Sagittarius Full Moon, Monday, June 20, 2016 at 4:04 am PDT
Even with the darkness coming out in the world, from Orlando, the political scene and beyond, this is a cycle of light in all of its purity. Monday’s full moon, the second in Sagittarius, sign of expansion and blessings, is aligned with the summer solstice, the longest day of the year in the Western hemisphere.
The full moon is the climax of the lunar month, the summer solstice is the climax of the solar year. Both the moon and sun reach climax together in a potent and powerful union of fire.
Fire is the transforming quality of spirit. It is a manifestation of light, giving us warmth, clarity, illumination.
But lots of light is not just about the “good side.” Purity is not always innocent.
Light reveals shadows and it shows us the dark corners we have tried to keep hidden. Sometimes shining a light on something previously hidden is painful and forces us to see something we did not want to look at. Sagittarius is a truth-seeker, and this seasonal height demands nothing less than full disclosure of our soul.
Anyone who has experienced a “dark night of the soul,” or a “spiritual emergency,” knows how desperate that journey is and how unending it may seem. But the dawn comes. The sun rises, the moon fills. Nature at her highest point is our ally here. If we allow this phase to be of one celebration, revelation and offering our darkness to the united solar/lunar light, it can be a moment of exquisite radiance for all.
I played around with whether I should focus on radiance or reflection for this musing. Reflection is an important tool at this time, too, as we receive the full reflection of the sun/moon and allow it to cleanse us so that we might reflect back the pure light.
But it is more than that. Bigger than that. It is radiant.
Summer solstice is the moment our ancestors waited for all year, the moment of abundant light. The full return of our precious sun-star, the life giver of all, the creator and sustainer of the evolutionary dance on this planet. We are made of stars, we know this as fact now, and we belong to this earth.
Perhaps the paradox of light shining on our blessings and losses can bring this home, to our heart, to our deepest self. Perhaps the gift of both solstice and full moon, joining together to shine on our little planet at this exact moment of desperation and division, can be the pivotal shift we are all seeking. We are all radiant, like the sun. Like the full moon. We are all dazzling in our pure light of the soul.
That does not mean we have no shadow, no darkness. Quite the opposite. Light needs dark, and even though the full moon/solstice day offers us the most light, the very next day, this light begins to dim, and we move towards winter and the waning cycle.
Still, it is the strongest moment of the year to shine. To share your light, your radiance, with the world. To reflect back what has been given to you, what you have learned and the world you want to live in.
Do not apologize for your shadow, your wounds or grief. Offer them up to our celestial allies to be seen and healed. Do the same for those here, on earth. See each being, perfect in imperfection. See them. Forgive them. Heal each other. Increase the vibration of light, increase the radiance.
This is hard for me to do without some spiritual help. If you feel the same way, I encourage ritual or ceremony of any kind that feels good. Drum, dance, sing, write, pray, chant.
I want to finish by offering one of my favorite mantras for the summer solstice. The Gayatri mantra is one of the oldest and most well-known of all Vedic mantras. You get lots of translations and variations, but the one I like the most, given to me by one of my teachers, sees Gayatri as the sun, and a Goddess. It honors her light and all the gifts that come with it: purity, abundance, wisdom, healing, courage, confidence, etc. It asks for her light to purify our hearts and fill us with these blessings so that we may serve:
“OM BUHR, BHUVA, SWAHA
OM TAT SAVITUR VARENYAM
BHARGO DEVASYA DHEEMAHI
DHIYO YONAHA PRACHODAYAT”
(Here is a link to Deva Premal singing it.) I love her!
I also want to close with a Buddhist Metta (loving kindness) prayer, offered by another of my teachers:
May all beings be peaceful. May all beings be happy. May all beings be safe. May all beings awaken to the light of their true nature. May all beings be free- and may all that we do contribute to the highest good of all beings.
Blessed solstice and full moon. Thank you for all of your love and support, for all the light you bring to this world.
Om shanti shanti shanti,
About Bekah Finch Turner
Bekah Finch Turner is a regular contributor to chakraboosters.com, home of Chakra Boosters Healing Tattoos™. She is a yoga teacher, shamanic practitioner and moon devotee. For more information on her work and writing please visit www.sacredwayyoga.com.