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This August 2017 represents an opportunity for you to realize more of your unique essence that you have come with to impart into this realm.
The month of August combines the Egyptian New Year (called the Lion’s Gate), the Lunar Full Moon Eclipse in Aquarius, the Solar Eclipse in Leo, and the 30 Year Anniversary of the Harmonic Convergence to create a global movement of personal empowerment and individual embodiment that echoes into the creation of the New Earth.
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Now is the time to embody even more of your true essence through letting go of everything. As Mahatma Gandhi said, “Be the change that you wish to see in the world.” For the past century, consciousness as a collective has been on the rise. The awakening of our truest potential has gone from the masses emulating one sage per millennium to many walking avatars and the wake of all of those plunged into their own self-realization.
For thousands of years, monks, sages, and shamans have gone to sacred sites — mystic journeys to the tops of frozen alps, scorching desert mesas, the depths of damp caves, and into dense jungles — to connect to these waves of information. This space within these healers creates a clear connection within to become a physical expression of the divine, thus creating guidance for the collective. We need to take the meditation from the cave to the marketplace. It is with ease and grace that we are able to find harmony in silent meditation in untouched wilderness, but what about in the middle of a traffic jam or busy work day?
Each one of us is beginning the quest as a collective to learn how to integrate mindfulness into such a busy world. We keep seeking and peeling away the layers to find the clearest version of the divine in a modern world.
Below is a quick summary of the energies that lead into this Eclipse gateway and the context around them. We will start off with a focus on the self through the combined Leo energies, then plunge into how our unique essence contributes to the collective vision through the energy of Lunar Eclipse in Aquarius. We’ll then complete it with a more concrete embodiment of our discoveries through the final surge of the Particle Convergence and Solar Eclipse in Leo. I will now expand into each specific event and its contribution to your soul structure and the collective consciousness.
The Rise of Self Realization Through Leo Energy
The frequencies at this time serve as a dynamic mirror for the unveiling and redefinition of the ego. What is the ego? The ego is anything you associate yourself to be. The true self is within all things; it is the entirety of the universe. Leo rules the ego, the self, the masks we wear that are personalities and fragmented pieces of the one ultimate creator. These Leo energies are about unloading any limiting associations to give way to your endless nature, the true self.
May 2017 was marked by the Nodes changing signs — the North Node moved into Leo and the South Node to Aquarius. We will all experience a strong shift toward expressing our creative gifts and talents so we can reach our fullest human potential.
The message of this Nodal shift is to stop searching aimlessly for the right cause, for the right movement, or for the right community to fill the emptiness inside (South Node in Aquarius), and focus on our own creative genius (North Node in Leo).
This is also supported by the New Moon in Leo that just passed, on July 23rd, as well as the Lion’s Gate.
Full Moon Lunar Eclipse in Aquarius – August 7, 2017
On August 7, the Full Moon Lunar Eclipse in Aquarius rises in the heavens. The Aquarian is the water bearer, meaning that it gives all of life source to the collective, pouring out the gifts of the universe to all the people through new ways of being. It is the symbol of the collective unconscious in harmony with the Full Moon energy.
The Eclipse will bring a different expression of the Full Moon. The Full Moon energy is usually an outward focused event, meaning it promotes our desire to be out and socialize. In this instance, the focus will be on how we integrate and contribute to that collective force; how our unique essence contributes to the progression of humanity.
The Eclipse energy is the time the indigenous speak of being able to go into the veil of death and rebirth — the place where you had your soul signature at the time of birth. This is a gateway opportunity to go into an open and receptive state, to strip yourself of any identity to find your truest soul’s expression. This energy will allow you to take an objective view of relationships, career choice, and life circumstances. It is the grand overview, the time when you can zoom out to see the big picture.
Think of it as a reset button on your life and give yourself grace and ease if feelings of dissolution or confusion set in. You may be experiencing a complete dissolution of everything you know yourself to be, or may be embodying a new archetype of personality with your family and friends that you have never been associated with before. This is a time for reevaluation and soul karmic clearing. This is the universe’s way of having you redefine the way you see yourself and interact with the world around you, as you.
