The new moon is in Leo this month. It’s a time for exploring new possibilities and revitalizing ourselves before the next cycle begins. Leo is a wonderful zodiac influence in this regard, since it represents the enlivening energies of the cosmos. Leo’s creativity and desire to shine help us to glow as well.
This lion sign beckons us to reveal our uniqueness and add it to the diversity of everyone around us. Leo’s animal symbol urges us to be passionate and bold. What is fiercer than a lion’s roar? But it also asks us to be more playful. What’s friskier than a kitten, even if it’s a lion’s cub?
As a sun sign, Leo is all about action and adventure. But as a moon sign, Leo brings a warmth and power to the the moon’s fluid spirituality. Its concerns are playfulness, creativity, and self-confidence.
Leo’s fiery energy calls out for a fire oracle (and then some s’mores afterwards). This month I’m going to perform a small ritual, light a campfire at my sister’s house in the Adirondacks, and then listen to its snaps, crackles, and pops as a divination. This “Whispers of Flame” divination (pp. 120 – 123 in the World is Your Oracle) is my adaptation of ancient and indigenous fire oracles.
When I was researching my book, I discovered many oracular practices that involved fire. As one of the four major elements in most indigenous traditions, fire is an obvious choice for earth-based people when it comes to divinatory advice. The same was true for the ancient pagans in Greece and Rome. They revered fire for its mystical properties and as the major energy source in their lives, often using the ashes produced by a fire to tap into their inner knowing (a technique called spodomancy).
I believed my fire oracle was a New Age variation on such ancient practices, since you listen to the fire rather than using a visual cue to awaken insight into your question. But then I discovered that Albanian women throw a leaf into their fires and then listen to the sounds it makes as a vehicle for their divination. There’s nothing new under the sun…or the moon.
What did you hear in your oracular fire? Let me know in a comment.