Bask in Your Joyful Self and Radiate – New Moon in Leo 2017

New Moon in Leo

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The Courage to Follow Your Bliss

Leo energy is joyful, creative and fun.

It is that innate essence that lies deep within, which we connect to when we are in a state of bliss and the light that we shine when we are fulfilled and centred.

The word ‘Courage’ comes from the French word ‘Le Coeur’, which means ‘Heart’, so the act of being courageous simply means following your heart regardless of other’s judgements or any fears that may arise in doing that.

It’s not, therefore, surprising that in medical Astrology,  Leo is the sign that rules the heart.

Do you have the courage to be true to yourself and to follow your own path?

With Mars right up there with this New Moon, expect to be motivated in the right direction.

And with Saturn and Uranus forming a Grand Trine with Mercury and the North Node, you’re likely to get a boost in inspiration to follow your own divine purpose and to step more powerfully into your future.

What changes will you instigate to ensure a brighter foundation and firmer footing that is all about your ultimate fulfilment?


The Need for Self Expression and To Be Seen

Creativity does not just apply to artistic pursuits. As human beings we are all creative and we all have our own unique purpose to bring to the Earth.

With The Sun, The Moon Mars, Mercury and The North Node all in Leo at this New Moon it is likely that you will feel a greater need to express yourself and to be seen for who you truly are.

Leo energy is generous, so expect to want to share your gifts with others this month.

If you hold aspirations of performing, public speaking or camera work, now is the time to do that, as you’ll likely feel increased confidence in front of an audience.


Let your Heart be your Guide

Have you ever noticed that the best decisions are the ones that you make in a split second when your heart just says ‘Yes!’?

You know the ones…

When choosing a course, a therapist, a piece of furniture, a new outfit, a house…

… when you just know that’s the one!

It is only when we let the doubts of our mind step in that we may start to question that initial response and that’s when fear can begin to run rampant and take away from the joy of our experience.

The stronger your intuition and your connection to your higher self, the more faith you will experience in trusting your heart’s answers.

How beautiful to be in rhythm and flow with life than fighting against it; wracked with worry and doubt.


If it’s not Fulfilling – Is it Worth it?

If your heart isn’t in something then you may find yourself questioning why you’re actually doing it this month.

Leo energy tends to want to do everything with flair and panache, so if you’re finding something dull and mundane, this might be a good time to see if you can jazz it up a little by infusing more of your own personal style and essence into it.

If you’ve given something everything you’ve got (full-throttle heart) and is still isn’t doing it for you then it may be time to look for something else.

This question can be a little tricky, as sometimes if our heart isn’t in something, no matter how hard we try at it, it’s because it probably isn’t right for us.

Other times, however, it can be because we’ve not invested enough in it.

Therefore, if you’re questioning the point of something this month, maybe first check in to see if you’ve ever really been truly invested in it in the first place before you throw away something that could actually be pretty amazing with a few personal adjustments.


Self-Confidence, Belief and Pride

It takes a lot to be yourself.

I know.

It’s been a lifelong journey for me and although at 41 I can definitely say it gets easier, I still have a way to go yet.

Therefore, remain aware this month for any blocks that prevent your ability to shine.

Many times, these blocks will lead you back to a deep wound around your own self-confidence, self belief and self love.

Leo energy wants to be proud of itself, so also watch for a tendency to berate yourself this month; maybe over past endeavours.

You can’t change the past, but you can let it go and you can move forward to a brighter future.

Issues of not being ‘enough’ or fear around what will happen if you let yourself stand out from the crowd can also be common (i.e. jealousy, ridicule, strong reactions, scorn).

Take a deep breath and work through it.

Journal work,  Bush Flower Essences and Aromatherapy are all great ways to shift fear, as is working with a great life coach or therapist.


Being True to You

You cannot be yourself without being 100% truthful.

You’re not being yourself if you’re doing things simply to fit in or to be liked by others.

With the Black Moon still travelling through Sagittarius and forming a T square with Venus and Neptune this month, that truth is important.

