July's new moon in Leo might feel erratic for these 3 signs, but it provides an important opportunity

Ready for the Leo new moon? 2022's lunation can feel a bit overwhelming, but astrologers will help you through it

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Feeling well rested? Good, because the July new moon in Leo is about to shake things up. 

Closing out the list of July astrology events, this lunation might make us feel somewhat out of sorts and impulsive, so we'll have to stay one step ahead of la bella luna. 

"We can expect an unexpected upheaval and change," says Nebula's astrologer, Patrick Price. "Things might feel like they’re falling apart to fall together."

But you're not one to let a little cosmic disruption throw you for a loop. Here's what you need to know about the next new moon, how to survive it and how to use the seemingly dramatic event to your advantage. (Yes, it certainly is possible!)

Meet the expert: Patrick Price

Patrick is Nebula: Horoscope and Astrology App’s expert specializing in tarot, angel readings and Western astrology. Patrick is a queer man who comes from a gypsy family. Tarot is deeply rooted in his family’s culture. He’s been doing tarot for the past eight years and astrological readings for the last three years. 

Leo new moon 2022

  • When: July 28, 2022

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Like other new moons, now will be the time to manifest and think ahead: what changes do you want to make? What do you want out of your career? How are you feeling in your relationships?

Since fresh starts oftentimes coincide with disruption, it can feel daunting knowing that this particular moon phase will be so powerful. The secret? Approaching with a positive mindset. 

"The main takeaway is going to be to be proactive for what it is you want in your life because the moon is all about the fresh start, living in the present, letting go of things that are holding us back," Price says.

Coincidentally, it coincides with Jupiter retrograde 2022, and the events will take place a mere few hours apart, which will have an impact on one another. 

"The way I’m reading this is that the new moon is really fortunate it’s a fabulous time to set goals for the future or getting your mind thinking about next year, even if it feels weird," astrologer Narayana Montúfar previously told My Imperfect Life. "It's a perfect time to revise and review how we’re going to move forward." 

Meet the expert: Narayana Montúfar

Narayana Montúfar is an astrologer and an expert in the astrological studies of the Moon and the author of Moon Signs: Unlock Your Inner Luminary Power. She was one of Medium.com’s Authority Magazine 2020’s Strong Female Leaders and one of Vogue’s 13 Astrologers to Follow in 2021.

Speaking of Jupiter, astrologer Noush believes that the trine to the planet will help bring out our creativity, but it might not bee 100% seamless—and that's OK!

"There could be some unexpected revelations or news that sparks a new beginning," Noush previously told us. "Or it could be an idea that challenges you and creates some friction in your mind, but it could be pushing you in the direction of a new beginning."

Meet the expert: Noush

An astrologer, creative and crystal enthusiast, Noush believes in the combination of energy healing and practical spirituality to bring meaning into our lives. You can learn more about your cosmic blueprint during an astrology reading with her or shop through an incredible collection of healing crystals @jooncrystals

Leo new moon survival tips

"Cleansing is something that’s so important and I think often gets overlooked," Price says. "The most important time of the month is the new moon because it’s the start of the new cycle, and [you want to] create a warm, neutral energy."

Though Price personally works with lemons—placing a slice in corners of the room until the negativity is absorbed, turning the fruit black—you can also have a look at our guide to crystals for protection for ways in which to cleanse your abode or office.

Another step? Acknowledging your intentions and setting them. Price recommends putting pen to paper as the way in which to give us those little reminders. (Plus, notebooks make great gifts astrology fans love.) 

"I actually have a new cycle journal which means that every full moon, new moon I can make a note of what’s going on," he says. "The best thing I find is to write down the actions required which is the last state of setting your intention."

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On the whole, all of us are bound to feel a little tense and perhaps even a tad bit irrational. There might even be a little bit of miscommunication. (Um, Mercury retrograde, is that you?) 

The important thing to note is that you should learn to be proactive with that restless feeling that might come along with this cycle. To feel centered, why not unwind with the best meditation apps or try your hand at a few stretches and poses. (This is the best time of day to do yoga, according to the pros.) 

Who will be most affected by the Leo new moon?

Though we are all bound to feel some effects of the new moon, the fire signs (Aries, Leo and Sagittarius) are bound to feel it a tad more. 

"The reason why is because it’s happening inside the Leo constellation, so people who already have a birth infinity will feel everything everyone else feels a little bit more heightened," Price says. 

If you want to get technical, reviewing your astrological birth charts will give you a more specified answer for how things might unfold for you during this next new moon, depending on the house where you find Leo. 

What does a new moon mean?

New moons are seen as new beginnings, a time in which you can reset your life. Although people mistake the full moon as an opportunity to manifest their desires, the new moon is actually the ideal time to do so. 

"When the new moon takes place, it’s really important to set your intentions very clearly for what you want to happen in the next 28 days and what you want to manifest and enhance in your life," Price says. 

In order to make these advances it's important to do away with stale, negative energy that doesn't serve you. Additionally, much like retrogrades, it's good to use the new moon as time for reviewing and revising. 

"New moons also present a wonderful opportunity for reflection," astrologer Renée Watt previously told My Imperfect Life. "There's a calmness that comes with this lunar event that we don't usually see, making it an excellent time to meditate and reconnect with yourself."

Meet the expert: Renée Watt

Astrologer Renée Watt has offered her expertise for a variety of publications, including Cosmo, InStyle, Girlboss and more. She hosts a weekly podcast called "The Glitter Cast" and is a cohost of the occult livestream “Betwixt The Shadows.”

So yes, this next astrological event might appear stressful at first glance, but if you dig a little deeper, you'll realize it's an opportunity to grow and live your truth.  

Also have a look at your August horoscope to see what might be headed your way over the next few weeks and how you can best deal with the cosmic events. 

New moon stress? Nah, that's not our thing. We're planning to use this moon phase to its fullest. 

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