Leo – The sign of the Heart & Spirit (Shen) Seat of Consciousness
Strengths: Leadership and Creativity
Moon – Ruler of the Soul & the inner life
The New Moon in Leo is here, illuminating the inner life that we contain. Like a lantern in the night, our colours shine brightly now with this new moon. As we are the leaders of our own destiny, the Leo New Moon lights the path ahead clearly to “strengthen (leo) our intuition (moon)”
I myself have arrived at the point in my own life where all fragments are coming together in a place that I feel centred in…and born with the Sun in Leo, I do feel this New Moon deeply. Here now in Burleigh Heads as I watch over the rolling ocean waves, I contemplate my life…envisioning the direction in which I am committed to leading it. And this is exactly what the New Leo Moon will do.
Let this Lunar transit be as powerful as it can be, in taking the reins and owning that which manifests in your life. This is a time in which we can see how powerful we truly are, as though a single flame, lighting up a whole dark room. We have the potential the bring light (joy, clarity and direction) to any area of darkness in our lives with our intention alone.
This is very “Reiki”, very “Universal Law” I know, but it’s quite simply the truth. Common sense maybe…but now is the time to put that into action and application. See here lies the difference between knowing and doing…the very powerful difference.
To know that we ourselves have the potential to expand our reach to far greater distances is one thing. To focus on that and commit to it is entirely different. That is the space in which results are created.
So let the Leo new moon strike a chord in your lion heart. Let it bring out the soulful leader in you to take a strong hold of the reins and orient your life towards that which you know is truly possible…because your heart whispers it to you.
What area of life will this Leo New Moon influence for you? What area of your chat is it transiting?
This is a time of new beginnings, identity overhauls and self reflection. The inspiration found now will propel you forward into new ventures of emotional richness and fulfilment.
This new moon highlights your sense of stability and need to focus on future security. This is the time to set financial goals and write down budgets for success.
You have itchy feet and this lunar transit brings you wings. Be it mental, spiritual or physical, you have a strong urge to move and experience something different for a change.
Your home and family life is warm and loving right now. Love is in the air and you feel a strong sense of commitment to building a secure base right now with those you trust most.
This is your time to shine. Who you are, your essence has a magnetic pull right now. Being self centred and focused is actually a spiritual lesson many can learn from. And you have this gift.
You’re on fire in the work arena right now. Decluttering, organising and bringing order to your world is bringing you great power and clarity now. This is a wonderful brainstorming moon for you.
Your relationships are balanced right now. Love is strong and harmony is the key to moving mountains from here on in order to achieve the goals you now get clear on chasing.
This New Moon is a deep uprooting of the old unwanted as well as any buried treasures. These gifts can help bing you great power to create new ways of living for your future.
Your Spiritual life is being reset. You have incredible vision for the greater picture and now is the time to declare it to the world and make it so. It’s a magical time of manifestation for you.
Sit back and appreciate for a moment how far you have come. All the obstacles you have endured and suffered are now becoming clearly essential life learning tools in creating your dreams.
You are blessed with a big social influence right now. You have the ability to touch the hearts of many and make an impact on how others see the world. Take advantage of that.
It’s time to go within and retreat. Time to forget the outside world and the noise it makes with the opinions of others and all their confusing advise. It’s time to dream big and meditate.
Born with the Moon in Cancer, I’m a lunar child who feels it’s fullness quite strongly. Cancer is ruled by the Moon so when the moon is full in it’s opposite sign, we can expect an energy of balance. We are brought to a slow point coming to the full moon on Wednesday the 20th of July.
The Full Moon highlights all things Capricorn this month, being: what we have learn through experience. This is a time of reflection and insight. This full moon brings the gift of focus on the important aspects of life that we aspire to achieve as we evolve. The Goat (Capricorn) is a sign of goal oriented application.
Being the Chinese Month of the Wood Goat, the energies align in terms of the East & West influences, as the full moon is expansive, just as the Wood element in the Chinese system of Medicine, philosophy and astrology is.
Celebrated in this full moon is our roots, wisdom, tradition, culture and ambition. Our emotional drive now aligns strongly with our physical actions in creating something solid in the world that is practical, sustainable and survival savvy.
