To understand the power of this second New Moon of July, the ‘Black Moon’, let’s take a
quick look back at Cancer season that ended July 22. Cancer is a ‘cardinal’ sign, meaning it
ushers in a new season of the annual cycle: Summer. Without the acknowledgement of what
we need as well as the actual nourishment we require, we cannot progress to the fun part of
the cycle. What we just went through during Cancer season was in preparation for us to be
able to enjoy this part of our journey.
As a ‘fixed’ zodiac sign, Leo anchors the energy of the season it occurs in, which of course is
Summer. Leo’s energy begins right after Cancer has asked us to slow down and ensure we
are taking care of ourselves, the perfect setup for being able to relax and enjoy life as it’s
meant to be lived.
That doesn’t mean there isn’t work to be done here, though. While Leo Season is a
celebration of life itself, there is also a reminder to be grateful for the opportunity to be alive
at this time. Yes there is pain, and yes there is suffering, but even as we endure these things
we still know deep down that life is worth living and celebrating. This is the time to connect
with people and things that make your heart sing and fill you with joy, but there is another
side to consider.
In order to tap into the true essence of this Season, you need to be able to allow yourself to
be who you truly are. No masks, no lies, no cover ups. Just you. Cancer Season asked you
who you are: Leo Season asks how you will authentically express that version of yourself.
This type of authentic self-expression is terrifying for some, as it forces us into a place of
extreme vulnerability. For most of us, being vulnerable is difficult place to be and hard to
Experiencing the pure joy of self-acceptance takes some digging through the muck first.
Releasing the need for validation from others is the place to start. One thing to keep in mind
is that the only validation you truly need is your own. Once you are able to accept that, you
will find the courage to express yourself in a completely authentic way that allows you to
bypass needing prior approval from others.
A simple cord-cutting and release exercise will help you to let go of the energetic ties that
may be binding you to patterns of thinking, negativity, linking you to people that you no
longer associate with, and so on.
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As a follow up to the New Moon in Cancer and the accompanying Solar Eclipse, this Full Moon in Capricorn and Partial Lunar Eclipse in Capricorn gives us a unique opportunity to release energies that block our potential for growth. To recap, on New Moons we set intentions relating to our desires and dreams and on the Full Moon we do the work needed to achieve them. This Lunar Eclipse provides us with extra energy in order to manifest our desires quicker and helps us navigate the pathways we need to travel in order to get to our destination: success.
The difference between a Solar Eclipse and Lunar Eclipse (apart from the name and the bodies involved) is this: Solar Eclipses gives us information relating to things we are capable of mastering and integrating into our daily practices. Lunar Eclipses show us what needs to be released in order for this integration to occur.
During this time, think back to January when the New Moon was in Capricorn: what intentions did you set then? How have you moved forward in achieving those goals? Does anything need to be adjusted or released? Think about the path you are currently on. Does it resonate with what you dreamt your life would be or do you need to make some changes? Divine information is only useful if it’s utilized into everyday life.
Compare your intentions set at the New Moon in Capricorn with the intentions you set during the New Moon in Cancer and the Solar Eclipse. How can you use the potent energy of this Full Moon to boost the work you need to do?
This is the time to release whatever distracts you from being centred and aligned with your core values. Don’t know what your core values are? Find out. Capricorn also supports us energetically through structure, order, and discipline: useful qualities to have when you are creating a plan for yourself to include your core principles. When you align with the higher vibrations of Capricorn, you define your centre and your core. Living and acting from that place of integrity naturally leads you to feeling secure, as you trust yourself and the decisions you make.
When we don’t live in accordance to our principles and core values, we find ourselves doubting every decision and judging those around us. We feel threatened by those we work with which encourages us to gossip or criticize. We forget our inner power and become anxious, leading us to take power from those around us.We need an authentic feeling of security and stability in our lives that only comes when we let go of the negative aspects and embrace our true values.
Take some time to reevaluate your values and see where you out of alignment. Get grounded and dig deep to find out what is holding you back from being aligned and release it. Journal, meditate, take a salt bath, whatever you normally do to release the insecurity that comes from not trusting ourselves and looking outside of ourselves for power. When you bring yourself back to centre and engage in authentic feelings of stability and security, you will begin to reflect your true values.
Author: Sarrah October of Silfren Circle
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Sarrah October is a certified Tarot reader with over 15 years experience reading cards for clients. She was given her first Tarot deck by her grandmother who told her to use her power for good.