New Moon in Leo 5°38’ | Thursday 7/28 at 10:54 a.m.

New Moon in Leo | Lion's Gate Portal opens - Galactic New Year | Celebrate Lughnasadh or Lammas, the first of three Harvest celebrations in the pagan Wheel of the Year.

"I commit to positive intentions with my whole heart.
I seize inspiration for my goals and plans, ready to launch new projects and stoke the fires of creativity.
I seed my thoughts, wishes and prayers; allow my inner child to come out to play; and fill my cup with good purpose."
~Adapted from

New Moon in Leo 5°38’ | Thursday 7/28 at 10:54 a.m.

On July 28th, the moon will renew itself in the demonstrative, self-expressive, dramatic, flamboyant, heart-centered fire sign of Leo. Leo’s generous, warm and fiery heart constantly offers up itself for connection. Leo has often broken down my self-imposed foreboding fortresses with the simplest of proclamations.

“Because I love you and I want to demonstrate that I do!” it says with all the sincerity and, what appears to me to be, outright warrior-princesslike bravery. Leo can risk its heart because it has such a big one to share. 

Leo does not go quietly because its entire duty is to express itself and teach everyone else how to do the same. Leo is lit from within, inspired and hard-wired to demonstrate the human journey to its fellow travelers.”

~Chani Nicholas

"From the waters of Cancer, we meet the uplifting fires of Leo Season. Ruled by the Sun itself, Leo represents a passage home to our hearts. This four-week Sun Season is the time to feel who you are, feel who you want to become, and accept every aspect of yourself. This season meets us at the height of summer and reminds us to celebrate our lives. The energy of Leo is a lesson in joy. This vibration reminds us to love life and enjoy even the smallest moments that may bring a smile or a laugh. Through this joy, we can open our hearts to heal and feel our truth. We can then express this truth to others without the fear of rejection and with the knowledge that no matter what, we will always approve of ourselves.

As a fixed Fire sign, Leo helps us sustain our internal fire. It helps us create vibrations and energies that replenish our life force. Leo helps us connect to the very source of our energy. It reminds us that our healing and restoration come from within. We do not need to seek these things outside ourselves. We simply need to return to our hearts and feel the things that help generate and maintain our life force."

~Spirit Daughter

Crystal Grid for the Lion's Gate Portal 8/8/2022

"The Lion’s Gate portal opens from July 26 to August 12 (peaking on August 8), when the Earth and Sun align with the star Sirius and the Galactic Center—the point everything in the Milky Way revolves around. During this time, Sirius, otherwise known as the Spiritual Sun, is at its closest proximity to the Earth, rising in the eastern sky with the Sun and the Leo constellation. The ancient Egyptians created their calendar around this time when Sirius, also known as the Dog Star or Blue Star, rose with the Sun. During this time, it appeared there were two suns in the sky: one golden and one blue.

The ancient Egyptians celebrated the Lion’s Gate portal each year for its power and magic. It also coincided with the rise and overflow of the Nile River, bringing an abundance of crops and fertility.. As Lion’s Gate opens, it brings us energetic templates for the future of human consciousness. This time ushers in higher-frequency vibrations to work with in our energetic body. The information for evolution is transmitted from the Galactic Center, a source of all knowledge in the Universe, and is amplified by Sirius. The light codes from the Dog Star hold potent information that can help humanity ascend to a new level of awareness." ~Spirit Daughter

To help navigate the waves of high-frequency downloads, revelations, and evolutionary information pouring through the Lion's Gate Portal, we created this crystal grid based on the sacred geometry symbol of Metatron’s Cube. This potent pattern helps cleanse negative energy and opens up the crown chakra to receive divine wisdom and guidance. Here are the crystals we used, from center to edge:

Clear Quartz

Clear Quartz crystal towers | Paradise Found Santa Barbara

Light Embodied, Clear Quartz conducts and transmits energy, and stores information like a natural computer, making it an efficient receptor for programming. This versatile crystal can be used with all of the chakras. Assists in meditation, spiritual development, healing and purification of body, mind and spirit. Clarifies and amplifies physical and mental energies while harmonizing the individual with the energy of the universe. Magnifies ambient energies.


