Each month, we are given a chance to carve out fresh beginnings in our lives with the turning of the new moon. New moons are dark, sensuous, and richly fertile moments of time to nestle in stillness with ourselves, and listen deeply to the desires that emerge. Like the womb that holds the promise of new life, and the darkness of soil and starry nights, new moons invite us to dare to believe in our power to create. In a world where anti-Blackness is global and seeps into every crevice of life imaginable, we have been conditioned to fear and persecute the dark. But all creations first come from the void. With each of these lunations, we are beckoned to have the courage to honor our desires, and to trust that naming and nurturing those desires will bear the fruit we seek.
August’s new moon on the 8th is an especially potent one, and starts 11:50 PM AEST. In the sign of Leo, the medicine of this new moon speaks to boldness, courage, and reverent celebration of the self. Leo is also traditionally associated with children, and at a deeper level, I’ve found that Leo speaks to the divine spark of the inner child.
"Like the womb that holds the promise of new life, and the darkness of soil and starry nights, new moons invite us to dare to believe in our power to create. In a world where anti-Blackness is global and seeps into every crevice of life imaginable, we have been conditioned to fear and persecute the dark. But all creations first come from the void."
This is a spark that we all come here with – one that is unique to us, and one that we can see flow so freely through the creativity, presence, and playfulness of children. Be it art, music, or a deep love for the natural world, the gifts of children are usually beautifully evident and aflame with wisdom. This spark is an expression of our direct tie to the divine and all that is, and unfortunately, it is one that is often snuffed out of us.
Capitalism, imperialism, the lie of white supremacy, and colonialism are all anti-divinity and anti-child. They strategically sever us from the sacred, and by design, they reap insidious profit from the collective ruptures with Spirit. This divine spark that is so often quelled out by teachers, parents, and systemic oppression, is a spark many of us spend the rest of our lives in search of, but not quite having the language to describe what is missing.
Each time we express the divinity of our inner child, we allow the Divine to express itself through us. We sing our spark back to us, and like the Sun, we generate life and vitality for the people around us. To emanate our divinity is to burn the systems that tried to take it from us. This is our candlelight that lights the candle right beside us, and then another, and another –– sparking a blazing hearth of people shining in their power.
This new moon, weave your spells and desires outside under the night sky. Set intentions in which you reclaim the divine spark of your younger self. Reflect on the gifts and skills you have, and how shining in those might directly contribute to the ongoing weaving of a liberated world. Spend time with loved ones in play and laughter. The moon’s harmonious tie to master healer and liberator Chiron is a welcome ally in inner child healing, and calling parts of yourself back home.
If there are creative projects you’ve brushed aside, or new ways of self-expression you’ve been afraid to embody, write or speak them aloud in the presence of the stars – who listen and glisten at the prospect of you remembering that you have always glimmered like they do. Reflect on your relationship with your spiritual practice, your innate divinity, and the new pathways you would like to take.
We may not know the direction that the world is headed in, but know this –– your relationship with the sacred within you and around you is a foundational tool in ever-shifting times. There was a time before capitalism, and there will be a time after –– and even if we are not alive to see it, living your life from the seat of your divinity is an offering to the future.
This is your moment.
Demystifying the “Lion’s Gate Portal”
The “Lion’s Gate Portal” is a window of time that was actually created by Ray Mardyks in April 1999, and is based on extractive and colonial misinterpretation of ancient Black and brown cosmologies.
The real roots of this are found in the cosmologies, astrological systems, and ancestral lines of civilisations throughout Africa – like the Dogon tribe in West Africa, and the astrologers and scientists of ancient Egypt. In both of these cosmologies, they had incredibly advanced astrological systems, with notable knowledge of the Sirius star system. In particular, this is a huge part of the stories and ingenuity of the Dogon tribe – particularly regarding their discovery of the Sirius star system (not white astronomers), and the legends of their relationships with the beings of Sirius and of their origin stories.
Dozens of sources online say that August 8 is the annual date that the Sun and Sirius align, when really, that alignment already occurred this year in mid-July. On the 8th, the Sun will be several degrees ahead in Leo, not at all meeting up with Sirius. Additionally, the equally popular notion that this time of year was seen as auspicious by the ancient Egyptians is historically inaccurate.
Black and brown cosmologies the world over have been colonised, exploited, and diluted by white occultists and scientists. It is to these cosmologies that we owe so much of what is currently known about astrology, and to the seers, diviners, and healers whose names we may never know. Arrogant entitlement to Black and brown innovation proliferates in so many disciplines, including astrology. Whether claiming to have “discovered” celestial bodies that indigenous people the world over have been in relationship with for thousands of years, or completely lying about the histories of astrological systems, this is a huge problem.
When deepening your studies of astrology, whether through books, podcasts, or working directly with an astrologer, decolonising your sources is critical. To this day, the ingenuity of Black astrologers is stolen and plagiarised, and is especially rampant now in the digital age. Practice discernment with the information you consume. We Black and brown astrologers are the root.
Engage, compensate, and revere our divinity.