From Ann Reith:
This New Moon in Leo is the start of a very important astrological period that will actually extend through the next two months (through mid-September). This will include the eclipse cycle that begins with the Aquarius Lunar Eclipse on August 7 and peeks with the Leo Solar Eclipse on August 21.
The keywords associated with Leo include self-confidence, big heartedness, love, loyalty, idealism, pridefulness, drama. It is a fire sign in a fixed modality. Leo’s energy is often associated with both the solar plexus chakra (identity) and the heart chakra (love). It is also the sign most often associated with the ego […] We all need an ego in order to live effectively and peacefully in our society […] But the ego, as with any aspect of our personality, can serve us well or be taken to excess. All astrological signs, including Leo, require us to use our free will choice to embrace the higher expression of the energy rather than the lower expression. With Leo, it’s all about making choices based on heart-felt love versus ego-fueled drama.
This first of two Leo New Moons is providing us with an opportunity to begin the process of determining how we want toexpress our identity and our ego in the world. Given this is beginning of a series of Leo events, this one may entail pulling inward for introspection and contemplation […] We might want ask ourselves, “Where do I want to shine my light and create something that reflects my unique identity?”
Mars in Leo [conjunct this new moon] adds energy, strength, motivation, assertiveness, courage, and self-confidence [and] is sometimes described as “the Warrior of the Heart,” and we may, therefore, be more willing than usual to take an emotional risk […] This would be a good time to think about how we react when our ego is wounded. If you aren’t sure, look for when you get particularly angry […] We will likely have an abundance of energy! Being active, athletic, and playful are good outlets for this energy […] However, this is an important time when we are being asked to look inward to see where the lower expression of Mars (e.g., aggressive, childish, self-centered, controlling) may be sabotaging our goals.
An opposition (180°) between Venus & Saturn during this Leo New Moon will likely help us see this shadow side of Mars very clearly. This aspect says that the way out of problems is to focus on responsible love, especially in the areas of our relationships and finances […] Now is a good time to ask ourselves questions like, “How much is my self-esteem dependent on the approval of others?” “Am I allowing my true self to be dimmed for fear of judgment from others?”, and “Are my behaviors determined by what will get me recognition or are they aligned with giving from my heart without expectation of return?”
A … trine (120°) between the New Moon/Mars and Chiron shows us that deep healing is entirely possible if we are willing to face our inner wounds, especially if related to a wounded ego. The next two months are highlighting how important it is to have a self-esteem that is based on an internal sense of well-being rather than external sources of approval.
Overall, this New Moon in Leo is like the match that lights the fuse leading up to a dramatic explosion of eclipse energy in August. This first of two Leo New Moons is a time to prepare by going inward. We need to explore new habits of self-approval and heart-centered giving and leadership. We always serve ourselves and others best when we lead with our hearts. This will lay the foundation for the powerful growth opportunities to come. Another way to look at this New Moon is that we each need to make continual, moment-to-moment choices between love and drama. Therefore, this would be a good time to remember that, “Drama doesn’t just walk into your life out of nowhere. You either create it, invite it, or associate with people that bring it.” (Unknown)
Please read Ann´s full article including her interpretation of the energies following the new moon here: http://www.annereith.com/new-moon-in-leo-july-23-2017/