Full Moon in Leo
February 8, 2020 11:33 pm (Pacific)
February 9 at 2:33 am (Eastern)
in the 20th degree of Gratitude and A Meaningful Life
Immersed deeply in yoga teacher training since Friday, I’m enlisting a little help from my Creative Muses, my Cherished Friends, to attune us all to the medicine of this Full Moon in Leo (for which I’ve accidentally typed the word “Love” instead of “Leo” every time).
Yet there are no accidents.
In her shadow energies, Leo can be egocentric and self-consumed, a reckless player and a drama queen who uses her crazy charisma and star power to woo, seduce and toy with whom and what she loves.
But Leo as the Generous Lover and the Warrior of the Light has many lessons to offer us in Her most exalted form.
I’m here to share four.
When your world has fallen apart and your Lioness heart is shattered, remember this …
Your pain is the breaking of the shell
That encloses your understanding.
Even as the stone of the fruit must break, that
its heart may stand in
the sun, so must you know pain.
And could you keep your heart in
wonder at the daily miracles of your life, your
pain would not seem
less wondrous than your joy;
and you would accept the seasons of your
heart, even as you have
always accepted the seasons that pass over
And you would watch with serenity
through the winters of your grief.
~Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet
When you feel no one could ever understand…
Your great mistake is to act the drama
as if you were alone. As if life
were a progressive and cunning crime
with no witness to the tiny hidden
transgressions. To feel abandoned is to deny
the intimacy of your surroundings.
Put down the weight of your aloneness and ease into the
conversation. The kettle is singing
even as it pours you a drink, the cooking pots
have left their arrogant aloofness and
seen the good in you at last. All the birds
and creatures of the world are unutterably
themselves. Everything is waiting for you.
~David Whyte’s “Everything is Waiting For You”
The quality of the relationship you have with others (and each part of your life) is in direct proportion to the quality of the relationship you have with yourself.
While your value is non-negotiable (my friend recently reminded me of this), how deeply has this truth seeped into your bones?
You do not have to be good.
You do not have to walk on your knees
For a hundred miles through the desert, repenting.
You only have to let the soft animal of your body
love what it loves.
Tell me about your despair, yours, and I will tell you mine.
Meanwhile the world goes on.
Meanwhile the sun and the clear pebbles of the rain
are moving across the landscapes,
over the prairies and the deep trees,
the mountains and the rivers.
Meanwhile the wild geese, high in the clean blue air,
are heading home again.
Whoever you are, no matter how lonely,
the world offers itself to your imagination,
calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting —
over and over announcing your place
in the family of things.
~Mary Oliver’s “Wild Geese”
If you could shift your perspective that everything has happened for your awakening, could you then start walking in gratitude for each experience you’ve encountered, each emotion you’ve felt, even when sometimes it has almost torn you apart?
This being human is a guest house.
Every morning a new arrival.
A joy, a depression, a meanness,
some momentary awareness comes
As an unexpected visitor.
Welcome and entertain them all!
Even if they’re a crowd of sorrows,
who violently sweep your house
empty of its furniture,
still treat each guest honorably.
He may be clearing you out
for some new delight.
The dark thought, the shame, the malice,
meet them at the door laughing and invite them in.
Be grateful for whoever comes,
because each has been sent
as a guide from beyond.
~Rumi’s “The Guest House”
So tonight, light a candle in honour
of this season of your courageous heart.
Taste the medicine of the Warrior of the Light
For it’s sweeter than you could ever imagine.
Sending you blessings,
from my mat,
my living sanctuary this Full Moon.