Peridot crystal | Paradise Found Santa Barbara

Leo's birthstone, this pale green translucent stone emits a warm and friendly energy. Use to cleanse and stimulate the heart and solar plexus chakras, for openness and acceptance in love and relationships. May assist in recognizing limiting beliefs and behaviors, and helps with balancing and regulating all kinds of cycles in your life. Manifest compassion for yourself and others, enhance confidence, and bring forth hidden wellsprings of motivation during periods of growth and change.


Petalite crystal | Paradise Found Santa Barbara

A powerful stone for energy release. Petalite has been used to provide a safe environment for contact with the spiritual plane, as well as strength and protection during astral travel and lucid dreaming. Promotes stability of mind, body and spirit; aids in meditation, and in returning from the meditative state with a sense of total relaxation and peace.


Pyrite crystal  | Paradise Found Santa Barbara

This silvery crystal shields and protects from many forms of negative energy, working on the physical, etheric, and emotional levels. Pyrite assists in seeing the truth behind a facade, to promote a deeper understanding of words and actions. Helps recognize the purity of the universe and its unfolding.

Another good stone to carry with you is Tiger's Eye

Tiger's Eye Palm Stones

Tiger's Eye helps to unite one's will and desires, and bring ideas into reality. This crystal enhances integrity, willpower, practicality and correct use of power. Tiger’s Eye enhances willpower, integrity and the ability to bring heaven to earth. It has the power to focus the mind, promoting mental clarity & helps to unite ones wills and desires.

A stone of protection, Tiger’s Eye may also bring good luck when carried, or worn as a bracelet. The Tiger's Eye crystal gets its healing properties from a combination of the sun and Earth elements. This is what gives it both grounding and inspiring vibrations. Similar to a tiger’s stripes, Tiger’s Eye crystal has an appearance to match its powerful energy.

Raise your vibrations and power your rituals with sacred stones from around the world.
Bring the earth’s beauty and energetic strength into your practice with an inspired collection of crystals and gemstones.

Celebrate Lammas or Lughnasadh, the First Harvest Feast of the Year

Lughnasadh by Melanie Marquis | Paradise Found Santa Barbara
Explore Lughnasadh,  rituals, recipes and lore.

Also known as Lammas, Lughnasadh is the first of three autumn celebrations in the pagan Wheel of the Year.  Lughnasadh is celebrated on August 1, which is in the sign of Leo, when the sun reaches 15 degrees of Leo. Named for the Celtic god Lugh (Lew in Welsh), this traditional feast day falls halfway between the summer solstice (Litha) and the fall equinox (Mabon).

Ancient communities marked the first harvest of the season with gathering of grains and baking bread.  Because of this, early Christians referred to Lughnasadh as Lammas “loaf mass” and Lammastide is sometimes used in place of Lughnasadh.

Here are a few ways to celebrate Lamas:

Bake bread from scratch and incorporate seasonal herbs from your garden (or supermarket).
Make fruit preserves, or enjoy fresh grapes, blackberries, pears, raspberries, or other fruits in season locally.

'Tis the season for luscious tomatoes

Make beer or enjoy an artisan beer ( beer was very important in ancient times - in part because it was a safer to drink than water).

Host a family and friends dinner.
Make corn dollies.
Decorate your altar with a bouquet of sunflowers.

~adapted from
Oaxacan Corn harvest - one of the Three Sisters (corn, beans & squash)

The Earth is my Mother, she takes care of me
She guides me through a beautiful garden
And shades me while I rest
She gives me clearwater to drink
And sweet fruits to eat

The Earth always welcomes me
To sit in her house
And eat at her table
She makes me feel at home
Keeps me safe and surrounds me with love.
~Adapted from Psalm 23
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