We are gearing up for the New Moon and Solar Eclipse. I am writing to invite you to think about how you want to spend this sacred and powerful time. New Moons are wonderful moments to reflect on what the new possibilities are ahead and what the last month has held for you. This month's moon is in the sign of Leo, which is associated with the Sun. Leo calls us to be brave, courageous, heartfelt, action oriented, and generous. Coupled with a Solar eclipse - these qualities are amplified. Have you had experiences that are calling you to be brave, lead from the heart, and generous of spirit and elegance? If so, you have heard the Lion's roar.
The Solar Eclipse ties us to our ancestors that looked to the heavens for signs, the marking of time, and maps for travel. What does it mean when the sun's light ceases to shine during the day? Have there been times in your own life when the light appears to be sucked away? When you long for light but instead find yourself in the fertile darkness? In our culture, the absence of light is talked about as bad and evil. But that is just not so. Much grows in the dark. We need nighttime to rest and renew. And the solar eclipse gives us the experience of meditating on this cycle during the day.
So how will you spend your time during the eclipse? I invited you to choose what your soul wants. For some of you, it maybe going out and witnessing (depending on location) the light, dark, light cycle. And as you stand in that energy - may you feel your own internal blockages to light be removed. May you feel the planets and stars mirroring for you the human experience of renewal after hardship and loss. Or maybe you feel called to stay inside - turning inward. A time to reflect on your changing self and the world around you. Reflecting on what you would like to let go of and where you hope your next steps and opportunities take you. You may want to reflect on what you keep hidden and why? Not everything that is tucked away for safe keeping is bad. Sacred ceremonies are often not spoken in public - what is your sacredness that you can uncover and witness as the Sun takes a rest?
Whatever you decide and wherever you are - your desk, your yard, with friends, alone, or standing on a mountaintop, I invite you to feel into the energy of the day. Feel into the energy of our society looking up to the sky. Feel how you are part of this larger whole. Feel into it, reflect, and then emerge ready to take your next steps.
My prayer is that we all take care of ourselves and each other during this time of changing energy. May you love your neighbor as yourself and that you love yourself as well as you love your neighbor. That you have the courage and compassion to follow the Lion's call. And that we find the goodness of our hearts mirrored back to us through every person we encounter.