Updated: Dec 9, 2022
Tonight at 7:37 PM PST the Moon will be at its fullest. As always, we get to work with Full Moon energy the day before, on, and the day after its peak.
The Algonquin tribes of the North-East named July’s Full Moon the "Buck" Moon because, by late July, the velvety rack of male dears form beautiful fuzzy antlers.
The expression, "young buck" often refers to a young adventurous male, and indeed, this summertime Moon is ripe for supporting your ambitions; however, the Moon is also a symbol of femininity. Additionally, the phases of the Moon symbolize immortality and eternity. No wonder then that this Moon is the perfect invitation to begin exploring the card of Leo season's card, Strength.
In this card, a maiden caress a lion under a lemniscate ∞
The lion is a symbol of power, ambition, masculinity, and in the Christian tradition of 'God the Father.' The unwed and virginal maiden is an obvious depiction of femininity; however, she is neither dominant nor submissive. The lion is joyfully receiving her loving, gentle, and kind attention.
This exchange of energies peacefully flows without beginning or end. To keep the flow of this infinite exchange, both parties must trust their own innate value and security. Vulnerability and connection are the true elements of Strength.
I'm reminded of the lyrics in the very sad song "I Know, It's Over" by The Smiths. Morrissey sings:
It's so easy to laugh
It's so easy to hate
It takes strength to be gentle and kind
Over, over, over, over
I love these lyrics. I don't think that Morrissey (or really anyone) finds it easy to laugh or hate others. Hate takes works. And yet, Morrissey, his fans, and I know how easy it is to internalize being laughed at and hated.
We've all been there. At some point we've all thought, "Love is natural and real, but not for one such as you, my love." Well, my lovelies, none of that thinking tonight!
In the preceding card, The Chariot, we saw an individual who had achieved self-reliance and approval from others, and thus, self-esteem. Validation from others and comparing oneself favorably against others is how we build self-esteem.
And that is as far as The Chariot can take us.
Self-esteem is dependent the creation of a 'self' and an ‘other’ to compare that 'self’ to.
In this next phase of our journey, we begin to recognize self-worth, which is independent of any externalizing.
Self-worth simply states:
"I deserve to be here because I am here."
To unveil that truth, we will be required to forgive everyone, including and especially ourselves for everything - over and over and over and over. And that takes Strength.
For tonight's meditation with Strength and the Full Moon, you'll simply need a quiet spot to meditate. If you want to incorporate any stones in your practice, Tiger's Eye would be an excellent choice.
Begin by finding a comfortable, quiet space. Outside under a tree with a view of the moon would be ideal. If you can't see the moon, that is okay, you can still connect to its energy.
The intent of this exercise is to gently initiate a practice that you can return to over and over that helps you rediscover your inherent worth, independent of your triumphs and your charms, on your own tonight.
If you don't have a regular meditation practice, that is not a problem. I borrowed this meditation from a longer interview with Mooji and Russell Brand. The full link is worth a listen.
Simply begin by bringing awareness to your breath. As you begin to drop into your breath, mentally state:
As you continue to stay present with the breath, begin a visualization that allows you to put aside only for this short time, whatever identifiers you have of yourself. Take whatever perceived achievements or failures, whatever labels of gender, age, or appearance, and leave those.