February 10, 2017: Leo Full Moon (Lunar Eclipse)
This month's Full Moon is a Lunar Eclipse. Remember that even if we can’t see an Eclipse in the sky, these celestial events are potent harbingers of illumination in our lives. Things may seem as if they are coming to fruition as we may be sensing that we are experiencing the outcome of steps previously taken.
This lunation features the Sun in collective-oriented Aquarius and the Moon in self-expressive Leo. During this time, issues involving individuals and their relationship to their communities assume center stage. One of the questions that this lunation may pose is how we can authentically be ourselves while at the same time being part of and contributing to something larger than our individual selves.
If you are involved in any groups or associations, you may perceive a heightened sense of tension as the organization strives to accommodate the needs of its members along with its own overarching identity and goals. Yet, if outstanding issues are worked upon, there can be great breakthroughs in group dynamics and team building.
An important strategy for attaining and maintaining group alignment today can be to infuse activities with a sense of Leonine playfulness. Levity can help to release rigidity and enhance a sense of coalescence. It can also catalyze a creative process of thinking that can inventively spark the clarity needed to identify the group’s shared vision and the path that can be forged to bring it into manifestation.
The ongoing Jupiter/Uranus Opposition ties into this Full Moon (Jupiter trines the Sun and sextiles the Moon, while Uranus sextiles the Sun and trines the Moon). Jupiter is thought to reflect the quality of magnification and expansion, while Uranus is associated with the unanticipated and the urge to break/re-make patterns. As I've written about before, being bouncy and ready to pivot feels like a great strategy during Jupiter/Uranus times. Expect the unexpected, while also proactively seeing how you can break out of routines and perspectives that don't infuse you with the malleability needed to be optimally creative, courageous, and heart-centered.
This month’s Full Moon falls at 23 degrees of Aquarius (Sun) and Leo (Moon). While everyone experiences the energies of a Full Moon, if you have planets or pivotal points (i.e., Ascendant/Descendant or Nadir/Midheaven) around this degree in Aquarius, Leo, or the other fixed signs—Taurus and Scorpio—it may impact you more intensely.
LEO LUNAR ECLIPSE APOTHECARY SUGGESTIONS
Aquarius is associated with the calves, ankles, peripheral circulatory system, and the body’s bionergetics while Leo is associated with the heart, spine, and hair. Pay extra attention to these areas of the body around the time of this Full Moon.
Quaking Grass flower essence: Quaking Grass is a wonderful remedy to help inspire harmonious group dynamics. It helps individuals maintain a sense of balanced self when in a collective and yet see themselves as a part of something much larger than just themselves. While the essence can be taken by an individual, it can also be used it as a room spray (mix a few drops into a water-filled mister bottle) as a way to foster a more productive, as well as heartfelt, group process. (Flower essences are made from flower-infused water and work energetically to restore emotional and mental balance. You can find them in natural food stores or holistic pharmacies.)
Mineral bath: While not a water sign per se, Aquarius is symbolized by the Water Bearer, a figure that delivers the offering of this aquatic elixir–a symbol of illuminated wisdom–in service of humanity. During this Full Moon Eclipse, why not offer yourself a healing service by taking a relaxing hot bath. Adding mineral salts—such as Epsom salts—to the water can enhance your body’s bioenergetic field while including essential oils into your bathing ritual can add a fragrant therapeutic to this nurturing experience. Use your favorite scent or consider ones such as Leo-associated neroli and lemon, especially good for circulation, a wellness focus of this Full Moon Eclipse. (Rather than putting a few drops of oil directly into the bath, mix it first with some of the mineral salts as this helps enhance the oil’s dispersion in the bath water.)
* The Full Moon Lunar Eclipse is exact at 4:33 pm PST