This New Moon in Leo occurs Monday, August 21 at 2:30pm PT
It's the day we've all been waiting for (watching out for?) - our second New Moon in Leo and the big Solar Eclipse. I wrote about the eclipse in my column on The Numinous this month, so if you follow my writing over there, you'll have a leg up for this one. While New Moons are always opportunities for a fresh start, this Moon is a major reset. At the previous New Moon in Leo on July 23, we set a spell to call in Leo's fire to fuel our work life and get in touch with the core values we aspire to in our work. It is likely that that work - along with the recent Lunar eclipse and Mercury retrograde - has unearthed some truths around where our values are not completely aligning with our reality. And so we will now work to open our third eye to see and receive clearly the wisdom needed to guide us in a shift in direction.
The 3 of Wands as illustrated by Pamela Colman Smith shows a figure gazing out over a barren landscape flanked by 2 wands and while a 3rd stands behind. The figure's hair blows in the breeze of the open landscape before them. This is an image of an experienced traveler. Life has taught them that following the path taken by the tiny vehicles barely seen below is not necessarily the most fruitful or the most interesting. There is now a slight pause before setting out to create a new path, one that resonates with the core of the traveler. Because Wands are the suit of Fire, this is an action originating in intuition. The new way is created, not learned.
You will need:
· 1 blue 7-day ritual candle in glass container
· 1 piece of Moss Agate
· 1 printed image of the 3 of Wands
· Pen or pencil
· Cedarwood oil (optional)
· Flax Seeds (optional)
STEP ONE: Cleanse your space, holding the intention that you are preparing it for a sacred operation and that only those beings working for the highest good of all are invited.
STEP TWO: Gather your supplies and settle in to your cleansed space.
STEP THREE: (optional) Put one drop of Cedarwood oil in the top of the candle and trace it with your finger 3 times clockwise around. Cedarwood oil infuses the emotional, etheric, and physical bodies with quiet strength and stability.
STEP FOUR: (optional) Sprinkle some Flax Seeds in the top of the candle. Flax Seed is commonly used in protection spells. We use it here to stay and to feel safe as we step off of our old worn path.
STEP FIVE: On the back of the printed 3 of Wands Card, write out a list of your highest values. At the top, write "I align myself with:". Begin with The Divine, The Universe, The Goddess - whatever your conception of a guiding force in this world is - and then get more specific from there. Maintain an awareness that you are calling in action on a new path and the wisdom to create it. You are calling on yourself to make changes to support living in accordance with your values and you are calling on the Earth and the Universe to assist you. Be ready to act.
STEP SIX: Place the blue candle and the Moss Agate on top of the 3 of Wands image (image side up).
Moss Agate is the stone of new beginnings. We use it here to give ourselves a fresh start, truly leaving behind all that does not serve us as we move forward into a new realm of being.
Indigo Blue is the color of the Third Eye. We use the blue candle to open our intuition and perception to receive the most subtle messages of guidance from our Guides, the Universe, the Divine, and the world around us.
STEP SEVEN: Light the candle and spend a few minutes in quiet meditation reflecting on your values and feeling the joy that comes from living a life that resonates deeply with them. Know that the Moon, the Universe, and all your Guides and Angels and Ancestors are here to assist and support you. Let your candle burn until it goes out on its own in a fire-safe place. While it is burning, be sure to stay aware of any signs, symbols, or messages that come through. These can be from loved ones, strangers, dreams, signs on the street - anywhere. Spend a few minutes with your candle each day, feeling your new path take shape before you.
Happy New Moon, my loves! Let me know how it goes. XoxoMLH