New Year’s Day… From Lion to Virgin

At  2:45am EST on 12-30-12, the Moon moved into the sign of Leo the Lion.  I only mention this because it seems to me that the New Year celebration started about a day early this year.  This makes sense as an Irish Music Circle I attended was so full of the big loving lion heart.  Everyone smiling and so willing to share their musical knowledge with those sitting outside the circle dreaming of holding one of the inner chairs.  Laughter and music creativity filled the room all night long.

The New Year rang in with a continuation of this joyful cat energy.  Leo is one of the best signs to have a party.  Everyone is welcomed, everyone is forgiven, everyone is an actor on the stage of silliness.  And no matter what you did at the party… light-hearted Leo knows we are just here for fun, and all is well.

Now, energy shifts… 12:35pm EST on 1-1-13, New Year’s Day, the Moon enters the sign of Virgo.  Not bad timing.  We have had a blast over the last couple of days, letting go of responsibility and giving ourselves permission to enjoy the season.  Yet now, the Virgo Moon quickly brings us back into shape, just in time for the last half of the work week.  So there is time to get some laundry accomplished.  There is time to clean the house.  There is time to walk 5 miles through the mountains.  There is time to get everything back in order.  Virgo Moon has that passion, Virgo Moon has that energy.  Virgo is excited to clean and to renew and re-establish.

So, as we enter this New Year, we can really have a light-heart knowing that we started it with the permission to enjoy ourselves the Leo Moon way.  We can look at this year as being ruled by a Leo heart of loving compassion and we can know that there is really no-thing too serious that we can’t fall to the ground with an out of control belly laugh.  So, consider 2013, the year of the belly laugh.

Moon in Leo… Forgiveness

On December 2nd, at 8:57pm EST, the Moon moves out of the sign of Cancer and into the loving sign of Leo.

Now, when we look at the entire zodiac, there is a beginning and an ending.  Aries being the 1st sign, begins at our Spring Equinox.  If we look at the entire zodiac as a complete lifetime, we can see our birth as the Arian experience, and then the progression through each sign as the different stages in life.  So, fast forward to Cancer, the sign the Moon just exited.  The Cancer energy is child-like.  Still dependent on Mom and Family nurturing, it is a very sensitive time in life.  All of the waters signs are very sensitive and very emotional and yet, this particular water sign, is the point in our development where we learn from our family, how much we need to use our hard crab shell to protect our delicate emotions.  It is a serious sign, as there are basic needs looking to be met.

There comes a point in our development where we realize there is more than just family.  There is outside and there is play and there are swing sets and leaf piles and friends and laughter and running and jumping.  And though, we are still connected to the pride, creating our own excitement becomes the goal.  This period is around the age of 10 or 11, and a child capable of being 100% present at this point of life hears no judgement.  It’s all about fun.  And if we are really lucky, our environment just allows us to play.

So, the silly child, who wants nothing but to be free out on the playground of life, doesn’t have time to hold onto the Fort-Knox walls the preceding sign of Cancer has built in protection of its sensitivities.  This is a sign that requires total release of every pain to be free to play.  Not that you can’t find a lion licking its wounds, or positioned in attack mode from a threat, but for that lion to be the best it can be, the wounds have to heal quickly.  There is a natural instinct in this powerful beast to let it all go.  I have watched many lions and lionesses over the years racked with pain, and when given the opportunity to make amends, shift from attack to loving mode.  Their true life happiness comes from laughter and play.

Until 6:51 am EST, on December 5th, the Moon will be maneuvering through the sign of Leo.  The freedom to enjoy the deepest laughter and playfulness this sign has to offer comes when our entire life becomes a mantra of forgiveness.  We never have to face those who have treated us unjustly.  We really don’t have to understand any detail of any situation to achieve a release of the pain.  It’s actually quite simple.  As a memory comes forward of abandonment, or rejection, or anything that brings up the pain of how one has been treated, shift it with a soft, quiet statement of, “I forgive everyone”.  This statement begins to provide a release that brings an opening to enjoy life again.  Whether there is one person who imposed a wrong, or 1,000, it doesn’t matter.  Whether it happened 80 years ago, or 5 minutes ago, it doesn’t matter.  The simple statement of “I forgive everyone”, begins an unraveling of anger, hatred and resentment, and begins a healing self journey that attracts situations of joy.