In Chinese Astrology, we are now moving through the month of the Yin Wood Goat…so though we are moving through many task essential to our future security, the Earth element of the Goat (in both systems of Astrology right now) encourages us to slow down, so as not to miss what’s important…and also to smell the roses.
As someone who is already strong in the earth element (overall), the Goat being an earth animal tends to bring me a little more in the way of challenges, as the earth element is strong, un-moving and solid…an element that a Yin Wood like myself finds a struggle at times to break through.
I’m a little late (about a week) in writing this post as the Chinese zodiac animal month usually starts about a week into the calendar month.
This month, the earth element is strong, so have patience as energy slows down…to teach us this very lesson. Its all very well as this years Monkey being so active, probably won’t allow for much down time.
This month is “practical” month, a time for doing those many things you always “intend” on getting done…the time consuming tasks that must be completed to achieve your goals.
Goats can climb high because of this elemental trait, so keep this in your mind this month (until the first week of August). Next month we have 2 Monkeys, which are metal element…(both year & month animal), so prepare for a time of “cutting” away any overgrowth then.
This month’s hard yards will position us nicely for such refinement then, as we begin to see more clearly, whats left that needs tending to.
Remember, the earth element also relates to the physical body and wellness. It’s no surprise that I personally am finally “doing” some very practical things that I’ve long been “thinking” about, during this Goat month.
Being a Wood Goat, it’s also about community and networks (branching out), so coming together with people and bringing expertise in to achieve certain tasks, seems to be the theme here right now.
Personally…I joined a Vegan Mumma bake group that I’m really happy about. I’ve also been working on some new product ideas in the way of Self Care education. So while it’s been busy, this month is showing me the need for community and getting practical, as well as focusing on my health.
Recovering from a chronic skin condition brought on by grief as I faced the loss of my beloved grandfather last year, all the while watching my little girl suffer with eczema developed at the exact same time, I realised how important it can be to be cautious about what we allow into our systems.
Not only is the skin a reflection of the lungs, which is where grief resides in the body, but it is also the elimination organ that reveals the foods we eat!
So after 10 months of my daughter and I suffering together, I worked my way back towards a vegan lifestyle, gradually eliminating animal products all the while improving to the point of full recovery!
So moving through this Wood Goat, I am learning just how powerful certain foods can be, especially how much we really need to focus on incorporating as much earth “plant” foods into our diets.
So I’ll leave you with this as I plan on being on time with the Monkey coming up in August for you.
The elemental dynamic present through June this year is predominantly Metal (Monkey) & Fire (Horse). In the five elements of Chinese Astrology (& Medicine). These elements are not in harmony, however there is great learning that can come from their interaction.
When fire “melts” metal, the energy of transformation is strong. We can create…new forms (metal) through our vision (fire) and shape our lives in new ways that align with our present potential, beyond anything before.
The Fire Monkey is proving to be a highly active year with this dynamic largely at play already. This is made even stronger now over this month, more so than through May in the month of the Snake (the Yin fire animal), due to it being the strongest Yang animal in the Chinese Zodiac.
To me, this elemental balance through June gives the image of the heart and it’s wisdom taking over, helping to heal any “sadness and grief (metal element)” residual from our journey. Each element has it’s own governing emotion and physical area, function / organ of the body.
Arriving at the month of the Wood Horse on the 5th of June, we transit the time of the greatest “Yang” energy through the year. Alongside the Year of the Fire Monkey, this month foretells a strong presence of the Fire Element (horse), supported by the Wood element.
Fire brings focus to the heart, the spirit and the mind. Physically it concerns the CNS – central nervous system. Such aspects of our health require us to take good care not to “burn the candle at both ends”, wear ourselves out and deplete our nerves. The heart, governed by the fire element within the body according to Chinese Medicine, will need more love and care during this month.
It’s a time when we cannot deny the call of our inner voice, the time out (or time in), that we need right now becomes essential to our health. The heart will need listening to or we will see signs of becoming misaligned and imbalanced in our emotional selves.
We see clearly now if not already, that it is impossible to continue to remain distracted by the concerns and opinions of others, rather than maintaining a clear perspective on our own inner calling as we feel it in our hearts.
Having just come through a period Astrologically where a multitude of planets have been retrograde, we come through such time with greater in-sight and wisdom as we have drawn backwards, within, internally for re-flection. With this insight gained, we have a great power now to move forward with rapid flow and momentum! Like the image of the bow and arrow, pulled back prior to it’s release into the direction of it’s aim.
