Can you feel it? The chaos, the spiritual surges, the energies that have been whirling and swirling? This is a potent New Moon in Leo and an unusual moon because we will also have a New Moon in Leo in August. Our first New Moon in Leo is heralding the upcoming August eclipse season which so many of us have been feeling for about a week or more. Add the fiery, solar energy of Leo for the New Moon, the Sun, AND Mars and we have a wild ride happening.
The new moon in Leo occurs on Sunday, July 23rd at 2:46 AM PT. Still drying off from soaking in the healing waters of Cancer, the sun, moon and Mars make a conjunction at the very beginning of Leo. Separating from their square to Uranus in Aries, the sun and moon’s conjunction comes on the heals of the emotional breakthroughs we have recently made. Emotional breakthroughs that help to clear space for this new cycle. While Cancer season sunk us deep into the emotional realms to make sense of the memories that have made us, Leo season sets ablaze our need to find the courage it takes to express ourselves.
This new moon also initiates us into eclipse season. From new, the moon will grow into a full moon and partial lunar eclipse in Aquarius on August 7th, followed by a new moon and total solar eclipse in Leo on August 21st. This heavy emphasis on Leo is encouraging us to work through the issues that get in the way of our self-expression, self-acceptance and self-love. It asks us to be aware of how we caught up in the dramatic tantrums of the immature, losing precious time and energy in ego battles that we could learn instead to outsmart. It asks us how we might need to mature ourselves, finding more creative solutions to our situations. ~ Chani Nicholas
Leo energy brings courage, solar power and themes, play, freedom and liberation, urges to do things differently, and instead of howling at the moon, we may want to ROAR at the moon! Leo is fire energy, so look before you leap, and pause before you react.
The Egyptian Goddess Maat brings temperance and a call to balance. We can seek sanctuary from some of the chaos in her presence.
How are you finding balance? Where are lines of your cosmic order taking you and do they need adjusting?
Crystals to help you in dreamtime that I mentioned in the audio are amethyst and scolecite. (Contact me for a custom crystal pack)
I am recording my divinations, so listen to the audio for all the lunatic unfoldings!
Blessings of this lunation to you – hang in there!
New Moon Ideas and Resources:
Craft your own New Moon Ceremony using this ritual.
Browse the NEW MotherHouse Goddess Shop for something to inspire
Need a boost? Check out Goddess Devotions and offer a Prayer to Yemaya
Moon Calendar and Lunar Resources on MotherHouse of the Goddess
For those who are interested in the Egyptian Goddess Maat – some more info and a prayer:
Speak Ma’at, do Ma’at for She is mighty. She is great and endures, Her value rests in the hands of those who use Her. Ma’at leads one to sacredness. ~ Papyrus of the Eloquent Peasant
Solemn Lady of Balance, Goddess of Cosmic Order, Daughter of Ra, Presider over the Palace, Ruler of the Gods, Giver of Myriads of Years – the Egyptian Goddess Maat. This ancient Egyptian Goddess embodies and encompasses the concepts of truth, justice, order, law, and morality.
She measures and draws the lines that Ra follows each day, providing the framework for the the Cosmos, the Gods, and humanity.
At death, She is Goddess who looks into our hearts and our lives with Her all-seeing eye and weighs our hearts against Her feather. The scales represent Maat in the weighing of the heart. Those who were found to have “heavy” hearts, were fed to the Goddess Ammit – Eater of Hearts (pictured to the right of Thoth below). Those who had hearts that balanced with Maat’s feather were given peaceful passage to the Underworld.
As the Guardian of Truth and Justice in the Universe, there is no aspect of life or death that Maat does not influence. Even the Gods were nourished by Maat to maintain Her cosmic order. Viziers and Chief Justices of Ancient Egypt were sometimes referred to as “Prophets of Maat”, perhaps a way to ensure balanced social justice under Her firm guidance for Her people.
Maat is depicted with a single white ostrich feather on Her head. Ostrich is known for its far-seeing and keen vision. This is also the feather that is weighed against the human heart at the time of death. She carries a sceptre in one hand and the life symbol, Ankh, in the other.
The path of Truth is timeless and this ancient Goddess provides us guidance and nourishment to walk Her path. Would your heart weight lightly? Here are the 42 Negative Confessions of Maat (as translated by Budge) and may be used as a prayer.
The 42 Divine Principles of Maat in Budge’s native English follows:
- I have not committed sin.
- I have not committed robbery with violence.
- I have not stolen.
- I have not slain men or women.
- I have not stolen food.
- I have not swindled offerings.
- I have not stolen from God/Goddess.
- I have not told lies.
- I have not carried away food.
- I have not cursed.
- I have not closed my ears to truth.
- I have not committed adultery.
- I have not made anyone cry.
- I have not felt sorrow without reason.
- I have not assaulted anyone.
- I am not deceitful.
- I have not stolen anyone’s land.
- I have not been an eavesdropper.
- I have not falsely accused anyone.
- I have not been angry without reason.
- I have not seduced anyone’s wife.
- I have not polluted myself.
- I have not terrorized anyone.
- I have not disobeyed the Law.
- I have not been exclusively angry.
- I have not cursed God/Goddess.
- I have not behaved with violence.
- I have not caused disruption of peace.
- I have not acted hastily or without thought.
- I have not overstepped my boundaries of concern.
- I have not exaggerated my words when speaking.
- I have not worked evil.
- I have not used evil thoughts, words or deeds.
- I have not polluted the water.
- I have not spoken angrily or arrogantly.
- I have not cursed anyone in thought, word or deeds.
- I have not placed myself on a pedestal.
- I have not stolen what belongs to God/Goddess.
- I have not stolen from or disrespected the deceased.
- I have not taken food from a child.
- I have not acted with insolence.
- I have not destroyed property belonging to God/Goddess
We appeal to Maat to restore proper order to our minds, our hearts, our lives.
Invite the sweetness of Maat into your life with an offering of honey and eggs while greeting the dawn and the rise of the sun!
Resources for Maat:
Creation, Ma’at, and Evolving States of Consciousness by Normandi Ellis
Goddess Maat statues and jewelry from Goddess Gifts