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The Sun and Moon join together at 8 degrees Leo on July 30 at 7:25 pm PDT. This New Moon is also a partial solar eclipse, as the Sun and Moon will be 14 degrees away from the North Node. Eclipses are times of intensified energy where experiences can have a longer lasting effect. This New Moon is near the traditional celebration of Lughnasadh (often celebrated on August 1 or 2), the midpoint between the Summer Solstice and Fall Equinox in the Northern Hemisphere. This New Moon signifies the waning of the summer months and the preparation for the fall. The first harvest of the year begins, and this is a good time to honor Lughnasadh by baking bread and collecting blackberries and salmonberries.

The Heart of Leo

In medical astrology, Leo is linked to the heart. The heart is not only the organ that pumps and helps circulate blood throughout the body; it is also a spiritual vessel for the emotions of love, compassion and warmth. Leo is also a fire sign, and is connected to passion, romance, flirtation and play. In Chinese medicine, the heart is seen as the king of all the organs. It is said that when the king is sitting properly on his throne, all other organs can function properly. What this means is that without a grounded center of love and compassion, we are left lifeless and cold and our health and our organs become diseased and lifeless.

This New Moon is a perfect time to rekindle the embers of our heart energy. In our modern stressful world, many of us shut down our feelings so we can seem professional, grounded and in control. We may act coolly in public and avoid eye contact for fear of being too vulnerable and unsafe. We tighten our facial expressions and stiffen our posture to avoid attack. Eventually, these postures and stances lead to headaches, tension and anxiety. Even if we eat the best diet in the world and exercise three hours a day, our attitudes and the state of our heart are most important to our emotional and spiritual health.

Let It Shine, Be a Fool

In this Leo time, we can begin to make choices that help strengthen our hearts. One of the easiest ways I know how to do this is to spend some time with children. Their simple, spontaneous expression can help loosen our rigidity and help us to be more playful. When we can begin to see the humor and joy in everyday life, we can relax our shoulders, take the strain off of our eyes and begin to laugh. Go out for a drink with a couple of friends, go swimming at midnight or walk backward for two blocks. Now is the time to be a fool, to not take things so seriously. Now is the time to take a risk: Ask that girl or boy you admire out on a date. Enter the yodeling contest youíve heard about. Start banjo lessonsóanything that helps you rekindle your love of life and joy in being alive.

Neptuneís Nectar

Neptune opposes the New Moon on July 30 and acts as a channel for the expression of these leonine energies. Neptune alters our consciousness, puts us in touch with the transcendent and shifts us away from the mundane. In our desire for play and expanding our hearts, we need to be careful not to lose our boundaries and give ourselves away. This could happen in numerous ways. Sex can be used as a way to make a connection and find intimacy, but if it is done with the wrong partner it can be disastrous. The use of drugs and alcohol can blur us so that we make poor choices at this time. We may also desire connection so badly that we limit and stifle ourselves for the sake of love and partnership. Eventually this will also be destructive, as we are not letting the full heart shine. At the highest level, Neptune can put us in touch with beautiful spiritual truths and open our hearts to shine ecstatically. Yoga, dancing, painting, making and listening to music as well as being involved with a spiritual group can all help to draw down the divine.

The Healing Leo Sun

About five years ago I was very sick emotionally and physically. I decided I needed to leave the Pacific Northwest and be somewhere sunnier for a while. I lived in southern Mexico for a few months and spent considerable time on the beach south of Cancun. While on the beach I often meditated under the hot Sun on the white coral sand. I felt the Sunís rays warmly embrace and nourish me, gently melting my sadness and anxiety as it healed my heart and rejuvenated my soul. The ruling planet of Leo is the Sun, and I encourage everyone to bask in its warm glow this lunation (use plenty of sunblock, though). The fire and heat of the Sun is the source for all life on the Earth. Watch plants as they bend and twist toward the yellow disc. Watch your pets as they sleep in the Sunís midafternoon glow. They know a good thing when they feel one. The Sun is the source of life and love. Let its fires strengthen and nourish you. Good health to you!

Editorís note: The health information given in this article is not meant as a substitute for care from a qualified physician. This information is given for educational purposes only, and is not intended to diagnose or prescribe. StarIQ.com is not responsible for any mishaps that occur as a result of using this information.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Jonathan Keyes, B.S., is an astrologer, herbalist and plant spirit medicine practitioner. His writing has appeared in The Mountain Astrologer and in numerous Llewellyn almanacs. Jon has written a book entitled 'Guide to Natural Health, The Horoscope as a key to Ancient Healing Practices'. Jon is available for readings and can be contacted at jon_keyes@msn.com. Go to Jon's web site at jonkeyes.com

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Other StarIQ articles by Jonathan Keyes:

  • Your Health and Neptune: Part 1   12/12/2002
  • Lunar Health Cycles   3/13/2002
  • Lunar Health Cycles   2/27/2002
  • Lunar Health Cycles   1/26/2002
  • Lunar Health Cycles   11/14/2001
  • Lunar Health Cycles   10/31/2001
  • Lunar Health Cycles   10/15/2001
  • Lunar Health Cycles   10/1/2001
  • Lunar Health Cycles   9/14/2001
  • Lunar Health Cycles   8/31/2001
  • Lunar Health Cycles   8/16/2001
  • Lunar Health Cycles   8/2/2001
  • Lunar Health Cycles   7/18/2001
  • Lunar Health Cycles   7/4/2001
  • Lunar Health Cycles   6/17/2001
  • Lunar Health Cycles   6/4/2001
  • Pluto, Your Health and Herbs   4/30/2001
  • Pluto and Your Psyche   4/16/2001
  • Your Health and Neptune Part 2   3/12/2001
  • Your Health and Saturn Part 2   11/13/2000
  • Your Health and Saturn   10/30/2000
  • Michael Stipe Shuns the Spotlight   9/16/2000
  • Michael J. Fox   8/21/2000
  • Animals and Astrology Part Two   7/3/2000
  • Animals and Astrology   6/12/2000
  • The Astrology of Stones Part 2   5/15/2000
  • Astrology and Stones   5/1/2000

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