We can look at this as a time where we are flung forward where we have previously been held back. So it can be a powerful month for those who have been yearning for this energy to come and lift them from any lull or stagnation.
With Pluto (Capricorn), Saturn (Sagittarius) and Mars (Scorpio) still all retrograde however, there is still so much teaching us before the fruition come forth and deliver us the true understanding of the value of such digging. Pluto retrograde in Capricorn until September, is the transit that will push us the most, to do this digging, in order to demolish obstructions previously too tough to break through.
The transformation made possible through such difficult time (now) is merely the foundations for the new structure to come, from who we are now, as opposed to who we once were.
With Saturn remaining retrograde until August in Sagittarius, we can spend this time reflecting on where in our lives we may need to balance the needs for both boundaries and expansion. This can greatly help us work out our priorities, and be seen as a time in which we can really find out what means the most to us if we do the work in finding how to best create this balance needed.
As Mars is still retrograde in Scorpio, we can feel like boiling pots, steaming away as we ponder our passions, deep within. This can produce wonderful insight as we feel extreme emotions that can be challenging to deal with. It is with this reflection that we will soon (June 30th as Mars stations direct) be able to find calm, in being more certain of what truly matters to us.
It is from here we can really fine tune our focus on what we feel most passionate about, and chisel away at all else to refine the shape we wish for our lives to take on. So until then, I wish you all the most beautiful dreams to help you get through.
We enter the Yang Fire Monkey on the 4th of February 2016. This year has been likened by Grand Master Raymond Lo as the “Setting Sun”. Such a beautiful image that fits the natural cycle of where we are in time now Astrologically. Last year, we began our decent back into the yin energy, moving from the greatest Yang animal of the Horse in 2014, to the Goat of 2015. Now, we enter an elemental relationship that shows a more malleable time where we are melted into something new.
As the Sun (yang fire) sets in the West, where the Monkey resides, we are transformed. Metal (Monkey) is melted in the fire and born again, full of potential and possibility. This year is that time when we are renewed, when the past is burnt away and the slate cleaned. We can begin again, with our hearts (fire element) open and inspired. It’s time to shine!
For Water people:
The Fire monkey is a busy and yet supported time where resources are present and strength prevails. The Yang fire can bring focus to finances for water people, showing that money is moving (put to work). It may be time to think about your investments.
For Wood people:
This Year brings enormous growth as the metal element in the Monkey animal, prunes back old branches and overgrowth to make way for the new, where the yang fire Sun, can enter and give rise to new shoots. This means substantial personal growth. Its a year to express yourself powerfully!
Fore Fire people:
This year brings friendships that flower while the focus remains on business, productivity and results. It’s a creative year for the fire element, busy making dreams reality and embarking on new ventures. You will be in the limelight this year and receive recognition. Be sure to stay balanced this year as it can be demanding, so get lots of rest!
Fore Earth people:
2016 is a busy year of action, creativity and expression where you need to watch your energy levels as the Monkey can place demands on you. At the same time, the Fire element will help keep you balanced. It’s a great year to focus on your health and ensure you are fueling your body with the right things to sustain the energy you need.
Fore Metal people:
The Yang Fire Monkey brings change and transformation. You will be unable to rest this year with the fire melting away the old, the rigid and shaking up all existing structure in your life. This can bring great potential to speed up the process of achievement or if not harnessed right, it can slow things down and mean patients will be required.
Yesterday we entered the Yin Wood Pig brings us to a more harmonious month as we have the flow of elements from the Pig being a Water animal to the Wood in both the month and year heavenly stem then to the fire, fed by the strong water fed wood element. This brings a nice elemental balance however with the Pig being a travel star, it’s a month that can shake things up and get us moving. Water wants to flow and that’s what it will be doing this month, with all that wood and fire (Horse) around.
Water element relates to our kidney, bone and reproductive health. This means we need to take more care of these areas during this month as well as next month in the Rat, also a water animal. The kidneys need plenty of rest as they are considered the storehouse of our vital life force (qi). With the wood and fire elements present this month, we need to maintain our energy as the Water element can become exhausted, meaning we can easily “burn out”.
