On July 22nd the Sun returns to its home sign of Leo, initiating one of the most powerful solar cycles of the 2008. Two eclipses, the start of the Olympic Games and the 888 movement for global harmony and healing will occur during this cycle. If this article finds you unhappy with any aspect of your life, take heart and action. This year the season of the Lion generously offers lavish sums of confidence and courage, and most importantly a golden opportunity to heal and to take our power back.
Chances are that you are already familiar with the transformational energy available during eclipses. This pair happen on August 1st with the new moon at 3:13 A.M. PST and August 16th when the moon will be full at 2:16 P.M. PST. Fiery reds, oranges and golds and royal purple are Leo’s magnificent colors and they correspond to the first three and sixth chakras or energy centers of the body. The first three chakras represent our power and expression in the physical dimension. You may want to think of these as the manifestation chakras. Their state of weakness or wellness largely determines what and who shows up in our lives. The third eye represents our spiritual awareness. The upper and lower three chakras meet at the heart or center chakra where the dance of who we truly are and how we are showing up in the world is ongoing. This Leo cycle with its eclipse energies is ideal for healing and strengthening these chakras. We can combine our consciousness with being here now in powerful new ways. Here are some suggestions on how to work with these energies.
Meditate on it. Simply relax and begin pouring color into each chakra, red for the root, orange for the sacral, golden-yellow for the solar plexus and royal purple or violet into the third eye. As you feel each color’s energy entering your energy field, allow it to wash away all old messages and memories that have made you feel blocked, hurt or dis-empowered in any way. Intend that those old, lower, dark and heavy energies are replaced with the luminous empowering radiance of each color and affirm your healing. Whether you’re troubled by a minor irritation or you are trying to clear an issue or pattern you have carried around for years, affirm that the negative energies it corded in you are released for once and for all time. Then immediately begin rewriting your “story” the way you want it to work out, fully taking in the loving and healing energies being extended to you. This practice may be applied to personal issues as well as global ones. In closing your work, affirm that you are taking your power in the situation back and ask for guidance from the Divine as to the actions to take next, trusting that the steps you need to take will be revealed. And thank the Divine for working with you. For stronger work, perform this mediation in the sunshine. Not only is the Sun Leo’s symbolic planet and our planetary source of power, it is also associated with the Egyptian god of healing Ra and ArchAngel Raphael who is the veritable head surgeon of the Angelic realm. You can also work with the purifying and enlivening properties of fire by burning Leo colored candles at this time. And you can sport the Leo colors or flashier fashions from your wardrobe during this cycle to raise those Leo vibrations.
It’s important to realize that many of our problems are caused because we gave or continue to give away our power, in one way or another. While it’s easy to blame and to project, it’s wiser to use the precious energy we are for self-healing. As we heal, so does all around us. To that end, I want to mention two things in closing. One, the Olympic Games begin on August 8th, right smack in between the eclipses. On this occasion when people are literally connecting from all corners of Earth, I request that you say a prayer or affirmation of world peace. 08/08/08 also marks the beginning of the movement for global harmony and healing. The idea is simply that for eight days we take action on the social issues that most concern us to create a butterfly effect of positive change. To whatever extent you participate or not, I invite you on one or all eight days to simply hold the space for the ascension of our collective consciousness. A beautiful white organic gardenia candle, thoughtfully wrapped tissue paper, has been sitting in my altar drawer for the past couple of months, and now I know when to light it.
With love and blessings,