The Leo New Moon Eclipse

Eclipses, especially total solar eclipses such as this one on Tuesday 22nd of August (2.30am AWST), have long been feared by us earthlings and understandably; it is not difficult to imagine the communal state of freak-out experienced by our ancestors observing the apparent unexplained disappearance of the Sun as darkness took hold in the middle of the day, the natural world around them descending into chaos. Little wonder that they were viewed ominously.

Something that remains within us, archetypal and ancient, senses the dread still, nervously anticipating disruptive personal and global events. I do not pretend to possess the skills to predict any potential cataclysm but I recognise how challenging eclipse dynamics can be, if only for the fundamental energetic displacement that occurs; that is, the interrupted flow of the Sun’s energy caused by the Moon.

This corresponds with a similar interruption in our own psyches. We temporarily lose touch with our Solar identities, our primitive emotional natures disconnecting from our consciousness. Obsolescent emotions emerge without warning and we can find ourselves susceptible to childish (over)reaction and an urge to vent. Access to this unclaimed baggage of old is not always possible. These next few days we can aim to see more clearly things that are usually obscured, and so gain clarity around their deeper meaning.

It is important to recognise that sometimes conflict is necessary in order that we become aware of deeper issues. We must be courageous and honest in our appraisal of conflicts that arise, not simply right-fighting or blaming, but accepting responsibility for the parts we play in the problems we encounter. And viewing such times of discord as opportunities for real transformation, rather than continued perpetuation of histrionics.

From the (altogether universal) egoic experience of being human, we live from the inside out, perceiving things from our own perspective, inadvertently forgetting about others’ needs and points of view. It is easy to imagine that others don’t care, or don’t understand, or that they are ignoring, dismissing or rejecting us. In reality, others are as distracted with their own struggles as we are with ours.

Leo needs to be seen and appreciated. This deep need exists within us all and is the cause for many misunderstandings. It also manifests as the kind of behaviour we discourage in children, as in, any attention is better than none. At worst, Leo will take what it can get, even if that means being merely looked at for all the wrong reasons.

As the Eclipse approaches we might ward off meltdowns by considering what we really want from those around us. Being mature enough to show up in our relationships and vulnerable enough to ask for what we need rather than expecting others to know, or passive-aggressively manipulating attention at any cost. As well, to contemplate what others might really be needing from us.

 

 

 

To truly see each other in all our beautifully fragile humanness.

 

 

 

Leo corresponds to the heart chakra. As we learn to open our own hearts to one another, connection emerges and love grows. The conditioning to which we have all been subjected has left us wounded. Many of us suffer to the extent that we keep our hearts closed by default, a protective instinct aimed at self-preservation. But truly the only thing that will heal the pain of these old wounds is love, and love is only able to flow heart to heart.

This Eclipse is an opportunity for us all to consciously open our hearts, rather than allowing old wounds and patterns to define us. As we make bold and courageous moves towards really loving each other we are charting new territory and setting our course for a future that transcends old limitations and shines brightly, beckoning us forward, urging us to keep the faith, stay the course, be the change…

Leo Full Moon Eclipse

All my life I’ve been surrounded by Leos. I feel I’ve grown up, a crab among a regal pride of lions (like a weird fable from Aesop), and that this has some divine purpose ~ I am learning the language and culture of Leo.

So far I have gathered that high-road Leo energy at its best is sunny and toasty warm, effortlessly confident and truly generous, encouraging and inclusive, fun and theatrical ~ a fine dose of the royal treatment. Less joyful times I’ve been left shell-shocked and retreating, pincers at the ready, trying to escape the neediness, drama, bombast, entitlement, imposition of low-road Leo vibrations.

The energy along this Leonine spectrum is bound to be plentiful and surging this weekend with Saturday’s Full Moon at 22° Leo.

Eclipses can bring challenging times. The energetic flow between the Sun and the Moon is interrupted leaving us Earth-dwellers feeling disoriented and often fragile. The lines between the conscious ego and unconscious emotional body blur, and we are especially vulnerable to our hidden fears and anxieties.

