The recent few weeks have been heady and potent cosmic combinations of eclipse and retrograde energy. Depending on where the eclipses and retrogrades are landing in your personal chart, you are experiencing a range of “symptoms” or perhaps you feel like the eye of the storm for a Cat 5 hurricane! The truth is that none of us are getting out of this one unscathed, especially with the triggers and astrological pressures on the national and global landscapes.
Solar Eclipses tend to be more outer and event-oriented; things happen, sometimes very unexpectedly. You may feel circumstances, decisions have a certain “fated” quality to them. Watch who comes into your life, or leaves (especially male energy) around this eclipse. On a transformational and psychological level, eclipses are associated with the unmasking of something which has been hidden. Secrets are exposed. In the heart-opening sign of Leo, this is an opportunity to ask for the courage to love unconditionally, to clear any blockages of fear and distress which have shut down our creative energy. As is true for any native with planets in Leo, pay close attention to the condition of your physical heart during this time. ~ Mary Lomando
Personally, this crazy eclipse season has been interesting. The New Moon Solar Eclipse is only a few degrees off of my Leo ascendant. A spider bit my head. No. Not a metaphor. The lead up to the Full Moon Lunar eclipse and this one has been lots of downtime nursing a swollen and infected head. Weird? You bet. Wishing for a tin foil hat? Yes. Right in alignment with eclipse season? Absolutely. And so we are (hopefully) rolling with what is showing up and paying close attention to repeat lessons, old structures crumbling, new doors opening, and not taking most of it too personally.
Eclipses are a time when the most subtle of our issues get magnified. The ones that hide behind larger, more obvious issues. Eclipses are a time when we witness what lives in the shadows. The aspects of self that feel unloved and unloveable. Neglected and not worth paying attention to. Forgotten and forgettable. South node eclipses are a time when old stories lines return. Asking us to revisit and re-experience feelings we forgot existed, feelings embedded deep inside the tissues of the body of our lives. ~ Chani Nicholas
Leo energy brings courage, solar power and themes, play, freedom and liberation, urges to do things differently, and instead of howling at the moon, we may want to ROAR at the moon! Leo is fire energy, so look before you leap, and pause before you react.
Below, are my thoughts for the Dark Moon, New Moon, and eclipse and how we may welcome the energies of Inanna and Erishkegal into the crafting of our current experiences and inner work. These Goddesses stepped forward so powerfully to bring us messages of release, recognition of the shadow, of the birth pains of a new and better world. Truly, this is our descent in preparation to rise.
Explore the resources below. Take time to work through the personal energies and call of the shadow. Self care is of vital importance. Recognize when you are in overwhelm. Heed the call of the physical body with lots of water, healthy food, gentle exercise, and extra rest. As we work towards a more potent union within and without, reach out to those of like mind and purpose.
BLESSINGS for your Lion’s Heart and may you have success and joy in these incredible cosmic energies!
New Moon Ideas and Resources:
Craft your own New Moon Ceremony using this ritual (which includes Burning Shit)
Personal Spiritual Guidance and Support with me:
- Goddess Within Spiritual Mentoring
- Priestess Within Autumn – Sign up before 9/1 to receive a free mentoring session
Red Wholistic for Eclipse and Lunar Tools and Goodies:
- Retrograde Remedy Mist and Crystal Set
- Psychic Defense and Protection Set
- Crystals for sacred practice – especially the citrine, rainbow hematite, amethyst, and selenite
- Goddess Mists for extra boosts
Sacred Transmissons and Rituals of the Dark Moon with Charlotte Elea and Renee Starr – FREE & opens today!
Recommended – Kathryn Ravenwood is offering Beat the Burglary Tarot Readings for $50/hour after her recent home burglary. Get a marvelous tarot reading from Kathryn and support her!
Recommended – Shamanic Healings with Katherine Skaggs – I just had one on Saturday and it completely centered me to proceed forward into the eclipse energies!
Tapping into Descent themes – Persephone: Queen of Herself
Mary Lomando – August New Moon Solar Eclipse in Leo (Mary is also offering personal readings for effects of the eclipse season!)
Moon Calendar and Lunar Resources on MotherHouse of the Goddess