February 2009 Full Snow Moon/Lunar Eclipse in Leo: Ideas for Meditations and Rituals
Photo by Marty (S); Creative Commons License
The February Full Moon, aka the Full Snow Moon, occurs in Leo on February 9, 2009 at 8:49 Central time here in the Florida Panhandle. The extra oomph for this full moon is that it’s a lunar eclipse, meaning the Earth eclipses the moon, at 20 Leo 52. Lunar Eclipses are all about culmination, particularly of what started at the previous new moon eclipse two weeks ago. The timing for this eclipse, if you like to incorporate eclipses into your rituals for a good “slingshot” effect, is 8:38 Central time, so you might want to take a look at what planets in your natal chart are near 21 Leo (see this previous post for more explanation). I recommend creating a free natal chart at astro.com, (not affilitated with this blog) if you don’t have one already and looking specifically at the area of your life where this eclipse will affect you.
This Full Moon, I feel, is all about…transformation into who you really are. It’s like that last extra push into becoming the fully realized person you know yourself to be, even if you keep it hidden from the rest of the world. You know what’s really right for you, so step into it! Live it! And live authentically, happy in knowing who you are.
Leo, a fire sign, is generally a sign of boldness, authenticity, confidence, self-assurance, playfulness, really knowing who you are and what’s right for you. Sometimes, it’s a bit arrogant because it’s so self-assured. Several years ago, a Leo friend was telling me that his students were challenging him on some issues with astrology and how dare they because he was a Leo and he knew what he was talking about. When he realized what he’d just said, we burst into laughter because it was so true to a Leo.
That sense of authencity and opening up to more playfulness and confidence has been a growing theme in the past month of my ritual/moon meditation suggestions. I certainly didn’t plan it that way, but that’s the way it’s unfolding, and right now with quite a few planets in visionary Aquarius opposite Leo, it’s a good time to start your own personal revolution and change your world.
For those of you who routinely read my suggestions for meditations, you know how this works. I share this unraveling of images I have just before a New Moon, Full Moon, and/or Eclipse and you’re welcome to use what makes sense to you. For most of last year, I’ve been following this “story” of a river of emotions connected with Moon phases–everything from bridges over rivers to the structure that holds the river in its banks, to surfing the river, to becoming the river, to rising above the river in a parasail…all taking me “around the riverbend” to a beautiful new vista that is lush and green. For those of you who know me personally, you’ve watched in amazement and then horror at how some of these influences have played out in my life and how I’ve been healing from some heartbreaks.
For links to previous meditations, just search the Astrology or Ritual category on this site. Thus far, the past year’s meditations have included Bridges, Riverbanks/Structures, Surfing/Sailing, Parasailing, Becoming the River, Rocks, Rebuilding the Riverbanks, Covered in Healing Mud, Washing off the Mud and Dancing Naked in the Sunlight, Beginning to Play in the River Again, and Full-on Splashing in the River.
Which brings us to this Full Moon’s meditation:
In this meditation, I am no longer standing beside the river, licking my wounds after the bashing from last Autumn. I have been dipping my toes in the river, dancing tentatively in the sunlight, and splashing watch all around. I now find myself in a boat. It’s a small boat, but one without oars or a rudder (or whatever that thing is that gives you direction…you can tell I don’t boat, huh?) Somehow, in spite of all the hurt of this past year, I’ve decided that it’s worth it to get back on the river and see where it takes me. I’m not steering though. And at the same time, I’m not simply letting the river flow with me further around this lush riverbend that’s been part of my life since last August. My little boat has a motor, and it’s revved and pushing me forward. I move in swirls and splashes, not in a straight line and not sure of where it’s taking me. But…the sun is shining and I know I’ll be okay and I’m having fun. The most important thing that comes to me is that while not everything I want is in the boat with me at the moment, I’m not waiting for it to hop in the boat with me. Waiting, I’m told, never helps. It does not matter if I sit and wait for my passenger to swim upstream to find me here with the boat or if I pick up that particular person/dream/desire downstream, it will appear when the time is right. Meanwhile, waiting is wasted effort and I’m to enjoy this sunshine and splashing until my next passenger swims out to meet me, breaks apart some boulders in the way, jumps from a bridge to splash beside me, or washes ashore. That particular desire will show up at the right point. Meanwhile, I’m adding to what I have to offer by creating playful new life experiences for myself, and for sharing and building on later.
HI, I’m a friend of Shannon’s and she told me about your blog. I was wondering how you became so knowledgable about astrology. Did you take classes? Read books? Have a mentor? I’m really eager to learn more than just the basics and I’m not sure how…
Hey, Kiersten — Shannon’s taking some of my personal library back to Orlando with her, so check those out. My rule on borrowing books is that you have to give me a book report–tell me what you thought of the book and what you learned. I bought lots of books and did free charts at astro.com, but most of how I learned what through application of astrology to my personal life and those around me. Crap’s hitting the fan all around me? Hmmmm, what planets are in opposition right now? I’m feeling all glow-y and can’t scrape men off me this weekend? Hmmm, what’s going on with my Venus? That type of thing. Next time you’re in town, I’ll give you tutorial, okay? I also learned a lot by reading other people’s observations at LJ’s astrology forum and by googling whatever planetary conjunction/square/opposition I was currently experiencing. I’m not a pro though–it’s just my hobby and part of observation of human dynamics.