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The week ahead brings a much-needed sigh of relief, a boost of energy, and a positive new moon in Leo, which commences a new cycle of growth, and offers an energetic reset.

Beginning on Sunday the 16th, when the sun in Leo makes an energizing, upbeat, and positive trine to Mars, the planet of action, the cosmic forces mirror the potential for fun, inspiration and the ability to take a deep breath. At the same time, Mercury also trines Mars. This combination of the sun and Mercury in close proximity to one another (they perfect their conjunction on Monday) inspires optimism and offers a boost of much-needed hope. These are strong aspects for us to experience as we approach and move through this mid-August turning point. Leo season, after all, invites us into our heart, deepens our ability to love more fully and purely, and asks us to boldly lead ourselves and others toward courageous and authentic goals.

Speaking of bold and courageous goals, on Tuesday the 18th, we will have a new moon in Leo at 26 degrees. This fertile and energizing new moon invites us to step into our purpose. Happening precisely at 10:43 p.m., ET, this fortuitous fresh start asks us to own our strengths, and set strong goals for the growth we most want to accomplish now. Given the hardship endured this year, this new moon requires positive attention and respect. It’s strongly advised to set intentions for your most hopeful—but within reach—vision now.

Pro tip: If you are familiar with your chart, look at the house Leo occupies or rules. This is where you are meant to shine, so set intentions for this area of your life. If you can’t get that granular with you chart yet, fear not. Simply set intentions for the hopes, goals, and wishes that are most desirable for you and also within your reach, and then make them happen. Lunar intentions and goal-setting with the new moon is most effective when it has relevance to where you are today.

This fertile and energizing new moon in Leo invites us to step into our purpose.

Come Wednesday, Mercury exits Leo and enters Virgo. The planet of communication’s entrance into fastidious and detailed oriented Virgo is an invitation to get organized. Mercury in Virgo offers you inspiration to write your to-do lists, craft a strategy for your goals, and embrace structure—use it to your advantage. The remaining months between now and the end of the year have aspects as challenging as what we’ve already experienced in 2020. While things lighten up here and there, as they will this week, the overall theme through December is intensity. It’s critical to gather yourself, your resources—inner as well as external strength—now, and ready yourself for the fall season that’s just around the corner.

The emphasis on Virgo is supported by the maxing crescent moon in Virgo, too. The moon travels in Virgo from Wednesday at 4:20 a.m., ET, to Friday at 5:15 a.m., ET. On Saturday, the sun joins Mercury in Virgo, further amplifying the emerging theme of getting organized and bringing order into your life. Once the sun moves into Virgo, you will likely crave some space and alone time, so carve out some time to just be by yourself.

On the challenging side of things, Mars will square next week, and throughout the week ahead, we feel this tension build. Mars in Aries, squaring Saturn in Capricorn, is about embracing discipline, reality, and integrity as you move toward your goals. So you might as well get a jump on that lesson now, too, and build off of Mars’s recent square to Pluto.

All in, the week ahead is a call to action. Get clear on your vision, recommit to your purpose, and then get into action and start the process of bringing your goal to fruition once Mercury enters Virgo on Wednesday. If you are unclear what your purpose is, let Mars’s fire trine to the new moon in Leo on Tuesday serve as a catalytic force, opening up your perception to new possibilities and potentials and see what comes through then. In addition to the aspects listed above, this powerful new moon in Leo boasts Venus in Cancer, making a sextile to Uranus in Taurus, while the sun and moon trine the south node. Answers will show up. Trust them! You are being guided.

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Jennifer Racioppi is the creator of Lunar Logic—a philosophy that integrates the deep wisdom of both science and spirituality, and blends her expertise in astrology, positive psychology, and women’s health—which she uses to coach high-achieving female entrepreneurs to reach their next level of success. Pre-order her book, Cosmic Health (January 2021), here.

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