Greetings to my favorite Dreamers, Artists, Mystics, Wolf Mothers and Children of the Moon… We are entering the 3rd and final moon of Summer which begins Tuesday, August 2, 2016 – Remember that 2 1/2 days before the actual new moon, your synchronicity and signs for the month will start to appear and for the other half, it will be 2 1/2 days before the full moon, so keep your soul eyes open and listen to your dreams…
I heard from many that the last moon cycle was pretty challenging and for those who were able to escape it’s escalates, that was a blessing. Now it is time to close the doorways of the 2nd Moon of Summer’s doors and step into our next moon cycle. I had some clients this past month who followed their intuition and paid attention to the signs and choices they had to make, with deeper listening. I hope that all of you fared as well and if not, there is always this moon’s work.
Leo moons are very honorable to the point of self-pride, but we can always return to equanimity if we slow down, contemplate, respond and ground our important choices and decisions based on our health or our families health and that is not easy in real life. Fire moons are not easy to handle because they are quickening, especially if we personally have a fire moon or sun (sign). Unlike the fires of Sagittarian Moons in the winter, its impulsiveness is for a good reason, for winter’s survival. Leo moons are a very different kind of fire, this energy helps us to understand our own creativity, our own inner child’s needs – who may have been through too much when we were younger and it comes back around to haunt us.
For those who have children, we learn to recognize that they too have their own unique path, especially when they are teenagers, which is very different from our own childhood if we look at it with perspective. On the lovers path, even the inner child can surface here, so if it does, just be supportive with your nature or forgiving. Our healthy emotional path is always about an expression of our truth with less drama and that is a fine balancing act. It is also about practicing flexibility with a purpose.
There are some roads in life that we travel and can always remain safe, even in crisis. Then there are the netherworld roads that some of us must travel, which do not offer any safety. Our personal tests in life are what we can handle as a soul, and there is a very good reason why we do our spiritual practices (when times are calm) so they kick in when times are not calm. We are better enabled through our practices of healing work such as energy work, or any holistic healing or practices such as meditation, yoga, to deal with struggles better, because we are prepared through actual practices, not thought and will ideology. In the Tao Practices of the Bugang, we guard the “One” who is the Guardian, the guardian is that part of us that is our dharma soul (no karma). Through the concentrative meditations, we do our practices first to settle the “first-self” in order to be still enough to become aware of the “second-self”. The second self is split in two, the karmic soul and our emotional body. When we awaken enough, the second self then must then deal with the karma in our lives and the balance of using emotions in both a creative way and a calming way to heal drama. Again, none of this is easy, seven years of meditation is enough of a solid practice to hold the emotional bodies fluctuations and begin to tap into what is causing the disruptions (waves or emotions that go too high and too low).
If we are not awake yet or trying to awaken, the first-self (the mental body) cannot see outside our protective bubble, as our shadow and their behaviors actually do live outside this bubble in varying degrees. This is why those of us who do our own healing work choose to engage with our shadow to call this part of our self out and make it accountable every single day. We seek these personal unconscious behaviors and hunt them down like a huntress of the moon. We all help each other along, with bitching or with loving ways when it comes to our emotions.
Fiery Sunny Leo, you are a Child of the Moon and if it takes a village to raise a child, then our inner child will take 20 villages to return lost parts of self from never, never land which is the etheric world of the past and their memories. Where is your never, never land? And what did you lose there?
Our etheric body, ether or æther body, is a name for the subtle body of the lowest layer in the “human energy field” (emotional body). It is in immediate contact with our physical body, to sustain it and connect it with “higher” bodies (soul bodies). In mythology its called the fountain of youth or the well-spring. The inner child’s etheric body becomes fragmented and must be guided back home inside the self for us to be whole. Most of the time, this work can be done by us, at the midlife transformation age (37-44). This is what traditional shaman’s call soul retrievals, where we are fragmented or separated from a real wound of our past through difficult relationships or experiences. This Leo moon cycle is a very good time to check in with our inner child to make sure she or he is safe, happy, being paid attention to with love, support and protection.
So, how do we work with this Fire moon in a positive way. First by addressing where is our attention on any given day, is it scattered, is it focused? How focused are you right now in your spiritual practices? Write them down so you can actually see how many times a month your actually doing healing or practices, because the mind is very tricky into fooling us that just ‘thinking’ about doing is actual doing, when its not.
Our spiritual practices by nature (along with their release processes) helps us unplugging from the intense external world and it’s never-ending-story of the “busy mind”, “busy thoughts”, “busy body” which weakens us to such malevolent forces. When we lack daily or weekly spiritual practices to “check in” with ourselves, it becomes very difficult to manage the slowing down of “busy” especially after 40 years old when it becomes a challenge but its more important.
If we truly wish in real terms, learn to follow our intuition, hear the small inner voice and to see our signs & warnings within our busy world and put them into action, then each moon cycle we can sacrifice just a little bit of busy, and replace it with active choices of practicing inner peace. Leo Moons, unlike Leo Suns, comes with shadow, mostly because its in opposition to the erratically mirrors of Aquarian energy who rules the rebel without a cause (especially now that Uranus is still in Aries), or the constant changeability of his vision’s development, the fixed nature of his stubbornness and control.
