Can you feel it?
Mars has moved out of a couple of months of low energy and is now happy in the Sun’s sign of Leo . The Sun is also moving into it’s own sign on the 18th (in the southern hemisphere). Venus, our favourite planet of love, taste, refinement, art and devotion will move into the solar sign on the 16th , and by the 27th Mercury will join the Leo party!
Hooray for Leo season!
Leo energy is bright, warm and loving. Naturally, the solar system revolves around it’s vibrant magnetism so Leo people can reflect this in their natures, often coming across as proud, self important and arrogant. However it rarely means harm; at it’s core, Leo wants to shine upon everyone, illuminating the inherent beauty of the soul and spirit. Light has no shadow and so it does not discriminate between what is beautiful or ugly – that is a human trait!
The element of Fire is honoured as Agni in India – one of the five primordial elements of the universe. Agni is more than fire and heat, which we are accustomed to on the material plane – Agni gives us the power and capacity to discern, to digest experiences, including food; to see truth from falsehood, nourishment from poison. The Sun governs the right eye, the moon, the left eye. Moon is not fire, yet the moon only ever reflects the light of the Sun. Afflictions or weakness to either of the two lights in a chart can often reflect in poor or weak eyesight, eye related troubles or even trouble in any kind of discernment and discrimination in life.
Since time immemorial human beings have worshipped the Sun –
If the Sun never rose, we would have no Life – no heat, no warmth, nothing to nourish and sustain the existence of life as we know it – our dependancy on the Sun – first and foremost as the light of life, the light of the soul is rarely honoured, like many other natural processes and phenomena – despite the fact that our lives depend on them.
Indigenous cultures are not primitive in their rituals, in fact their ways are deeply humble and reverent of all natural processes, reflecting an inherently deep and profound connection between themselves and nature.
Worshipping the sun as god does not imply blind faith. By connecting to the source of life – The Sun, one lives in sacred communion, walking gently on the earth, with gratitude for the powers and great mystery that has brought all of what we know into existence.
if you are feeling the winter blues, go soak in the morning and late
afternoon sun to receive maximum benefit of the life supporting rays.
You can practice yoga, specifically the Surya Namaskar and you can
also chant the Gayatri mantra, to connect and honour the Sun during
this Leo Season.
Yoga and Mantras are scientific in nature, yet wholly experiential to the facts and forces of what constitutes the universe and our lives on earth.
Surya Namaskar – means salutation to the sun – The 12 postures in the sequence correlate to the 12 Adityas – the 12 faces of the sun, which are also the 12 Zodiac signs.
Each posture has a mantra, saluting an aspect of the Sun – an aspect of universal soul. An aspect of creation, an aspect of who you are. Practicing this sequence (along with all other aspects of Yoga have huge benefits for the body/mind/spirit.
Your Sun sign (and specific degree) relates to the qualities your soul is expressing in this particular lifetime. The Sun connects you to your I Am presence – the core of your being in this lifetime. Still a fragment of the whole – we are all individual/universal souls in the great cosmic ocean of creation.
The Gayatri Mantra is :
Bhur Bhuvah Svah
Tat Savitur Varenyam
Bhargo Devasya Dheemahi
Dhiyo Yo nah Prachodayat
General meaning: We meditate on that most adored Supreme Lord, the creator, whose effulgence (divine light) illumines all realms (physical, mental and spiritual). May this divine light illumine our intellect.
Word meaning: Om: The primeval sound; Bhur: the physical body/physical realm; Bhuvah: the life force/the mental realm Suvah: the soul/spiritual realm; Tat: That (God); Savitur: the Sun, Creator (source of all life); Vareñyam: adore; Bhargo: effulgence (divine light); Devasya: supreme Lord; Dhīmahi: meditate; Dhiyo: the intellect; Yo: May this light; Nah: our; Prachodayāt: illumine/inspire.http://www.sathyasai.org/devotional/gayatri
Here is a detailed video explaining how to chant the mantra correctly :
Enjoy the shift into Leo and let us honour the light of life and the source of knowledge, consciousness and the warmth that fills life with beauty and joy!
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