Metal element people (those born on a metal day) need to take more care than most this month with the elemental dynamic. It will be easy for metal people to become energetically drained without the earth element present or the metal element to support them. Wood people especially will have a better month with stronger energy than usual. Wood especially as the plant need both water and sun (fire) to thrive.
This means it is a great time to support the liver with a detox, given that the Wood element governs the Liver. Emotions are governed by the Liver so can show up quite strong this month in particular. Being Spring in the Southern Hemisphere, it’s also the season of the Wood element (governing the Liver), meaning people are generally much mover emotional. This often naturally correlates with the wind that spring brings moving into Summer.
It’s important now to remain “earthed” with such dynamics at play…meaning we need to stay grounded among all this change. The Pig is an animal of great change and can be unsettling for many. This is also why rest is important this month as well as good nourishment from food. Hydrating and salty foods will help maintain physical balance this month. By salty, I mean naturally salty and not foods that contain iodised salt which also contains artery hardening aluminium. Avoid that (iodised salt) at all costs. You can obtain iodine naturally in other ways.
So this month, be sure to look after yourself. It is a creative month and you are going to need all that energy.
This is a time of New beginnings in the Southern Hemisphere and universally in the way of “relationships”. The Libra New Moon also suggests that we find balance and particularly relates to justice. So at this time we begin to look closer and focus more upon finding balance in new ways.
This Libra New Moon takes place on our Spring equinox in the Southern Hemisphere, aligned with the natural forces of new beginnings. This is a great omen for relationships to reach new levels of understanding and equality, which are the keys to balance and harmony.
This is an auspicious time to begin putting in place new ways of bringing more harmonious flow into our relationships with others, particularly partnerships of any kind. Consideration and insight will grow from being able to share one another’s varying perspectives and finding common ground upon which to relate.
The Spring Equinox is also a time of magnetic energy changing direction. This means that our new insights at this time will bring great changes and shifts as our life begins to move once again outwardly in growth with new beginnings as nature comes to blossom. It’s time now for our relationships to blossom, along with those areas of our lives that we are passionate about restoring the balance and order (justice) to.
Being the Year of the Wood Horse which is the greatest “Yang” animal of the Chinese Zodiac, it is also a beautiful sign of flowering to come over the next six months until we arrive to the Yin Wood Goat in February next year. Over the last six months in the Southern hemisphere we have been gathering our resources, knowledge, wisdom and strength so that now we may begin to grow, moving forward with power and speed like the Horse itself.
The Spring Equinox brings out our creativity and being aligned with the New Moon in Libra, it foretells a beautiful time ahead romantically, be it in relationships already committed, or the openness of relating to others in a platonic way. Either way, we have a great harmony now and ahead of us in our experiences and interactions with the other world, as it is a time of restoring balance.
And as the Universe works with the Heavens to restore balance and harmony, energy begins to flow better as our missing pieces come to light for our awareness to enhance our ability to restore a sense and reality of completeness. Like the Yin and Yang, this is a time where our knowledge of opposing forces brings wisdom and strength to our ability to gain insight and understanding from them that better our lives.
This month is a double Horse given we are in the year of the Horse. This means there is strong “fire” energy. Fire brings us a very creative spirit to play with and enjoy while also calling for us to have the wisdom to remain balanced with sufficient rest to recharge and not “burn” out. The fire element governs the heart, spirit and shen (seat of consciousness), stirring up our dreams at night. The heart-mind (shen) energetic balance is revealed in this month, as it’s state is illuminated so that we may see any areas that need attention. It governs the emotional realm, meaning if we are not fulfilled within our hearts, this month will make it difficult to sleep at night or stir some unsettled dreams.
The best way to get the most out of this high energy month is to learn the art of “calm”. To simply commit to enjoying yourself through pursuits of personal value. Be it music, cooking, study or business, this month places importance on personal fulfillment. If this is not taken care of, then our energy can become significantly depleted, effecting the nervous system (brain) and mental faculties, governed by the fire element. So, you may be wondering how else to balance out the Fire dominance this month. Well, elementally, water can become steamed out and dissipate in time of extreme fire presence, so restoring our reserves by supporting our kidneys (water organs) is essential. This means a sufficient supply of natural salts nutritionally to purify and strengthen, fluid to filter and lubricate and rest to replenish.
