Black Moon in Leo, Lughnasadh, Lions' Gate, Motherwort, & Black Obsidian
July is going out with a bang and August greets us with an ABUNDANCE of Heart Medicine! We are wrapping up the intensity of Eclipse Season, Mercury Retrograde and an Astrological Cycle of intensity with tonight’s New Moon in Leo. It is the second new moon in July, so thus, it gets the name of Black Moon. It is a rare occurrence indeed! The moon is in the Astrological sign of Leo the lion-hearted lover. New Moons offer rest and time for inner reflection. It is the time to plant the seeds of our inner garden, nurturing them over the coming season. With this moon in Leo, we are offered immediate access to the energy of this lion-hearted lover. Lion’s embody the energy of Queens & Kings with fierce boundaries & protection in place, yet a deep seeded love & presence. In the middle of the night last night, I was awakened from a dream with the divine insight of working with tonight’s Black Moon in a specific way. For 8 years, I have been capturing essences under the Moon or various Astrological events. It is a simple, yet profound medicine. Black Obsidian came through very clearly for this evening’s moon. I will simply place a piece of Black Obsidian in a clear bowl of local spring water to capture the vibrational medicine of tonight’s Black Moon. Tomorrow, I will strain it and drink the water as well as preserving some with a little brandy or vinegar to work with throughout this Lunar Cycle. What is the reason behind all of this you may ask? Well, that part is not clear yet. However, when a stone ally comes through for me, there is always a Divine Medicine offering coming through. It does make a lot of sense that Black Obsidian comes up for Black Moon and to me, Black Obsidian with it’s protective energy offers a deep and instant connection to the Heart of the Divine within the Earth.
Motherwort spoke loud and clear this morning. Her latin name is Leonardus spp. She is the lioness. She is heart medicine. Get too close, too quickly without first connecting with presence to your heart & hers, and you’ll get poked! Boundaries allow us to step into our heart space FULLY. It takes the bravery of the Lioness to decide to move through life from the heart. I’m also personally gearing up to begin my own moon cycle. The twinges of cramping in my womb this morning lead me straight to my bottle of Motherwort as well. As the full download of her medicine for today’s meditation came through, her message was crystal clear. As a woman, I not only have one heart center, but I have the heart center that resides in my womb space. This SACRAL energetic & spiritual center is the physical container for the SACRED. (A sister recently shared this hidden in plain sight message and it was a huge “aHA!” moment for everyone.) As I stepped into my personal morning ritual of prayer, movement, song, and meditation today, I felt drawn to share that with my community. With the drops of Motherwort tincture on my tongue, I activated within my womb & heart centers, all the women that came before me and all those yet to come. I could feel every moment they interacted with their bodies and this plant as a form of self-care and deep, sacred tending throughout time.
Tomorrow, we celebrate the midway point between Summer Solstice & Autumn Equinox with the Celtic festival of Lughnasadh. This is time of year in Mississippi where the heat is endlessly oppressive and self care is of utmost importance. We experience almost a second hibernation and time of retreat, like that of the dark nights of winter. Take time for that! Celebrate the harvest that has occured and that which is to come by allowing time for integration and rest. Through this Sacred Pause, we cultivate the time and space to receive potent healing activations. And this season is RIPE with them.
This potent Lunar, Seasonal, Astrological Cycle is also leading us along to the Lion’s Gate Portal which occurs while the Sun is in Leo each year on August 8th (8/8) with an Astrological alignment that activates the Great Pyramids, Sphinx, Sirius, the Sun, and all beings on Earth. 8 in a number of divine abundance that is infinite and there is just always something really magical about this day. I will be working with the Black Obisdian-Motherwort Essence daily leading up to, and for a full lunar cycle after the Lion’s Gate Portal in my daily meditations, prayer, ceremonies, and rituals. The time for opening up to RECEIVE the Divine ABUNDANCE of Sacred Heart Healing & Medicine is NOW. Will you join me?
I’ve created a Spotify playlist for a beautiful Sound Activation for your meditation & prayer ritual time. Carving out this space is not always easy, but if I can do it, so can you! This is Divine Self-Care. This is where we can be in service to our healing and to our prayers. This is where the healing work happens. When we step into ourselves in this way, activations happen quickly. In a season ripe with potent activations being offered like this one, the simple act of this Sacred Pause has the potential to be life changing on our healing journey of life. There are 5 songs to work your way through your own ritual of heart connection. The first song is a personal favorite to get me into the space of the Prayer of the Heart. It is followed by a root chakra activation for quiet prayer or meditation or simple presence and awareness. This leads into a song that takes me into direct connection with the Heart of the Earth. Heart chakra singing bowl activation is next and I invite you to cultivate this practice as you are called to be in service to the healing of your Divine Heart. This is how we embody Heaven on Earth…through living from our hearts. To close the practice, I’ve included a Prayer through Song for the Blessing that is this life. I hope you enjoy! I’d love to hear back from you about your experiences with this practice over the next few weeks! Sign up below for the free spotify playlist delivered to your inbox. Note: you will have to confirm your email address first!
all art by the amazing Chani Nicholas