The Lion’s Gate – August 8, 2017
The Lion’s Gate is based around the Egyptian New Year, when Sirius — the brightest star in the night sky — first becomes visible after a 70-day absence. This is also when Orion becomes aligned with the three pyramids of Giza, all aligning in the constellation of Leo, the sign of personal empowerment. It is said that a “gateway” of opportunity occurs at this time, to rebirth yourself and step into a higher state of being — the harvest of fruits from the inner working of the soul.
The Blue Star Sirius will rise with the Eclipsed Full Moon in Aquarius and, just like the Aquarians, the energy from this blue star holds the renewal of future frequencies that will be downloaded onto our planet and consciousness. The Sirians are energetic beings that hold the memories of lands like Lemuria and Atlantis, which brought forth technologies like free energy from magnetics, and Tensor and Telsa energy generators. Sirius will rise with Orion’s Belt to align with the Pyramids of Giza and the Sphinx to activate the Lion’s Gate.
This will also be the 30 Year Anniversary of the Harmonic Convergence. This year’s alignment will be called the Particle Convergence.
The Harmonic Convergence is the name given to one of the world’s first globally synchronized meditation events, which occurred on August 16–17, 1987. This event also closely coincided with an exceptional alignment of planets in the Solar System.
An important part of the Harmonic Convergence observances was the idea of congregating at “power centers,” or places of particularly strong spiritual energy, such as Mount Shasta, Mount Fuji, and Mount Yamnuska. The belief was that if 144,000 people assembled at these power centers and meditated for peace, they could facilitate the arrival of the new era.
The planetary alignments will create a grounding of similar energies at the power points or vortexes around the planet, creating a unique opportunity for going to altered states of consciousness to receive this information. This year, the Particle Convergence is about merging the individuated soul consciousness with a collective social memory complex, stripping away the layers that make each one of us associate with an individual experience, separate physical body, and existence, and being able to expand into the fact that we are one.
New Moon Solar Eclipse in Leo – August 21, 2017
The New Moon is a time to look internally to the subconscious undercurrents of your life. It’s a time when the void of possibility opens. The culminations of energies leading up to this will leave a perfect openness to dissolve any preconceived notions of who you are at this point to create the life you truly want. This is a potent time to combine emptying yourself with the intention of the emptiness, leaving space for the new life to breathe back into your life.
It is a reset of the solar energies as the sun falls away from sight with the eclipse. Just as the Sun is the center of our universe, providing energy to all of the beings on the planet, we too mirror this property with an inner Sun, located at our Solar Plexus. This is our energy center, which progresses us through our authentic power and magnetism.
Have you ever noticed your breath follows your emotions or current energetic state? This is your energy generator fluxing from the thought waves you are producing. It is important to locate this center at this time, and see whether you are holding tension in this place. Are you honouring yourself? Are you following your life’s truest calling? Are you walking the path that ignites your heart?
Start with creating an intentional connection to this center through meditation during this download to reawaken your energy center and life’s purpose. Once you awaken the rise and fall, the stoking of your inner fire, the rest will come naturally.
Join Together in The Lion’s Gate Global Synchronized Meditation
Enter an accelerated timeline to empower yourself and the planet through The Lion’s Gate Synchronized Global Meditation. This year is very rare, combining powerful planetary alignments: the Lunar Eclipse in Aquarius, the Lion’s Gate or Egyptian New Year, and the 30 Year Anniversary of the Harmonic Convergence. The combination of these alignments will create a surge of energy into vortex points and the grid of our planet.
Imagine a world where each one of us knew we had the impact necessary to create world change. If you feel like you don’t fit in in this world, it is because you are here to help create a new one.
August introduces an expansive fluctuation in Earth’s energy that will create an opportunity to harmonize our brainwaves with the frequencies of higher consciousness. The age of the external guru is dissolving; you are the guru, you are the sages of this new age. Those who have heard the clarion call to help create heaven on Earth are being ushered into the era of shepherding consciousness.
The Lion’s Gate is a portal to finally embody your unique essence; a call to action of the greatness within you. Become the change you wish to see in this world. When the lightworkers of this Earth unite together, there is nothing we cannot transform.