Fire element burns to ashes, becoming earth, meaning we can balance ourselves by “earthing” ourselves this month. Being grounded (practical, paced, sensible, realistic, physical and well fed) will keep the excess fire energy somewhere to go, a channel and direction. Being the Yang Metal Horse, this month can be seen as a great opportunity to create new forms as there is a melting made possible, where once fixed structures now becomes malleable, soft and able to take on new meaning, shape and form. This can be in any area of life, depending on what the “Metal” element represents to you personally (in your chart). For Wood people, their personal power and for women, relationships can be reformed, reinvented and given new life. This can mean a new definition of self for many wood people.
For fire (day sign) element people, metal element represents “money” and business. This can mean a new opportunity at work or a better financial plan, or simply that your money is on the move this month (put to use, invested). For Earth element people, Metal element represents “creativity”. This can indicate a time of stepping out into the light and giving birth to new ideas, structures or plans that help initiate something fresh and useful (earth people like being useful:). For metal people, this month is “active”. There is likely to be a full social calender for metal people with lots of networking opportunities. This is a month of personal transformation and development for metal people. Their life is likely to take on new meaning and direction in June.
For water people, the strong fire can be draining, but metal is also present to offer support. So the dynamic this month is a delicate balance of self preservation while giving as you do so well. While nurturing others this month, you will find energy in learning new things, study and rest. It will be particularly important for you to have some alone and down time this month, to prevent exhaustion. Health will also be a key area of focus for water people who can be depleted of energy if there is insufficient nutritional replenishment.
Overall, this month offers “romance” and focus on relationships as the Horse is known as a romance animal. There is also the presence of a clash, given we are in the yang Wood Horse, opposite to yang metal. This means there will be some level of disharmony, that requires our attention. This indicates a very strong need to SLOW DOWN. For everyone. Metal “cuts” wood element, so if, in the fast pace of fire, we become reckless and excited, we can injure ourselves (wood governs the limbs). It also means we need to watch the health of our Liver, by caring for ourselves emotionally and nutritionally. The Liver loves GREEN, so we need to eat plenty of them this month, to stay strong, centred and emotionally fit. This will enable us to prevent becomes unsettled and exhausted by the energetic dynamic present, influencing us this month.
In the year of the Wood Horse, this month of the Earth Snake brings us a double fire energy with both the Horse and Snake being fire animals. This means our nerves can become frayed, as we can become burnt out energetically. Although we here in the Southern Hemisphere have the cold upon us as Autumn turns to Winter…we must remember that the heavenly bodies have impact just as much as the Earthly environmental influences and elements. And so, in writing this months forecast, I would like to first reflect upon the Spiritual enormity of the eclipse month just passed. I was grateful to share this Full Moon eclipse being the first I was ever fully able to witness. Last month brought many things to surface in the emotional realm, bringing recognition to areas that needed closure, to help us move forward with life.
This month, in the Chinese month of the Earth Snake, we have many matters of the heart arise for illumination. It is a highly spiritual month again, highlighting the emotional realm and bringing us the need for a delicate balancing act. It is a month where the art of living becomes an important aspect of our own self determination. We must now see that we are the makers and creators of our own lives and it’s unfolding. We may shape and mold our lives in many many difference ways and forms, so this months challenge is to choose our creative expression wisely, from the heart.
This month’s balancing element is Earth. Although personally this element may not be favourable for those that are already quite strong in their earth energy…overall, we will require gentle grounding and consideration to the benefits of slowing down this month. Being predominantly ruled by the Taurean sun, May brings us to focus upon our earthly needs, which is perfect in this time where we transit through not only the fire animal month of the Snake, but also the Year of the Wood Horse. So we have double Fire! This means we must “Earth” ourselves. We need to remain grounded, as we have come to learn from last months eclipse.
It’s time now to focus simply upon our health foundations. These are the key foundations of our lives and as we transit through a demanding time spiritually and energetically, it’s important to keep solid on our nutrition, our lifestyle, fitness and keep life as simple as possible, to avoid draining our reserves to the point of pain and weakness. No matter what, this month calls for us to be gentle, move slowly and take care to be kind to ourselves. So do take care. For if you do, this will be one of the most colourful, heart warming and beautiful spiritual months you come by.