The July 2017 New Moon in Leo occurs at 5:46 AM EST on Sunday July 23rd, and your New Moon ritual can be done anytime after 5:46 AM on the 23rd and all day Monday the 24th.
On Sunday the 25th the Moon goes void-of-course at 2:44 PM then enters Leo at 6:06 PM, but your New Moon ritual should be performed before then, ideally. A lot of other planets are in Cancer for this Moon as well, so expect a big wave a Cancer energy coming.
New Moons are used for setting intentions with a manifestation point at the next Full Moon which happens in about two weeks, August 7th for this New Moon. Also, and way more importantly, there is a second, larger manifestation at the Full Moon that happens around six months later in the same sign. For this New Moon its six month Full Moon will happen on January 31st 2018.
My guide, Witch’s Guide to New Moon Magick, can be found on the site here; this post is a companion to that guide. If you’re new to Moon magick that’s a great place to begin.
New Moon in Leo
Leo is the fifth sign of the zodiac, a fixed sign, a fire sign, and ruled by the Sun. Leo is the boss of the zodiac, a sign that gets things done, pushing them forward to completion. The steady energy of a fixed sign contributes largely to this, just as the Sun gives Leo a warm, joyous, and radiant personality. A Leo is a natural leader, earning their trademark egotism with a big dash of charm. Like all fixed signs these charmers are set in their ways, but a Leo is right so often there’s no use in arguing with them anyway.
Because of these traits, consider focusing your intentions for the next six month cycle on completing a project that is already in progress. The theme for the end of the year is harvest, and Leo’s the sign to help you get it done. Remember that this cycle ends in January 2018, so there’s no rush, it’s just something you’d like to accomplish by the end of the year. Leo is also able to push through chaos, so this is excellent power to call upon if this is a stressful time in your life. If you’re life isn’t stressful at the moment, remember that there’s a Mercury Retrograde right around the corner …
Suggested Tarot Spread: 4 Cards
To get guidance on how to steer your project or goal through August’s Mercury Retrograde and to successful completion by January 2018, use the following tarot spread. The wording should be changed depending on what type of project or goal you’re working on completing. Cards should be laid out clockwise forming a wheel. Additionally, you can add additional cards to the “positive direction” and “hold back” sections if you need more guidance.
Card #1: What is the current state of the project?
Card #2: What will the outcome of the project be without any changes?
Card #3: What will push the project in a positive direction?
Card #4: What will hold the project back?
With your intentions set and advice in mind, now you can go into the New Moon cycle and put your intentions to work with actions! The Full Moon on August 7th 2017 is a good time to check in and review your notes, then in January 2018 we’ll meet again to see how we’ve done. It’s pretty much impossible to remember something like a six month old intention, our lives are just so busy, so remember to write it all down. I think you’ll find that checking in with yourself in six month is surprisingly rewarding. Have a beautiful lunar cycle my friends!
“Leo” on Astrology.com
“Cosmic Sway (Midsummer)” by April Elliott Kent in Llewellyn’s 2017 Sabbats Almanac
“Leo,” Plate 20 from Urania’s Mirror, Sidney Hall, 1825, restored by Adam Cuerden