A New Moon occurs when the Sun and Moon are conjunct, or at the same degree and minute of the same zodiac sign. This conjunction between the Sun and Moon accentuates the energy of the sign, and is a wonderful time of the lunar cycle to think about new beginnings, manifesting and setting intentions for the next 6 months. This month's New Moon occurs on Tuesday, August 18th at 10:42 pm (EDT) at 26º 35' of the sign of Leo.
While I was studying the Leo New Moon chart, the Billy Joel song We Didn't Start the Fire started playing in my mind. When songs pop into my head, I pay attention. Here are the lyrics of the song's chorus:
We didn't start the fire
It was always burning since the world's been turning
We didn't start the fire
No, we didn't light it, but we tried to fight it
I've been reflecting quite a bit on things pre and post pandemic. Some days I'm filled with hope and some days I feel fear and like everything is a fight. I think about how things have changed so much in my own life and in the lives of everyone. One thing that remains constant is our humanity and our ability to create. This New Moon has wonderful creative energy. There is a harmonious flow of fire energy between the Sun/Moon/Mercury in Leo, Mars in Aries and the South Node of the Moon in Sagittarius. What this says to me is this:
The fire within is always burning, but it needs to be fed. We started the fire the moment we were born. It was lit by the universe at conception. We need to feed it, not fight it, no matter what is happening around us. Feeding the fire with love, heart, passion, drive, release of old beliefs and the energy of pure creation is our birthright. We can create anything we put our minds and hearts into. The one thing that should be fought against is limiting beliefs.
There is another very interesting energy to this New Moon, which is what's called a Yod. A Yod is commonly called the "Finger of God", and the New Moon's Yod finger points to Saturn in Capricorn. The other planets involved are the Sun/Moon in Leo and the North Node of the Moon in Gemini, all at 26º. The energy of a Yod can feel like a persistent driving force toward something that's inevitable. My interpretation of the energy of this New Moon's Yod is a great opportunity. Every New Moon gives us an opportunity to set intentions for something new. This time, the opportunity is calling us to create something new, or imagine something new or have a new idea. So many structures and systems are falling apart.
What can we set our minds and hearts on to create something new in place of what's falling away?
We all have personal authority over our own sovereignty.
If Billy Joel called and asked for us to write some new verses for We Didn't Start the Fire, what would they be? Writing new lyrics for this song could be an excellent guide for setting your New Moon intentions.
Keep burning on, and on, and on, and on...