Yes, you may ruffle a few feathers, Yes, some people may dislike what they see and Yes, there may be some subsequent adjustment, but believe me, pretending to be someone other than the person you are is going to be much more painful in the long run, so if you also find fear arising around this see the previous section for some of those possible solutions.


To Love and Be Loved

What we all need more than anything is to love and be loved.

When we love someone and we can’t show that person our love (because they are no longer here or because they are not open to receiving what we’re offering) it can be a heart-rending experience.

Such heartache can take much healing and at times it can be the catalyst for us to look at our own personal wounding.

True love has to begin with Self Love and remember that the Universe tends to reflect back at us exactly as we are.

How healthy is your self love barometer?

Do you have healing to attend to around rejection or self worth?


Knowing What’s Best

There is a difference between knowing what is best for you and knowing what is best for others, so be wary of the more negative aspects of Leo, which may arise this month –

Bossiness, demanding behaviour, arrogance,  the tendency to take over, condescension, excessive pride…

And remember that sometimes, the strongest thing you can do is to allow yourself to be vulnerable, so remember to ask for help and to not cut yourself off from others if you’re hurting.

Now go, find your ROAR!! and rock it like you never have before, Princess (or Prince :)) …


Which area of your life is likely to be affected by this New Moon?

Where does this New Moon fall within your natal chart?

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Look for 0 degrees and 44 seconds of Leo. which is the position of the New Moon.

What does that house (area of life) represent?

Are there any planets, which fall at (or very close to) 0 degrees within your natal chart?

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These alerts are a great way to track your intention setting and to tune into your own emotional ebb and flow as the Moon moves through her eight phases each month.

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The New Moon will exact on 23rd July 2017 at 19:46pm here in Brisbane (AEST, GMT+10)

Wishing you increased self confidence and courage to shine your light and share your gifts this month, as you move towards a more joyful you.

Much Love, Toria xo


Taking Responsibility. If you don’t, Who Will? – Full Moon in Capricorn 2017

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We don’t inherit the Earth from our Ancestors, We borrow it from our Children

Native American Proverb

Heal Yourself, Heal the World

Capricorn energy is all about taking responsibility.

How are you going to do your part in bringing about greater peace and restoration to Earth?

Are there parts of you that need attention and healing?

Can you show more loving kindness and compassion to those around you and to yourself?

Are there steps that you can take to lessen your footprint upon the Earth? Less plastics, less waste, less toxicity…

When it comes to ourselves, we must first claim everything that ails us, if we are to take steps to heal it.

And the more that we look after our own health (mind, body and spirit) the less we put upon our children.


Intense Emotions, the Potential for Drama and Taking Responsibility

July’s Full Moon falls in the sign of Capricorn and with Mars and Pluto closely aligned it’s set to be one where intense emotions, the potential for drama and increased reactivity could be experienced.

Whatever isn’t being dealt with on the emotional front is likely to escalate in the build up to this Full Moon.

And the negative aspects of this energy will more likely play out if you haven’t been taking the necessary time for self-care and are running on empty as a result.

Is it time to take responsibility for yourself, your well-being and your health?

See what arises around this Full Moon for cues about what’s needing attention.

No one is going to do it for you and there’s no better time to make a start than right now.


Volatility and The Quest for Balance

Mars in square to Uranus could bring volatility and unexpected reactions and with Pluto opposing Mars and conjunct the Moon those reactions could be extremely powerful.

Jupiter squaring this Full Moon configuration (The Sun, The Moon, Mars and Pluto)  indicates that you may feel stretched to the limit as the Full Moon builds and it may take much effort to keep a sense of balance and to maintain a positive outlook.

Energy is usually heightened around a Full Moon, so try to feel into that in order to reach your goals and put all that extra, potent energy to good, productive use.


Collective Compassion and Art as an Outlet

Retrograde Neptune is likely to raise compassion and increase a sense of oneness.

((And here I find myself singing the Industry Super Fund Advert: “We’re all in this together“)).

This is apparent now more than ever and thankfully, those agendas, which seek to ‘divide and conquer’ are becoming more and more transparent.

