Get ready for this month’s New Moon set to arrive on Tuesday August 6, 2013 at 5:51 pm Eastern Time. It will be within 14 degrees of Leo. If there was ever a time to be positive about yourself and follow your heart, it’s now. New moons are excellent for starting new chapters in your life. After the declaring your independence during last month’s Aquarius Full Moon, it’s time to be proud of who you are.

The Lion Sleeps

You might remember an old song called “The Lion Sleeps Tonight” which also appeared in Disney’s The Lion King. A fun little tune, it’s a good reminder of this lunar phase. The New Moon is about dreaming and planning your goals. The lion isn’t exactly ready to roar just yet—he’s peacefully slumbering in dreamtime.

If there was ever a time to be positive about yourself and follow your heart, it’s now. New moons are excellent for starting new chapters in your life.

With the New Moon in Leo, this is your chance to take some time for dreaming. What would you like to accomplish over the next few weeks and hope to see blossom by the Full Moon on August 20th? Short term or long term, it doesn’t matter. All you need to do is get the ball rolling to see momentum later. Go ahead and sleep on it for now.

Follow Your Passion

While you’re dreaming those dreams, don’t forget to include your passions. What makes you truly happy in life? What are those things that bring you fulfillment? Mythologist Joseph Campbell often urged people to “follow their bliss.” This New Moon is a perfect time to start doing so. Figure out what your bliss is and begin to walk that path. Leo energy is great for helping you find and follow your passions. The Sign of the Lion represents courage and risk taking.

If your interests are related to children or the arts, you are doubly lucky at this time. Leo rules these areas. So if you enjoy working with or being around kids, this is a great time to purse your heart’s desire. This can even include conception or adoption. Creative pursuits will also be favored. So if you long to begin an art project or take up a musical instrument for example, here’s your golden opportunity.

Finally, following your passion can simply mean listening to your emotions. Getting in touch with the wisdom of your heart is favored now. Express your feelings, seek out joy and romance and learn to laugh out loud. It’s the perfect time to begin!

Share Your Pride

It would be nearly impossible to mention Leo without discussing pride. Not only is the Lion proud, it also part of a group called a pride. This is another metaphor for you to think about during this lunar transit. Don’t be afraid to be proud of yourself and your family or tribe.

We are often discouraged from showing too much pride. The dangers of vanity and pride going before a fall usually stick in our minds. While humility can be a positive virtue, this New Moon suggests you put that aside for now and focus on dignity, self-respect and self-esteem. It’s a time for getting your swagger back. So go ahead—be loud and proud!

Celebrate yourself and your individuality. Spruce up your wardrobe, wear some bright colors and bold jewelry or get a new hairstyle. Groom yourself like a proud lion and get out a roar a little bit. Step into the spotlight! Also encourage others to do the same.

Finally, set an example and share your pride with others. Help your friends and family to display their best features and qualities. Talk up their positive traits and complement them. Be proud of those whom you consider close and let it show!

At this New Moon, take time to dream and follow your passions. Admire who you are and who you are becoming and celebrate those feelings of pride with others. Let’s all roar together!