The Lion's Gate

  • Each year on August 8 (8|8) the Lion’s Gate offers a boost of high-octane energy.
    This portal of energy begins its journey on July 26th and traverses through until August 12th.

    It is a result of the sun’s jaunt through the Leo constellation because of interplay between the star Sirius, the Earth’s sun, the Earth’s grid point, Orion’s belt and the Great Pyramid of Giza.

    The peak of this energy culminates on 8|8.

    The official activation occurs when the Earth and the sun align with Sirius. Sirius rises during the middle of the summer and its energy forces opportunities for dramatic new beginnings.

    This is a time where new levels of consciousness are infused into the planet and also into each of us individually. Can you feel it?

    Sirius is a star that resides in the constellation of Cancer.

    Let’s take a moment to remind ourselves that we have just been through an intense Cancer season in July, one with a Solar Eclipse in Cancer, Venus entering Cancer, and Mercury Retrograding in Cancer.

    Then this cacophony intensified with a Lunar Eclipse in Capricorn and Venus moving from its placement in Cancer and hopping over into Leo.

    Are you exhausted yet?

    This moment is ripe for a whiplash of spiritual growth.

    The Lion’s Gate is the birth of a new and undeniably heightened level of dedication to our ascension process as individual human beings and also as a global entity.

    The 8 is the number of infinity. It is the energy of empowerment and supports efforts and intentions that manifest in the material world. Its power resides in its ability for manifestation on every level, so when an 8 shows up, it’s offering assistance to rapidly manifest whatever it’s directed toward.

    The 8 amplifies whatever it’s focused on.

    One of my favorite movies is Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. We might take a few cues from the archetypes presented in this story and see what archetypes we are collectively and individually coming to terms with – and of course, this is just a “fun” example. Which Willy Wonka archetype speaks to you and your current conditions?

    (You can always use another archetype of your choice! No need to limit yourself to these five …!)

    Gluttony (Augustus Gloop)
    Selfishness (Veruca Salt)
    Obsession (Violet Beauregarde)
    Addiction (Mike Teavee)
    Integrity (Charlie Bucket)
    The presence of the Lion’s Gate energy is aligned with the heart center and embodies the Leo traits of courage, strength, and expression. This portal is sweeping all of us into our next phase where the apex is heart and unconditional love-centered.

    What is the best way to get the most out of this transformational energy?
    DOWNTIME. Understand that – while these transformative times are exciting and offer incredible positive movement in soul growth and personal fulfillment – it can feel turbulent, scary, and uncertain during the process! Make sure you allow yourself some downtime. Meditation and simply slowing down your mental looping offers a calmer arena to experience these changes. We benefit from drinking more water, resting, unplugging from devices when possible, and not engaging in activities that you find superficial or draining. You have a golden Lion’s Gate pass to take a chill-pill right now.

    HOLD OFF ON MAKING HUGE DECISIONS. Also be aware that this powerful energy can make us anxious, moody, suddenly sad (and then blissfully happy), and fatigued on a physical, emotional, mental, and soul-centered level. This energy offers a container of transformation and it’s truly shifting the ethers, so it’s almost like we experience a severe and dramatic drop in barometric pressure and our bodies respond to this change in atmosphere. So if you’re feeling exhausted, emotional, have disrupted sleep, and are simply feeling that for some weird reason life is not going along or going to continue “as usual,” remember to take the time to recalibrate and nurture yourself during this somewhat jarring transition. Also understand that other people are also experiencing their own version of this and so you might choose to expect the unexpected across the board, yet particularly when it comes to unpredictable or uncharacteristic behaviors from others. We benefit from not reacting precipitously. Don’t respond to the heated text or email right away. Allow time for it to sit for a moment!

    NURTURE YOUR HEART. The Lion’s Gate activates the Heart Chakra. Any energy work and meditation you can carve out time for, please take it! Take time to write down what you would like to heal or purge from your life, what you want to continue to develop and nurture, and write down a list of at least five things you love and adore about yourself – then write down how you can use your gifts and talents to make yourself heard in the world. Where do you roar!?

    Article by Felicia Bender

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  • Andidilly, if you choose to embrace its energy and direction, 2019 for you can be a new beginning, a whole new chapter of your life. And you will need to approach it this way. Put old ways, attitudes and past failures or disappointments behind you now and start afresh with a clean slate. The year ahead will challenge you to step out of your comfort zone, and new opportunities - particularly related to career, social life, and creativity - will emerge. You may at times feel called to stand on your own this year, and your creativity and inventiveness will be at their peak. You will need to revise your current job or study course and decide if it makes you happy or whether it needs some improvement or even a complete change. The same goes for your personal life - now is the time to find new, more compatible companions. It can be a somewhat lonely year with the feeling that a lot rests on your shoulders and only you can get it done - without help from others. And that’s true. Yet remember, there’s a difference between solitary pursuits based in healthy independence and being alone. Independence is your mantra. But you must believe you can succeed and begin over this year, no matter what the last few years have been like. 2019 is going to be devoted to achievement in the material world and reaching your goals through organization, creativity, and endurance. Get ready for a high-intensity year. Watch, however, for impulsiveness and rash emotionally-driven decision making in 2019. Don’t waste it with frivolous activities or useless relationships. This is a year of action and a time to follow opportunities that will come your way. You will likely feel a sense of renewed energy at this time. It is OK to be a little selfish and self-involved in 2019. Take some time for introspection and self-discovery, as it will add to your clarity and sense of direction. This is definitely a time to have courage, make plans, and avoid indecision. It is a time of work, as you are laying new foundations, and opening up to new opportunities. Avoid being impulsive or headstrong as I said, yet be willing to change for the sake of your own personal progress and happiness. This is an auspicious time to begin new relationships and make new connections for personal or business reasons.

