August 2021: Tarot spread for the new moon in Leo

Plus some journaling questions, an astro-tarot forecast, exploration of the the Sabian symbol, and additional resources for the August 2021 new moon in Leo.

Tarot spread for the August 2021 new moon in Leo

The August 2021 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 to stand in the spotlight. But this infectious dynamic can also 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 focussed energy, which points to the spiritual principle that your beliefs about life tend to shape your life. You can see this spiritual principle at play with a regular gratitude practice. When you cultivate an active gratitude practice, you tend to experience a shift in your life and circumstances. And while your life may not change dramatically, your outlook to life can certainly shift.

The August 2021 new moon also highlights the rituals and routines that support our self-care and wellness efforts. If you’ve been meaning to start a new fitness routine but haven’t gotten around to it yet, this moon cycle is the perfect time to start. It’s also a good time to take a look at your self-care routines. How well are looking after yourself – body, mind, and soul?


Making this new moon extra special is the Lionsgate Portal, which peaks on the 8th day of the 8th month, though we will feel the energy before and after this date too. The Lionsgate Portal is activated when the star Sirius rises in the sky and the sun returns to its home sign of Leo. Many ancient civilizations tracked the rising of Sirius, believing it to be a powerful time of rebirth, abundance and spiritual advancement. This is a super-charged time to set some intentions around your creativity and creative projects; and to focus on your personal well-being and healing.

Astro-tarot influences for the Leo new moon

To throw some more light on the astrology of this new moon, let’s take a look at the astro-tarot influences of this lunation. The Leo new moon falls in decan 2, which is represented by the 6 of Wands. This is to be interpreted in conjunction with Strength, which is associated with Leo.

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I designed this beautiful, 40-card oracle deck to bring in some stillness, to give us a word or an idea to reflect on as we go about our day.

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The 6 of Wands represents victory, achievements, and winning laurels for all the hard work that we have put into our chosen field – be it on the job front, with a passion project, or in learning or building something new. The Strength card represents our inner strength and 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.

The figure on the 6 of Wands brings to mind a victorious procession; a young knight, perhaps, returning after winning a jousting competition. In a modern day context, winning sports teams often hold victory parades after they’ve won a big tournament and especially if they have won a prestigious sporting event after a significant gap.

Interestingly, the Tokyo Olympics are currently underway — a full year after the original schedule — and countries around the world are basking in the reflected glory of the achievements of their sports contingents.

India rarely does well at the games, but this year, both the men’s and women’s hockey teams have created history. The women’s hockey team qualified for the Olympic semi-finals for the first time ever, while the men’s hockey team ended a 49-year wait to reach the semi-finals. There have been numerous other records set at Tokyo — a testament to the unrelenting hard work, practice, and focus that is required to compete at the highest level.


Alongside these conventional victories are unconventional ones. Like Simone Biles, who pulled out of the Olympics all-around gymnastics final to focus on her mental health. In a culture that glorifies pushing through at all costs, her decision to put her mental health first is an act of uncommon bravery, especially when you consider the stakes at the Olympics. It requires tremendous inner strength to take such a counter-cultural stand.

Inherent in any victory is also an element of loss — today’s victor could well be tomorrow’s loser. Which is why the best sports managers and coaches constantly analyze footage from past games and closely watch the strategies and style of their opponents. Being at the top of the game requires constant practice and dedication.

It’s easy to let a big victory go to your head. The best players and best teams know how to maintain that fine balance between enjoying the love of their fans and keeping their head in the game. They also know the hard work that lies behind every victory — and every defeat.

Within this sports analogy is the essence of this new moon cycle. The importance of practice and preparation as you pursue your own grand adventure, balanced with clarity on what victory and success looks like for you. Some days, just getting out of bed may be a victory — please, honor that. In a culture that puts performative productivity on a pedestal, Simone Biles and Naomi Osaka, two young athletes who put their mental health ahead of performance and honors, are showing us a different, more human and humane way, to show up for ourselves.


Sabian Symbol for the August 2021 new moon

The Sabian Symbol for 16 degrees Leo is Volunteer Church Choir Makes Social Event of Rehearsal.

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My exposure to church choirs has been through movies. So when I think of a church choir, I think of gospel music, of euphoric, rhythmic voices, of people dancing in joy as they sing praises to the Lord. I think of community bazaars and charity socials and people coming together to offer help and support where it is needed.

And that is what this symbol reminds me of. Of giving as generously as you can, in any way that you can. Of being around like-minded people, offering goodness and light to your communities, wherever they may be.

Some of the keywords from Linda Hill’s Sabian Symbols, include: “Making the most of any situation. Feelings of togetherness. Doing things without thought of reward. Catching up on what others are doing. Learning to open up the throat. Small gifts for others. Dedication to ideals. Extending yourself by mixing in.”


Tarot spread for the August 2021 new moon

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

Tarot spread and journaling questions for the August 2021 new moon in Leo

1. Planting seeds: What seeds are you planting at this time? Look to the images or the immediate intuitive hit you get with this card

2. Nurturing the soul: Draw 2 cards. These are the care instructions for the seeds you’re planting

3. Harvesting the fruit: Interpret this as a word to the wise — a message of guidance and support as you water your seeds.

4. Mama moon says: A final message to tie everything together and offer additional wisdom/inspiration.

If you share your spreads on Instagram, please use the hashtag #moontarotstories so we can connect with each other.


Journaling questions for the Leo new moon

Not a cardslinger? No problem. Here are some journaling questions for you instead.

  • What projects would you like to focus on for the next few months? List no more than 3.
  • Brainstorm your next steps for each project. Keep them simple and doable.
  • Identify what you need to actually focus on these projects – clearing your calendar, eliminating time wasters, etc.
  • Examine your daily rituals. Do you have some? Are they still serving you? Do you need to tweak or adapt them if you’re erratic with them? If you have none, can you add some in a way that works for you?

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