As the fiery energy builds and we feel (perhaps subconsciously) anxious to act, something’s gotta give. We experience difficulties in our relationships as complicated dynamics stir within and, literally before we know it, something from beneath the surface has emerged like a screaming banshee from our unconscious and flown out of our big gobs, leaving us (perpetrators and victims alike) shattered in its wake.

WTF just happened?!

There can be no doubt that this is damaging and upsetting BUT, we should not be too quick to judge such interactions as negative nasty unnecessary. These moments in life, so uncomfortable unexpected unpleasant unsolicited, offer transformational lessons and facilitate healing like nothing else.

Like, we don’t even consciously realise we have a problem, and all of a sudden, we let loose on our poor unsuspecting loved one, with an epic emotional diatribe… Spraying bullets of blame, hurling hand grenades of hatred, unleashing an arsenal of abuse, thrusting bayonets of umbrage, deploying an infantry of infantile angst, launching rockets of resentment… ok, enough with my self-indulgent wartime/weaponry references. Talk about Leo!

The 180° aspect known as the opposition, inherent in each monthly Full Moon, is a meaningful dynamic for most of 2017, as buoyant Jupiter and liberator Uranus oppose each other for months. The tension of the opposites implies balance, from each end of a spectrum, polarities push and pull, enabling growth and evolution. In her 1978 book Relating, inspiring astrologer Liz Greene writes:

“…the psyche always works towards a balance. One grows towards one’s opposite. This is at the same time one of the greatest struggles, one of the greatest joys and one of the most meaningful aspects of living experience” (p. 61).

The point is not to scapegoat our spouse (or other Other), or project our emotional wreckage upon the nearest (and dearest) target, but to recognise that if and when such inter-relationship intensity does occur, we can (maybe??) become conscious amid the mayhem and

from this point of humility vulnerability realness

we find our way out

together

hand-in-hand

stronger than before

and wiser too

because we find truth in the chaos, but we aren’t tethered to it ~ eternally seeking energy in perpetual histrionics.

Instead we see that yes, each has their perspective, and yes it is valid, and yes we have been hurt, but yes we too have hurt others, and yes we seek forgiveness and yes we can forgive. And release the past.

Where we take opportunities to see things from the other perspective, to see life in ways foreign to us, our consciousness expands and we grow. This naturally occurring shift is only possible through awareness of conflicting points of view. So, while it might be the vibe du jour to be all  (#hashtag) “love and light”, it is surrender to first-hand experience of and immersion in the opposite of this state = fear and darkness ~ that fosters evolution and a real life capacity for giving genuine love and light.

 

High-road Leo is love and light.

Like a big cosmic cuddle.

I hope you feel that vibe this weekend.

Aquarius Full Moon (hero vs villain)

2006_0613karlsphotography0097_editedThursday the 18th of August 2016 (5.30pm AWST) sees our annual Aquarius Full Moon reach its peak. Aquarius is the archetypal genius~rebel~ outlaw ~revolutionary~ exile ~mad scientist with a high road that leads to innovative reform for the collective good, guided by altruistic  concepts supportive of communities into the future.

Aquarius is the idealistic visionary, without which our humankind would perhaps die of boredom and predictability. Aquarius however is a fixed sign, so despite its urge to break rules and push boundaries there can be a deep-seated and sometimes unconscious adherence to it’s own agenda. In other words, Aquarius can be as dogmatic as it’s traditional ruler Saturn, stuck fast to rigid opinions and abstract perspectives that may be accurate but lack flexibility, empathy and feeling.

Aquarius says “I know”

We can see this Full Moon manifesting in the Rio Olympics: Bolt the Leo Hero vs Gatlin the Aquarian Outlaw. First, my disclaimer: I know nothing of sport or doping in sport and my comments come from a purely emotional and intuitive place within me.

Usain Bolt: Hero of the People versus Justin Gatlin: Villain.

I was stunned by the crowd’s booing this competitor. Granted, I know nothing of his record, prior convictions and past behaviours except what commentators said in the lead up to the Olympic 100m sprint final. My emotive defence of the underdog probably won’t hold up to scrutiny in terms of logic and facts, I concede this.

