Uranus is retrograde and there’s a New Moon in Leo this week: Here’s what you need to know

Queen of WandsI didn’t draw a card at random for this week’s forecast because:

a) I felt it was more fitting to break my own rules, and
b) I couldn’t imagine any other card but the Queen of Wands leading this week’s message.

But as I’m sitting here writing this out, this a decision that makes complete sense. Uranus went retrograde on Friday, and will remain so until December 29, 2016.

Uranus is the planet of rebellion, revolution, and drastic change. It doesn’t like to do anything the conventional or predictable way, and it definitely doesn’t care much for rules. Because it’s a slower moving planet, it goes retrograde for months at a time, unlike smaller planets like Mercury, which zip around much quicker.

I’ve talked before about how the term “retrograde” tends to make us nervous, but don’t let them shake you. Uranus pushes us to ask why, to go against the grain, and to break away from old, stale routines and expectations we’ve built for ourselves.

What’s holding you back right now? Even if you’re not aware of what it is yet, Uranus will likely uncover it in the coming months.

I think this retrograde will be particularly insightful. It will push us, as individuals and as a collective, to tune into our impulses and better understand whether they are helping or hindering.

Those who naturally try to rock the boat might find themselves taking more purposeful action, while those who tend to play it safe or put off their need for spontaneity might surprise themselves by breaking free.

Things can get radical. Rules will be broken. Authority will be questioned. Uranus topples the old guard in order to favour the new.

Big decisions and realizations can come to light with Uranus retrogrades, but the action and implementation of those revelations might not fully come about until 2017 when Uranus goes direct again.

Powering up that energy is the New Moon in Leo, which comes to us on Tuesday, August 2. This is a really exciting New Moon that encourages you to be seen.

Leo loves being recognized. Even if you personally don’t feel drawn to being the centre of attention, this New Moon is a great time to set some intentions about what kind spotlight you might like to be in. That might mean making more an effort to gather around big groups of friends, or it might mean launching a new PR campaign for your business or creative work.

I always encourage people to work with the phases of the Moon based on what they feel they need that can best match the energies available at that time.

For me personally, I’ll be using this New Moon to start working on a new project that I’ve been dying to get off the ground. I’ll also be using it to build more connections for my business, and to start planning a launch campaign for my upcoming tarot book.

Those are my intentions, but yours could be completely different. Whatever you choose, try to synch it up to the current Leo vibe.

The Queen of Wands here encourages you to step in a greater sense of power and confidence. Believe in yourself even more than you already do. Make a bold statement. Buy yourself something beautiful. Do something daring. Begin something that you’ve already been afraid to try.

If you want to light a candle for the Moon, choose red, yellow, orange or gold for Leo. You can also meditate with a stone like citrine or carnelian, or carry it with you throughout the day while you focus on your intentions.

Leo favours fearlessness, so if you need a helping hand in that department, send a little message out to the New Moon on Tuesday and ask for guidance.

If it helps, here’s a mantra that you can work with throughout the week:

I dare to embrace a new aspect of myself.

If you have a tarot deck of your own, here is an simple spread you can use to connect with this week’s New Moon:

1. What part of myself do I need to start expressing more?
2. How can I be seen and heard in the coming months?
3. What opportunity is it time for me to create for myself?
4. What or who can help me step into the spotlight?

And if you’d like to learn tarot or deepen your existing practice, I have some upcoming workshops happening in Toronto in August.

Until next time,

Liz xo