Led Zepplin's song, "Stairway To Heaven" gives us all a glimpse on how this New Moon and Partial Solar Eclipse will affect us. Here are the words in the son that particularly pertain:
"If there's a bustle in your hedgerow
don't be alarmed now, it's just a spring clean for the May queen.
Yes, there are two paths you can go by, but in the long run
there's still time to change the road you're on.
And it makes me wonder…"
Yes, indeed, we all do wonder just where we're headed, how we're evolving, how we interpret life, and if we're on the right path. We also wonder, if we acknowledge we're on the right path or going in the right direction, what the ultimate culmination of our efforts will be. Luckily, this New Moon in the regal sign of Leo will give us the light and energy we need to do so. Conversely, the wild energy surrounding this New Moon/Eclipse can bring things to light that we've been ignoring, burying, or otherwise felt confused about.
As the last eclipse of the season, it will stimulate creative development and expression as part of a rebirth. The sign of Leo is known, of course, for grandiose posturing, but in this lunation, Leo is portraying the loving nurturer. This is due to the New Moon's proximity to the fixed star Merak, in the side of the constellation of Ursa Major, and the asteroid Pallas. Also, because of its conjunction to Mercury in retrograde, the major themes will be thinking, contemplation, deliberation, discussion and debate.
Speaking of retrograde Mercury, there are several other planets in retrograde - Jupiter, Saturn, Pluto, Mars, Uranus, and Neptune. Their influence on this New Moon/Eclipse doesn't go unnoticed. According to the Astrology King, "it suggests disagreements and arguments about ideas and beliefs about power and control issues between people, groups of people and nations. Asteroid Pallas conjunct the eclipse will focus debate on feminism and politics." Mars and Mercury will station direct by August 27.
As a whole, there is a strong vibrational energy surrounding this New Moon and Solar Eclipse that will show things in greater clarity. It's an illuninator, shedding light on areas of our lives that have felt confusing and obscured, as mentioned above. In order to take advantage of this opportunity to illuminate our own individual paths, it's recommended that you take steps to energetically cleanse yourself and your space. You can accomplish this with burning sage or palo santo, using a sound bath, or a combination of both. Crystals to use for this lunation are Jasper, Pyrite, Carnelian, Citrine, and Tiger's Eye. After cleansing, bring in positive energy with incense, or a ritual of cord cutting and blessing. For instructions on how to do this, see this page.
Enjoy this New Moon and Solar Eclipse - it'll be visible in the northern parts of the U.S. only, unfortunately, but its effects will be felt worldwide, and last for up to six months. Until next month, blessed be!