We end January with a warm and nurturing welcome to look deep into ourselves and push forward the actions we have been cultivating and manifesting for the last 6 months. As with all eclipses, this is a time to let go of and release what has not been serving us. It is a time of renewal and rebirth, and it is a magical time and space for us to release the things that are holding us back from becoming whatever it is we are working to be. Now is the time to let go of the people, things, or places that don’t support you, and you may find that happening without much effort on your part. Trust that any changes of this nature happening in your life are a direct result of the intentions and energies you have expressed during the last year. Eclipses help us see what we have cultivated within the shadows of our lives, and to step boldly out of those shadows and be freed of whatever it is that we no longer feel attached to or served by. It is a time to let yourself both release as well as to open your heart - and this moon is a very special moon with which to do so. Expect to feel some emotional intensity during the next few days and do your best to love and support yourself through all of it. Don’t fight the tears, embrace them!
This is the second full moon of this month, the third super moon in succession, and on the morning of January 31st the moon experienced a full eclipse. Mercury also entered Aquarius around the same time. Mercury in Aquarius gives us a time for intellectual thought and the distance of a rational approach. It is an energy that helps us suss things out and take a more objective approach to our day to day lives. This can be a good time to see the big picture, as we may find it easier to leave emotions out of whatever it is we’re tasked with. There can be a downside to this energy, however, in that we may find ourselves becoming cold or losing our empathy and compassion for ourselves and those around us. Fortunately, with the Moon conjunct Ceras, we are also bathed in the powerful and feminine energy of the mother, of the great nurturer. If we allow ourselves to embrace both of these energies - the energy to be objective as well as the energy to love - I think we can find some really incredible space to push forward the goals we have been working so hard to achieve and begin to see the tangible fruits of our energetic labor.
Because of the succession of moons we have just had, as well as the timing of this full moon eclipse, we have entered into a very powerful time for magick and spiritual practice. I feel like this is a time to hone in on the work we have been doing for a while now - which may in part mean acknowledging that work in the first place. As this full moon wanes, we will find ourselves in a very powerful moment of forward momentum, with many chances to harness the universal energies within and around us.
Eclipses help us see what we have cultivated within
the shadows of our lives, and to step boldly out of those
shadows and be freed of whatever it is that we
no longer feel attached to or served by.
After a year of intense emotional upheaval, we are entering into a time during which we will be supported as we pick up the pieces and put together the puzzle we have been working so hard to envision. This is a time for action, but the type of kinetic action that happens after the ball has already begun rolling. This month’s final full moon especially brings to a head the intentions we began to sow during the full Solar eclipse during August of last year. You may find that whatever it was you began directing yourself towards during that time is slowly and very surely coming into your purview. You might not be there yet, but you have found yourself being affirmed as you notice the small and significant things that happen around you. You may also find that this month’s full moon brings to a culmination the intentions you placed around the New Moon/Solar Eclipse on February 26th of last year as well. If you have been diligent in your work, you should see that much of what was troubling you a year ago has begun to sort itself out, and that the intentions you placed for yourself and have been manifesting throughout the last twelve or so months are beginning to come to fruition.
If you have been living with intent and focusing your energies into manifesting the things you need and want in your life, you should already be seeing positive change in those areas. If you aren’t yet feeling those shifts, you will in the coming days as the waning moon exudes her powerful guidance and love after her moment in The Sun. Remember that sometimes the smallest moment can indicate the biggest change - and so be sure to keep your mind and heart open to seeing all the signs, big and small, that affirm the growth, love, abundance, etc you have been working so hard to attain. This may also be a time for new and unexpected opportunities - especially if an opportunity is what you have been working towards. You never know what or who is there to teach or assist you, and if you allow yourself to stay open to all the signs, lessons, and openings along the way you will find it that much easier to stay on your course.
If you are feeling like you have turned a corner and are excited about what is next - be sure to give yourself the kudos you deserve. Even if you aren’t feeling that way - even if you are feeling stuck and a bit sad - a wonderful way to tap into the universal energies at play and bring some positive momentum into your life is to allow yourself to show off! The Full Moon in Leo also gives us the space to be proud of ourselves and to share our accomplishments with the world. When we share our accomplishments with those around us, we not only foster our own personal growth and capacity for love, but we give others a chance to be inspired by us, to be loved by us, to be connected to us. This type of genuine sharing is an act of love - both self love and love for the world around you. By honoring yourself and all that you are, you create an example for those around you to do the same. This is the energy at play here with the full moon in Leo - be the lion that roars, but be careful not to be the lion that roars without awareness! Be aware to act from your nurturing heart, and not from your greedy and insatiable ego.