Neptune’s easy opposition with the Full Moon, may find you drawn to Artistic or Spiritual pursuits, which are likely to provide some release to tense emotions.

Neptunian pursuits; such as Yoga, Meditation and Art (i.e. painting, writing or music) may provide an outlet for increased sensitivity and with Pluto’s strong presence your psychic senses and gut feelings may increase around this Full Moon.

Neptune Retrograde is a wonderful time to go deeper into your spirituality, connect with your heart space and tune into the oneness.



Capricorn energy is also ambitious, so this Full Moon may coincide with important projects that come to fruition and signify the final push towards that realisation.

It is important to balance the push for ambition and social achievement with the need for periodic withdrawal and self nurture.

You will be able to sustain your vision(s) for longer if you take time to nourish yourself and you will be a far more whole person if you learn how to successfully engage with both the material and the emotional World.

Are the scales tipped more towards the Cancerian side of mothering and nurturing or more towards the fatherly, disciplinarian?

The middle ground prevents excessive austerity or mollycoddling (cosseting) and helps us to achieve both material and emotional success.


World Events

Pluto’s journey through Capricorn is uncovering the darker side of corporate corruption in the structures that govern the fundamental areas of or lives; such as the ‘health’ (Pharmaceutical) industry, our Governments and the Financial Industry.

With Pluto sitting conjunct this Moon it will be interesting to see what comes to light as we build up to this Full Moon.

Capricorn energy is strongly aligned with taking responsibility.

Perhaps this Full Moon will see an uprising of those willing to fight for justice, human rights and World peace in some way.

With so many sad and shocking events happening already during the first half of 2017, you may also feel called to act on behalf of the collective and to take responsibility and play your part in creating a better World.

Pluto can take us to the deepest depths; a place where we can feel despondent and beaten, but his ultimate lesson is that of transformation, a reconnection to our inner power and a rising from the Ashes.


The Shadow Side & The Need for Discipline

Remember that Full Moons tend to bring out the shadow, so watch for the shadow traits of Capricorn, which may present themselves at this time – Fear, Lack, Guilt, Feeling Burdened, Pessimism, Austerity.

These are Ego-based and toxic emotions that keep your energy low and letting these emotions drive your actions can make life seem dull, miserable and burdensome.

On the flip side, you may also find that you are now embodying the positive Capricorn traits of taking responsibility and exercising discipline in certain areas of your life.

Without taking control of your life, you are likely to be running from pillar to post reacting to whatever comes your way.

This can lead to feeling frazzled.

Far better to attend to the material demands of life promptly – the tax returns, the healthy diet, the earlier nights, the better choices.

If you’re sensitive, it may also be worth exercising some discipline and considering having a News break or a Social Media Sojourn.

It’s amazing how a reconnection with the real World around you can restore inner peace and give you more time to do the things you love.


Which area of your life is likely to be affected by this Full Moon?

Where does this Full Moon fall within your natal chart?

If you’re unsure of how to find this and would like help with understanding your natal chart, you can sign up for my newsletter and receive my E-Book “Introductory Tips for Astrological Self Awareness” for free.

Look for 17 degrees and 09 seconds of Capricorn (The Moon), and 17 degrees and 09 seconds of Cancer (The Sun).

Which house axis (areas of life) is being highlighted in your chart?

Are there any planets, which fall at (or very close to) 17 degrees within your natal chart?

Those situated between 15 and 19 degrees of the cardinal signs (Aries, Cancer, Libra, Capricorn) and also Gemini, Leo, Sagittarius and Aquarius are likely to add more to the picture.

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I also offer a 12-month subscription to my Lunar Illuminations.

These alerts are a great way to track your intention setting and to tune into your own emotional ebb and flow as the Moon moves through her eight phases each month.

You can subscribe to my Lunar Illuminations here.

The Full Moon will exact on 9th July at 02:06:37pm (AEST, GMT+10).

Wishing you love, illumination and growth as you move towards a more expansive version of you.

Much Love, Toria xo