August 2020: Tarot spread for the new moon in Leo

Tarot spread for the August 2020 new moon in Leo

The August 2020 new moon falls in the sign of Leo. The bold and dynamic Leo archetype infuses us with a passionate zest for living. It is the archetype of the fiery creative who is confident and unafraid of standing in the spotlight. But this infectious dynamic can quickly succumb to its shadow aspects of overbearing pride, drama and arrogance.

Spiritually, the Leo archetype teaches the principle of creative manifestation. Clarity of thought and focus direct energy, which points to the spiritual principle that it is your beliefs about life that will shape your life. You can see this spiritual principle at play with a regular gratitude practice. As you cultivate an attitude of gratitude, you experience a significant transformation in your life and circumstances. And while your life may not change dramatically, your outlook to life leads to a shift in how you shape your life.

The August 2020 new moon also highlights our quest for meaning and purpose. While we are still in the midst of considerable uncertainty, the Leo new moon reminds us that the show must go on. How will we find meaning in these trying times? What long-term lifestyle changes do we want to focus on? And how do we want to shape the rest of the year – these are some of the questions that the August 2020 Leo new moon can help us answer. Because even in the midst of uncertainty, how we respond is still in our hands.

Astro-tarot influences for the August 2020 new moon

To throw some more light on the August new moon astrology, let’s take a look at the astro-tarot influences of this lunation. The Leo full moon falls in decan 3, which is represented by the Seven of Wands. This is to be interpreted in conjunction with Strength, which is associated with Leo.

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The 7 of Wands asks us to fight for what we believe in; to do the work it takes to pursue – and defend – our goals. It represents a a time when we need to doggedly pursue our goals, even though it may feel like we are fighting an uphill battle.  The Strength card speaks to our ability to tame the ego – the wild impulses and irrational fears that can easily throw us off course. By allowing us to gain control over our irrational impulses, the Strength card gives us the gift of clarity and enables us to act in accordance with our will.

This, then, speaks strongly to the need to step up to the plate and take decisive action. This is not the time for wishy-washy, some day maybe, kind of thinking. It’s time to harness that Leo energy, stake your claim, mark your territory, and show up with fierce determination.

Sure, there may be days when it all seems overwhelming and you may want to throw the towel in and retreat from the arena, but this is not the time for that. This Leo new moon is going to help you get really clear on what you want, and then it’s going to help you to shine that light bright and strong.

This is the time to dig in and do the work that will propel you closer to what you really want. It’s an excellent new moon to set in motion some big, lasting changes – in almost any area of your life.

This August 2020 new moon has such a strong energy that you may be tempted to take on multiple projects. Don’t.

Spend some time to get clarity on the one or two projects that you’ve been putting on the backburner for far too long and give those the boost that they need.

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Sabian Symbol for the August 2020 Leo new moon

The Sabian Symbol for Leo 26 is Daybreak – The Luminescence Of Dawn In The Eastern Sky.

This is such a hopeful symbol. The breaking of daylight, the dispelling of darkness… birdsong…a quiet stillness in the air. It speaks of hope and new beginnings. It’s also a time of transition – night turning into day – and of finding fresh solutions to old problems.

This symbol reminds us that time is cyclical. The sunrise brings joy and hope, the promise of a new day, a new start. A promise that is fulfilled everyday, at dawn. Which is why I see this symbol as a promise of better times to come. No matter how long and dark the night has been, a new dawn will break.

Rather than looking at time as a linear construct that marches relentlessly forward, remembering that we can circle back to something again, and come at it each time with fresh eyes and greater depth, is a source of immense comfort.

Also read: how I approach the concept of cyclical time when setting new moon intentions + some recent thoughts on time and spaciousness}

Tarot spread for the August 2020 new moon in Leo

Here’s a tarot spread to tap into the energy of this new moon.

Tarot spread and journaling questions for the August 2020 new moon in Leo

For this spread, you will first need to identify an area that you want to focus on during this new moon – career, wellness, fitness, health, etc.

1. Energy: What energy do I need to embody/harness to work on this area?

2. Focus: How best can I focus my will and attention?

3. Action: What actions will get me closer to achieving my goal? {You can pull multiple cards for this. I recommend not more than 3}

4. Shine: What can I do to shine my light fearlessly

5. Mamma moon says: This is always a message of hope and encouragement

Journaling questions for the August 2020 Leo new moon

Not a cardslinger? No problem! These questions should help you refine your focus for this moon cycle. Cardslingers will also benefit from reflecting on these questions!

1. What projects, issues, concerns have you been pushing off your list or avoiding?

2. Are you avoiding these projects/issues because they are no longer important for you? Or is fear holding you back?

3. How can you address those fears?

4. What actions can you take – despite the fears – that will move you closer to completing that project/resolving that issue?

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