Full Moon in Leo, Leading with our Hearts, from Jan 23-24 2016The first Full Moon of 2016, at 3+ degrees of Leo, arrives Jan 24 @ 1:45 a.m. GMT. It’s called the Old, Snow or Wolf Moon in Native American traditions and Almanacs. In the Southern Hemisphere, it’s called the Buck, Thunder or Mead Moon. These symbols all add extra meaning.
All Full Moons bring fulfillment. Leo is a Fixed Fire sign, of Royalty, leaders and the King of Beasts. Leo rules actor’s, actresses, it is naturally dramatic, flamboyant and domineering. Leo is strong in all those who love to be center of attention, commanding center stage. Leo is courage, passion, pride, will, and the heart.
Leo is the 5th sign which also rules children, creative self-expression, giving love, generosity of spirit and all acts of the heart. Aslan, the great lion from The Chronicles of Narnia, symbolizes Christ consciousness, you can call him into your ritual. This is a heart full of Soul Moon where we need to open our hearts fully, living with strength, passion and creativity.
Leo’s ruler is the SUN itself, which is the source of all Life, The Light, pure gold. Leo is the Fire of the Holy Spirit. When we are in touch with Spirit directly, Leo’s Golden fire energies, we are fearless, a burning flame of pure heartfelt clarity and intensity. Ancient Kings attained power through being shamans and healers for their people.
The Sun was also known as Sol, and the pun of Sol and soul is obvious. Think of a flamenco dancer’s passionate execution of will and strength in their performance as Leo energy.
The Tibetan Buddhists say that the Heart is the locus of the conscious mind and the physical brain is but the computer than makes the body function. The Native Americans say the same thing. Scientific research and The Heart Math institute’s work shows that the heart is primary and is the first organ developed in the fetus before the brain. The heart also has its own brain. Western culture has largely stopped using the heart as the prime mover as Indigenous peoples always have. We praise reason over passion.
The incidence of heart disease and heart attacks is one of the biggest killers in the Western world and is increasing for men and women as we stop listening to the passion in our hearts. This heart dis-ease also relates to balancing our lives with our dependence on Aquarius technology which tends to take us further and further away from our hearts and feelings. This Full Moon’s intention is to fully embrace the heart as central logos.
Leo’s shadow side is ego, greed, pride and being caught up in the power, prestige and wealth that Royalty commands. The right of Kings gave the old Lords the ability to rape, use and abuse anyone they wanted without punishment. We see this kingly egomania in the super-rich, the 1% who only care about their own wealth and power while raping, pillaging and scouring the earth for more and more stuff to assuage their egos, to make themselves feel immortal and imperishable like the Sun.
The Aquarius Sun opposite the Moon, rules technology, freedom, individuality, revolution, and higher consciousness balances the Leonine need for Selfhood with the needs of the group, for tribal unity and for each to express themselves in a non-hierarchical group.
MEDITATION ON THIS FULL MOON
TAROT cards of LEO
LEO is the sign on the Major Arcana of STRENGTH # 11 or 8 in the Tarot. The Sign of Strength, traditionally shows a woman holding open the jaws of a lion or riding a lion with an infinity symbol over her head, indicating that she has learned to control her unconscious animal instincts. Lionesses are fearless protectresses of their young and live in matrilineal groups. The Sign of Leo also symbolizes the Inner child who naturally expresses itself in art, song, dance and play.
The Court card for Leo is the Prince of Wands. The five, six and seven of wands represent each Decan of Leo.
If you have a Tarot deck pull out these cards to act as Guides and Mascots for this meditation. You can easily find these images online as well.
INTENTION is everything
Gather various candles, colors, incenses before you start.
Colors: gold, yellow, orange, deep purple,
Sound; E Major
Celtic TREE Mythology: Holly and Hazel
MINERALS: Ruby, peridot, rose quartz,
FLOWERS: Sunflowers, yellow daisies, yellow roses, calendula, all bright yellow flowers,
FRUITS: Golden delicious apples,
INCENSE: Sandalwood, Frankincense, myrrh, orange peel.
