Sacred Ritual for the Solar Eclipse and New Moon in Leo

The cosmic dance between the Sun and the Moon will birth a Solar Eclipse on August 21st between 9:03 – 11:37 am (PST) depending on where you are in North America. I have never witnessed Solar Eclipse before, so I am keen to see even a partial eclipse as I am not in the path of the full eclipse.

With the Solar Eclipse approaching and Mercury Retrograde in full swing, people are being forced to awaken to the shadow medicine that has lurked in the corners for far too long. The political environment south of the boarder in the USA is difficult to ignore despite living in Canada, as what happens there ultimately sends ripples out into the world.

In Vedic Astrology, Solar Eclipses are the result of Rahu, the snake demon swallowing the sun. Eclipses are also believed to propel social change, not always through peace, but through chaos and agitation. What’s interesting is the solar eclipse will hurdle across the continental USA, which is currently experiencing political instability and uncertainty.

The events in Charlottesville are tragic and heart breaking. I’ve witnessed people speaking out against white supremacy, anti-Semitism and bigotry, but only to have to defend themselves for not being politically correct enough. The rhetoric of political correctness is changing constantly and what doesn’t have ill meaning one day, does the next.

I ask that people delve into their heart space and ask themselves “what is the intention behind the message?” before publicly speaking out against a person who is standing with them. If politically incorrect words have been included in a message, please send the person a private message with information. Education is the only cure for inequality and intolerance!

Let us unite under the energy of the Solar Eclipse and may the other side dis-abandon peacefully into the abyss.

With all that is happening, allow yourself to create sacred space for ritual, especially on the 21st as that is also the New Moon in Leo at 11:30 am (PST). According Vedic Astrology, the Solar Eclipse and the New Moon will be in part of the sky known as the Magha Nakshatra, which is the keeper of ancestral blessings. The 21st is a potent day to release ancestral patterns and receive the blessings from the ancient ones. Also, to set intentions for the New Moon.

Last month, I did a more involved ritual for the Leo New Moon, which you can use for the 21st.  Please keep in mind that the energy of the second New Moon in Leo is in the tail end of Leo. Thus, invokes the shadow medicine of Leo, such as ego, lack of self-awareness, and arrogance.

You are welcome to use my ritual or adopt parts to help you create your personalized one. Please remember that there is no wrong or right way, only do what FEELS right in your heart. You don’t need to do a ritual for each New Moon, only connect to the ones that you feel drawn to. Also, you can do your ritual a day before, on the day or a day after the New Moon, as the energy is still potent.

For my Solar Eclipse and Leo New Moon ritual, I felt drawn to adding elements of light and shadow to honour the cosmic dance of the sun and moon. I incorporated black + white candles, black moonstone + apophylitte, and the Seeds of Shakti Oracle deck with the black and white card backs in separate piles. I couldn’t resist adding the Eclipse card!

I added a statue of Durga, a warrior Hindu Goddess who is known to be fiercely protective and will stand against anything or anyone who threatens peace. Her Vahana (carrier) is the lion or tiger, which ties in perfectly with the feline energy of Leo. The second New Moon in Leo provides an opportunity for us to delve deeper into our authentic self.

If you take a glance around your home, you will find sacred tools that connect with the energy of the Leo New Moon and the Solar Eclipse. The secret to creating an altar is to only use sacred tools that connect with you and hold a magical purpose in your ritual. 

To start my ritual, I lit incense to cleanse my heart, mind & soul and my sacred tools. I had a difficult time keeping the candles lit, as the medicine of the evening wind was strong. I felt drawn to start a New Moon journal, as the 21st is a potent day for new beginnings. I chose a black journal to symbolize the darkness of the New Moon, which I hope to decorate with symbolizes of my intentions.

I have written on pieces of paper or made mental notes of my New Moon intentions, but I’ve never had a dedicated journal. Each New Moon, the journal will hold sacred space for me to share seedlings of intention that are brewing within me.

I made a list of prompts to assist me with setting intentions for each New Moon:

  • What seeds will I plant on the New Moon?
  • How will I grow and develop the seeds of my intentions during this germination period?
  • What can I do to overcome any obstacles that may try to stunt the growth of my seedlings?
  • How can I nurture and support the seeds of my intentions?
  • How will the seeds I plant today mature?

You can to use the prompts as is or adapt to your soul’s needs.

After I journalized my intentions for the 21st, I closed my ritual by shuffling the black cards from the Seeds of Shakti Oracle and then the white ones. I flipped the cards on the top for a message. The card with the black back symbolized a message from my sacred feminine and the white from my divine masculine. By the way, you can spilt any Tarot or Oracle deck into two piles and set the intention for which side is a message from your feminine and masculine.

Tomorrow, I will be laying a few cards to connect further with my Higher-SELF. You can use a Tarot or an Oracle deck for the Leo New Moon Spread or give the Solar Eclipse Spread a go! Please tag me in your spread on Instagram, as I’d love to know how you connected to the spread ❤

New Moon Blessings to you!


About The School of Gypsy Arts

Sharron weaves together her personal experiences and teachings from Paganism, Core Shamanism and other traditions to create unique experiential workshops & events. She is a six sensory intuitive guide, meditation facilitator, certified crystal healer, reader of the Tarot & Tea Leaves.