Channel the New Moon in Leo with these 5 Self Care Rituals

Sierra Vandervort // August 17, 2020

On Tuesday, August 18th 

we have a New Moon in Leo.

With the moon dark & hidden in the sky – we have a blank canvas for dreaming & manifesting. Leo energy in particular is the ruler of intentions centered around leadership, integrity & personal expression. Leo is the sun-bearer of the zodiac. It encourages us to stand up, take up space, and honor our creative nature.

“I bravely and joyfully express my creativity and shine my light.”

Magic of I lunar planner

There are many ways to call this powerful energy in to your life and utilize it for personal-growth. Need some inspiration? Check out our list of five self-care rituals that will help you channel the New Moon in Leo.

Looking to take it a step further? Join my Leo New Moon intention setting ceremony on Tuesday, August 18th at 6:30 pm EST.


Try a heart-centered vinyasa yoga practice

Leo is ruled by the heart and the spine. Commonly, these can be areas of tension & emotional density. This is a powerful time to get some blood flowing & do a bit of energetic cleansing around those areas. While new moon energy is typically softer & slower, Leos burn bright with fiery action & passion. So though you may be inclined to take a more passive, “floppy” yoga practice, challenge yourself to get moving & get sweating! I particularly love this creative backhanding class with Kathryn Budig through YogaGlo.  But you can search on YouTube to find lots of different options & find the one that works for you!


Get dressed up & have a solo dance party

Yes – really. If you miss dancing to live music as much as I do – this should feel pretty amazing. It’s in true Leo form to get yourself all gussied up and twirl in circles until you feel slap-happy. So rescue your favorite cocktail dress from the back of your closet, crank your favorite danceable playlist, then let yourself go wild. Bonus points if you can get your spouse and the dogs to join in too! You may feel silly at first; that’s ok. Just keep moving. Focus on your breath and don’t think too much about how you’re moving or what you look like. This is about giving yourself time to play & just have fun!


Do something to boost your confidence

Ok – we’re gonna talk about external beauty here for a moment. So let me preface by saying your self-worth is not dictated by your appearances. And if you feel absolutely no connection between your external appearances and your confidence levels – that’s completely ok! But in my 26 years as a living female, I notice that I hold myself just a bit taller when I feel good about the way that I look – and that’s also ok!! There is no shame in caring about the way that you look or not caring – whatever floats your boat chica. 

With that being said – the New Moon in Leo is a great time to tap in to what makes you feel extra confident. Maybe it’s getting your hair trimmed or doing an at-home spa day. Maybe it’s dancing like no one’s watching – see above. The point here is to notice the circumstances that make you feel confident – and intentionally work to create more of those.


Do something really creative & utterly pointless

We like to choke ourselves on productivity here in the Western world. That’s not reeeeally what we’re here to talk about today, but I always think it’s worth pointing out. For your New Moon in Leo, maybe you’d like to try an art project that’s fun & completely pointless. It’s not really pointless, because it’s stimulating beneficial parts of your brain & helping you relax, but it may feel pointless as you do it – embrace it!! Maybe you’re really bad at art. ✋ Who cares? Do it anyway. Grab one of those adult coloring books. Try a weird abstract watercolor on your own. Write a silly song about your dog. Do an artsy photoshoot of every kind of fruit you have in your house. You can literally do anything here. Just let your heart & your interests guide you!


Do a talent mapping session

Ok – total 180 flip from our last option. But as a goal-manifesting coach I have to throw something like this in here! Leo energy is a great teacher for all of us who struggle with claiming our skills & stepping in to our own limelight. New Moons are also ideal times to set intentions. So, we’re going to marry the two. Here’s how your talent mapping session is going to go down:

  1. Set yourself up in a relaxing atmosphere with a journal & pen. You can bring any extra ritual goodies that suit your fancy, (crystals, incense, etc.) Take at least five deep breaths to help you center before you do anything.
  2. Grab your journal and answer these questions: What do I know about? Where is my unique zone of genius? What are some of my proudest accomplishments? What have I overcome? What are my skills & talents? *yes even the weird ones!
  3. Looking at your lists, ask yourself how you’d like to share these gifts with the world. What problems could you solve for people with your gifts? How specifically do you want to shine in the world?

If you’re not really interested in building a goal or business around your talents – that’s ok too! Just look at your list and give yourself a pat on the back. You’re pretty amazing!


The bottom line here – this New Moon in Leo is a time for power, passion & full embodiment. Do anything you like that will help energize & inspire you – and work on strengthening your self-expression & sense of confidence!

If this resonates with you and you want to explore these energies deeper, join me for a yoga & intention setting ceremony this Tuesday, August 18th at 6:30 pm EST. We use the New Moon to help us open & clear the energetic channels of our bodies, relax in to a deeply nourishing meditation, then end with a group journaling exercise.

Happy New Moon! 

with love


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