I was patiently waiting for January 31, 2018 “Super Blue, Blood Moon, and Total Lunar Eclipse” comical event report, from my favorite astrologists; two ladies who read the sky as a road traveling maps for us. I, as a yoga teacher and lover of astrology, am going use this energy to build up two yoga classes, to share this moment with my students.
Under Magnificent LEO guidance
As Leo rules creativity, glamour, romance and fertility, many of us will be “giving birth” at this potent lunation, seeing our efforts come to light in a bold and attention-getting way. At 8:26AM EST, the January 31 full moon is special for three reasons: it’s the third in a series of supermoons, when the moon is closer to Earth in its orbit and about 14 percent larger and up to 30 percent brighter than usual. It’s also the second full moon of the month, making it a “blue moon” AND, this “super blue moon” will pass through the Earth’s shadow and generate a total lunar eclipse—and take on a reddish hue; an effect known as a “blood moon.”
Flashback to August 21, 2017- what were you doing?
Page back to August 21, 2017—tinted black polymer glasses shielding your gaze—during the momentous total solar eclipse in Leo. What were you doing…and what was it that you were thinking about? All the hopes, wishes and dreams you planted under that supercharged new moon/total solar eclipse could come to a stunning milestone at the full-super-blue-blood-moon-lunar-eclipse (say that three times fast!) in Leo this week. Get ready to harvest! This completes the lunar “planting cycle” that began back on August 21. With the zodiac’s regal Lion helming this operative, the bumper crop could be glamorous, fame-fueled and larger than life.
Eclipses are harbingers of change
It is speeding up inevitable actions and pushing us to look in new directions. On a literal level, an eclipse reveals a shadow. The same holds true, metaphorically. Hidden information could be revealed near Wednesday—from secret crushes to torrid affairs. When the smoke clears, it’s up to every individual to decide how to use any such confessional that comes to light. Will you run in the opposite direction, or use this as an opportunity to rebuild from a place of honesty? If you go with the latter, make sure BOTH parties are equally engaged in the process.
Whew! That’s a whole lot of stargazing to take in. Here are a few ways you can harness the potency of the full “Super Blue Blood Moon” and total lunar eclipse in Leo.
Letting go your unhealthy EGO
Proud Leo has a reputation for tooting their own horn without a second thought. There’s nothing shameless about a little self-promotion under the light of this full moon eclipse, however. Sharing our gifts is an act of generosity, as long as our intention is to uplift others rather than serve our own egos. But that said, all ego-related matters fall under the rule of the Lion’s domain.
In Eckhart Tolle’s definition, ego is not about vanity and pride. Rather, it shows up as the destructive voice of self-hatred, limiting beliefs and the protective shell we keep between ourselves and others. When we release the ego, we become present to the sense of oneness that we share with others. Activate the power of the full moon in Leo to break through the confines of ego and reconnect with the universal human spirit. As you sit to meditate, bring your attention to your breath and recite the mantra:
I am you and you are me.
Perform an act of courage.
Brave Leo is the zodiac’s hero, always willing to take a chance or speak up when nobody else dares. There’s a difference between being courageous and fearless. A fearless person might be out of touch with reality; a courageous person “feels the fear, but does it anyway.”
And did you know: courage can actually be a form of prevention against health issues?
After all, fear is linked to stress, and stress is one of the triggers for many diseases. Never mind that fear also stops us from living our dreams, pursuing happiness and feeling the unadulterated joy that Leo is all about. Check out The Fear Cure: Cultivating Courage as Medicine for the Mind, Body and Soul, by Dr. Lissa Rankin for a healthy confidence boost.
Re birthing yourself through a creative project.
Leo is the sign of fertility, and this full “Super Blue Blood Moon” eclipse is ripe for creation! If you’ve been struck by baby fever, this is the week to take decisive action. Or, cut ties to the commitment-phobe in your life (because they will likely never stop wavering) and manifest a partner who shares your desire to build a family, be it through natural birth or adoption.
Figuratively speaking, this full moon total lunar eclipse may also be signaling a time to give birth to a creative venture. Start that vegan food truck business, write the outline to your autobiography, or begin painting the next masterpiece that you’ll add to your oeuvre. Taking the first step near this full moon puts the power of the cosmos behind your efforts.
Open your heart and align your spine.
Every zodiac sign is associated with a different area of the body. For Leo, it’s the heart, upper back and spine. Unfurl that yoga mat and work with the energy of the Leo full moon total lunar eclipse by doing yoga postures like Wheel, Bridge, or Camel Pose
YOGA Bonus: Energizing these Leonine body parts will help you connect to Leo’s promise of creativity, fertility, romance and boundless self-expression. See more planetary yoga poses to harness the energy of the proud Lion here.)
Step into the spotlight.
We are all regal in our own individual ways. Where do YOU reign supreme? Lift the curtain: It’s officially showtime, as the Leo full supermoon eclipse wants us to flaunt our talents like today was a cosmic cabaret. Burst onto the world stage in the most glamorous way possible.
Luxe Leo loves when we sparkle, flash, and drip in conflict-free diamonds. After all, this is the sign that rules pleasure, indulgence, and full-bodied self-expression.
Share a story.
Playful Leo is the zodiac’s eternal child, forever filled with wonder. While Leo narratives can run long (“Get to the point already!”), here’s a fun fact for anyone who needs to give a presentation:
The time-honored art of storytelling is actually the most powerful way to activate the brain. While a blasé speech might get our language processors in motion, stories can awaken other regions of your brain.
Describing, for example, a delicious meal will light up the listener’s sensory cortex. And as YOU get lit up by a sensual metaphor (buttery parsnips, throaty voice!), your audience has the exact same response. So storytelling connects us in a special way—much like the zodiac’s tribal Lion, who spends life in a tight-knit community.
Romance, passion and lust fall under the domain of Leo: that delicious moment when a spark of attraction becomes a burning flame of desire. If we’re feeling a little lusty this week, it’s no surprise. This full moon has us all wired on luscious life-force energy. Let it surge through your veins, bring it to the bedroom or take it for a twirl on the dance floor. There’s a wild, Big Cat lovin’ energy in the air, so let your hair down and enjoy. Meow!
We are all equal under the Moon! Therefore, see you there on the yoga stage performing art of life under LEO Roar guidance! oh, mine!
Posted by Veronika Prielozna, Integrative Yoga Teacher presently teaching her creative yoga classes at Panorama / Greenglade Community Centre, Sidney, BC