My Personal Alchemy of Creative Expression – Symbolism of the Leo New Moon
Change is a constant in life that is easier when we flow with it rather than fight it. And for those that know me, it is a continually, pretty dramatic constant in mine indeed. I’m a creature of symbolism and live a symbolic life. I’m also a visionary artist and thrive on creative expression and finding ways to imbue energy, feelings and alchemy into and through what I create.
That is no surprise, if you’ve seen my tattoos and read my book, Spiritual Skin, or if you follow this blog and have seen any of my paintings or sacred tattoo designs. I pay attention to signs, I experience synchronicity, I find joy in walking the magick path, and I channel and express everything in symbolic and creatively loving ways whether on my person, in my personal environment and sacred space, or through my work. Creativity is a magical and powerful energy that is vital to exercise and cultivate through love.
I often share of the transformations and shifts I go through very publicly and vulnerably, as I feel experiences shared can assist others in ways we are not even aware at just the right moment needed. Following and encouraging our hearts to be open allows us to connect so deeply with others we may never meet, simply by creating energetic doorways.
I’ve been experiencing another huge shift lately that feels so lovely in gentle, soul caressing ways, even though some of the outer expressions of that may seem abrupt or dramatic to others. Or maybe they won’t, since everything seems to be in much more natural flow these days, but either way, it’s a joyous time and an empowering time and life continues to get more magickal and amazing to me.
I’ve recently shared about new tattoos I’ve gotten and will be here shortly, healings that have taken place, and in general, new phases of my work being revealed and the expressions of them shifting in process as well, along with a lot of new perceptions on everything in my life – and integrating how that manifests. I also shared recently about physical changes, as in going back to 90% + high raw vegan, cleaning out and restructuring my closet and wardrobe (a really fun and cleansing thing for me), shifting around my personal space, and hinting at a new hair change, which entails lightening and empowering myself with short locks (cutting likely what will be just over 13″ off)! Yay! And all of these changes will continue, as that is life…an ever-evolving experience of loving, co-creation.
But back to my hair, which excites me in the symbolism and extra liberating energy I feel it is about to assist in ushering in, along with an authenticity that mirrors me currently. Usually when I get a hit on something, an epiphany, an idea, or whatever you want to call it, and it clicks, there’s no hesitation. I just do it. Of course I make sure it is aligned with what I feel to be most honoring of myself, but I don’t wait around to allow any nerves, fears or over-analyzing to kick in and take over. That isn’t to mean I don’t address things with discernment, but I don’t feed the unauthentic parts of myself with any more than embracing they are there, allowing what they bring up to move through me, thanking them for what they have shown me, and releasing them back to where they came from and empowering what I know to be me. There are times when I just channel something and I know it’s what I feel drawn to as my truth, regardless of whether or not I understand the whys yet, as I receive things sometimes way before the rest catches up. In which case, I also will follow that strong nudge. But this time, even though I had to wait about four weeks (less than the almost 6 it would have been) from onset of my getting the nudge, I knew there was power in waiting and I can see how everything in between has really been instrumental to what is being alchemized into creation.
I already had a regular hair trimming appointment scheduled, but the date felt so long off, and suddenly I felt to look at when the New or Full Moon was approaching, as I remember once a friend of mine had shared about how it was good to cut your hair on and around those times, for maximum benefit to hair – and stylists seem to agree saying that trimming or cutting your hair when the moon is just entering a New Moon phase will perpetuate hair growth.
Later I realized how it aligned the energy also to you as a whole and what you are creating, as the astrological influences surrounding the Moon phases will have a personal and collective effect. I’ve sometimes made my appointments around these times, but not consistently. However, since I had the nudge, this time felt important to look at doing that again especially feeling the potency of things currently and what I’m looking to create. Originally my appointment was for the 28th, which was between the Full Moon of Pisces on the 31st (the Blue Moon) and the New Moon of Leo on the 17th. I felt drawn to both and both would indeed carry their own great energy, but my gut went with the Leo New Moon and that day approaches this Friday.
Ute York – a hairstylist who worked according to the moon phases for 15 years – shares this in his book, Living By The Moon:
Hair is an energy carrier. Hair is as sensitive as it’s owner and needs a certain vibration in order to feel well.
In order to promote faster growing hair, it’s better to cut it around the time of the New Moon Phase. And, in order to promote thicker and fuller hair, it needs to be cut during the Full Moon Phase.
If the ends are trimmed on these 2 days, it will continue growing without impedence.
He has found that when men regularly get hair cut with the moon in the sign of Leo, their hair improves and becomes stronger. (this likely works for women too)
American astrologer Linda Goodman says if you want your hair short then continue cutting during the Full Moon; it will not grow back as fast. However if you want it to grow back quickly, trim regularly at the New Moon, even just a tiny bit. Then you will realize your hair is growing much faster.
We are approaching the New Moon in Leo this Friday 8/17/12 and so too do I simultaneously approach the culmination of a personally symbolic transformational day. However, this energy is available to all of us at this time. The magic of the Leo New Moon highlights personal changes and can specifically result in dramatic appearance changes as a result. A time to radiate from within, and allow vibrant self-expression and inspiration to emerge and be shared with others.
As Molly Hall shares in her article New Moon in Leo ~ Be a Luminary:
New Moon in Leo themes: making time for play; fanning the creative flames; standing in your personal power; celebrating your unique story; going on an adventure; radiating confidence to be Big; taking delight in something; risking growth through creativity; stepping into leadership; passionate love and friendship; laughing out loud (for real).
The chart for this new Moon is a coming together with three other planets (Sun, Mercury, Venus) in this vital fire sign. If you’ve been dragging around lately, it’s a chance to reclaim what’s been lost, and stoke your own inner fire. Being a fixed sign, this infusion of Leo fire can dislodge you from the passive, ho-hum, shadow of yourself, automaton life many of us fall into. It can be a new beginning that propels you down a more active, self-created path, if you take the first bold Leap.
…..Leo inspires acts of creativity that emerge from the heart of the Self. That makes this new Moon an ideal time to set intentions that re-energize your inner artist.
Continue reading her entire article here: New Moon in Leo
Needless to say it’s an exciting time for alchemizing our very existence. We are infinitely creative beings here to evoke the remembrance of desires we have kept deeply hidden in our hearts. This is an opportune and timely alignment of energies for really bringing forth the authenticity of your heart and expressing it in its most beautiful light, outward to all from within.
As within, so without. As above, so below.
Posted on August 14, 2012, in Uncategorized and tagged alchemy, creative self expression, hair and the moon phases, leo new moon energy, spiritual tattoos, symbolism. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.