The new moon in Leo 2023 promises to bring fire and courage to your heart and inspire you to take center stage as your authentic self and commit fully to your deepest heart and soul desires. Now is the time to set aligned intentions that help you become more of who you already are and break up with patterns (and people) that prevent you from being all in with those intentions.
Let’s explore the energy of the new moon in Leo 2023 + some ritual ideas to help you embody this lioness frequency.
The energy of a new moon
A new moon is a reset, a fresh start, and a time of new beginnings. It’s the first phase of the lunar cycle, and similar to the first day of a new month, it’s infused with hope and possibility. Now is the time to let go of anything that does not serve you so that you can call in more of what does.
Although the energy of a new moon is high, this is a time to return inward, reflect, and find stillness and peace in your world.
If you bleed around the new moon, this call to retreat will feel natural. But if you ovulate around the new moon (and bleed around the full moon) like I tend to, you may feel conflicted because your energy is at its peak. One of the best ways to navigate this is to pour that energy into expanding within and doing lots of work in the subtle realm (e.g., shadow work, energy practices, journaling, meditating, breathwork, connecting to your intuition, channeling divine guidance, working with your guides).
When is the new moon in leo 2023?
LA, United States: 16 August at 02:38
London, United Kingdom: 16 August at 10:38
Sydney, Australia: 16 August at 19:38
Click here to find the exact time of the new moon in Leo 2023 where you live.
The new moon lasts 2-3 days, so try to complete your Leo new moon ritual within this time. I love to do moon rituals at night because grandmamma moon rules the night skies, and everything feels more magical, but choose a time that suits you.
What is the new moon in leo 2023 about?
Break up with old patterns
The new moon in Leo 2023 squares Uranus, the planet of change, rebellion, and innovation. This energy may feel like a thunderstorm charging into your world and messing things up, but it encourages us to let go of any patterns, habits, or beliefs that no longer serve or empower us.
What are you holding onto that keeps you small and prevents you from committing fully to your heart’s desires?
What makes you feel unworthy of what you want?
What change would you like to make that you’re afraid of, and what is the root of that fear?
While change is uncomfortable, it’s necessary for growth, and this is how we reach the highest evolution of our soul.
Set & commit to your soul desires
The new moon in Leo is a wonderful opportunity to set new intentions as part of your ritual. But the fierce lioness energy of Leo doesn’t just ask us to set heart-aligned intentions but to truly commit to them with every inch of our being. And this can be challenging, especially if a part of you does not fully believe in your ability to manifest what you want or does not trust that the Universe will support you.
But if we want our desires to become a reality, we must give them our full energy—physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually—which requires deep vulnerability. This is the lesson that Leo brings us. It’s an invitation to face our most vulnerable, insecure parts, love ourselves, and move courageously toward our dreams anyway. This is what courage looks like; not the absence of fear but feeling the fear and carrying on.
Are you willing to pour everything you have into your intentions, even though there is zero guarantee of manifesting them? The law of detachment is a powerful reminder to let go of the destination and focus on the process.
Feel your intentions
Feelings are far more powerful than we think they are.
The new moon in Leo does not ask us to simply set intentions and then forget them but to truly feel into the vision we wish to manifest. By doing this, we send our energy toward our intentions and can access a timeline in which they have already materialized.
This helps your mind believe in the possibility of your intentions which will inspire you to start behaving and acting as if they are already true. And when you do this, you tap into the frequency needed to bridge the gap between who you are now and the version of you in the future that has already manifested your intentions.
Let yourself be seen
Each of us has a unique soul essence, message, and gifts that we are here to remember and radiate into the world. By doing so, we inspire others to live and lead more authentically. But there is a lot of fear around being seen. Many of us carry visibility wounds (also known as the witch wound) from parallel lives where we were harmed for speaking our truth and using our gifts or present-life wounds in which we have been ignored or ridiculed for honoring our inner message.
We must work to heal from these wounds, remove the armor, and let ourselves be seen, even if it feels scary. This is another way to build courage, and the new moon in Leo (and Leo season in general) is the perfect time to focus here.
Shine your light
The sign of Leo is ruled by the sun, which can be found at the center of our solar system, shining brightly no matter what. It does not seek approval or validation or only shines its light on the days when it feels confident.
So on this Leo new moon, can you channel this sun-like energy and feel into your inner light? Can you find it in yourself to shine brightly, no matter what fears, doubts, or insecurities arise?
Shining your light creates more openness in your being, aligns you with your soul, inspires others to shine, and helps raise the collective consciousness.
Live from your heart
The final invitation on this new moon in Leo 2023 is to connect to and live from your heart. This can be challenging, especially if you live around people or a collective community with their own agendas who try to nudge you in a different direction or reject you when you do move into this heart space.
Once again, this requires deep courage, which is the recurring theme this Leo season. You will feel some fear. You will feel naked and exposed. And you will also likely experience some criticism or rejection. But in living from your heart, you will also feel the relief and liberation that comes with self-acceptance and anchoring in your truth no matter what.
A new moon in leo ritual for 2023
Here you’ll find some ritual ideas to honor and celebrate the new moon in Leo 2023 and harness the lioness frequency. You can choose what you like, weave in your rituals, or do something completely different for your ceremony.
I always begin by energetically cleansing my space and myself by burning some herbs, putting on a diffuser, lighting a candle, or visualizing stagnant energy being cleansed.
#1. Decorate your altar
I love to decorate my altar on the new and full moon, using the zodiac to inspire me. For Leo, think about any objects you can incorporate that symbolize the sun or the element of fire (Leo is a fire sign). That might be the colors red, orange, yellow, and gold, candles, incense, crystals, and anything that inspires you to be braver this season.
#2. Set new moon intentions
For the Leo new moon, think about setting intentions that feel authentic and aligned with your heart, your unique light, and the person you wish to grow into. Spend time visualizing your intentions manifesting and what you can see, hear, smell, taste, touch, and feel. Write or doodle it all down in your journal.
Really feel into your intentions and see if you can embody their frequency over the next moon cycle. This might inspire what you eat, how you dress, the places you travel to, the things you say (to yourself and others), the people you spend time with, and even the projects you work on in your business.
#3. Light it up
If there are some patterns or beliefs you’re ready to break up with, write them down on a piece of paper. On the other piece of paper, write down your new intentions and patterns you wish to call in.
Burn the first piece of paper (using candle flame or a lighter) and visualize these patterns leaving you. Place the other piece somewhere you’ll see it every day, like your altar.
#4. Do a tarot reading
Select whichever tarot or oracle deck you feel drawn to on this new moon in Leo and ask the following questions:
- What is holding me back and keeping me small?
- What am I afraid to expose to the world?
- How can I express more of my soul essence?
- How will shining my light transform my life?
- How can I be of greatest service to others with my gifts?
Let yourself receive divine guidance through the words and images on the cards you draw. Journal on whatever comes up.
#5. Meditate on self-expression
The final way to celebrate the new moon in Leo with ritual is to light a candle (preferably a white, orange, gold, yellow, or red one) and ponder on how you can express yourself more fully and shine your light brighter.
Sit peacefully in meditation for at least 10 minutes and be open to any guidance that flows through to you.
Ready to celebrate the new moon in leo 2023?
How will you celebrate the new moon in Leo and find the courage to open your heart and roar louder? If you’re doing a moon ritual, share what comes up in the comments below.