LEO ESSENTIAL OILS: for regal presence, Rose, neroli, jasmine, frankincense, myrrh, vetiver, carnation, sandalwood.
HEART TONICS: garlic, hyssop, marjoram, cumin, rose, anise and angelica.
HELP SELF EXPRESSION: cypress, lavender, geranium, chamomile, cinnamon, benzoin,
HERBS and TEAS: lemon balm, chamomile, tarragon, eyebright
Set up an alter or sacred meditation space to do this ritual.
Images of Lions, big cats, kittens, children, and sunny happy images, and art
SOLAR GODS AND GODDESSES to call upon
Greek – Apollo/Helios,
Vedic – Surya
Egyptian- Amun Ra,
Egyptian Sun Goddess- Wadjet, Sekhmet, Hathor, Nut, Bast,
CHINA – Xihe
Roman Britain – Sulis
Christian- Sol Invictus
If you can be out in nature under the Full Moon that is best so you can moon bathe.
You will need to make a small fire or have RED or YELLOW or GOLD candles.
MUSIC: A trance drum heartbeat or metronome is ideal.
You can pre-record these instructions with pauses to listen to as you do the meditation.
Begin by smudging yourself first. Light your candles. One for each direction. I always work EAST to SOUTH to WEST TO NORTH. Always move clockwise. Call in the four elements and the four directions into your sacred circle. Call in the four Archangels, Michael, Gabriel, Ariel, RAPHAEL in the same order.
Have a rattle, spoon or something to keep rhythm with if sitting.
Center yourself by breathing, sit or lie down, close your eyes.
Begin to breathe, naturally deeply, sending your breath down your spine into your root chakra. Enjoy the feeling of being a live spark of spirit. With your intention send your breath down your spine ruled by Leo, into Mother earth to ground you. Mother earth also has a heart flame at her center. Go down and merge with her fire and then breathe it back up through your tail bone, bringing the hot breath up through each chakra one at a time from the root to your HEART CHAKRA, The color is dark green, sometimes tinged with pink. You may feel your heart expand and feel hotter.
Feel your heartbeat. Sense your heart. In your imagination go into your heart. Imagine entering the walls of your heart and noting the four chambers. You will hear the loud pounding and the swishing of the blood. It will most likely be dark, you can state Let there be light and watch it light up. See the walls of your hearts inner landscape. Let go of any preconceptions. Allow yourself to be present in your heart scape. Ask yourself which heart chamber you need to visit. Follow your subtle feelings. Touch the walls of your heart, the more fully you sense this the better. Will yourself into one of the chambers in your heart or if that doesn’t feel appropriate just stay centered. Feel yourself vibrating with the drumming of your heart.
Ask for your courage, will, creativity and self-expression to expand. Call it. Be open, it may be a large cat, a black panther, lion or lioness, cougar, leopard or cheetah. The animal may be a totally different type, so whatever shows up is fine. An alligator, hippo, a shark, whale, eagle, dolphin, turtle, trust that is what you need.
Welcome your power animal. Thank them for appearing. Ask questions of them if you have specific ones or just say I am open to receiving your wisdom, love and protection. If no animal appears, just stay in your heart and breathe love and feel the love that emanates from your heart. If there are blocks or pain then call upon Archangel Raphael to help heal your heart. If you need to cry then do so, use the pull of the moon to let your feelings out.
This conversation may take a while. Simply surrender. Begin to meld with the animal spirit, feel every muscle, breath in harmony with one another. Revel in your instinctual natural body strength, wisdom and energy. Trust the process. You may be given directions. Let go of your false vanities and your selfies. Vow to follow them, to open your heart, to source your strength.
When you feel fully saturated, thank your power animal from the bottom of your heart. Slowly extricate yourself and come back slowly to full consciousness and awareness. Write down or record your experience.
Feel the tenderness, strength courage healing and passion pumping in your veins. Vow to love yourself and others more, to care for your heart and those you love. Vow to star in your own life and your own movie. You are the Queen of King of your own Life. Vow to protect animal rights and the innocent. Vow to play with your inner child more, dance more, be creative in everything you do. “Follow your bliss” as Joseph Campbell famously said.
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