The new moon in Leo might shake your confidence to its core. This new moon will make you rethink your emotional well-being! This month’s new moon arrives on Tuesday, August 18 in the highly self-assured sign of Leo, it could bring with it a newfound sense of self-doubt and self-consciousness.
So, you’ll have a super-strong craving for comfort during this time. Think: layering a cozy oversized sweater over your tee when it cools off in the evening, cuddling under the covers with your S.O., watching a TV show you loved as a kid, just to name a few options.
Safety is a big part of all of this, too. You’ll have a solid rethink on how safe you feel in all areas of your life, including your home and at work. Maybe it’s time for a few big changes, like looking for a new place and a job where you feel more appreciated.
Make time for your close buddies in all of this. Surround yourself (virtually) with people who support you. Then, actually listen to the advice they offer up—it’ll be huge for you. The new moon will impact all signs, but Leo and Capricorn will feel it the most.
The new moon in Leo turns the spotlight inward.
Leo is the headlining star of the Zodiac. Warm and generous, dignified and dramatic, this fire sign was made for the marquee. When the full moon occurs in Leo, the world takes on a cinematic sheen, encouraging all of us to project our inner diva — those who are normally happy to play supporting roles may suddenly ache for the amount of attention granted to a leading role. However, when the darker, quieter new moon lands in Leo, that desire for praise and attention turns to self-awareness and scrutiny.
They might not act like it, but Leos care very deeply about their public-facing persona and overall reputation. When this sign channels the new moon, which urges reflection, introspection, and self-interrogation, the Leo’s instinct is to question, even agonize over, all the choices we make that contribute to how we are perceived. What message does our style send? What kind of conversations do we start? How do we behave when the focus is on us? We’re only human, so it’s fair to assume that we don’t always hit the mark when leaving a first impression — but it might be difficult to forgive these misses under the new moon in Leo, whose message can be easily twisted to suggest that perfection isn’t just attainable, but a requirement for success.
This new moon is actually an opportunity for inner growth.
Even though feelings of self-doubt and self-consciousness may arise, we should view this lunar phase as a chance to improve, not beat ourselves up. Don’t ruminate over whether you said the wrong thing or impressed the right people. Instead, use the evening of the 18th to decide how you want to be perceived in the future – then craft a plan for how you can work to become that person you hope others see.
When faced with our so-called shortcomings, it’s naturally tempting to get stuck in a rut of negative self-talk. But, no matter what it dredges up within us, the new moon is ultimately about the future. Turn your thoughts toward how you hope to grow — and how your reputation will evolve in kind. By letting yourself sit with an uncomfortable truth about yourself, you could very well discover a new path forward.