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Astrology + Love“Some of us think holding on makes us strong, but sometimes it is letting go.” – Herman Hesse

Important August Astrology Dates:
August 6: Leo New Moon
August 8: Mercury moves into Leo
August 16: Venus moves into Libra
August 20: Aquarius Full Moon
August 22: Sun Moves into Virgo
August 24: Mercury Moves into Virgo
August 27: Mars moves into Leo

I will be honest, the month of July was full of challenges for me. I am aware that July’s retrograde was one of the more difficult retrogrades for me; my kitchen flooded, I missed scheduled flights and my wallet was stolen. Of course all of these mishaps put life into a clearer perspective. While all of the events of retrograde brought up frustration, fear, and anger within me, they also showed me that the show will and must go on. Challenges are the best time to put our spiritual practices into actual practice.

What I was able to practice was feeling upset and also letting go of the feelings of upset and distress after feeling them. The practice of letting go is not always my strongest one. But, like everything else in life, the more we practice, the stronger we get in our practice. My teacher Toni Bergins used to say, “You gotta feel it to heal it.” We can’t heal or practice letting go if we don’t have the experience or if we deny the feeling.

This is the tragedy of many self-help books, they tend to encourage one to deny how they feel and suggest pretending you don’t feel a “certain way”. When we deny the feelings that come up, we deny a process of healing. Every experience comes as a teacher and an invitation to integrate.

Leo is a sign of strength and comes at the perfect time of year to remind us our strengths so that we can make it into the harvest season. This new moon invites us to be strong and also to let go.

Leo: This month’s New Moon falls into your 1st house. This is a time to look at your communication this month and let go of communication patterns that are not serving you. Do you bite your tongue? Do you hold back your truth? Do you say spiteful things? Let it go. Your word is your power.
Virgo: The new moon falls in your 12th house, the house of your intuition. This new moon invites you to let go of denying your intuition. Pay attention to your dreams and your gut feelings and trust them.
Libra: The Leo New Moon lands in your 11th house of friendships and society this month. There is a person or group of people that need your forgiveness. Perhaps you have been holding onto a grudge or directing anger towards someone(s), ask yourself how this is serving you and start to let it go.
Scorpio: New Moon is in your 10th house this month. The 10th house represents your house of career and reputation. This new moon is inviting your gently to let go of a reputation or career reputation that you are attached to but not in love with. Let go of denying yourself the career and work that you dream of doing.
Sagittarius: The Leo New Moon lands in your 9th house of international affairs and philosophy. This is a month that is inviting you to let go of the way you know things to be. Allow new ideas and practices into your life, maybe a practice or community that has roots outside of your home country.
Capricorn: The New Moon is in your 8th house this month. The 8th house is often referred to as the house of “sex, death and taxes” or of all things we try to keep secret. This new moon, let go of the secrets you are holding. Let go of the shame around the secret, get free.
Aquarius: The Leo New Moon is in your 7th house, house of relationships and partnerships, additionally the Full Moon is in your 1st house of self. This is a powerful month for you and could give you the opportunity to embrace a new partner or bring closure to an old relationship so that you can fully release it.
Pisces: The New Moon lands in your 6th house this month, which is the house of the routine, work and health. The fire element of Leo gives a spark to this house and can help you to release the habits engrained in your routine that are not serving you and your dreams. Are you ready to let it go?
Aries: The Leo New Moon is in your 5th house of creativity and expression. Let go of the habits that are stunting your creativity – procrastinating, overdrinking, complaining. You are a natural creative, and letting go of these behaviors can help you to know a new part of yourself.
Taurus: The New Moon lands in your 4th house, the house of home and domestic affairs. Let go of a way that you have been living in your home. If you have been living in a way that is cramped, start searching for a new place or start cleaning up and purging. Your home is a reflection of you.
Gemini: With the New Leo Moon in your 3rd house, this is a potentially powerful time for you since the 3rd house is naturally ruled by Gemini. Leo gives this house of communication an extra spark of fire and attractiveness. Let go of any fear that is holding your back from shining in all that you do. Let your natural talents be seen.
Cancer: The New Moon lands in your 2nd house, which rules earned income and self confidence. The new moon asks you to let go of a way that you think of yourself and your worth. Notice when you speak to yourself in a non-supportive way, and affirm your life and your right to happiness. Do it until you believe it.

Join Shirley for a Leo New Moon Telecircle by-donation on Tuesday August 6, 2013 at 6pm PT/9pm EST.  Contribute any amount that you wish, and join in from the comfort of your own home with a mug of tea to create intention around the New Moon and build community.  To register, click HERE

Shirley Kali Johnson, native New Yorker and San Francisco Bay Area-based, is a student of transpersonal psychology, yoga, and astrology. She has been studying astrology since the tender age of 5 years old and is thankful to share her love for the celestial bodies. She is available for Astrology Counseling, Reiki Healing, and Yoga. For more info or to join her mailing list, please go to