology to lift massive stones and have them fly through the air then placed perfectly, using sound frequency technology.

It seems as if the Sirians wanted the Earth to have the pyramids, and it seems that they wanted the pyramids to align with the stars of Orion's Belt. But why? Are the pyramids actually energy generators connecting us to Sirius? Or to Orion's Belt? Or both?

During the Lion's Gate portal, it is a great time to connect with the Pyramids of Giza. Take an astral journey there and sit under the Sphinx. Explore inside the pyramids. If you're interested, you can check out a special message and a brief guided meditation that I created for the Lion’s Gate.

Sirius-A is the brightest star in the Canis Major constellation (as well as in the entire sky). Canis Major is known as Orion's dog, so colloquially Sirius-A is known as the 'Dog Star'.

An easy way to find Sirus-A in the sky, when it is visible, is to locate Orion's Belt in the sky, then draw an imaginary line down and to the left toward the horizon, then look for the brightest star in the sky.

The best months to see it are January and February.

Wishing you a fun, enjoyable and auspicious New Moon in Leo!

With Love,

Matthew John

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