Art by Daniele Noel
Like the light of the Sun, each one of us lights up this world. Each one brings a gift. Each shift is a gift. Leo sparks our power of manifestation, and the Leo New Moon each year is a powerful time to set intentions around how we want to shift our relationship to ourselves, our ability to share affection and gratitude for others in our lives and how we want to express ourselves, sharing our divine light with the world.
Mercury, trickster and messenger, story-teller and merchant sits with this New Moon. He is on the far side of the Sun right now, channeling from deep space at lightning speed. Disseminating wisdom of the Leo variety into our hearts and minds. He supports us in playfully re-writing stories about ourselves, our hearts, how we give and receive love and play in this world.
The New Moon and Mercury take the place of one of the wings of a kite formation, the other wing being Mars, the south node as the rudder giving direction to the north node in Gemini that leads the flight. Life may be offering us opportunities to better channel our anger, drive and frustration in the face of whatever challenges we may be experiencing, inner or outer, align with our heart and be willing to reassess our beliefs that we may rise into new flight with innocence, curiosity and learning.
We may be presented with opportunities to express ourselves and receive others’ expressions of their truth in new ways. Perhaps we can express ourselves by saying not that “this is the way it is, “ but “this is how I have experienced this“. Then, if we wish to experience things differently, we can support one another in shifting our stories and lenses. Leo and Mercury invite us to make it light, playful and innocent.
Leo validates the truth of our own hearts as reflection of the truth of the whole Universe. Leo deepens us into our self-love, reminding us that we are a reflection of the sacred all in every single moment. This Moon is an opportunity to set new intentions for how you want to experience yourself, love yourself and share the riches of your soul with others.
The battle of right and wrong has been well and alive lately, but the stars seem to be saying that this is an age of awakening to the validity and truth of each individual‘s experience. It may be challenging if we are on a spiritual path or any path that can easily appear as righteous, or get caught up in the belief that there is a right and wrong way to respond to things, feel about things or experience them.
Perhaps anger, depression, sadness, pulling away from life are not the wrong responses, but just simply the ones that we have available to us either through modeling, programming or lack of other ways. We can both accept and love ourselves, and seek to find the gift in the shift that manifests life feeling more full, beautiful and honoring of ourselves and others.
Uranus stationed retrograde in Taurus days before this New Moon until January 13/14 20201. The Lord of Lightning speaks to our ability to radically transform within to find new ways to respond. The kind of transformation that is not a change of behavior cultivated through self-discipline, but of revelatory realization within ourselves of what is truly important to us- that leads to outer changes effortlessly. The birth of the New Earth and Paradigm begins within.
Coupled with the wisdom of Leo this says that if we are stuck in patterns of response that were given to us from the outside, perhaps it is time to look inside for new ways. This lunation opens a portal out of the intense eclipses of the past two months and asks- what have you learned about yourself, and what are you willing to do with it? The vastness of the Universe lives in each of us, and new creative ways of expression are available to us now. The art is in letting go, while holding the vision of where we want to go.
Venus is still in Cancer wanting tender reception. At her maximum elongation as Morning Star she may be illuminating relationship work, deep wells of emotion or creativity that are ready to be seen. She is releasing any blockages to the third eye in her current dance with the Moon.
Engage practices that help clear your mind, engage in meditations with visualizations, see what images have been blocking your clear vision, paint new ones. Perhaps conjure visions of what deeply secure and satisfying relationships might look like in your life- surrounded and held by the support of family, friends and tribe.
Mars preparing to station retrograde in early September and applying to a square with Saturn may mean the expression of or personal truth lies in forming gentle boundaries, but sometimes boundaries look simply like replacing old responses with new ones. It may mean opening our hearts to give and receive truth and love in a way that does no harm but still honors our truth.
May we take the opportunity to shower ourselves and those around us with love and appreciation for all that we are, for all that we have come through and how well we are doing in spite of the great challenges we are all facing at this time. In this beautiful New Moon, may we celebrate each other’s’ beauty, celebrate each person’s celebration of themselves, celebrate ourselves and power of knowing ourselves.
The Light in Me Honors the Light in You,