Walk in the light of your truest life purpose with unwavering knowing! Become a physical crystallization of the divine light within; become one who radiates this knowing into every person they meet, creating a disruptive-yet-harmonizing tsunami of world change. Dedicate your consciousness to shifting this planet into its elevated timeline!
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Why Hugging Is Powerful: Especially When We’re So Isolated
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When’s the last time you had a good hug? Can you even recall a time when one lasted longer than 10 or 15 seconds? Hugging releases oxytocin, a bonding hormone, as well as serotonin and endorphins. These hormones are a big part of what makes us feel good and build a sense of community and connection with others.
When we hug our friends or family, or even spend a good few hours with them, we often don’t know what exactly the mechanism is that makes us feel good, but often times it’s touch, eye contact and reading facial expressions.
Throughout COVID, once we got a sense of what it feels like to not have as much touch, see smiles, see our friends or family, we might have gained a greater awareness of how important this really is. Intense isolation, like we’ve all experienced, leads to touch deprivation, and one could argue, has led to collective traumatization throughout the course of this pandemic.
Humans biologically need touch, it’s built right into our physiology. When we are babies, touch is a crucial part of our ability to regulate our nervous systems and feel safe. When we’re very young, our bodies have not yet built the ability to self-regulate (feel safety and comfort), and thus our caregivers play the important role of not only touching to bring regulation and safety, but also using facial expressions to send the message that ‘all is OK.’
Further, humans thrive in a sense of community and connection. When we are too isolated, without a deep and dedicated practice like monk’s might do in a cave in Tibet, we begin to lose the benefits of co-regulation, and in turn our psychology can begin to suffer over time. Humans have built incredible things – together – when in community, and touch plays an important role in that.
It most cultures around the world, hugging is part of daily life. Other cultures might decide to greet one another with cheek kissing instead, but touch is often a common denominator. But it’s true, there are places that may be ‘less touch-y’ and will certainly find other ways to connect.
One thing I can say though, especially during this unprecedented time of isolation, make it a point to hug those close to you when you can. Make it a good one, 15 or 20 seconds! Pay attention to how you feel after.
As mentioned, hugging is not the only way we get a sense of co-regulation and connection. Looking into one another’s eyes, sensing facial movements and reactions are also important. We have millions of mirror neurons in our brains that are constantly reading what is happening in another person, and sending information to areas of our brain, subconsciously, that tell us how a person might be feeling, for example. When we witness someone taking an action, neurons in our brains respond to that action in the same way as if we were taking that action ourselves – hence ‘mirror neurons.’
This might mean that when we watch a nervous moment in sports for example, although we are not playing, we might take actions like covering our mouths or holding our chest, feeling the nerves the players are likely feeling. As you can imagine, this is not a perfect science. Sometimes we are nervous but the player is cool as a cucumber, but generally, mirror neurons tend to help us connect to what others are feeling or doing, giving us a sense of empathy.
It goes even deeper. Research from Institute of HeartMath has shown that the human heart emits a measurable electromagnetic field that contains information other people can pick up on and decode in their brains. Regardless of how ‘new-agey’ this might sound to some minds, it’s a reality of our physical bodies.
Just think, have you ever walked into a room with multiple people in it and noticed the energy of it? Perhaps you noticed right away it was very tense or very jovial. This sense likely comes from having an awareness of how our electro magnetic field is interacting with the collective field of the room.
What you’re feeling is how someone’s general emotional state is affecting the field they emit. The more we feel tension, anxiety, or depression for example, the more we also put that signal out into our communities. Now, this isn’t a call to get stressed out about how we’re affecting others, this is simply a realization of what’s going on.
In our current chaotic world, it’s quite common to feel anxious or uncertain about what’s happening, and acknowledging that is OK is perfectly fine. The next question becomes: how can I manage my emotional state and create a a felt sense of calm? (Which of course will change the field you emit as well.)
