It seems that just about everyone is going through some sort of personal crisis right about now. Those of us who are in tune with the rhythms of the Universe seem to be having a slightly better time at it because we understand the ebbs and flows of the chaos that churns ethereal clouds of our world, but that doesn’t make anything we are going through any easier. In fact, it might make it a little more difficult because we know there’s a reason for all of this, and we know that it’s our duty to experience each rip and tear to our heart and soul to keep shedding, growing, and becoming who we are meant to be.
Enter the Leo New Moon. She will pounce on us tomorrow evening as a powerful New Moon that intends playfulness and courage. After the Cancer/Capricorn eclipse portal that was opened and closed with the first New Moon and the Full Moon of July, and the Lions Gate opening on July 26, we are in a tender moment of shedding what no longer serves us, preparing for the next step of our transformation. Basically, we all feel like a pulverized caterpillar trying to put itself back together into something it knows it’s supposed to be but hasn’t ever been. It’s disorienting and uncertain, but that instinct to become is there, and if we can just trust it, we’ll eventually emerge into a new sense of freedom.
However, becoming something “new” doesn’t mean we come in with a clean slate. We are bringing all of our trials, tribulations, and lessons we have learned. We also have custody of our inner children, which Leo is ready to be befriend and play with. The New Moon is a great time to explore what these parts of ourselves need from us to make the transition easier and to live fully as the kick-ass butterflies that we will be.
Take some time to meditate on your life when you were a toddler and preschooler, and when you were in elementary, middle, and high school. What are some key moments for each phase that you experienced? What were your emotions at the time? What did you think and feel about yourself, your family and friends, and the world around you? These questions can’t be answered for all ages, of course, but use what knowledge you have and do your best.
Finally, ask each of your inner children what they need. Can they tell you? If not, can you remember when you were them and feel out what you needed at that time? When you think you have these things, see which of these needs you can meet and see if there’s a way to figure out how to meet the needs of those that you feel you can’t right now.
It is also important to take some time to honor who you once were. This person helped you survive thus far in life, and through all the mistakes and successes, deserves to be recognized. The butterfly can’t bring its caterpillar self into their new life, it must be sacrificed and let go to move on.
Peridot and Neroli
From Crystal Vaults: Peridot is an extraordinary crystal for healing the emotional body and resolving matters of the heart. It cleanses and heals hurt feelings and “bruised egos,” lessening anger, jealousy, resentment and spite, while teaching one to understand that holding onto people, or the past, is counterproductive to one’s growth. It teaches one to examine the past for the gift of the experiences, admit mistakes and let go of guilt and blame, forgiving oneself, or others, in order to move forward.
Peridot stimulates psychological clarity and inspires a sense of happiness and contentedness in one’s life. It empowers one to detach the mind from outside influences and have confidence in one’s own abilities, looking inward for guidance and accessing the wisdom of the higher mind. It initiates independence and assertion without aggression, accepting the world as it is, then transforming it with clear intention to create the reality one wishes to have.
From Miracle Botanicals: Neroli itself is pure spirit, representing the purity in all things. It is always loving and peaceful. Neroli essential oil brings light into any day, but is especially useful whenever mistrust has overtaken reason, or during dark periods of deep depression.
Neroli essential oil has another purpose to bring self-recognition and relief. [Out] pain and sorrow is sometimes brought about because we have not seen how we might have affected our relations with the others in perception. Neroli allows the reflection that can throw light on the wounds that tie us to old patterns of relating. As truth is revealed, the self emerges into wholeness and all encompassing love, stirring the spirit in ways that can be both unexpected and liberating. Then, the spirit can really soar.