We all have an experience of the Sun, yet the Sun does not experience us.
When our light shines, when we step onto a stage, it's virtually impossible to escape being perceived and equally impossible to perceive everyone who is perceiving us.
With the Sun in its home sign of Leo making it officially fully Leo season and having experienced the New Moon in Leo on the 28th, the invitation opens to step onto a stage where we are seen and recognized to the point where people we don't even know perceive us.
It is a time to shine our creatively expressed selves onto others.
This new lunar cycle features a very active Venus, who will remain in the sign of sweet and sensitive Cancer through the first half of the lunar cycle.
She encounters a challenging square with wounded healer Chiron in Aries on the 31st, creating a rift in our relationships due to an inability to see to eye-to-eye in our differences. Arguments arise that test our patience and capacity to put our need-to-be-right aside and instead act out of love to achieve resolution.
The energy then quickly quells just three days later when on August 2nd Venus sextiles Uranus and Mars in Taurus, bringing a sudden internal shift in peace that's activated by retreating to our bodies, homes, and inner worlds. We are able to embrace comforting presence of those we love simply because it feels good.
Then on August 7th Venus trines Neptune in Pisces, which is always a welcome flowy watery experience of magic. Our ability to be present with being in our emotions and feels becomes playfully accessible.
The dance for the next two weeks moves with Cancerian and Leonine energy, asking us to step into courageous self expression coming from a place of desiring to shower our audiences with deeply authentic unconditional love.
ASTROLOGICAL ACTIVATION EMBODIMENT RITUALS
Suggested crystals to work with:
- Rose Quartz: Helps attract love & romance into your life. Releases worry, heals all aspects of the heart & facilitates forgiveness. Amplifies self love & care.
- Carnelian: Stone of motivation and endurance, helps put plan into action with confidence. Enhances fertility and the ability to conceive while stimulating passion and desire. Boosts creativity and clarifies the voice.
The following rituals can be done solo or in partnership. The astrological key here is to be loving, entertaining, expressive, and wild, while still embodying care and nurture. Create a sacred space in your playroom by lighting some candles, burning incense, placing an altar, & playing sexy music.
Leo rules the back, heart, and spine while Cancer rules the stomach and breasts. Focus on these areas of the body as erogenous zones for sensory play and activation. Both of these zodiacal energies also correlate to the essence of love: Cancer from its desire to shower those close to it with unconditional nurturing love and Leo from its desire to empower others to express their love with courage and confidence.
Lights, Camera, Action! Leo loves to put on a good show. Leos are adventurous, passionate lovers. They can also be performative in all the best ways. Leos will go above and beyond to impress their partners, wanting to showcase their sexual prowess and talents.
For this practice, grab a camera and with a trusted partner (or solo!) put on a sexy show for you to watch back. This may be an edgy practice for you if you have insecurities about your body. Explore what it's like to embody confidence and put yourself out there to be seen (in this case, by you) anyway! You can use your Carnelian wand or egg to boost your sense of confidence by using it as a toy or bringing it in to your altar as the scene unfolds.
If recording yourself feels too edgy, then bring mirrors into the bedroom instead. The key here is to experience yourself watching yourself as you play in the bedroom!
Character Role Play: Just as fun and activating as watching yourself can be, putting on a show by playing dress-up and pretending to be someone else, can be really exciting and empowering. Choose a sexy character. Go all the way with makeup, outfit, and toys that embody this character. Don't take yourself too seriously and have fun with it and your partner. If you're solo, treat yourself to a sexy in-character photo shoot!
Words of Affirmation: Cancer loves to take care of others and Leo loves to be affirmed and shown gratitude. Set intentional time aside for you and your partner to drop in with each to affirm one another. Sit across from each other in a dyad, or in yab-yum formation, or cuddling each other with one person resting their head on the lap of the other, and gazing into each other's eyes. From this position of physical connection, take turns expressing to each other what you love about one another, what you're grateful for in them, and shower each other with positive affirmations. Get really specific with details about what you love and admire, providing examples when possible. Make sure you are both sharing the floor equally.
If you're solo, do this practice in front of a mirror, gazing into your own eyes, and speak out loud the same affirmations to yourself.
Wear your yoni egg during this ritual to boost the effects of connection and charge up your crystal with even more loving energy!
Rose Quartz Yoni Egg Practice: These astrological energies deeply invite us to step into our heart-center. Rose quartz yoni eggs are one of the more popular eggs around to invite deeper compassion for ourselves and others. If you don't have a yoni egg practice, this new lunar cycle is the perfect time to begin. Practice wearing your yoni egg internally or carrying it around with you externally throughout the day throughout this lunar cycle to connect with it deeper. Observe how you shift in your desire to share and express love.
Enjoy the love that is possible when you share compassion with yourself and choose to courageously step into your limelight.
Astrologer and Writer
Vanessa Kristina, founder of Mystik Monark, helps Mystik Misfits to uncover their Divine Purpose and shine light on their shadows through a no-BS spiritual counseling approach. Mystik Monark's mission is to connect Society to Divinity, one soul at a time.
As an Evolutionary Astrologer & Akashic Records Practitioner, Vanessa guides clients out of the existential spiritual closet and through dark nights of the soul so that they can unlock authentic expression and create their dream lives to experience the freedom, joy, and abundance of their soul-selves, through her signature Inner Mystik Mastery program. As a former corporate attorney, she integrates pragmatic actionable guidance with esoteric wisdom, inspiring a deep inner standing of who we are and who we came here to be.