Managing Our Emotions & Energy
One very simple option is written at the top of the article we post here on The Pulse. It’s a simple technique I adapted from my training at HeartMath, but I added in my own flair learned from my trauma specialist training as I felt a greater focus on interception, our awareness of sensations in our body, was important to be in the mix.
As go move through your day, stop, take a breath and release the tension in your body starting from your head all the way down to your feet. Take a few moments on each muscle group if you like. Place attention on your physical heart and breathe slowly into the area for 60 seconds, focusing on feeling a sense of ease.
I wrote a much more in-depth article here, where I share more detailed steps and how this helps improve our overall energy levels as well.
Our bodies are filled with tools that sense anything from obvious to ‘unseen’ signals coming from others and our environment. These tools suggest we are beings of connection, and we thrive when we get enough of it. They also suggest it’s important to pay attention to more than just the material aspect of our world, as there is much that needs to be ‘taken care of’ in the ‘unseen.’ By that, I mean, as we manage our emotions and regulate our nervous system’s, our felt electro magnetic field communicates a different message to others out there.
What message are you sending?
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Full Moon In Aquarius: Rationality & Seriousness
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We are having a Full Moon in Aquarius on July 23rd/24th. It will appear the brightest on the night of the 23rd throughout most of the world and on the night of the 24th in the time zones East of Japan. This is the peak of the Lunar cycle that began with a New Moon in Cancer on July 9th/10th.
The energies of a Full Moon are strongest in the days surrounding it yet its astrological configurations also play a part over the following two weeks. You may start to see its themes slowly build up after the New Moon prior.
This is a period in which we feel a push-pull between two opposing signs, in this case being the Moon in Aquarius and the Sun in Leo. It can play out as either a conflict, an integration, or some sort of dynamic between the energies of both signs. The Moon reflects the expression of feeling and emotion while the Sun reflects the expression of ego and conscious self.
We may feel this opposition happening individually within us and/or we can also experience it play out around us; with some people (or circumstances) expressing the Aquarius side and others expressing the Leo side. In some cases, Full Moons can also reflect/trigger some sort of change or release.
Full Moon In Aquarius Opposite Sun In Leo
Leo season began 36 hours before the Full Moon and will continue until August 22nd/23rd. This is the sign of self-expression, creativity, love, affection, children, courage, vitality, passion, leadership, generosity, and playfulness. Ruled by the Sun, it is also about shining in our power and being in alignment with what really lights us up and gets us excited.
The negative expressions of Leo can be egotistical, self-absorbed, authoritarian, dramatic, stubborn, jealous, and hot-tempered. As it is associated with seeking praise and attention, it can be demanding of respect and be boisterous without considering or caring about how others respond to that.
The Full Moon highlights and brings the energies of the opposing sign of Aquarius into this Leo backdrop. This is the sign of friends, networks, social dynamics, social issues, groups, teams, humanity, and being in the best interest of the collective. This energy is unconventional, idealistic, innovative, progressive, scientific, original, inventive, technological, reforming, and even revolutionary.
Negatively, Aquarius can be overly detached, aloof, unemotional, and very invested in the mind at the expense of the heart. Traditionally ruled by Saturn, it can also be unyielding when it comes to the ideas and perspectives that it has already decided on.
Both Leo and Aquarius have some similarities. They are ‘Fixed’ signs and therefore can both be determined yet stubborn. They are also both associated with originality and authenticity. In Aquarius, this comes from its unconventional and innovative attributes while in Leo it comes from being inspired by its heart centred self-expression.
Full Moon Quincunx Venus, Conjunct Saturn, & Square Uranus
This Full Moon is in a quincunx with Venus which has recently entered Virgo. Our feelings, emotions, needs, or domestic lives may be at odds with friendships, values, finances, pleasure, or matters of love. It can be hard to integrate these areas but being flexible and making adjustments can be the solution.
The Full Moon is moving towards Saturn in the same sign. This can reflect a serious energy and we may be faced with limitations, restrictions, delays, or obstacles. We or others may be emotionally distant, pessimistic, or reserved. However, this can be good for some sort of effort that requires discipline, structure, and orderliness. After the Full Moon period, some of these energies will be strong again on August 1st/2nd.
