Your essential guide to the week ahead from Citizen Femme’s resident astrologer, Zana Wilberforce.
This week’s key cosmic date is a Leo new moon on the 8 August. New moons mark the beginning of a lunar cycle which, astrologically speaking, symbolises the start of a manifestation cycle, whether you’re planting the seeds for an upcoming adventure or launching a new project. The prevalent Leo energy comes to a climax on this day, spotlighting creative intention-setting rituals. Moodboarding and Feng Shui come to mind. Here’s how to make the most of this mystical lunation, according to your sign.
December 22 – January 19
This week’s new moon in Leo forces you to think outside the box. There’s a difference between having a well-established routine that promises stability and security and being in a downright rut. If the latter rings true, then it’s time to break out the Feng Shui to harmonise your surroundings first and foremost.
January 20 – February 18
The Leo new moon spotlights your expressive quirks, especially online where you are most fluent. It’s an excellent time for verbalising your goals in a ritualistic format. Consider getting crafty with a vision board or two to manifest your creative pursuits, affixing images and sifting through books of poems.
February 19 – March 20
You could be mastering a new hobby during this week’s Leo new moon while surrounded by admiring onlookers. New moons are supercharged with an overpowering fresh-start energy. Use this one to refine your niche and share it with the world in true Leo-style.
March 21 – April 19
You could benefit from taking a purposeful pause during this week’s mystical new moon in Leo. Mindful travel is your theme of the week, with a focus on self-recalibration. Look to one of these wellness festivals for a soulful reset.
April 20 – May 20
You’re prioritising your passion projects with added zeal when the Sun and moon align in Leo on 8 August. Pop to Lavender Green Flowers‘ new opening on King’s Road to pick up some summer flowers. Think of archetypal Leo colours, like bold yellows, to harness this potent new moon with prowess.
May 21 – June 20
Leo season’s ‘main character energy’ comes to a climax for your sign on 8 August during the August 2021 new moon. To add to the drama, your ruling planet (Mercury) will be in Leo for the first few weeks of the month. Use this potent lunation as a source of manifestation for your dream trip.
June 21 – July 22
This week’s lunar action influences your idealistic tendencies. You could find yourself romanticising bygone friendships in far-flung locations, but new moons represent fresh starts and new beginnings. Use this week’s Leo new moon to plant seeds that will reappear during the second full moon in Aquarius later this month.
July 23 – August 22
Though a few planetary switches have been trickling in, we’re still very much in the heart of your birthday season. Make the most of your solar reign and the August new moon by gifting yourself a Bille Brahe X MATCHESFASHION jewellery box – a plush velvet necessity for storing your most prized accoutrements.
August 23 – September 22
You could be feeling slightly more grounded with love planet Venus and action planet Mars now travelling through your sign. The shiny lights of Leo season are just as prevalent with this week’s new moon on 8 August. Book tickets to Sally Rooney’s talk on her third novel Beautiful World, Where Are You as a pre-birthday season treat.
September 23 – October 22
New moons are the launch point for manifestation, and this week’s new moon in Leo pinpoints your preferred modes of self-expression. Ideally, you’d be based in an artist’s retreat in the Italian countryside during this potent lunation, wading in bath-warm streams. If that’s not the case, break out the art supplies in green pastures closer to home instead.
October 23 – November 21
This week’s Leo new moon serves to re-energise a project that was once abandoned or put on the backburner. The cosmic lion connotes maximalism above all else, so celebrate in style with brunch at Ave Mario, a fun Italian eatery inspired by ‘an idyllic day in Florence’ and located in London’s buzzy Covent Garden.
November 22 – December 21
On 8 August, you could experience a wave of confidence when the Sun and moon align, amplifying your optimism. Mingling with strangers into the early hours could open new doors. To curb any excess wanderlust, transport yourself to Tokyo’s speakeasies at Pantechnicon’s Sachi Bar in Belgravia.