The auspicious New Moon in Leo on August 2, 2016, starts a new emotional cycle, empowering us to focus our intentions. Since every New Moon holds the potential for the following month, it's crucial to be fully aware of the seeds we are planting now.
Thankfully, Leo the Lion reminds us that our heart-centered love has the power to conquer the dark forces of fear and hate. But our highest ideals clash with reality in these confusing times of social change and political upheaval, testing us as we attempt to hold on to our guiding principles. The New Moon's awkward alignment with spiritual Neptune reflects this conflict between our personal circumstances and our utopian dreams.
However, the New Moon also forms a steadfast trine to persistent Saturn, providing a stable foundation on which we can build the future. Additionally, ardent Mars -- after an extended retrograde period -- leaves emotional Scorpio for the inspirational skies of Sagittarius on the same day as the New Moon. Our confidence returns as we look to brighter days ahead. Like the Archer who aims his arrow into the sky, we must be ready to release our intentions so they may reach their targets. The timing is perfect for us to use the power of this New Moon as we consider the ramifications of our current actions.
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Aries Horoscope (March 21 - April 19)
Your plans may need to be changed at the last minute if unfulfilled commitments still require your undivided attention. Be as generous as possible when responding to the expectations of others, regardless of how inconvenient it is for you. Luckily, the playful Leo New Moon occurs in your 5th House of Spontaneity, giving you a chance to catch your breath from dealing with the larger issue of restoring balance to your life. Instead of seeking alternate solutions, focus your energy on making the present moment meaningful for everyone involved.
Taurus Horoscope (April 20 - May 20)
You enjoy an ideal balance of enthusiasm and skill when the generous Leo New Moon triggers your 4th House of Domestic Conditions to bring joy, drama, and inspiration to your personal life. A smooth trine to reliable Saturn provides you with the tools you need to give substance to your new ideas. Brightening up your home and focusing on your family life motivate you to also act more creatively outside the house. From small beginnings come great things.
Gemini Horoscope (May 21 - June 20)
Self-restraint may be a challenge when your restlessness provokes rash behavior, but there's too much at stake to prematurely risk your current position while pursuing castles in the air. The fixed Leo New Moon rattles your 3rd House of Communication, but plans can fall apart as grandiose declarations fail to live up to your expectations. New ideas that excite your mind also require careful consideration before you launch into a full-fledged campaign. Your ability to rally people to your cause is strong, but make sure the emotional cost is worth it.
Cancer Horoscope (June 21 - July 22)
Make sure the foundation is solid before you commit to anyone's brilliant plan; otherwise, you might wind up cleaning up someone else's mess. The creative Leo New Moon falls in your 2nd House of Finances to help you cook up moneymaking ideas. Luckily, you can combine the Lion's bold behavior with your strong organizational skills. Your inner dedication and discipline ultimately reward you with greater income and a healthy sense of pride.
Leo Horoscope (July 23 - Aug. 22)
There are no easy answers to life's complex questions, yet, simply knowing this secret can alleviate much of your pressure. The courageous Leo New Moon may be the cosmic turning point you need. Many previously unrelated events appear to reach a confluence as the separate strands of reality are woven together to change the course of your life. Even if recent distractions were exciting at times, you haven't progress toward your goals as much as you intended. Seize the moment because some opportunities don't knock twice.
Virgo Horoscope (Aug. 23 - Sept. 22)
Connecting with your inner guidance and having faith in your vision of a brighter future are two keys to your personal growth. The expressive Leo New Moon energizes your 12th House of Privacy, where its flames of creativity may be hidden from view. Nourish your hopes quietly, instead of advertising them too soon. Nevertheless, realizing the need to delve into your own imagination enables you to discover how past experiences are still affecting your current choices. Your spiritual journey isn't an easy one, but the possible ramifications of your metaphysical quest can be life-altering if you're willing to do the work.
Libra Horoscope (Sept. 23 - Oct. 22)
You are more eager than ever to engage in clever conversations or flirtatious behavior. But you might find yourself lost in a crowd as the dramatic Leo New Moon activates your 11th House of Social Networking. You may be quite rigid in your thinking because Leo is a fixed sign. You don't want to just go with the flow. You have an agenda in mind and are determined to stick to it, even if progress is temporarily slow. As journalist Jim Watkins wrote, "A river cuts through a rock not because of its power, but its persistence."
Scorpio Horoscope (Oct. 23 - Nov. 21)
Your professional life receives a boost of energy when the expressive Leo New Moon highlights your 10th House of Career, perhaps earning you greater public recognition. You are willing to go the extra mile and can ensure the viability of your dream with careful research and planning. Setting your own standards of excellence, along with a sustainable pace, improves your chances of reaching the top of almost any mountain.
Sagittarius Horoscope (Nov. 22 - Dec. 21)
You are inspired to take more risks -- perhaps seeking a more prestigious job or even starting a business on your own. The demonstrative Leo New Moon fuels your expansive 9th House of Future Vision, widening your horizons and revealing new opportunities to distinguish yourself in your chosen profession. You are not interested in mediocrity; you are motivated to succeed even when you face difficulties or setbacks. When it comes to your career, don't take no for an answer.
Capricorn Horoscope (Dec. 22 - Jan. 19)
Instead of seeking someone who always agrees with you, find a trustworthy partner who cares enough to tell you the unvarnished truth. You will need the honest feedback because the brassy Leo New Moon in your 8th House of Transformation pushes you to take bold steps forward in both your personal and professional relationships. A steady trine to workhorse Saturn supplies the initiative and dogged determination to build something that lasts. Success can't be hurried; Rome wasn't built in a day.
Aquarius Horoscope (Jan. 20 - Feb. 18)
A reliable colleague shows you how to keep your passion flowing without burning out. Fortunately, the audacious Leo New Moon blesses your 7th House of Partners, bringing a wave of self-confidence, reinforced by the support of friends and coworkers. The extravagant ideas of your allies and the originality of your own proposals gain credibility from a solid trine to realistic Saturn that provides the follow-through to turn your plans into reality. Thankfully, hard work is child's play when you do it for a cause or project you fully believe in.
Pisces Horoscope (Feb. 19 - March 20)
There is a rare opportunity to share your idealism with your colleagues, but without a solid plan your hopes are likely to go up in smoke. The Leo New Moon lands in your 6th House of Work and Service, sparking your enthusiasm for learning new skills or encouraging you to seek more fulfilling employment. A growing desire to express more creativity on the job can inspire you to take up a new hobby. Don't be afraid of the power of your dreams; observe what magically floats into your awareness so you can integrate it into your everyday life.