    This is a year for you of initiation and potential achievement. It holds more unambiguity than last year and is the start of a new cycle for you. It’s time to plant the seeds for what you want to see grow and mature during the next few years. The seeds you plant in 2019, you will reap later. Others might find you less sociable, as you will be busier than ever and you will tend to focus on your own activities and your needs. Yet you will still be outgoing and your initiative will be stronger than ever now. This is the year to begin with as much of a clean slate as you possibly can. If any unfinished business is left over from the transitional last year, those “loose ends” will need to be concluded before you can fully engage in the magic of the initiating energy of the year. You’ll be challenged with stepping into your individuality and fully manifesting your independence. The more you can connect with the unique off-the-beaten path aspects of yourself, the more successful you’ll be. Know there will be failures, yet the year’s designed to teach you some accelerated lessons in self-esteem, trusting yourself, and trusting your creativity. 2019 can be a career-driven time where you’ll be challenged to make substantial advances in this arena of your life. It is a rather hard-driving time where you’ll be working intensely on getting all your little ducks in a row and following up with action, action, and more action. Though this is a time when relationships can flourish, still they will often take a back seat to other matters - particularly career advancement. The theme for you and relationships resides in finding your sense of independence and individuality within your relationships in a balanced and healthy way. It’s a year where you’ll be met with opportunities to define and create your independence on all levels - when you’ll be tested with relationships that are enmeshed, co-dependent or where you are the “enabler” or the “enablee.” You’ll benefit from the initiating energy of the year when you focus with clarity on longer-range goals, while also being nimble enough to take some calculated risks and tap into your pioneering spirit.

    So then 2019 is a time for new beginnings, and you may see this reflected in any or every area of your life; getting a new haircut or makeover, receiving an exciting new job offer or promotion, starting a new relationship, taking on new commitments, a new home or a brand-new health regime – anything is possible. Perhaps the benevolent Universe will offer you a complete change of life, with the chance to walk down a new path, or purposefully head off in a different direction. This year your attitude towards life can radically shift so that everything appears new and fresh. In 2019, you may feel inexplicably excited. This is because a whole new cycle lies ahead and you are right at the beginning of it. In order to make the most of these new opportunities, there might be a period of decay where situations seem to break down and get worse for a while; this is a ‘healing crisis’ where all the muck needs to come out in order to cleanse and clear, so you can be left glowing and healthier. Endurance is needed. Perhaps you may also experience a temporary loss of direction, as your subconscious is processing where and what you need to do next. During this period, you may feel particularly influenced to follow others in their direction, particularly if they are strong characters, but be very honest with yourself about your needs before you take any action. For example, perhaps your partner wants you both to move house immediately, but you don’t, so you need to speak up and, if appropriate, arrive at a happy compromise. There is a saying, ‘whoever dares wins’, and this year putting yourself out there and getting more deeply involved with life can be both fruitful and fulfilling. Complacency may set in if you set unrealistic goals which, like New Year’s resolutions, suddenly fly out of the window with the first breeze. A positive mind will help you glide through any challenges that stop you attaining your goals, and it will probably be only you who creates major obstacles in the way of your success during this year. As mentioned, 2019 will see you working with issues around your independence; whether this is financial or material, or wanting emotional detachment, you will find out. Perhaps you are too fiercely independent already and need to learn to reach out and join in with a partner, family or friends. Or perhaps you need to become less dependent on other people for approval or help or love. The year is asking you to step forward on your own and for yourself, so that you can grow stronger and be strong for others. There may be issues around self-worth this year, and embarking upon a personal development course, consulting a life coach or reading self-help books can give you some guidance about how to resolve these. It’s a great time for intellectual development, and you may also be drawn to discover more about matters of the mind and soul. Best advice - stand alone, take action, start fresh, and express your individuality. This isn’t the year to dilly-dally or make half-baked decisions. You’ll be best served by getting clear about what you want and making decisive moves toward manifesting those desires. Next year will be an ‘us’ year as opposed to this year of ‘just you’. 2020 will focus on relationships of all kinds.

    Benefits of the year
    You’ll feel as though a weight has been lifted from you this year after the intensity of last year.
    You’ll feel a new sense of clarity about the direction you want to take in your life.
    You’ll have renewed energy to move forward.
    You’ll have the opportunity to tap into your unique vision for your future.
    You’ll feel as though you have a fresh start in your life.

    Potential Challenges of the year
    Be aware that you’ll feel as though whatever you’re doing, you have to do it all by yourself. There may be a feeling of isolation and of having to “go it alone.” This is part of the energy of 2019. It’s an opportunity to develop mastery over how you’re building and creating the next segment of your life.
    Protect yourself from low self-esteem by renewing your skill set and reminding yourself of your successes and the different ways you’ve continuously overcome adversity.
    Be prepared to default into a confrontational mode so that when you do, you recognize it and move past it quickly. You’re being asked to define your identity and follow a unique vision; therefore you’ll encounter many tests involving strength and courage.

    The Question you must ask yourself: “What do I want to see grow and blossom in the next few years or even a decade from now?” This is the time to define and act upon your goals and make the changes you need to make in order to create a vibrant and new chapter in your life.

  • Interesting! Downtime is hard to accept after crazy chaos. I want to be extra productive and play catch up. But you are right. CHILL is what I have been hearing as well .

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