New Moon in Leo and Lion’s Gate Portal ~ August 8, 2021 @ 9:50am ET/6:50am PT ~ Theme: Spiritual Spark

New Moon in Leo and Lion’s Gate Portal ~ August 8, 2021 @ 9:50am ET/6:50am PT ~ Theme: Spiritual Spark

By Andrea Dupuis

This week we welcome a New Moon in the sign of Leo a few days before the fixed star Sirius turns visible again and can be seen on the eastern horizon before dawn. The reappearance of Sirius is also known as the ‘Lion’s Gate Portal’ an annual event with important spiritual and personal significance. 

Sirius is the brightest star in the night sky. It means “Glowing” in Greek.  Sirius is also known as one of the most spiritual stars, bringing a divine spark with it when it’s visible again. This Lion’s Gate portal runs from July 28 through to August 12. The 8th is considered the most powerful day because of it’s connection to numerology and it’s the day Sirius aligns with the Sun. Even though Sirius doesn’t officially become visible until August 11th.

Sirius was an important star to ancient Egyptians. When it became visible again every year around the same time, it indicated a flooding of the Nile. This was a powerful time for those living near there as farming season would begin again and the soil would become fertile again. It was considered a blessed time!

In modern days, this time can be used to turbo charge our manifestations and set intentions. We can feel the soil of life is more fertile and possible. It’s a unique opportunity this month as it coincides with the New Moon in Leo on August 8th especially in the area of our charts where Leo is. 

This New Moon is also in a tense Square aspect to Uranus, the planet of change, rebellion, upheaval and unexpected events. We may have many unexpected events occur around this New Moon, expect the unexpected!

It’s a very fiery time overall, so be careful of the shadow Leo traits – arrogance, high temper, aggression.

Each of us has Leo ruling an area of our chart no matter if we have planets there or not. Leo is considered the King of the zodiac (as it’s ruled by The Sun, the most powerful life-giving planet, that which everything else revolves), and like any good king or queen we can use our power for good or evil. 

To see where Leo rules for you check your rising sign below. The area is our King or Queen-dom.It’s the place in our charts where we are the most king or queen-like, where we can achieve high levels and where we can shine the brightest. It’s where we are a natural leader. It also shows the area we can exude the most power and grace… it’s where we can lead with the fierce yet gentle heart Leo is known for. 

However as with all signs we have to be careful of the shadow side of the sign. Wherever it rules in our chart can also indicate where we can become prideful, arrogant and even aggressive in our pursuit of power. 

The lesson of Leo is to ‘tame the inner lion’ , the part of us that wants to rule ruthlessness, and instead focus on compassion, grace and patience. 

Leo is connected to the Strength card in tarot. In the image a woman with an infinity symbol above her crown pets a lion. She is using gentleness and sweetness to tame the wild beast. The infinity symbol above her head shows her connection to the divine.

New Moon’s are the best time to set intentions, so this week we have double the power to really steer the course of our next couple of months. For a special Lion’s Gate ritual see below.

New Moon Contemplations

In what part of my life do I feel like a King/Queen?

How is my kingdom/queendom operating? 

What can I do to bring gentleness and grace to this area of my life? 

Where do I need to offer myself more grace?

Who this New Moon impacts the most:

Leo Sun, Moon and Rising

Aquarius Sun, Moon and Rising

Gemini Sun, Moon and Rising

Virgo Sun, Moon and Rising

New Moon in Leo Intention Setting Ritual 

  1. Cleanse and purify your space by burning rosemary, bayleaf, cedar, sage or any herbs related to your heritage.
  2. Sit quietly in meditation for 10-15mins, or do the Rising Woman Inner Child Meditation (download available in the RW bio).
  3. Ask yourself the New Moon contemplations or simply “What intentions do I have for this lunar cycle (30 days)?”
  4. Write down images, ideas and clarity that comes through.
  5. Pull tarot or oracle cards asking “What can help me achieve these intentions?”
  6. Close your ritual space with prayer, gratitude, whatever has you feel complete.
  7. Note – don’t take actions on your intentions until the Moon is visible again 2-3 days after the New Moon.

Area in which the New Moon and Lion’s Gate Portal will impact you. Your Queen/Kingdom. 

The horoscopes below, written for your Sun, Moon and Rising sign, are meant to serve as inspiration and “food for thought”.  Let your intuition guide you, as you feel through the shifts of this New Moon.

Instructions for looking up your Rising (Ascendant sign, Sun and Moon sign): 

If you don’t know your Signs, you can pull up your chart here.

Enter your info… and you’ll get a chart. (Note you must have your accurate birth time to use your rising sign, even two minutes off can change it): 

The one on the right with letters ‘ASC’ is your Rising Sign, so look at that first, followed by your Moon Sign: ☽ and your Sun Sign:

Rising, Moon and Sun Signs, areas this New Moon will impact you: 


ARIES: Leo is your 5th House

Lovers and romance, play, hobbies, fun, art, intellect, creation, children




TAURUS: Leo is your 4th House

Home, mother, family, emotional wellbeing, ancestral roots, the heart




GEMINI: Leo is your 3rd House

Siblings, online business, general business, local life, relatives, short distance travel, writing, speaking, teaching, the mind



CANCER: Leo is your 2nd House

Self-worth, money, what you eat, your voice, possessions, skills and talents




LEO: Leo is your 1st House

Yourself, ego, how you present yourself to the world, your looks, identity




VIRGO: Leo is your 12th House 

Spirituality, your dream world, the past, pain and loss, isolated places such as hospitals, prisons and institutions, channelling



LIBRA: Leo is your 11th House

The greater network, large groups of people, acquaintances, community, social media, online communities, good luck




SCORPIO: Leo is your 10th House

Work, self-employment, your career, public image, leadership




SAGITTARIUS: Leo is your 9th House

Father, gurus, spiritual community, foreign travel, blessings, your belief systems, spirituality



CAPRICORN: Leo is your 8th House

Death and rebirth, the occult, big life changes and transformation, sexuality, inheritances, other people’s money




AQUARIUS: Leo is your 7th House

Romantic partner, business partner, clients



PISCES: Leo is your 6th House

Your service to the world, day job, enemies, your physical body, health, animals, daily routines




Andrea is a writer, astrologer, astrology teacher and tarot reader who combines ancient classical techniques from Esoteric Western Astrology, Hellenistic Astrology, Jaimini and Vedic Astrology into her own unique intuitive astrology system called Sacred Astrology. Check out her Become Your Own Astrologer Course under "Programs" on the menu :)
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