Today, in preparation for the New Moon on the 23rd, I experimented with a couple of different spreads for a monthly forecast to share here. I follow the lunar calendar, so for me the new month begins with the New Moon.
The waning time is ideal for rest, meditation, introspection, healing and the releasing of unwanted habits or energies, and the New Moon itself is perfect for banishing or binding that which is hurting or not serving you and for sowing the seeds of intention and manifestation.
The day before the New Moon, the Sun enters Leo…that fiery, high noon of the year. The moon will also be in Leo (of course, being New this means it occupies the same sign as the Sun) and that makes this a particularly ideal time for motivation, action and manifestation.
Throughout the internet there is ample astrological data on this and every lunation which can give you a very clear picture of the potential month ahead. (Mystic Mamma being one of my favorites…read the Astral Insights on this new moon) But using other methods of divination and spiritual exploration can give you much more personal insight and, furthermore, can help clarify or expound upon what the spheres tell us.
For this, the Oracle of Water’s first official New Moon Oracle (which from now on will hopefully be a monthly feature), I used the Oracle of the Mermaids deck and chose to narrow it down to one card rather than use a whole spread. This was for the simple reasons that A) less is more, and B) only one card repeated itself throughout multiple spreads regarding this New Moon, so naturally I felt prompted to focus on that one.
The Mermaids’ message for this Leo New Moon is to look into….
“The Mermaids Sing: Water is a great mirror, and the darker it is, the clearer the reflections of the world around it will be. And so it is with life. The clear mirror…will show us who we appear to be…but the dark water, metaphorically, is when life, or the sea, or our feelings become darker, more complex, sad, thoughtful, deep and, at times, very painful. But it is at these times that we can see who we truly are – for under duress, our true character can be observed…”
“Divination: It is time to gently, yet firmly see the truth about who you are, and to understand that who you are is not ugly, or lacking, but a truthful, beautiful, wonder-laden voyage into the soul…it is time to be shown what the eye cannot always see, but what the spirit has sensed…”
– © 2013 Lucy Cavendish Oracle of the Mermaids Guidebook, Blue Angel Publishing
This is a very appropriate card for any Leo moon, as Leo is likely the sign that is most concerned with the Self; with literally looking in mirrors and making sure their appearance is just right, and it usually is. After all, most Leos have much to be proud of (particularly when it comes to looks and charisma) and, like all fire signs, they’re aware of the fact!
But this card is about a different kind of awareness, as Leo is about more than being attractive and proud of it…knowing your true self is the first step in manifesting your heart’s desire, and this is also Leo’s energy; strength, willpower, self-esteem, motivation and manifestation. The heart is even the body part over which Leo rules. Ever heard the expression, “Heart of a lion”? No actualization is possible, though, if you don’t know who you really are or what you really want. If you don’t know what you want or why, how can you manifest it? Who knows what might be manifested in its stead?
Speaking of Leo and mirrors, a great example of this is can be found in “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone”. Harry is a Leo (his birthday is July 31st, remember? If not, don’t feel bad, I’ve only read the whole series four or five times) and so it is especially unsurprising that he should end up in the courageous, leonine House of Gryffindor.
If you’ve read the book (or seen the movie) you should be able to guess where I’m going with this. Yes, the Mirror of Erised: the enchanted mirror that shows your heart’s truest, deepest desire and, therefore, who you really are. If you haven’t read the book or seen the movie, and if you haven’t caught it, “Erised” is “Desire” spelled backwards, as in a reflection.
That mirror is what we all need right now. Everyone needs to look into themselves and try to honestly know themselves and their place in this world, a world that is being more and more abused all the time, as are we all.
This card is fitting not only for a Leo moon, but in particular during a restless summer in which many huge shifts are occurring within society and nature. In fact, most of the changes in nature are the direct result of the careless choices and actions of Man, and the Trump administration should be considered public enemy #1 due to the incredible disregard for nature and conservation that they have already displayed.
It is no secret that this is, by far, the most corrupt and twisted presidential administration this misguided country has ever seen, and therefore it is more important than ever that the people know and face themselves and demand transparency from our “leaders” as well. In order to understand and heal this world, we need to know and heal ourselves. You can’t do that with your eyes closed or pretending to be someone you’re not.
So this month, have the heart of a lion and the courage to know yourself. Invoke the spirit of Leo, of Harry Potter, a gallant knight, Wonder Woman, anyone or anything that inspires you to be brave, true to yourself, and manifest your highest purpose.
“It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.” – Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
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