Manifest with the Moon through Lucid Dreaming in August

Meredyth Masterson
8 min readAug 8, 2021

“Each man should frame life so that at some future hour, fact and his dreaming meet” — Victor Hugo

For this month’s New Moon ritual, I want to invite you to join me in a practice of lucid dreaming. Lucid dreaming means knowing you are dreaming while you are in your dream. Why for this New Moon? It came to me in a dream!

There are a few things taking place today, August 8th. First, we will welcome August’s New Moon in Leo. This day is also known as the “Lion’s Gate” which marks the rising of the star Sirius to astrologers.

According to numerology, this day is a very “lucky” day because the number eight aligns with success and transformation. I am neither an astrologer or a numerologist, but these systems do come into play in the Tarot. The Major Arcana card Strength is number 8, it is ruled by Leo, and this card also presents the infinity sign ∞ which is an 8.

As I was mentally working on this post, I knew that I wanted to explore Strength, the New Moon, Leo, the number eight, and Lion’s Gate. But how?

If you are a client of mine, you may have heard me recount how someone once told me, “The locations of Burger Kings and McDonald’s in relationship to the hospital you were born in, have more to do with the outcome of your life than your star sign.” I bring this up not to be dismissive, but because it is a humorous way to unpair the value of these symbols from any burdensome predictive aspects in astrology or numerology. If that sounds a little blasphemous to the Tarot community, so be it. I know, for me, that I feel connected to the Sun, the Moon, and the stars. I have less of a connection to the traits assigned to constellations visible only from the Northern Hemisphere by the ancient Greeks.

I do however see a connection to Leo season and the traits of August. Despite our modern lives, we are tied to nature and these symbols can support us as we transition from season to season.

Similarly, I don’t personally feel a strong connection to numerology. The creators of the Smith Rider-Waite did, and so their intentions can add nuance to interpretation; however, I’m not a big proponent of lucky numbers. I do welcome any opportunity to invite prosperity and good fortune, but I’m…

Meredyth Masterson

I write about tarot, life, and I offer Moon manifestation rituals from a joy-informed perspective