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Moon Magic: Full Moon in Leo

Each New and Full Moon I dig into lunar astrology to write my newsletter and to set the theme for the associated Turtle Journey. I am not an astrologer, but I have enjoyed learning about this one aspect of astrology. I share some of what I am discovering here, along with a bit of magic.

When the Moon is full, she is in opposition to the Sun. Reflected sunlight illuminates the dark of night enough to cast shadows. The Full Moon marks the beginning of the time of culmination and completion when the results of actions taken during the waxing phases manifest results.

Tomorrow’s Full Moon is in Leo, the fixed Fire sign and ruled by the Sun. The archetypal energy of the Full Moon in Leo is the Ruler who, influenced by Leo’s tendency to seek spotlights, tends to show up in today’s world not as a real leader but rather someone who plays one on TV. While we need to shine a light on who we are giving power to, there is something to be said for acting as if you were a leader when you are called into that role.

When the Moon is in Leo you might desire attention, have a burst of creativity, or feel more confident than usual. While researching the astrology, I saw, more than once, a warning that the Full Moon in Leo can make you vain and it is a good time to check in with your humility. Well, f*ck that.

Too often up-and-coming leaders, especially women leaders, are called “attention whores,” “drama queens,” or overconfident. Yeah, the Full Moon in Leo might have you spreading your message with theatrics (maybe even interpretive dance) but you have important things to share and you should be heard. If this Moon phase has you feeling bold, put that to work and light up the sky, my friend! Show us all the muck of society that has been hidden in the darkness.

If you are not quite ready to shine, practice the magic of radiance. In a relaxed, meditative state, imagine a column of white light from the sky flowing into your big toe and lighting it up. Then spread the light into all five toes, your foot, your ankle, and up your leg. Flow the light across your pelvis and down the other leg all the way to those toes. Then bring the light into your abdomen, your chest, and your shoulders. Flow the light down one arm to your fingertips, then the other. Draw the light up your neck and into your head, so your entire body is filled with white light. Then become radiant, sensing the light shining all around you. End the practice when you are ready but hold onto the knowledge that you are a brilliant being.

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Moon Magic: Full Moon in Cancer

Each New and Full Moon I dig into lunar astrology to write my newsletter and to set the theme for the associated Turtle Journey. I am not an astrologer, but I have enjoyed learning about this one aspect of astrology and share some of what I am discovering here.

full moon reflecting on water

Image by Patou Ricard from Pixabay

Today’s Full Moon is in Cancer, barely. A few hours after the Moon is full she will drift into Leo. Until then, though, the Moon is in the sign she rules and all of Cancer’s watery, emotional energy will be amplified. You may desire emotional support and comfort today.

The Moon is full when she is opposite the Sun. Planets in opposition are energetically at odds. The Sun in Capricorn wants to be organized and practical and can be unsympathetic to your emotional state today. The Moon is also opposite Pluto, activating power and control issues. I feel that the theme of the day is, “Crying won’t get you anywhere.”

The thing is, I am tired of hearing that my emotions do not matter to the people in charge. Stop telling me that I should stick to the science and think about the economy and human convenience when my heart says that land or that species is worth protecting. We should not ignore the science, nor should we ignore our hearts.

My take on the Moon’s energy today is a call to lead from your heart. Find a like-hearted community who can hold you in grief or anger or whatever comes up for you, then, with their support, tell the world why you care. Let the Full Moon in Cancer validate everything you feel.

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Dancing in the Moonlight

MoonlightOnce every three years or so there is a month with two full moons. The second is known as a blue moon. If you’re reading this on July 31st and you go outside right now, you’ll be standing under one.

Astrologers seem less excited about the second-of-the month aspect of today’s full moon than about the moon being in Aquarius. Breakthroughs in the midst of struggles are predicted. You’d do well to pay attention today.

But perhaps you were not even aware that the moon has just gone full. Why is the lunar cycle even important?

I grew up on the south shore of Long Island, on a skinny street between two canals. It was a poorly crafted street which went downhill as you traveled inland from the bay to its lowest point where the two canals dead-ended. When the moon was full, high tide was very high – so high that the ocean spilled over the bulkheads and flooded the street at that low point. If you needed something from the store, you were just going to have to wait a few hours.

Most of us live too cut off from natural phenomenon like moon tides to feel the consequences of the lunar cycle. But that doesn’t mean we should ignore it. The same gravitational pull that affects the tides draws gently of the water in your body. It changes you, in albeit subtle ways. When we start to pay attention – really pay attention – we become aware of those subtle changes.

Yoga is an excellent tool for building subtle awareness of your body. The practice of Chandra Namaskar, the moon salutation, taps into the cyclical nature of the moon while opening the hips, the seat of the second Chakra. The sacral energy center is the home of water energy. Water is changed by the moon. Do you see where this is going? The circling sequence of Chandra Namaskar itself represents the cycle of lunar transformation, the flow and ebb and flow and ebb that is the constant rhythm of life.

Are you tuned into the lunar cycle? Is it time to start exploring the moon’s ever-changing energy again? I’d love to hear from you. Share your comments below!

Breathe in Moonlight

Waxing Crescent Moon (NASA, International Spac...

Waxing Crescent Moon (NASA, International Space Station, 02/28/09) (Photo credit: NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center)

Since we began having new moon circles at the True North Yoga studio, I’ve been reconnecting to the lunar cycle. I’ve always noticed the moon in the sky, when it’s visible, but I went through a period of not noticing mindfully. Over the past couple of years I’d forgotten how the moon speaks to my spirit and I’m glad to feel it’s pull again.

During the last full moon I was guiding a yoga class into deeper breathing when I was struck by how the moon’s cycle mirrors the cycle of the breath.

Try this:

Sit comfortably and lengthen your spine. Breathe in and out through your nose. Make each breath a bit deeper, a bit longer, until you are using all of your lungs.

Notice your inhale. Notice how the lungs fill slowly, taking in more and more air until they are full. The inhale is like the waxing moon, growing from a sliver in the sky to an orb.

Pause at the top of your inhale, holding your breath in gently. This pause, with your lungs at their full capacity, is like the full moon hanging in the sky for a night. Savor it’s power and sweetness as your body takes in oxygen.

Slowly exhale, noticing the emptying of your lungs. The exhale is like the waning moon, gradually releasing all of it’s energy and light as it shrinks to a crescent.

For a brief moment, pause at the bottom of your exhale. Notice the emptiness, like the lack of light in the night sky during the new moon. Be aware that the emptiness is ready to be refilled, and with an inhale begin the cycle again.

At our new moon circles we revel in the emptiness, for the moonless night signifies a readiness to begin. It is the time of potential unmanifest. When the moon is new on March 11, pause for a brief moment and invite in all that you are ready to create in your life.

And when the moon is full, breathe in moonlight and savor the sweetness of your creative power.

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