When we share our accomplishments with those around us,
we not only foster our own personal growth and capacity for love, but we give others a chance to be inspired by us,
to be loved by us, to be connected to us.
You may, however, be feeling a bit lost right now and like things don’t seem to be going your way. Maybe you can’t kick that cold, or work has been really dragging you down. You might still feel caught up in all the emotional upheaval of last year, like the holiday season and all of its stresses and worries just hasn’t yet let up. Maybe you feel or see the subtle shifts in your situation but they aren’t the shifts you’re looking for, or they seem to be stuck and without the momentum needed to really make a change. If this is where you are at, you may want to take some time and meditate with an open and forgiving heart the last six months/year. You too are feeling the ripples of the intentions you expressed since last year’s Eclipses, and although they may not be what you wanted to plant, you are seeing the fruits of your energetic labor. If you are not feeling the positive momentum you are needing in your life, it is a good time to remember that the motions that play out in your life are wholly in response to the intentions you create. Remember, we create those ripples that build our current reality with every thought we make, every word we speak, every action we take. It is only once we bring our full awareness and intention, our energetic agency, into play that those ripples begin to create the momentum, and, eventually the changes we wish to have in our lives.
Chances are, if you are feeling at loose ends and in a rut, you have been somewhat checked out up until now. And who can blame you?! With all the intense social and political upheaval we have experienced in the last year (with no end in sight!) we have been and are living in a moment when it can be hard to find time to take a breath nonetheless to take an active role in our lives and our energetic experiences and output. Every day can be so tiring - one doesn’t even need to listen to the news in order to feel the intense energy swirling around the world these days. But for all of the immense sadness, loss, trauma, and drama we are experiencing right now, we are also witnessing tremendous movement and kinetic energy happening that is helping us to open our eyes, engage in emotional and political discourse, and search for the freedom that we ALL deserve and need. This is a tremendous time for love - and I truly believe that we are in a moment that will prove itself to be a test of the heart of man. Can we step up to the plate and bring love to face down the fire of hate and anger? For that is what we are all being called to do. Only through this action of love will we find our way to the freedom, liberation, and true equality so many of us are desperately and righteously fighting for.
If this is where you’re at though - now is a great time to check into yourself and move forward with awareness and intention. We all go through periods when we check out and let go of the agency we have over our lives - it’s only natural. As a mentor of mine once said, all fields must lay fallow. It can be hard for us to see when we have let go of our personal power because, well, we have stopped seeing clearly and have retreated into our safe, unaware spaces of distraction and distance where power of any kind is often scary. We may have become so overwhelmed by the power of violence, of sadness, of change, that we may forget that the power we wield within us - the power of the universe - is not something to be feared but something to be revered. And so we hide, hide from everything that we perceive as having immense power — we hide from ourselves.
But then, often out of nowhere, comes that moment of clarity. That precious moment in which you, even for just a second, realize that you haven’t been the one driving. And that moment is a true and beautiful gift. As unfortunate as those moments of unawareness may seem, and for all the temporal damage they may cause, they are also powerful opportunities for us to recommit to ourselves, our lives, our love, and to our internal power. They are also magical moments for us to regain and recommit to our connection to the universal energies that guide us even when we forget to pay attention. The most important aspect of coming out of this fog and into our clear and active energetic bodies and minds is to not harbor anger or disappointment towards the time we have “missed”. Feel these feelings if they come to you, but do your best to let them move through you and not hold on to them as they do. Allow the loving, understanding nature of the Moon and Ceras to hold and honor you as you allow the energy of Mercury in Aquarius to objectively shed that which is keeping you from turning that corner and seeing the results you have been working towards.
Remember that each day we must
renew our commitment
to the universe -
and to love.
Now is a time for radical self care and love, and I feel very strongly that the call for this type of regeneration and nurturing is urgent. Going forward into the second month of this 2018, please be sure to consistently carve out the time you need to maintain, rebuild, fortify and protect your energetic self, your heart, and most importantly in this current existence - your body. Please, listen to the cues given to you, and indulge in the practices that refresh and replenish your body, soul, mind and heart. We are all being called upon to bravely let love in, and to let that love pour into and out of us so that we may create strong enough vibrations to fight the powerful discord we find all around us. Meditate daily, if even in passing, and do your best to stay connected to nature. The winter is a magical time to remember the power in keeping your head down and diligently working towards the summer you know will surely come.
Blessed be - I honor your journey and thank you for being a part of mine!