By Phoenix the Elder – Happy new moon dreamers, moon people, empaths, dancers, artists, druids, witches, herbalists and shaman wannabees! Our sister Moon has returned to her new beginnings again and I hope you will too. The second of our three summer New Moons starts Sunday, July 23, 2017, at 2:45 am, at 0° Leo. Zero degree marks a reset of the layer of changes, so of all the Leo new moons you have practiced your intention each year, we are resetting and starting the new cycle higher or lower (its individual) cycle. This all depends upon what real healing work you have been doing in your spiritual path.
The element of Fire is strong now, bringing some extra heat and intensity, with a dash of anger or impatience and topped with a little bit of drama or drain. That drama can be either be external, making its impact upon you this month, or just inside your own head. On the positive, it brings love, creativity and learning about the nature of your heart, what makes him or her tick or what makes it skip a beat, positive or negative.
Everyone has very individual moon cycle experiences, and the more you chart them with us here with your one intention, the better you get to know them each year. This effects getting in rhythm with the natural seasons, and awareness around the cyclical nature of our emotional body, which has positive effects our hidden and distant soul. Our soul is that eternal astral body, that comes and goes and is not limited to stay in the body alone, she leaves every night when you dream and returns in the morning with its experiences.
She also ventures out in a different way than the mental body and see’s visual signs and synchronicity, even those goose bumps you get are created by her energy form. Whether or not you are paying attention to your dream work, deeper feelings and subtle intuition, medicine for you can be extracted with a little awareness and growth to assist your journey in life.
“The beauty of the world has two edges,
one is of laughter, the other of anguish,
cutting the heart asunder.” ~ Virginia Woolf
This is the third new moon that Mars has been involved and we have one more next month. This tells us that its important to balance your will and actions or increase them. Mars is directly involved again in our affairs can be help or a hinder when it comes to our physical body. I have been taking advance of my healing my body with an intense and strict four month detox and even gate up coffee for good. The energy of Mars has brought that will power to me, and also the bugs as my helping totem.
Bugs are always about detox and purification because they get into that hidden and deeper layers of earth (symbolic for our earthy body). My natural commitment to detoxing has coincided with this involvement of mars for the last three months and it was of course perfect timing because anything conjunct the new moon gets extra power to help us.
We also have a triangle of expression this month: Combining the bravery and courage of Leo, asserting it’s actions through Mars and expressing any hurt that arises with the Moon’s emotion. These three will help keep us in balance this month, but only if we do the work by using all three gifts wisely. If you had less impact with mars qualities in the two previous new moons (warrior, anger, action, body and will), it can certainly appear this month because Mars is an element of fire, and it doubles in the fire this moon cycle.
How will you temper your fire? By stuffing it down or allowing the personal little bully to rise in order to protect your fragile and sensitive nature? I hope not, and I hope you give the natural remedy a try, for fire, which is water (emotions), applying self nurturing or expressing and sharing our hurt and pain. Apply that emotional suave and then assert the action for healthy boundaries.
Take advantage of the extra positive sides mars, with quickening boundaries for protection, and an immediate response to any drama so it doesn’t escalate by the full moon. The nature of mars is that its persistent and the nature of the moon is to sooth. Become aware of our wounded needs to control everything in the mental (opinions), emotions (being bossy) or physical (abusing the self or others). Put positive things forth with that fire to replace those things, like working out, going out to a great restaurant with a friend or sweetheart, swimming in a river, or a hike in nature…
Nature’s heat of summer brings us our challenges and for those who are midwinter, it also brings the same challenges. I know all empaths shed at least one tear last month, regardless of what season we are in and Fire brings back our strength and courage. This can also get us into trouble or help us push through something difficult. Its your choice, chose wisely.
Focus an intention this month around either diving into your emotional, physical or mental creativity or fan your flames, which shows signs of drama, gossip or being a brat. Seems these days everyone is offended over the smallest little things because they are in their mind, not their body and soul equally. Be the rare one who practices observation and acceptance “without self judgment.” Go on a forgiveness program to help sooth the drama because we need our precious energy and by holding our energy and to conserve our fire when needed it the most.
It takes practice of course, this “holding” our fiery emotions and this is a great moon to practice that. If you not feeling well, then its a good moon to reserve your energy and not spend it on frivolous things, like judging other people, rather than focus on your own issues. Rules: Do I want to be happy or is it more important that I be right with consequences? Sometimes we need the consequences to learn deep seated lessons and we get to see what shape our ego is really in or our control issues. Fire moons bring these two things forth. Harvest your gardens with delight rather than burdening your soul.
I love this poem and I shared it last year at the Leo Moon cycle…
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 like 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.
My last suggestion as always is sobriety if you are on a spiritual path, so much frequency and energetic disruption in our bodies occur that keep us off balance are from pot, shamanic plants, drugs, alcohol, medications for various reasons. And seem maryjane is the cure all now when for 100 years it was the party drug of choice. Funny how human justify things, everything is medicine that is natural, just try to stay away from the perception altering ones (which includes pot). This moon cycle try to keep your physical body active.
Sample Lunar and Leo Intentions, chose the one you “want” to incorporate this month. Example: If you don’t feel healthy right now, chose I am Healthy or one that directs the intention. Then pay attention the next two weeks to become aware of where you are not. You might be surprised that the pain and the source are two different places…
I am healing my drama
I listen to my soul (small inner voice)
I trust in the process of detox/purification
I am healing and taking care of my body
I am aware of my inner peace
I am healthy (if you don’t feel healthy)
I am creative (etc)
I am passionate
I am healing my heart
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
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Sources: Moon by joncarling.com; Samuel Palmer, ‘Moonlight’ c.1831