But I presume that Gatlin must’ve been tested rigorously in order to qualify? And given this, he must surely be afforded the right to redeem himself.

We all make mistakes.

Especially when we are young.

I feel such compassion for those who endure the consequences of their actions in the full view of the unforgiving public. This egoic urge to condemn others for their mistakes, follies and human foibles speaks volumes about the nature of our current planetary predicament. Can we not recall the simple biblical teachings… let he who hath not sinned cast the first stone…

#JudgeNotLestYeBeJudged

So, despite my bored and dismissive response to sport in general, I felt joy in the result of the race. And this morning I happened to catch the medal ceremony and I was filled with pride and brimming with tears as these two young men took to the podium. Their determination lights the way for troubled young men people who might witness these feats and so aspire to great things.

And while I wish not to detract anything from Usain Bolt, for he is truly a hero (and my brief perusal of his natal chart indicates to me that he is blazing a bright and courageous trail towards his Aries North Node with total Leonine grace and natural performance) and deserves to be celebrated, I’d like also to honour Justin Gatlin for his bravery in returning to the arena despite the boos and hisses of fools who’ve not understood their own human frailty.

His willingness to show up, push boundaries and prove himself demonstrates courage for its vulnerability and I hope that he receives much support and celebration too. He teaches that even though we make mistakes there is room to hope, for redemption, dignity, forgiveness and even pride.

#rantover

The Aquarius Full Moon is in close harmonious aspect to planetary ruler Uranus the Awakener. This is a restless and excitable moon with potential for unexpected and radical developments. We stand to gain from sudden flashes of insight and the emergence of surprising and inspiring new ideas. As always, we are better off allowing the energy to flow and to work with that dynamic, than to resist and attempt to control.

Some things we don’t quite know 🙂

Leo New Moon

Lola with the Leo New Moon
Lola with her Leo New Moon

Wednesday the 3rd of August bears the gift of a New Moon in Leo… Regal, inclusive, generous, fun and warm, Leo contains our inner performance, the part of us that craves an adoring audience, applause, bouquets, standing ovations…

Low-road Leo evokes desperate neediness, relentless demands for appreciation and the royal treatment, and petulant poutiness and dramatic displays of dissatisfaction when these ceaseless expectations aren’t met.

But a high-road Leo energy is fabulous marvellous glorious, warm and encouraging like the Sun’s rays. Where we embrace the part of our psyche that gratefully accepts appreciation we each become a little more special. We are nurturing the small child within that might not have enjoyed the spoils of undivided parental adoration.

This New Moon is in square aspect to Black Moon Lilith in Scorpio, trine Saturn in Sagittarius and quincunx the Neptune~South Node conjunction in Pisces.

Black Moon Lilith’s continuing journey through Scorpio is a reminder to us all of the dark feminine that dwells deep within our consciousness. So often this energy appears dormant, a latency that holds power and self-assuredness. When we are able to integrate this strength we become less needy, expressing ourselves without an inbuilt need for kudos and praise.

Saturn demands our integrity, a willingness to accept personal responsibility for our own consciousness and the ways in which we allow it to manifest. While Leo’s need to perform is valid, Saturn reminds us that we must aim to do so with dignity and poise. As the Moon is New we might re-commit to our self-expression in ways that honour our personal need for attention with mindful respect for others.

Within the Leo New Moon’s uneasy aspect to the Lunar South Node~Neptune conjunction we encounter an inner propensity to look back with nostalgic rose-tinted glasses. Whilst an ability to find gratitude, compassion and forgiveness in retrospect can be liberating, healing and transformational, we must be aware of the dangers of repetitive behaviours that damage us. The South Node describes a past that has hurt us, and our consciousness now benefits from awareness of low-road Piscean urges (escapism in all its forms).

As we greet the new Moon cycle we invite our Inner Child to revel in creative expression. Conjure a future that stirs your soul. Even if it is a mere daydream, a cloudy image in your mind’s eye, as the Moon renews this month indulge your joyful Self, grant yourself permission to imagine, play and create with abandon, just for fun…