My first two sign of the Leo new moon came today, with a dream last night, a small group of shadow sorcerers were causing some problems. The second message was after I woke up, was an email from a local messenger here in town shared and was wondering if I knew that a black (shadow) magician had entered the town causing some trouble. I replied… well I do now, thank you. As a dreamer, it is my responsibility to share openly about how shadow healing and protection works to help others, to help those who have difficulties because of their sensitive nature, the sensitives, the dreamers, healers, artists, seers – who all need to understand the psychopomp story, both its light and dark sides. In real life, we have our storms and our sunny days and there is no shame in expressing both as long as we heed to the message, the warning or the appropriate re-balancing in our lives. In the Mercury realms of a Gemini Sag Moon cycle, it is the messenger who is important. In the realms of a Leo Moon cycle, it is the one who experiences, that is important.
This moon, healing our inner child is important regardless of age or situations, whether we have had a drug induced trauma as teen, rotten parents who we haven’t forgiven, or physical and mental abuses or issues that hold in self bondage. There are a few things in all traditions both spiritual paths, healing paths and all religions that holds true, and that is forgiveness with sober clarity. We can heal our inner child a little bit every Leo Moon cycle, and make one step further this moon and for many moons, we have to just become aware of what is the issue and healing needed of our inner child.
Healing can be permanent if you only would believe ...
Stay close my heart, to the one who knows your ways,
come into the shadows of the tree, that have fresh flowers –
don’t stroll idly through the bazaar of the perfume marketers,
stay in the shop of the sellers of Honey.
If you find and keep your true balance, no one can deceive you.
For anyone can trick you out of things made of straw and make
you take it for gold. Don’t squat with a bowl before every boiling pot;
in each pot on the fire, you find very different things. Not all abysses
have a peak; not everyone’s eyes possess vision, not every sea is
full of pearls. O’ Nightingale, with your voice of dark honey,
go on lamenting!
Only in life’s journey can life pierce our rock-hard heart,
surrendering our self and if you cannot be welcomed by this
friend, know that you are rebelling inwardly like a thread
that doesn’t want to go through the needle’s eye.
The awakening self is a lamp; protect it and after
you’ve left each storm, come to the fountain; you’ll find a
friend there who will always nourish your soul. And with
your soul always nourished, you’ll grow into a tall tree,
flowering always with sweet fruit that falls upon the
shadow below to heal us, which grows only from our interior.
3rd New Moon of Summer – Goddess:
“The awakening self is a Lamp; protect it and after you’ve left each storm, come to the fountain; you’ll find a friend there who will always nourish your soul.” If we turn to creativity, artistic pursuits, play, swimming in the river, joyful activities and warmth of the heart when things are heavy in our life’s releases, we then fill our Magic Lantern with a light that remind us we can have some fun for fun’s sake like when we were children. I chose for this moon cycle, the Etruscan Goddess Tesana who’s symbolism is the season of the great harvest (earth’s fertility), abundance, opportunity and the important aspects of restoration and replenishment.
Tesana means ‘dawn’ so too her symbol, the twilight who lives between night and day, an in-between the worlds goddess. Her color is red, the element of fire (spirit) and the harvesting of fruit (physical). As the first rays of light begin to reach through the night’s darkness, Tesana is here, offering us a better tomorrow and the warmth of a new day through restoration.
Mnarja is her primary folk festival in Malta and originated as the orange and lemon harvesting celebrations. The name Mnarja means ‘illumination’ and her ritual fires were ignited, symbolically meaning to continue our hearth fires burning and Leo is a good moon for this symbol. So, light a candle one morning in honor of the goddess (mother earth) and your own abundance this month and invoke a kind of magic to really recognize what you need this month.
Sample Lunar and Leo Intentions:
I am healing my drama
I listen to my soul (small inner voice)
I trust in the process of purification
I am aware of my inner peace
I am healthy
I am creative
I am passionate
I am healing my heart
I am forgiving
I am grounded in my emotions
I recognize my inner child
I protect my heart
I am emotionally honest
I am positive in my detachments
I replace drama with self-love
I practice my spiritual disciplines
I express my courage with compassion
I allow stability in my life
I am nurturing my inner child
I allow love to come from deep within me
I use my anger in a positive and healthy way
I accept more joy
I am mindful of my projections
I respect my talents
I judge only my own actions
I commit to healthy passion
I overcome my fear of _______
Astrology Chart for this Moon for those who are or interested in Astrology:
The New Moon chart has a “9 degrees Rising in Scorpio” in case you are an astrologer. Since Mars is the old ruler of Scorpio, things shift as Mars enters Sagittarius now, joining Saturn in Sag on this New Moon. This means our actions within lunar energy, shall be clockwise energy.
Happy New Moon… Phoenix of Elder Mountain
Sources: Embroidery Illustration by Hungarian artist Károly Reich; Music video by First Aid Kit – a Swedish Folk duo that consists of the sisters Klara (vocals/guitar) and Johanna Söderberg (vocals/keyboards). Their 2008 cover of the song “Tiger Mountain Peasant Song” by Fleet Foxes gained significant popularity. One of the five best international groups in 2015; Goddess Tesana by Patricia Telesco’s 365 Goddess: a daily guide to the magic and inspiration of the goddess. Dewi Sri, the Rice Harvest Goddess, acrylic on paper, Batuan, Bali; the Fire Tree via http://exot.typepad.com (blue dye specialists), Astrology Chart of the Pacific Northwest; Traditional Khokhloma painting from Russian Folk Art.