8 Ways To Tap Into The Confidence-Boosting Power Of This Year's Double Leo New Moons

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Lights, camera, action! The Leo new moon on July 23, 2017, ignites passion and expressing, helping us find our authentic voices and step into the spotlight.

Leo is a fire sign, which is about action and adventure, and the Leo new moon is a time to take bold and exciting creative risks. Leo is also the ruler of the heart and spine. At a time when the world is filled with political unrest and bravado, it's time for some true heroes to emerge—with plenty of "backbone" and a whole lot of love. Can we get a ROAR?

The fiery Leo new moon will help us tap into our fierceness, and we can all expect a serious confidence boost now. This is a powerful time to initiate creative projects, dive back into the dating pool, or even rev up romance with a new love interest or long-term suitor. The Leo new moon also flips on our self-expression switches. Work on "branding" to make sure your outsides are a reflection of the creative genius within. Call in wardrobe and styling and splurge a little on the pampering process.

This regal Leo new moon is also the first in a back-to-back pair—energizing the Lion's domain. The sequel, which happens to be the August 21 total solar eclipse, will bring an extra potent lunar lift to our loftiest goals and grandest visions. Dream in 4D and ratchet up the romanticizing! There will be a time for practicality, but this passionate lunation is not it. Let yourself be swept up in the fantasy of what COULD be. Imagination is the precursor to innovation, and this new moon pairing will deliver some divine downloads.

First impressions can leave an indelible mark, and this new moon begs the question: How do YOU want to shine in this world? Since new moons give us fresh starts, it's well worth the effort to put your #goals into practice now.

Here are a few star-powered tips for making the most of this year’s double Leo new moons:

1. Practice authentic self-promotion.

The term itself gets a bad rap, but let’s face it: in this overcrowded marketplace, the squeaky wheel often gets the oil. There are a lot of people hyping themselves up who don’t have the goods, true. But there are also a lot of wonderful, worthy products and services that never see the light of an audience, simply because they’re not properly marketed. We’ve compiled some of our favorite spiritual and metaphysical business books here. All have helped us clarify and spread our message in a conscious, authentic way. Showy Leo loves attention, and hey, there’s no shame in that. If what you’re offering adds value and pleasure to someone’s life, then why not shout it from the rooftops?

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2. Wear your heart on your sleeve.

Hiding your feelings is hip these days, supposedly a sign of being self-possessed and above it all. But Leo energy is all about naked honesty, childlike glee and unmasked excitement. It’s the anti-James Dean—anything BUT remote and unruffled. Dare to be vulnerable and wear your heart on your sleeve! Why hold back your true feelings about someone you admire? Or pretend you don’t love something that’s not considered “cool” by the self-appointed tastemakers of the world? What’s really cool is to be unapologetically yourself.

3. Prioritize your passions.

Is there anything in your life you’ve said “yes” to, but your soul is just “meh” about…or even a resounding “no?” Cut. It. Out. There are not enough hours in the day to give your precious creative energy to something that drains your soul. At the Leo new moon, seek fresh avenues of inspiration that are aligned with your deepest desires. For help with this, we recommend Danielle LaPorte’s Desire Map, an amazing primer on creating goals with soul.

4. Fight for your beliefs.

Drag out your inner wuss and look them boldly in the eye. Have you been hiding your light under a bushel, making excuses, backing down or wimping out? Good old-fashioned fear has disguised itself as a perfectly reasonable excuse not to do something that might just be your life's purpose. And now, you’re being challenged—should you walk the plank or back down? The Leo moon says, if you want it, roar for it! Sometimes, that passion and fire is what turns skeptics into true believers. Your willingness to fight for your desires is all you have, so do it!

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5. Compromise...but don't be a pushover.

Compromise is a lovely thing, but there comes a time when you need to take a stand, declare your truth and, as Leo Madonna would say, “express yourself.” Leo energy is unapologetic and bold, not afraid to look foolish or make a brash statement. It’s about color, celebration, creativity and flair. With your chin up and smile on, focus on the fact that life always goes on and always has an occasion for gratitude. Of course, we don't suggest you dig in your heels or cling stubbornly to righteousness. But if you've been giving in way too often, now is the time to hold the line.

6. Rise to YOUR occasion!

We’re not suggesting you blow a bunch of hot air or talk yourself up to be bigger than you are. But frankly, most people ARE bigger than we really imagine ourselves to be. We tend to underestimate ourselves, especially as women. So the Leo new moon is about finding courage, pride and a challenge that’s worthy of our time and talents. Sometimes, it IS about the old “fake it ‘til you make it” routine. Either way, find at least one thing to celebrate yourself for—in as grand a way as you can! It's time to step into your greatness.

7. Use your voice.

Leo energy is all about revelry. It doesn’t matter if you have no rhythm and can’t carry a tune in a bucket. The point is to be part of the fun. Shake your booty. Belt out a show tune. Make karaoke plans for tonight—what better way to celebrate the Leo vibes than by singing some bad ‘80s tunes over a few drinks and a whole lotta laughter? Leo has confidence to spare—so if you make a fool of yourself, who cares?

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8. Free your inner child.

Playful Leo is all about awe and childlike wonder. Dedicate this week to FUN. Skip down the street, build a sand castle, do an art project with your kids (or friends!), make homemade popsicles. Adults get so jaded, thinking we know it all, have been there, done that. Where are wonder and discovery missing from your life? Add them now!

Want more insight into what the year has in store for you? Check out your love horoscope to learn more about yourself in relationships. Then, read your sun sign's full monthly horoscope here.

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