Following the conjunction with Saturn, the Moon forms a square aspect with the disruptive Uranus in Taurus. This is activating the square between Saturn and Uranus that is happening throughout the year which I’ve covered in previous articles. Themes around ‘old versus new’, ‘restrictions versus freedom’, ‘the status quo versus revolution’, ‘commitments/responsibilities versus liberation’, ‘elder versus youth’, ‘progressiveness versus tradition’ and so forth.
Jupiter Going Back Into Aquarius
Jupiter entered its home sign of Pisces in mid-May for a short stint as it is returning back into Aquarius on July 28th/29th. The planet of expansion, freedom, beliefs, perspective, education, is unrestrained in Pisces and gets to express itself more ideally in this sign. We have seen examples of this as many jurisdictions loosened up covid related restrictions during this period.
With it going back into Aquarius, a traditionally Saturn ruled sign with Saturn currently present there, Jupiter will be more inhibited until late December when it re-enters Pisces again. It’s possible that during this 5 month period may experience more restrictive measures return or new ones implemented. We may also experience this in different ways in our personal lives such as not being able to expand the way we’d like to. However, this might not be noticeable immediately.
The combination of Saturn and Jupiter in Aquarius (which began last December) can be good for building towards something or planting seeds pertaining to some sort of technological integration, social networking, collective or social pursuits, activism, new scientific approaches to things, and innovation.
Venus Square Lunar Nodes, Mars Opposite Jupiter
Venus will be in a square with the Lunar Nodes which will be strong from July 28th-30th. We may be reflecting on the past and future, or perhaps at a crossroads, when it comes to friendships, love, values, or financial matters. We may need to complete something and address what is holding us back to help us move on and take a step forward in an evolutionary way when it comes to these areas of life. Venus is in Virgo so therefore discernment, details, practicality, health, organization, or efficiency may be key.
At this time Mars will be switching from Leo to Virgo while in an opposition to Jupiter. We may begin to feel the need to apply ourselves in a way that is more productive, sustainable, healthy, and clean. However, we can overextend ourselves and take on more than we can handle. This can also play out as conflicts around beliefs, perspectives, opinions, or judgements.
Mercury’s Superior Conjunction
Mercury will be in its Superior Conjunction on August 1st/2nd which is in an important phase of Mercury’s cycle with the Sun. From this point onward we may have a better perception around certain things that were seeded or occurred in the previous two months which may also help our momentum forward. .
Circumstances and developments that happen at this time can help us gain more clarity or facilitate necessary realizations to help us make the right decisions and appropriate mental focus. During this conjunction, the Sun and Mercury will be opposing Saturn which can play out as hindrances or the need to be pragmatic as part of this process.
Things To Consider
How can you balance or integrate your personal passions with the needs of the collective? How can you resolve any conflicts between leadership and a team or group? Are you experiencing any challenges or conflict between your heart and intellect? What areas of your life do you need to be more orderly, structured, disciplined, or take more seriously? Is there anything that you need to separate from? How can you apply yourself in a more noble way?
These are just some examples of themes that could come up or ways to approach this period; however, there may be other variations of this energy playing out as well. If you wish to do any sort of intentional release, it is best to do so after it begins to wane following the peak or during the two weeks afterwards when it is waning before the next New Moon. The exact peak of this Full Moon is at 2:37am Universal Time on July 24th, night of the 23rd. You can click here to see what that is in your time zone.
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How To Embrace New Ideas & Envision A Better World
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In this video I explore how to look in our minds and bodies for resistance towards new solutions and ideas. If we are to create a more thriving world, what has to happen within us? How do we use new and emerging solutions in a pure form, without applying the old dominance or capitalistic stories to them?
It can, very understandably, be hard to imagine something different than what we’re doing now. Especially when we consider we don’t know HOW things would change or what will happen to the current life we’ve built.
What if real global solutions involve shifting our long term plans? How do we gain a sense of comfort and stability in challenges we seek to solve at their core?
Every time I’ve been faced with some pretty big changes I had to make in my life, if I ever sensed resistance in myself, I had to find it in my body as well as navigate it in my mind. I explain more in the video below.
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